Assistant Community Minister
St Stephens Anglican Church, Wynyard, Tasmania
Job Type: Part-time
Closing Date: 18 August 2023
Wynyard is located on the North West Coast of Tasmania. Wynyard is a rural town with a population of roughly 6500. It has an incredible community of people who are warm and welcoming. Wynyard is home to an annual Tulip Festival and surrounded by beautiful beaches, and National Parks. There are two main people groups; retirees from mainland Australia with substantial superannuation wealth, and local families with children some of whom experience incredible social disadvantage. With this comes a great challenge and opportunity to develop new ways of connecting and engaging the community.
About the Parish
St Stephen’s mission is to be a church for the Wynyard region making disciples of Jesus. Over the past 3 years we have begun to renew and reconnect with our community to share the great news of Jesus and see lives transformed. We want to do this so that people from all ages, stages, and abilities, can know, love, and serve God and our community through word, prayer, and deed. We have a particular focus on engaging people that are often overlooked, especially people living with a disability, neurodiverse people, and people from low socio-economic backgrounds.
Under God our vision for the Parish is that by 2031 we will renew and revitalise St Stephen’s Wynyard to be a prayerful, flourishing, multi-generational community of spiritually mature disciples of Jesus. We will be ambassadors for God through whom everyone in the region of Wynyard may experience and enter the kingdom of God by repentance and faith in Jesus. We will be at the heart of North West Tasmania, a place of healing and hope where people can be equipped and enabled by the Holy Spirit to try new things and step out in faith for the kingdom of God.
In 2023 we received two grants to enable the provision of Assistant Community Minister. There is a huge opportunity to share the great news of Jesus and see lives transformed by the Holy Spirit. Which is why we are seeking a motivated disciple-making mentor to join the ministry team to build connections with our community and establish a new mentoring program for parents/ caregivers.
This role is for someone who loves making disciples of Jesus and building new ministry. A core component of this role is the establishment of a brand-new mentoring program. So, you will need the ability to build and implement systems, with a high focus on safety and capacity for engaging people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
It is hoped that this will provide pathways for further community engagement and connection. This means we are looking for someone with a deep understanding of God’s word and the ability to communicate the good news of Jesus in culturally contextual ways.
As we are seeking to serve vulnerable and or often overlooked people. You can expect to be engaging people who have been or are currently experiencing a crisis. So, we’re looking for someone who is able to maintain a non-anxious presence when confronted with hardship and crisis. Someone who is able to be a person of peace and assurance, sharing Jesus’ love with the vulnerable and the overlooked.
Read the Position Description.
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment with a high administrative capacity.
- Experience sharing Jesus with people of different ages, stages, and ability,
- Able to build positive connections within the community especially parents/ caregivers of teenagers and primary school aged children.
- 3 or 4 year theological degree and a willingness to be ordained in the Anglican Church.
- Experience in church planting and or establishing new ministries.
- A non-anxious presence
- Familiarity with rural ministry and the challenges and joys of serving people from low-socio economic backgrounds.
About the Diocese
Bishop Richard Condie, the current Bishop, wants making disciples of Jesus to be at the core of everything we do. He also highly values training and support for church leaders – this includes each ministry leader in the Diocese having a coach/mentor, being in a cohort with others at the same life/ministry stage, and money and time given from the parish for professional development each year.
The current group of clergy/ministry leaders (about 80 in total) meet together twice a year and are highly supportive of each other in gospel partnership.
Find out more at the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania website.
- Information about stipends and allowances in the Diocese is found here
- Housing or a housing allowance will be provided
- Appointment will be subject to fulfilling Safe Church Communities requirements, including a Tasmanian Working with Vulnerable People Card and completion of a satisfactory Safe Ministry Screening Check.
How to apply
To express your interest please send a cover letter, CV and details for two referees who can speak to your character and ministry skills to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, please contact Rev Alastair Crouch, Priest in Charge of St Stephens Anglican Church Wynyard, on 0404 266 036