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The Chapel

Next Steps Director


Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Snapshot

Denomination: Non-Denominational

Weekly Attendance: 1,400

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Role: The Next Steps Director helps people meet, know, and follow Jesus by leading the department to create environments where people can take next steps in their faith.

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Meet The Chapel:

In 1972, The Chapel on the Campus was established in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by a group of people who were concerned for the spiritual needs of students on the Louisiana State University campus. Over the years, The Chapel not only succeeded, it thrived, growing beyond its own expectations in size and impact. