Young Person’s Worker | The Salvation Army

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Young Person’s Worker

Newtown, Wellington

Full-time role

Are you passionate about working with children and do you love finding creative ways to connect people to church and faith? Here’s your chance to join a passionate, focused team in a super-cool community!

Newtown is a cosmopolitan and multicultural creative community, close to the airport, extensive green spaces and the zoo, with plenty of cool cafés, shops and markets.

The Salvation Army’s Worship and Community Centre in Newtown is home to Wellington South Corps, Wellington Community Ministries, an Early Childhood Education Centre, a Bridge addictions treatment programme, Recovery Church … and more! The corps also runs a longstanding and valued Playgroup ministry.

Our centre values are:

  • Ngaiotanga: Doing our job in the best possible way. We strive to build capability across all services through innovation and creativity;
  • Kotahitanga/Manaakitanga: Collaboration and unity/caring for and valuing others. We walk with people to see Wairua Tapu released, bringing transformation and developing faith;
  • Kaitiakitanga: Guardianship. We aim to be excellent stewards of all provisions in our kete;
  • Whanaungatanga: Relationships. We seek to build an integrated centre with robust internal and external relationships.

We offer hope, demonstrate love and help people explore faith, connecting and journeying with them to provide support and a place to belong. Our Young Person's worker will align themselves with this kaupapa by helping connect children to Jesus and developing relationships that help families get involved in the faith activities and social services that make up daily life at The Salvation Army in Newtown.

We’re looking for someone who connects well with children, who understands how to recruit and empower volunteers, and who plays well with others — because we’re committed to a collaborative and healthy team environment. 

Networking is a key aspect of this role. You’ll serve as part of the Playgroup team, get involved in the life of our Early Childhood Education Centre, and cultivate connections with our local primary and intermediate schools, forming part of the ‘relational glue’ that helps families feel a sense of belonging to the wider Salvation Army in Newtown.

Your creativity will shine in organising six-weekly Sunday Family Services, plus you’ll be part of the team that puts together regular community-friendly social events. You’ll speak into our inter-generational Sunday service planning to ensure it is inclusive of children, and you’ll coordinate opportunities for children to contribute to Sunday worship experiences.

Two development projects are associated with this role: helping us establish a junior youth group, and working with other stakeholders to establish Junior Soldier discipleship training. We’re not necessarily expecting you to lead these groups, but we do want you to take a lead in conversations and planning around these.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a team committed to a culture of integrated mission across our centre. Join us and together we’ll make a difference for the Kingdom of God, celebrating evidence of transformation in people’s lives every day.


We also hope to employ someone with proven experience in children/youth work, but energy, skills and enthusiasm to deliver on our vision for this role are just as important to us.

To request a job description, email Mission Services Manager Lili Tuioti:

Applications must include a CV and a cover letter that includes a statement about your personal approach to working with young people. We also want to hear how you would approach some of the specifics of this role.

Closing date

Applications close by 5 pm Friday, 31 January 2020.