Community Minister

Posted 14 days agoExpires in 5 days
Dudley
Permanent
£25,000

Top Church, Dudley is in an exciting new season. Designated as a resourcing church, in the next 5 years it will become an active and vibrant Anglican church, situated in the centre of Dudley with an average attendance of 250 - being a blessing to the local community and a resource to other churches.

We are looking for someone who has a passion to see the church caring for the most vulnerable in society to join our team. Your vision will be for the people of Dudley, one of the most deprived parishes in the UK, to experience life in all its fullness as Jesus promises. To that end, could you:

  • Discern where and how God is leading us to bring hope and dignity to the most vulnerable in Dudley;
  • Pilot a grassroots community project with a view to “scaling” it up to help more people;
  • Create, lead and sustain a team of volunteers;
  • Partner with like-minded organisations to fulfil our vision;
  • Help the local community engage with the story and heritage of Top Church?

As we are starting from scratch you will need to be determined, creative, imaginative, strategic and tenacious. You will be excited about being part of a church plant and be ‘up for an adventure’! You will be a highly motivated leader, passionate about the church's mission and ministry to the most vulnerable. A degree of flexibility and maturity will be required in order to grow with, and develop, the role as the demands and opportunities of the church evolve.

Closing date: noon on 21 February 2019 • Interviews will be held on 13 March 2019

This is a full-time post of 37.5 hours per week (inc: Sundays and some evenings)

Salary: £25,000 per annum plus pension contributions

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

Due to the occupational requirement of the role the post holder will be a practising Christian. The Dudley Resourcing Churches Trust has charitable status.

To arrange an informal chat with Rev’d James Treasure, the Resourcing Church Leader, please email jtreasure@gmail.com

The role of Community Minister is integral to the fulfillment of Top Church’s mission, vision, values and specifically to our fourth objective. To that end you will work closely with Revd James Treasure and the team to enable Top Church to fulfill this objective and to live out our vision, mission and values. It is therefore expected that you will be a member of, or join, Top Church.

Approximately 1 day a week of this role will also be key to achieving Objective 8 through work related to the HLF project. This will involve developing and testing an ‘Activity Plan’, alongside colleagues and consultants, which will seek to engage the community in the conservation work to the building.

You will be a highly motivated leader, passionate about Top Church’s engagement with its local community with an aim to bring dignity and hope to the most vulnerable of Dudley. This is not a job for the faint hearted but for someone who is willing to work hard, get their hands dirty, your heart broken and take a clear and strategic lead in bringing hope and dignity to the people and place of Dudley. We know this type of job brings with its unique pressures; you will be part of a very supportive team working towards the same vision and have regular oversight from the resourcing church Leader.

The overall task of the job will be to discern where God is leading us as a church to bring hope and dignity to the people and place of Dudley. Our hunch is that there is something that God is calling Top Church to do in our community, a unique space and role for us to serve the people of Dudley. After you have discerned this, you will take a lead role in delivering it. We anticipate this will be a ‘grassroots’ pilot initially but our hope is that in time, it will ‘scale up’ to provide the maximum opportunity to bring hope and dignity to as many as possible.

As we are starting from ‘scratch’ you will need to be determined, creative, strategic and tenacious. You will be excited about being part of a church plant and be ‘up for an adventure’! A degree of flexibility and maturity will be required in order to grow with, and develop the role, as the demands and opportunities of the church evolve.

You will possess a deep and living Christian faith with a visible commitment to prayer, worship and mission. Top Church believes that for transformation to fully happen people need to belong to a worshipping community and to that end you will need to share this conviction. Most of all, you must have a passion to see the most vulnerable of Dudley experience life in all its fullness, given dignity and overflowing with hope.

Top Church, Dudley

Job Description; Community Minister

Job Title: Community Minister

Location: Top Church, Dudley

Reports to: Revd James Treasure, Resourcing Church Leader

Working Hours: 37.5 per week (including Sundays and some evenings)

Annual Leave: 28 days per year, plus bank holidays

Salary: £25,000 plus pension contributions

Due to the occupational requirement of the role the post holder will be a practicing Christian.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Acts 1974 and is subject to a successful enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to an offer of employment being made.

Key Duties

Leadership and strategy

Through your example and leadership you will embody our service to the most vulnerable. To this end you will:

  • Pray regularly for the most vulnerable in Dudley.
  • Take the lead on developing this ministry which involves: discernment and engagement, research and planning, and strategy and delivery of the project (s).
  • Recruit and lead the core team of volunteers, developing their skills, have fun, build a sense of team and enable them to become effective and fulfilled volunteers.
  • Be responsible for and manage the ministry budget, income, and expenditure, ensuring ethical stewardship of finances, resources and use of buildings.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings, including times of prayer and “daily office”.

Discernment, Engagement and Research

Through research and engagement with the local community and prayerful discernment you will:

In the first six-months:

  • Be actively networking to discover, identify and support other people and projects that are bringing hope and dignity to Dudley.
  • Carry out research that identifies the most vulnerable people groups in Dudley
  • Alongside colleagues, help to recruit the consultant team who will work with us to develop the Activity Plan as part of the HLF project.

From six-twelve months:

  • Identify a way or ways in which Top Church can give dignity and bring hope to the most vulnerable to Dudley.
  • Carry out a feasibility study of the project based on the research gleamed from the first six months.
  • Write a proposal/business plan for the project to present to the Resourcing Church Leader and the team. The proposal should include a clear plan, strategy, management, sustainability and budget.
  • Take a lead to enable communities to engage with the heritage of the Top Church building and its history through developing and testing a clear activities programme in line with the objectives agreed with HLF (Heritage Lottery Fund).

In year two and beyond:

  • Begin to pilot the project(s) with regular reviews.
  • After 6 months of piloting the project begin to plan to ‘scale it up’ for its second year so we can give more people dignity and hope.

Volunteers

Recruit, co-ordinate, support, and develop teams of volunteer workers. To that end you will:

  • Actively recruit suitable volunteer workers to work with most vulnerable from within Top Church, in accordance with our Safeguarding policy.
  • Train, develop and have fun with our volunteers workers and enable them to be even more effective in their work with the most vulnerable.
  • Encourage and celebrate volunteer workers, making them feel a valued part of our church and its ministry.
  • Set up a prayer team to support you during the first year of research and discernment.
  • Work with the Director of Operations to ensure all volunteer workers are reference-checked, Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)-checked and trained in safeguarding, in accordance with our Safeguarding policy. Take the lead in recruiting a team of volunteers

Sunday Worship

Whilst it is the job of the whole church to welcome and include the most vulnerable, it is the job of her leaders to embody it. Top Church would like you to ensure welcome to the most vulnerable remains central and helps shape our Sunday worship services. To that end you will:

  • Ensure there is a culture of welcome and hospitality for the most vulnerable at Top Church.
  • Ensure there are clear pathways for the most vulnerable to take a full and active role at Top Church.
  • Provide any training necessary to help ‘church members’ welcome, befriend and share life with those who join Top Church.
  • Take an up-front role in communicating the vision of this ministry and regular updates on how Top Church is bringing hope and dignity to its community.
  • Help shape the Sunday teaching and midweek discipleship programme on Christ’s call to the ‘poor and vulnerable’.

General duties
To undertake any other duties that may reasonably be required of this post holder, as directed by the Resourcing Church Leader.

Person Specification

Job title: Community Minister

Essential

Desirable

Christian spirituality

A dedicated follower of Christ with a commitment to personal spiritual growth and ministry to grow in Christlikeness and a ‘heart’ for the poor.

Ability to articulate why this post is central to the mission of the church.

An active and consistent involvement in your local church.

In agreement with, and committed to, our Vision, Mission, Values and Objectives.

Willingness to be an active member of Top Church.

An awareness and some understanding of Anglicanism.

Qualifications, training and professional development

A minimum of 2 A-Levels

A DipHE or higher in theology (or equivalent).

Personal qualities

Compassionate, well motivated, able to take initiative, to plan and carry out work without need for ‘micro-managing’.

Able to handle, with competence, a demanding and varied workload.

Well-developed inter-personal skills with the ability to establish rapport with a diverse range of people and ages. A sense of fun is crucial!

A leadership gift with experience of leading and developing teams.

A commitment to prayerful strategic development, teamwork, planning, coordination and communication.

The ability to communicate a clear vision

Good verbal and written communication skills.

Good IT skills and the ability to organise your work and working environment.

Community work experience

Proven track-record of working effectively with the vulnerable in a Christian/ church context.

Proven track-record of working effectively with the vulnerable in both Christian and secular contexts.

Proven track record in partnering with other agencies.

Proven track-record of leading -paid or voluntary work and ministry (Christian/Church/School context).

The ability to connect and establish rapport with the vulnerable.

