All Saints Little Shelford (CB22 5HG)
Date posted: 19th October 2023
Application ends: 30th November 2023
We are seeking to appoint a full time Youth and Children's Minister to oversee and further establish the church's youth and children's work. Applications are welcome from a lay or ordained man or woman with experience in youth and children's work.
Key areas of responsibility 1. Training Leaders The scale of the youth and children's work at All Saints means that training fellow-workers is a very high priority for us as a church family. The Youth and Children's Minister will need to 'line-manage' and support the volunteers who lead each group and help them work together towards a coherent vision of Biblical ministry to our young people. We are not simply seeking someone to continue the work previously done by volunteers – we hope this post will allow a strategic and long-term vision to be put in place to help leaders and young people grow up together in their salvation. 2. Teaching Youth and Children The Youth and Children's Minister will teach and speak regularly across all of the youth and children's groups, and will help the group leaders develop curricula that are faithful and engaging, and provide feedback as they are implemented. They will need to keep fostering good links with Shelford School in organizing assemblies and the Bible Explorers Club. They will have some level of oversight of annual events including Holiday Clubs, Christmas services and Light Parties, and input into monthly All Age Services. 3. Safeguarding We have a Safeguarding coordinator and the Youth and Children's Minister will work alongside them to ensure that the church's safeguarding policy is implemented and that children are cared for in a manner worthy of the Gospel in each group. 4. Pastoral Care The Youth and Children's Minister will be involved in providing pastoral care for youth and children's leaders, and supporting the pastoral care of young people in age-appropriate ways. 5. Supporting Families We consider that parents have the primary responsibility under God for bringing up their children, so maintaining good communication with parents and resourcing them in that great work will be a significant part of the job. 6. Scope for Growing the youth and children's work There may be scope for more mid-week events, including social activities. There is a local youth work supported by the churches of three villages, the Shelfords and Stapleford Youth Initiative – occasional involvement with them might be a possible area of development. 7. Staff Team and wider church responsibilities The Youth and Children's Minister would be expected to play a full part in church life, and in the staff team, helping the rector and curate with setting the vision and direction of the church. Bible-teaching opportunities may include midweek pastoral and training events and /or some preaching on Sundays, if appropriate.
Faith: - A committed, prayerful Christian, growing as a disciple of Christ, and seeking to walk blamelessly as church leaders are commanded (1 Timothy 3.1-13) - Shares our conviction on the authority of Scripture and agrees with the church council's endorsement of the Jerusalem Declaration 2008; particularly on the nature of marriage and sexuality. - Shares our conviction on the penal substitutionary nature of the atonement. Young People: - Has an evident pastoral concern for youth and children and has recognised gifts in teaching and relating to them. Qualifications: - Formal Training in Theology / Expository teaching Experience: - Experience in Youth and Children's work - Experience of work on a church staff team Personal Attributes, Skills and competencies: - Can lead and relate well to a diverse range of people - Strong administration and organizational skills - Competent IT skills - Able to work well as a member of the staff team and children's teams.