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Care Ministries Pastor

First Free Church
Onalaska, Wisconsin, United States

Date Posted: 05/22/2018
Categories: Associate Pastor - Counseling - Pastoral Care Pastor
Denominations: Evangelical Free
Church Size: 2001 to 2500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Care Ministries Pastor

Salaried (Exempt) Full-Time


Reports to:

Executive Pastor



One Part-Time Administrative Assistant (shared 10-15 hours/week)


Church Size:




To provide strategic leadership in creating systems and structures to equip and mobilize the congregation to care for one another. To develop counseling and care strategies to meet a variety of needs within First Free Church; and, on a limited basis, to offer personal counseling and life coaching to members and attenders.  To provide stategic planning and managing of systems and people to build the Care Ministry.



  1. Growing relationship with Jesus.
  2. Godly marriage and family (if applicable).
  3. Contributes to the spirit of unity among the staff and congregation.
  4. Fully supportive of the Evangelical Free Church of America Statement of Faith.
  5. In agreement with and possesses a heart to support First Free’s vision, mission and ministry focus.
  6. Functions well as a team player.
  7. Able to work with and submit to the authority of senior leadership.




Education and Certification: Preferred Masters of Divinity with certification in chaplaincy, counseling and/or life coaching with several years’ experience providing pastoral care, counseling and coaching in a ministry setting.

Composure: To stay calm, poised, and effective in stressful or difficult counseling or relational situations.

Leadership: To exercise significant influence in directing and motivating others.

Strategic Planner/Builder:  To be proactive in planning and managing people and systems.

Initiative:  To recognize and assume responsibility for accomplishing goals; to persist in the completion of projects and tasks.

Judgment: To discern what is appropriate, practical, and realistic in a given situation; to weigh relative merits of competing demands.

Resourcefulness: To formulate creative alternatives or solutions to resolve problems, to show flexibility in response to unanticipated circumstances.

Interpersonal Skills: To be confident and competent in interacting and communicating daily with pastors, staff, volunteers and members of the congregation.

Oral/Written Communication: To communicate clearly, effectively and persuasively to leaders, staff, members and volunteers.




  1. Create and provide opportunities for members and attenders to be trained and equipped to serve as care providers, including organizing training for Care Ministry.
  2. Pursue and develop relationships with area medical facilities and agencies providing mental health and counseling services in order to build rapport for referrals and partnership in meeting the needs of our community.
  3. Oversee and develop the Marriage Ministry to include options for engaged couples, newly marrieds, established marriages, and broken marriages. 
  4. Be present and oversee the development of volunteer-led care groups on Care Ministry Night for topics such as marriage, parenting, anxiety, depression, grief, victims of abuse, and others (as the need arises.)
  5. Meet with men and women’s ministry leaders to identify, implement and facilitate care strategies for these groups.
  6. Offer support and consultation to staff and volunteer leaders so that they can be more effective in responding to the care needs within their ministries.
  7. Conduct counseling sessions on a limited basis to individuals, couples, families and groups. 
  8. Partner with other peer team members to provide teaching, training and coaching in a variety of group and classroom settings.
  9. Be the primary Pastor for significant life events: births, weddings, funerals, illnesses and crisis.
  10. Oversee the scheduling of pastoral visitations, weddings and funerals. 
  11. As part of the Pastoral Team, be the Pastor on Call on a rotating schedule for week-end services.