Assistant Pastor

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.

Job description:

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).

Person Specification:

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

Church Profile:

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 ( 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

Carters Rise



RG31 7YT

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

Youth Pastor

We would like to inform you of a job opening here at Cambridge Community Church (C3) for the position of Youth Pastor. C3 is a contemporary charismatic church with over 500 members and we are looking for a passionate, vision-driven Youth Pastor to take our youth work to the next level.

The position will require…

·         Excellent communication skills

·         An ability to front and grow a cutting-edge youth ministry as part of the vision of C3

·         A willingness to develop a volunteer team-based ministry

·         Good budgeting and organisational skills

·         A heart to reach and shape the youth generation of Cambridge

The salary will be in the range of £21,000 – £27,250 depending on experience and qualification.

To apply for this post send your CV and covering letter to See below for more details of the job description.

Job Description:

This job description outlines the key roles required from the post holder. It is not a definitive list and the role may change and evolve over time.

Context of the job:
C3 is a contemporary charismatic church with over 500 members and we are looking for a passionate, vision-driven Youth Pastor to take our youth work to the next level.

The Youth Pastor’s role covers all aspects of youth related ministry for the ages of 11 – 18+ and includes leading, managing, and facilitating the department to become a cutting edge ministry in the City.

The post requires the holder to possess good interpersonal and leadership skills and an ability to inspire, train and develop a team of volunteers.

The need to embrace and work out the youth vision within the overall the vision and values of C3 are key ingredients in this role.

A commitment to training, self leadership and the acquisition of new skills are important to the on-going success of this role.

The role also requires someone, who is happy to embrace change and who constantly strives for both personal and team excellence.

Working Hours: 40 Hours per week

Remuneration: £21,000 – £27,250 depending on qualifications and experience

Key Responsibilities:

1. Be directly responsible for leading, directing and growing the youth ministry into a cutting edge ministry that impacts Cambridge.

2. Manage the workload of this role in an organised and efficient way ensuring best use of all resources.

3. Provide/facilitate necessary training/development of the youth ministry team so enabling the ministry to constantly improve and move forward.

4. To pastor, encourage, motivate, counsel and develop the youth within this category so as to ensure their spiritual and emotional needs are met.

5. To connect with other relevant national and local youth ministries and to be willing to develop relationships for mutual benefit and growth.

6. Sunday is considered to be a half working day and therefore permission would need to be sought beforehand, for any absence on Sundays.

7. To prioritise and manage your workload effectively so as to comply with the vision of C3. This will require an enthusiastic, faith-filled and confident

8. To be responsible for your personal spiritual growth and that of the youth team.

Relating to the Youth

  •   Demonstrable passion and heart to see the development and care of Youth within C3 and outside of C3.
  •   Sensitively handling youth affected by personal crisis such as bereavement, divorce, bullying, peer pressure, behavioural difficulties, learning difficulties etc.
  •   Providing the youth with a dynamic, relevant and engaging ministry expression Training & Implementation
    •   Developing and implement a youth ministry strategy.
    •   Training, monitoring and implementing a work structure for youth volunteers and/or placement students.
    •   To line manage any placement students (eg. CYM) and liaise with any placement organisations.
    •   To ensure all youth volunteers are mentored, developed and trained in their roles.
    •   To co-ordinate the teaching programme which reinforces and reflects the ministry of C3.
    •   To provide a dynamic worship and word Celebration on a regular basis, liaising with the worship department and preaching team.
    •   To provide opportunities for the youth to develop their giftings and skills within ministry areas.
    •   To liaise with Department heads within C3 to facilitate youth volunteering on a monthly basis where appropriate.
    • Administration
    •   Implement an efficient system to ensure the weekly running of youth ministry both on Sunday mornings and within the mid-week programme.
    •   Maintaining regular ongoing communication with parents via face-to-face, letters, emails, home visits (where appropriate). To include but not limited to: clarification and follow up of any weekends away, timetables, calendar events and other specific dates.


