Ambassador to Churches – South West
In this new and vital role, Ambassadors to Churches will partner with Christian Aid in the fight against poverty. We are seeking pro-active individuals who are well connected in the local church community to raise awareness of issues that affect the world’s poorest communities. Committed to the values and vision of Christian Aid, they will share stories about the work of Christian Aid’s partner organisations and inspire people to make a difference by giving, taking action, and praying for change. Where appropriate, they help people to make connections between their faith and issues of poverty and justice.
As part of Christian Aid’s regional team you will have the opportunity to use and develop your presentation skills, put your faith into action and help to promote justice in the world.
What will I do?
- Prioritising churches that are yet to engage with Christian Aid, you will use your church contacts, and networking abilities to secure new speaking and preaching opportunities for Christian Aid.
- Prepare and deliver talks and/or sermons on the work of Christian Aid, in a variety of settings. This could include church services or smaller sessions with groups.
- Encourage people to support the work of Christian Aid through giving their time and money, taking action and praying.
- Promote Christian Aid’s resources and materials.
- You may also be asked to prepare and lead services, though that is not an essential part of the role.
As representatives of Christian Aid, Ambassadors to Churches should ensure that their message is consistent with Christian Aid’s purpose and values. It is therefore important that they regularly attend training and use up-to-date resources.
What skills do I need?
- Someone well connected to local churches and networks, able to make a compelling case for supporting the world’s poorest communities
- An ability to speak in a variety of church environments and to contact local church leaders
- An ability to deliver talks and presentations in an engaging way
- An understanding of development issues and a willingness to learn more
- An ability to work alone and as part of a team
- A conviction that issues of justice and development are central to the call of the Christian gospel
- An ability to help people make connections between these issues and their faith
How much time can I give?
- To do this role you would need to be able to give 3.5 - 7 hours a week to make calls and network, and allow time to prepare and deliver around 10 talks per year.
What support will I receive?
- Individual support from the Regional Coordinator
- Speaking and Preaching training
- Ongoing training sessions with other volunteers and Christian Aid staff
- Access to Christian Aid’s published and online resources
- A regular volunteers’ e-newsletter
- Out-of-pocket expenses
Are there any other requirements?
- Volunteers are normally required to attend training at least once a year to ensure that their message is consistent with Christian Aid’s current themes
- It is helpful, but not essential, to have your own transport
How can I find out more?
If you would like a conversation about the role, please contact your local Christian Aid Office: For Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset or Wiltshire: Tel: 01454 415923 or For Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire & Isle of Wight: Tel: 023 8070 6969 or
Christian Aid UK registered charity number 1105851 Company number 5171525 Scot Charity Number SC039150
Northern Ireland charity number NIC101631 Company number NI059154
Republic of Ireland charity number 20014162 Company number 426928