Are you interested in outreach to Muslims? Do you have a heart for reaching white British estates? Are you excited about taking the gospel to the urban unreached in the UK? Then this is an exciting opportunity for you.
Oldham Bethel Church is an FIEC and NW Partnership church in the Glodwick area of Oldham. Oldham was recently dubbed ‘most deprived town in England’ and is physically and spiritually needy.
Oldham Bethel Church is situated in Glodwick, a multi-ethnic residential area on the edge of the town centre. It is overwhelmingly populated by Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslims and houses Oldham’s largest mosque. Nearby are several majority white working-class housing estates.
The church has around 30 members and a regular congregation of c. 50 people. We are a multicultural church with people from the UK, Europe, Caribbean, Middle East, Africa and Asia. We have a number of members and adherents from Iran so translate significant portions of our church service into Farsi. We have had the joy of seeing many Persian people come to know and love the Lord Jesus personally, subsequently going on to be baptised at
the church. Many of our members and adherents are asylum seekers.
The church is run by a team of elders (including one full-time pastor) who are all appointed by the church membership. Supporting the elders, we have a team of deacons who are also appointed by the church members. The deacons handle many of the practical matters related to the running of the church under the guidance of the eldership.
We exist as a church of disciples who make disciples of Jesus Christ by allowing God’s word to work by his Spirit. We are committed to four fundamental values: Gospel, Bible, Community and Mission. We are also committed to training a new generation of church
leaders, pastoral workers and theologically grounded, thoughtful church members.
Our mission-field is predominantly, though not exclusively, Muslim people. In our context, these may be first generation Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslims, British born Muslims of Asian descent and Middle Eastern Iranians. Many of our outreach activities are geared toward these demographics. We are also seeking to take the gospel to the indigenous
white British population in and around the nearby estates.
Our hope for the ministry trainee scheme is that we will be able to provide you with solid training for future ministry and you will encourage and build up the church through your service, even leaving behind sustainable work that will benefit Oldham in future years. We
are, therefore, looking for servant-hearted people to serve in existing works, and to work with the church to generate new ministries, both to build the local church in Glodwick and to serve the wider church in future ministry roles. The training itself will focus on three
areas: theological training, ministry training and practical service.
Training will be provided by the North West Training Course on Thursdays in Leyland. The training given assumes that preparation and additional study will have been done by you in advance. The church will pay the fees for you to attend this course.
Your main area of training will depend on your gifts and the opportunities in the church. You will receive training and opportunity in active evangelism (particularly in reaching Muslims) children’s and youth works, leading Bible studies and (as appropriate) deliver sermons. You will observe others and will be supported in doing some of this yourself. The elders will be responsible for your pastoral care and you will meet with them regularly for reflection and feedback. Time will be allocated for this at the weekly elders meeting. There will be opportunities to take part in other aspects of church life such as pastoral visitation, home groups as well as periodically accompanying the pastor to fraternals and other ministry meetings as appropriate.
Your training in practical service will involve seeing how a church functions behind the scenes and learning what is required practically for ministry to function in a church. As such you will get training and experience in a variety of practical tasks (eg preparing rooms for
meetings, cleaning the hall, serving refreshments etc.) The training may change through the year depending on the needs of the ministry at Oldham Bethel Church.
From time to time you will be asked to do other tasks not listed above which contribute to the running and organisation of the church. This will always be done by negotiation.
We are looking for someone who has: a love for God and desire to make Jesus Christ known to others; a love of God’s Word, a desire to know it and a commitment to seeing it taught faithfully; a love for God’s people and a willingness to actively serve others.
Applications can only be considered from those who are UK citizens or who otherwise have a right to work in the UK.
You will need to be able to declare wholehearted acceptance of the FIEC doctrinal basis and agreement with the FIEC ethos statements.
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Oldham Bethel Church
We are a gospel-centered evangelical church situated in the heart of Oldham.
We meet every Sunday morning at 10:30 for a time of fellowship over tea and coffee before moving into the formal part of our meeting by 11:00am.
We exist as a church of disciples, who make disciples of Jesus Christ, by allowing God's Word to do God's work by God's Spirit.