 Identify, develop and implement a youth ministry strategy which has, at it’s heart, the growth of the department. This will include…

o Evaluate, develop and implement a coherent outreach strategy which could include, but is not limited to:

  •   Schools work.
  •   Youth Alpha.
  •   After school clubs; e.g. Strength and Shine courses.
  •   Mentoring.
  •   Special events; e.g. youth conference.
  • Recruitment
  • Evaluate, identify and support in the recruitment of staff, volunteers, interns placements as appropriate in any of the youth departments as well as interns that are recruited for any other department within C3.

    Marketing, Communications & Media

  •   To create, copy draft, circulate for proofing, sign off and distribute all Marketing, Communication and Media elements within the Youth Ministry, to include but not limited to:
    •   Logos.
    •   Leaflets.
    •   CD, DVDs.
    •   Film clips.
    •   Web updates.
    •   Various communications for regular and special events.
  •   To liaise with the Media Department for sign off, input design and concept building. Budget Liaison
  •   Advise and develop a yearly plan for the best use of the Youth Ministry budget.
  •   Hold the budget for youth ministry, which would be signed off by your line manager. Extra Curricular ActivitiesAdministrate and support in the planning of additional special events which may include but are not limited to:
    •   Weekends away.
    •   Youth band.
    •   Mid-week discipleship groups.

Other Agencies

To work in conjunction with other Churches and Agencies within the city, to deliver effective youth ministry and encourage multi-Church/agency cooperation.


The post holder will be expected to work in a confidential manner in all aspects of their work and to contravene this would result in disciplinary action being taken. An understanding and necessary training in the Child Protection policy of C3 would need to be adhered to and implemented within the youth ministry.

Whole House Mentality

C3 Youth Ministry is part of the vision for the ‘Church We See’ as expressed by the leadership team and as such this role requires a person who wholeheartedly embraces a whole house mentality.

1. Working Conditions

Location: C3 centre: Alpha Terrace, St Bede’s School and around Cambridge

2. Control Measures

Report to: Senior Leadership Team

Regular meetings with: Senior Leadership Team (Line Manager) Volunteer youth workers

3. Tools, Machinery, Materials needed to perform job

Computer with software suitable for Word and Excel, Design.

Please visit and read the attached documents for more information.

Pastoral Leadership Role

Full Gospel Mission (James Street Church) James Street Coalville, LE67 3BX

Affiliated to the Elim Pentecostal Churches

Vacancy for pastoral leadership role (date of advertisement September 2014)

Following the retirement of the previous leaders in 2013, we are seeking suitable candidates to fill the position of Pastor.

Church Outline

The church currently has a weekly attendance of approximately 40-50 people, from a spread of ethnic backgrounds including African, Asian and
European. The church is affiliated to the Elim group of churches via the ECI fellowship (Elim Church Incorporated) but is an independent church with its own trustees. The church aligns itself with Elim’s statement of faith.

Local Area

Coalville, Leicestershire, is located within a historic mining area which lies between the M1 & M42. Over the years Coalville has been considered a ‘hard’ spiritual area with significant resistance to the Gospel. However, over the last 5-10 years, there has been a growing sense that the Lord will soon do a great work in the area. This has resulted in the majority of local churches working more closely together to impact the area for Jesus Christ. “Churches Together” has brought many leaders closer and one outworking of this has been a Trussell Trust food bank, launched in the spring of 2013.

General Personal Qualities for Applicants

We believe that the church would be a good fit for a leader who is a versatile pastor – teacher seeking to serve to see God’s Kingdom come in an urban mission field. We would also consider a husband and wife couple who could see themselves as joint leaders / pastors. We desire to see the person(s) fulfilling the role build up the church spiritually and build the leadership team in support of that.


For more information about the church, its activities, and the vacancy then please email Phil Antill, ( ) who is one of the elders of the church.

