Christchurch Market Harborough is looking to appoint a part time “Pastor in Training” from September 2017. This role would ideally suit someone who is undertaking the Cornhill Training Course, studying part-time at Oak Hill Theological College or London Seminary, or taking a programme with the Oak Hill/Acts 29 Academy or Union School of Theology. The post might equally suit someone who has completed an undergraduate programme and wishes to pursue a postgraduate degree on a part-time basis before entering pastoral ministry.
Christchurch Market Harborough was established in January 2011, and is affiliated to the FIEC and a member of the Midlands Gospel Partnership. It has a membership of 42 and a regular congregation of between 50-60 adults and 42 children aged between 0-15. We are committed to an expository biblical ministry and to evangelism in our community. The church runs a wide range of ministries, including a mum’s and toddlers group (Junior Jivers), Homegroups, and Men’s & Women’s groups.
The church is led by a team of four elders: John Barker, Roy Saint, John Stevens & Richard Underwood. A team of six deacons leads ministry teams, and the church employs a part-time administrator. The considerable pastoral experience of our elders team means that we are not currently planning to appoint a full-time pastor, though we have not ruled this out in the future.
We are looking to appoint someone to come and assist with the ministry of the church, especially someone willing to help with the ministry to our children and young people. We see it as a major mission of the church to raise up young people to love and serve the Lord, many of whom will leave Market Harborough when they to go to university and will join other churches all across the country. Our youth ministry is under pressure because of the proportionately large number of children at the church. Candidates would need to have some experience of ministry to children or young people, whether in a church or a camp context.
Whilst assistance with the ministry to children and young people is essential, there would be other opportunities to serve in the ministries of the church in accordance with the candidate’s gifts and experience, and to help with the practical work of the church. There would be an opportunity to preach once a term. Appropriate candidates would be able to attend elders meetings and to gain experience in church leadership.
The “Pastor-in-Training” would be employed half-time by the church in return for a salary of £10,000. The church would also cover any part-time course fees and contribute towards travel expenses.
Market Harborough is readily commutable to the main training colleges in London. Oak Hill Theological College is 82 miles by road, which would take 1hr 42 minutes on average. London Seminary is 80 miles, which would take 1hr 33 minutes. Cornhill is readily accessible by rail. There is a direct train line to St Pancras, which takes around and hour, and the Northern Line then runs to either London Bridge or Borough station.
We believe that this post offers an exciting opportunity for someone who is seeking to train for pastoral ministry and who wishes to gain leadership experience in a vibrant, diverse and growing church. It would, for example, enable them to complete the first year of a programme part-time, and thus reduce the overall costs of their training.
Market Harborough is an expanding town of 25,000+ people, with a growing number of commuters to London. It is the central hub of a District with a population of 84,000 people. There are two secondary schools and eight primary schools. There is also a tutorial college with over 400 international students. Accommodation is available for rent or purchase in the town or surrounding area at a reasonable cost.
Christchurch has the long term goal of planting gospel communities in the surrounding smaller towns and villages, and ultimately of initiating or supporting church plants into the neighbouring towns in North Northamptonshire that lack an equivalent gospel witness. The candidate will be able to work alongside a gifted and visionary team of leaders, who between them have many years’ experience of church leadership, and who are involved in the national ministry of FIEC.
It is envisaged that the post will be offered for an initial period of 2-years, with the expectation that the appointee will move on either to full-time study or to full-time pastoral leadership. However we also wish to retain the flexibility to develop the role in whatever way might best suit the candidate and the church.
You can find more information about the church on our web site: http://www.christchurchmh.org.uk/
The candidate must have the gifts and character that are requisite for someone entering training for full-time pastoral ministry, and must have the support of their current church in recognising and affirming their calling and suitability.
The candidate must have some experience in Bible-centered youth and children's ministry, whether in a local church or camp context.
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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