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St Nics Church, Market Place, Durham
At its core this role is about serving the common vision of St Nics through advising, advocating, supporting, resourcing and enabling engagement with social justice as an expression of our corporate discipleship. The purpose of the role is to enable growth in discipleship, service and number as part of our wider vision to be a growing community who bless the city which we have been called to serve.
Working in partnership with our Youth Missioner and Student Worker you will work with those at Nics with a passion for justice, enabling cross-generational service and equipping St Nics to become a growing justice and discipleship hub for the city.
The Social Justice enabler will lead and develop St Nics Justice Ministry in six key areas:
- Leading our work to establish a justice hub at St Nics which will include a social justice café and the development of client facing services in areas such as food poverty, debt advice, jobclub and addiction recovery services – using models provided by Christians Against Poverty or similar organisations.
- Sharing faith as part of the response to injustice at every level through making disciples and growing in them a holy discomfort at the lived injustice encountered daily.
- Working alongside the Youth Missioner to support and nurture discipleship in young adults (16-30) and to develop a thirst for justice amongst them as well as providing opportunities for them to serve. This will include involvement in wider justice issues such as climate justice which is an active part of our current justice ministry alongside homelessness, the support of asylum seekers and a fairtrade operation.
- Work alongside the Vicar and the Prior of the Community of St Cuthbert - who will line manage this post - to build and develop spiritual support groups which encourage a lived discipleship across five rhythms of grace, one of which is justice.
- Recruiting, training and developing support from within the congregation in the justice services to be developed such as a justice café, debt advice, and jobclub in addition to supporting and encouraging our existing volunteer leaders.
- Proven experience of work in delivering social justice work or projects
- Proven experience of working well in a team setting
- Proven experience of working with volunteers
- Proven experience of planning and delivering projects
- Previous experience working within a church setting
- Proven experience of recruiting and managing volunteers
- Proven ability to network with statutory and non-church organisations
Skills & Abilities
- A well organised leader who can give strong direction when needed
- An ability to ‘self start’ and stay motivated despite inevitable challenges
- A team player who is able to reflect on the opinions and input of others
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- A strongly relational individual who networks well with those both inside and outside the church
- Highly organised with a high attention to detail
- Ability to be flexible and adapt to change
- An ability to train others, develop volunteers and grow future leaders
- Digital and social media skills
- A committed Christian with an active faith in God
- A strong record of commitment to a local church
- A pioneer who is comfortable to try out new ways of working and unafraid of failure
- Self-confident and resilient
- Self-motivated and an ability to work under pressure
- An ability to work flexibly, to work outside of the 9-5 pattern whilst ensuring good time off and rest are never neglected
St Nic’s has a home in the centre ground of evangelical Anglicanism in the heart of the City of Durham. As part of the Church of England we have a diverse community of 300 regular Sunday attenders across all age.
Having been designated a resource church by the Diocese of Durham, St Nics is in an exciting time of both transition and growth. As a resource church St Nics understands “good growth” to be:
- Growth in Discipleship leading to
- Growth in Service leading to
- Growth in Number.
Our social justice enabler is a part of the team enabling that journey of growth in each of these areas.
Should you wish to discuss the role please contact - firstname.lastname@example.org.