Youth and Worship Director

Job Posted: 120 days ago

Available until: 21st Jun 2019

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St. Paul's Church

A senior role for an experienced leader of both youth and worship
We're a large Anglican evangelical charismatic church in north east Surrey,exploring missional communities and blessed with many dedicated disciples of Jesus.
We are now offering an exciting senior role to someone rooted in Word and Spirit and longing to reach out to the world. If you would like to serve God alongside a vibrant team,  and in a lively community of worshippers longing to be disciples who make disciples, we’d love you to apply. Our generous package includes accommodation in our leafy suburban setting.
St Paul’s Youth Ministry, FUEL currently serves over 100 young people every week and includes:  LIFE groups, discipleship programmes, outreach events and supporting our young people in their local schools. We have a team of about 75 people taking part in worship through music, tech, drama and dance, and a creative mix of Sunday services. You’ll have the support of other leaders, paid and voluntary, and work in partnership with other members of staff.
Do you have:
·      a heart for ministry to 11-18 yr olds, both inside the church and beyond, along with appropriate giftings and experience?
·      a desire, gifting and experience to lead others into deeper relationship with God through worship, with appropriate musical skills?
·      an ability to lead and develop others, including young people in using their own gifts, working across a wide age and skill range, and possibly some experience of line managing?
·      a collaborative approach, valuing the contributions of others, and a desire to become immersed in our community of followers of Jesus?
Salary: £23-25k and generous accommodation provision
Application deadline:24 June. Interviews: 30 June – 1 July.
For an informal chat, contact Paul Dever 07726302862. See our full advert and job description at

St Paul’s is a large, Anglican, evangelical and charismatic church, learning to hold Word and Spirit together and longing to reach out to the world. Mission is in our spiritual DNA and we are currently exploring how missional communities can help us reach out with good news and build God’s kingdom here on earth (see
About 550 people of all ages come through our doors each Sunday.
As part of what we believe is God’s strategy for growth, we are now offering this new senior role to enable our Youth and Worship ministries to flourish at St Paul’s. This will include leading by example, enabling volunteer teams and developing and recruiting interns (in partnership with New Wine) who will support the ministry at St. Paul’s and then be sent out as young adults confident in their faith and equipped to make new disciples who make disciples.
You will have a vibrant faith, energised by the Holy Spirit, and experience both as a worship leader and in youth ministry, with preferably some formal training too.
The vision
St. Paul’s staff are integral members and leaders of our Jesus-centred community, and our commitment to joining that community is just as important as any individual gifts that a staff member may have. This role should not be seen just as a job but as a calling – an opportunity to join the community of St Paul’s, Howell Hill and all that entails.
You will be expected to grow and develop as a disciple of Christ, with beliefs in line with the Evangelical Alliance [], but also with a commitment to personal study, reflection and prayer alongside the staff team and within our worshipping community. We will support you in finding a spiritual director/adviser to meet with a few times a year.

As a senior leader at St Paul’s, whilst your main responsibility will be musical worship and our young people, you will also work alongside the Vicar and Associate Vicar (who currently will be your line manager) in discerning the direction the Lord is leading St. Paul’s. As we explore Missional Communities, you will work with us in this transition.
We will discuss with you the exact balance between the two ministries, youth and worship, as this will be to some extent dependent on your particular giftings.
You will line manage any paid youth pastors/workers and youth/worship interns (placement students), and actively look to recruit interns both from within our community and from further afield, but also build up other young people in whatever God has called them to do. You will use courses such as Growing Leaders to train and develop them.
As Youth and Worship Director, a key aspect of your role will be to enable volunteers to flourish in the relevant areas. You will have the opportunity to encourage the teams, through regular times of eating together, praying together and planning the appropriate programmes and events, and will develop our worship teams with intentional training..
Youth Ministry

