Job Title: Youth Evangelist (Message Bus)
Location: Warwick (CV34) and Budbrooke
Hours: Full time (35 hours per week) (Job Share would be considered)
Salary: £24,234 per annum
Start date: As soon as possible
Responsible to: Message Midlands Hub Leader
Primary internal working relationships: Volunteer teams
Primary external working relationships: The Warwick and Budbrooke Team Churches, and the Diocese of Coventry ‘Together for Change’ charity
Main purpose of the job
This role fulfils The Message Trust’s goal of developing the Christian faith in young people through
inspirational leadership, effective management and long-term development of the Message Bus
ministry. Specifically, you will use the bus as a catalyst to launch new youth ministries for the
Warwick and Budbrooke Team Churches. Where time and further funding allows work can be
developed in communities beyond Warwick and Budbrooke including Eden teams on the ground.
‘The project is a partnership between the Message Trust, The Anglican Warwick and Budbrooke
Team of Parishes, the King Henry VIII Trust and the Diocese of Coventry’s ‘Together For Change’.
The post holder will be required to work with each of the organisations, strengthening existing
Specific duties and responsibilities
– The Message Bus provides a unique environment for local churches to engage with young
people in their communities across Warwick on a weekly basis, and where time and
resources allow, across the Coventry Diocese.
– With a team of volunteers from these churches the Youth Evangelist (Message Bus) will take
responsibility for establishing and leading these sessions on board the bus. The bus is packed
full of engaging activities from games consoles, nail bar and outdoor games to a kitchen, board
games and PCs. During each session a relevant and engaging presentation of the gospel is
given to those onboard, giving young people an opportunity to respond to the message.
– The Message Trust is a Christian charity which, for the last quarter of a century has been
leading the way in reaching the hardest-to-reach with the life-transforming power of
– the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Message Bus engages with young people in their own
communities, developing and delivering sessions in partnership with the local church. Through
these sessions relationships are built, young people engage with the local church and we
consistently see lives transformed.
– The role involves developing key relationships with the local churches and other community
organisations eg schools, training and mobilising local volunteers, and of course driving the
bus to and from sessions. You will also be responsible for the administration and reporting of
the project and ensuring that the vehicle and the equipment on it is properly maintained and
serviced in accordance with the agreed schedule. There will be an expectation that the Post
Holder will occasionally attend the Warwick Team Council to update them on how the project is
going and to receive feedback.
– Taking an active role in the overall aims and objectives of the Message is an important part
of the role. As such the Youth Evangelist (Message Bus) will be responsible for ensuring that,
wherever possible the bus is integrated into the other outreach activities of the Message.
They will be required to attend and contribute to regular prayer days in their local Message
Hub and occasionally in Manchester. They will also be required to attend and contribute to
National Message Bus Staff Team Days and training retreats. They will identify potential funding
sources and seek contributions to the project budget as well as contributing to any other
duties deemed appropriate by their line manager and the National Message Bus Development
To qualify you will need to:
– Be a committed Christian with a personal testimony of their trust in the lordship of Christ,
the authority of scripture and the work of the Holy Spirit with a desire to see the Christian
message communicated effectively to young people.
– Have strong interpersonal and communication skills with a proven track record of youth
work experience within a Christian environment.
– Be able to easily relate to young people and the complex challenges and issues that they
– Enjoy working with volunteers and have a track record of recruiting, training and managing
teams of them; knowing how to get the very best out of those working with you.
– Be able to work independently, using your initiative but with the ability to follow and carry
out set tasks and assignments with honesty and integrity.
– Be over 21 years old and hold a current full driver’s licence for at least two years with a
willingness to be trained to drive a double decker bus.
– Be willing to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
All Message staff are set a personal fundraising target. We ask that the successful applicant
has a minimum of £75 per month of regular financial support before commencing employment,
increasing to £125 per month by the end of the three-month probation period and aims to add
one supporter a month after that. Training and support will be given to help you achieve this.
Staff are also expected to organise and take part in, at least one fundraising or other sponsored
This job description is not exhaustive and amendments and additions may be required in line
with future organisational changes.
The successful candidate for this post will be asked to apply for a DBS check at Enhanced
level and the content of that check could affect ability of the Message to extend the offer of
Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR): This post has been identified as having a GOR to
be filled by a Christian under the provisions of the Employment Equality (Religion and Belief)
Regulations 2003 Section 7.2.