Part Time Children's Minister

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Dudley
Permanent
£12,500

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.

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, marital 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 our 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.

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:

  • Start a children’s ministry from scratch and then grow it in numbers and depth;
  • Pioneer new initiatives that reach children in an urban setting;
  • Create, lead and sustain a team of volunteers;
  • Engage with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Help children 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 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 jtreasure@gmail.com

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.

Key Duties

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:

  • Pray regularly for the children and the volunteers.
  • Take the lead on developing the children’s ministry strategy and plan, working closely with stakeholders (children, volunteers, parents/ carers).
  • Recruit and lead the core team of volunteers, developing their skills, have fun, build a sense of team and enabling them to become effective leaders/co-ordinators of teams.
  • Be responsible for and manage the children’s 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”.
  • Provide the clergy with up-to-date information and analysis of the children’s work and ministry’s effectiveness once a month.

Programme

You will take the lead role in the delivery of the children’s programme.

  • Ensure the children’s programme on Sunday’s provides them with a dynamic expression of Christian faith that enables them to fulfill their God given potential.
  • Take an ‘up-front’ role in leading the children’s meetings and events to include, but not be limited to, Sunday mornings. This will involve presenting and speaking, powerfully articulating the life-changing Christian message of hope and love.
  • To organise rotas for the volunteers.
  • To launch and lead a midweek after school children’s club.
  • To launch and lead a monthly messy church.
  • Lead by example in enabling children to grow through engagement with the Bible, worship, prayer, giving and serving.
  • Work with the children’s ministry team to facilitate the smooth transition of children approaching the end of Year 6 into the youth work and ministry programme.
  • Take a lead to enable children to engage with the heritage of the Top Church building and its history, working with consultants to develop, test and evaluate an activities programme that forms a key part of the Activity Plan in line with the objectives agreed with HLF.
  • Ensure up-to-date and timely information is made available to the relevant stakeholders.

Volunteers

Recruit, co-ordinate, support, and develop teams of children’s volunteers. To that end you will:

  • Actively recruit suitable volunteers from within Top Church, in accordance with our Safeguarding policy.
  • Train, develop and have fun with our volunteers so they can be even more effective in their work with children.
  • Co-ordinate the effective and safe deployment of volunteers, ensuring adequate adult/ young person ratios are maintained at all times, in accordance with our Safeguarding policy.
  • Encourage and celebrate our volunteers, making them feel a valued part of our church and its ministry.
  • Work with the Director of Operations to ensure all volunteers are reference-checked, Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)-checked and trained in safeguarding, in accordance with our Safeguarding policy.

Schools work

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.

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: Children’s Minister

Essential

Desirable

Christian spirituality

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).

Personal qualities

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.

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 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