Part-Time Pastor


To know love and share Jesus

Statement of Faith

We Believe –

  1. In the sovereignty of the one true Almighty God – creator of all and giver of life.
  1. That Jesus Christ -  is the Son of God

-came to earth and took on the form of man

-was sacrificed on a cross to pay the price of sin

-was raised to life after three days

-ascended to heaven and intercedes with His Father on our behalf

 -will return to earth to judge the world and take those who believe to eternal   glory

  1. That all people fall short of God’s standard and need redemption from sin.
  2. Salvation and eternal life can only be gained by repentance and faith through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  3. All believers are part of God’s church and are encouraged to bear witness to their faith through following the command of our Lord in Believers Baptism.
  4. That the Holy Spirit is given to all believers to enable them to follow the teachings of Scripture, empowering them to serve the Lord and live as effective witnesses to the difference Jesus can make in a person’s life.
  5. The Bible to be the inspired Word of God and is to be trusted as the authority and guideline for a Christ like, Spirit filled life.
  6. That this church is part of the world wide body of Christ and that believers should seek to serve and support the work of the universal church both at home and overseas.
  7. That all believers are part of the church, but should be encouraged to take a full and active part in the local fellowship, under the authority of Scripture and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
  8. That the church should encourage believers to be disciples for God and to continue His mission to spread the Good News of Jesus to all.

Position – Part Time (Lay) Pastor

Responsible to – The deacons and officers of Winterslow Baptist Church

Main Duties & Responsibilities.

  1. To lead services on Sunday
  1. To arrange services that encourage people to spend time in worship and praise of the Lord;
  2. To encourage others to be involved in leading worship to develop gifts and expertise in others;
  3. To prepare and deliver a plan of preaching that teaches and encourages others to develop their understanding of scripture and commitment to Christ;
  4. To ensure that worship complies with the churches values as laid out in the statement of faith.

  1. To be the leader of the church to ensure that –
  1. Christ remains at the centre of the churches decision making process and that His guidance and strength is sought at all times;
  2. The continued weekly programme of the church is responsive to the needs of the congregation;
  3. That the church conducts its business in a timely, open and appropriate manner as laid down in the Constitution;
  4. Appropriate arrangements are made to chair church and deacons meetings (normally the pastor takes on this role);
  5. Church members are encouraged to pray for and are consulted on the church programme;
  6. Good communication between the departments and individuals within the church;
  7. Assist and advise on the future planning and development of the church’s activities so they remain responsive to and appropriate for the congregation and surrounding community;
  8. To attend, lead or support any additional decision making groups as required
  9. Liaison with those who lead activities within the church to ensure they are supported and acting in line with the church’s beliefs and priorities.

  1. To act as Pastor to the congregation by –
  1. Seeking to support and encourage their spiritual growth as appropriate;
  2. Where necessary making home or hospital visits;
  3. To be aware of, disseminate as appropriate and encourage others to pray for those in need;
  4. To handle sensitively complaints, disputes, and upsets;
  5. To encourage and guide the development of opportunities for prayer and Bible study;
  6. To provide as needed additional sessions e.g. for new Christians, Baptismal classes, discipleship teaching;
  7. Encourage the church to develop opportunities for evangelism.

  1. Ensure links beyond the fellowship
  1. Maintain appropriate links with the Baptist Union as necessary – attending regional and local events;
  2. Help the church to develop links with other churches in the community;
  3. Ensure opportunities for the church to be aware of other mission work both home and overseas. Encouraging the church to support prayerfully and financially those missions felt appropriate. The church should be encouraged to give priority here to the work of BMS and Home Mission;
  4. Encourage church members and where appropriate undertake personally links with local community activities;
  5. Attend any training events as agreed with the deacons.

  1. Keep adequate records to demonstrate good use of time and expenses.

  1. Any other duties as required and appropriate to the role.
  1. Leading funerals, weddings dedication of infants etc.
  2. Trouble shooting – resolving difficulties and ensuring all areas are covered in the absence of others;
  1. Checking and approving – minutes, magazine articles etc.
  2. Screening incoming mail –post and e mail, deleting what is inappropriate and passing on as required what is relevant to the church;
  3. Involvement in ad hoc discussions about church activities.

