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First Baptist Church of Harvester

Pastoral Care Minister

First Baptist Church of Harvester
St. Charles, Missouri, United States

Date Posted: 05/26/2010
Categories: Counseling - Pastoral Care Pastor
Denominations: Baptist --SBC
Church Size: 1501 to 2000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
SUMMARY: To develop and implement an overall strategy to provide care, counseling and support group
ministries. The person in this position will have responsibility for overseeing all aspects of
the Care Ministry including: planning, mobilizing, training, and empowering teams of lay
leaders, together with staff and Christian professionals.

• Develop and support ministry leadership teams and professionals of an expanded Christian counseling ministry.
• Provide ministry leadership and development for all of our church’s care ministries, including support-group ministries such as: Stephen’s Ministry, Celebrate Recovery, Divorce Care, Grief Share, and other similar ministries.
• Provide leadership, support and coordination of the staffs’ activities within and related to the Care Ministry.
• Coordinate and communicate with other Ministry Teams regarding the activities and organization of the Care Ministry.
• Perform ministerial and pastoral responsibilities as well as periodically teach and develop curriculum for church-wide classes and workshops.
• Coordinate with and provide assistance to the care ministry segments of our Deacons Ministry.

Administration and Communication:
• Prepare and/or review internal and external communication for the Care Ministry working with our Communication Team.
• Attend meetings: including staff and ministry team meetings, as well as other ministry leadership meetings as related to the Care Ministry of the church.
• Be knowledgeable of ethical and safe practices that minimize the church’s liability.
• Oversee the required billing and other payments involved in counseling.
• Provide resources, documentation and communication for leadership as directed.
• Develop annual budget for the Care Ministry area and oversee the day-to-day stewardship of the ministry’s budget.
• Work with local agencies in providing care and rehabilitation options.

Care, Counseling and Consultation:
• Make assessments and/or refer to appropriate internal or external care and counseling resources.
• Develop, plan and oversee the expansion of our Christian counseling ministry through expanded lay involvement, incorporation of spiritual direction and healing prayer and utilization of certified professionals.
• Train and supervise counseling personnel and support group facilitators in the Care Ministry of the church.

Volunteers and Lay Leadership:
• Identify, recruit and train necessary leadership for the Care Ministry.
• Collaborate with ministry lay leadership in identifying and mobilizing new leaders.
• Identify and invest in relationships of people who have a passion and gift for care ministry.
• Meet regularly with ministry lay leadership for individual spiritual development, prayer and problem solving.
• Provide coordination and direction regarding the day-to-day execution of the ministry.

Care Team Leadership and Development:
• Review with designated team members, yearly goals and objectives for each ministry.
• Oversee the day-to-day leadership of designated team members including staffing (hiring, terminations, position responsibilities, compensation, promotions) performance development (reviews, career development) training (skills, leadership), communication, and people management (conflict resolution).
• Invest in relationship of team members (regular team meetings, one-on-one) for the purpose of being a support and resource (prayer, spiritual development, problem solving).
• Mobilize creativity and leadership in team members to empower lay leadership.
• Communicate and collaborate with pastoral staff on ministry team (personnel, support and resources, etc) and church wide issues and events (large vision events, etc).

Other general responsibilities:
a. In addition to normal responsibilities, the Pastor is a member of a team dedicated to
Christian Service and should, therefore, seek, at all times, to conduct themselves in such a way that would be pleasing to the Lord.

b. Because of the confidential nature of individual membership records, pastoral
counseling, and much of the correspondence of staff, it is absolutely essential that the
Pastor respects this confidence.

c. Since the Pastor’s position is composed of many diverse elements, the Pastor should seek to be flexible and cooperative in working with others at all times. When called upon by the staff and approved by the Senior Pastor, she or he should be willing to perform such tasks, which might not be considered part of the normal job description.

Other duties may be assigned.


Character Traits:
• Desire to continuously learn and serve others.
• Caring heart and desire to help heal those who are hurting and broken.
• Honest and trustworthy.
• Integrity for work habits and results.
• Ability to discern needs and respond appropriately, sensitively and proactively.
• Appreciation for own and others giftedness.
• Ongoing desire and effort to grow more Christ-like in character.
• Able to keep high level of confidentiality.
• Strong listener.

Skills and Talents:
• Demonstrated leadership skills.
• Knowledgeable concerning relevant legal and ethical issues.
• Possess good oral and written communication skills.
• Able to multi-task and maintain composure under pressure.
• Begin and end projects within reasonable timeframe.
• Self-starter needing minimal supervision.
• Works well with others and within a team.
• Energized by non-routine assignments.
• Creative and innovative.
• Work within budget parameters.
• Align with organizational Vision, Goals, Values, and policies.
• Proficient with current technology and communication tools.

EDUCATION: Additional Education/Experience
• Masters degree in counseling related field.
• Appropriate counseling certification and licensure.

• Minimum 5 years experience in counseling.
• Experience in church-based ministry.
• Significant experience developing and leading volunteers and teams.
• Trained and experienced in conflict resolution.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position requires sitting and viewing a computer monitor for extended periods of time, manual dexterity, bending, stooping, walking, reaching, light lifting (20 pounds), good hearing, voice control and good vision. The noise level and the work environment is usually moderate.

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