PARISH PIONEER

Posted 15 days agoExpires in 3 days
Holy Trinity Church, Church Street, Lenton, Nottingham
Fixed Term Full Time
2 Applications

We are looking for a Parish Pioneer to help us make a step change in how we share the love of Jesus with others in Lenton. This is initially a 1 year fixed term contract, but may be extended subject to funding and development of the work.

MAIN PURPOSE of the ROLE

  • To envision, inspire and put into practice new and contextually appropriate ways of engaging in mission in the parish of Lenton, with a goal of making new disciples.
  • To build up the capacity, confidence and skill of local church members in leading others to faith in Jesus as we work towards enacting our church vision statement. Through this we hope to become a more diverse, outwardly focussed, joyful and prayerful community.
  • We particularly want to engage with groups who are under-represented in our current congregation. These groups include families, people from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Whilst Christian students find a home in our congregations we don’t currently engage un-churched millennial/gen Z students well.
  • A successful outcome will be people who didn’t previously know Jesus coming to faith in him, and a congregation who are confidently and joyfully continuing to tell those around them about the good news of Jesus.

The role will involve working alongside the vicar, PCC and wider congregation to:

  • Identify opportunities for building relationships and sharing the gospel with those in the parish who are not yet Christians
  • Pioneer small scale sustainable outreach and evangelistic initiatives, mentoring other congregation members alongside them
  • Use those opportunities to help others discover the good news of Jesus for themselves, leading them to faith and ongoing discipleship.
  • Train and inspire congregation members to share their own faith
  • Develop an outward-focussed, welcoming culture in the congregation, based on expectant prayer and hospitality.

The right person for this role will be:

  • A practising Christian
  • An able and inspiring leader, skilled at mentoring and encouraging others.
  • joyful and passionate about being a disciple of Jesus and helping others do the same
  • Passionate about mission and evangelism, with a proven track record of confidently engaging with others in a relational way and leading them to know Jesus.
  • Able to clearly articulate the message of Gospel and communicate it in ways that are accessible to people from different backgrounds.
  • Deeply committed to the principles of collaborative ministry and nurturing the gifts and calling of all
  • Aware of the issues and able to work within a multi-faith environment and with all ages
  • able to pioneer new initiatives whilst enabling others to work alongside them in this
  • Prayerful and good at listening to God

We would also like the person appointed to be:

  • Appreciative of the voluntary and vocational nature of those who engage in the Church’s mission
  • Prepared and willing to work flexibly, outside normal office hours, including evenings and weekends as necessary
  • Willing to participate fully in the worshipping life of our church (this will normally involve being present for at least one service three Sunday's in four).
  • Willing and able to work within the theology and tradition of the Anglican church.

Qualifications and training

Desirable

  • Education to degree level
  • Theological training

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of engaging in Christian outreach and evangelism in different contexts
  • Experience of relational evangelism and leading others to faith in Jesus
  • Experience in mentoring and enabling others
  • Awareness of Gen Z culture and multicultural issues

Desirable

  • Experience of evangelism in a contextually relevant role
  • Experience of formal pioneering/evangelistic role in a church
  • Experience of working in a church leadership team
  • Experience of working in multicultural settings and/or with Gen Z students
  • Experience of working with volunteers

General attributes

Essential

  • Self-motivated and able to think creatively, generate ideas and act on own initiative
  • Basic IT skills
  • Team-worker as well as leader
  • Confidence to work independently
  • Ability to lead and inspire others
  • Clear and confident communicator
  • Friendly and approachable and an ability to appropriately build relationships
  • Sensitivity to working with people from different cultural and faith backgrounds
  • Willing to work flexible hours

Desirable

  • Good experience with using social media to engage people
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Good sense of humour
  • Confidence with dealing with a variety of community partners

For more information about this application process, please use this link

The Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 Section 7.2 applies to this post. It is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder has an active Christian faith.

What we offer to you:

  • A warm welcome as part of the church family
  • Management support and mentoring in the post – from the incumbent and a group appointed by the PCC
  • Agreed working expenses
  • Opportunities for development and training as deemed appropriate
  • 30 days holiday per year, including bank holidays

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