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Gospel Trainee role at Grace Church Wakefield starting Sept 2017 (this can be flexible)

About the Role

Grace Church Wakefield (GCW) is a plant from Dewsbury Evangelical Church (DEC) which has been in formation for the past three years.

GCW was initiated as a response to a clear gospel need for a healthy and growing Bible-centred church in Wakefield, a regionally important city in West Yorkshire lacking such a witness. Our ambition is to work to see healthy churches established in the gospel across our city and region for the glory of Jesus Christ.

We are explicitly ‘word-centred’. We trust the word of God to do its work of bringing new life and maturity to men and women as it is faithfully taught (2 Tim 4:2). We also place a strong emphasis on church being a community which is a light to the world around us (Matthew 5:14) and the local church being ‘on mission’ in the wider community (Matt 28:18-20). 

We currently comprise of a planting team of 17 adults, and our morning congregation is presently about 20 adults and fifteen children. The majority, though not all, of the team are young adults with children. We have already made a lot of connections with our local community. We have this year run events such as a Bonfire Night party, a Carols service (we had at least 60 people present), regular social men’s and women’s nights, Easter events and we are about to start our first Christianity Explored course.

The church plant is pastored by Ian Goodson, who is married to Lydia with three young children. He is employed part-time by DEC to lead GCW.

We are currently in the process of applying to be a ‘recognised plant’ with the FIEC and we are members of the Yorkshire Gospel Partnership.



A bit about Wakefield, in West Yorkshire. For those of you down south, we’re only 2 hours from London on the train. Phew! In fact we have several members of the team who are from the south (including the pastor!) and they love it! Wakefield is a busy regional small city. Officially 77,000, we estimate the population to be closer to 110,000. It is the administrative hub for the local authority (approx. 350,000 people), West Yorkshire police and Yorkshire ambulance and is a key centre for retail across the region. We are on the East Coast main line for trains and very close to the M1 and M62 motorways and the A1. Wakefield’s economy is historically rooted in manufacturing and trade. Whilst the decline in industry caused many places like Wakefield to suffer, there are many signs of recovery in Wakefield with a huge amount of public and private investment in the city, such as redeveloped railway stations, a new shopping centre and the renowned The Hepworth gallery. And if you want to dip into the glamour of a big city, we’re only ten minutes by train from Leeds. Our website tells you more about the city (


The role

A distinctive of our Trainee role is the opportunity to work up-close with a lead church planter at the coalface of gospel ministry. We envisage the role will include no more than a day’s administrative tasks, but this will be in the shape of ‘Personal Assistant’ style work as you support Ian with gospel ministry opportunities throughout the year as they arrive.

The role is flexible enough to be shaped around your own character, gifts and interests in ministry. Although we are a small planting situation, we could give you experience and training in many forms of ministry, such as children and families work, one-to-one Bible Studies, occasional preaching, front-line evangelism, pastoral care, fundraising, leadership, music and more. We will also provide a package of training suitable for you through a scheme such as Crosslands (Formerly Porterbrook -

We aim to start the scheme in September 2017, though we can be flexible with this.

We aim to provide a bursary of approximately £6,000 for the year (to be confirmed). There will be the option of you taking some local part-time work so long as it does not clash with church ministry. You may wish to also bring your own source of funding. There are some options around accommodation we can explore with you. 

We are not looking for the ‘perfect person’ with an impressive skill set. We are looking for a humble Christian who love the Lord Jesus. The successful candidate will be over 18, a committed evangelical Christian who can provide a commendation from their current church, enthusiastic about our core convictions and practices, and be willing to commit to a year under the leadership and direction of the local church leadership, willing to give themselves to the community life of the church, and desiring to grow in faith and godliness.


Expressions of interest or any questions should be sent to Ian Goodson: or tel. 07817 213660