Candidate Briefing Document

Pastor – Merland Rise Church

Location – Tadworth, Surrey Start date – April/May 2016

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The Church

Merland Rise Church has a membership of c.100 adults, characterised by social and ethnic diversity. Both the membership and Sunday morning attendance numbers have remained remarkably stable for the past 25 years and the church is not experiencing an ageing profile typical of many churches. In recent years this has been underpinned by a higher proportion of 20 somethings choosing to continue to live locally and a number of church children returning to the local area, marrying and putting down roots. The Sunday morning congregation is c.150 with a pattern of attendance being similar to that of most churches i.e. a smaller proportion of the overall congregation nowadays attend every week without fail.

The congregation started meeting in 1951 as a local church plant, situated in the middle of a new build council estate, this being predominantly overflow housing for the London Boroughs of Merton and Mitcham. Our current premises date from 1966 and are presently being demolished during the summer of 2015, making way for a two storey development of almost twice the current size at a cost of £2.1m. The new premises will have capacity for 250 adults in the worship area and will incorporate a café, social and meeting room space. The new premises are due to open in May 2016 and the project is fully financed, with no overhanging debt to distract the church from its core purpose. In the intervening period the church is meeting in the local primary school which also happens to employ a number of church members and where our current pastor is a former Chair of Governors.

Situated mid-way between Epsom and Reigate, this evangelical church is an FIEC member church serving the communities of Epsom Downs and Tadworth. Formerly known as Tattenham Corner Evangelical Free Church, the church is located half a mile from the Derby race course and Tattenham Corner rail station.

A high proportion of the congregation lives in the community with relatively few members living more than a couple of miles from the church. However, the housing area where the church is located has no natural hub and while a replacement local authority sports centre is being opened adjacent to the church in September 2015, the opportunity presents itself for us to put Christian soul into a sometimes soulless community.

The church is informal and at ease with itself but with a clear ambition to grow, both in terms of evangelistic impact and also into new areas of service, integrating us ever more fully into the community we serve.


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The Opportunity

This is a rare opportunity to join a stable, healthy church at an exciting moment in its future development. The construction of new premises at a cost of £2.1m expresses our desire to impact our community and we believe that the Lord, who has commenced a good work in Tadworth, intends to see it through to completion.

We remain committed to a conservative evangelical basis of faith while holding word and spirit in balance, believing strongly in the authority of the Bible but being open to the work of the Holy Spirit. This is also evidenced by involvement of church leaders in the Life in the Spirit network

As our society evolves we recognise that opportunities and channels to present the gospel, the way we disciple believers and serve our community and the wider world must also evolve. It follows that the opening of new church premises and the retirement of our existing Pastor, Roger Welch, invite us to look again at our priorities, the allocation of our resources, the positioning of the church brand in the local community and the range and relative effectiveness of the things we do. This process is not motivated by any sense of disappointment, rather we seek to maintain and ideally enhance our relevance to the community we serve and to add spiritual capital to Christians through effective teaching and discipleship. We want to present the gospel effectively to those with little understanding of Christian faith and to serve our community, with a particular focus on the socially, financially and physically disadvantaged living locally, whilst also maintaining prayer and commitment to the wider world.

Current activities are detailed on our website and feature the full spectrum of Sunday morning and evening services, children and youth activities, ten adult home groups, a monthly church prayer and fasting meeting, Alpha courses, men’s and women’s prayer breakfasts, parents’ and retirees’ groups. We also maintain a long-term commitment to the village of Berega in Tanzania, sending adult and youth teams on a periodic basis as well as providing financial support through BREAD We maintain support to other international missionaries and to Wycliffe Global Alliance though our support of some of those we have partnered with for many years is coming to an end as they retire or move to new situations.

