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Outreach Worker

Responsible to: Pastor | Contract: Initially 1 year fixed-term followed by a review), Part Time (3/4 days [min 24 hours] p/week) | Salary: £22,000-£24,000 Pro rata depending on experience.

ABOUT THE ROLE

The outreach worker will play a significant role in strengthening Stenhouse Baptist Church (SBC) in its work within the local community of Stenhouse, Edinburgh. Stenhouse is a residential part of West Edinburgh with a diverse population.

At SBC we are looking to develop our community engagement. We have a number of connections in the community which present opportunities for increased engagement e.g. young families, young people, the older generation and those transitioning back into the community from prison. The role will build on existing connections, accompanied by the opportunity to pioneer new areas of engagement depending on the vision and passion of the applicant.  New projects or initiatives would be approved and developed in collaboration with other leaders at SBC.

We are looking for someone who can bring energy and enthusiasm to our outreach, working alongside church members to connect, serve and ‘make disciples’ in our local community.

AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY

These areas are flexible depending on the gifts and experience of the applicant.

Tasks are likely to include some of the following:

  • Supporting the running of a weekly community meal at Connect, reaching out to ex-offenders and those often on the margins of our community.
  • Spending a significant amount of time in Stenhouse and neighbouring areas. Being available for people and rooted locally.
  • Supporting outreach and ongoing discipleship with young families
  • Developing partnerships and looking for ways to collaborate with other local groups (agencies, schools, churches).
  • Supporting the weekly Youth Club for local teenagers.
  • Working with the Pastor to develop ongoing training and opportunities which equip the church in its mission and discipleship, particularly in relation to its work with and for the community.
  • Supporting church members to develop new mission-focused ideas.

This job specification will be subject to periodic review and possible amendment or modification, after consultation with the post holder in order to meet the changing needs of the church.

The ‘Outreach Worker’ role will bring with it relevant training and support, which will upskill the post holder and provide effective career development.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Gifts and Abilities

The jobholder should:

  • Be passionate about the message of the Good News of Jesus. 
  • Be outgoing and relational in nature, quick to share faith and engage in evangelistic conversations.
  • Be a team player, seeking to enable the best out of those around them and serving others to reach their potential.
  • Be able to connect with people from a variety of ages and backgrounds.

Experience

The jobholder should have experience of:

  • Leading teams of volunteers
  • Working with youth and/or families and/or isolated and vulnerable adults
  • Personal evangelism
  • Community engagement of any kind
  • Both lone-working and team environments

MAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Hours: The post is part time, 3 days (24 hours) per week. This will include some evenings and weekends.
Salary: 22,000-24,000 Pro rata.
Holidays: 25 working days per annum (plus public holidays) Pro rata.
Occupational Requirement: The post has an occupational requirement for the post holder to be a Christian and to become a worshipping member of Stenhouse Baptist Church.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a copy of your CV with cover letter to hello@stenhousebaptist.co.uk by Feb 1st. 

Overview of SBC
Stenhouse Baptist Church is a vibrant and growing church of all ages in Stenhouse, Edinburgh.

Vision
We are here to see the people, the places and the community of Stenhouse be transformed by God’s love, worked out through the church family, and in partnership with God’s Spirit and purposes.

History
Stenhouse Baptist has been here since 1932 when Stenhouse itself was being built and has served the community in many different ways over its long history. In 2016 Stenhouse Baptist formed a partnership with Central Church Edinburgh to bring in a team from Central to breathe new life into the church. A few years later by God’s grace the church is growing numerically and in depth, while continuing to form regular strong links into the community.

Affiliations
SBC continues to be affiliated with Central Church Edinburgh and the Baptist Union. We are also passionate about Prison Work, Schools Work and Community Outreach and are grateful to be partnering with Junction 42, Younglife, SU, CAP and Safe Families for Children.

Church Life
SBC is currently made up of approx 40 adults and around 15 children. Most of us live either in or near Stenhouse, being physically part of the local community is something that’s very important to us. We are more than just an hour on a Sunday, we love eating together and are developing small groups this year too. As a newly ‘replanted’ church there is a real emphasis on mission in Stenhouse and this is worked-out in many different ways.

Leadership Structure
The SBC leadership structure is a combination of trustees and deacons. We employ a pastor who works with the leadership team to oversee and develop the work of the church.

Some more information about the life of SBC can be found on the website: www.stenhousebaptist.co.uk