Pastoral and Administrative Assistant – Student Soul

Pastoral and Administrative Assistant


  • Permanent role, from February 2020.
  • Averaging 8 hours per week
  • Flexible as to whether this is worked over the whole year, or February – November.


  • Collaborative support role alongside Student Soul minister, including offering pastoral care and administrative support
  • Room for creativity, experimentation and adaptation to strengths and passions
  • Specific goals to be set with the minister. (These will be aligned with Student Soul goals for each semester and adjusted as needed, by mutual agreement.)
  • Pay rate is $21.15 per hour (living wage) + 5% Kiwisaver, reviewed annually


  • Pastoral presence at Sunday evening services and other key events (such as camp).
    (Approx. 2 hours per week)
  • Administrative support
    • Coordinate roster system for services (setup and pack-down) and aid with the recruitment of people into these roles (where needed)
    • Help manage social media pages
    • Develop and maintain student database
    • Involvement in Sunday evening setup and pack-down (when necessary)
    • Other administrative tasks as required (including shopping, general office administration)
    • (Approx. 1.5 hours per week)
  • Pastoral care and small groups
    • Provide pastoral care (both proactively and responsively), particularly for female students
    • Help to develop pastoral care networks, including via small groups and by facilitating connections between students
    • Assist in the ongoing training and support of small group leaders
    • (Approx. 3 hours per week)
  • Team/reporting/supervision
    • Meet weekly with minister
    • Attend monthly Student Soul Oversight Team meetings
    • Bi-monthly supervision
    • (Approx. 1.5 hour per week)


  • Deep personal faith, and commitment and attention to ongoing spiritual growth
  • Desire to help young people develop and grow in Christian faith
  • Successful experience of tertiary education (degree may still be in progress)
  • Team player, with well-developed interpersonal skills
  • Pastoral competency (including listening skills), and passion for others’ flourishing
  • Able to coordinate (and demonstrate appreciation of) volunteers
  • Administrative ability
  • Proactive around hospitality and welcome
  • Ability to set and maintain appropriate personal boundaries
  • Commitment and attention to self-care.


  • Mental Health (MH) 101 course, or equivalent, already completed or to be undertaken as soon as possible.
  • While no formal pastoral qualifications are required, the successful applicant can apply for fees-funding for one University paper per year in a related area (e.g., in 2020: Pastoral Care or Spirituality and Mental Health.) (Funding is for (domestic) fees only: study to be done in their own time.)


  • Send your application to
  • Please supply a cover letter outlining your interest and suitability for the role, and an up-to-date C.V.
  • Thank you for your interest. We will let you know of the outcome as soon as possible

Tom Mepham

Tom Mepham is the full-time minister of Student Soul. He received his Diploma in Ministry from the Knox Centre of Ministry and Leadership in December 2019, prior to which he graduated with a Bachelor of Theology from Otago University in 2017. He is a member of the Southern Presbytery, part of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. Tom is also a writing and performing member of Black Boy Peaches, an alternative/contemporary pop rock act, based in Dunedin NZ.

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