Youth Missioner (Mental Health)

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St Nics Church, Market Place, Durham
Fixed Term Full Time

We are seeking two faithful, enthusiastic and motivated Youth Missioners who will be committed to the flourishing of God’s church in our city of which St Nic’s is just one part.

At their core both roles are identical with a common aim of disciplining young people, primarily but not exclusively through the development of spiritual support groups as part of the newly formed Community of St Cuthbert.

One role will lead on justice issues, working with young people in areas of justice and discipleship, with the other leading on mental health and well-being. Both roles will be part of a new team, working with the newly appointed Prior of the Community St Cuthbert and Ministry Experience Volunteers, seeking to grow the church in discipleship, service and number.

You will need to be a committed Christian who is passionate about discipleship and sharing their faith with a desire to see young people ad teenagers find and grow in faith themselves.

Up to date with current youth work practices and willing to understand and implement new developments, you will be a self-motivated team player who will also be prepared to take a flexible approach to include evening and weekend work.

Skilled and experienced in working with young adults aged 11-18 you will have a pastoral heart seeking to develop the discipleship of young people as they negotiate challenges and grow in their discipleship.

The Youth Missioners will lead and develop St Nics ministries with teenagers and young adults in five key areas:

  • Co-ordinating and lead the current work with young people in the church with the aim of nurturing their faith and discipleship ensuring it is ‘joined up’, that groups and activities are working in harmony with one another sharing a common vision and mission.
  • Work alongside the Prior of the community of St Cuthbert to build and develop spiritual support groups which encourage a lived discipleship across five rhythms of grace: prayer, study, hospitality, justice and evangelism.
  • Extending our work with young adults, recruiting and developing support from within the congregation in addition to supporting and encouraging our existing volunteer leaders.
  • Develop Relationships with educational establishments and community groups in the parish and elsewhere seeking to work with them in developing relationships and supporting their work with young people.
  • Working with the Diocese and other churches in Durham for joined up working to ensure our teenagers and young adults know they are part of the wider church operating across Durham


  • Lead and develop St Nics current work with children and young adults and their families supporting and co-ordinating our Sunday groups in the and mid week groups.
  • Help co-ordinate and facilitate a programme of events across the year and be prepared to arrange and deliver weekends away for the young people as part of their growing in faith.
  • Develop, train and equip teams of volunteers for our ministry with Young Adults.
  • Ensure that Diocesan Safeguarding and recruitment procedures are complied with and that children’s workers are trained in good practice with regard to keeping children safe.
  • Liaise with the Children and families worker, Student Worker, Ministry Assistants, Curate, Pastoral Care team and Vicar.

Personal Attributes

  • A personal faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Understand young people’s culture and the challenges they face
  • Being up to date with current youth work practices and willing to understand and implement new developments.
  • Demonstrating a flourishing lively and engaging faith.
  • Being flexible to include evening and weekend work
  • Being able to drive
  • An ability to build strong networks amongst other youth workers and with the Diocese of Durham
  • A team player – someone who is able to enthuse and inspire volunteers in their ministries at St Nics
  • An eagerness to learn and develop, to try new things and work with flexibility and enthusiasm.
  • Ability to respect matters of confidentiality and sensitivity.
  • Vision, initiative, and self motivation.


  • A relevant qualification and/or substantial demonstrable experience in working with children and/or young adults.

Skills & Experience

  • Excellent pastoral skills with young adults and teenagers
  • Ability to communicate and engage with groups of adults and children.
  • Confident IT skills with knowledge of varied social media channels.
  • Excellent literacy and numeracy.
  • Strong ability to come alongside and develop others.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to good practice in Safeguarding.
  • Experience of or desire to learn leading contemporary sung worship with young adults.
  • Experience of working with young adults.
  • Evidence of presenting to a range of groups and audiences
  • There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder is a Christian. The post is subject to an Enhanced DBS disclosure.

St Nic’s has a home in the centre ground of evangelical Anglicanism

in the heart of the City of Durham. As part of the Church of England we have a diverse community of 300 regular Sunday attenders across all age

Having recently been designated a resource church by the Diocese of Durham, St Nics is in an exciting time of both transition and growth.

A key part of our vision is the establishment of a discipleship community at St Nics focused on the renewing of evangelism for new and existing Christians with the aim of rolling out the community across the Diocese. A core part of that vision is our work with young people in secondary and further education.