Assistant Minister

Full-time £28600-£31100 / year
Includes housing

Grace Church Cowley (OX4 2ES)

Date posted: 6th February 2024
Application ends: 28th February 2024

Grace Church Cowley was planted from St Ebbe's Central and St Ebbe's Headington churches in 2019. This role is working alongside the Minister of Grace Church in pastoring, and with a view to reaching people in housing estate areas outside the ring road.


Ministry - Accountable to the Minister, assisting in all aspects of pastoring Grace Church and all age-groups. - Preaching and leading at Sunday gatherings regularly at Grace Church. - Leading in prayer and modelling a reliance on the Lord. - Assisting in the training and care of our Missional Communities (small groups) and leading/supporting our Blackbird Leys Missional Community. - Supporting and training individuals through one-to-one discipleship, mentoring and pastoral care. Mission - Working with the Minister to enable the church family to share Jesus with others and modeling a heart for mission - Beginning to form the nucleus of a core team of people with a heart for areas outside the ring road and praying together to reach people there. - Beginning to explore ways to reach people outside the ring road with the good news of Jesus. - Gradually moving towards some kind of regular gatherings outside the ring road over time, at a pace that seems appropriate and is not rushed. - Praying towards planting or grafting or leading a church outside the ring road the future. Young People - Involvement in the oversight and development of our ministry to children and young people. - Getting involved in schools work in Cowley, and over time outside the ring road . - Jointly liaising with our Safeguarding Officer to ensure that all safeguarding policies are followed in respect of our young people. Other - Contributing to other areas of ministry as required. - Pursuing agreed ministry-related training and development, along with mentoring and support from the Minister. - Attending staff meetings and prayer meetings as required. - Awareness of and commitment to implementing Church of England, St Ebbe's and Grace Church policies and practices on safeguarding.

Required skills

- A passionate faith in the Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. - A love for God's word and confidence that God uses his word to do his work in His world. - A Christ-like love for people with a humble desire to serve and disciple them. - A passion for and ability in enabling people to reach the lost in Cowley and, especially, outside the ring road. - An ability to envision others and inspire a heart for lost people. - A gift for teaching and training others through God's word, faithfully and effectively, with grace, wisdom and empathy. - A transparent godliness in line with the Bible and a prayerful dependence on Christ. - Good leadership, communication and interpersonal skills. - Highly organised, with the ability to both take initiative and work well in a team. - Formal qualifications of theological college training or undergoing part-time theological training. - Agreeing with the St Ebbe's statement of faith. - Agreeing with St Ebbe's views on the distinctive ministry of men and women.


- An ordained Anglican or an Ordinand. - Formal training and experience in Christian ministry or undergoing ongoing part-time ministry training. - A track record of missional work in any context and a heart for mission. - Experience of working specifically in a deprived area / a deep passion for this ministry. - A willingness to work across evangelical and other traditions of churches.