Westminster Presbyterian Church – Waterloo, IA
Contact Pastor Dan Voigt at 319-234-5501 or email
Title: Pastor of Care and Visitation
Reports To: Senior Pastor/Head of Staff
Status: 25% Time (on average 10 hrs/week annually)
Purpose: Provide pastoral care to church members and leadership in congregational care to the members of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
- Possesses a strong commitment to God through Jesus Christ
- Three references and background checks
- Ordination would enhance the performance of this position
- Able to move freely in and out of different care settings (homes, churches, nursing homes, and hospitals)
- Able to speak in a public forum
Preferred Experience, Skills and Abilities:
- Spiritual Maturity: Shows strong personal depth and spiritual grounding; demonstrates integrity by walking the talk, and by responding with constancy of purpose; is seen by others as trustworthy and authentic; nurtures a rich spiritual life; seeks wisdom and guidance of appropriate mentors; and ability to articulate a clear and consistent theology.
- Pastoral Care: Demonstrates the ministry of presence; creates a spirit of openness that invites those who are spiritually or emotionally troubled to confide in her/him; demonstrates appropriate pastoral care boundaries; recognizing his or her on limitations as a care provider; respects confidences; and appropriately refers congregants to other professional care providers as warranted.
- Visitation: Moves comfortably and easily around those who are ill or suffering; generates a sense of calm, hopeful presence; offers appropriate prayers and facilitates rituals that invite healing; demonstrates appropriate personal boundaries when caring for the ill and dying; and stands as a calm, sure presence in the face of death.
- Developing Others: Provides others with information and tasks that develop skills for congregational care; sets clear objectives and measures, monitors process, progress, and results; able to motivate volunteers and members; empowers others; invites shared input and decision making.
- Preaching/Worship Leadership: Is a consistently effective preacher; able to inspire from the pulpit; communicates a clear, consistent, and relevant message; crafts worship flow that reinforces a theme or purpose; fosters worship moments that invite participants into an encounter with the divine; creates liturgical moments that embrace the world of the people in worship.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Visit members who need care (i.e., hospital visits, nursing home visits, home visits, home communion). Visits will be coordinated with Senior Pastor/Head of Staff.
- Act as staff liaison to the Deacons.
- Attends meeting of the Deacons.
- Develops a board of Deacons who can offer helpful care to church members in times of need.
- Informs staff and church leadership of ministry programs of the Deacons.
- Attend weekly staff meetings.
- Occasionally preach and lead in worship services; particularly when the Senior Pastor is away.
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