The Assimilation/Volunteer Director (AVD) is a leadership position reporting directly to the Small Groups Pastor. Below are some of the responsibilities of this person:
Assimilation Minsitry Responsibilities
- Engage and assist people to assimilate in the next step of their journey with Jesus: salvation, baptism, membership (Dinner with the Pastors and Discovering Hope), and/or leadership development (Shepherds Training).
- Meet and discuss baptism with those needing baptism as a Next Step.
- Oversee, budget for and plan all Dinner with the Pastors (membership) events gathering table hosts and volunteers to assist prior to and during the event night.
- Edit and maintain the teaching curriculum for Discovering Hope (Membership) as well as oversee the logistics of the actual meeting day.
- Ascertain through personal relationships, information from staff and/or pastors and from connection cards members needing to take the Next Step of leadership development that is Shepherd’s Training.
- Keep accurate and up-to-date data on any person requesting information on baptism, membership, as well as any leadership training offered by Hope.
- Triage and respond to Sunday's Connection Card information in a quick and responsible time period from the previous weekend.
- Be responsible for the team imputing all data from the weekend connection cards and ensuring the accuracy of every card compared to information currently in the database.
- Create, recruit and maintain teams who will weekly contact those checking an interest from the weekend’s connection cards.
Volunteer Ministry Responsibilities
- Working with the department leaders and/or pastors to create a dynamic list of volunteer needs for the church while determining a general sense of priorities.
- Evaluate ministry programs for their volunteer needs, along with their ability to use and care for volunteers.
- Establish and maintain healthy relationships with congregational members and ministry leaders across campuses and departments.
- Work along side staff members involved in the assimilation process to insure new members are active in the ministries of the church.
- Strengthen Fellowship One records to consistently capture and maintain information about congregational skills and ministry interests.
- Help connect members and regular attenders with known ministry needs.
- Keep volunteer needs before the congregation.
- Insure that new volunteers in targeted areas are well trained.
- Insure that volunteers are appropriately connected to existing department staff and structures for maximum ministry effectiveness.
- Insure that volunteers are appropriately thanked and encouraged.
- Evaluate the work of volunteers to insure that work is of appropriate quality and that resources are used effectively.
- Respond to volunteer inquiries coming in to the church office or on the weekly connection card.
This position is not necessarily a pastor position, but obviously can be. The AVD will lead the charge for recruitment and training for both areas.