There has been a Baptist presence in Winterslow since the 17th Century and possibly before.  The present building, a mission hut or ‘tin tabernacle’, was first used in 1908; the church hall, or ‘Plantation Room’ as it is known, was added in the late 1970s. Our youth group have met in an old, small caravan on the site in recent years, but we are currently awaiting delivery of a brand new portacabin-type building to accommodate our growing numbers.  A small car park is set alongside the church buildings.

The Church has been pastored by Peter Salisbury for 6 years, and is assisted by the Diaconate, which currently numbers 4 but is due to increase in the very near future to 5 or 6.  The Church has been steadily growing over the last few years, currently numbering 22 in membership and having a regular attendance of between 40 and 50 at Sunday services.

A service of worship is held on Sunday mornings throughout the year, with communion celebrated on a monthly basis.  Our teaching is Bible-based and our worship is a mix of traditional hymns and more modern worship songs.  Pastor Peter currently preaches at all but one Sunday per month, which is taken by visiting speakers and clergy, and occasionally by church members or deacons.  A short period of all-age worship, usually with a short children’s message, is led by church members and deacons on most Sundays prior to the children and young people leaving for Kidzone (0-11 years) and Youth (11+) for their own teaching.  We currently have around 8-10 young people attending our youth session and 10-14 in Kidzone. We practise Believer’s Baptism and four members of the congregation have been baptised by full immersion during the last 18 months (two adults and two 11 year olds).

Our children’s and youth work have seen significant growth in recent years, and we currently have a particularly committed youth group who are in the process of organising their own outreach events to witness to the community and raise funds for a local, national and international charity.  Their commitment and excitement about their faith is evident and they have requested that we run a youth version of Christianity Explored to allow them to witness to their own friends in a structured way.  This will run before the summer.

A house group meeting is held each Thursday, usually comprising Bible study and prayer and attracts around 10-12 people, although we are currently running a Christianity Explored course during this session which has brought a further 7-8 (non-church attender) people to the meetings.  The ‘3rd Wednesday at 2’ monthly mid-week service and afternoon tea is regularly attended by around 12-15 worshippers, most of whom are seniors who do not regularly attend Sunday worship. We hold regular social events, including talent evenings, harvest suppers, barbecues, walks and picnics and outings.  Several families attend Spring Harvest each year.

We have been a driving force behind the ‘Churches Together’ group in Winterslow, which brings together all 5 churches (two Anglican, a Methodist, a small independent church and Winterslow Baptist) to plan ecumenical events.  Recent events have included a very popular carol service, Jubilee Praise and Pentecost Praise and are usually held in the village hall.  Further events are currently being planned.

Winterslow Baptist has recently completed its first 5-year plan and the second phase – a new 5-year plan – has been in place since last year and is included within this pack.

Financially, the church is solvent (more details can be found on the latest financial report to members).  Tithes of 10% of our offerings are split between BMS, Home Mission, The Bridge (a Salisbury-based organisation which outreaches into local schools), and Wycliffe Bible Translators, particularly in support of language development for the Ilwana people in Kenya.  Other one-off donations or offerings are decided and church meetings, and have included supporting local Christian charities and international disaster appeals.  There are currently funds of around £10k (need to check this) for building / housing held in trust by the BU.

This plan represents the second phase in the development of Winterslow Baptist church and builds on the success and achievements of the previous forward plan. The aim has been to prayerfully consider the aims and objectives we should work on over the next few years and to continue to develop the church as we seek to serve the Lord in the community in which he has placed us.

Over the summer of 2012 the congregation were invited to comment on the church programme and how they would like to see it develop, by completing a survey. The following plan is based on the outcomes of that survey.

