Social Justice Missioner
All Saints Church, Truro
At All Saints we believe that every person, Christian and non-Christian alike, is valuable and loved by God. Yet despite this truth the world can still feel like a dark place for far too many people; injustice, oppression and prejudice are still very present in our society. Knowing that Jesus came to bring life, and life abundantly, All Saints seeks to be a church that takes seriously the pain of the world and strives to make a difference. Our mission is Jesus’ mission, He came to bring good news to the poor, and proclaim release to the captive, sight to the blind and freedom to the oppressed.
The following words of +Philip North are helpful in setting the backdrop to this new role and sharing what we mean by 'renewal'.
"Every effective renewal movement in the whole history of the Church has begun not with the richest and most influential, but with the poor and the marginalised. ‘I have come to proclaim good news to the poor’ Jesus said in the synagogue at Nazareth. How often have you seen those last three words ‘to the poor’ omitted or re-interpreted or spiritualised? But when Jesus said ‘poor’ he meant ‘poor, and he demonstrated that in the way he lived the rest of his life... A church that abandons the poor might well be financially viable. It’s just that it would no longer be the Church of Jesus Christ. If we abandon the marginalised, we abandon God. If we fail to proclaim the good news to the poor, we lose the right and the authority to proclaim the good news to anyone, anywhere.”
Purpose of the Role
We desire to give as much freedom and flexibility to this role as is possible and want to emphasize that this Role Description is indicative and can be shaped in partnership with the 'Growth and Formation Team' at All Saints. We would expect the person to bring experience of their involvement in justice issues and will be passionate about living out their explicitly Christ shaped discipleship in building the Kingdom of God through generous justice. To help articulate this role further we have provided a role specification to help with your discernmen
- To resource and support churches to further develop ministries of care that will pay attention to the deepening needs associated with deprivation, social isolation and poverty in our communities.
- To identify, nurture and train disciples of Jesus to help resource neighbouring churches in Truro to develop and sustain ministries of care which have an intentional bias toward the most vulnerable, isolated and struggling members of our communities.
- To develop an interconnected network of resources to be shared across the town to best serve the community, including venues, equipment and people; and to act as a sign post for churches, statutory, and non-statutory agencies that seek to support people (Social Prescribing of distinctively Christian support and provision).
- To actively promote projects and initiatives that will encourage All Saints to further develop itself as a place of Sanctuary, seeking to develop its ability to welcome all, and to reflect the hospitality of God
All Saints Church, Truro