Job Title: Director of Campus Ministries of the Wesley Student Center at Lamar University
Supervises: Staff and Volunteers
Benefits: Clergy – in keeping with Book of Discipline and the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Laity – Personal days and Continuing Education days
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience
The Director of the Wesley Student Center is a dynamic, energetic and visionary leader able to design and implement Christian ministries at a University in transition. The Director, grounded in Wesleyan theology and tradition, is able to communicate the Word of God effectively through preaching and teaching.
The Director possesses a positive team spirit and a proven ability to recruit and empower student leaders. The Director should have demonstrated leadership in managing and directing staff and interns, crafting vision, administering finances, and relating to diverse constituencies. The Director should possess a willingness to actively engage the Wesley alumni base and local churches in the work of fundraising, as well as connect with the Wesley Student Center Board of Directors.
A Bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement, and experience with young adults is necessary. The Board acknowledges that while this is a full time position, the “work week” will consist of unusual hours to accommodate campus life.
Candidates must submit a letter of interest, a resume, 3 references with email and phone contact, and a link to a 3-5 minute video articulating your vision for campus ministry. Materials should be submitted to:
Timolin Colbert, DAA/The Southeast District of the Texas Annual Conference
PO Box 4004
Beaumont, TX 77706
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chaplain and Director of Church Relations at Millsaps College serves on the President’s Cabinet and is responsible for providing strategic leadership for, and overseeing the people and programs associated with, campus ministries, external church relations, and the Center for Ministry at Millsaps.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide strategic guidance for, and oversee the people and programs associated with, campus ministries, external church relations, and the Center for Ministry.
- Serve on the President’s Cabinet of advisors.
- Work closely with the President and other senior leaders at the College to implement a comprehensive strategy for church relations at Millsaps.
- Lead the implementation of Goal 4 of the Millsaps College Strategic Plan, which states: “Promote our heritage of social justice, commitment to freedom of thought, welcoming acceptance and inclusion of all people, and critical reflection on the most important questions in life. Build on this heritage by developing an enhanced relationship with our founding body, the United Methodist Church.”
- The Chaplain will report directly to the President with dotted line reports to the Vice President of Student Life for purposes of campus ministries and to the Executive Director of the Institute for Civic & Professional Engagement for matters pertaining to the Center for Ministry and external church relations.
- Supervise and manage the use of the current chapel space and develop plans for use of a soon-to-be-constructed chapel.
- Serve on various College committees and task forces.
- Oversee and provide strategic guidance for all the campus ministry and religious life programs of the College.
- Work closely with the Division of Student Life to support the religious and spiritual needs of all students.
- Act as a coordinator and liaison for all religious organizations on campus.
- Manage relationships with off-campus congregations and religious organizations that engage the Millsaps community.
- Supervise and collaborate with the Student Life Interns (when interns are employed) on related programs and services.
- Organize, lead, and evaluate traditional chapel programs of value to the Millsaps community, including: (1) the New Student Welcome Weekend Interfaith Service, (2) World Communion Celebration, (3) Lessons and Carols, (4) Alumni Memorial Service during Homecoming Weekend, (5) Ash Wednesday, (6) Easter Celebration, and (7) Baccalaureate Service, among others.
- Assist Student Life in managing the Challenge community service program for entering first-year students.
- Maintain a partnership with the Office of Intercultural and International Student Programs that provides programming and services for underrepresented persons and groups.
- Identify ways to work with faculty and staff on issues related to the Office of the Chaplain.
- Work closely with elements of the Institute for Civic & Professional Engagement to support student-focused engagement and vocational discernment efforts.
External Church Relations
- Serve as the Millsaps representative to the Committee on Higher Education and Campus Ministry of the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church.
- Act as a liaison to local churches of the United Methodist Church and congregations of other denominations and faiths.
- Assist Institutional Advancement in completing the Annual Funding Request and Stewardship Vision Form for the receiving of annual conference mission shares.
- Coordinate and oversee Millsaps’ presence at the Mississippi United Methodist Conference in June of each year.
