Co – Pastor – St. Thomas Reformed Church in the USVI – US Virgin Islands
The Co-Pastor is an integral member of the staff team. S/he operates with considerable independence within the areas of responsibility described below. S/he provides regular contact with church members in and out of the church and gives spiritual leadership and oversight to all related programs of the church, working in concert with other Pastors and STRC staff. This position will have a strong focus on Christian Education & Discipleship.
Skills and Qualifications Needed:
- A personal and growing relationship with God, a teachable spirit, and, ability to balance work and personal life.
- A Master of Divinity, experience in Christian Education, basic administrative skills, and a personal spiritual life congruent with biblical mandates for leaders (1 Timothy 3:1-7).
- Capable of creating and executing a long-term vision for STRC youth, family, and adult ministry.
- Has a passion for evangelism and outreach, both personally and at the ministry level.
- An engaging teacher, with a strong biblical and theological background, who is in agreement with reformed theology and the mission, vision, and values of STRC.
- A self-motivated leader, capable of casting and imparting vision for ministry, possessing relational skills with congregation and staff.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, conflict, and employee management skills.
- Strong computer skills and ability to manage social media programs.
- A proven ability to work effectively with the congregation, diverse individuals, and teams of volunteers.
- An open, grace-centered, servant’s heart.
- Responsible for Christian Education & Discipleship ministry. Ministries shall be age-defined and involve various purposes within each age group, i.e. outreach, confirmation, worship, fellowship, discipleship, mission, and ministry.
- Lead and organize effective youth programs implementing fellowship, worship, biblical teaching, discipleship, and evangelism, as well as ministry and yearly mission opportunities.
- Recruit, train, and shepherd volunteer staff with diverse gifts and personalities.
- Provide counseling and spiritual direction to congregants on an individual basis.
- Maintain open communication with students and their parents, keeping them informed of ongoing activities. Keep parents updated on ministry strategies and plans in a way that encourages partnership and involvement.
- Support parents in effectively fulfilling their Christian parenting roles, in concert with other pastoral staff.
- Assist in the development and oversight of the Christian Education ministry budget and adhere to budget guidelines.
- Seek to integrate Christian Education & Discipleship into all phases of church life to create a culture that is intentionally intergenerational, striving to unite with and complement other church ministries.
- Participate as needed or requested in the evaluation and development of the overall church ministry including worship planning and leadership in partnership with STRC staff, Worship team, and Consistory.
- Other duties as required.
Goals & Expectations:
- Have a real relationship with Jesus Christ and be actively seeking a deeper relationship with Him. This belief should be lived out in such a way that it is obvious and real to those in the leadership of STRC, the church family, and the community.
- Form a collaborative and complementary relationship with other Pastor so that the needs of the church family, staff, and mission are fully addressed. Be a team player of the STRC.
- Grow STRC Christian Education & Discipleship ministry in meaningful ways.
- Present a yearly Christian Education & Discipleship budget proposal.
- Stay current with Christian Education & Discipleship ministry practices by reading, attending youth leadership conferences, etc.
- Lead Sunday Worship (including children’s message) and teach on occasion, especially in the absence of other pastoral staff.
- Be disciplined and diligent with his/her time, keeping a balance between home and work. From time to time there are exceptions, however, one’s family should not be sacrificed for the sake of the ministry.
- Regularly attend worship services, events, and special meetings.
- Present regular ministry updates and goals for the coming year to the Consistory
- Spend time throughout the year developing his/her skills in ministry, developing his/her character, and sharpening his/her knowledge and understanding in ministering to people while fulfilling his/her role as a Co-Pastor.
- Participate in a yearly job performance review.