Youth Mission Enabler

Role Description & Person Specification

Employer: Wigan Deanery Trust

Salary range: £24,000 to £26,000 p.a. (full time) based on experience

Contract:  Two Roles available:

One Maternity Cover from June/July 2024 to Summer 2025

One vacancy August 2024 to August 2025

Hours: Full Time (37.5 hours)

Hours of work: Typically Sunday – Thursday with possible evening work

Location of workplace: Church Wigan – location to be agreed

Holidays: 25 days + bank holidays

Reports to:  WNG (Wigan Next Generation) Portfolio Holder


Application by CV and Cover letter.


If you have experience of helping young people become followers of Jesus and feel called to join in the mission of Church Wigan, we’re offering a unique and exciting opportunity. Our vision is to see young people between the ages of 11-29 become lifelong disciples of Jesus. The Youth Mission Enabler will play a key role in this essential, exciting, and challenging Wigan-wide mission.

The successful applicant will be part of the Next Generation Team, leading pioneering mission to young people aged 11-29. Embedded in local Hubs of Church Wigan, the Youth Mission Enabler will be involved in discipleship and outreach in local schools, the community, and the Church. We need courageous innovators to help Hubs grow in effective outreach to younger generations, build teams of passionate volunteers with a heart for the next generation, and plant new worship communities that help facilitate mission, community, and discipleship.


The Anglican Benefice of Wigan, known as ’Church Wigan,’ is praying and working to see through Jesus: transformed people, transformed places.

It serves over 200,000 people in and around Wigan. Its innovative approach holds a diversity of traditional worshipping communities and new mission and justice activities together in unity and is encouraging the emergence of an exciting culture of discipleship and pioneering.

As part of the Wigan Next Generation team, the Youth Mission Enabler will work with volunteers and young people within an existing or emerging Next Generation focussed worshipping community to pioneer an innovative and thriving youth ministry.  Alongside this, the post holder will cultivate a growing schools ministry, as part of the Wigan Next Generation objective to see ninety new disciples aged 11-29, engaging in worship communities in Wigan.

The Wigan Deanery Trust ( is the charity that resources Church Wigan and employs its officers and workers, including Next Generation team members.       

Purpose of role:

The role involves:

  • Building teams of volunteers to lead, develop and support local outreach and discipleship through dynamic and creative programmes of youth ministry which support and encourage young people to explore and grow in faith, to live a Spirit-led life, and become active members of a local worshipping community.
  • As part of the Wigan Next Generation Team create opportunities for young people to hear about Jesus and engage with Christian discipleship by delivering an effective schools ministry with local schools establishing school-based worship communities.
  • Create connected outreach events and discipleship opportunities for young people to engage in community and ultimately leading them into the life of the church.
  • Support the planting and growth of Church Wigan next generation focussed worshipping communities.
  • Support the wider Next Generations Team and Wigan wide youth initiatives.
  • Drive recruitment and coaching of volunteer team.
  • Operates within the Church Wigan safeguarding system.


Responsibilities of this role:


  • Working with the Next Generation portfolio lead and the Next Generation Team to develop and deliver a Wigan wide youth strategy.
  • The Youth Mission Enabler is embedded in the worshipping life of Church Wigan, in particular a local Next Generation focused worship community.
  • Leads the recruitment, training and coaching and coordination of the local youth volunteer team.
  • To work collaboratively with local schools and other youth workers in Wigan.
  • Working with the Brighter School of Discipleship (BSD) Coordinator to recruit new BSD students, creating effective mission opportunities for BSD students to gain experience of outreach.
  • To assist with building good relationships between those involved in working with young people in school, in church and in community.
  • Link with the Liverpool Next Generation team to share learning, best practice and resources.

Safeguarding and compliance

  • To ensure all the activities are fully safeguarded and assessed for risk.
  • Oversee all child protection, organising training and DBS checks for Youth teams.
  • Communicate with diocesan team regarding safeguarding training and protocols and ensure that effective administration and compliant record keeping is maintained for all aspects of the work.



  • Recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to deliver high quality youth outreach and discipleship opportunities for young people in school, in community and in the local next generation worship community.
  • Working in local Primary feeder schools building relationships with Y6 pupils through groups and transition work and subsequently creating safe landing places for them on the transition to High School.
  • Implement a coordinated High School mission with the Next Generation team that will allow opportunity for more young people to hear about Jesus and engage with Christian discipleship. This will involve building a ‘missional pathway’ within High School, leading to a growing and thriving worship community in school and providing opportunities to engage in community outreach activities and to become part of wider church life. An example of a missional pathway:





First Contact




Wider Community /Discipleship









Core activities

Lunchtime ‘taster’


Questions of life/faith






Discipleship Pathways

Weekly lunchtimes clubs

Youth Alpha







School-based worship community

(place of belonging)




Signpost & handholding into wider church life









Every day for 1 week at start of each term

Every week

1200-1240 starting after First Contact

Every week

for 8 weeks


on termly basis


Every week in parallel to Youth Alpha

Weekly Sundays




Additional activities

Developing Christian ethos within school

Special interest mission opportunities eg. music, sports, eco


  • Working in partnership with the next generation focussed worship community, plan, develop, manage, and deliver the Sunday youth programme and midweek outreach and discipleship activities for young people (10+ and over).
  • Develop creative ways for young people to engage with Church Wigan’s community outreach activities.
  • Deliver face-to-face ministry with young people.
  • Ensure that effective administration and record keeping is maintained for all aspects of the work.







Person Specification

There is a genuine occupational requirement for this role to be filled by someone who is a practicing Christian.


Essential Requirements

Desirable Requirements

Knowledge and Skills

Experience of leading and of setting healthy culture and atmosphere

Track record of leading and growing teams

Experience of Christian discipleship and discipling others esp 11-30 year olds.

An excellent communicator

Good personal organisational and administrative skills, able to prioritise tasks

A good understanding of safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults


Own transport – as you will be required to move between schools


Training in and experience of managing Safeguarding



A-level equivalent

Degree level qualification

Spiritual & Personal

An active Christian faith which Shares the values and the ethos of the Church of England

Behaves professionally and takes responsibility and initiative to ensure tasks are completed

Is a team player who builds strong relationships

Has a proven track record of encouraging others and helping them blossom and develop their faith

Able to be credible on different levels, eg. with youth and senior school staff

Approachable and friendly


An effective networker


Planted and grown a Christian community

IT Skills

High level of IT proficiency using Microsoft Office and social media. Confidence to manipulate multiple formats of documents using a variety of software

Experience of communicating in the digital landscape


This role is subject to a satisfactory DBS Check.


Closing date: Tuesday 28th May 2024 9am. Interviews: early June


For an informal chat please contact


To apply

Please send your CV and covering letter to


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