Chaplain - Tervuren, Belgium

Posted 16 days agoExpires in 8 days
At The British School of Brussels, Pater Dupierreuxlaan 1, Tervuren, Belgium
Clergy

Rarely has there been a more exciting opportunity in the heart of Europe to lead a church offering hope in challenging times. ICS seeks an experienced, Evangelical Priest to lead this family-orientated, English-speaking Anglican Church, of many ationalities, denominations and backgrounds.

We equip and enable our congregation to live out their faith through whole-life discipleship Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Through Sunday services, prayer, preaching teaching and home groups we encourage our members.

The church attracts a broad range of ages with many families and children with a typical attendance of up to 130, including around 50 youth and children.

The package includes full salary, housing allowance, pension and social security contribution, a car and usual expenses. www.stpaulstervuren.be

Roles:

  • Day-to-day priest and pastor
  • Leader – both operational and strategic – under God
  • Motivator, manager, relationship-builder and sustainer
  • Teacher

following are practical weekly activities:

  • Prayerful Spirit-led preparation of Sunday services – creating the shape, liturgy, and sermon. The multi-denominational and multi-cultural nature of the congregation means that a flexible approach to the format of the 10:30 service is appreciated
  • Celebrating weekly Holy Communion at 9am service
  • Pro-active pastoral care, discipleship and visiting appropriate to the daily lives of the congregation
  • Motivating and mentoring/developing paid staff and volunteers, in a range of ministries
  • Encouraging, and ensuring support to, small groups including home groups
  • Building and sustaining the church community
  • Building local relationships: with the British School of Brussels where the main service is held; Father Jan, priest for the local Catholic Chruch; local town councils (‘Gemeente’ or ‘Commune’ for the towns which give support to St Paul’s) for stability and growth, mission and evangelism; Churches Together and The Brussels English speaking pastors association (BESPA), the Evangelical Theoelogical Faculty in Leuven (ETF) and wider ecumenical networks.
  • Some (but currently limited) work with schools in the local area.

Qualifications / Training

Applicants for the post should be:

  • An ordained Anglican minister
  • A fluent English speaker with excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Able to demonstrate strong evidence of leadership and management skills.


Experience

Candidates equipped for the role will be able to demonstrate experience and understanding in the following areas:

  • Leadership which inspires and motivates
  • Evangelism, outreach and leading a mission-focused church
  • Evangelical tradition with experience of leading an international or multi-cultural congregation, which is dynamic and well educated, with a breadth of Christian theology.
  • Development of pastoral ministries
  • Building up children and youth ministries and supporting the team leaders.


Knowledge skills and competencies

Candidates will be able to demonstrate that they possess knowledge, skills and competencies as follows:

  • Skilled in preaching and teaching with expository gifts, strong Biblical understanding of Biblical context, history and background
  • Easily builds relationships, demonstrates empathy with strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Plans strategically to develop relevant ministries; able to discern and develop gifts in others
  • Manages and builds up of staff and large volunteer teams, where necessary training and mentoring leaders
  • Understands the lives and work of people moving within international communities.


General Attributes

  • Dependent upon the Holy Spirit
  • Willingness to learn local languages
  • Good sense of humour while sensitive to cultural diversity.

THE CHURCH

For the first ten years of its life, St Paul’s church met in the 13th Century Catholic parish church in the village of Vossem with Sunday school classes taking place 100m along the road in a small local English-speaking primary school. As the need grew for larger premises with space for on-site children’s ministry, the move was made to rent facilities at the nearby British School of Brussels. This completely secular school caters for 1,200 children from all over the world, including many families from the British Commonwealth. As with all international schools, of which there are many in Belgium, there is a formal security requirement. The main service meets in a large cafeteria which an enthusiastic and very committed team transform each week from a cafeteria into a church. Classrooms and halls give excellent.