Currently we are in regular contact with around 100 young people, with between 50 and 75 11-18’s attending on Sunday nights, with some also serving in different ways in the mornings. On Sunday evenings the young people start off with adults at church@six – after a short time together, the 11-14s and 14-18s meet in two separate groups. We are currently using the YFC materials ‘Mettle’ and ‘Lumen’. There is a volunteer team of around 10 or so. There are currently four Thursday LIFE groups, and social events happen around once a month – we’d love to see the social aspect developing to improve our welcome to this age group and reach out to those who don’t currently know Jesus.
You will have the opportunity to shape the Youth Ministry alongside the team, aiming for a balance of small group discipleship, social events and one-to-one work, as well as planning and offering support to parents in discipling their children. This should include LIFE Groups or Missional Communities for years 7-13, a regular programme of social events and FUEL, our Sunday night youth programme. We have sometimes run a monthly Sunday morning called Summer Sundaes to help the Yr 6 transition to Yr 7. 
We long to see our young people become disciples who make disciples, confident in their faith and wanting to share this faith with their friends. Your role will be to facilitate this. Whilst currently we don’t run a schools’ programme, intentional support of our young people in running Christian Unions and events, as well as seeking opportunities to build bridges into our local schools is an essential aspect of the Youth Work at St. Paul’s.

Alongside this structure there are a number of other key areas of the ministry including being part of the annual holiday club, working on the transition between years 6 and 7, working with the Children Pastor and maintaining a healthy partnership with parents, as well as the vital work of keeping up-to-date with safeguarding training, first aid and other health and safety requirements, such as risk assessments. 
We are in the process of developing a team of both paid (part-time) and voluntary youth leaders, and you would be involved in this from the start, helping to form the strategy for great youth provision in our community.
You will have a heartfelt desire to lead others into deeper relationship with God through worship, and be gifted and experienced in worship leading with appropriate musical skills.
We have a team of about 75 people taking part in worship through music, tech, drama and dance and a creative mix of Sunday services. Our musical worship often reflects contemporary worship trends, with a flow of sung worship enhancing the whole service. For example, we often ask band leaders to plan for background music during a time of prayer or response, and they work closely with service leaders and preachers to lead the congregation [see a typical evening playlist at].
You will build on our musical worship at St. Paul’s developing our repertoire to especially ensure that it connects with young people and young adults, including intentionally developing the ability of young people not only as musicians but as worshippers and worship leaders. You will plan and provide occasional workshops or training sessions to help with this.
You should be reasonably confident with the technical requirements of contemporary worship, including lighting, sound and projection, or at least willing to receive training to facilitate this. You will support our volunteer tech teams, both practically and pastorally if required.
 You will be part of the band leadership rotas for Sunday mornings and evenings (at least two services), and will work collaboratively with our admin team to ensure that the weekly rota is balanced and well led. We use Planning Center to help with this and with ordering the service, although we specifically aim to leave space for the unexpected.

Employment and Application Information
Working hours: given the nature of Christian ministry, we'd expect you to work the hours necessary to fulfil this role and undertake a working week that will sometimes be more than 48 hours, although this will not normally be the case. In any case, the expectation would be for you to 24 hours time off in every 7-day period. Whilst there is flexibility in your week, we would expect you to join Staff prayers at 9:00 am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Your working week is 6 days. Your day off can be a Saturday or Monday but will occasionally need to be flexible. We would encourage you in addition to this to have a ‘work lite’ day. On this work lite day, you must always be contactable and available for work if necessary, and as you will be in a pastoral role, we would expect you to be alert to urgent messages on this day and even on your day off.

Pension: you will be enrolled into the St Paul’s staff pension scheme after you have successfully completed your six month probationary period.
Salary Package: Basic Salary £23-25k + comprehensive accommodation package.

Application: Send a comprehensive C.V, with full career history, including reasons for changing jobs, and a covering letter which outlines your vision for this role and explains why you are applying.  
Closing date: 24 June
Interview date: 30 June – 1 July (which will include both formal and informal elements)

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