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Job Description & Person Specification:

Role Details:

  • Full time, 40 hours per week. A job share would also be considered.
  • £25000-28000 per year (+pension), dependant on experience and qualifications.
  • Permanent contract.
  • Holiday: 5 weeks + bank Holidays per year. Time off in Lieu is also recognised for hours worked over and above contracted hours.
  • Working hours are flexible but Sunday mornings and some evening and weekend work is essential. 
  • The role is overseen by the church eldership team leader.
  • There is a six month probationary period for the post.
  • If you are married, it is expected that as a family you will choose to engage in the life of the church together.
  • There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010 that the post holder must be an active, committed, evangelical Christian.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom.

Background:

We are looking for someone who loves Jesus and his church, with a passion to make Jesus known to children and young people, both inside and outside the church. They would have responsibility for leadership of the children’s and youth work in the church. The purpose of the role is to both develop and grow the existing work with the approximately 40 children and young people in the church and to pioneer our work with children and young people who do not currently have connections with the church. Helping the church advance in its mission to share Jesus with the local community is a core part of the role.

Redeemer Church Chester-le-Street (www.redeemercls.com) was established as a church in January 2020, after having been a congregation of another church for the previous three years. Redeemer’s vision is to ‘Revel in Jesus, restore lives and revive communities’. We are an evangelical, charismatic church who deeply prize both the word of God and the presence of God. Redeemer currently meets in a secondary school on Sunday mornings and rent others spaces around the town for activities during the week.

Job Description:

Sundays:

  • Develop, oversee and administrate our work on Sunday mornings with the children and young people within the church already.
  • Recruit, manage, equip, and release the Sunday morning volunteer team of children and youth workers, and play a regular part in leading and teaching in the groups.
  • Coordinate and potentially lead six ‘all age’ church services per year.
  • Be part of the church preaching team, depending on gifting.

Midweek:

  • Start midweek late afternoon/evening youth clubs – accessible to children in both the church and the community.
  • Develop and oversee a one-to-one discipleship programme for children in the church aged 11+. 
  • Establish relationships with local schools and seek opportunities to bring the good news of Jesus into them; this may include participating in enrichment activities, providing pastoral support, drops ins and assemblies.
  • Help and encourage children and young people to find their God-given gifts, and mentor them into using these within the life of the church.
  • Organise and lead occasional evangelistic courses, such as Youth Alpha.

Administration:

  • With the support of the church administrator, ensure all administrative tasks that relate to youth and children’s work in Redeemer are undertaken, including:
  • keeping all relevant policies up to date and volunteer teams are aware of, and working within, best practice;
    • regularly reviewing Risk Assessments for children and youth activities;
    • demonstrating best practices in safeguarding at all times, liaising with the church’s safeguarding coordinator as appropriate.

Other duties:

  • Work alongside the eldership team leader to explore opportunities for Redeemer to engage, build relationship and share the gospel with our local community, including, but not limited to, children and young people.
  • Support the leadership of the church in any ways that are appropriate to gifting. 
  • Provide events and activities that support the development of young people within the church, such as weekends away and short-term mission trips.
  • Play a full and active role in the life of Redeemer Church.
  • Engage in whatever ways possible with the wider global family of churches – Regions Beyond – that Redeemer is a part of.

Person Specification:

Qualifications and work experience

Qualifications and work experience
EssentialDesirable
Experience of working with children and young people in a faith-based/church context.JNC Level 3 Youth work or higher.
Experience in effective communication with parents and partner organisations.Experience of recruiting and coordinating volunteers.
Experience in strategic planning and delivery of strategies.Experience of detached and/or outreach youth work.
Experience in creating syllabus’ for children and/or youth work.Knowledge of Chester-le-Street and surrounding areas.
Experience/training in children’s safeguarding.Experience of working in partnership with youth organisations
A full UK Drivers Licence or some other means of transport, for duties in line with the role.Minibus licence.
Personal Qualities (essential)
An active daily personal devotional life.  
An evangelical charismatic faith, baptised as a believer.
Understand and commit to the vision, values and core doctrinal beliefs of Redeemer Church (these can be found at www.redeemercls.com).
Teachable, servant-hearted, and the ability to work with direction and within a vision.
A passion for children and young people, to see them encounter Jesus and grow in their love for him.
A desire and ability to share the gospel with people of all ages within the local community who are not yet believers.
A good biblical and theological understanding and the ability to communicate this to children and young people.

To apply: Please send a CV and an application letter (explaining in no more than 500 words why you would like the job and believe you would be suited to it, and including contact details for two references) to Ali Scott at ali@redeemercls.com.

Application Deadline: 5pm Wednesday 12th October 2022.

Interview Date: w/c Monday 17th October 2022.

Start date: As soon as possible, according to applicant’s availability

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