Children’s and Youth Worker Job description and Person Specification

St Peter’s Shipley

Job description

Job titleChildren’s and Youth Worker
Employed byThe Parochial Church Council of St Peter’s Shipley
Line managed byVicar
Hours37.5 per week, operated flexibly. (The postholder/s would normally hve one nominated day off per week and would be expected to regularly attend worship at St Peter’s.)
Job typeFixed term contract for two years with the option of a third year depending on available finance.
SalaryUp to £24,000, per annum dependent on experience and qualifications

Job purpose

To lead effective and exemplary work amongst children and young people at St Peter’s Shipley, reaching children, young people and their families, bringing them into a living relationship with Jesus Christ and nurturing their faith. Encouraging young people and the wider church to play their part in the vision of St Peter’s to transform our town, and develop the existing work to a standard identified as an example of good practice which can resource others in the Diocese and the north of England.

Duties and responsibilities

  1. To build upon the existing youth and children’s work established within St Peter’s church. (St Peter’s is in the Bradford area of the Anglican Diocese of Leeds.) This includes midweek toddler groups, a Friday night youth club and a Sunday evening youth group, as well as contributing to the planning and delivery of weekly intergenerational worship and a monthly Messy Church session.
  2. To prayerfully build a number of teams who will teach and care for children and young people. This may include the line management of interns, unpaid staff and volunteers.
  3. To work in partnership with other relevant churches, Diocesan workers and partner organizations.
  4. To work with the PCC to define and develop the vision for children’s and youth ministry in St Peter’s and ensure it is communicated to the wider church, including keeping children’s and youth ministry as a high priority on the church’s prayer agenda.
  5. To manage essential administration for children’s and youth work and  to ensure that all relevant policies such as safeguarding, safer recruitment, and health and safety are followed.
  6. To work with and build upon existing outreach links in the local community for example ministry in schools, churches together projects, and uniformed organizations.

Knowledge and Qualifications


  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • Clear enhanced DBS check
  • Awareness / Knowledge of themes and best practice in children’s and youth work, including Safer Recruitment
  • Experience (paid or unpaid) of children’s and youth work in a Christian context


  • Academic Qualification in Christian Youth and Children’s Ministry
  • Competency to set and maintain annual budgets
  • Knowledge of the management and financial structures of the Church of England



  • experience in youth and children’s work and past demonstration of undertaking the lead or key responsibility for activities in a previous role
  • Ability to lead a team by example, taking on different roles within the children’s and youth ministry as required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with young people and adults, orally, digitally and in writing with people of all ages and backgrounds,  including parents, church staff, volunteers and the PCC.
  • Computer literate with the ability to use word processing, presentation and email programmes. Familiarity with using social media channels would be an advantage.
  • Ability to identify the skills of an individual and to develop and manage individuals to draw out their potential. Ability to both lead teams and to work with and provide support to existing teams and leaders.
  • Awareness of management skills and ability to implement i.e. basic numeracy and budgeting skills, ability to maintain and implement procedures, ability to organise and manage a range of events for example: small groups, one-off church events or weekends away.


  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and MS 365, worship software, and other digital communication eg, simple video production, use of social media etc.
  • Ability to identify training needs and deliver or organise training in children’s and youth ministry to meet identified need.



  • To have worked in an effective  children’s or youth ministry (paid or voluntary)
  • To have had experience in contributing to developing a team to achieve goal


  • To have had experience in line management (paid or voluntary).
  • To have had experience of children’s and youth ministry in the Church of England
  • To have had experience of working with children and young people with a range of physical, emotional and psychological needs

Person Specification

  • Committed follower of Jesus Christ
  • A person growing in worship and discipleship, committed to outreach, who values prayer, the Bible, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
  • Someone who can lead and sees tasks through.
  • A skilled communicator, demonstrating integrity when required
  • Someone who is able to relate to all ages and backgrounds and promote a positive image of the church and Jesus to the church community and wider community
  • Someone with a passion for children’s  and youth ministry
  • Someone who enjoys a challenge and will thrive on the diversity of this post.
  • A self-motivated individual with the ability to challenge themselves.
  • A team player with a positive approach.
  • Someone with the natural ability to encourage and support others.
  • Someone who is flexible and able to respond to changing circumstances, to prioritise their work and operate independently whilst knowing when to seek help.

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All applications, either online or by email, must be received by 11.59pm on 16th March 2023.