Families Ministry Leader, birmingham

Image Damian Zaleski,  Unsplash

Image Damian Zaleski, Unsplash


Edward Road Baptist Church (Balsall Heath, Birmingham) is looking for the right person to be a key member of the church eldership and to lead the Families Ministry on a three-quarter-time to full-time basis, initially for a three-year term.

The successful applicant will:

  • Be passionate about making Jesus known through church ministry to churched and unchurched families
  • Be passionate about discipling believers
  • Understand and value cross-cultural mission in a deprived, multi-cultural and multifaith, inner-city community
  • Be a good team leader and administrator who is able to think strategically and to take initiative
  • Be gifted at supervising volunteers and team members
  • Demonstrate good pastoral and listening skills
  • Be a humble and gracious team player who’s able to work with people from different backgrounds

The successful applicant will have specific responsibility for the families’ ministry, as well as a key role in wider church ministry, including teaching and preaching.

They will work closely with the senior pastor and be accountable to the eldership.

They will be a practicing Christian and in full support of the Evangelical Alliance Basis of faith. (By the nature of the job this is regarded as a specific occupational requirement).

Location & salary

Based in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, the salary will be £22,500 (pro rata), in line with BU Home Mission stipend.

Pastors will also receive a manse allowance, currently set by the BU at £6,000, as well as some additional expenses.

Closing date

Monday 5th June 2017

Interview date

Thursday 29th June 2017

Anticipated Start Date

September 2017

More Information or email

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Image: Simon Ingram,  Flickr

Image: Simon Ingram, Flickr

Mahabba was part of the recent equipping and encourage 'Helping Christians engage with Muslims' event and received the following feedback:

Dear Mahabba,

My husband and I attended the excellent Mahabba West event at BMS Birmingham on Saturday.

We would like to express our thanks for putting on this event and enabling us to hear about some of the ways God is using folk to love Muslims for his sake.

I especially enjoyed the session on Ethics by Louise Brown and was glad to hear from Roxy and obtain a copy of the DVD course, Joining the Family.

The lunch was excellent too, although the dining room was very noisy!

Your sincerely,


Thanks, Barbara!

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