In recent years we have also extended our range of ministries into greater social, welfare and financial provision for disadvantaged groups, setting up a Foodbank distribution centre, providing money management courses (currently using the Christians Against Poverty format) and facilitating access to church services, home groups and meetings for the deaf community. These activities, together with the hosting of other community services are presently delivered via a disused retail outlet on a small parade of shops on the Preston estate where the church is situated. The local housing association has provided us with the use of these premises rent free.


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The Transition

Our current Pastor, Roger Welch, has been in post since 1980 and will be retiring and relocating to Buckinghamshire in late summer 2016. The duration of his pastorate largely reflects his long-term commitment to the community and, as might be expected, that same value set echoes through the membership. In addition, the church has provided Roger Welch with a significant amount of paid time away from the area working for Wycliffe Global Alliance for whom he works as Chairman of the Board.

In normal circumstances the challenge of becoming Pastor of a church which has enjoyed a long incumbency can be considerable, but our circumstances are mitigated by the following:

  •   Psychologically the beneficial impact of new premises is enormous and in God’s providence the concept of “new church – new Pastor” sits comfortably with the congregation. With the former church building being so closely identified with Roger Welch its demolition eases the transition and creates a very real sense of a new chapter opening in our church life
  •   The scale and facilities of the new church and the opportunities they present to us to build will demand more time and attention from our next Pastor
  •   Our Pastor’s involvement in Wycliffe has been considerable and with a second part-time Pastor, associated staff and capable Elders and Deacons the church is not dependent on a single Pastor

    Against this background we have decided we do not want to have an interregnum, preferring to appoint a new Pastor to coincide with the opening of the new church, followed by a few weeks handover.

    As we transition to our next stage of development the Elders recently identified the following relative priorities for our future. While these are not cast in stone, they help communicate our current thinking and direction of travel



Not for now

Single Parents

Young Families

Middle class professionals

Single Men

Deaf Community


Retired People (3rd age)

Children & Youth

Social Enterprise

Women’s Ministries



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The Leadership

While maintaining congregational governance, the direction and management of the church is in the hands of the elders and deacons respectively.

There are seven elders, three of whom are under 40. Two of these elders were appointed in the past six months while most of the other elders have been in post for almost twenty years. The Elders are also the Managing Trustees of the charity, Merland Rise Church and oversee a subsidiary limited liability company (Merland Rise Church Trading Limited) which was created to build the new church but has the potential to accommodate commercial or social enterprises run out of the new premises or through the Community Hub.

 Roger Welch (Pastor – Full time)
 Namjin Kim (Pastor for Prayer and Evangelism 0.6 FTE)  Andrew Dowey (Family Worker 0.25 FTE)
 Jim Davis
 Gary Mann
 Mark Childs
 Kristian Lane

In addition to his role as Pastor for Prayer and Evangelism, Namjin Kim co-ordinates Korean prayer and mission, organising period visits to the UK for Korean nationals from both his sending church and other churches

Eight deacons oversee the programme of the church, namely:

 Ruth Warren (Church Administrator 0.4 FTE)  Ron Walker (Treasurer)
 Caroline Heaven
 Peju Laryea

 Tony Holton
 Rosie Westby  John Barry
 Petra Davis


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The Preferred Candidate

To succeed in this role it is essential you possess the following experience, character and gifts:

  •   Proven record as a Pastor, with a minimum requirement of three years prior experience as an Assistant Pastor or equivalent
  •   Capability as a Bible teacher, combined with passion for the gospel
  •   Strong leadership qualities with the confidence to take sometimes difficult

    decisions and the ability to carry people with you

  •   The capacity to help us define our future vision and to translate that vision into


  •   Good decision-making skills, underpinned by Biblical understanding, spiritual

    insight and wisdom

  •   An effective communicator, possessing good presentational, written and oral

    communication skills

  •   Personal warmth and good engagement skills, sufficient to relate to people from

    a wide range of different backgrounds

  •   Open to the work of the Holy Spirit and committed to maintaining breadth and

    diversity of both opinion and Christian experience within the congregation In addition to the above essential qualities, the following are highly desirable:

  •   Personal interest in global mission
  •   The desire to engage with the wider community, including secular agencies
  •   An innovative approach, ready and prepared to adapt and change when needed

    but also the tenacity to stick with things which are obviously working


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The Employment Package

  •   Salary negotiable, and in excess of £35,000 p.a.
  •   25 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays or days in lieu
  •   Retirement savings plan – employer contributions up to 5% of salary
  •   Life assurance, providing a lump sum death benefit of 3 x salary
  •   Relocation expenses, where appropriate
  •   Home purchase financial assistance
  •   Health care cash plan
  •   Six month notice period

    The Selection Process

    This selection process will be as follows:

    •   Candidate identification and pre-selection by our retained search consultant
    •   Determine long list of up to six candidates for initial face to face interview
    •   Interviews with two or three of the current elders
    •   Shortlisting of preferred three candidates
    •   Second round assessment, to include visit to Tadworth/Epsom Downs
    •   Final selection, including invitation to preach and meet a wider group
    •   Church members confirm Elder’s recommended candidate (Oct/Nov 2015)
    •   Employment offer, with a target commencement date of April/May 2016


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This a rare and compelling opportunity for a capable Pastor to partner and help lead us into an exciting future, enabled by the provision of new premises which will extend the reach and impact of the church in the community, and help us build His kingdom.

We must confront many of the same challenges faced by other evangelical churches, associated with an ever more secular society and a congregation which exhibits a more consumer mindset than the past generation. However, we are not encumbered by some of the obstacles faced by others, possessing a demographic profile, faith, optimism and the spiritual, physical and financial resources to make a significant difference in our local community and, selectively, in wider ranging ministries.

This is not an opportunity for two or three years, nor is your pastorate expected to last as long as our current Pastor. To succeed you need to be prepared to put down roots in the community, to invest in people for the long-term and have the resolve and tenacity to see things through. In return, you will have the privilege of working in a desirable location, enjoy the opportunity to guide our church into a sustainable future, lead us into further expansion and to serve, worship and grow with us, to His glory.


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Contact Niall Fitzgerald – 07944 607470



Tytherington Family Worship Church

We are an independent Bible based evangelical church in the heart of a growing community in North East Cheshire.

The church was established in 1979 and presently has an average attendance
of 190. During the last year we have completed a strategic plan and are now seeking to appoint our first full-time Pastor to lead a team of elders and deacons and the church through the next stage of spiritual and numerical growth.

We believe that there are significant opportunities to build on the present activities that reach out to every age in the community.

Our prayer is that God will have prepared a strong and gifted leader who is passionate in communicating God’s love and teaching to the existing church and into the community which will result in growth whilst maintaining unity.

We would expect that the applicant will have experienced a minimum of 5 years in a similar role and have qualifications following training in a recognised evangelical Bible college.

Salary £30,000 with negotiable package based on experience. For more information and an application pack, please email:
Closing date for applications 30th September 2015

Associate Pastor

FBC Associate Pastor Job Description and Person profile

Job Title: Associate Pastor Reports To: Senior Pastor Position Status: Full‐Time Purpose:

FBC is a vibrant, growing, charismatic Word & Spirit church, in membership with the Baptist Union, the Evangelical Alliance, Partners in Harvest and Global Legacy. We have significantly out grown our building and have recently sold the current site, and are now seeking a new home. We are looking for a dynamic Associate Pastor to join our staff team, due to a member of our ministerial team taking medical retirement.

