Weekly Attendance: 2,000
Location: Orlando, Florida
The Role: The Pastor of Care and Counseling will be a leader in the church, heading all care and counseling ministries to Grace attenders.
Meet Grace Church:
Grace Church exists to help people take their next step toward Christ. This has been the mission from the first service in February of 2003 and is accomplished today in four neighborhood campuses around Central Florida.
This mission guides everything at Grace and allows us to focus ministry in a few key areas: weekend services, family ministry, and Grace Communities (small groups, theology classes & Bible studies). By keeping things simple, we help our people prioritize the church, increasing their involvement and allowing them to serve the church faithfully.
Grace is currently experiencing an unprecedented season of growth and momentum - with attendance nearly doubling at each of our campuses over the last two years. We attribute this growth to a unified staff and volunteer team, clarity of mission, and a strong culture that celebrates the gospel and life transformation.
Each of our campuses are led by a campus pastor who preaches live (from the same text and sermon series) and a staff that works closely with central leaders to implement the mission and culture of Grace Church.
About the Pastor of Care and Counseling:
The Pastor of Care and Counseling will be a leader in the church, heading all care and counseling ministries to Grace attenders. These ministries include but are not limited to hands-on pastoral care, organizing and equipping members to care for other members, conducting formal biblical counseling of all kinds, and nurturing the heart of the church.
The Pastor of Care and Counseling will:
Taking leadership and ownership of pastoral care, and initiative in growing and nurturing this ministry as a part of their leadership.
Building strong relationships and trust with the members, visitors, and community of Grace Church.
Leading premarital counseling, marriage counseling, Financial Peace University, and any other pastoral counseling areas that may arise.
Overseeing volunteer counselors in our onsite counseling ministry.
Helping Grace Communities (small groups) care for their own members within the groups, assisting in guidance and leadership where needed in organizing meal trains, hospital visits, and care duties
Growing in connection with the teaching pastors and the church in order to assume an occasional weekend teaching role in services when appropriate
What you bring:
The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Pastor of Care and Counseling:
A bachelor’s degree is required for this position. A master’s is strongly preferred. A candidate with a master’s degree in divinity or counseling or biblical studies would be a great fit for this role.
The ideal candidate for this position likely has eight to ten years of ministry experience. They have a high level of emotional intelligence. They are capable of teaching in weekend services, bringing their heart for care for the church to the platform. They have experience and a proven record of equipping high-capacity leaders. They have a track record of handing off ministries, creating systems for care, and are highly skilled at equipping others for care through dedicated and committed service. They have probably been serving in pastoral care or perhaps even as a chaplain at a hospital.
Personal CharacteristicsThe ideal candidate:
has an active walk with Christ and is consistently exhibiting a Christ-like character
has a very strong work ethic
Is a great communicator who desires to one day teach occasionally in weekend services
possesses an authentic, genuine spirit in their faith, work, and relationships
Is highly organized, with the ability to troubleshoot and create processes and systems with a strong eye for detail
Is strongly gifted in the area of leading/shepherding
Is highly emotionally intelligent, with a skill and gift for remembering people, listening, understanding, and connecting people with each other and in ministries at the church
loves people and has a heart for talking with, connecting with, caring for, and helping others
Is a team player who enjoys having fun with a staff team
What it's like to live in Orlando, Florida:
Orlando, Florida, is a city of approximately 200,000 people located in east/central Florida. It is the core of the third largest metropolitan area in Florida and is home to nearly 1.8 million people. The area is a major tourist destination and is the home of Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando. Neighboring Lake Buena Vista is home of Walt Disney World, the world-renowned amusement park. These attractions form the backbone of Orlando's tourism industry, making the city the most visited city in the U.S. Orlando is also home to the University of Central Florida, one of the U.S.’s largest campuses. Another important sector is the film, television, and electronic gaming industries, aided by the presence of Universal Studios, Disney's Hollywood Studios, UCF College of Arts and Humanities, Full Sail University, the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, and other entertainment companies and schools.
As of 2006, Orlando is also home to three Fortune 1000 company headquarters. It has evolved from the hub of Florida’s citrus industry in the 19th century, to a mecca for tourism in the 20th century. The city’s regional leaders have worked diligently in recent years to diversify its economy to create a new breed of high-tech, high-wage careers for residents in cutting edge industries such as digital media, technology, life sciences, modeling, simulation, and training. Today, Orlando is a global leader in the 21st century innovation economy.
This city is ranked as the 36th "Most Fun U.S City" in a survey conducted in 2003 by Cranium Inc. Factors taken into account in the ranking include: the number of sports teams, restaurants, dance performances, toy stores, the amount of a city's budget that is spent on recreation, and other factors. And it never fails to consistently earn a ranking as one of the top tourist destinations in the world. All in all, Orlando is the ideal place for any couple or family to live.
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