Our team are the core support for the ministry, covering all the work that keeps Ellel Ministries running.
We are a community of Christian believers all with a common aim to serve the Body of Christ through the vision of Ellel Ministries.
Being part of the team is a huge privilege as we are facilitating an opportunity for our guests to meet with God and see radical change in their lives through His touch and presence. The privilege of being part of God’s work in a person’s life is priceless! As a team there is something very precious about working and serving together in one unity of heart and passion for the Lord. Obviously, serving the Lord is never without challenges and as rewarding as being on Team can be, team life also carries its own unique challenges and wrestles for each one of us. We encourage the team not to consider life on team as a job or a career but an opportunity to serve the Lord and allow His deep work in your own life while facilitating and making possible, God’s work in the lives of those around you.
From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Ephesians 4:16, ESV
Much of our team are focussed on the ‘welcome’ aspect of our vision as it takes a good-sized team to make centres run efficiently. All of our team have regular work to do, whether that be serving in the house, working in an administrational or managerial role, or in the maintenance/grounds of one of our centres.
Yet, all roles are dual as you will also be expected to fulfil more spiritual elements of your position. This could be leading prayer meetings, Bible studies or worship times, sharing short devotionals with the guests, or helping with courses etc. For those who have attended our training events, there may be opportunities for helping with prayer ministry and teaching.
We expect all of our team members to be motivated by God’s love for others to care for those who come through our doors and for our guests to be the focus of our work.
Every day for our team starts with praying together, we then all move into our workday. Full-time team members generally work eight hours a day, five days a week with breaks given throughout the day. When there are guests in the centre, this means some roles will have longer breaks in the afternoons to compensate for serving dinner etc. in the evenings.
Because we often have guests at the weekends, centres are run on a rota basis so your two days off may be different each week.
The reality of life at an Ellel centre is that the workload ebbs and flows so some weeks may be very busy work-wise and others may be quieter. But there is never a shortage of work so you have to be sensible about your time and how you use your energy.
We encourage all of our team members to attend a local church as and when they can. However, most of our diaries include having guests in on some Sundays so you are unlikely to be able to attend church every week.
Being part of an Ellel team can be intense, particularly for those living in the centre. As such, we encourage team members to use their time off wisely, finding things to do out with the centre and Ellel. For some, they join clubs or groups that suit their hobbies, others like to enjoy walking in the surrounding areas and so on.
Most of our centres are in rural areas so transport can be tricky. However, each centre deals with this in their own way to make it possible for you to get out and about.
We expect all our team members to grow in their personal relationship with God and develop their skills and gifts during their time with us. We offer some training for team members and they are welcome to attend some of the centre’s events in their spare time. Personal healing needs often rise up during service on team, which is all a part of the discipleship and personal growth. We pastorally care for and support our team members and actively encourage the working through of personal issues, alongside fulfilling their role. Being on an Ellel team is a spiritually front-line role and requires a certain amount of resilience to work with us.
We usually ask for a minimum commitment of a year to join the team; shorter commitments can be achieved through voluntary positions.
Most people commit to a year and then review the contract as time moves on. This makes sense… being on team isn’t for everyone and sometimes you just need to try it before you know it will or won’t work out.
Our teams are made up of a whole range of length of service from one year to over thirty years! As time moves on, our team members grow and develop and move into more senior roles. Much of our leadership team are long-serving team members who have grown with the ministry.
Most of our team are offered residential community member positions, with full board accommodation provided on or near the centre. These team members will receive a weekly allowance for personal needs in addition to their accommodation.
Some team members are provided a wage for living in personally financed accommodation away from the centre.
Whilst we are a charitable organisation, we comply with all employment laws within the country of service.
If you wish to apply from a non-UK country, then you will require a Visa to enter the UK. As a ministry, we can sponsor visas for those who are coming primarily to serve as part of the community and to support the spiritual and pastoral aims of the ministry.
If you think the Lord is calling you to serve with us, write to the relevant centre, explaining why you want to join the team and include your CV, however patchy you may think it looks. We take every application seriously and prayerfully.
As a team, we are a wide variety of people with one common goal. There is no one-type of person that makes a good team member, our strength is in our differences.
That said, there are some attributes that are the hallmark of those who make the most of their time on team with us: