Minister of Small Groups and Connection
Office Profile: Under the auspices and with the support of area churches of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), Concordia University has established abbeywest, a ministry of discipleship, to attend to the spiritual needs of students and offer them fellowship with other Christians. The mission of this full-time ministry is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus, draw closer to God and one another, and prepare for a life-time of service. To fulfill this mission a variety or worship services, Bible studies and outreach events are offered to students and the community.
The Minister of Small Groups and Connections assists the Assistant Vice-President of Spiritual Life and Development (Lead Pastor) in the implementation of strategies, programs and events that engage Concordia students in a personal discipleship that responds to the Gospel in faith that is active within the community of Christ and beyond, primarily through the oversight of a small group ministry of discipleship and an emphasis of support in ministry to women.
STAFF AND SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIPS:
- Reports to the Assistant Vice-President of Spiritual Life and Development, Lead Pastor
- Works closely with: Campus Ministry Staff, the Chief Mission Officer, Christ College, and Student Affairs.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide primary support, supervision, and evaluation for specified abbeywest student ministry coordinators (Beloved - Women's Ministry x2, Battalion Men's Ministry x2, others as appropriate).
- Assist in the provision of fall training as well as in-service trainings throughout the academic year of all abbeywest student ministry coordinators.
- Cultivate a thriving life group discipleship ministry which will include regular community gatherings and a consistent active small group ministry.
- Oversee and administer recruitment, training and support for group facilitators (faculty, staff and students).
- Create and communicate current lists of small groups.
- Help participants find and join a small group in a timely manner.
- Oversee/approve resource selection of small group curriculum.
- Track ministry objectives and appropriate, measurable discipleship growth.
- Cultivate an active ministry of connection seeking to involve new students and more deeply connect current participants.
- Provide good stewardship of small group discipleship budget to ensure fiscal responsibility, impactful use and clear reporting.
ADDITIONAL DUTIES (Determined in conversation with Lead Pastor by giftedness and need)
Care and Support:
- Represent Campus Ministry on the Assessment and Care Committee (ACC) which is a cross-department team that identifies potential students at risk who may need additional resources of support and care.
- Provide a spiritual lens to those ACC discussions and follow up with ministerial responses to students as appropriate/needed/requested. Filter situations needing pastoral care and counseling to the Lead Pastor
- Help cultivate an impactful ministry of prayer and care which will develop and utilize prayer teams, administer opportunities for submission and follow up of community prayer needs, and establish ministerial connection points of spiritual care.
Common Ground Development:
- Assist in furthering the general development of the Common Ground discipleship program with specific focus on
- the administrative needs and mechanisms for managing groups
- training and support needed for facilitators
- detailed development of the additional experiences.
- Respond to needs, questions and comments of facilitators as able (forwarding additional items to Lead Pastor.
- Cultivate evaluation of systems, infrastructure and training.
- Plan and facilitate the launch and growth of the Common Ground Program
- Provide strategies to help God's people discover their gifts and connect them to opportunities to use them in service (on campus and off, in ministries of discipleship as well as love of neighbor).
- Cultivate consistent local partnerships for ongoing service in the community throughout the year.
- Create pathways that help invite those gathering in worship or those active in small groups to also engage in service opportunities.
- Develop simple intentional preparation and de-briefing tools/guides that help participants reflect and grow through service opportunities as experiences of discipleship in Jesus.
- Provide leadership to the development of short term mission trips during fall, winter, spring and summer breaks. This includes participating in the University selection process of mission trips and trip leaders as well as coordinating trip promotion and participant recruitment.
- Develop training and support for trip leaders that cultivates clear expectations as well as shared best practices aligned with institutional objectives for mission trips.
- Develop preparation and debriefing programs/materials to be used by trip leaders to onboard student participants as well as intentionally connect these trips to the students' faith development and discipleship.
- Oversee student planning of mission projects.
- Develop opportunities to engage the entire Concordia campus in the mission of the church apart from participation in mission trips. This includes building awareness for missionary support (guest speakers, zoom conversations, prayer cards), sharing stories of various mission partnerships or trip experiences, and gathering the campus around projects connected to missional needs in the world (bible translation, severe poverty, disaster response, social justice).
- Recommended by the Assistant Vice-President of Spiritual Life and Development/Lead Pastor.
- Approved by the Chief Mission Officer.
- Called by the Board of Regents
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university required. Bachelor's degree from a LCMS institution in Theology, Christian Education, or related field is highly desirable. Commissioned Minister in the LCMS. A minimum of 1-3 years of successful experience working in the LCMS in a ministry capacity preferred.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Agrees with the vision, mission, values and core beliefs of Concordia University Irvine, abbeywest campus ministry, and the LCMS.
- Has a sound Lutheran understanding of faith and doctrine.
- Has a passion for seeing believers grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, and for reaching out to the unchurched in our diverse campus community.
- Evidences the ability to work with a team.
- Models an enthusiastic leadership style that inspires the confidence of others.
- Communicate the Gospel clearly to Christians and non-Christians
- Has excellent administration, recruiting, teaching and management skills.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:
- Value prayer and Christian maturity
- Possess skill and desire to communicate Christian faith to students and colleagues
- Be visible and accessible to students
- Communicate with others with warmth and understanding
- Have an open outlook, be future-oriented and innovative
- Manifest loyalty to other personnel of Concordia University
- Respect lines of communication
- Be a person of high energy
- Manifest a positive spirit toward self, colleagues, students and university
- Constantly strive to improve performance
- Formulate goals and objectives and expect to be evaluated upon them
- Be able to assist others in the formation of goals and hold them accountable
- Ability to be flexible to changing conditions and needs
- Ability to work effectively with and through other people
- Ability to work under stressful conditions
Ability to read, analyze and interpret university procedures, general information, financial or educational publications, synodical procedures or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of staff, faculty, administration, students, families and the general public.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Repetitive motions sitting at a computer keyboard
- May require rising and sitting repeatedly
- Ability to lift, pull, grasp, stoop and reach to utilize 5-drawer file cabinets
- May require climbing stairs and walking indoors or outdoors to various offices on campus
- Ability to respond to late night situations
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
The employee may be required to lift and/or move up to 25 lbs.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate with the distractions of a busy office.
Employees are responsible for complete cooperation with all aspects of the safety and health program, including compliance with all rules and regulations, and for continuously practicing safety while performing their duties.
Supervisors are responsible for developing proper attitudes toward safety and health in themselves, and in those they supervise, and for ensuring that all operations are performed with the utmost regard for the safety and health of all personnel involved, including themselves.
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