Ministry Opportunities

Chief Executive Officer

A unique opportunity exists to lead and further develop the work of inland mission conducted by the Presbyterian Church of Australia.

Status: Full Time Position
Location: Sydney / Brisbane / Melbourne
Salary Package: Available on request
Applications close: Friday 29th April 2022

About Us:
The Presbyterian Inland Mission (PIM) is a disciple making organisation that engages, equips, and encourages inland communities in Christian mission through partnerships with local churches throughout Australia. We coordinate ministry teams who work in diverse environments, and with a variety of people to make disciples for Jesus Christ.

PIM is establishing its home at a property at Ardlethan, NSW. This is being developed as a place where all God’s people can be inspired, equipped and sent out to proclaim Jesus Christ to those living in remote and rural localities.

PIM conducts a number of patrol-based ministries, works actively and cooperatively alongside Presbyteries and local churches that have mission reach to the inland and provides personnel and other resources to help specific local churches reach out further than they could do on their own.

PIM is governed by a committee of the Presbyterian Church of Australia that emphasises outward vision, strategic leadership, proactivity, and collective decision making.

About the Role:
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for leading, executing and managing all activities of the PIM, including the resources of the mission. By policy, the CEO is the committees only link to PIM’s operational achievement and conduct. The authority and accountability of all staff also rests with the CEO.

Given recent strategic change, the CEO must have proven skills in advancing mission objectives, as well as communication, financial management and planning, and care of personnel.

About You:
The applicant must be an active member in good standing of a Christian church and able to affirm the reformed faith as stated in the Westminster Confession of Faith.

Professionally, you must have strong business acumen with proven ability in team leadership. You must have exceptional communication skills and strong financial management experience. You must be able to work with a geographically spread team and be prepared to travel regularly and extensively.

Key Selection Criteria

  • A background in strategic and organisational leadership
  • Familiarity with working within legislative compliance processes
  • An ability to undertake detailed planning that delivers outcomes
  • Strong financial management experience
  • Resource management experience
  • An ability to provide committee administrative support
  • An ability to build and sustain organisational relationships

Essential Selection Criteria

  • A commitment to membership of the Presbyterian Church of Australia
  • A sincere commitment to the doctrines contained in the Westminster Confession of Faith as amended by the PCA
  • Senior leadership experience
  • Proven experience in setting, planning and delivering outcomes
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven capacity to work with external stakeholders
  • Ability to provide pastoral care of key personnel and to promote the pastoral welfare of people served by PIM
  • Appropriate State Working With Children Check / Police check

Desirable

  • Experience in remote or rural ministry
  • Previous experience working with a Committee or Board
  • Bachelor’s or post graduate qualification in Business, Finance or Management.
  • Completed theological qualification
  • Developed skill in teaching biblical truth and preaching

For further information please contact Rev Vaughan Smith via email at [email protected] or on +61 0413 208 731, or Martin de Pyle via email at [email protected]

To apply, please email the Rev Vaughan Smith [email protected] for a full job description and letter detailing the application requirements.

Applications close: Friday 29th April 2022.


Snowy Mountains Patrol Worker

An exciting opportunity has arisen to establish a new disciple-making ministry in the remote Snowy Mountains area of SE NSW and East Gippsland VIC. In the mountainous border area between Victoria and NSW, there are few, if any, Bible teaching churches and very little Gospel witness. A suitable worker for the Presbyterian Inland Mission is being sought to carry out a mobile vehicle-based patrol ministry in this area.

Status: Full Time Position
Location: NSW / VIC (within the patrol area)
Salary Package: Available on request
Applications close: 6 May 2022

About us:

The Presbyterian Inland Mission (PIM) is a disciple making organisation that engages, equips, and encourages inland communities in Christian mission through partnerships with local churches throughout Australia. We coordinate ministry teams who work in diverse environments, and with a variety of people to make disciples for Jesus Christ.

PIM is establishing its home at a property at Ardlethan, NSW. This is being developed as a place where all God’s people can be inspired, equipped and sent out to proclaim Jesus Christ to those living in remote and rural localities.

PIM conducts a number of patrol-based ministries, works actively and cooperatively alongside Presbyteries and local churches that have mission reach to the inland and provides personnel and other resources to help specific local churches reach out further than they could do on their own.

PIM is governed by a committee of the Presbyterian Church of Australia that emphasises outward vision, strategic leadership, proactivity, and collective decision making.

About the Role:

The Snowy Mountains Patrol Worker role is a frontline ministry focused on evangelism and discipling amongst people living in the Snowy Mountains area. The Snowy Mountains Patrol Worker will seek to intentionally share the Gospel with local people and build up existing believers. They will also be regularly called upon to provide Christian pastoral care in a wide range of situations.

The Snowy Mountains Patrol worker will carry out a mobile vehicle-based patrol ministry radiating from the Bombala township. The worker will be required to regularly travel on overnight patrols, visiting people living in remote areas within the area.

The Snowy Mountains Patrol Worker will report to the CEO.

Primary Areas of Focus:

Evangelism:
The Patrol worker will devote considerable effort towards seeking out opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Where those opportunities do not naturally arise, the worker will prayerfully and thoughtfully seek to create these opportunities.

