Voice of Care, a 501c3 Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Recognized Service Organization, seeks a part-time (60 to 80 hours per month) Ministry Facilitator. Voice of Care equips churches to reach and serve people with disabilities and their caregivers, providing resources and training in five key focus areas: Congregational Ministries, Facilities Ministry, Disability Awareness Ministry, Outdoor Ministry, and Respite Care Ministry.
The primary duty of a Ministry Facilitator is to connect with LCMS congregations to introduce them to Voice of Care resources, training and volunteer opportunities. A Ministry Facilitator is responsible from assisting congregations to develop, grown and expand disability ministry. This may include presenting disability ministry models, training leaders and volunteers, and connecting leaders with appropriate resources. A Ministry Facilitator will strive to develop relationships with facilities for people with disabilities in order to foster relationship with nearby LCMS congregations, and when appropriate, provide chaplaincy services.
The primary duty of a Ministry Facilitator is to connect with each congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod within the region they serve. This contact should include telling the story of Voice of Care, recruiting ministry sites within each circuit, and recruiting volunteers to serve at these sites and also facilities for people with disabilities located within the region. Furthermore the Ministry Facilitator would train and oversee these volunteers until such time that they can maintain the ministry themselves. The Ministry Facilitator would have a relationship with facilities for people with disabilities within their region so to offer chaplaincy services when needed beyond what the volunteers could do. As time and opportunity presents itself, the Ministry Facilitator may connect with congregations outside of the LCMS while retaining the theological position of Voice of Care.
Minimum Criteria for Ministry Facilitator:
Be eligible to be a rostered member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrate personal values consistent with the Voice of Care mission.
Ability to articulate the Voice of Care vision from personal faith perspective that is consistent with Lutheran theology that is grace-based, sacramental and scriptural.
Demonstrate the ability to develop and strengthen community relationships.
Have the ability to develop new programs, review and enhance programs being offered or considered for both economy and the effectiveness in broadening our engagement in the communities we serve.
Current Estimation of Hours Per Month for Assuming Duties:
Connecting with each congregation in the region35 hrs/44%
Have continual “touches” with each Partner Church each year
Partner Church is a church that financially supports Voice of Care. “Touches” are points of contact which will allow the Partner Church to see the value of supporting Voice of Care. These “touches” will include a thank you visit (at least to the pastor if not the whole congregation), hand delivering of the newsletter to the secretary (emphasizing posting of such newsletter), a personal invitation to the Voice of Care annual meeting, and an encouragement to attend Voice of Care events in the area. The goal is to have half of the salary of the Region Director to be provided by Partner Churches within that region.
Attend a circuit visitation meeting of each circuit in the region on an annual basis. If Voice of Care has a new program, then asking to present the program.
Consult either in person or by phone with each Ministry Site within the region on an annual basis. A Ministry Site is a church doing intentional ministry among people with disabilities.
Develop a strategic plan to move churches to either be a Partner church or a Ministry Site.
Recruiting and Training Volunteers 24 hrs/30%
Write training material as necessary and directed by the Program Director.
Set up and execute the training programs Voice of Care has to offer within the region.
Conduct a recruitment seminar. A recruitment seminar is using the existing Voice of Care power point but inserting volunteer opportunities specific for the congregations attending.
Develop ministry sites and train volunteers specific to the program.
Maintaining Facilities and Cultivating new ones 16 hrs/20%
Facilities are outside organizations who work among people with disabilities and desire to address their spiritual needs with the “Jesus Time” program of Voice of Care or by bringing their clients to a Ministry Site program.
Using a variety of approved devotional programs, the Ministry Facilitator will conduct services, including memorial services in order to show potential volunteers what Voice of Care does in this aspect of its ministry.
After assessing the gifts and talents of the recruited volunteers, the Ministry Facilitator will train volunteers to take over the ministry at that facility.
The Ministry Facilitator will research the region to find new facilities that may desire the services of Voice of Care and to then recruit the congregations in that area to provide the “Jesus Time” at the facility or a program on the congregational property.
Make hospital visits when appropriate.
General Office Work and Spiritual/Professional Growth 5 hrs/6%
Communications with Program Director, including staff meetings