Position Title: Associate Director of Care // Pastoral Care
Reports to: Director of Care
Status: Full-time, Ministry Staff (45 hours/week)
Schedule: Monday-Friday, Sundays 8:30AM-12:30PM
Required Application Items:
- Cover Letter
- Social Media Links
Job Purpose and Goals:
An Associate Director of Care supports and advances the various care resources offered at Lincoln Berean Church as part of the Care Team with a focus of supporting and resourcing Life Groups in the relational disciple-making strategy. This includes educating and training Life Group leaders while actively seeking input regarding the care issues that Life Group leaders are encountering. Developing care training and resources are examples of assigned duties in this role.
This specific position plays a pivotal role in nurturing and supporting the spiritual and emotional well-being of the people who call Lincoln Berean home. The role is responsible for overseeing and executing various pastoral care initiatives, with a focus on being readily available in times of need, providing guidance during significant life events, and fostering spiritual growth through life groups and other ministries.
The five key roles for this ‘seat’ are:
- On-Call Leadership
- Funeral Leadership and Training
- Baptism Leadership
- Life Group Coaching
- General Ministry Responsibilities
Key Roles and Responsibilities:
- Lead out in training and equipping the on-call team to effectively respond to pastoral care needs
- Mentor and guide fellow team members in the principles and best practices of on-call pastoral care, fostering a culture of excellence and responsiveness within the team
- Collaborate with the Care team to enhance protocols and procedures for addressing pastoral care needs efficiently with care
- Be readily available for pastoral care emergencies, such as hospital visits and providing prayer support
- Provide compassionate spiritual guidance and counseling to individuals and families navigating difficult circumstances
- Encourage and guide members of LBC to create community and join Life Groups
- Review on-call forms and follow up as necessary
Funeral Leadership and Training
- Train and mentor other staff members involved in funeral services, ensuring they are equipped to provide empathetic and meaningful support to grieving families
- Contribute to the development of resources and materials for funeral services, enhancing the church’s capacity to provide meaningful experiences
- Coordinate and officiate services as needed
- Oversee the comprehensive logistics of funeral services and continuously improve processes
- Lead out in facilitating Baptism classes and meeting with individuals to prepare them for baptism as needed
- Guide individuals in understanding the significance of baptism and its role in their testimony
- Collaborate with Adult Ministries staff and Worship Arts in preparation for Baptism services
- Participate in baptism services as requested
Life Group Coaching
- Provide ongoing support and resources to life group coaches for effective leadership
- Coach specific life groups that are oriented to care if/when they are needed
General Ministry Responsibilities
- Coach and mentor ministry lay leaders and volunteers as assigned.
- Be present and available on Sunday mornings and occasional Saturday evening services.
- Serve with other ministry staff on the On-Call Team, which ministers to the needs of the church family
- Perform weddings and funerals as requested.
Education, Skills and Background
- Bachelor’s Degree required
- 2+ years experience in pastoral care, counseling, or a closely related field in highly preferred
- Highly Organized – A must for events, weekly programming, supplies and resources
- High level of discretion and EQ with the ability to handle sensitive information and maintain the strictest confidentiality
Abilities and Commitments:
Christ Centered: You build your life and ministry around Jesus, with an open heart allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and inspire.
Self-Awareness: You know your personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and limits; seeks feedback; gains insights from mistakes; is open to criticism; is not defensive.
Trustworthy: Handles sensitive and confidential information with discretion
Effective Communication: Clearly and concisely communicates effectively through written or verbal channels in one-on-one or small group contexts; checks for understanding and clarity
Effective Interpersonal Skills: Exhibit and fosters healthy individual and team interaction through high emotional intelligence and strong relationship building skills
Collaboration: Works with others to achieve common goals; a relationship builder in team-focused environments
Flexibility and Adaptability: Adapts and responds positively to changing circumstances and competing demands; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events
Must make Lincoln Berean Church your home church and participate in the life of the community (Life Group).
At Lincoln Berean Church, we fully expect each staff member to be actively engaged in following Jesus and believe that if this commitment to Jesus is present, it will be evident in a staff member’s personal life, family relationships, and ministry. In working at Lincoln Berean Church, every staff member must be aware of and embrace the responsibility to represent the:
- Church’s Mission: To glorify God by seeking to present every person complete in Christ.
- Vision: Coming together, to know Jesus, become more like Him, and help others do the same.
- Doctrine: What We Believe at Lincoln Berean Church - Committed to truth
- Staff Core Values: Healthy Drive, Teachable, People Savvy, Radical Candor and Hopeful
- Life Groups: The Christian life is not meant to be lived alone – we are better together!
- A 30-60-90 day review by your manager
- Annual review by your manager
- Input from staff and volunteers