Job Description - Church Planter (Key Leader)
Salary: £20,500 for full-time hours (37.5 hours per week)
Hours of work: Full time or Part-time – Pattern by agreement with line manager
Normal place of work: Various location within the Diocese, with a focus on North Manchester
To work with the Project leaders to develop small to small community church plants.
The Diocese of Manchester is the Church of England in Bolton, Bury, Leigh, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford and parts of Rossendale, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford. To out more about the unique make-up of the diocese and its diverse activities, visit the website: www.manchester.anglican.org.
The Diocese is currently engaged in delivering a strategy for Church growth. Part of this is to plant small scale (up to 50 people) community based churches that themselves plant out others. These are to be planted in areas of significant deprivation in places both where there is a large diversity of languages spoken and where the demographic is predominantly English speaking
The Diocese of Manchester has established the Antioch Network – this is a separate organisation / employer working closely with the Diocese – and in addition to the existing church planters already recruited, it seeks to recruit 1 more key leader who will be trained to evangelise, disciple, plant churches within deprived estates and train others.
They will work closely with an ordained pioneer minister who has worked in the UK, receiving training and enhancing their skills to plant and grow churches, encouraging others to do
the same. Both ordained and lay staff will explore evangelism networks throughout the city and so plan the next generation of church plants. As these church plants emerge and multiply, the key leaders will move from church leadership into a mentoring and support role, for the volunteer congregation leaders, while continuing the work of evangelism and initiating church plants. The project, therefore, represents a passing on of values and the multiplying of church planters.
Accountability & Key Relationships
The post has been created as part of the small to small community church plant project. The long-term roll out of this project will be undertaken by the Antioch Network (a Charitable Incorporated Organisation) which was officially registered with the Charity Commission in April 2019. The post will be line-managed by the Estate Director with some oversight from the Project Board and the Strategic Programme Manager.
Key leaders will play three roles, which reflect the values and activities of the network.
a) Church planting
This includes the stages of establishing the church team, setting out the rhythms of prayer, identifying appropriate spaces for meeting, exploring and introducing the patterns for evangelism and worship, pastoral responsibility for the church, as well as teaching the Bible in a way that can be easily understood across cultures. The early stages of the project will require a lot of practical work, including finding spaces for worship, evangelism and also community housing, if that is part of the plant. Once these skills and experiences have been gained, they can be passed on to other churches and plants. As the churches grow the key leaders will increasingly hand over responsibility for these matters to lay leaders of the church or plant.
Evangelism means leading the new community in outreach: finding those who are seeking God, but also being bold and sometimes almost indiscriminate in disseminating the message. It means gaining relationships and understanding how the church can relate to people who are open. Again, it means finding the public spaces, and working on setting up the platforms. It also means identifying sites for potential new church plants.
c) Inspiring and training others
As church plants become better established, the key leaders will begin to form new teams. As they do, they will become facilitators, supporters and trainers for the new churches, rather than having the heavy practical involvement they had in the first church plants.
There is no official closing date at present for the remaining Church Plant Key Leader Vacancy, but we would expect interested people to submit their completed applications by Summer 2020 in order to be considered for the role. All applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interviews will be confirmed closer to the time.