Bus Manager/Youth Evangelist in The Message Trust RoyalLeamingtonSpa,England,UnitedKingdom

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About the job

Location: Primary: Warwick (CV34) and Budbrooke. Secondary: Coventry Diocese region, Occasional: West Midlands hub and Manchester.

Start date: As soon as possible

Responsible to: Message Midlands Hub Leader

Primary internal working relationships: Volunteer teams

Primary external working relationships: The Warwick and Budbrooke Team Churches, and the Diocese of Coventry ‘Together for Change’ charity

Main purpose of the job

This role fulfils The Message Trust’s goal of developing the Christian faith in young people through inspirational leadership, effective management and long-term development of the Message Bus ministry. Specifically, you will use the bus as a catalyst to launch new youth ministries for the Warwick and Budbrooke Team Churches. Where time and further funding allows work can be developed in communities beyond Warwick and Budbrooke including Eden teams on the ground.

‘The project is a partnership between the Message Trust, The Anglican Warwick and Budbrooke Team of Parishes, the King Henry VIII Trust and the Diocese of Coventry’s ‘Together For Change’.

Specific Duties And Responsibilities

The Message Bus provides a unique environment for local churches to engage with young people in their communities across Warwick on a weekly basis, and where time and resources allow, across the Coventry Diocese.

With a team of volunteers from these churches the Bus Manager/Youth Evangelist will take responsibility for establishing and leading these sessions on board the bus. The bus is packed full of engaging activities from games consoles, nail bar and outdoor games to a kitchen, board games and PCs. During each session a relevant and engaging presentation of the gospel is given to those onboard, giving young people an opportunity to respond to the message.

The Message Trust is a Christian charity which, for the last quarter of a century has been leading the way in reaching the hardest-to-reach with the life-transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Message Bus engages with young people in their own communities, developing and delivering sessions in partnership with the local church. Through these sessions relationships are built, young people engage with the local church and we consistently see lives transformed.

The role involves developing key relationships with the local churches and other community organisations e.g. schools, community centres and statutory services, training and mobilising local volunteers, and of course driving the bus to and from sessions. You will also be responsible for the administration and reporting of the project and ensuring that the vehicle and the equipment on it is properly maintained and serviced in accordance with the agreed schedule. There will be an expectation that the Post Holder will occasionally attend the Warwick Team Council to update them on how the project is going and to receive feedback.

Taking an active role in the overall aims and objectives of the Message is an important part of the role. As such the Bus Manager/Youth Evangelist will be responsible for ensuring that, wherever possible the bus is integrated into the other outreach activities of the Message. They will be required to attend and contribute to regular prayer days in their local Message Hub and occasionally in Manchester. They will also be required to attend and contribute to National Message Bus Staff Team Days and training retreats. They will identify potential funding sources and seek contributions to the project budget as well as contributing to any other duties deemed appropriate by their line manager and the National Message Bus Development Manager.

The Bus Manager/Youth Evangelist will be responsible for finding and training volunteer drivers who will add to the working capacity of the bus outside of the successful candidates’s contracted hours. The successful candidate will also be responsible for managing all additional drivers, whether staff or volunteer, and the bookings calendar to ensure that booking churches are served effectively throughout the week, and disruption due to regular required maintenance is kept to a minimum.

The Bus Manager/Youth Evangelist will be required to work as part of a local working group, made up of parish representatives and employees of Thrive, to help dream, plan and deliver a location by location strategy for deployment of the bus

Person Specification

To qualify you will need to:

Be a committed Christian with a personal testimony of their trust in the lordship of Christ, the authority of scripture and the work of the Holy Spirit with a desire to see the Christian message communicated effectively to young people.

Have strong interpersonal and communication skills with a proven track record of youth work experience within a Christian environment.

Be able to easily relate to young people and the complex challenges and issues that they face.

Enjoy working with volunteers and have a track record of recruiting, training and managing teams of them; knowing how to get the very best out of those working with you.

Be able to work independently, using your initiative but with the ability to follow and carry out set tasks and assignments with honesty and integrity.

Be over 21 years old and hold a current full driver’s licence for at least two years with a willingness to be trained to drive a double decker bus.

Have use of your own car

Be willing to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.

All Message staff are set a personal fundraising target. We ask that the successful applicant has a minimum of £75 per month of regular financial support before commencing employment, increasing to £125 per month by the end of the three-month probation period and aims to add one supporter a month after that. Training and support will be given to help you achieve this. Staff are also expected to organise and take part in, at least one fundraising or other sponsored event annually.

This job description is not exhaustive and amendments and additions may be required in line with future organisational changes.

Company: The Message Trust

Vacancy Type: Full Time 

Job Location: RoyalLeamingtonSpa,England,UnitedKingdom

Application Deadline: N/A

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