POSITION OPENING

Seeking applications for a full-time position to begin by September 2015
Email cover letters and resumes to pastor@goodshepherdmtholly.org

Application Deadline: June 30, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

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Mission

At the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, we strive to declare the Word of God and administer the sacraments to our community from a Lutheran perspective. For over a century, we have served the town of Mount Holly and its surrounding towns. We are a growing church in a growing community of the Charlotte Metro area. Our mission is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Purpose

The Faith Formation and Discipleship Coordinator will cultivate a holistic vision of Christian education from early childhood through adulthood. First and foremost, this leader will be charged with outlining a vision for Christian education which embraces the entire congregation, including young children, youth, and adults of all ages. The Faith Formation and Discipleship Coordinator will promote and administer the experiences that enable members to grow their faith through education and fellowship.

The Faith Formation and Discipleship Coordinator will contribute as an integral team player in Good Shepherd’s ministry and growth. The Coordinator will be charged with visioning, leading, planning, and communicating Christian education experiences. In addition, the Coordinator will work with the Pastor and relevant committees to lead specific experiences (youth trips, confirmation, retreats, etc.).

The Faith Formation and Discipleship Coordinator will also recruit, develop, and organize volunteers from within the church membership in order to foster a greater sense of discipleship. The Coordinator will develop trusting relationships to allow individuals to identify and fill needs efficiently so that no one is overburdened and all talents are lifted up.

Duties and Responsibilities

Faith Formation (75% time)

  • Create an awareness that faith formation is a lifelong process and promoting a holistic view of Christian education (intergenerational activities and family ministry)
  • Provide leadership to make everyone feel connected to Christian education.
  • Develop and promote a meaningful and engaging youth ministries program (including youth group) in collaboration with a Youth Leadership Team
  • Help form, equip, and support networks of people of all ages and abilities to foster a sense of community across various groups in the congregation.
  • Communicate and partner with the Faith Formation Committee.
  • In partnership with the Faith Formation Committee, select and adapt appropriate materials for Christian education including youth and adult Sunday school, VBS, Confirmation, and youth group.
  • Participate in a leadership role in the worship life of the congregation.
  • Oversee and direct both the Middle School and the High School Youth Groups.
  • Develop fellowship and service opportunities for 3rd – 5th grade youth.
  • Engage the young adult community (ages 18-30) in their faith formation both inside and outside the church.
  • Communicate with the congregation regularly, using a wide range of media platforms.
  • Provide report of activities to the Council on a regular basis.

Discipleship (25% time)

  • Encourage an awareness of and commitment to a shared ministry of the members, staff and clergy of Good Shepherd.
  • Support and affirm members in their ministries in the church, family, workplace and community.
  • Develop position descriptions for volunteer ministry positions (i.e. nursery, A/V technician, etc.).
  • Use sound recruitment practices, being a visible presence to the congregation.
  • Provide for leadership development, ministry training, and continuing education.
  • Assist members in identifying and using their gifts for ministry.
  • Collaborate with church staff to identify and describe shared ministry needs in their areas of responsibility.
  • Encourage and coordinate outreach opportunities and partnerships with other congregations.
  • Identify and encourage persons for leadership positions.
  • Maintain the schedule for acolytes and crucifers.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Provide report of activities to the Council on a regular basis.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Theology and values that are in harmony with the congregation’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Knowledge of Lutheran theology, history, and practices.
  • Bachelor’s degree, AIM credential or degree in education, and experience working with youth and adults in faith formation settings. We are willing to consider a rostered leader.
  • Relates well to people of all ages; participates collegially with staff members, Pastor, and congregational leaders.
  • Proven ability to motivate and inspire others.
  • Program planning and implementation skills.