An introduction to Cornerstone
Cornerstone Church Portsmouth is a young, FIEC affiliated church, committed to glorifying God by helping people come to know Jesus more.
Cornerstone was planted in September 2016 with a launch team of 14 adults and 2 children. All of the launch team were previously part of Christ Church Southampton. Christ Church, in cooperation with the Solent Gospel Partnership and the FIEC, had been keen to see a church planted near Portsmouth city centre. With over 200,000 residents, the island city of Portsmouth is the most densely populated city in Britain. It has a thriving and fast-growing university with over 25,000 students.
Since Cornerstone began to meet formally in September 2016 it has grown numerically. Before the Coronavirus lockdown in March 2020, the average attendance for Sunday gatherings had grown to around 80 people (including approximately 15 under the age of 16).
Cornerstone is currently led by two church Elders. The full-time pastor is Jon Shulver who trained at Oak Hill College and then served as Associate Minister at Farnham Baptist Church. Before moving to Portsmouth, he was the full time Director of Contagious Bible Ministries, heading up the work of arranging Bible conferences for young people. The church has a part-time administrator. Since 2018 Cornerstone has run a ministry trainee scheme and already has at least one person committed to this role from September 2021.
An introduction to the role
The role would start in September 2021, or before. Please contact Jon for more information.
The key responsibilities for the role of Assistant Pastor will include but not be limited to:
- Responsibility for taking a lead in outreach – helping the church make Jesus known to the people of Portsmouth. This will involve training and resourcing those within the church in evangelism, as well as delivering direct outreach through helping to run evangelistic courses, events, 1to1s, social media, etc.
- Oversight of Cornerstone’s ministry to University students. This will involve arranging and leading regular student groups, 1to1s and ad-hoc Bible teaching. Other responsibilities involve encouraging and facilitating students to serve within the church, equipping the wider church family to care for and disciple students and delivering evangelistic outreach specifically among students.
- Play a key role, alongside others, in the training and input given to the church’s ministry trainee(s).
- Regular (at least once a month) involvement in leading and preaching at Sunday gatherings.
The nature of this post gives rise to a Genuine Occupation Requirement (under the Equality Act 2010) for the successful applicant to be a Christian with the characteristics of a church Elder. It would be anticipated therefore that the Assistant Pastor would serve as an Elder and would be appointed as such, in accordance with the church’s governing documents.
- A mature believer with experience of full-time church-based ministry or with formal theological training.
- Bible-oriented. Committed to being shaped by God’s word; with a desire and the ability to share it with others.
- Demonstrate evangelistic gifting.
- A self-starter. This is a new role and therefore will require an ability to initiate friendships and develop this ministry.
- A team player. Secure enough to ask for help, caring enough to offer it, able to take direction and correction, more interested in the outcome than personal recognition.
- In full agreement with Cornerstone’s Basis of Faith and Doctrinal Distinctives.