Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Ministry Description
Ministry Title: Congregational Life Coordinator
Reports to: Associate Pastor of Congregational Life & Pastoral Care
Ministry Description: The Congregational Life Coordinator provides a focal point for identifying, engaging, coordinating and effectively utilizing the time and gifts of members for mission and ministry in the congregation. Maintains an awareness of the congregation’s needs, and opportunities to meet these needs, by daily contacts and routine interactions with members. Serves as a connector for the congregation’s membership to the congregation’s mission.
Promote fellowship and growth of discipleship that encourages and empowers all members to become active in Good Shepherd’s mission and ministry. Work with alongside other staff team members, most especially working with the pastors, Director of Music & Worship, youth team and the Communications & Graphic Design Specialist, to facilitate effective communication and promoting programs that enhance awareness and participation. Recruit and train as needed, to support voluntary team leaders and team members in all ministry areas. In essence, the Congregational Life Coordinator serves alongside staff, pastors and key lay leaders to identify skills/passions of congregation members and find ways for those skills/passions to be utilized in the fulfillment of the congregation’s mission.
Just a few of the ministry areas in which the Congregational Life Coordinator works with include – Worship (readers, ushers, communion assistants, worship coordinators, etc.); Fellowship (servers, treats, kitchen service, etc.); Special Events (dinners, celebrations, etc.); Adult Faith Formation (Bible study, service opportunities, etc.); Youth & Family Ministries (church school, confirmation, high school, etc.) Facility (special events, facility related service projects).
Lead new member ministry. Coordinate and implement how new members are received into the congregation and how new members find connection to the mission and ministry of the congregation.
Serve as a coach to pastors, staff, and key lay leaders in how to engage, support and appreciate volunteers in the congregation.
Alongside the Executive Assistant Office Manager, maintain an accurate, up-to-date membership database. Assist pastors and staff in understanding how to utilize database information.
Wedding & Funeral Ministry:
Develop, maintain, communicate, and coordinate wedding policies, procedures, and schedules with the pastors. Recruit, train, and direct wedding coordinators to ensure smooth flow of wedding activities and to help enhance the wedding ceremony. Provide support to ensure appropriate materials and supplies are available for the wedding ceremony.
Serve as the staff liaison for funeral reception ministry between pastors, WELCA service teams, and the funeral home.
Meetings & Administration:
Attend staff meetings, team meetings, continuing education sessions, and other meetings as needed for effective learning, communication, and coordination. Write program summaries, progress reports, letters, e-mails, recognitions, thank you cards, and articles for the newsletters and bulletins.
Personal & Spiritual Growth:
Engage in the ministry of self–care through personal and spiritual growth. Nurture spiritual growth through prayer, worship services, reading, attending educational conferences, and other avenues personally chosen to foster this growth.
Education and Experience Desired
An Associate’s degree or equivalent experience of at least three years working with volunteers. Experience with Microsoft Office Suite products is a must. Comfortable with multiple technology formats is a must. Familiarity with using a database is favorable.
Talents and Gifts Needed for this Ministry
A heart and desire to lead God’s people in ministry. A growing personal relationship with God. Support for the vision and mission of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The Congregational Life Coordinator must be able to work in an agile team environment and possess a high degree of skill in organization, communication, teamwork, training, facilitating, coaching, and leadership. Possessing the ability to build relationships, recruit, train, and motivate adults and children is also a must. Requires the ability to keep sensitive and confidential information. Self-motivation and ability to determine priority needs from routine tasks.
Examples of Working Conditions
A full-time position (40+ hours per week) with eligibility for benefits as outlined in the employee manual. Typical work schedule is 9-4, Mon-Thu, with 1 hour lunch break. (24+ hours) plus routine evening and weekend work (16+ hours). The Congregational Life Coordinator is present at all weekly worship services, as well as Festival Days of the church like Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. Holiday time off is therefore flexible to take prior or after the Festival Holidays.