Parish Youth Pastor

St Mary Magdalene, Ashton on Mersey

About Us

St Mary Magdalene is a large Anglican church based in Ashton on Mersey. We are a lively, growing and all-agefriendly church made up of five congregations (including Friday evening youth congregation, Fuel). Within the parish we have a daughter church, Sale West Community Church, which meets on the Sale West estate. On average 30 youth attend the Friday evening Fuel congregation, which has a leadership team of 6 volunteers and a support team of 20 volunteers. Our mission is to be a growing church both in breadth and depth, shaped by the great commission to make disciples and the great commandment to be a community of love. Children and youth ministries are part of our heartbeat: as a church, we recognise that children and young people are the church now as well as in the future.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who loves God, is enthusiastic and can bring energy and passion, enabling young people to encounter the living God in our youth ministry at St Mary’s and Sale West Community Church.

About the Role


  • The role of the Youth Pastor is to resource the mission of the church for young people and to lead, nurture and develop young people in the parish
  • Leading, nurturing and developing leaders and teams to carry out the ministry
  • Envisioning, teaching and equipping the church for ministry to young people
  • Resourcing the wider church


Youth work (10-18 years)

  • Providing strategic oversight to all youth ministry across the parish, including community youth work
  • Directing and developing teaching and discipleship for young people across the parish
  • Developing the mentoring structure for young people
  • Working closely with the Sale West Children and Families worker to support youth ministry at Sale West
  • Regular involvement in Sale West youth (Sunday 11am)
  • Leading summer youth projects, retreats or conferences
  • Annual confirmation preparation for young people

Fuel (Friday evening youth congregation)

  • Responsible for the vision, leadership and development of Fuel in partnership with the Fuel Leadership Team
  • Leadership and management of the Fuel Leadership Team, Fuel Support Team and young leaders
  • Developing the Fuel youth congregation within the whole church family at St Mary’s and Sale West
  • Weekly involvement at Fuel, setting up, leading and packing down
  • Building relationships with young people

Schools work

  • Regular involvement in the Christian Union at Ashton school
  • Regular involvement in Lunchtime Wellbeing Support at Ashton school
  • Working with Ashton school to host annual school Christmas services

Community Youth Work

  • Regular involvement in The Cave / Cave + (Thursday evening children and youth groups for those living on the Sale West estate), working in partnership with Trafford Youth for Christ

Children and youth team

  • Work closely with children’s pastor to:
  • Help children move on into secondary school and youth ministry
  • Provide support and resources for parents or carers
  • Organise joint events and services, including annual Christingle services
  • Involvement in Sharks children’s group for children aged 9-11 on Sundays at St Mary’s


  • Work with the child protection safeguarding officer to ensure best practice in line with legislation
  • Implement Safer recruitment process
  • Deliver safeguarding training


  • Recruitment of volunteers
  • Develop and manage social media communication with young people
  • Oversight of the youth budget
  • Attendance and leadership at weekly staff devotions
  • Attendance and input at weekly staff meetings
  • Networking with other youth workers in the local area
  • Line management / supervision of church interns working in youth ministry
  • To implement and adhere to all policies and procedures including the Church’s Health & Safety and Safe from Harm (Safeguarding) Policies.
  • Such other duties as the vicar may from time to time reasonably require

Personal Specification

Essential criteria

  • A heart for young people
  • Biblically grounded
  • Prayerful
  • Discipling skills
  • Ability to inspire and give vision
  • Ability to connect with young people
  • A strong communicator
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good team-building skills
  • Ability to pursue and inspire excellence in ministry
  • Able to work as part of the broader staff ministry team
  • Good understanding of child safeguarding issues
  • In agreement with the theology and vision of the church
  • In agreement with the vision of the youth work

Desirable criteria

  • Experience in managing volunteers
  • Experience of strategic planning
  • Experience of managing social media
  • A relevant youth work qualification
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St Mary Magdalene, Ashton on Mersey


M33 6GD
United Kingdom

£18236.00 to £24570.00
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