Pioneer Evangelist, North Sutton Centre for Mission

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St Helier, Sutton

Pioneer Evangelist, North Sutton Centre of Mission

The post:

This role has been created in partnership between the Diocese of Southwark and Church Army to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the St Helier Estate and to transform the community in His name. As Pioneer Evangelist you will support the Lead Evangelist by reaching out to local people, especially children, young people and their families, to share Christian faith and build Christian community using Church Army’s DARE strategy and values. If you are excited by the opportunity to grow the kingdom of God by living and working with local people especially those disconnected from church, seeking to unlock God’s potential within them and to grow new worshipping communities amongst them then please consider this attractive role.

  • To bring Good News to the people of St Helier Parish, especially children, young people and their families finding the most appropriate ways to introduce the Christian faith and nurture it as commitment grows.
  • To work in collaboration with schools, agencies and churches, to create the circumstances in which children, young people and families are enabled and empowered to make holistic improvements to their lives.
  • To develop appropriate and innovative expressions of worshipping communities in response to the needs of children, young people and their families with the aim of modelling this in the wider diocese.
  • To create a community alongside the Lead Evangelist in which doing, advocating, resourcing and enabling evangelism is a shared way of life.

This role requires:

  • A gifted Evangelist who is excited by sharing faith with children, young people and their families and who has the skills to engage in ministry in and around schools
  • Someone who is creative in their approach, who loves people and is energised by creating community, has a pioneering spirit, is accepting of all, and who creates opportunities to share the gospel.
  • A person of prayer who has the spiritual resources to pioneer, and a passionate desire to do so.
  • Someone who is collaborative, able to work as part of a team and alongside other partner organisations.

The place and its people:

St Helier Estate is in Carshalton and Morden and straddles the London Boroughs of Sutton and Merton. It is home to about 30,000 people of whom about two thirds live in the parish of St Helier. It is a diverse estate with many young families as well as older residents. About half of the residents own their homes and approximately 38% of all households are social rented. The estate is currently recognised as having high levels of deprivation, unemployment, single parents, elderly people and people with long term disabling illness. 31% of all households with children are lone-parent households. Large parts of the parish are amongst the 20% most deprived neighbourhoods in the country.

Rev Tracy Marlow has been in post as Lead Evangelist of North Sutton Centre of Mission since April 2021. Bishop Andrewes’ and St Peter’s are small but committed congregations. We believe in the transforming love of God in Jesus, and we seek to share his love with our community, so people may have life in all its fullness. We are aiming to make “Jesus the heart of the community”.

Contract: Full-time, fixed term for 5 years

Deadline for receipt of applications is Sunday 5 September 2021 (midnight)

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 5 October 2021

This post is subject to DBS enhanced check.

For an informal discussion with the Archdeacon of Reigate, please contact