Description of Job
About the post
St Andrew’s is a large, evangelical church (Church of England) in Churchdown, just between Cheltenham and Gloucester. We are part of the New Wine network and have a hunger for making disciples and reaching our community for Jesus. Our Children’s ministry has a significant average attendance of roughly 50 children (0-11) weekly at our main Sunday morning service. We also have a busy toddler group mid-week and an excellent working relationship with our local infant and junior schools where we do a weekly Open the Book assembly, along with many other projects throughout the school year. In the past we have had mid-week children’s groups and we are looking for someone with the vision to restart these as an outlet for our Children to invite their friends along. We are looking for a Christian leader with a heart to share the good news of Jesus with those outside of the church, and a desire to see our children grow as life-long followers of Jesus. Someone who is an inspiring role model with a deep prayer life, a love of Scripture, and a passion for living out their faith in the power of the Holy Spirit. They will ideally have a track record of training, inspiring and growing volunteer-leaders to assist them in this vital ministry.
You will be line-managed by the Vicar as you seek to grow personally and professionally in your ministry. You will be aware and aligned with our Anglican roots and beliefs as an Evangelical church and seek to integrate our children into the full life of our church.
1. Commitment to your personal and professional development including a pattern of spiritual disciplines (Bible reading, prayer, personal witness, service etc...), reading and wider study, attending leadership and other development events/courses, annual spiritual retreats and taking time for rest and recuperation.
2. Overseeing a healthy safeguarding culture in the children’s ministry including developing our policies, communicating to your team and volunteers, and safer recruitment of all volunteers in line with Diocesan requirements.
3. Being a fully active, committed, worshipping member of St Andrews.
4. Working with our staff (including youth pastor) and leadership team, alongside the PCC in
developing and delivering the strategy to oversee our children’s ministry.
5. Developing, recruiting, training and envisioning the Children’s volunteer team. Growing a culture of leadership around you as you mentor, train and support your volunteer children’s leaders and
6. Building relationships with parents, carers, and other church members as you support and
encourage them in discipling those under their care or influence.
7. Networking with our whole church (including different services), other churches, Gloucester
Diocese, local primary schools, community organisations and Children’s ministry networks as you grow and strengthen connections, resources, and shared wisdom for leading this ministry. You will be competent with communicating in a range of ways including face-to-face and through social media.
8. Designing and delivering discipleship and teaching programmes for our children including Sundays, restarting mid-week groups as well as evangelistic / discipleship courses. We have also pioneered a course for children who are going through difficult time and there is potential to develop and expand this.
9. Ensuring compliance with all other PCC policies including GDPR, Health and Safety, Lone-working, First-aid and Food Hygiene.
Current ministries include
- Sunday Children’s groups (10.30am service). The children are spilt into the following groups – Creche (0-3’s), Pre-school and Reception, Yr 1 and 2, Yr 3 and 4, Yr 5 and 6
- Tuesday staff meetings
- Wednesday: Open the Book Assembly in two schools and BLT (Babies, Lunch and Toddlers) - our
- “Friday mini’s” a group for parents/carers to partake in bible study, prayer and worship while
their children are being looked after
- Children’s breakfasts; Light Party in October, Christmas and Easter events;
- Other outreach including specific events for children with additional needs and their families
We’re looking for someone who has:
1. A deep love for the Lord, a mature faith committed to the authority of scripture and walking in the power of the Holy Spirit.
2. The ability to show evidence of spiritual disciplines that sustain your ministry and encourage others to do the same.
3. A desire and track record of walking alongside, witnessing to and discipling children.
4. Ability to encourage our children to engage in prayer, Bible study, sung-worship and service as
part of their walk with Jesus.
5. Capacity to build and grow a team, set a vision and shape a gospel culture.
6. Confidence to both encourage, challenge and is not afraid to take risks for Jesus.
7. Ability to work collaboratively and yet take initiative, working independently where needed.
You will have good IT, organisational, communication and interpersonal skills.
8. Commitment to learning and personal growth.
Experience and qualifications needed
1. Childcare/Children’s work and/or theology qualification with a good knowledge of scripture
2. 2 years minimum Children’s work experience, preferably in a leadership capacity
3. Understanding of how to disciple and nurture Children
4. Experience with schools and/or community engagement
5. Trained in Safeguarding, safer-recruitment, first-aid, Food Hygiene (or willingness to learn)
6. IT competent
7. Full Driving Licence (preferred)
There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement under the Equality Act 2010 for this post, that the successful candidate is a practicing Christian as this post carries with it the specific responsibility for promoting a Christian identity within our work with children and young people.
Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide two written references, one from their current – or more recent employer and one from their current church leader. This post is subject to an Enhanced Plus DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Clearance in line with Church of England Safer Recruitment Practice Guidance. The successful applicant will also need to provide proof of right to work in the UK before taking up the post.
Gloucester Diocese has a network for Children’s and Youth workers as well as a network for those in pioneer ministries. The successful applicant will be able to use these networks for ideas and support.
This job description is not exhaustive and will be reviewed, in consultation with the post holder, depending on their gifts and abilities, and amended in light of the changing needs of the church. If you would like to know more, we invite you to have an informal conversation with our Vicar, Revd John Monaghan. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07936601497.