Director of Pastoral Support and Practice

    • Job Tracking ID: 512954-738969
    • Job Location: chicago, IL
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: August 14, 2020
    • Years of Experience: 7 - 10 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:


The Director of Pastoral Support and Practice works in collaboration with the Executive Minister of Ordered Ministry and Develop Leaders (DL) to develop and implement strategies for ministerial health and wholeness across the continuum of care for pastor and laity. In collaboration with other leaders, this Director will cultivate and nurture a healthy, missional leadership culture by coordinating resources and support for members of the Ministerium. The Director will raise the awareness of the ministerial community and equip congregations on the importance of the health of pastors and their families.

Essential Functions
* Collaborate with the Executive Minister of Ordered Ministry and Develop Leaders and other ECC leaders to formulate and promote a comprehensive strategic plan for healthy missional leaders that encompasses all generations and contexts of the ministerial community.

* In collaboration with the Leader Health and Development Team (LHDT), facilitate support to pastors, superintendents and church leaders on interpretation of ethical guidelines and reporting procedures for misconduct cases.

* Manage care intake process and triage cases to deliver optimal and timely support.
o Respond to crisis assistance requests from pastors, spouses, conference staff and church leaders.
o Discern level of care and appropriate interventions.
o Provide urgent care for clergy and staff in crisis.
o Develop resources and practices for their care continuum. Develop, implement and manage individualized care plans.
o Consult with Executive Minister of Ordered Ministry and Develop Leaders.
o Refer to the Ministerial Excellence Fund when appropriate.

* Coordinate care and discipline cases with corresponding conference leadership. Ensure conference’s Committees on Ministerial Standing are aware when a credentialed person is exposed to risks.

* Develop and maintain a comprehensive list of vetted, qualified therapist, counselors and spiritual directors to ensure support and interventions are readily available.

* Interface with the Board of Ordered Ministry on care and discipline cases, as deem appropriate.

* Provide coaching, training and support to local churches and conferences on conflict mitigation, self-care practices and healthy boundaries.

* Become knowledgeable of state and federal mandates on child welfare. Fulfill the duties of a mandated reporter in matters which include assault of a minor.

* Organize and facilitate church leadership and church-wide disclosure meetings.

* Coordinate support and services for clergy under care and discipline in a timely manner.

* Maintain care and discipline file for all individuals under care and discipline updated. Formulate reports and maintain corresponding individuals informed of developments.

* Collaborate on the development of initiatives, resources and support that reduce the occurrence or growth of care and discipline cases.

* Keep abreast of current developments and research in emerging trends for care for diverse populations. Develop and/or disseminate print/downloadable resources for the use of clergy and laity. Network with inter-agency/ecumenical committees and forums (NCMAF, Denominational Caregivers, etc.).

* Contribute to ECC events in order to integrate opportunities, to raise awareness of and promote pastoral/pastoral spouse and family health.

* Partner with Develop Leader staff and leaders of all ministry teams to develop and sustain appropriate tools across the care continuum to screen, resource and track development of credentialed ECC clergy.

* Other duties as assigned by the Executive Minister of Ordered Ministry and Develop Leaders.


Experience and Skills:

Education and Experience

* Required: Master’s Degree in Pastoral Care/Counseling, Psychology, Divinity, Christian Formation or a related field. Minimum engagement of 5 years in the ECC, and a minimum of 10 years professional functioning in ministry, to include experience in ministry leadership, small/large group presentations, and direct service provision of counseling, pastoral care, or spiritual direction. Trained in family counseling, drug abuse counseling, sex abuse counseling, conflict resolution, boundary setting/keeping, etc. Willingness to travel. Ordained in the ECC and working knowledge of the Board of Ordered Ministry or Rules of the Ordered Ministry.

* Mastery of Microsoft and Windows applications, databases development and management, and web technologies.

* Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. Preaching, teaching, coaching skills.

* High cultural awareness, emotional intelligence and active listening competencies.

* Actively engages in individual and group discernment and exercises sound judgement and perceptiveness.

* Genuine desire to assist and care for others.

* Detail oriented, strong organization, prioritization and time-management skills are eminent.

* Talks to others to convey information effectively and efficiently. Responds appropriately and adjusts actions in relation to others’ actions. Maintains flexibility in approach.

* Respond to and deal with a range of ad hoc queries/requests.

* Accepts criticism and deals calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

* Ability to operate with discretion and confidentiality at all times.

* Exhibits confidence in self and others. Inspires and motivates others to perform well. Effectively influences actions and opinions of others. Accepts feedback from others and gives appropriate recognition to others. Displays passion and optimism. Inspires respect and trust.

* Ability to comprehend, apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information. Ability to track and report progress on a wide range of tasks, simultaneously.

* Includes stakeholders in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement. Fosters quality focus in others.

* Excellent management and people skills to embrace diversity of schedules, backgrounds, formats, contexts, etc.

* Uses critical thinking skills, applying logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to address challenges.

* Self-starter, with the ability to work independently.

Environment Conditions
Able to work well from home or remote locale, with some in-office meetings. Frequent domestic travel, while also able to effectively engage in virtual communication and engagements. Must be versatile and able to work for prolong segments sitting or standing. Must engage in a high technical environment with tools and equipment, such as: computer, cloud-based technology, virtual conferencing equipment, internet and social media, database management system copier, cell communication, etc. Must be able to occasionally lift or move items, less than 35 lbs. Occasionally, pack and unpack, move and lift boxes that contain ministry materials.