This is an exciting role for a mature Christian to lead, develop, and support a range of mercy ministries. It would suit someone with a heart for the hurting, to care for them, win them for Jesus and to build them up in his love. S/he must have emotional intelligence and personal resilience.

Job Title          Head of Community Ministries at St James Muswell Hill

Context           Full time 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday
                         Occasional evening and Sundays as required with time off in lieu

Salary             £28,000 - £31,000 without accommodation provision
                        £21,000 - £24,000 (depending on relevant experience) with suitable local accommodation provided, including payment of council tax

Our Team

You would be joining a committed staff team in an enthusiastic and Christ-honouring culture. We work hard, care for each other, have fun, and try to be straightforwardly loving and honest. You’ll have been recruited because of your gifts and character, so you won’t be micromanaged, although you’ll be clear on what’s expected of you. You’ll be encouraged to rest well and take all your time off. As a team we rely on each other to do our various ministries, and we have high standards. We dream up new ideas all the time, and if you’re coming on board, we can’t wait to hear yours.

The staff team at St James exists to equip our members to fulfil the church’s Values and Vision, of bringing God glory by Planting in Partnership.

And you’d be living in a vibrant and fun part of north London, with high values for creativity, and easy access to the centre.

Purpose of Job

To lead with passion and conviction our vision of Community ministries within and outside St James; to teach, model and foster an increasing spirit of loving compassion that is based on Scripture; develop an increased ownership and volunteer base for our current set of activities; and be proactive in the development of alternative or new ministries as needs arise.

Reporting to     The role currently reports to the Associate Vicar

Summary of Responsibilities
Leading, encouraging, and equipping our church members and volunteers to love, serve, and support our community ministries and partner organisations.

Establishing, maintain, and develop links with: like-minded para-church and church based ministries; other local community based organisations; and key local stakeholders.

Pastoral care for some of the vulnerable church family members with support from clergy, church ministry leads and head of safeguarding as required.


The role entails frequent and regular contact with vulnerable adults, children and young people, and safeguarding will be one of your primary concerns.

St James is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders are expected to share this commitment.

You will need to attend all relevant safeguarding training and work according to our safeguarding policy.

This post is subject to initial and continuing satisfactory enhanced DBS checks.

To keep abreast of relevant developments or changes in Diocesan policy you will need to work closely with our volunteer safeguarding lead and develop strong working links with the Diocesan safeguarding team. We also expect the job holder to adhere to and promote safe working practices.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Personal conviction in the power of the Gospel to heal and bring lasting transformation to individuals and communities, and desire to use this conviction to inspire others to action.
  • High degree of self-motivation and adaptability to emotionally demanding situations.
  • Ability to relate with warmth and compassion to people of all ages, backgrounds, medical and mental health needs, and individual circumstance.
  • Experience of working in or with volunteer teams.
  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and be trained in new areas to help meet the needs specific to St James e.g., Makaton signing and adult mental health.
  • Ability to innovate and collaborate with Christians and non-Christians, showing necessary sensitivity and understanding.
  • Willingness and ability to pray with care and sensitivity with and for individuals and teams as appropriate.
  • Administratively competent and computer literate.
  • Committed to professional standards for: safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults; confidentiality; and safe working practices.

Desirable Criteria

  • Prior experience of working in church-based community ministry / social transformation.
  • Experience in building, maintaining and motivating volunteer teams of different backgrounds and mixed abilities.
  • Professional experience or training in any of our key work areas of support for the elderly; adult mental health; learning disability; homelessness.
  • Experience in encouraging spiritual growth e.g., leading small group bible studies or sharing short devotional talks.
  • Competence in delivering training and presentations.
  • Ability to design and promote regular events and activities.
  • Full driving license.

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) that the post-holder is a practising Christian. Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

We envisage that someone with the right willingness and sensitivities will be able to grow into the role. Applicants who feel that they do not meet any the desirable criteria are still encouraged to apply.

