Church development and community worker | Wales, U.K.

  • Service term length or program: Long-term
  • Region of service: Europe
  • Location: Wales, U.K.
  • Ministry category: Community development, Hospitality, Leadership training

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. People with a passion for building relationships are needed to model a viable biblical lifestyle in this predominantly non-Christian setting. Partner with a local church to equip believers and build relationships within the community. Become part of a missional community.

Responsibilities

In Wales, demonstrate a viable biblical lifestyle in a predominantly non-Christian setting by:

  • partnering with a local church to equip believers and build relationships within the community
  • getting involved with local school and community organizations
  • networking with small missional communities in the capital city of Cardiff or in the valleys through sharing prayer and meals

All new appointees for long-term service are engaged in Launch, EMM’s discipleship training course, before and during the first year of their assignments. Phase one of Launch includes personal discipleship activities through online modules. For phase two of Launch, appointees spend two weeks learning alongside their Launch cohort (a group of other long-term appointees and interns preparing for service) before heading to their countries of service. In phase three of Launch, workers continue to connect online with their Launch cohort as they jump into language and culture learning, along with other activities on the field.

Environment
Wales is a stable, semi-autonomous country in the United Kingdom. As such, some areas such as health and education are governed by the Welsh Assembly Government, and others are governed by the U.K. Parliament in Westminster. Wales is a lovely place, rich in language, music, sports, and history, with more castles than any other country in the world. Cultural values and norms are significantly different from the U.S., especially in areas of family values, sexual morality, and attitudes toward alcohol and drugs. South Wales is characterized by verdant hills and valleys, dotted with small villages and towns. It is also one of the poorest areas of the U.K., with second- and third-generation unemployment. Many people live off benefits. The Welsh capital, Cardiff, is also located in south Wales. Cardiff is a multicultural city with many refugees and asylum seekers. The capital also includes several universities that attract many international students. As with much of the rest of the U.K. and Europe, the spiritual climate is post-Christian and quite closed to the gospel message.

Supervisors and colleagues
The church development and community worker will work with and be supervised by EMM workers Alan and Carol Wert and/or local congregations and pastors. They will also be accountable to EMM’s regional representative for West Europe.

Skills and experience
Skills and experience related to community outreach with vulnerable people, such as immigrants and the homeless, are valuable. Applicants should have previous cross-cultural experience and genuine friendships with non-believers, and experience working with children and youth. Higher education is potentially helpful if working in schools. Applicants should be willing to adapt to British English, which can be surprisingly different from American English. Welsh is also spoken in some areas. Applicants must be passionate about people and building relationships, and willing to jump into a missional community lifestyle.