Edification:
The Patrol worker will actively seek out followers of Jesus Christ in the Snowy Mountains area to encourage and disciple them on in their faith. This includes supporting new/young believers to grow in their love for Jesus, understanding of the Word, and abilities to share Christ, and working with mature believers to provide encouragement, resources and connections with others. From time to time, the worker will lead people in public worship and preach from the Word in either an impromptu situation or as part of a regular church service.

Pastoral Care:
The Patrol worker must be sensitive to the emotional, spiritual and practical needs of the people whom they minister amongst. Where situations of unmet pastoral and practical needs are identified, the worker will bring love, grace and wisdom into the situation in an appropriate manner that serves those in need.

About You:

The applicant for this role must have a solid understanding of Scripture and Reformed Theology, developed through formal theological education, or by disciplined self-study.

The applicant is expected to have proven abilities in evangelism, discipling and pastoral care, including experience in preaching. The applicant must also be willing to continually develop their ministry skills and knowledge over the course of the role.

The applicant must be self-motivated and willing to establish creative ways to introduce people to Jesus Christ. They must be a relationally orientated person with evangelistic drive who can quickly build rapport with local people.

Key Selection Criteria

  • A thorough understanding of the Christian Gospel, and a solid and growing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that is lived out daily and effectively communicated with others
  • A life and work background that helps to understand and connect with the local culture of the area in meaningful ways
  • Reformed theological convictions, and if not completed already, willing to commence a theological course of study
  • Relational and evangelistic skills to communicate the Gospel with people who have never heard it before
  • Ability to disciple other Christians to grow in their faith, Christian maturity and ability to share the Gospel with others
  • Ability to exercise effective Christian pastoral care in a range of contexts, with a variety of people, with limited immediate external support
  • Ability to assist congregations by planning and supporting worship services, as well as leading services and preaching
  • Written and verbal communication skills that translate to public speaking and writing to the wider church about the ministry
  • Biblically qualified to be an elder within the PCA
  • Able to travel in remote areas with regular overnight stays
  • Competent in operating and travelling in a 4WD vehicle
  • Willing to relocate to a suitable small town in the patrol area.

Desirable

  • A wife who is willing and able to work alongside as her commitments allow, using her unique gifts and skills to add considerable value to this ministry

For further information please contact Andrew Letcher via email on [email protected] or call 0438 868 964

Applications close: 6 May 2022


New Dunesk Gap Year

Work on the land. Serve in the church. Grow in your faith.

The New Dunesk Gap Year is an exciting opportunity for young people to grow in their faith and build practical farm and ministry skills, allowing them to share in PIM’s vision to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in remote and sparsely populated areas of Australia.

  • Develop a whole range of useful farm skills, including fencing, driving and maintaining a range of vehicles, firearm handling, and managing livestock. You might even pick up a truck licence, first aid qualifications and take a course in chainsaw operation.
  • Grow as a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ and deepen your theological understanding through structured study as part of the Timothy Partnership course.
  • Help out with different events at New Dunesk during the yearwhere you’ll develop your relational and leadership skills as you work alongside the New Dunesk manager to help events run smoothly.
  • Become actively involved in the life of the local Presbyterian Church, and develop skills in leading Bible studies, worship service leading, and community evangelism. You might even help with SRE in the local school, or learn to preach a basic sermon.

Applications are now open for our mid-year intake.
For further information, or to apply, email [email protected]


Dates
The Gap Year is a full time, live-on program that accepts participants in early February and Early July each year. You can participate in the program for either a full year or 6 months.  

Timothy Partnership Academic Studies in Theology Certiciate (ASTC)
An important part of the New Dunesk Gap Year includes the completion of the Academic Studies in Theology Certificate (ASTC), delivered by the Timothy Partnership.

The ASTC is intended to be an introduction to theological studies and prepares Gappies for future study if desired.

The course consists of 8 subjects:
• Introduction to Study Skills
• Developing Study Skills
• Old Testament
• New Testament
• Christian Belief
• Plus 3 electives, that include such subject areas as pastoral care, teaching RE, and leadership.

Gappies will complete 6 of the 8 subjects over the course of the year (or 3 subjects for 6 month participants). They will then need to complete the remaining subjects after the program to be awarded the full Academic Studies in Theology Certificate.

More information on the ASTC can be found here

Field placement
Each Gappie undertakes placement of 4-6 weeks on another rural property to gain wider experience in the agricultural industry. The placement could be anywhere within Australia, and helps to broaden both the agricultural and church experiences of each Gappie, so that they can better consider where they might like to live, work and serve in the future.

End of year employment options
Upon completion of the program, we endeavour to help our Gappies gain paid seasonal employment in harvest and grain handling work in the wider Ardlethan area. This seasonal work not only provides Gappies with an income, but also helps to build an employment history and additional skills.

Cost
$12,000 for a full year*
$6,000 for a half year*
*You may be eligible for AUSTUDY or Youth Allowance which covers much of this cost. Those not eligible should contact us to discuss other financial options.

The cost of the program includes:

  • On site accommodation (excluding meals)
  • 6 subjects for the Timothy Partnership Academic Studies in Theology Certificate (ASTC). (3 subjects for 6 month participants).
  • A variety of training, operating and safety courses relevant to the work performed.
  • Travel expenses for placements on other properties.

Living arrangements
Gappies live onsite at New Dunesk, our 600 acre farm in Ardlethan, NSW in a caravan or similar type accommodation at the property’s campground. The New Dunesk manager and family live nearby in the property homestead.