Job title: Social Justice and Community Minister (ordained or non-ordained)
Responsible to: To the Church and Deacons’ Meeting with line-management by the Minister of Union Chapel Congregational Church
Purpose of Job: To work within the Ministry Team (Ministers and Deacons) to widen the reach of the church into our local community, and networks of Christians engaged in social justice; and develop and manage a programme of engagement reflecting the Church’s commitment to inclusivity, community building and social justice.
Outcomes: The principal outcome should be the proclamation of the Gospel message of respect for creation and the nurturing of peace and justice through building communities which break down walls of division.
We hope for increased participation in church sponsored events within Union Chapel by church members, volunteers and the wider community.
We desire greater diversity and integration between different ages, cultures and backgrounds within our worship and the life of the Chapel.
We look forward to an exciting programme of smooth and efficiently organised events and activities.
Hours: 37.5 hours per week – flexible working needed, including some Sundays.
(30 hour week would also be considered)
Programme Management and Development
To work within the Ministry Team to develop an annual programme of community engagement events and activities in line with the church’s priorities for the year and its commitment to social justice.
To participate in the rota for leading Sunday worship.
To develop a varied programme of activities for the weekly Culture café in liaison with the Margins cafe and the Art Coordinator.
To recruit and coordinate volunteers to help run the church events including Culture Café and social justice related activities.
To manage the budget for Culture Café activities.
To attend and contribute to the success of church events and activities.
To liaise with other Union Chapel staff members to ensure appropriate rooms, staff and other logistical requirements are in place for church events.
Networking and relationship building
To attend church services on a regular basis and engage church members and attendees within the church’s programme.
To work with Union Chapel Project to support them to fulfil their aims in facilitating community activities within the Union Chapel building complex.
To liaise with the Congregational Federation and other church networks for inclusion in their newsletters and submit prayer requests.
To promote chapel activities within local networks, the voluntary sector and local authority services.
To be proactive in engaging with culturally diverse groups to build relationships and to include in community activities.
To develop a wider database of contacts within the community, e.g. other local churches and organisations who may be interested in Union Chapel events.
Communications and publicity
To take the lead in promoting the church and its activities through social media.
To facilitate and distribute a monthly church newsletter and increase its distribution
To update church events on the website and work with the Chapel web master to ensure events are published prominently on the Union Chapel website and the church section is regularly updated.
To assist church staff with publicity for different church led events, such as emails, distributing leaflets and putting up posters and web based advertising.
To promote the Culture Café.
To ensure church notice boards are kept up to date with relevant information.
To assist with developing church information leaflets to be distributed around the chapel.
To develop and maintain a data base of members, adherents and other contacts who are interested in church activities in compliance with GDPR.
To implement safeguarding policy and inform the Deacons of any legislative changes or breaches of the policy.
To carry out all DBS checks for Union Chapel.
To risk assess all community activities and ensure appropriate training is given for volunteers and leaders who help run activities.
To ensure all activities comply with health and safety and other relevant regulations.
To undertake such other duties as may from time to time be required.
Please send an up-do-date CV, covering letter indicating your experience and ability to meet the criteria within our Person Specification and why you would like to work for Union Chapel Congregational Church and return it to:
Or post to
Union Chapel Congregational Church (FAO Vaughan Jones)
19b Compton Terrace,
Closing date for applications: September 21st 2018
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