Current Range of Community Ministries
The following is a current list of our community ministries that the job holder will have direct responsibility for championing, recruiting, and developing. The list is not exhaustive, and the job holder will be expected to periodically review effectiveness and consider alternatives if needed. There will be other occasional duties as assigned by the line manager.

Community Café
A weekly drop-in that welcomes and offers friendship to all in the local community. ‘ComCaf’ helps to connect people with our church, allows all to give and experience hospitality, offers support and encourages spiritual growth amongst regular attendees. We have partnered with Treehouse school for autistic children for the past few years.

Challenge Group
For parents and carers of babies and pre-schoolers with additional learning needs. During the lockdown, Challenge Group continued to meet as a support group.

TeaTime for Seniors
A weekly gathering for older folk in our community to mix over tea and cake and hear an interesting talk or participate in a group activity.

The following are community ministries where St James has been a historic stakeholder, providing volunteers and contributing to overall development.

WAVE – We’re All Valued Equally
WAVE is a community run organisation that encourages and enables mixed ability friendships through a range of groups and activities. WAVE Church brings together people with and without learning disabilities to worship together at a monthly informal and creative service.

Winter Night Shelter
We have used our resources of building, time, people and money to support the Winter Night Shelter run by All People All Places, a Christian Homelessness Charity that operate in Haringey and Enfield. Pre-COVID pandemic St James hosted the shelter for one night a week during the season.

Muswell Hill Churches Soup Kitchen
The Soup Kitchen is run by Muswell Hill Baptist Church, located in our parish. We have provided volunteers and supported fund-raising efforts for this much-loved ecumenical ministry. The Soup Kitchen is the main beneficiary of the Harvest collections from church, and from St James Primary School.

Besom in Haringey
‘The Besom acts as a bridge between those who have, and those in need’. The role involves co-ordinating the collection and delivery of furniture or organising decorating projects.

Pastoral Care for Church Members
In addition to facilitating and encouraging community ministry the job the job holder will take the lead on pastoral care for some of our vulnerable church members. This is carried out in coordination with the clergy, heads of ministry and the safeguarding lead.

You will have

  • An allocated budget to spend, in order to develop our ministries
  • An office at the church
  • The support of regular Heads of Ministry Meetings and other relevant pastoral meetings
  • Regular time with your line manager, the Associate Vicar
  • Opportunities for further training and development

We would love to see your contribution in shaping the role as well, bringing your unique gifts to the team and the church.

Summary of Benefits

Salary and Housing Offer
The job holder will be offered the choice to have a salary of £28,000-£31,000; or to be paid £21,000-£24,000 and be housed by the church in one of our available nearby properties in central Muswell Hill.

The housing offer will normally depend on your household and will be self-contained (i.e., not a lodger, or sharing with a church family). The church will also pay the council tax for the property.

St James will make contributions to your pension, currently 3% of your salary.

Holiday Entitlement
5 weeks (25 days) plus the additional days between Christmas and New Year to allow for the church office to close completely.

Training, Development and Support

The role will be demanding from time to time, but equally rewarding; and so the job holder receive ongoing support both from within the church staff team, and externally from Christians undertaking similar work in other organisations.

St James has a relationship with London City Mission, and we anticipate that the job holder will become an associate member of the London City Mission team, and benefit from partnership in prayer, encouragement and practical training.

The job holder will be expected to undergo safeguarding training, and in discussion with the line manager, be proactive in finding appropriate training courses.


We encourage all potential applicants to get in touch with the line manager, Mark Murthen, for an informal chat, ( Tel 020 8051 3151).

We also invite you to visit our Community Café (Tuesday 11am-1pm) to see a community ministry in action.

To apply for this role, please email by 20th January 2022 for an application pack.

Please note that applications without the form will not be considered for the role.

Interviews in week commencing 31st January 2022

Click the link to download the Job Description.