Challenge Captain job description

In brief

  • Take a lead role and support overall leaders and others to co-ordinate operations and logistics at Bridgwater, ensuring that everything runs smoothly
  • Take responsibility for the activity programme
  • Support overall leaders and other leaders to fulfill their roles

To do what exactly?

  • Pray for leaders and members – before, during and after Bridgwater
  • Plan and lead activities – making sure these are safe and enjoyed by all
  • Be rota’d for leading meals, giving notices, washing up, preparing the meeting room, daily closedown etc
  • Sensitively help tribe leaders enforce ‘quiet’ at night
  • Ensure safety and risk assessment policies are applied at all times
  • Meet with other senior leaders to discuss and pray about how Bridgwater is going
  • React appropriately to unforeseen events making sure overall leaders are informed immediately
  • Ensure tribe leaders have appropriate information for activities, including risk assessments and that activities are logged daily
  • Supervise the operation of the Bridgwater bank, ensuring that those directly responsible operate them well


  • You are part of the senior leadership team at Bridgwater – ensuring that members and leaders are happy and getting the most out of Bridgwater
  • One of the most important aspects of your role is to ensure overall leaders are informed and supported about all aspects of Bridgwater
  • You must always be aware of the responsibility of your role, but also be sensitive to the direct relationship that tribe and dorm leaders have with “their” members

And for everyone

  • Your relationship with God will be really important as you serve Him and other people at Bridgwater
  • Look out for the needs of others and try to care for members and leaders with practical, emotional and prayer support

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10

What’s expected of leaders

The qualities we expect from all our leaders are based on what the Bible teaches about the characteristics that Christian leaders should embody and demonstrate. Leaders should:

  • Accept Jesus as their personal Saviour and be willing to share their faith
  • Accept the authority of the Bible as the Word of God
  • Relate well to children and young people
  • Be prepared to work hard and practise servant leadership
  • Be prepared to work as part of a team and give loyalty to overall leaders
  • Regularly attend a Christian place of worship
  • Be of good Christian conduct and follow biblical teaching in relation to money, sex etc

Leading at Bridgwater is a fulfilling and rewarding area of Christian service. Come prepared to give lots of yourself and expect to receive lots from God too.

Being a leader will be great fun and an amazing experience! Of course it will be tiring, and you’ll need to sacrifice personal time and space; but it’s a fantastic opportunity to be involved in changing the lives of young people, form life-long friendships, challenge yourself with new activities and be refreshed, renewed and inspired in your own faith.

How can you get the balance right and make sure you survive to the end of the holiday? The key is to remember that you’re in a team. Other leaders on site will support you in practical ways and pray for you too. If you’re feeling under pressure do share with others in your area of the holiday – they will be sympathetic and will find ways to help.