Top Church will launch in September 2019. 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 resource 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 will resource other churches.
Its mission is for people in Dudley and beyond to experience ‘life in all its fullness’ as Jesus promised.
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:
Top Church has five key objectives which drive the plan:
These will also support three additional objectives:
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 with a passion for children’s ministry to join our team. Your heart will be for the children of Dudley to experience life in all its fullness as Jesus promises to. To that end, could you:
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 children. 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 21st February 2019 • Interviews will be held on 6th March 2019
This is a part-time post of 18.75 hours per week (inc: Sundays and some evenings)
Salary: £12,500 per annum plus pension contributions
This post is subject to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Summary of the Job and Person Specification
The role of the Children’s Minister is central to Top Church’s mission; specifically our first and fourth objective. To that end you will work closely with Revd James Treasure and the team to enable Top Church to fulfill these objectives and to live out our vision, mission and values amongst children (0-11 year olds). It is therefore expected that you will be a member of, or join, Top Church if you are moving to the area.
Approximately half a 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, including local schools, in the conservation work to the building.
You will be a highly motivated leader, passionate about children and their wellbeing. As we are starting from ‘scratch’ you will need to be determined, creative, strategic, imaginative 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. Most of all, you must have a passion to see the children of Dudley fulfill their God given potential.
Top Church, Dudley
Job Description; Children’s Minister
Job Title: Children’s Minister
Location: Top Church, Dudley
Reports to: Revd James Treasure, Resourcing Church Leader
Working Hours: 18.75 per week (including Sundays and some evenings)
Annual Leave: 14 days per year, plus bank holidays
Salary: £12,500 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.
Leadership and strategy
Life changing, inspiring and nurturing children’s work and ministry doesn’t happen by chance! It requires prayerful strategic development, teamwork, planning, coordination and communication. To this end, you will:
You will take the lead role in the delivery of the children’s programme.
Recruit, co-ordinate, support, and develop teams of children’s volunteers. To that end you will:
Children spend 30+ hours per week during term time at school. You will be expected to develop and foster strong partnerships with the local schools. This may include delivering, assemblies, lunchtime clubs, RE lessons and may include mentoring and pastoral support.
To undertake any other duties that may reasonably be required of this post holder, as directed by the resourcing church Leader.
Job title: Children’s Minister
A dedicated follower of Christ with a commitment to personal spiritual growth and ministry to grow in Christlikeness.
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 recognised children’s worker qualification (or willingness to work towards one).
JNC-recognised qualification in children & community work or PGCE
A DipHE or higher in theology (or equivalent).
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.
Children’s work experience
Proven track-record of working effectively with children in a Christian/ church context.
Proven track-record of working effectively with children in both Christian and secular contexts.
Proven track-record of leading -paid or voluntary i work and ministry (Christian/Church/School context).
The ability to connect and establish rapport with diverse groups of children.
Good understanding of up-to-date safe practice in for children..
Experience of delivering training for volunteer children or youth workers.
Experience of delivering safeguarding training.
Experience of securing external funding for work with children.
An effective and creative communicator/ public speaker.
A proven track record in preaching with impact.
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 process
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