20s – 40s Ministers (locations across the diocese)
Exciting Times in the Diocese of York
God is at work amongst us as we work to fulfil our vision of Generous Churches Making and Nurturing Disciples.
We have a strategy for growth with goals to:
- Reach people we currently don’t
- Move to growth
- Establish sustainable giving
We have chosen to invest in a strategy for growth over the next 5 years and these goals are beginning to shape our life as a diocesan family.
The ‘Reach’ goal is focused on two areas: Those in their 20s – 40s, and People in Poverty. Whilst each project has distinctive elements, there is also much shared thinking.
We are seeking people who are excited by our strategy and wish to join in the transformative work God is doing here.
Reaching and Discipling 20s – 40s
We believe God will use our strategy to enable us to reach and disciple younger adults, create many new Worshipping Communities and significantly lower the age profile of our churches.
The strategy involves:
- Appointing 14 new 20s – 40s Ministers
- Funding up to 25 part-time Lay Pioneers
- Establishing St Michael le Belfrey as a Resource Church
- Creating a range of new resources and events to enable all churches and deaneries to reach and disciple 20s – 40s
20s – 40s Ministers
The Ministers will be based in supportive and missionally-minded parishes, with the specific task of reaching and discipling those in their 20s – 40s.
The approach will be context-appropriate and there is no fixed template for how this will occur, but we expect that those being reached will be drawn mostly into new Worshipping Communities. Within 5 – 7 years we envisage that many of these will be able to plant further new Worshipping Communities locally.
We have already identified some 20s – 40s Ministers within our diocese, and have appointed an oversight and support team.
We now wish to fill the remaining posts, with start dates envisaged at any point up until September 2019.
We are seeking missionally-minded clergy and licensed lay workers. We hope this will include OPMs, but we would love to hear from any ministers who have a passion to see younger adults become disciples, and who have a proven ability in:
- Relating to 20s – 40s outside of the church and evangelising them effectively
- Growing and developing a sense of community and belonging
- Making and nurturing disciples
- Taking initiative, being imaginative and working ‘outside the box’
Our locations have been carefully chosen for their potential. In each place there is a supportive Incumbent and PCC; the prospect of a team to work with the 20s – 40s Minister; and a clear understanding that the Ministers will not be distracted by wider parish duties. All of the 20s – 40s Ministers will gather monthly for mutual support under the leadership of our 20s – 40s Team Leader.
Our 20s – 40s locations are spread across the diocese and applicants may apply for one or more of the remaining posts (details on-line).
Closing date: Monday 3 December 2018
Interviews: January 2019
Find much more information about these roles, and apply online at: bit.ly/yorkstrategy
Closing date: 03 December 2018