Emerging Generations Pastor
Are you passionate about encouraging children, youth and their parents/carers to grow in their relationships with each other and with God?
Are you ready for a new challenge where you can grow in your God-given gifts and calling?
Do you want to thrive as a member of staff and part of the leadership team at a growing local church?
This job is about building relationships with parents/carers and children/young people – it is not simply a children’s or youth worker we are after, but someone who can network in the community, resource our existing work and help us think strategically about the future. We also hope the successful applicant would be pastorally able to facilitate some of the relational cohesion that will enable families not only to have a positive experience of St Mark’s, but also to settle, stay and be helped in their discipleship and their relationships with God.
The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham has a clear vision for outreach and discipleship, given expression in the phrase “Growing Disciples Wider, Younger, Deeper” and this post is in part a response to this vision, and the call of Christ to make disciples.
This post is about building relationships with parents/carers and children/young people – it is not simply a children’s or youth worker we are looking for, but someone who can network in the community, resource our existing work and help us think strategically about the future. We also hope a successful applicant would be pastorally able to help provide some of the relational “glue” that might enable families not only to have a positive experience of St Mark’s, but also settle, stay and be helped in their discipleship and their relationships with God.
The post holder will be responsible for:
- Building relationships with parents/carers of children and young people
- Ensuring that work carried out is focussed on the vision and values of St Mark’s
- Contributing to the evolving vision and strategy for children, young people and families
- Networking and building links in schools, community groups and places within the community where children and young people are engaged, with the aim of developing relationships and mission
- Leading, overseeing, resourcing and supporting existing Sunday and midweek provision, including Tiddlywinks
- Leading learning activities with children
- Working with volunteers to equip, enable and enrich the ministry to children, young people and families
- Working with the Vicar to develop, implement and communicate a vision and strategy for working with children and young people
- Representing the needs of the children and young people and their leaders within the life of the church and encouraging their involvement in the wider life of St Mark’s
- Nurturing the Christian faith of children and young people connected to the church through Christian education, worship and social activities
- Praying regularly with the children and young people
- Providing pastoral care of children and young people
- Nurturing and enlarging the team of suitable volunteers
- Modelling good practice to others
- Playing a role in leading/planning Intergenerational Worship
- Occasionally leading or preaching at services
The Ideal Candidate
We are looking for someone who is a:
- Leader – overseeing, resourcing and supporting our existing Sunday and midweek provision and those who lead it. You will be able to lead learning activities with children, and work with volunteers to equip, enable and enrich our ministry to children, youth and families
- Strategist – ensuring that any work carried out is focussed and clear how it fits in to the “big picture” of what we are trying to do. You will be someone who can work as part of a team, is willing to understand and work within the Anglican ethos of St Mark’s, but also able to inspire us to re-shape our existing vision.
- Networker – building links in schools, community groups and places within our community where children and young people are engaged. You will be alive to where God is already at work in people’s lives and the world around, and ready to engage sensitively in mission and developing relationships
- Vibrant and articulate Christian faith
- Passionate about ministry with children, young people and their parents/carers
- Able to work as an effective team player, with volunteers and as part of the Staff Team
- Good at building and maintaining links in the local community
- Good communication skills, being able to listen, talk, and relate with children but also, importantly, with their parents/carers
- Networking skills
- Able to be self-motivated and to work independently
- Able to set and apply relational boundaries
- Awareness of appropriate confidentiality and able to apply this
- Willingness to live and work within the context of the Anglican church
- Knowledge of current good safeguarding practice
- Strong organisational skills
- Experience of working with children/young people in a church context
- Able to use MS Word and PowerPoint (or similar), proficient with email/telephone, and able to create and maintain appropriate records
- Able to think and apply work ideas creatively
St Mark’s Woodthorpe is a growing church of around 150 adults and 50 children. We believe it is possible to have unity within diversity and want to encourage people in their journey of faith. We are a Church of England parish of about 8,500 people located three miles north of Nottingham. Belonging to the family of the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham, our Sunday services represent a broad range from traditional Holy Communion to an open-evangelical charismatic style later in the morning and in some evening services.
Bishop Paul Williams explains the vision for Growing Disciples: Wider, Younger, Deeper