AIM – To maintain and develop a community of Christian believers with God at its head, who seek by the power of the Holy Spirit, to understand and be obedient to the teachings of scripture and to respond to the challenge of continuing the mission of Jesus, to share our faith with others and prayerfully encourage them to be part of the body of Christ

OBJECTIVES – During the period of this plan WBC will –

  1. Develop its Sunday Service so that it maximises the opportunity for corporate worship and Bible teaching,  remaining relevant and vibrant for the community who worship.
  1. To maintain and update the suite of buildings as resources permit, so that they provide a pleasant environment in which to welcome people and worship the Lord.
  1. To develop the prayer life and ministry of the church
  1. Develop a strategy and programme of outreach activities.
  1. Maintain and develop a weekly programme of activities for children and young people
  1. Maintain and develop publicity of church activities to raise awareness to the local community.
  1. To seek to develop and strengthen the church leadership team.

Plan outline


To develop the Sunday Service


To introduce a team of worship leaders  to share with the Pastor the first part of the service for praise, worship and prayer

September 2013


To include within the first part of the service  new action songs for the children as the children have no opportunity for singing in Kids Zone

On going


To offer opportunities for a variety of forms of worship that offer different experiences and remain responsive to a mixed congregation  

On going


To encourage others to take part in the service with a view to developing gifts and sharing and encouraging one another

On going


To introduce a prayer meeting at 10am and encourage others to join with the leaders in prayerfully preparing for worship.

Dependent on a replacement building for the caravan to provide space.


To consider “Bring friends to church” events on a Sunday, possibly at a neutral venue such as the school. These to offer an alternative style worship which is non-threatening but welcoming to the non-churched



To maintain a programme of teaching to encourage deeper understanding and commitment to Christ

On going

Responsibility for section 1 –Deacons and Pastor


To maintain and develop the buildings and grounds


To ensure the grounds and buildings are kept clean and tidy so they are welcoming for all who attend.

On going


To ensure the grounds and buildings are maintained in good order and comply with Health and Safety and other regulations. 

On going


To replace the caravan with a more suitable building, that meets needs within the limits of our resources and planning regulations

December 2014


To monitor the church finances and ensure they are maintained to the best advantage of the church in liaison with the Treasurer.

On going


To monitor the on-going growth of the church and the adequacy of its buildings. To be open to the Lord’s leading on rebuilding or relocating to more suitable accommodation

On going


To continue the building and finance group to oversee this area bringing recommendations to the Church Members meeting as required.

Responsibility for section 2 –Building and Finance Group


To develop the prayer life and ministry of the church


To seek to develop a trained prayer ministry team to offer prayer support to those associated with the church who require it

 December 2015


To investigate and introduce ways of engaging more people into the prayer life of the church.

December 2014


To task a prayer and pastoral group to develop this area

September 2013

Responsibility for section 3 – Prayer and Pastoral team with the Pastor.


Develop a realistic Church Strategy for Outreach 


The deacons will develop a strategy for approval by church members that commits the fellowship to a realistic approach to outreach and recognises the limitations of resources

October 2013


Deliver a programme of prayer and teaching that will prepare the church for outreach activities

March 2014


Introduce a programme of activities which are aimed at non church attenders that encourage opportunities for them to consider the gospel of Jesus

December 2014


To continue to support and encourage Churches Together activities

On Going


To consider and review alternative opportunities for worship e.g. monthly Wednesday at 2


Responsibility for section 4 – Deacons


Maintain and develop a weekly programme of activities for  children and young people


Continue to provide each Sunday Kids Zone and Youth group activities for young people

On going


Ensure all involved in supporting the work of young people do so in line with the church Safe to Grow Policy and have successful Disclosure & Barring Service checks.

On going


Hold occasional activities e.g. all age services , social events – so that children feel part of the whole church

On going


Regularly review and make use of suitable teaching materials and teaching styles that encourage young people to develop their faith in Jesus.

