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Part-time Youth Worker


Part-time Youth Worker (20 hours per week)

Place of Work

Duke Street Church, Richmond

Reports To

Senior Minister

Salary & Benefits

Upon Application

Application Close by

24-April 2015

Expected Start of Role

September 2015

Job Purpose

The overall objective of the Youth Worker (YW) role is to oversee and manage all youth ministries within Duke Street Church Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5 (12-18 years). The YW will intentionally influence young people to be, or become, devoted followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. The role is aligned with our wider Church vision to ‘Reach Out, Build Up, and Send Out’:-

  • To reach out, equipping young people to share the good news of the Lord Jesus with unbelievers, both explaining it to our young people and helping them communicate it more effectively
  • To build up young people in the faith, especially in their confidence in and understanding of the gospel, and equipping the youth to build up other Christians within the group
  • To send out by encouraging mission interest and action both in SW London and overseas. In particular, helping young people to develop, especially those with leadership gifts.

Role Context

The YW reports to the Senior Minister (SM), who is responsible for the pastoral oversight and spiritual leadership of the Church. The Senior Minister delegates the pastoral oversight and leadership of the Youth work to the YW. The YW is a key role within the Duke Street ministry team, and as such will meet with the SM and the rest of the ministry team to review, discuss and shape the overall ministry of the Church.

The YW also reports to Head of Ministry Support, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Duke Street staff team, and the operational aspects of the Church.

Although the YW will participate in the delivery of different ministries, over time the success of the YW will be measured by the development of a team of highly-motivated, efficiently-managed, and well-coordinated volunteers.

The YW is a “servant-leader” role. In other words, the YW must be able to lead teams, demonstrate best practice in terms of teaching practice, and administration, etc. – whilst at all times, act as a servant to young people and team volunteers alike.

Currently, the Duke Street youth ministries comprise:

  • Distinctive (part of the Sunday School, for ages 10-13)
  • Duke Street Youth – a Friday night programme, normally held at Duke Street Church

Key Responsibility Areas

  1. Leadership and People Management
    • To provide day-to-day leadership of youth ministries, ensuring that volunteers are motivated, engaged, and supported
    • To provide on-the-job coaching, and training, of volunteers
    • To lead regular team meetings – format and frequency to be defined – that enable the day-to-day coordination of programmes, resources, meetings/events and assets
    • To promote, assist and nurture good team-working between volunteers
  2. Teaching
    • To ensure that the overall teaching is aligned with the Duke Street vision and statement of faith
    • To ensure that all teaching materials are of the highest quality
  3. Risk Management and Safeguarding
    • To ensure that the Duke Street safeguarding policy is implemented in full, including standards of behaviour, etc.
    • To ensure that all risks are identified, managed and reported in adherence to an agreed risk management process
  4. Administration
    • To own all youth-specific administration processes, to include: youth team rota management, resource scheduling, and, if appropriate the keeping of attendance records
    • To liaise with the Head of Ministry Support regarding the implementation of any youth-specific aspects of any prospective contact management system
    • To provide simple reporting of youth ministries, to include, but not be limited to, attendance records, issues, risks and challenges
    • To ensure that up-to-date records are securely maintained, including contact details
    • To manage and administer a youth work budget
    • To ensure that the designated storage areas are orderly, uncluttered and tidy at all time

Person Specification

  • Able to relate well to young people, doing youth work as a matter of a lifestyle rather than as a job
  • A formal teaching qualification is desirable, together with 2-3 years teaching experience
  • Able to handle and teach the Bible accurately and effectively
  • Able to motivate Church Members to participate in the work of different ministries, building a sense of mutuality and common purpose
  • Supportive to the Senior Minister
  • Experience in dealing with church matters and pastoral/relational skills are essential
  • A ‘Servant Leader’ with a strong consensual style: listening, encouraging and facilitating
  • It is expected that the candidate would join the church as a member and be fully involved in the life of the church, regularly attending Sunday meetings, morning and evening, and the fortnightly Prayer Gathering
  • The candidate will be required to adhere to Duke Street policies, including, but not limited to, information security, safeguarding, clean desk and anti-clutter policies
  • There is an Occupational Requirement in line with Equality Act 2010 for the person appointed to be a mature committed Christian and in agreement with the Statement of Faith contained within the Charity’s Memorandum and Articles of Association

How to apply

Please contact Jonathon Adams on 020 8973 2250 or Applicants will be required to submit an application form by 5pm on 24-April. Applicants will be screened, and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed between 27-April and 8-May.

Please note the role is subject to approval by the Church Members’ Meeting.

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