Student & Young Adults Lay Worker - St. Mary's Summerstown

Posted 18 days agoExpires in 4 days
South London
Fixed Term Full Time
30,600

This an exciting, new opportunity to focus on outreach and discipleship among 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, 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 housing developments, to grow new ministries and possibly a new congregation aimed at students and young adults.

This post will play a key role in implementing “A Fruitful Future: Strategic growth and cultural change in the large, diverse Diocese of Southwark”, as it is one of the specific projects that 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. 

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. 

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.

 

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:

  • Leading enquirers courses e.g. Christianity Explored
  • Engaging with the St George’s Hospital Christian Union and Chaplaincy
  • Helping Sunday Services to be attractive and useful to people who wouldn’t call themselves Christians
  • Organising and leading outreach events in the local area.

 

2. Discipleship: building up students and young adults in their faith, for example:

  • Leading Bible study groups
  • Personal work, pastoral support and 1-1 discipleship
  • Leading relevant events for students, 20s & 30s
  • Encouraging students and young adults to serve at church and preparing them for serving Christ in their future.

The role is likely to be varied and will involve a mixture of:

  • Leading student and young adults work and different aspects of Word ministry
  • Personal pastoral work e.g., 1-1 Bible reading, pastoral visits
  • Evangelism among this group e.g. leading Christianity Explored, 1-1 bible studies, organising outreach events
  • Working in partnership with St George’s Hospital Chaplaincy and Christian Union, supporting outreach and discipleship among medical students
  • Engaging with young adults in the wider community, established estates and new housing of the parish
  • Staff meetings and prayer meetings
  • Leading Bible studies, being a member of a Bible study group
  • Sunday Services: being involved in the services e.g. praying, welcoming, practicalities
  • Attending church events/background staff work as needed and required by the Vicar
  • Supporting the Vicar with such duties that he may be released to also exercise a ministry of evangelism to students and young adults
  • Raising up and training young adults for areas of ministry in church e.g. children’s ministry, or Bible study leading

    We are looking for someone who:

    • loves Christ and is seeking to grow as His disciple
    • has a passion to serve Christ’s church in a variety of ways
    • is willing to learn and seeking to grow in their ministry gifts
    • is able to demonstrate that they will be a collaborative team member and also comfortable working independently when needed
    • is an example of growing in godliness in their life and ministry
    • has a passion to see students and young adults won for Christ and built up in Him
    • has some experience of young adults ministry (either paid or un-paid)
    • loves the Bible and is experienced in teaching it e.g. in small groups and one-to-one
    • has pastoral skills and practical insight into the pressures faced by students and young adults
    • is a leader, who can inspire others, take initiative and support the Vicar to develop our ministry among students and young adults
    • is emotionally intelligent and able to build good partnerships and working relationships with others e.g. with the Chaplaincy at St George’s hospital
    • has good organisational abilities
    • is prayerful and committed to their personal relationship with God
    • has some formal or informal training in ministry and Bible teaching
    • will be a committed member of the wider church family at St Mary’s
    • shares the conservative evangelical theology of the church.

    St Mary’s is a local parish church in South West London, within the Diocese of Southwark, 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.

    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.