On going


Consider and implement occasional activities that encourage young people to bring friends. See section 4

On going

Responsibility for section 5 – Children and young people’s action group


Publicise Church activities to raise awareness within the community


To maintain a regular article in the parish magazine



To produce posters and flyers of special events

As required


To continue the development of the church web site

On going


To consider and recommend to the church any new initiatives to develop this area of work

Responsibility for section 6 – Publicity action group


Develop and strengthen the church leadership team


Through teaching raise awareness of gifts and the need to use these in the Lord’s service

April 2014


To encourage those with suitable gifts to become deacons

On going


Where possible to devolve responsibility to those who have both the gifts and time to work on designated tasks

On going


To support and encourage those wanting to discover and develop their gifts in the Lord’s service

As required


Prepare the church to be more self-reliant as a change of Pastor is likely within the life of this plan

December 2014


Once sufficient numbers of suitable candidates for the role of deacon become available, amend the constitution to allow deacons to serve  up to two three years terms then take a compulsory year off

Responsibility for section 7 – Deacons


Senior Leader

Senior Leader – TCF


 Church Profile

 TCF is a non denominational and evangelical church located in a village in the lower Caerphilly basin. Trethomas has approximately 3500 people and another 3000 people in village communities in close proximity. Located within 20 minutes from Newport and Cardiff, also fifteen minutes from the M4. The building originated in the early 1900’s and TCF as it is was formed in the late 1980’s and the building has been modernised over the last 30 years.

We are a community based church with many regular weekly ministries. We have a congregation with many volunteers and potential leaders within the body of the church. Our ministries include two celebrations with Junior church on a Sunday, Creative ministries (Drama and Puppets), Clothing ministry, Tearoom, Parents and Toddlers, Ladies fellowship, Youth work, cruise bereavement and debt management. We have active input to our local schools, care home, strong visitation team and we support missions here and abroad.

The church family is a loving and caring community with people of all ages contributing to the life of the church. We have a good relationship with leaders of other churches in the area.  

We promote sound biblical teaching and move in the work of the Holy Spirit. We are a church who believes in the New Testament model of the five fold ministries and we encourage every member of the body of Christ to be a minister. (Attached Articles of Faith)


Job Description


Job Title: Senior Leader

To be full time Senior Leader of Trethomas Christian Fellowship to help discover and fulfill its mission, growing as disciples and making disciples.

 The primary activity focus will be on ensuring transformational leadership and care to the church through

  •  Effective teaching and preaching
  • Developing and supporting leadership throughout the church
  • Being the main point of contact for the church and community on behalf of the leadership team

 The Senior Leader is also responsible for ensuring the provision of highly effective

  • Pastoral care teams and procedures
  • Relationships with local, national and international individuals and communities


Based at Trethomas Christian Fellowship the majority of the time, to maintain presence and maximize opportunities.

Job Responsibilities:

Primary hands-on responsibility as servant-leader accountable to the trustees and existing leadership team

  •  Preaching and Teaching

1.     Develop and implement plans to teach the Bible systematically and thematically

2.     Both “all scripture” and needs-focused

3.     Inspiring love, worship, obedience and maturity

4.     Inclusively, to followers and seekers

5.     Develop the teams responsible for delivering church services, Home groups and individuals

  •  Leadership

1.     Maintain clarity of God’s leading for TCF through prayer, the leading of the Holy Spirit and study of God’s Word

2.     Consistently and clearly communicate the vision and direction of the church

3.     Strengthen leadership throughout the church, among Leaders, Home Groups and Ministry teams.

4.     Encourage proactive and personal care through effective teaching and preaching

5.     Develop the Pastoral care strategy and ministry, working with Home Groups, Ministry Team leaders and the Pastoral care team to provide excellent care in the church and into the community

 Community engagement (“mission”)

1.     Continue development and implementation plans for personal and members engagement with individuals and groups within our local community, including neighbours, schools and visitors

2.     Continue to develop and implement plans for effective engagement with local, national and international mission work.