Good understanding of up-to-date safe practice with vulnerable people.

Experience of delivering training

Experience of delivering safeguarding training.

An effective and creative communicator/ public speaker.

Experience of securing external funding for community work.

Other

A willingness to adopt a flexible working pattern, including regular evening and weekend work.

Experience of working evenings and weekends.

Willingness to undergo DBS enhanced disclosure.

Willingness to engage with Heritage Lottery Funded programme.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this post should be made on our own application form. For an application form, please visit www.cofe-worcester.org.uk/vacancies

A Resourcing Church

Top Church will launch in September 2019. In preparation for the launch will see the appointment of a number of staff and clergy and a church planting team will be gathered and inducted.

Top Church has been designated a resourcing church. Revd James Treasure is working closely with the Bishop(s) to intentionally resource mission across the area by first planting Top Church and then planting other churches through the continued development of leaders and the provision of other resources for mission. As a resourcing church, Top Church will be given additional, focused resources.

The investment in the Top Church project is a strategic one to fulfil the priorities of our Kingdom People vision in Dudley. Top Church will provide a highly visible, outward facing church that blesses the town by offering the opportunity to reconcile people with God.

Work will be underway to adapt the church to best deliver this mission and ensure that the building is fit for purpose to serve the resourcing church and wider community for years to come. This work involves the first phase of internal re-ordering, to be completed by September 2019, and conservation work to the building via a Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project.

Our Vision and Mission

Situated at the top of the hill of Dudley High Street, Top Church (as St Thomas and St Luke is known locally) will be a thriving Anglican Church which is a blessing to its community and, in time, will resource other churches.

Its mission is for people in Dudley and beyond to experience ‘life in all its fullness’ as Jesus promised.

Our Values

These values will guide the fulfilment of the vision and mission. Together they form an ‘ecology’ of the fullness of life, each in interplay with all the others, they will be:

  • Worship: Worshipping God is one of the most profound experiences humans can have and our highest priority: it forms us into God’s people and roots us in God’s story.
  • Community: People are more connected today than ever before yet loneliness persists. At its heart, church is a community where we can all participate, build trusting relationships, receive care and create space for others.
  • Openness: We seek to be open to the Spirit through worship, engagement with the Bible, drawing upon church tradition and listening to one another.
  • Formation: We recognise we all start our spiritual journeys from different places but believe we are called to be formed into the likeness of Christ.
  • Dignity: To give and treat all people with dignity no matter their age, gender, health, race, material status or sexuality.
  • Hope: The possibility of hope opens up our futures and is given even in the darkest moments.
  • Aspiration: People can become and do more than they can ever imagine because they are made in God's image. We want to be a church that ignites and nurtures aspiration in people.
  • A Voice: We are committed to helping everyone find their voice and when necessary speak for those who have no voice.

Our Objectives

Top Church has five key objectives which drive the plan:

  1. Build a young and vibrant Anglican community at the centre of Dudley with an average attendance of 250, 60% of whom are unchurched/dechurched and 70% under 40 (within 5 years).
  2. Establish this as a strong group of disciples (e.g. in prayer, Bible reading, giving, evangelism, service and leadership) with a mission to bring Kingdom life to the area.
  3. Plant into another church in 2022 which by 2024 will have 100 members.
  4. Become a physical and effective sign of Christian witness in Dudley partnering with others, and being known for its service to the most vulnerable.
  5. Becoming 80% financially self-sufficient (100% after seven years) by teaching on stewardship and encouraging regular monthly giving.

These will also support three additional objectives:

  1. Generate 8 new vocations to ordained ministry.
  2. Provide an administrative hub for church plants and renewal teams.
  3. Ensure Top Church, the building, is in a ‘tip top’ condition for the resourcing church and people of Dudley.

Context of Dudley

This resourcing church will have a major impact in an area of high deprivation. It will show the Church of England’s commitment to the poorest communities where there is often a small faithful witness but little impact or engagement with large numbers of the local community, including young adults and those in inner urban estates. The parish is one of the most deprived in our nation, please see http://www2.cuf.org.uk/parish/420204 for further information.

The Needs

Since obesity, low self-esteem and loneliness/isolation have already been identified as the greatest needs in the area Top Church anticipates these might form the core of the challenges to be addressed. This will include partnering with other agencies who are working with the most vulnerable, for example the DY1 project and CHADD. The aim is to have this work in place by September 2020 after a year of discernment and planning.