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First Evangelical Free Church

Congregational Care Pastor

First Evangelical Free Church
Manchester, Missouri, United States

Date Posted: 06/10/2011
Categories: Pastoral Care Pastor
Denominations: Evangelical Free
Church Size: 1501 to 2000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Congregational Care Pastor---

Job Description Summary

The Congregational Care and Support pastor is responsible for the overall leadership of the First Free care, support, counseling, reconciliation and marriage enrichment ministries. As such he will be directing teams of support groups as they minister to those struggling with specific life issues, our counseling ministry to our congregation, and our ministry to strengthen and enrich marriages.

Staff Position and Accountability

The Congregational Care Pastor is a full-time position reporting to the Executive Director but receives mentoring and support from the Senior Pastor.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

1.Lead the support teams as they minister to those struggling with life issues. This include our support groups for divorce care, addictions (Celebrate Recovery), depression, grief, loved ones of homosexuals, and many others. Provide encouragement, vision, and accountability to the leaders. Develop strategies to expand these ministries to those both inside and outside the church who have been struggling with these issues but have been reluctant to deal with them openly. Develop strategies to make these outreach ministries to our communities.

2.Lead the marriage rebuilders classes and develop a marriage enrichment class/seminar as a core part of our equipping ministry.

3.Oversee the staff who handle the counseling and hospital visitation ministries. Develop relationship and knowledge of the local counselors that can be utilized for referrals to counseling.

4.Oversee the reconciliation ministry.

5.Coordinate efforts with our equipping ministry to develop appropriate curriculum for our equipping classes on topics related to this ministry. (for example- marriage enrichment, dealing with addictions, etc.) Be available to teach where necessary.

6.Develop processes to support shepherding needs identified by the community pastors in Small Groups that warrant the involvement of our Congregation Care/Support and/or counseling ministries.

7.Preach in worship services as requested.

8.Serve as a member of the Ministry Management Team, speaking into church wide strategic decisions.

9.Continue to grow spiritually and professionally by participating in outside opportunities to include conferences, seminars, books, and networking.

Personal Qualifications

Personal Character: Should have a genuine love for the Lord and other people that is exhibited through an authentic, transparent and Christ-centered lifestyle. Must be committed to growing in the spiritual disciplines and sharing his faith with others. Must meet the New Testament expectations for the office of elder (Acts 14:23; I Tim 3:1-7, 5:17; Titus 1:4-9; I Peter 5:1-11)

Doctrine: The Pastor must be in full agreement with the EFCA’s Statement of Faith and be willing to work towards licensure or ordination.

Education: Graduate ministry degree or equivalent plus appropriate professional credentials based on current or prior roles.

Experience: Must have experience in some of the following: support, recovery, counseling and reconciliation ministries and in leading ministry teams.

In addition, proven skills and success in the following areas:

•Leader who thrives in a collaborative, team environment.
•Strategic thinker with ability to lead and manage ministry teams.
•Recruiting, leading and equipping volunteers and staff.
•Knowledge of and experience working with those dealing with life issues and addictions, conflicts, and marital struggles.

Spiritual Gifts: Desired gifts include: Leadership, Administration , Teaching, and Shepherding. Secondary gifts could include Wisdom, Mercy and Exhortation.

Skills and Abilities: Must be a team player that is passionate about discipling believers and equipping volunteers and our congregation to lead and participate in these ministries.

In addition, the candidate should possess several of the following skills and abilities:

•Effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills to relate to volunteer leaders and the congregation.
•Self-starter who can manage time and multi-task.
•Solid teaching skills.
•Ability to lead and manage volunteer leaders to reach ministry goals.
•Able to craft solutions to accomplish complex strategies.