Associate Pastor of Discipleship & Social Justice
Job Description Disclaimer: The statements in this job description are intended to describe the essential/non-essential nature and level of work performed by SEUCC staff assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities, as other duties and responsibilities may be assigned.
Program/Management/Supervisory Scope: The Associate Pastor of Discipleship & Social Justice exercises a level of responsibility as designated by the Executive Minister or Chief of Staff at South Euclid United Church of Christ (SEUCC).
Basic Function: The Associate Pastor of Discipleship & Social Justice is responsible for the execution, implementation, administration, coordination and training of the Social Justice Ministry of South Euclid United Church of Christ (SEUCC). The Associate Pastor of Discipleship & Social Justice will be the representative to Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) and work in collaboration with GCC regarding community organizations. The Associate Pastor of Discipleship & Social Justice is responsible for coordinating activities with regards to the new-member orientation process and the new-member assimilation process. The Associate Pastor of Discipleship & Social Justice trains volunteers who utilize their spiritual gifts in service to the church, assists with event-planning activities, provides hospitality support, and ensures that disciples are fully engaged in the life of the church.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Coordinates, teaches, and trains facilitators to teach the new-member assimilation process. Assists new-member intake teams/processes, sends out new-member letters or oversees the process. Calls new members to ask questions/share updates, and maintains, updates, and distributes weekly membership reports. Maintains new membership records, i.e., ensures membership cards are filed out properly, and filed. Ensures information is entered into the church database system, maintains database accuracy, produces membership reports, maintains/distributes membership directories, produces membership labels for mailings, and ensures new members and visitors’ information is entered via Constant Contact, on a weekly basis. Coordinates, teaches, and trains facilitators to teach the new-member orientation process, prepares materials, sets-up tables with materials/binders, creates, issues certificates, secures and issues new-member gifts, i.e. Bibles, lapel pins, etc., maintains information regarding new-member commitments, and participates in all experiences.
- Teaches and trains facilitators for the Engage, Encore, and Essentials Discipleship Programs. Ensures class registrations are completed and assists with the design of curriculum to help build disciples who gather, grow, give, and grow. Assists and helps during church-wide events and meetings, serves at church-wide events and meetings, serves as a presence of hospitality for ministry partners, caters during meal set-up/preparation, and ensures the church information tables are labeled and professional.
- Leads and executes programmatic social justice activities and agendas. Leads, guides, and recruits, ministry partners, groups/teams who assist with program initiatives and coordination. Gives leadership and guidance to the Social Justice Ministry. Works together with Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) and facilitates training initiatives for the Social Justice Ministry, other partners, and groups/teams. The Associate Pastor of Discipleship & Social Justice will be charged with developing new and/or revitalizing programs targeting Voter Suppression, Violence Prevention, Education Reform, and Economic Justice. Keeps informed of developments directed toward improving social justice activities through attendance at outreach meetings, conferences, readings of current books, professional journals, networks with community agencies, and other resources. Interacts with other voluntary organizations of the church, as assigned. Responsible for keeping ministries and congregation abreast of social justice issues as it relates to South Euclid United Church of Christ (SEUCC).
- Preaches, teaches, and leads (visitations, funerals, and weddings), as assigned by the Senior Pastor & Teacher and handles bereavement duties, i.e., condolence and transition calls and meets with bereaved families. Assists with funeral planning activities, presides at funeral and wake services, as called upon, and during the Senior Pastor’s annual sabbatical, and gives leadership to staff, as directed by the Senior Pastor & Teacher.
- Perform other duties as assigned or requested by the Executive Minister or Chief of Staff, the Senior Pastor & Teacher, and/or a designee.
Requirements, Skills & Abilities: A Master of Divinity Degree is required from an accredited seminary. The candidate must be licensed or ordained, plus possess five (5) years’ experience in social justice and discipleship. The candidates must possess direct management experience of staff, with prior, preferred, experience in a multi-staff church setting. The candidate must be a self-starter and possess the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality, integrity, and exemplary personal conduct. The candidate must be highly organized and possess the ability to work well with others and create a collaborative environment for staff. The candidate must also possess the ability to think critically/systematically and the ability to identify, equip, and deploy new leaders.
The candidate must possess strong interpersonal, organization, verbal, and written communication skills. The candidate must possess strong interpersonal, organizational, verbal, and written communication skills. The candidate must possess the ability to supervise multiple projects concurrently. The candidate must possess the ability to focus on details, prioritize and meet deadlines, and possess proficiency in Microsoft Office, i.e., Outlook, Word, Excel, along with other computer-based technologies, including the Internet. Additionally, the candidate must possess a dynamic personal and growing relationship with Christ and possess the ability to model a growing faith in others.
Working Conditions: This position works in a clean, well-lit area. This position is not susceptible to job hazards. Additionally, this position does not require any unusual or excessive physical exertion. Local, out-of-state, and/or international travel may be required, as directed by the Executive Minister or Chief of Staff or the Senior Pastor & Teacher.
Work Schedule: The Associate Pastor of Discipleship & Social Justice generally works forty (40) hours with some evening and regular Sunday hours each week in accordance with the schedule personally arranged, and mutually agreed to by the Executive Minister or Chief of Staff or the Senior Pastor & Teacher. Attendance at Church meetings, staff meetings, staff development days, staff retreats (overnight), leadership summits, and other major events, which fall on weekends, holidays, early mornings, or evenings, in excess of (40) hours, is part of and/or inherent in the job in accordance with the needs of the Church, a department’s operational requirements, or special events.
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