 Personal Responsibilities:

 Underpinning the above job responsibilities, the Senior Leader has the following personal responsibilities:

  1. Personal development and maturity

a.     Devoted in personal relationship with Christ – pray, study, ’walk’, trust

b.     Devoted in family responsibilities – love, provide, protect; balance

c.     Continually maturing as a leader and Senior Leader – study, learn, share, stretch

 Public example

Model a life of love for Jesus Christ, His Church and His world.

   Anticipated Hours

It is anticipated that the core responsibilities should be planned to be carried-out within an average of 40 working hours per week, although the nature of the role demands flexibility in allocating these hours throughout the week. At least one day per week be kept completely free from work responsibilities, for personal and family time. Holidays and Sundays off will be discussed at interview.

  Person Profile

We are convinced that the right candidate for senior leader will be:

 A committed person of God, for whom their own relationship with God is all-important.

An evangelical who seeks to base all his/her beliefs and behavior on the teaching of the Old and New Testaments.

A person with a good theological grasp, with theological training.

A person who believes and operates in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

A natural leader, with the ability to envision, motivates and co-operates with others.

A team builder, who is good at drawing the best out of others, learning from them, as well as leading and training them.

A good communicator of the word of God.

A person with experience of leadership in a local church.

A person whose wife/ husband (if married) is entirely supportive of the work and vision of TCF.


We are a church with an active Child protection policy. The successful candidate would have to have a DBS check with the Disclosure and Barring Service. This would have to be completed prior to an appointment.


Community Pastor


The Leadership Team at High Street Chapel, Hopton are looking for a Community Pastor
Role description
Someone who can work in the community on a part or full time basis.
Someone who can lead our 11.15am outreach service and work with the current team,  under the direction of the church leadership, but who is not expected to preach every week.
Someone who can work within our existing church activities and lead and sharpen our evangelism as a church in partnership with our Events team.
Someone who can work on a one to one level building bridges between church and community.
In partnership with the church leadership inspire and encourage our congregation to initiate new activities both within and  outside of the church.
We are looking for someone who exhibits the gifts of teaching, organising, motivating and evangelism.
Salary £20000 without house or £15000 with house (pro rata)
Term of contract initially 3 years

Our essential beliefs:

That the Bible is the Word of God. Through it we discover the will of God for our lives.

That Jesus is the Son of God. Through His death we find forgiveness and through His resurrection we find new life.

That the Holy Spirit indwells our lives and through Him we find the power to live for God

Church Profile

High Street Chapel has its roots in the Brethren movement and has grown into a thriving church.  It is led by the Elders who are supported by a dedicated team of deacons.  The leadership encourage everyone to participate in the life of the church and young and old alike are involved in all areas of service.  We don’t have a membership but have about 100 people attending the church, aged between 1 year and 90.
Our Sunday services include a 10.00am open communion, 11.15am outreach service with Sunday School (Explorers) and a 6.30pm teaching service. We have a great team of musicians and singers leading our worship.  We have around 80 -100 on a Sunday morning and about 80 in the evening.
The church leadership recently spent time seeking the Lord’s leading for the church and as a result are currently fulfilling a vision to take forward the church.  This position and the coffee shop are two key steps to fulfil the vision.  The church leadership are looking for someone to capture our vision and move the church forward with us to impact the community and see lives transformed by Jesus Christ.
The church has an excellent reputation in the community and well attended community and outreach events.  A church coffee shop in the village High Street will open during the summer of 2014.
Hopton is a rural village of around 500 predominantly white English people although those attending HSC come from up to 12 miles away, which is where you will find the towns of Diss, Thetford or Bury St Edmunds.  The only other churches within two miles are the CoE and Methodist churches in Hopton
Please apply by email or post enclosing your C.V. and a brief overview of how the Lord has led you to this point in your life.  Send to Pam Abrey, Church Administrator at 
High Street Chapel, Hopton, Diss, IP22 2QX