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Children’s & Families’ Pastor

Berkeley Life Centre Anglican Church
Location: Berkeley, NSW
Date advertised: 13th September 2022
Job Type: Part time, Permanent
Closing Date: 13 October 2022

Position Overview

Berkeley Life Centre (BLC) is a fellowship within the Department of Evangelism now more commonly known as Evangelism & New Churches (ENC) within the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.

Berkeley Life Centre is seeking to employ a Children’s & Families’ Pastor with experience in Children’s & Families ministry; a committed believer who seeks daily to grow personally in the knowledge and love of God, and desires to help others to do the same. This candidate will have a desire to see our Vision succeed in the community of Berkeley NSW a community that is marginalised and written off by many.

The principal responsibilities will be developing and delivering Sunday School, developing relationships with families in the community and participation in School Scripture plus other roles inherent in being part of the staff team.  

We firmly believe that God has already chosen the person He wants in this role, a special person. Is that person you? If so please pray for His guidance and if led, apply.

Our Vision

Jesus – Transforming Lives to Transform the Community

About Us

We are a missional church seeking to minister to a community that has been written off by many. As a church we are committed to be a part of God’s mission of transforming lives through being a friendly and safe community for people to get to know and follow Jesus.

We are committed to sharing the Gospel in a relational, loving way, with our local community. We operate using the ‘5M model’ (Magnification, Membership, Maturity, Ministry & Mission) for ministry. The name of the model is taken from Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Church in which he outlines five specific purposes that he believes God wants every church to pursue. These Ms form the backbone of BLC’s Ministry Action Plans (MAP).

Position Title

Berkeley Life Centre (BLC) Children’s & Families Pastor

Reports To                             

BLC Senior Pastor

Key Purpose of the Position

The BLC Children’s & Families Pastor has responsibility for the development and facilitation of ministries that lead children (and their families) to meet Jesus and eventually move to maturity in Christ and service of Him.  Every child and every family in Berkeley need Jesus and many children are vulnerable, living in families impacted by abuse and domestic violence. BLC seeks to partner with Christian and secular agencies to address needs in the community: Partnering with schools, Growing one family at time, Working within local community programs and sporting teams to reach the area for Jesus. 

Minimum Qualifications, Experience and Requirements                                               

  1. Reformed Evangelical faith in Christ and evidence of spiritual maturity.
  2. Experience and ability in teaching the word of God through small groups to children (ideally preschool to Year 6 age range).
  3. Current driver’s license.
  4. Biblical and theological training or development (such as formal qualification or informal training courses, PTC, reading).
  5. All safe ministry and Working With Children checks and requirements as required by the Diocese of Sydney.
  6. Meeting the requirements for Authorisation or Licensing within the Diocese of Sydney.
  7. Preferable experience and/or qualifications in teaching.
  8. Preferable experience in pastoral care of children (and women) in marginalised communities.

Personal Qualities/Character

The qualities necessary include;

  • A desire to help, mentor and coach children.
  • A desire for all people (women, men, children, youth) to come to know Jesus.
  • A love for the people in a marginalised community like Berkeley and an awareness of the various challenges that life and the community presents.
  • The ability to lead, train and develop a team of local volunteers to assist with the Children’s & Families Ministry.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to work collaboratively and network with a range of people.
  • Positive language.
  • Capacity to handle and deal with conflict in a constructive Christ like way
  • Accurate self-awareness and insight into her/his own weaknesses & honesty with self.
  • An ability to cope with the pressures the role brings and the ability to know when to seek support from others.
  • Capacity to personally reflect on how you are relating with others and how your communication may be interpreted by others and to develop and grow personally and professionally
  • Wisdom and intellectual capacity.
  • Demonstrate a maturity that can convey a sense of security to those you interact with.

Key Responsibilities of the Position

Major

a) Developing and delivering lesson plans in a Sunday School environment that will help Children understand the love that Jesus has for them and eventually in God’s timing, bringing them into a lifesaving relationship with Jesus.

b) Developing and delivering School Scripture at the local schools.

c) As numbers and relationship with children, families and schools are grown and built develop and deliver a Friday afternoon Kid’s Club.

d) As the ministry grows, recruiting, training, deploying and encouraging volunteers to be involved in our Children’s & Families’ ministries.

e) Developing strong and trusting relationships with the families of the children in the community with the aim of helping them (linking them to various community support organisations) and bringing them into the Church.

Minor

f) In partnership with the Lead Pastor be engaged in reaching and evangelising Children (and women) in Berkeley through the various mission strategies of BLC.

g) Establishing and maintaining the Safe Ministry requirements for the Church.

h) Establishing appropriate administrative systems (including a Tracking Log for significant interactions) and records to ensure that privacy rules are maintained.

i) Developing relationships with local external agencies in order to build positive partnerships and referral pathways (if required) back out to those organisations if more professional help is needed.

Review and Reporting

The role would be accountable to the Lead Pastor and would need to meet regularly with him
to discuss and review the ministry. 

Every 6 months there would be a formal review with the Lead Pastor and the Chair of the BLC Ministry Committee to review goals and progress, set goals for the next 6 months and agree on any training and development you may need.  These goals and the ministry plan would also be discussed and agreed with the BLC Management Council/Committee

You are strongly encouraged to have a mentor/coach to assist you and support you in this ministry, to pray with you and encourage you in your faith and ministry/professional development. 

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The role is a permanent part time position and involves a 4-day week with a remuneration package determined by ENC and BLC.

The successful candidate will possess the essential requirements. There will be a 3 month probation period with 6 monthly reviews.
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Application process

Interested candidates should submit the following:

A completed application letter to the BLC attention: Bruce Hearn brupam.hearn@gmail.com including:

  • Two referees (one of whom should be your current Church Minister or Ministerial Colleague)
  • A statement (no more than 2 x A4 pages) explaining why the role is of interest to you and what you would hope to bring to the role.

If you would like to know more about this position, please contact Rev. Wayne Pickford at wayne.s.pickford@gmail.com or on 0400 357 460.

Closing date: 13h October 2022.

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