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Woodmen Valley Chapel

Research Assistant

Woodmen Valley Chapel
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

Date Posted: 01/09/2009
Categories: Secretarial/Office
Denominations: Non-Denominational
Church Size: 5001 to 7500
Job Type: Part-Time

Job Description:

The Research Assistant assists the Senior Pastor with the use and organization of resources related to short- and long-term sermon preparation. This part-time support position reports to the Director, Office of the Senior Pastor.


A. Textual and Information Research
1. Assist in the research of upcoming sermon topics
2. Remain alert to information pertinent to upcoming sermon texts and topics
3. Conduct specific ministry-related research assignments when requested
B. Illustration Discovery and Management
1. Develop a system for filing new and existing illustrations
2. Develop a system of recording illustrations that have been used at WVC since September 2001
3. Discover and retrieve illustrations from the internet, media, the arts, Sr. Pastor’s library, and various
software and internet tools (e.g., Libronix, Bible Illustrator, Preaching Today, classic and popular
books, movies, etc.)
C. Library Management
1. Keep Sr. Pastor’s library catalogue current. This will include (a) entering current books that are not yet
in the database, and (b) reviewing existing books and updating the search engine keywords that will
help in future research.
2. Propose book purchases that would draw on Sr. Pastor’s book expense account
3. Provide book summaries when requested
4. Remain alert regarding new books of all types
D. Resource File Management
1. Keep Sr. Pastor’s Resource File current
2. Manage Sr. Pastor’s subscriptions to periodicals, including the elimination of unused or unhelpful
periodicals and the addition of new periodicals
3. Review articles within current and incoming periodicals, making the determination to (a) discard the
article, (b) file the article without Sr. Pastor’s review, or (c) file the article after exposing it to Sr. Pastor
for informational purposes only (this would provide article awareness to the Sr. Pastor before filing)
E. Current Events Updates
1. Assist Sr. Pastor in maintaining an awareness of pertinent happenings for both U.S. and international
2. Provide periodic news summaries when requested and specified
F. Sermon Awareness
1. Carefully and critically listen to Sr. Pastor’s message to increase understanding of pastor’s sermon
style and illustration use
2. Listen and provide feedback analysis to messages on CD when unavailable to attend weekend
3. Keep a personal CD collection for the Sr. Pastor of all WVC messages
4. Maintain the notebook of all WVC Sermon Notes
G. Teaching Media Organization
1. Organize Sr. Pastor Tapes, CD’s, and videos from other teachers and ministries
H. Other duties as requested


A. Education/Experience
1. Spiritual gifts of administration and helps
2. Ability to do research on the Internet
3. Ability to gain proficiency in several computer software programs, including Libronix, Filemaker Pro,
and Bible Illustrator
4. Required: working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
5. A team player who will work for the good of the overall ministry while supporting the specific needs of
the Sr. Pastor
6. Associated professional research skills and abilities
7. Desired: BA in Biblical Studies or Biblical Research and/or graduate level work in Biblical Studies or
related areas of study
8. Demonstrates an ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ through regular prayer, Bible Study, and
worship attendance
9. A member of Woodmen Valley Chapel who supports the vision and values, as well as contributes time
and tithes