The role of the Associate Pastor is to assist the Senior Pastor and Elders in overseeing the life and direction of the church. The Associate Pastor will have a firm grasp on the purpose, values and strategy of the church and the ability to align staff, volunteers and key leadership teams with its mission. The Associate Pastor will offer pastoral leadership to the congregation alongside the Senior Pastor and the pastoral teams.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Preaching and teaching: The Associate Pastor will need to be a gifted communicator, and an able preacher/teacher, in order to share in the preaching and teaching ministry of the Church.
  2. Deputising for the Senior Pastor: When the Senior Pastor is away the Associate Pastor will be required to deputise in all areas of ministry, including but not restricted to; oversight and line management of other staff, pastoral oversight / care, leadership and decision making on day to day issues.
  3. Local Mission: Mission and Evangelism are key areas for which the Associate Pastor will have direct responsibility, with oversight and development of a growing number of mission initiatives within the local community.
  4. Discipleship: A key aspect of the role of the Associate Pastor is the development, mentoring and discipling of other leaders within the church, especially the small group leaders.
  1. Pastoral Care and visiting the Associate Pastor will take on a proportion of the pastoral care and visiting depending on the needs in the church and his/her own gifting.
  2. Teamwork: The Associate Pastor will work closely with the Senior Pastor to ensure that the ministry team as a whole are providing a consistent approach to developing and enabling the church’s vision and will support the Senior Pastor in strategic decision making.

Person Profile:

  •   The Associate Pastor will be a man or woman with a proven track record in pastoral ministry and church leadership.
  •   FBC is a Word and Spirit Church, and so the Associate Pastor will be a Spirit- filled person, who knows how to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit, and who is fully embracing of all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In addition, the Associate Pastor will be someone who has a love for and a good grasp of the Bible, and is in agreement with the Evangelical Alliance Basis of faith (
  •   The Associate Pastor will be mature in faith and as a church leader will be expected to set an example to the church in:

o Personal spiritual discipline
o Commitment to ongoing growth and development of Spiritual Gifts o Spiritual and Personal maturity
o Maintaining healthy relationships of personal accountability

 The Associate Pastor will need to demonstrate a clear sense of God’s calling to FBC, and a commitment the vision of the church of “Loving God, Loving Fleet” by Encountering God through worship and the Word; being equipped by the Holy Spirit to live as disciples; and engaging in community transformation: locally, nationally and internationally.

In first instance, applicants should send a CV and covering letter to:

Claire Wheway (PA to Christopher Bird – Senior Pastor) –

Fleet Baptist Church 115 Clarence Road Fleet, Hampshire, UK GU51 3NB

Pastor Roles at Bethel Baptist Church

Applications are invited for two part-time Posts of:

  1. Youth Ministries’ Pastor
  1. Children’s Ministries’ Pastor

The Youth Ministries’ Pastor will oversee, encourage, train, equip, and develop our volunteer team would work with young people of Keystage 3 age and above.

Our Children’s Ministries’ Pastor will do the same with our volunteers who work with children up to the end of Keystage 2.

Each Post is part-time and that is expected to average out at 18.75 hours a week. Some of the times will be at fixed times on evenings and Sundays to work regularly alongside teams of volunteers.

Applicants will need to live (or move) within easy travelling distance of Pontyclun CF72 9AJ.

Stipend will depend on qualifications and experience and will be in the range of £15,600 – £21,700 pa. (pro rata).

The positions are for an initial period of 12 months with a review after nine months when the posts will be reassessed.

Experienced and/or qualified candidates who are passionate to see ministry with the young grow and develop are invited to apply. Although we are flexible about qualifications and experience it is absolutely necessary to demonstrate a Christian commitment.

For job description and application form please contact:

Email: or telephone (01443) 228283 for details and application form. Please state which position you wish to be considered for. Applications should be returned by 24th April 2015

Assistant Minister (Youth)

Bethel is a bible-teaching church in the community of Hale, between Farnham and Aldershot. Our vision is to be a Christian community that reaches out as widely as possible.

We get 120 -140 on a Sunday morning; around a third are under 18. Evangelistic opportunities are growing. We have had an extensive programme of outreach to children and young people but are now refocusing our teenage work in line with our overall vision. We will be aiming to pitch our teenage work at a level and intensity sufficient to disciple church young people.

