Your Life as a Pastoral Assistant: Terms & Conditions

What we expect from you…

The post of Pastoral Assistant offers a broad range of opportunities for ministry and mission depending on experience and ability. The precise nature of the work will depend on the Parish in which you are based but in general terms it will include:

Worship and Prayer

  • Sharing fully in the Parish’s life of Prayer including attendance at the Daily Office and Mass
  • Sharing the leadership of the Daily Office and other non-Eucharistic worship
  • Preaching up to once a month (depending on background and experience)
  • Leading intercessions at the Eucharist
  • Being a minister of Holy Communion and taking Communion to the sick

Teaching and Nurture

  • Sharing the leadership of study groups and nurture groups
  • Developing projects with children and young people and contributing to existing ones, including residential holidays
  • Sharing the leadership of First Communion and Confirmation classes
  • Participating in the life of one of our schools (for example leading assemblies, accompanying out of school classes, offering classroom assistance or leading an after-school club)
  • Developing newcomers’ events
  • Visiting members of the congregation in their homes and supporting the clergy in their pastoral responsibilities
  • Developing and nurturing the gifts of the laity

Service and Care

This will depend very much on the specific needs and context of the Parish, but may include:

  • Working with the homeless, for example running a winter night-shelter for rough-sleepers
  • Assisting the clergy with chaplaincy work, for example in a local hospital or mental health facility or with the YMCA
  • Supporting the development of the church’s own community projects
  • Volunteering with other groups and organisations that support the vulnerable, for example older people and those with mental health problems
  • Representing the church at community meetings


  • Helping with the preparation of the weekly newsletter
  • Producing posters and publicity
  • Producing Orders of Service

Personal Qualities

The person appointed will be:

  • Enthusiastic
  • Energetic
  • Able to take initiative
  • Flexible
  • A good communicator
  • Self-aware
  • Looking to grow in faith and in the ability to communicate it
  • At home with people from diverse backgrounds and with complex needs
  • Willing to live in community with other Pastoral Assistants
  • Organised

What we offer you in return…

The parish provides

  • An appointment of one year from 1st September to 31st July
  • Rent-free accommodation (including council tax, gas, electricity and water) The Pastoral Assistant will pay for his/her own food, personal telephone calls and house insurance
  • A weekly contribution of £110 towards personal costs and food
  • The reimbursement of all working expenses
  • Regular supervision with a member of the Clergy team and other ongoing support
  • Membership of a staff team with a commitment to the daily office, regular staff meetings and occasional social events
  • Commitment to training and professional development including monthly Formation sessions and monthly theological study input
  • Support and guidance in negotiating the Ordination selection process
  • An annual retreat
  • One day off per week
  • Four weeks holiday

Please note that appointments will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure.