St Andrews Baptist Church - Student and Youth Worker (part time position)
St Andrews Baptist Church is an evangelical Baptist Church, a member of the Baptist Union of Scotland and the Evangelical Alliance. We seek to live under the Lordship of Christ, expressed in our commitment to the authority of scripture and openness to the Holy Spirit. We enjoy a balanced style of worship with lively singing, led by musicians playing both contemporary and traditional worship music.
Our core aims are:
- Our lives are lived under the Cross
- We are growing together in worship
- Mission is our passion from local to global
- We live out the reign of Christ in the world
We currently have a membership of 150+ with our morning services attracting between 220 – 250 worshippers – many visitors, holidaymakers and students at the university make up this number. Our evening service numbers have increased recently to an average of 60 – 70 people attending.
We have a number of ministry teams and House Groups to support people of all ages and have seen a growth in ministry to university students and young people in recent years.
St Andrews Baptist Church (SABC) is a registered charity (Scottish Charity Number SC008794), established for religious purposes and registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
The role and candidate specification
The student and youth worker will become part of the staff team led by our pastor along with two standing committees
- Elders, guiding spiritual direction &
- Deacons, serving as trustees of the charity.
The candidate will be appointed by SABC and will be a committed Christian (Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, parts 1(1-3) pertains). Ideally, the appointee will be active in church life and have some knowledge of St Andrews Baptist Church and its vision. Evidence of ability to work in a team is essential.
The post-holder must be able to plan and manage their own workload to ensure that all the tasks are completed timeously and to a high standard. This will require efficient short-term, mid-term and long-term planning as well as the setting up of clearly defined targets to ensure milestones are met.
The post-holder will be required to interact with the pastor, leadership team, members, young people and their parents/guardians , non-church attenders, other churches and their affiliates, as required.
The post-holder will be required to have or gain PVG ‘enhanced’ clearance with St Andrews Baptist Church.
The candidate will be expected to take on the following roles:
Rooted (young people aged 11 - 14):
- Lead and organise the programme for the weekly youth meetings (Sunday night)
- Organise and oversee youth events, such as: youth service, youth weekend away, PowerPoint (national youth event in Edinburgh), and occasional fun events
- Provide and co-ordinate one-to-one mentoring for young people, as required
- Maintain regular contact with other local youth leaders
Awake (student ministry):
- Take overall responsibility for “Awake”, the student ministry including where appropriate restructure of the programme
- Arrange production of the Awake booklets for students study groups
- Prepare with others all reading / reference material for each group
- Arrange leaders for each student group and organise regular review meetings with the leadership group
- Appoint pastoral leaders for each student group
- Arrange the booking of a suitable venue for the weekly meetings
- Coordinate catering for the weekly evening meetings
- Organise a weekend away for the group including transport and guest speaker, together with catering facilities
Student Support (general):
- Help / encourage students to get involved in different ministry teams
- Liaise with Church leaders re student hospitality, postgraduate groups and those involved with international students and with the CU re events / opportunities for students
- Provide and coordinate one -to-one mentoring for the students, as required
- Keep students up-to-date with church activities
- Organise student welcome booklet as well as welcome lunches
- Coordinate the exam prayer timetable each semester
- Organise mid/end of semester activities – e.g. BBQ, bonfires, movie nights etc.
- Network with other student workers in town and occasionally further afield
The post is a part time position for 28 hours per week (days and times can be negotiated) and is suitable for a job-share opportunity. The salary is £15,500. The post is initially for one year, with the possibility of a second, starting in August 2020. Given the current situation relating to Coronavirus, it is expected that much of the activity during the first few months of this role may well need to be conducted on-line.
Interested applicants should submit an up to date CV with a supporting personal statement (maximum 500 words) detailing their experience and suitability for the role. Applications to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 5th June 2020.