Oct 14, 2021

Youth Worker

£26,000 yearly
  • Harpenden Methodist Church
  • High Street Methodist Church, High Street, Harpenden, UK
Full time Church/Ministry Youth and Children

Job Description

We are looking for an experienced Youth Worker to review, re-imagine and re-energise our Ministry to 11-18s. 

For more information and to apply, visit www.highstreet.church/jobs 

Context

In pursuit of our vision to see “Lives, relationships and communities in this world transformed by the love of God in Jesus Christ,” the Youth Worker will head our team of volunteers, review the current discipleship groups and develop fresh programmes that promote spiritual growth and a sense of belonging within the church amongst our young people.

Role Statement

To review, re-energise and re-imagine our ministry to 11-18s.

To create an environment where High Street youth can grow into passionate followers of Jesus.

To lead, motivate and work with the team of volunteers and to be responsible for recruiting and providing training for them

As a church, we are committed to demonstrating the love of God to our community through a variety of youth outreach activities; which the Youth Worker will lead and develop.

The Youth Worker will also have the opportunity to continue the church’s involvement with local secondary schools and “The Haven”, a charity supporting young people’s mental health.

To be responsible for the careful administration of such matters as registration, communications, safeguarding, risk assessments and budgeting.

The nature of the work of the Youth Worker is such that flexibility will be required in terms of working patterns, including working in the evenings and at weekends.

We expect the Youth Worker to worship at High Street Methodist Church during their employment and to prioritise being visible on Sundays to build relationships across the church.

The Youth Worker will:

  • Report directly to our Deacon
  • Participate in weekly Staff Meetings and Staff Prayer Meetings.

Principle Accountabilities

To develop the vision for youth work at HSMC alongside the Ministry Team, within the context of the church’s wider vision.

  • To plan and deliver programmes of discipleship and outreach for 11 to 18-year-olds.
  • To liaise with the Children’s Team over transition from Children’s Church to youth activities

To actively and creatively disciple the young people who attend HSMC with the aim of helping them grow into passionate followers of and advocates for Jesus

  • To review and develop our existing Sunday groups, Lumen and Insight
  • To review Refuel and explore the potential for other outreach groups
  • To enable young people to form a meaningful relationship with Jesus and to develop their God-given potential.
  • To facilitate young peoples’ connection with the wider body of High Street, encouraging them to serve and lead
  • To encourage young people to consider baptism, confirmation or membership where appropriate

To reimagine the ways in which we reach out to local young people with no church connection, in order to demonstrate the love of God to them.

  • To exploit the full potential of our youth centre, The LX
  • To review our existing schools work in connection with STEP
  • To consider exploring potential links with the local uniformed youth groups
  • To network with other church youth workers in the town.

To lead, develop and encourage a team of youth work volunteers to make the vision a reality

  • To recruit new volunteers to add to the team
  • To train, support and organise the team

To be responsible for implementing efficient and compliant administration for all youth activities

  • To ensure all activities, including communications, are efficiently, effectively and safely organised
  • To maintain a high standard of record keeping using our Church Suite database as appropriate.
  • To understand and implement best practice in youth work, including safeguarding, registration, communications and risk assessments.
  • To manage the youth work budget

To provide and organise pastoral support for the young people

  • To explore facilitating this by running courses, one-to-one support or mentoring programmes
  • To build relationships with parents/carers of the young people
  • To liaise with the church Pastoral team as appropriate

Person Specification

The person filling this role will:

  • Be a committed, practising Christian who is honest, conscientious and reliable, as 

well as full of energy and enthusiasm. 

  • Have a formal qualification in youth work (or equivalent) with evidence of ongoing professional development 
  • Have experience of leadership in youth work in formal and informal settings, including discipleship of young people
  • Have experience of developing, delivering and evaluating strategy or new projects.
  • Be able to establish and maintain good relationships with young people and their parents/guardians.
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills as well as good planning and organisational skills.
  • Be self-motivating and self-managing but able to lead through collaboration by inspiring and motivating others.
  • Be able to lead and manage volunteers
  • Be aware of current trends in youth work and safeguarding policy and practice.
  • Understand adolescent development and appreciate the kinds of pastoral support young people might need.
  • Have experience of working within a church 
  • Be able to manage a budget
  • Be willing to undergo further training as and when required.
  • Be in full agreement with the Vision, Strategy and Values of this large, diverse church, and fully support our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.

Prior to commencing work, the successful candidate will be required to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Certificate

Hours and Remuneration

The contract will be for a full-time position, made up of 35 hours per week throughout the year.

The salary is £26,000 p.a.


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