This is an exciting opportunity for a Student & Young Adults Worker to play a key role in implementing “A Fruitful Future: Strategic growth and cultural change in the large, diverse Diocese of Southwark”. Specific projects have been identified in places across the Diocese of Southwark where there is a clear opportunity for growth and funding has been obtained from the Church of England’s Strategic Development Funding to support these projects.
One of these places is Summerstown, a diverse parish in south west London undergoing significant regeneration. St Mary’s currently has a small but growing number of young adults in their 20s and 30s as well as a number of young families and a few students. We have an increasing number of this demographic in our local area and we would like to reach out to them and make St Mary’s welcoming, attractive and supportive to students and young-adults alike. This role would lead this area of ministry, with support and oversight from the Vicar and the Diocese.
St Mary’s Church is a local parish church which reflects the diversity of the local area in age, ethnicity and background. We are a small, friendly, multi-cultural, evangelical congregation seeking to reach the local area with the good news of Jesus Christ. St Mary’s has a heart to reach out to students and young adults in the local area and this role is to establish and support ministry among these groups in Summerstown.
We want to appoint a Lay Worker for Students & Young Adults to join the church staff. Alongside the Incumbent and a parish worker (who has successfully focused on children) you will work intentionally with the Christian Union at St George’s University (part of the University of London) as well as outreach to the new developments to grow new ministries and possibly a new congregation aimed at students and young adults. As a member of the team at St Mary’s, you would get involved in various aspect of our lives together as God’s family, but this role would specifically focus on outreach and discipleship among students and young adults.
The role can be summarised under the following two areas of responsibility:
1. Outreach: Aiming to reach non-Christian students and young adults for Christ, including by:
2. Discipleship: building up students and young adults in their faith, for example:
The role is likely to be varied and will involve a mixture of:
The normal pattern of work in the Parish includes the following:
We are looking for someone who:
The Diocese of Southwark, founded in 1905, forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England and is part of the wider Church of England, in turn part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Diocese covers primarily the area of Greater London which is South of the Thames, together with the Eastern part of the county of Surrey. It is one of the largest dioceses in terms of population and parishes as well as one of the most diverse.
As a Diocese, we celebrate churches, worshipping communities and fresh expressions of Church, across the full spectrum of traditions, that speak well of each other and support each other as together we seek to deliver a our key objectives. This diversity and range of contexts within our Diocese means there needs to be more than one approach to missional growth – and this role will be a key feature of our journey towards delivering this growth.
In 2016, the Diocese was awarded a major grant to develop fresh expressions of Church throughout the Diocese and to grow the Church in new development areas, in particular the Nine Elms development on the South Bank in the Vauxhall /Battersea area.
In 2019 the Diocese was awarded a second major grant this time for six specific projects in places identified across the Diocese where there is a clear opportunity for growth and where lessons learned can be replicated to good effect across the Diocese and the wider church. This post at Summerstown is one of these projects