Wanted - Children and Families’ Coordinator and Mission Leader

Children and Families’ worker required. A blank sheet of paper is on offer to shape and create a vibrant and outward-looking children and families’ work. Building on the existing children’s ministry and strong relationships with our local Church of England Academy, your role would be to grow and extend this work and help build God’s kingdom. We’re looking for an entrepreneurial, creative, missional-minded leader and communicator who can think strategically and has a passion for children’s and youth work. Role Description

Title: Children’s and Families’ Coordinator and Mission Leader

Responsible to: The Vicar and PCC of St Christopher’s Church

Line Manager: Vicar

Hours:   40 hours per week (full time) Salary: £21,000 - £23,000 depending on qualifications and experience

Contract: 12 months, with potential for further extension of this project.

Appointment to start: September 2015

Application: Email the vicar, Andy March (revandymarch@gmail.com) with a CV and a covering letter demonstrating how you meet the person specification and explaining why you feel a sense of God’s call to this role.

Closing date: Friday 26 June, 23:59.

Interviews: Monday 6th July

Vision and aim

St Christopher’s Church is a community that caters for families with young children. We have a strong history of regular attendance of around 20-25 children up to the age of 13 on Sunday mornings. We also have a strong connection with our local primary schools and uniformed groups. We would now like to build on this through appointing a full-time children’s and families’ worker who can provide strong leadership and continue to develop youth and children’s work in the Parish.

The main aims are to:

  • further develop existing church based provision, establishing young disciples whose vigour and openness to God speaks to the whole church and community;
  • support young people and their families;
  • reach out to young people in the wider community in a variety of different ways;
  • work with and in the four local primary schools, in particular St John’s Church of England Academy;
  • work alongside other youth organisations in the area, especially the local uniformed groups.

The age range covered by the worker will be 0 – 18 years, with an emphasis on 4-11 year olds.

Role:

Mission and Evangelism

  • Have a missional/evangelistic mindset and be able to communicate the message of Jesus Christ to children and their families.

 

Leadership

  • A leadership role, shaping programmes and priorities.
  • Coordinate and participate in Sunday children’s work provision.
  • Train and equip children’s and youth work volunteers and enable them to access appropriate training.
  • Establish a clear strategy/vision for children’s and youth work.
  • Work in partnership with the church to continue to develop and implement the strategy for the growth of Christian children’s and youth work in the parish.
  • Be a member of the leadership team in the parish.

Church and children

  • Raise the profile of children and families’ work among the church congregations/groups and wider parish.
  • Shape, develop and deliver our existing children’s work programme alongside local volunteers.
  • Work alongside volunteers, growing and developing the teams, their ministry and faith.
  • Be able to be flexible and adaptable when working with different volunteers.
  • Be able to mentor, empower and encourage children’s work volunteers.
  • Instil a sense of vision and vocation for children and young people so they might fully participate in the ongoing life and worship of the church.
  • Disciple young people and encouraging them in their spiritual walk and to deepen their faith.
  • Reach out beyond the current children’s work into the wider community.

Families:

  • Work with our team to build on existing families’ work through Messy Church.
  • Have the ability to pastorally engage with parents and families of children and youth, both within and outside the church.
  • Equip parents to disciple their own children, so that families grow in faith together.

Schools work:

  • Develop and maintain positive links in the local primary schools and to be a resource to them.
  • Build strong relationships with the school community, creating evangelistic opportunities.

Community partnerships:

  • Develop networks / partnerships with Bethesda Church, and other local churches in the surrounding area, and other service providers in Coventry for the provision of youth work.

Funding:

  • Funding is in place for the first 12 months.
  • We anticipate that this role would be extended beyond one year as further funding is achieved. The successful candidate would be required to fundraise for the development and extension of this pioneering role.

 

Person Specification

  1. Qualifications

Essential

  • A professional qualification in youth work or teaching – or experience in equivalent to this.
  1. Skills, Aptitude, Knowledge and Experience

Essential

  • At least 5 years experience of children’s/youth ministry in a paid or voluntary capacity:
    • at least 3 years in a leadership capacity;
    • Supporting young people and their families;
    • Reaching out to young people in the community;
  • Committed Christian, eager to grow in the faith.
  • Knowledge of the Bible and experience in teaching young people the principles of living the Christian life.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills.
  • Experience of working in schools.
  • Ability to communicate and connect with all age groups but particularly with children.
  • Be open to the possibilities of working in partnership with others (ecumenical and secular).
  • Be open to the ideas and thought of others.

Preferable

  • Training and knowledge in the area of Child Protection.
  • Experience of setting up and running children’s work projects, events or programmes.
  • Experience of mentoring young people.
  • Experience of training other leaders.
  • Experience of fundraising.
  1. Personal Qualities

Essential

  • The ability to build good relationships throughout the church, particularly with young people and their families, and to earn trust and respect.
  • Be an enabler and team builder who is able to recognise and develop the gifts of others, including young people.
  • Have energy and enthusiasm to motivate both the young people in their faith and the team of leaders in their roles.
  • To have an approachable, friendly nature.
  • Teachability and humility.

Preferable

  • Self starter who is motivated and can work on their own initiative.
  • Sensitive, caring, patient and resilient nature.
  • Awareness of children and youth culture and youth issues.
  • Interest or skills in areas that may interest young people, such as sports or the arts.
  • Sense of humour.

There is a genuine occupational requirement that the successful post holder is a Christian.