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Our aim is to work especially closely with teachers, staff and governors in our church schools to forge a Christian ethos, distinct and appropriate for each school, while being entirely inclusive of all, regardless of faith or no faith. A large majority of each school community do not attend any church.
Schools’ Chaplain and Youth Worker
The church is seeking to appoint a paid chaplain who will work 30 hours per week across all the schools with the focus being at The King’s School, to help develop their ethos and build the links between the schools and St Thomas’ church. The successful candidate will also work 7.5 hours per week with St Thomas’ Church – specifically aiming to develop our outreach to families and young adults.
There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) that the post-holder is a Christian, specifically that they subscribe to the doctrine of the Church of England as defined in Canon A5. They will be supportive of the conservative evangelical outlook of St Thomas’ Church. The chaplain may be ordained or lay.
Role Description – Schools’ Chaplain
The Chaplain’s role has three strands, each of which is vital. There will be some tension between them, and gifts of wisdom and grace will be needed to fulfil all three strands, which are:
1. Proclaiming Christ: The chaplain is first of all a minister of the Lord Jesus Christ, called to make disciples of all nations. In a church school, students come to be educated, not evangelised. Nevertheless, a church school is distinctive in enabling all its students to clearly understand the Christian gospel and to decide for themselves, without pressure, whether or not they believe it. The Chaplain’s role will be to present them with Christ in all his fullness, and to encourage those who wish to, to follow him for themselves.
2. Promoting the Christian ethos: Our schools have adopted various mottos – but each in their own way express the desire to forge Christian distinctiveness. The Chaplain will help us all to work towards these shared goals.
3. Pastoring in Christ’s name: Our church schools work hard to care for all in their community – students, parents and staff. There are strong systems of pastoral care in place, and the Chaplain will bring a distinctively Christian element to them. Sometimes this will be sought by those who want spiritual counsel but the Chaplain’s pastoral care will be extended to all without distinction.
The current opportunities we enjoy are listed on the previous page. These are only starting points – nothing is set in stone. We are looking for someone who will innovate and make a big impact with the gospel.
To apply for this job please you can contact the employer using the following link