Church on the Margins: seeking a community facilitator

Help build a 'community of praxis' among churches in Sheffield

Church Action on Poverty is looking for a freelance facilitator to coordinate a ‘Community of Praxis’ in Sheffield.

Our Church on the Margins work seeks to promote the idea of a ‘Church of the Poor’: a church of justice, inclusivity and welcome. The Community of Praxis will function as a network for people who are involved in church activism, estate ministry, people from church congregations, inclusive church, alternative church and those who want to make church a more welcoming place for all.

Our Church on the Margins works has a number of strands, including: research; theology; communities of praxis; sharing stories; training; and sharing the vision.

Communities of Praxis: building community

We are planning to establish Communities of Praxis in a number of regions. We will use social networking and face-to-face meetings to connect churches involved in Church on the Margins activities and help them to share stories, ideas and reflections. We will produce Church on the Margins stories, resources and activities.

The role of facilitators will vary in different regions, some of the activities they will be responsible for include: organising local meetings, ‘retreats on the streets’, days of reflection/regional gatherings and workshops. We have developed a series of workshops that can be used by churches/groups to learn and reflect together on faith, poverty and action.

There will be a dedicated area on the Church Action on Poverty website for Church on the Margins/ Communities of Praxis. There will also be a connection with our Voices from the Margins project and website, helping people to see the links between real grassroots experiences and the ways churches can reflect and respond.

We will also provide resources for churches to use in worship and discussion – drawing together existing materials and new ones generated by our theology collective and the Centre for Theology and Justice.

See for more background information.

Key responsibilities

  • Establish and coordinate a community of praxis in Sheffield (organise and advertise meetings, recruit individuals and organisations): with a view to recruiting 6-10 churches/groups and establishing a Community of Praxis that will continue to meet after the facilitator role has ended.
  • Plan a day of reflection and/or a regional gathering. We have produced a set of resources for use by churches and groups that the facilitator can use to help people to reflect and take action. The facilitator could also train people from local churches to use these resources.
  • Gather 3-4 stories from local churches (e.g. stories and experiences from churches that are on the margins, ‘alternative’ churches, engaged with their local communities, etc.)

The contract will initially be for 12 days (spread over a number of months, starting in January 2019) paid at a rate of £150 per 7 hour day.  Reasonable phone and travel expenses will also be payable.

Person specification


  • Experience of facilitating groups (preferably in a church context)
  • Good administrative and IT skills (experience of MS Office/e-mail, etc.)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience of church work (e.g. in a parish setting, church leadership, etc.)


  • Knowledge of churches and networks working in deprived areas of Sheffield
  • Experience of leading theological reflection


Please send your CV and a covering letter to:

Church on the Margins
Church Action on Poverty
28 Sandpiper Court
Water's Edge Business Park
Modwen Road
M5 3EZ

Closing date: 5pm on 4 January 2019

Interviews will be held in Sheffield in January (date to be confirmed).

Enquiries: Contact Sarah Purcell on or 0161 872 9294.

Church Action On Poverty, Unit 28 Sandpiper Court, Water’s Edge Business Park, Modwen Road, Salford M5 3EZ

Telephone 0161 872 9294 or email

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