The Christian Reformed Church in North America has a position opening for Director of Chaplaincy and Care, based in either the Grand Rapids, Michigan, or the Burlington, Ontario offices OR can be remote with applicants residing anywhere in Canada or the United States.This position is responsible for developing and promoting the strategic ministry of Christian Reformed chaplains. The successful candidate will enlist, endorse, advocate, train, and support the Chaplains of the CRC as they carry out their ministries in a variety of settings.
A detailed description is below. For consideration, complete an on-line application attaching a current cover letter and resume by October 30, 2020. Please be sure to clearly indicate in either your resume or cover letter your standing for the five requirements listed under education and experience.
1. Administer the denominational endorsement process and its five year renewal requirements — seeking input from the Chaplain Ministry Advisory Council (CMAC.)
2. Provide pastoral support, care, and advocacy for those serving in specialized settings (including occasional visits; currently arranged on a three year rotation schedule).
3. Foster collaboration and cooperation between chaplains and their calling churches and classes for the mutual benefit of the various communities impacted by the church.
4. Take part in the shared supervision with the calling churches of persons ministering in specialized settings (especially by way of the Covenant of Joint Supervision).
5. Conduct continuing education through annual training, regional gatherings, etc. for the training and encouragement of CRC chaplains.
6. Recruit and identify chaplain candidates (by following up with correspondence, arranging for visits to Christian colleges and seminaries, CRC Classes, etc.) who are fit for chaplain ministry. Assist chaplain candidates through their education and/or specialized training.
7. Administer the training grants in the budget and the Chaplains Development Fund — with input from CMAC.
8. Provide information to the CRC on chaplaincy, chaplain resources, and related ministries through written communications, engaging social media, and development of resources.
9. Maintain appropriate contact with national endorsement-related organizations and credentialing associations (U.S. and Canada; civilian and military).
10. Oversee, convene, and seek input from CMAC regarding policies to be proposed, revised, updated, deleted and/or recommended to senior management and governing bodies.
11. Work with Human Resources to provide for chaplaincy ministry to the CRCNA staff when and where appropriate.
12. Oversee and convenue CMAC to seek input on policies, procedures, planning, etc.
13. Solicit donations to Chaplaincy and Care Ministry, especially to the Development Fund for the encouragement and training of future chaplains.
14. Provide regular supervision, coaching, feedback, and support to assigned staff.
15. Monitor individual and team goals to ensure successful completion of annual plans; evaluate staff performance on a regular basis and resolve performance issues as they arise.
16. Fulfill additional responsibilities as assigned by the director of Congregational Services.
The director of Chaplaincy and Care Ministry will report to the director of Congregational Services. In addition, the director is accountable to the Congregational Ministries Committee of the Council of Delegates and will work in adherence to the Joint Ministry Agreement with the CRCNA Canadian Corporation.
Administrative Assistant, Chaplaincy and Care Ministry Consultant, and joint supervision of civilian and military chaplains. (Synodical mandate – cf. 5. above)
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
1. Professing member of a CRC congregation, conformity to the Statement of Faith documents included in the Covenant for Office Bearers for the CRCNA.
2. Commitment to Christ and the mission of the church.
3. Demonstrated administrative ability with organizational and management skills. Some experience with budgeting and management tools preferred.
4. Have the ability to speak and write in ways that effectively communicate the mandate of Chaplaincy Ministry.
5. Knowledge of organizations that support the Professional and Ecclesiastical processes for chaplains: endorsing bodies; certifying bodies; professional associations, etc.
6. Knowledge of military structures and procedures or a willingness to learn, especially regarding endorsement and training of Chaplain Candidates.
7. Have a working knowledge of the bi-national dynamics of the Christian Reformed Church.
8. Have a cross-cultural and multi-faith interaction awareness.
9. Be able to deal with demands of travel to attend conferences and visit chaplains throughout the U.S. and Canada.
1. Master’s degree in pastoral care, religion, divinity, theology, or other related field required.
2. Ordination is required within the CRCNA or a church within in ecclesiastical fellowship with the CRCNA.
3. At least 5 years experience serving as a chaplain and chaplain endorsement by a faith group required.
4. Four units of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) or 1600 hours of equivalent chaplain training required.
5. Board certification (or willingness to pursue certification) as a chaplain or equivalent within two years of hire required.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.