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Director of Discipleship and Mission

Brainerd, Minnesota (MN) 56401

Director of Discipleship and Mission

Park Church

Direct Supervisor: Senior Pastor

Job Summary

The Director of Discipleship and Mission is responsible for developing, growing and/or supporting opportunities for people to encounter the love of Christ. Primary responsibilities include: 1) Effective leadership recruitment, training and development; 2) Ongoing leader and group evaluation with the ability to build relationships; 3) Identifying and implementing programming and missional opportunities: 4) Managing budgets and goals with group leaders and pastor.

Essential Functions

1) Relationship and Systems Building


Development of Discipleship Systems within church with goal of moving guests into active participants in discipleship opportunities.
Identify, train and evaluate leaders and teachers of small groups, discipleship formation and mission and outreach experiences. Effectively work with people to develop skills and abilities to lead others to encounter Christ’s love.
In coordination with the Senior Pastor and other staff, assist in choosing, purchasing and evaluating curriculum for use in small groups, discipleship formation and other opportunities. Assist in small group goal setting, goal evaluation, goal assessment and goal celebration.
Work with others to to hone/improve leadership and discipleship qualities. Evaluate, train and re-train leaders and teachers for their effectiveness, healthy group norms, relationship building and goal development, creating continual improvement plans with leaders.
If necessary, assist in directing ineffectual leaders and teachers to other opportunities for growth, or additional volunteer experiences that are more appropriate.
Celebrate successful group experiences.
Work with team leaders to identify and maintain a system of small group evaluations, a team leader support network, and set and evaluate budgeting needs and priorities for groups.
Train people regarding the Safe Sanctuary policy and procedures. Lead people through the process of background checks and other volunteer expectations.

Mission and Outreach

Development of systems within church with goal of moving guests into active participants in mission/outreach opportunities.
Work with non-profits, governments, schools and other groups and individuals to identify, nurture and promote mission and outreach opportunities.
Work with people to identify gifts and interests for ministry, outreach and missional needs and opportunities to meet and serve the ‘not-yet church’.

2) Communication and Coordination


Develop job descriptions for small group leaders and teachers.
Coordinate and communicate with the Senior Pastor and other staff to ensure all group goals and norms meet and reflect those established by Park Church.
Submit information to Pastor and other staff regarding budgets, goals and celebrations.
Pray for small group leaders, discipleship formation teacher’s, ministry team members and people who have been, are and will be impacted by mission and outreach opportunities.
Publicize programs through sources such as email blasts, newsletters, bulletins, mailings, social networking.
Work with Pastor and other staff to identify and reserve space/time for programs.
Participate in staff activities and relevant ministry meetings.
Attend weekly staff meetings.
Participate in one on one progress reviews as needed or as directed by senior pastor.
Take direction from Senior Pastor.

Mission and Outreach

Communicate missional and outreach opportunities that are available.
Work with members and others to identify strengths and interests that mesh with available mission/outreach opportunities.
Work with members and others to identify and nurture previously unidentified outreach opportunities. Assist in creating ministry groups that will embrace and direct those outreach experiences.
Build relationships with community members.
Work with and strengthen opportunities with Garfield School, Riverside School, BAY (Brainerd Area Youth), The Shop, and other opportunities related to the ministry opportunities of Park Church.

Core Competencies

Communication Skills: Communicates in a clear and timely manner. Maintains fluid, open communication.
Team Player: Works well with others. Fosters an environment of cooperation. Willingly provides support to others.
Technology: Demonstrates skill in working with computers. Proficient use of software and electronic means of communication. Willingness to learn new systems. Open to emerging technologies.
Entrepreneurial Spirit — Willingness to try new things in order to be relevant and effective to a changing world.
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Written communication – Effectively communicate in work related documents.
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, and in person.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
Ministry Skills — Successfully identifies new leadership talent and new small group needs. Ensures that every group of team in his/her ministry has an apprentice leader. Creates a ministry model that reproduces the development of leaders and groups.

Minimum Qualifications

Ability to pass background check and drug test Experience planning and directing volunteers and teams in church settings.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to stand, move to and about, sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $22,000.00 to $33,000.00 /year

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