Youth Work Leader – St George’s Wembdon

OrganisationSt George's Wembdon
LocationSomerset, TA6
Salary£12.00 - £13.72/hour depending on qualifications and experience.

Main Responsibilities and Tasks

The Youth Work Leader (YWL) assists the vicar in leading the church towards fulfilling the objectives set out in the 2019 Vision and Plan. The YWL works alongside the Families and Children’s Worker (FCW). The role is oriented to serving the following groups:

  • Young People within the Church. The YWL has specific responsibility for reaching young people aged 11-18 and enabling them to become disciples of Jesus Christ, by leading groups and leading the teams that enable the groups to run. The YWL will also befriend young people and pray for them regularly.
  • Families. The YWL supports Christian families in their disciple-making ministry at home.
  • The Community. Through church-based and school-based opportunities the YWL can help the church to reach young people who have little or no connection with church.
  • The Church. YWL acts as an advocate with the church and with church leadership to ensure that young people’s interests are represented and that decisions and programming have all ages in mind. The role also involves enabling children to make smooth transitions into the 11-18s work and then into the wider church.

Day to day work is managed by the Senior Minister. Annual appraisal and line management will be by churchwardens or their nominated deputy.

Role Description

  • Pray regularly for the young people.
  • Build relationships with and lead groups for young people aged 11 and up (ie as currently configured this would be Pathfinders, 14+ and other groups for young people but clearly this will change as the work develops).
  • Lead the teams that deliver young people’s groups (for age 11+) on Sundays, midweek, and annually.
  • Develop new areas of work as these opportunities arise.
  • Work alongside Emma McFaul, Families and Children’s Worker, to develop an integrated strategy for making disciples of 0-18s.
  • Model biblical youth ministry. Inspire and equip others in the same pattern.
  • Be an advocate for ensuring that the church’s decisions have all ages at heart.
  • Build links with other youth initiatives including Christian and church-based groups in the local area, as well as residential camps that support the young people’s discipleship.
  • Attend church meetings, services, and staff meetings as directed. To meet with other paid and voluntary staff working at St George’s to coordinate activities, and for any job-related training, as required.
  • Any other duties as specified by the vicar.

Person Specification

  • A clear, personal, and mature Christian faith.
  • As a senior member of the staff team we would expect this person to worship at St George’s and attend services, prayer meetings and discipleship or home groups.
  • Able to take responsibility, to work without close supervision and to lead teams. Evidence of training, experience or qualifications in a related field could be an advantage
  • The ability to teach the Christian faith clearly, faithfully and simply to all ages, especially to young people aged 11-18. Able to train others in doing the same.
  • A passion to make Jesus known to young people and for their well-being, nurture, thriving and safe-guarding
  • Ability to relate well to young people and their families
  • As this role involves Bible teaching, a life consistent with biblical Christian doctrine and ethics is expected.
  • Be vigilant and active in self-care, including continuing to develop a pattern of reading and study.
  • A person of conservative evangelical convictions about Jesus, the Bible, the Cross, human sexuality & marriage, and ministry, and willing to work within a Church of England church such as ours.
  • Able to work well with volunteers so that the teams are effective and supported. Able to communicate effectively with team members.
  • Flexible, adaptable, reliable & punctual
  • Good IT skills (Microsoft Office, effective and safe use of social media, web, database, etc).

Terms of employment

Pay and hours. The post is for at least 20 hours, although full-time would be considered for the right candidate (a further conversation would be needed about responsibilities). The hours to be worked around the needs of the role: for example being available on Sundays and midweek for youth group activities, and on Mondays for Staff meetings. Able to attend other meetings (eg PCC) when invited. As the post is funded from external grants, this post is initially for three years. Holiday entitlement is calculated pro rata based on 22 days leave and 8 Bank Holidays. Pension contribution and normal working expenses are paid. A laptop is supplied. Pay is in the range £12.00 – £13.72/hour depending on qualifications and experience. There is probationary period of six months. This post is subject to the Diocese of Bath & Wells’ Safer Recruitment process which includes an enhanced DBS with Barred List. A Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) exists for the post-holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.