JOB DESCRIPTION AND PERSON SPECIFICATION
Job Title: Pastor
Salary: Circa £30,000
Employed by: Bawtry Community Church, Bawtry, S Yorkshire
Accountable to: The Elders
Hours of Work: Full Time (40 hours)
Length of Contract: Permanent (subject to 6-month probationary period)
NOTE: Scroll down for link to (and instructions for completing) online application form.
Overall Purpose of the Post
To teach the Bible, provide pastoral care, lead church activities and outreach to the community.
To work with the Elders and Deacons and alongside the Families & Community Worker.
Develop outreach activities aimed at the 20s – 40s age group.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES:
- To have a committed personal faith in Jesus Christ.
- To be committed to growing in the grace and truths of the Christian faith through personal Bible study and prayer.
- To personally model the Christian life in such a way that inspires others to do the same.
- To be passionate in seeing people come to faith in Jesus Christ and growing as disciples.
- To have demonstrable ability to understand and communicate Biblical teaching.
- To be able to operate with the Elders and alongside the Families and Community Worker.
- To have the ability to manage and encourage volunteers and work collaboratively with them.
- To be sensitive when working with people from other faiths, cultural backgrounds and lifestyles.
- To be friendly and approachable.
- To be aware of the issues that Evangelicals don’t always agree on, and to be able to work/ worship alongside those whose convictions on these issues may differ.
- To be able to keep going when things or people prove difficult.
- To be teachable.
- To be able to balance working under own initiative and as a team player.
- To be aware of the issues and stresses of the under 50s in today’s world.
- To support members through pastoral care.
- To have the self-discipline and enthusiasm to initiate new approaches.
- To have good time management skills.
- To have a willingness to work flexible hours when appropriate.
- To be able to perform basic administrative tasks efficiently.
Qualifications and Training (essential):
- To be educated to Degree or Diploma level in an appropriate discipline.
- To have experience in church leadership.
- To have ICT skills, including appropriate use of social media.
- To have knowledge of key legislation affecting work with young and vulnerable people.
- To be committed to continuing professional development.
Support and Development Opportunities
The post-holder will receive:
Support from the Leadership Team at Bawtry Community Church
Opportunities to attend appropriate conferences.
Encouragement to join local fraternal groups of evangelical Christian leaders.
Church expenses will be reimbursed.
20 days holiday per year plus bank holidays
An enhanced DBS clearance will be carried out after the appointment is made. If invited to interview you will be specifically asked about this.
If you wish to apply, download the 2022 Application Form HERE - save with your name added to the title before completing and returning your application.
About Bawtry Community Church (BCC)
The church was first established in 1992 and was originally known as Bawtry Christian Fellowship and then Bawtry Evangelical Free Church. In April 2018 the name was changed to Bawtry Community Church.
The church met from September 2018 to October 2021 on Sundays at 4pm either in the local council-run hall (The New Hall, Bawtry) or on Zoom (during the Covid restrictions). Since October 2021 it has reverted to meeting in The New Hall on Sunday mornings at 10:30am. The Church rents an office and small meeting room (“The Hope Centre”) in the centre of the town. The Hope Centre has a small kitchen and a wall mounted Smart TV. It is used for small group meetings and can accommodate up to 15/20 people.
As an evangelical church we have members drawn from various Christian traditions and practices. We adopt the statement of faith and practices of the FIEC. We encourage ladies to serve the local church in various ways. This includes being on the Leadership Team as deacons; public reading of God’s word; praying; leading our Sunday services; and taking our “family time” spot. We also are constantly wanting to find contemporary ways to live out and communicate Gospel truth to those around us. Several of our members have served God in cross-cultural ministry and the church is committed to local and international mission. Several members are actively involved in the community in various ways, in both church-related and non-church activities.
We are a small local church in the town of Bawtry. During COVID we had around 30 joining on Zoom each week in addition to three online weekly sessions for our “Kingdom Kids”; teenagers; and young adults. Pre-Covid, our Sunday attendance was 40-50 adults. Since we resumed meeting regularly in June 2021, adult attendance is around 30 and occasionally up to 40. We upload an edited version of the service to our YouTube Channel (BCC Bawtry) the following week for those who are now unable to attend because of age or health issues. Currently most of the attenders and members are older but we are very keen to redress this balance by connecting better with younger local families and single people – especially men.
At present as well as Kingdom Kids, we have a group for teenagers called MadJam (Making a Difference, Jesus and Me), and an “After Hours” group for young adults. We were able to maintain regular contact with others on the fringes of the church through successive lockdowns. The weekly term-time ASK Club (After School Club) which we ran in the local primary school has resumed in 2021 after the October half-term. We also run the Bawtry Baby & Toddler Group which meets in term-time in The New Hall. These activities are organised by our Families &Community Worker with the help of teams of volunteers from the Church. It is our prayer that the new Pastor will be able to build on this foundation to encourage more young people to find faith in Christ.
We enjoy good relationships with the other Christian Churches in the town, working together on several events throughout the year. This local initiative is known as “Bawtry Churches Together” but is independent of any national body. As well as being a member church of FIEC, we are affiliated with Rural Ministries. Some of our Leadership Team have recently engaged in a learning community organised by Lead Academy along with several other churches under the title of “ChurchNext”.
For more information visit www.bawtrycommunitychurch.org and our Facebook Page and Attenders Group.
Bawtry is an historic market town in South Yorkshire, on the border with Nottinghamshire; 9 miles from Doncaster, 10 miles from Retford and 25 miles from the centre of Sheffield. It has its own Town Council but is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster. It retains its own character with a strong community identity and ethos and Bawtry is renowned for its restaurants and high-end shopping.
Bawtry has excellent transport links with easy access to the East Coast rail stations (Doncaster & Retford), it is 5 miles from Doncaster Sheffield (Robin Hood) Airport and is close to the A1 and M1 (through the M18 link). The population is about 4,500. While housing is slightly more expensive than the surrounding areas, it is about average for England.
There is an excellent primary school in the town and several secondary schools in the area. The Phoenix Theatre is run by a popular amateur dramatic group and the excellent Memorial Sports Ground (MSG) hosts active football, cricket & bowls clubs, catering for all ages.
For more information visit www.visitbawtry.com