Resident Outreach Pastor, Refugee and International Ministries - Church of the Servant, Grand Rapids, MI

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COS has created a part time (~16 hour per week) Resident Outreach Pastor position. The person selected will help to support and grow Refugee and International ministries and programs, while developing vocationally in areas of community ministry and program development. The position is funded for one year, with an extension of a year possible with mutual agreement.

Under the direction of one of the Co-Pastors, the Outreach Resident Pastor will:

  1. Help to develop a plan to organize and support a network of local Christian churches working with refugees and immigrants;
  2. Initiate and maintain communications with area nonprofits and churches around issues and events related to support for refugees and immigrants;
  3. Provide a point of contact and serve as a resource for individuals and churches seeking to share information about good practices in serving and working with refugees and immigrants through Christian community;
  4. Work with current program and ministry leaders within COS in areas serving the needs of refugees and immigrants (including Outreach Support Team, Friendship ESL, Refugee Support Team and Basic English Service) to understand, document, support and align existing programs, ministries and individual efforts which support refugees and immigrants within the church.
  5. Serve as a point of contact and coordinator in organizing COS volunteers needed for specific tasks associated with service to and with immigrants and refugees;
  6. As opportunities develop, serve in an assistant role in areas of pastoral care and worship with international and immigrant people (including through BES);
  7. Undertake appropriate educational and training efforts needed to facilitate successful completion of duties.
  8. Participate in and support advocacy efforts on behalf of immigrants. 

QUALIFICATIONS

1. Completion of an M.Div. degree at an accredited seminary is required;

2. Commitment to following Jesus through a deep engagement with people of different cultures and classes, plus a passion for and ability to enable and support system and organizational change; 

3a. Academic and/or employment experience equivalent to a minimum of 2 years focused in areas of international and immigrant ministries with an emphasis on service and worship (preferred); -OR- 3b

3b. Academic and/or employment experience equivalent to a minimum of 2 years focused in areas of Christian community development and church outreach efforts in a relevant environment - e.g., service, missions, program development, etc. (preferred)

4. Member of an immigrant community and/or linguistic or ethnic minority. (preferred)

The Resident Outreach Pastor will be paid competitively, with a regular work schedule of approximately 16 hours per week. No employee benefits are provided, however, paid vacation time and funds for education and conferencing will be offered. The position reports to one of COS’ Co-Pastors, with support and mentoring provided through a team of staff, Council members and ministry leaders. 

To be considered for the position, please submit a letter of interest and a CV to the email address below: [email protected]

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