Job Purpose

  •   To lead our teenage work
  •   Oversight of other youth and children’s work
  •   To increase the church’s capacity to take advantage of new evangelistic opportunities

    – either by taking a lead in these ministries or by taking on tasks that release others

  •   To develop your gifting in Christian work

    Personal Qualities

    If you …

  •   Love Jesus and are spiritually mature enough to lead others
  •   Model prayerfulness
  •   Have a heart to see people converted to Christ and growing in their faith
  •   Have a record of service in church or mission
  •   Have the ability to communicate the bible in a compelling way
  •   Are able to direct and motivate others
  •   Are a people person who is good at relating to young people
  •   Are keen to develop your gifts
  •   Can assess need, plan and develop ministries
  •   Ideally, have undertaken some training in ministry, theology or youth work

    ..then we would love to hear from you.

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Youth Work Responsibilities

  •   Leadership, planning and delivery of a programme for church teenagers and other interested young people that disciples them for Christ
  •   Training and directing others in the church who are working with children and young people
  •   Mentoring teenagers, including helping them to identify and develop their own gifting and opportunities for service
  •   Liaising with the families of young people
  •   Responsibility for the co-ordination and curriculum for all Sunday children’s work
  •   Contributing to town-wide youth initiatives
  •   Developing strong links with youth groups in other local evangelical churches

    Other Responsibilities

    There is some flexibility within the role, depending on the gifting of the right candidate. The Assistant Minister (Youth) will either take a lead themselves in new areas of outreach or free up others to do so by taking on some of their responsibilities.

    Additional responsibilities may include:

  •   Developing outreach to the Sandy Hill housing estate
  •   Increasing our outreach to men
  •   Organising family/guest services
  •   Sunday preaching and other teaching of adults
  •   Discipling individuals within the congregation
  •   Planning the strategy of the church with the pastor and other elders
  •   Other tasks delegated by the pastor, according to your gifting and developmental need

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Responsible to: The post will be supervised by the Pastor. We will provide:

  •   Regular supervision and in-house training
  •   Mentoring available outside of the church
  •   Supplementary external training as required
  •   Salary commensurate with role and experience

    We realise that finding affordable accommodation may be a difficulty for some applicants. Depending on your situation, we may be able to help.

    The position may suit someone who has been through theological training and is looking to move into pastoral ministry. Or it may suit someone who has a primary gifting in youth work and evangelism.

    This is a new post that will be reviewed after three years.
    For more information please contact Mike Hitchings – 01252 719243,

Bethel Baptist Church, Bethel Lane, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 0QA 01252 719243

Resident Hostess


We are looking for female maternity cover for our resident hostess Anna and hence we are looking for someone to start from mid February and continue until around the end of November.

Dan and Anna have been doing a great job of Christian outreach to our guests, most of whom are primary and secondary school pupils.  Duties include welcoming groups to the Centre, giving a short thought for the day before breakfast and being around in the evenings,  providing activities and/or manning the non-alcoholic bar and tuck shop.  Applicants must be able to relate to young people in an informal way, and be prepared to answer questions about their faith – in fact part of the job is to provoke these questions!

As the main responsibilities are for the first part of the mornings as well as the evenings, there is a fair amount of free time during the day.  During the Summer the Centre runs RYA Dinghy sailing courses and some introductory canoeing and kayaking sessions, so there may be opportunities to gain qualifications and experience in these areas.

This post would suit someone who is looking to gain some experience in Christian youth work.  Residential staff are part of a Christian intentional community and we provide board and accommodation and pocket money.

No formal qualifications are necessary, although you will need to have good communications skills.  You are likely to be at least 21 years of age and be able to establish relationships with both young people and adults quickly.  You must be flexible in your work patterns, a good team player and also female!

If you would like to discuss the post please contact Frank Cope, the General Manager on 01983 522195 or email me: with your c.v. and I can give you some more details and/or arrange a visit to the Centre.


Medina Valley Centre Mission Statement:

To bring glory to God through the pursuit of excellence in environmental and outdoor education and leisure activities and the quality of total provision for all with whom we come in contact.