Families Minister

Full-time £24000-£30000 / year

St. Elizabeth's Church (BT16 2LP)

Date posted: 13th June 2022
Application ends: 29th July 2022

We are a vibrant Anglican evangelical church situated 4 miles from the centre of Belfast and are seeking to appoint a full time Families Minister (ordained or non-ordained) to help us reach, build and equip the next generation of young disciples.


- To partner with the Rector in planning, developing and implementing the key aims of reaching the lost, building the believer and sending the worker. - Alongside others, to develop and implement a strategy, which will enable the people of St Elizabeth's minister effectively to children, teenagers and families. - To partner with parents, enabling them to bring up their children to know, love and serve the Lord Jesus. This will include writing and/or select materials that can be used by parents in family discipleship. - To encourage our youth and children's leaders, and train and equip them in their ministries. This will include providing suitable resources to enable ministries to function effectively. - To recruit, train and manage, at least one, dedicated 'Youth Intern' at any one time. - To invest in the lives of children and young people, by prayerfully teaching them God's Word and demonstrating to them what a life transformed by the gospel looks like. - To help children and young people understand and take their place in the local church. This will mean helping to identify ways that children and young people can serve the whole church family. - To encourage, promote and advocate for intergenerational ministry. This could be through active involvement in All-Age Services and other church meetings. (This could also involve having oversight of what we call TASTE on Sunday evenings) - To look for opportunities for the church to reach new families with the good news of Jesus (e.g. after-schools work, schools ministry etc) - To liaise with the Safeguarding Trust panel, ensuring that all volunteers have had Access NI checks and are trained in our Child Protection Procedures.

Required skills

Essential Criteria: - To love Jesus and be submitting to His Lordship - To love children and young people - To love the gospel and want to proclaim it - To love the Bible and be a proven teacher of it - To hold clear evangelical convictions in accordance with what we believe as a church - To love the church, seeing youth and children as very much part of it - To have a proven track record working as part of a team. - To relate well to people, both inside and outside the church - To have previous experience working with children and young people and co-ordinating and training volunteer leaders - To have a clear Access NI history regarding suitability to work with children. Desirable Criteria: - A minimum of 3-years experience in pastoral ministry. - To be in possession of a full driving license and use of a car (unless exempt due to a medical condition / disability). - Competence in working with Information Technology including word processing, spread sheets, basic design programmes and social media. - Educational qualifications at an A-level standard (or equivalent) and 5 GCSE's (or equivalent) at grades A*- C including English and Mathematics.


Summary of role: The role of Families Minister is a senior position within the pastoral team. The Families Minister will partner with the Rector in helping the people of St Elizabeth's meet their principle aims of Reaching the Lost, Building Believers and Sending Workers. Specifically, the Families Minister will serve the church family, of St Elizabeth's, by helping us in our task of making and maturing disciples among the next generation. This job will require an ability to teach and apply the Bible to children and young people, and an ability to use the Bible to train and equip volunteer leaders, parents and the whole church family to be involved in ministry to our young ones. Vision Statement: Our vision is to see every child, which God has placed in our care, come to know the Lord Jesus as their Saviour and King; and to continue knowing, loving and serving him (within the context of the local church) throughout the rest of their lives. We appreciate that this is not our culture's vision for our children, and therefore, living this life will be tremendously difficult for the next generation. In order, to provide them with the firm foundation from which they can thrive, in the Christian life, we will always aim to: - Prioritize preaching & teaching the Gospel, so that children receive the grace of Jesus Christ, and know how to live in light of this grace. - Prioritize parents, coming alongside them as co-evangelists and co-disciplers of the next generation. This will mean putting significant resources into discipling parents. - Prioritize Intergenerational Discipleship, ensuring that children have amble opportunity to learn from and serve older generations; while older generations have the opportunity to know, love and serve our young ones.