- Work closely with development officers to plan and implement fundraising strategies involving church audiences.
- Work closely with Office of Alumni Relations to plan and implement strategies for engaging alumni in the Church.
- Work closely with the Office of Admission to develop and implement a plan for recruiting United Methodist high school students.
- Work closely with the Office of Communications to develop and implement a plan for communicating church-related information to all audiences and for communicating all College information with church-related audiences.
- Work closely with the Institute for Civic & Professional Engagement to plan and implement programming of interest to church audiences.
- Work closely with the President’s Office to pursue a comprehensive approach to church relations, including the successful implementation of provisions of the Strategic Plan pertaining to church relations.
Center for Ministry
- Provide strategic guidance and oversight for the work of the Center for Ministry.
- Oversee relationships with the Emory University/Candler School of Theology Course of Study, of which the Mississippi Course of Study is an extension, and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the UMC (GBHEM), upholding the requirements and standards set by both entities.
- Oversee coordination of plans with the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Office of Spiritual Leadership of the Mississippi Annual Conference.
- Oversee the designing, planning, and implementation of a variety of continuing education options for clergy and lay persons in the Mississippi Annual Conference of the UMC, in collaboration with the Board of Ordained Ministry. Core elements of these experiences include
- content that prepares and energizes participants for vital ministry and active engagement in congregations and communities
- worship and attention to spiritual formation
- attention to generational, geographical, and theological diversity
- diverse leadership
- a variety of teaching methods
- Oversee the designing, planning, and implementation of continuing education opportunities for other audiences and constituencies beyond the United Methodist Church.
- Oversee participation in the Association of Leaders of Lifelong Learning for Ministry (ALLLM), a multi-denominational, international organization of continuing educators in a variety of denominational and education settings that now functions primarily on-line.
- Provide strategic leadership for the Journey Partners spiritual formation program.
- Oversee collaboration between the College and the Conference to offer spiritual formation opportunities on campus.
Miscellaneous Pastoral Functions
- Provide counseling services for students, faculty, and staff.
- Communicate to the Millsaps community information about deaths, births, and hospitalizations of faculty and staff members.
- Represent the College (when deemed appropriate) at funerals for members of the College community or of their family members.
- Lead memorial services for the College as needed.
- Organize and oversee chapel services three times per year for Board of Trustees’ meetings.
- Master’s degree required; doctoral degree preferred
- At least 5 years’ experience in higher education
- Ordination in the United Methodist Church strongly preferred (Deacon or Elder)
- Experience with strategic planning and assessment
- Strong communication skills, both oral and written
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Excellent track record of supervision and leadership
- Experience in building campus-community partnerships
- Ability to track, assess, and report on program outcomes.
- Commitment to student, faculty, and community development.
- Appreciation and desire to work within a small, selective, church-affiliated liberal arts college.
Applicants should submit a current resume, a letter of interest and three references who may be contacted about the candidate’s experience and past performance. Materials including resume, references and salary requirements should be submitted via email to Julie Daniels, Director of Human Resources, at email@example.com. Please write “Chaplain” in the subject line of the email.
Millsaps College is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Millsaps College to offer equal educational and employment opportunities to all persons without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background screening.
This urban downtown church is an American historical landmark and has served as a functioning church for over one hundred years. Deeply rooted in the community, Boston Avenue United Methodist is a leader in ecumenical gatherings, social justice, and missional service. They live out their vision to “Think deeply, Grow spiritually, Love generously so that we actively share God’s blessing.”
The primary responsibilities of this position will be to provide leadership in programming and missions, develop relationships with youth, families, and congregants, and recruiting and equipping volunteers.
The qualified candidate will have:
- Degree in Christian Education or a related field
- Theological education is highly desirable
- Three or more years experience working in a large multi staff church with diverse programming
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Strong organization and planning skills
- Leadership and team member skills
- IT skills and ability to maximize social media
Interested candidates may submit a cover letter and a resume to Teresa Sippel at firstname.lastname@example.org.