Vacancy for a Children’s Pastor at St John’s

red post boxWe are looking for someone to join our staff team who will be dedicated to lead and develop our work with under 11’s within our church and community.

You will demonstrate a creative and original approach and the ability to manage and empower a large team of gifted volunteers.

You will be regularly involved in leading and speaking at children’s events, services and outreach opportunities.

Download the Job Profile

For all enquiries or for an application form, contact: Steve Foster, Operations Manager, St John’s Church Offices, 5a Greenfield Road, Harborne, Birmingham B17 0ED or
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Interviews: Saturday 8th August                      Closing Date: Thursday 30th July

Children’s Pastor Job Profile

Purpose of Post:
To oversee St John’s work with children
To encourage children in their faith and walk with God
To encourage families to develop their faith together
To build links with the local community to share the Gospel with those outside the church

Qualities you will display:
Relevant training and experience in children’s work
Demonstrable Bible knowledge
Strong teaching, training and coaching skills
Ability to communicate with children, parents and other church members including “up front” with children and adults
Ability to inspire, motivate, lead, manage and equip others
Ability to fit into the church leadership team (i.e. accountability, flexibility, ‘can-do’ attitude, reliability, enthusiasm)
Able to capture and articulate God’s vision for children and families at St John’s
Relevant IT skills (word processing, power point, email, etc.)
A self-starter able to manage their own time

Background and knowledge:
A committed Christian who is prayerful and open to the renewing work of the Holy Spirit and one who holds to traditional church beliefs and teaching in matters of faith and conduct
A willingness to work within the authority structures of the Church of England, to be subject to the clergy, and to become a worshipping member of St John’s

What the job entails:
The following areas will be within the scope of the post. The Children’s Pastor will be responsible for deciding with their line manager the prioritisation of these

Vision and strategy
Develop vision and effective strategy in consultation with Vicar (or nominee)
Ability to set in place the building blocks to effectively deliver above

Encouraging children in their faith & worship:
To ensure that children are taught the basics of Christian truths and practice of their faith in their everyday lives
To encourage children in worship and use of their gifts and skills
To liaise with parents and carers on a regular basis
To regularly lead at services or part of services where children and families attend

Recruiting and supporting leaders:
To be responsible for the recruitment and regular training of leaders and to support them in developing the skills to work with young people both within and outside the church
To plan, coordinate and supervise the teaching of Sunday groups, including the selection and planning of suitable teaching programmes, materials and resources, the appointment of suitable group leaders and helpers, to ensure adequate supervision of groups according to statutory ratio requirements and the on-going monitoring of performance

To work with the Parish Safeguarding Children’s Coordinator and others to ensure that St John’s meets the requirements of relevant legislation, Diocesan and Church of England procedures
You will be responsible together with the PSCC for the Safe Recruitment of volunteers following Diocesan and Church of England policy
To ensure that no one works with children without appropriate DBS clearance
To ensure that working practices and procedures always reflect and adhere to current guidelines or go beyond
To liaise with the PSCC to ensure that all volunteers have received statutory safeguarding training within the appropriate time frames

Building links with the Community:
To build close links with local primary schools and plan and deliver school assemblies and other appropriate input e.g. RE lessons
To organise and support events at St John’s (e.g. Christmas Tour, Holiday Club) in which local schools and un-churched children can participate
Develop after school clubs
Ensure that Holiday Bible Club (and other similar events) are accessible outside of the church community
To support the uniformed organisations at St John’s, to initiate stronger links between the families associated with the uniformed organisations and the rest of the church family

Supporting the wider work of St John’s:
To take the lead in the planning and execution of the monthly All Age Canvas service and other All Age services held during the summer holidays and at other times
To work closely with the Youth Pastor to ensure the smooth transition of children to the youth groups at age 11
To work with clergy and other staff to ensure the smooth running of St John’s and the development of new initiatives as appropriate
General Duties:
To monitor expenditure and manage the Children’s ministry budget
To provide reports of work as requested
To undertake relevant training as needed
To carry out other relevant duties as may from time to time be agreed

How you will be measured:
Progress made in delivery of key work objectives
Extent to which volunteers have been released and skills harnessed
General positive feedback

Working arrangements:
The post-holder will report to the Vicar or his nominee. You will work closely with other members of the staff team
The contract will be permanent and a probationary period of 6 months will be applicable
The hours worked will be flexible and will include Sunday mornings (8-12) and occasional evening and Saturday work
You will be entitled to a complete day off each week
The post attracts 5 weeks paid annual leave plus statutory bank holidays
The post holder will need to provide his/her own accommodation
Office space will be provided on church premises
The post requires an enhanced DBS disclosure

Nature of Post:
Full Time
Your basic working week will be 37.5 hours and such other hours as may reasonably be necessary to deliver your job description effectively at times and places to be agreed by the Employer

£25,938.00 – £30,392.00 including 9% pension allowance
An incremental pay scale operates within the above salary range and is linked with the annual review and development process.

Genuine Occupational Requirement

Employment Equality regulation 2003 relating to Religion or Belief and Sexual Orientation
For the purpose of both of the above Regulations it is considered to be a Genuine Occupational Requirement that you share and endorse the understanding that St John’s Church, as an evangelical charismatic church, has of Christian faith, conversion and commitment, sexual and moral conduct and lifestyle. If further clarity is required this can be provided on request.

2nd Jul 2015 Posted in: News by Fran Varley 0

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