Greenstead Evangelical Free Church (41 members) is seeking to appoint a full-time pastor from February 2020.
The church, which celebrates its 54th anniversary in 2019, is located in the heart of the Greenstead Estate on the outskirts of Colchester. Greenstead is reputed to be one of the largest estates in Europe, with around 15000 residents. It was originally built (1960's) as a council estate, but now has a mixed ownership of properties. The area has many social issues.
The church has two Sunday services with the Lord's Supper twice monthly. Sunday School takes place for 3-16s. Other meetings include a Parent & Toddler group, and evening youth groups for 7s-14s. There is a midweek Bible study and prayer meeting, and further prayer meetings are held on a Sunday evening and monthly on a Saturday morning.
Our theological Emphasis is Conservative Evangelical, as defined by the FIEC Doctrinal Basis and Position statements.
In addition to a full-time Pastor the church currently has one elder and four deacons.
We have a fairly traditional style of worship, based around expository preaching. We usually sing to piano accompaniment, but occasionally other instruments are added. The pew Bibles are the NKJV translation, and most of the preaching tends to be from this version.
There are occasional breakfasts for men, bi-monthly craft evenings for women, a monthly service in elderly people's sheltered housing, and Messy Church several times a year. There are opportunities to take assemblies in the three primary schools on the estate, and some of our church members are involved in running a Christian Union at Colchester Academy, our local senior school.
The church's vision is to see Christians come into a deeper relationship to Christ, to take the Gospel to the community, to support world mission, and to foster a genuine love and concern for one another.
The closing date for applications for this position will be Thursday 4th April 2019
This is a full-time position, with remuneration to match. There is no church manse. The pastor would take the lead in teaching and preaching on Sundays and Wednesdays, and on other occasions as opportunity arises. He would provide pastoral care to the church membership and others, and lead the evangelistic work of the church.
The pastor would need to be comfortable with life in a "council estate" type community with a predominantly working class population, and yet also be able to relate to students who are studying at the nearby University of Essex.
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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