Youth Hubs Project Leader

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Sittingbourne
Fixed Term Full Time
c. £38, 000 per annum

Canterbury Diocese is looking for a pioneer who has a passion for reaching and discipling Young People.


We have created a post and are recommissioning a church building in the heart of Sittingbourne that will become the catalyst to shift our culture in the way we connect with Secondary School Students.


The successful applicant is likely to have a proven track record in Youth Ministry and preferably has led teams previously.


In the first instance the successful candidate will help us continue to shape the project which is being put forward to the Church Commissioners to raise money for a team of Youth Leaders and admin support so that the ministry can be replicated around our Diocese.

As the Diocesan Youth Hubs Project Leader you will be responsible for completing the project work in line with the plan, on time and to the required quality standard, and will regularly report progress to the Project Board. The main aims of this role include:

  • Detailed design and development of a project to establish a Youth Hub in Sittingbourne and two further Youth Hubs across the Diocese. These will focus on making and nurturing new Christians of secondary school age among the non-church going;
  • Overseeing the development of a Stage 2 Bid to the Church Commissioners to attract Strategic Development Funding.

The focus of this role is apostolic in starting new Christian communities through mission and church planting.

  • Establishing and building relationships with schools and churches across Sittingbourne and the surrounding secondary school catchment areas;
  • Recruiting, developing and training the team that will be involved with the first hub in Sittingbourne;
  • Development of suitable discipleship and leadership training materials as required;
  • Finding ways to seek to ensure that each Youth Hub becomes financially sustainable within six years of launch;
  • Establishing further planting as part of the DNA of the project, ensuring that learning is captured and youth leaders are developed in readiness for leading subsequent Youth Hub plants;
  • Overseeing the launch of at least two further Youth Hubs across the Diocese;
  • Working with the Children and Young People’s Ministry Adviser, to contribute to the wider development of the Children and Young People Strategy across the Diocese and to learn from and speak into the national conversation around ‘Growing Faith’
  • Ensuring that records are kept and that the Youth Hubs Project Board and others as appropriate receive sufficient and timely progress reports;
  • Working with the Diocesan Communications Director to ensure effective knowledge management of the project.

Other requirements include:

  • Being passionate about making and nurturing new Christians of secondary school age;
  • Providing leadership, guidance and support to all employed or voluntary staff involved with the project;
  • Dealing with all day-to-day issues associated with the Youth Hubs;
  • Being the public and visible face of Youth Hubs, internally and externally;
  • Managing the project and its budget and ensure that the timeline is adhered to;
  • Documenting the journey, ensure ongoing evaluation, provide reports to the Project Board and keep records;
  • Advocating for the mission and ministry of the Youth Hubs, both within the Diocese and further afield, and maintaining a plan for doing so;
  • Building relationships with leaders in local churches within the secondary school catchment areas;
  • Building relationships with secondary and primary schools in the area;
  • With the Project Board and Diocesan HR, selecting and recruiting the Youth Hub team members;
  • Prepare training materials, and worship resources;
  • Conduct the first phase of training;
  • Participation of fundraising and funding bids.
  • Detailed practical knowledge and experience of establishing youth ministry with non-churchgoing youth;
  • Ability to pass that knowledge and experience to others, and to empower them;
  • Understanding and experience of theological issues and working with youth mission projects;
  • Project management experience
  • experience in leading and managing resources, costs and people;
  • excellent organisation skills, to plan the use of people and resources to meet deadlines;
  • strong interpersonal skills, to inspire, energise, motivate and lead diverse teams;
  • the ability to monitor and control budgets;
  • excellent communication skills to present the vision and keep people engaged;
  • strong negotiation skills to harness the time and talent of stakeholders and to manage their expectations;
  • capability to design & develop training and worship resources;
  • the ability to use your initiative and make decisions under pressure;
  • technical knowledge related to the project may also be required
  • Financial and budgetary control
  • Personal resilience

For more information and to apply please refer to our website www.canterburydiocese.org/vacancies/