Assistant Pastor at Kennet Valley Free Church
This role presents a valuable opportunity for someone looking to move into pastoral ministry, to have experience of church leadership across the board, particularly at eldership level, being actively involved in shaping and developing church life, and driving forward new initiatives.
To be part of the Eldership Team and the wider Leadership Team
To share pastoral responsibility :
This may be focused on a particular grouping/age-range ( e.g. young adults, older adults), as appropriate
Looking to spur people on in their relationship with the Lord, discipleship, exercise of their gifts etc.
This will involve aspects of general encouragement, personal discipleship, Bible- based training.
It will also involve time given to pray for these people.
To be responsible for promoting and facilitating the evangelism strategy.
* Encouragement of and facilitation of ‘stepping-stone’ events;
* Facilitating enquirers groups
* Encouragement of all members in their personal evangelism.
* Liaising with other churches, e.g. ‘A Passion for Life’ churches for joint evangelistic events.
Other possible areas of involvement, to be explored with individual applicants. These might involve…
* Encouraging and facilitating local community involvement
* Facilitating, leading and developing small groups where necessary.
* Developing identity, support and encouragement among youngish adults
To be part of the regular preaching team
Meet regularly with senior pastor.
Accountable to Eldership (with regular Elders’ meetings).
A committed Christian, in full agreement with Kennet Valley’s basis of faith and sympathetic to church policies and ethos.
Someone with a strong grounding in the Bible and able to faithfully handle and communicate the word of God, with a lifestyle and character appropriate to a church elder.
Has demonstrated an eagerness to serve humbly in local church situation, with an awareness of gifting.
Able to work in a leadership team, recognising the importance of accountability and mutual submission, and able to relate well with people.
Having a heart for making disciples, both in terms of evangelism and Christian growth.
Formal theological training welcomed but not essential.
Salary: £20,000-£23,800 depending on experience and qualifications
Kennet Valley Free Church is an independent evangelical church, with a building situated on a suburban housing estate on the south-western side of Reading, Berkshire. The church started up 35 or so years ago, and grew from a group of Christians from various churches meeting for prayer on the then-new estate. Since then the church has grown slowly and fairly steadily. The original ‘temporary’ building, having served us for 25 years, was replaced by our present building, opened in 2007, built to provide a meeting place not just for ourselves but for the local community, and it is used extensively during the week to this end. We are unashamedly committed to the Bible as God’s authoritative word, and attempt to apply it to the modern world. We are committed to mission, both local and further afield, and recognise our particular calling to be a blessing to our local community. The church membership and congregation is a good mixture of ages, church backgrounds, and increasingly, nationalities.
As well as pastor and assistant pastor, we have a full-time youth and children’s worker.
Please take a look at our website to get a greater feel for the church ( www.kvfc.org.uk). There you will find more about us, including ‘what we believe’ and our basis of faith.
The Church is affiliated to the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches.
Further details of church basis of faith and policies available on request.
For more information please contact: Graham Cooke
Kennet Valley Free Church
Or phone Graham on 0118 954 2673
If you would like to visit or meet informally before applying, then this can be arranged.
Letter of application, with cv, to the above address.
Please include at least three referees. One of these must be a leader from your current church fellowship. If you have not actually served in your current church for a significant period, please supply details of a referee from a previous church where you have done.
Please include a recording of (or a link to) a recent sermon you have preached.
Closing Date: 23rd November 2014
To commence: August 2015, or earlier, if available
Initially for a probationary period of a year, with the expectation of extending for a further two years – September 2014