Youth Worker – Shoeburyness & Thorpe Bay Baptist Church

Youth Worker – Shoeburyness & Thorpe Bay Baptist Church

STBBC is a vibrant and inclusive Baptist Church at the eastern-edge of Southend-on-Sea. We’re a community of imperfect people seeking to live out the Christian story; to discover faith, sustain hope, and practice love; to offer an opportunity for encounter with Jesus Christ to everyone.

Our community began with a small group of friends meeting in someone’s home in 1910, and now we are a community of 200+ of all ages and backgrounds seeking to grow in our faith and serve our community, believing that with God our future is bigger than our past. We’re committed to working together with like-minded others to build a kinder and fairer community.

Our STBBC values are Adventure, Generosity, Reflection, and Sanctuary, and we have an agreed statement of inclusion. It is expected that all members of the STBBC staff team are fully supportive of these.

The church has a good heart for, and long standing history of, supporting and resourcing, youth work and this role is key to developing this area of church life. It is anticipated that as part of their work, the Youth Worker will lead on our partnership with Shoeburyness High School, develop a heart for mission and discipleship in our young people, and be keen to engage theologically with the challenges of youth work and contemporary mission.

We are seeking someone with the right skills, experience, and enthusiasm to help us develop our youth ministry across the board. We want someone who will bring great people skills, creativity and energy to the role, and who will make our young people, and the young people of our community, their priority.

We anticipate this role needing between 25 – 37.5 hours a week (full-time) and will all consider applications that can work within these hours.

Job Title: Youth Worker
Line Manager: Lead Pastor

Main purpose of the role

To lead our 11-18s ministries, deepening discipleship with those already in the church, and engaging in frontline mission with those who are not.

Key objectives and tasks

  • Leading our midweek and Sunday youth groups
  • Co-ordinating and developing the church’s connection with Shoeburyness High School, including supporting students and staff
  • Developing groups and initiatives that will help STBBC connect with the young people in our community.
  • Working with the Lead Pastor to ensure that the youth work is integrated with the wider mission and ministry of STBBC.
  • Working with the Pastor for Children & Families on 10-12s work, ensuring a good transition from children’s to youth work for our young people
  • Being part of the MUNCH (food in the school holidays) project team
  • Working with the Mental Health Youth Support Worker on groups and events that will support the wellbeing of our young people
  • Supporting and resourcing our youth work volunteers
  • Praying for our young people and pastorally supporting them
  • Supporting the work of the Seniors and Company Sections of Boys & Girls Brigade
  • Regular involvement in STBBC services and meetings


General staff duties

  • Regular attendance at STBBC Sunday worship
  • Attendance at staff meetings, planning days and training
  • Welcoming guests and dealing with enquiries as required


Working Hours

The role is for 25-37.5 hours a week, and will include evening and weekend work, Church Weekend, staff development and training events. There is 5.6 weeks annual leave, including Bank and Public Holidays.


The role is being offered with a pro-rata salary of £23,250-£26,000 depending on skills, training and experience.

Key criteria

  • There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post-holder is a Christian
  • Candidates should have previous experience in youth work, either as a volunteer or in a paid role.
  • It is essential that the Youth Worker is good with people, both inside and outside the church
  • We are looking for someone who is a team player, an encourager, and someone who is committed to ongoing learning and development
  • We would hope and expect that all members of our team would have a generous and hospitable heart, and would be willing to take risks and try new things



Please send a covering letter and profile/CV and the names and contact details for 2 referees to

Closing date: 2pm on Friday 17th February 2023
Shortlisting: 20th February 2023
Interviews: 1st March 2023

The role as outlined above will take effect as soon as possible and will have a 3- month probationary period.

As part of our safer recruitment policies, the successful applicant will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.

Information & Questions

More information about STBBC can be found on our website ( or on our Facebook page (

If you have any questions or would like to arrange to talk with one of our Pastors about the role, please contact Nicky Snoad (EA to the Lead Pastor) via or 01702 292620.

Jamie Langstone