JOB DESCRIPTION AND PERSON SPECIFICATION
Job Title: Pastor
Salary: to be discussed
Employed by: Bawtry Community Church, Bawtry, S Yorkshire
Accountable to: The Elders
Hours of Work: Full Time (35 hours)
Length of Contract: Permanent (subject to 6-month probationary period)
Would you thrive in a small but growing church where members roll up their sleeves and get involved? If so our full-time Pastor role at Bawtry Community Church might be the role for you.
We’re small in number but big in our ambitions to share God’s salvation with our community. The church was established in 1992 and our current congregation is around 40 people. We’re affiliated to FIEC and our new pastor will be a man who wholeheartedly agrees with our statement of faith.
Our congregation spans a range of ages and we’re delighted to see an increasing number of children and young people attending our services and weekday activities. They are ably led by our full-time children and families’ worker, supported by a trusty band of volunteers.
We’re also working hard to reach out to people in the 20s-40s age group so we’d particularly value any experience you have with this age group.
If you choose to join us you will be part of an enthusiastic volunteer team, and will be supported spiritually by our elders and deacons. Our members and attenders help out wherever they are needed, from baking for our regular over-60’s teas, to leading services, providing IT and musical support, offering lifts, and hosting groups in their homes.
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.
25 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.
About Bawtry Community Church (BCC)
Bawtry Community Church was first established in 1992. (Former names were Bawtry Christian Fellowship and Bawtry Evangelical Free Church.) The church meets on Sundays at 10.30am in the local community hall - The New Hall, Bawtry - which is run by the Town Council. The church also rents an office and a small meeting room (The Hope Centre) in the centre of the town. The Hope Centre has a small kitchen, wall-mounted Smart TV and is used for small group & hybrid meetings.
We are a small evangelical church with members drawn from various Christian traditions and practices. 30-40 adults currently attend the Sunday service. Several of our members have served God in cross-cultural ministries and the church is committed to local and international mission. We want to find contemporary ways to live out and communicate the good news of Jesus to those around us especially men in the 20-40s age group.
We adopt the statement of faith and practices of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC). We encourage all our members to serve the local church in various ways, both practically and spiritually. This includes leading prayers and reading the Bible during our services. Women are encouraged to serve by being on the Leadership Team as deacons, leading Sunday services and Family Time.
Church activities run by the Families & Community Worker (FCW) and church members include:
Kingdom Kids, during the Sunday service
After Hours for young adults on Sunday evening
ASK (After School Club) at the local primary school on Tuesday afternoon
MadJam (Making a Difference – Jesus and Me) for teenagers on Tuesday evening
Bawtry Baby and Toddler Group: Wednesday mornings (during term-time)
Bible study and prayer: Wednesdays 1pm and 7pm
Missing Peace – Bible study
Teatime Treats for the over 60s: Sunday afternoons, once a month
Holiday activities for children
We enjoy good relationships with other Christian churches in Bawtry and join together for special events. We are affiliated to FIEC and Rural Ministries.
For more information visit our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel (BCC Bawtry).
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