At The British School of Brussels, Pater Dupierreuxlaan 1, Tervuren, Belgium
Rarely has there been a more exciting opportunity in the heart of Europe to lead a church offering hope in challenging times. ICS seeks an experienced, Evangelical Priest to lead this family-orientated, English-speaking Anglican Church, of many ationalities, denominations and backgrounds.
We equip and enable our congregation to live out their faith through whole-life discipleship Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Through Sunday services, prayer, preaching teaching and home groups we encourage our members.
The church attracts a broad range of ages with many families and children with a typical attendance of up to 130, including around 50 youth and children.
The package includes full salary, housing allowance, pension and social security contribution, a car and usual expenses. www.stpaulstervuren.be
Day-to-day priest and pastor
Leader – both operational and strategic – under God
Motivator, manager, relationship-builder and sustainer
following are practical weekly activities:
Prayerful Spirit-led preparation of Sunday services – creating the shape, liturgy, and sermon. The multi-denominational and multi-cultural nature of the congregation means that a flexible approach to the format of the 10:30 service is appreciated
Celebrating weekly Holy Communion at 9am service
Pro-active pastoral care, discipleship and visiting appropriate to the daily lives of the congregation
Motivating and mentoring/developing paid staff and volunteers, in a range of ministries
Encouraging, and ensuring support to, small groups including home groups
Building and sustaining the church community
Building local relationships: with the British School of Brussels where the main service is held; Father Jan, priest for the local Catholic Chruch; local town councils (‘Gemeente’ or ‘Commune’ for the towns which give support to St Paul’s) for stability and growth, mission and evangelism; Churches Together and The Brussels English speaking pastors association (BESPA), the Evangelical Theoelogical Faculty in Leuven (ETF) and wider ecumenical networks.
Some (but currently limited) work with schools in the local area.
Qualifications / Training
Applicants for the post should be:
An ordained Anglican minister
A fluent English speaker with excellent written and oral communication skills
Able to demonstrate strong evidence of leadership and management skills.
Candidates equipped for the role will be able to demonstrate experience and understanding in the following areas:
Leadership which inspires and motivates
Evangelism, outreach and leading a mission-focused church
Evangelical tradition with experience of leading an international or multi-cultural congregation, which is dynamic and well educated, with a breadth of Christian theology.
Development of pastoral ministries
Building up children and youth ministries and supporting the team leaders.
Knowledge skills and competencies
Candidates will be able to demonstrate that they possess knowledge, skills and competencies as follows:
Skilled in preaching and teaching with expository gifts, strong Biblical understanding of Biblical context, history and background
Easily builds relationships, demonstrates empathy with strong communication and interpersonal skills
Plans strategically to develop relevant ministries; able to discern and develop gifts in others
Manages and builds up of staff and large volunteer teams, where necessary training and mentoring leaders
Understands the lives and work of people moving within international communities.
Dependent upon the Holy Spirit
Willingness to learn local languages
Good sense of humour while sensitive to cultural diversity.
For the first ten years of its life, St Paul’s church met in the 13th Century Catholic parish church in the village of Vossem with Sunday school classes taking place 100m along the road in a small local English-speaking primary school. As the need grew for larger premises with space for on-site children’s ministry, the move was made to rent facilities at the nearby British School of Brussels. This completely secular school caters for 1,200 children from all over the world, including many families from the British Commonwealth. As with all international schools, of which there are many in Belgium, there is a formal security requirement. The main service meets in a large cafeteria which an enthusiastic and very committed team transform each week from a cafeteria into a church. Classrooms and halls give excellent.