The Assistant to the Pastors for Pastoral Care (APPC) shall assist the FCC pastors in providing for the ongoing pastoral care and spiritual well-being of those in our congregation experiencing difficult transitions and challenging life situations – in particular, our hospitalized, homebound, senior and disabled church members. Additional pastoral care duties may be requested of the APPC as deemed necessary by the Senior Pastor and in keeping with the part-time (15 to 20 hours/week) status of the position.
A. Visitation - In coordination with the pastors, the APPC will maintain a regular pastoral relationship with church members. This includes providing spiritual counsel and pastoral care for those whose challenging life situations make it difficult to participate in the ongoing life and worship of the church.
B. Worship -The APPC shall participate in the life and worship of the church as requested by the Senior Pastor. The APPC will assist in the liturgy as requested and may be called upon to preach.
C. Pastoral Care Ministry – In cooperation with the pastors, the APPC will work with the Diaconate, Stephen Ministers and appropriate lay members to build a strong, compassionate pastoral care ministry which shall be established by June 2017; and when fully established, can be sustained with oversight by the APPC and/or pastors.
- The APPC may assist the pastor with other pastoral functions as necessary and at the direction of the Senior Pastor.
- The APPC is invited to participate in staff and Board meetings that will enhance and facilitate the pastoral care ministry of the church including weekly staff meetings and monthly Leadership Staff meetings.
- The APPC will work with the pastoral and leadership staff to plan and vision for the church in keeping with the church’s Mission Statement and Core Values.
- Attend all staff retreats.
- Attend the calendar planning session.
- Serve on the Subcommittee for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment.
- The APPC will meet with and consult with the pastors annually to establish measurable goals for the coming year.
Desired Gift and Knowledge Base
- The Assistant to the Pastors for Pastoral Care should be an ordained clergyperson or a person with commensurate gifts and experiences with a particular sense of call to the caring ministries of the church.
A. Flossmoor Community Church Staff
- Consult with the Senior Pastor and the pastor who holds primary responsibility for the congregation’s pastoral care regarding possibilities, plans, and concerns in the church’s pastoral care ministry.
B. Congregation and Co-workers
- Maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner that facilitates positive relationships with co-workers and members of the congregation and leadership.
Accountability and Review
The APPC reports to the Senior Pastor and is accountable to the Governing Board through the Personnel Committee. The Senior Pastor will conduct an annual performance review with the APPC based on this job description and the agreed upon goals set by the APPC and the Senior Pastor for the year.
- This is a part-time position (20 hours per week) which provides four weeks of vacation.
- Funds will be available for professional development; professional dues and membership fees and materials and supplies related to pastoral care ministries supported by appropriate receipts and documentation.
- This position is to be funded by disbursements from the Donna and John Hendrickson Caring Ministries Endowment Fund.
- The grant for the increase in hours from 10-12 hours per week to 20 hours per week will funded through the church budget and will continue for two years beginning approximately June 1, 2015.
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