Associate Minister


St Silas Church (G4 9JE)

Date posted: 21st March 2023
Application ends: 26th April 2023

The role involves sharing in the preaching and teaching ministry of the church, giving oversight to our growing ministries among young workers and students, and partnership with the Rector in overseeing the church's outreach, training and pastoral care.


General Responsibilities - Preach and lead regularly at Sunday services (as well as additional seasonal services such as at Christmas and Easter). - Be committed to praying regularly for the church family at St Silas and for other members of the staff and leadership teams. - Under the overall oversight of the Rector, and in conjunction with others in leadership, to assist with the pastoral oversight of the church family. - Under the overall oversight of the Rector, and cooperatively with the Associate Pastor for Women's Ministry: - oversee the Sunday evening service, with a particular focus on discipling and equipping those attending that service; - oversee the Roots ministry for young workers and students; - oversee leaders and teams for student ministry and international student ministry; and - oversee St Silas' outreach and evangelism. - The above list is flexible depending upon the particular gifts and experiences of the successful candidate. - Collaborate with the senior minister and others on the staff team in strategic planning for the wider church programme to promote the growth and ministry of the church. - To take on any other responsibilities as may be directed by the Rector. Specific Responsibilities It is anticipated that the specific shape of this role will be tailored for the right candidate, and will evolve in conjunction with the continuing development of the staff team and the church as a whole. The elements below indicate our current expectation for this role, but we want to be open to God's leading concerning the particular gifts and experience the right candidate will bring, and the development of all the leadership roles in the life of the church. Under the overall oversight of the senior minister: - to set a vision and direction for the continuing development and growth of the Roots ministry among young workers and students, so that it is a growing and effective ministry in enabling the students and young workers at St Silas to reach out, to grow, and to be trained and equipped to read, apply and teach God's word. - to oversee the evening service, so that it is a weekly service that glorifies God, edifies those who attend, and develops into a growing congregation of committed, disciple-making disciples. - to assist in the oversight of the St Silas outreach strategy, including – training our church family in evangelism, and devising an effective, year-round calendar of evangelistic events, activities and courses. - to help us shape the structures and administrative procedures in the church that will help implement the church's vision for ministry and growth. This will include - Involvement with the training and management of administrative staff and ministry trainees - to take on any other responsibilities as may be directed by the Rector.

Required skills

The person appointed should be committed to Bible study, prayer and the service of others, and have a heart for making new disciples and nurturing disciples of Jesus through bible teaching and pastoral support. It is expected that the person appointed would be committed to evangelism, modelling this personally and encouraging this for the congregation by initiating and supporting activities which seek to make Christ's love known and bring glory to God. We are looking for someone who: - is an evangelical who has a supreme regard for the authority of scripture and a strong desire to communicate the truths contained therein. - is a gifted preacher who faithfully handles God's word and effectively teaches its contemporary relevance in the life of church, individual and world. - is a teacher who trusts that when the Bible is taught faithfully as God's word, the Lord speaks by His Spirit about Jesus and gives life and growth. - has undertaken theological and ministry education, and proven themselves with respect to quality of mind and core knowledge and skills through completion, to a good standard, of a course such as an honours degree in theological and pastoral studies at a Seminary or theological college, or equivalent. - has previous experience in gospel ministry with a track record of combining sensitivity with biblical integrity such that both in their preaching and work with individuals they effectively apply the scriptures to a range of pastoral issues. - is a strong team player who works through and with others to make things happen, but is also capable of independent action. - is a natural leader who will take initiative and assume responsibilities but who is also a strong team player and will support the Senior Minister and work in collaboration with others on the staff team. - is a wholehearted Christian who demonstrates godliness in their life & ministry - is passionate about making disciple-makers in the local congregation, through outreach, follow-up, growth and training. - is relationally and pastorally sensitive and intelligent, and who sees the value of one-to-one discipleship, mentoring and biblical counselling. - is organised, and able to manage and delegate, including recruiting and co-ordinating teams and encouraging and supervising other staff members and congregation members in the fulfilment of their own responsibilities. - is in agreement with the core doctrinal beliefs of the Evangelical Alliance basis of faith: and able to assent to the Basis of Faith of St Silas Church including its reference to the Jerusalem Declaration (Gafcon) and the commitments to the authority of Scripture and penal substitutionary atonement. It is seen as desirable that the person appointed is either already an Ordained Presbyter within the Anglican Communion or is willing following their appointment to be a candidate for Ordination within our European Anglican Network.


For an application pack, or an informal conversation, please contact Martin Ayers (Rector): Closing date 26 April 2023. Anticipated Interviews: 10th May.