We are inviting applications for a person who is confident in both developing and promoting online ways of discipling and nurturing children and young people as well as traditional ‘in person’ work.
The Deanery Role (4 days per week)
The Deanery of Elloe East is a deanery of six benefices in rural South Lincolnshire. Each of the benefices have at least one primary school within them and some have excellent links with their local church school. There are also two secondary academies in the deanery who work together under an executive head. All of the benefices in the deanery share a vision for strong yet sensitive youth work among our children and young people, though they do not always, as yet, understand how that might be achieved. At present most ongoing youth and children’s work falls to the clergy, who are already stretched with other commitments.
The deanery is currently undergoing an exciting time of reorganisation and we are exploring the formation of Mission Communities as a way of benefices working more closely together and sharing ministerial resources. (Please note that some of these ideas have informed the vision for Resourcing a Sustainable Church) As part of this forward-thinking development of the life of the deanery, in 2019, we appointed a Deanery Administrator who currently works 18 hours per week from an office in Holbeach. We are now looking to appoint a deanery Youth and Children’s Worker to help sharing of the Good News of Jesus to children, young people and families in our deanery.
It is envisaged that the post holder will share their time around the benefices in the deanery to run missional and evangelistic activities alongside the local churches as well as taking an active role in leading Collective Worship in some of the local schools, perhaps in conjunction with local clergy. Activities might involve taking a lead in planning and organising Messy Church, Family Fun Days and after school clubs. The post holder would be free to explore their own ideas and develop new initiatives for outreach to children, young people and families. It is also envisaged that the post holder would take the lead in planning an annual deanery wide outreach event for children, young people and families. It is hoped this would involve recruiting local volunteers from both church members and local people, and nurturing, resourcing and training them.
In 2019 a small team of lay people were trained in Open the Book and began to take Acts of Collective Worship into one of the local primary schools. Hopefully this can eventually be restarted, and the post holder would be expected to take a lead in this activity.
The post holder would be able to make use of the Deanery Administrator and all the facilities offered by the deanery office.
The Diocesan role (1.5 days a week)
As well as being appointed as Deanery Youth and Children’s Worker the post holder would also be appointed as one of three Diocesan Youth & Children’s Mission & Ministry Enablers. This would involve 1.5 days a week seconded to the Diocese as a Diocesan Youth & Children’s Mission and Ministry enabler. In this capacity you will work with your immediate colleagues in the Youth and Children’s Team, and other members of the Mission Team to develop a coherent strategy that will lead to significant growth in mission and ministry with children, young people and families across the Diocese.
Your prime focus will be the Boston Archdeaconry and you will be involved elsewhere on occasions using your specific experience and skills. The team currently meets in Lincoln on a Thursday morning and you will be a regular part of this (particularly in the first year of the post with a pattern beyond that to be agreed).
The overall aim of the Youth & Children’s Mission and Ministry team is to enable and develop effective work amongst children and young people in the Diocese of Lincoln in accordance with the vision of the Diocese, and in line with the Church of England's Youth & Children's mission and ministry aims (Going for Growth, 2010), so as to see young lives transformed.
The team will work with parishes and other appropriate organisations across Greater Lincolnshire so that we may:
1. Work towards every child and young person having a life-enhancing encounter with the Christian faith and the person of Jesus Christ
2. Recognise and welcome the capacity of children and young people to transform the Church and the world
3. Provide support and development for all those working with children and young people
As such the key tasks for this position are as follows:
1. To work with your colleagues in the team to encourage and develop best practice in working with children and young people across the Diocese.
2. To work with the team to develop a strategic approach to youth and children’s work across Greater Lincolnshire
3. To support churches with resources, training and theological reflection upon youth and children's work
Both roles will be subject to enhanced DBS disclosure
LEADERSHIP AND TEAM
DISCIPLESHIHP AND NURTURE
Work towards developing a project in each of the six benefices which make up the deanery that will engage children, young people and families
To support churches with resources, training and theological reflection upon youth and children's work
UPDATE : COVID 19 & RESOURCING SUSTAINABLE CHURCH
Two things have had a massive impact on our diocese since preparations were started on preparing for and advertising this role in 2019.
The church, nationally, is now aware that whatever lies ahead for the future it will inevitably involve a higher degree of online access and interaction than ever before, and what is true for our adult congregants will also be true for our contact with children and young people.
The post holder will need to be confident in both developing and promoting online ways of discipling and nurturing children and young people as well as traditional ‘in person’ work.
Discussions are well under way for implementing the vision which will involve dispensing with the deanery and working across the 9 Local Authority Areas of the diocese and dividing each of these 9 Areas into smaller units, each staffed by a team of at least 3 stipendiary clergy plus a range of Self-Supporting Ministers, Licensed Lay Ministers, Authorised Lay Ministers and Youth and Children’s workers. The emphasis will be on teams working together and sharing their different giftings and providing a whole range of ministry across their areas.
The post-holder will be expected to take a full part in the decision making both for the transition period and the implementation of this vision and ultimately become a participatory member of one such team.
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