Youth Development Worker (Growing Younger)

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Fixed Term Full Time
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This is a unique opportunity for experienced Christian youth workers/ministers. We are looking for someone who can build positive relationships quickly and can communicate well; to join us in an unfolding adventure to engage, envision, equip and empower a variety of churches in their mission with young people.

It’s an exciting time to join a growing team, specifically seeking to develop over 50 new expressions of youth ministry, train hundreds of volunteers and be part of thousands of people across the diocese to respond to the love of Christ.


  • The role reports to the Growing Younger Advisor
  • This is a full-time post, funded for a fixed-term of 3 years
  • Salary £24,000 - £27,000
  • Membership of the Church Worker’s Pension Scheme (12% employer contribution)
  • 25 days holiday per year plus Bank Holidays plus 3 additional Diocesan Discretionary Days
  • The employer is the BDBF (Birmingham Diocesan Board of Finance)

Interviews will be held on Monday 8th July 2019 at our offices in Central Birmingham

The Youth Development Worker will be responsible for:

  • Working with an agreed number of parish churches on a consultancy basis to help them ‘grow younger’, through developing cell and hub-based youth ministry across CofE Birmingham in order to support the delivery of the project objectives.
  • Take the lead in creating and managing central two celebrations.
  • Contributing the to FLEX learning programme, through delivering modules and working with the Growing Younger Advisor in the creation of new ones.
  • Helping parishes to develop and implement a local mission strategy among young people by changing aspects of their culture, where appropriate, to engage more intentionally with young people and their families and to integrate them into the church community and life of faith in order to see significant growth.
  • Equipping parishes with the most appropriate youth resources for their context.
  • Finding ways to keep mission and evangelism with young people at the top of each church’s agenda.
  • Bringing skills to develop our social media presence.
  • Playing a key part in the team based at 1 Colmore Row, Birmingham.
  • Other duties that emerge as the project develops.

Some evening and weekend working will be required (with time off in lieu).

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following qualities

  • Enthusiasm for sharing their Christian faith
  • Relevant experience of Christian youth ministry
  • Friendly and warm persona with the ability to relate and quickly build trust with a diverse range of people
  • Experience of delivering teaching/training
  • Commitment to the important role young people and families play in the Body of Christ
  • Willingness and ability to work across a wide range of theological expressions
  • Team player with appropriate initiative
  • Ability to prioritize and handle a number of commitments simultaneously
  • Commitment to promote and model best practice in safeguarding
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Experience of and an ability to work with technology and social media
  • Valid driving licence with primary use of a vehicle
  • Experience of establishing new youth ministry, preferably in a church setting

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement that the post holder is a practicing Christian.

Birmingham is the UK’s second city with the youngest urban population in Europe and one of the most lively and diverse regions. The Church of England, Birmingham, covers an area of nearly 300 square miles and includes parishes in the West Midlands including Birmingham and parts of Solihull, Sandwell, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Right at the heart of what we do there are over 187 Church of England places of worship with an average weekly attendance of 17,000 from a population of 1.5 million. These churches represent a wide scope of Church tradition and breadth of ethnicity.

Building upon the ongoing success of our innovative ‘Growing Younger’ initiative, we are committed to supporting youth ministry in every one of our parishes. This youth ministry will look different in every context, but will share a common passion to connect, support and disciple young people in lively and personal faith. With support from Church Commissioners strategic development funding, and wider funding sources we are making a significant investment in core staff to serve our parishes in this common commitment. To continue this next exciting phase of Growing Younger, we are looking to recruit a Youth Development Worker to work with the Growing Younger Advisor, Emma Sargeant and within the wider Parish Mission Support team headed up by Liz Dumain.

Our plan is to support, train and encourage parishes to develop and grow ‘cell’-based youth ministry connected across parishes into ‘hubs’ (where several cells come together). This will be supported by occasional larger gatherings in a variety of styles. We are using a model that we believe supports young people to be rooted in their parish, builds relationship, feels safe, is ‘personal but connected to a greater gathering’ and is very flexible so will work in all contexts.

To develop the cells we want to envision and encourage new and existing volunteer youth leaders (most church-based, but some network-based); training and supporting them to reach out and connect with young people, building relationships, sharing faith and discipleship together.