Deanery Youth & Children’s Worker and Diocesan Youth & Children’s Mission & Ministry Enabler

Posted 7 days agoExpires in 19 days
Holbeach
Fixed Term Full Time
£20 - £25,000 - Depending on experience. This post is for an initial period of 3 years

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

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

LEADERSHIP AND TEAM

  • To recruit, encourage, train, resource, nurture and sustain volunteers for youth and children’s work in each benefice and across the deanery.
  • To take an active role as part of the deanery staff team, alongside stipendiary and SSMs and LLMs and attending chapter, PCC and deanery synod meetings as required.
  • As part of the deanery Ministry Team to contribute towards developing our vision for mission.
  • In conjunction with the clergy, benefice safeguarding officers and the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, ensure that the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy is implemented at all activities.
  • To work with individual churches to help them develop their welcome for children, young people and families

DISCIPLESHIHP AND NURTURE

  • Develop the work with children and youth, both on Sundays but probably largely through mid-week activities.
  • To exercise appropriate pastoral concern for the children, young people and families with whom you have contact. This may involve informing the parish priest of any pastoral concerns you have for families/young people in their benefice.
  • To be sensitive in the communication of gospel truths in a way that is relevant and appropriate to the age group you are engaging with.

Work towards developing a project in each of the six benefices which make up the deanery that will engage children, young people and families

DIOCESAN PARTNERSHIP

  • To work with your colleagues in the team to encourage and develop best practice in working with children and young people across the Diocese.
  • To work with the team to develop a strategic approach to youth and children’s work across Greater Lincolnshire

To support churches with resources, training and theological reflection upon youth and children's work

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA

  • There is a genuine operational requirement for the post holder to be a Christian.
  • A passion for sharing the Good News of Jesus with children, young people and families.
  • Degree level or equivalent in an area relating to theology, education or youth and children’s ministry, or qualified by experience.
  • Experience of working in a similar position with children, young people and families.
  • Understanding of current legislation affecting youth work, including Safeguarding and Health and Safety, and experience of implementing “best practice” in these areas.
  • A full current UK driving licence.
  • Competent IT skills including word processing, emails, spreadsheets, databases and presentations.
  • Be aware of and a practitioner of safe use of social media.
  • Self-Motivating.
  • Able to collaborate with and motivate both lay and ordained colleagues.

DESIRABLE CRITERIA

  • Understanding of Church of England structures, including at a diocesan level.
  • Presently active in a church.
  • Formal theological training
  • Experience of working within a church context.

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.

  • One is of course the Covid 19 Pandemic which prevented us from being able to interview for this post the first-time round at the end of March 2020. Lock down brought pretty much all the activities of the church to a standstill and one of the first casualties was our children’s and youth work. This was followed by a steep learning curve about how we keep in touch with people when we can’t meet on a weekly basis for either worship, education or fellowship, and about how we use technology to find other ways of keeping in touch and keeping the faith and worship alive.

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.

  • The other is the diocesan vision for Resourcing a Sustainable Church *. This is a piece of on-going work that began at the end of 2019 to help us to not just face up to the diminishing financial resources of parishes and the diocese, but to put structures in place to create a vision for a stronger, better resourced and more sustainable church for the future.

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.

* Please ask if you would like further information about Resourcing Sustainable Church

To find out more about us please follow the links below;

The Lincoln Diocese

All Saints Church Holbeach