Job Title: Director of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation
Reports to: Pastor
Classification: Full Time
To apply: submit a resume and cover letter to Pastor Amanda (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Summary of the position: This position works alongside the pastor, church leadership, and church staff in programatic and administrative capacities to shepherd the discipleship and spiritual formation of the church community. It serves as a coordinator, motivator, servant leader and vision caster for existing ministry with an eye toward the ways God is calling us to grow and deepen our ministry with one another and in the community.
Qualifications and Skills:
Team mindset: Ability to be a team player and work collaboratively; has a commitment to build covenant with the FUMC members, pastor, and staff.
Interpersonal Skills: Capacity to work collegially and develop rapport with a wide variety of individuals and leaders in the church and community.
Helping/Service Orientation: Demonstrate concern for, attend to the needs of, and provide resources for church’s mission: Worship God, Nurture One Another, Serve our Neighbors with Love. Participate in a culture of hospitality and consistency for all processes associated with discipleship and spiritual formation of the congregation. Demonstrate willingness to provide support and guidance to staff, lay leadership, and clergy leadership.
Mission Mindset: Committed to the mission and ministry of Martin FUMC.
Communication Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication. Able to speak in a public forum. Able to recruit and shepherd ministry leadership. Communicates positively, honestly, and straightforwardly.
Organizational Skills: High ability to prioritize tasks and processes. Ability to plan, develop, and coordinate multiple tasks and projects.
Time Management Skills: Effective and efficient use of time, talent, and resources.
Computer Savvy: Proficient in the use of various apps, software, and social media that promotes connection/communication and enhances ministry.
Dependability: Able to meet deadlines and be reliable.
Maintain confidences: Commitment to complete confidentiality and high degree of integrity.
Faith: Evidence of intentional discipleship and faith in Jesus Christ. Willingness to deepen knowledge in Christian teachings and UM theology.
Church polity: General understanding of General, Jurisdictional, and Annual Conference United Methodist Church polity.
Bachelor degree or significant experience in church and age appropriate ministry work.
Proficient in various computer programs such as word, excel, canva, and others that will promote communication and connection within the church.
Keep record of staff PTO/days off and coordinate office coverage
Be financially accountable for the ministries for which you are responsible in collaboration with Pastor and finance committee.
Attend weekly staff meetings, monthly COM meetings, nurture committee meetings, and any other requested church leadership meeting.
Keep regular office hours each week to be agreed upon with pastor and SPRC.
Coordinate with Administrative Assistant to maintain inventory and order food, office supplies, kitchen supplies, communion supplies, and any other necessary items.
Maintain clear and consistent communications with the congregation – including but not limited to: regular updates in the bulletin, advertising special programs, congregational enews, text updates, social media and website as well as being responsive to individual questions/contact.
Offer weekly staff recap to help clarify priorities and duties for the staff team each week. Collaborate with pastor to help cultivate a healthy team dynamic in the staff by offering team building exercises and encouraging honest, clear communication.
Attend weekly worship and be an active presence at midweek ministries and other church events.
Work in partnership with pastor, staff, council on ministries and congregation to facilitate and/or lead programing for spiritual formation and discipleship. (i.e. monthly AMP events, Live at the Market programs, Community Meals, Home Alone dinner, small groups, seasonal programs, etc.)
Recruit, equip, and shepherd leadership teams with diverse gifts, experiences, personalities, and ages to implement ministries such as: Meal Ministry, Funeral Meals, God’s Wheels – van ministry, Wedding/Baby Showers, and other nurturing ministries)
Contribute to the church’s social media and website maintenance.
Participate in ongoing professional development and integrate emerging new learning tools and processes.
Support the ministry of the church and be a team player filling in wherever needed as is reasonable and appropriate. Including, but not limited to: office coverage, assisting in worship as needed by Senior Pastor and encouraging involvement by laity in worship leadership roles
Collaborate with pastor to equip and empower Sunday school and small group ministry by recruiting teachers, maintaining a resource library for Sunday school, and connecting classes to the larger ministry of the church (i.e. – Discovery, Dayshore, Community Meals, Soybean Faith and Family Night, etc.)
Collaborate with the pastor to create and/or support meaningful discipleship and spiritual formation opportunities such as covenant groups, UMW, UMM, seasonal small group studies, Disciple Bible Study, etc.
Be intentional to plug church into connectional opportunities in the United Methodist Church by staying informed of district and conference opportunities (i.e. – Emmaus, lay servant opportunities, UMCOR, etc.)
Do regular gifts/interest assessments to help every congregation member find the ways they can plug into ministry of the church. Help facilitate an annual Ministry Fair.
Dream and wonder – spend time learning from other churches, listening to suggestions and follow up, plan new events and collaborate with children/student ministries to create church wide discipleship opportunities.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be in an office environment. The person in this position needs to frequently move about inside and outside of the church. Travel may be necessary as well as ministry in various contexts such as visits, outdoor activities, retreats, mission work, etc.