Full-time £27753-£29412 / year
St Botolph's Aldersgate (EC1A 4EU)
Date posted: 24th January 2024
Application ends: 23rd February 2024
An opportunity for a godly and evangelistically-minded man with a heart for reaching the City of London with the good news of Jesus Christ.
The Assistant Minister will lead the midweek ministries, namely The Aldersgate Talks and The Moorgate Talks, with significant freedom to direct the ministries, under the guidance and oversight of the Guild Vicar. There are occasional weekend responsibilities. The Assistant Minister can attend whichever church he wishes on Sundays.
The man appointed will be: - a humble, godly, prayerful and servant-hearted leader who can to relate to people well and mobilise, encourage and motivate them in the gospel; - a competent Bible teacher and preacher, trained and experienced in expository Bible teaching ministry (although Anglican ordination is not required, nor is Bible college or seminary training); - a conservative evangelical who believes the gospel as presented in the Bible and is able to articulate it clearly; - firmly convinced of the authority and sufficiency of Scripture; - an evangelist with a concern for lost people in the City of London, and for envisioning and training Christians in the workplace in their evangelism and mission; - passionate for, and aware of the opportunities and challenges associated with, ministry to workers in the City of London; - committed to and gifted in one-to-one discipleship through the Bible; - able to take initiative in ministry; - willing to begin work early (and sometimes finish later than normal), given many City workers are able to meet only before the start of, and after the end of, the working day; and - complementarian on the roles of men and women in church and family life.
The main responsibilities are: - leading and making decisions about the direction of ministry with imagination and creativity, with input from the Guild Vicar and core gospel partners. This includes leading a small staff team, currently comprised of a women's worker, ministry trainee and part-time administrator; - preaching regularly at the midweek talks. The amount is negotiable and will depend on desire and experience. There is scope to decide the preaching programme, with assistance, where needed, from the Guild Vicar; - praying for the ministry personally, with staff and at a weekly, early morning prayer meeting; - reading the Bible one-to-one to help individuals mature in Christ (Colossians 1:28) and be ministers in the City of London and further afield; - overseeing, and growing disciples through weekly, early morning Bible study groups, with a focus on rebuilding post-COVID-19, including deciding the content and training group leaders; - encouraging, mobilising and training Christian workers in their workplace evangelism, by taking the initiative in building relationships with busy people; and - meeting, training and supporting workplace Christian group leaders, including in the leading of workplace-based Christianity Explored or similar courses. The main opportunities of this role are: - on average, well over 150,000 come to the City of London to work daily, with numbers gradually growing post-COVID-19; - the chance to bring the good news of Jesus to people who local churches struggle to reach, and to train Christians who have been equipped for workplace ministry by their local churches; - reaching men with the gospel; our current male (in proportion to female) attendance far exceeds that of most churches; - supporting the local church as people are converted and discipled in the City of London and trained for service in their main church family; and - training future pastors, preachers, teachers and evangelists. Many have been trained for paid, full time Christian service through lunchtime ministries in London over the last few decades. The main challenges of this role are: - importantly, lunchtime ministry takes place in a mission context. The midweek talks are not the main church for most of our attendees, but a mission congregation equipping them to reach the City of London with the good news of Jesus Christ. The Assistant Minister will therefore be in a parachurch role and more like a missionary than a Sunday church minister, though there will of course be significant areas of overlap; - COVID-19 changed people's working habits and thus reduced the number able to attend. Current attendance at the main weekly lunchtime meeting is 25 at The Aldersgate Talks and 15 at The Moorgate Talks; - many in the City are time-poor and pressured at work, meaning relationships take longer to develop and attendance can be erratic; and - fruit is often hard to see, as with most frontline mission ministries. Housing, salary and pension A four-bedroom house in Bermondsey, with payment of Council Tax and water bills included. Salary of between £27,753 and £29,412, depending on experience. Pension and life assurance. More details For an application form or to register interest, please contact Churchwarden David Durlacher at email@example.com. The initial deadline for applications is 6pm Monday 19th February.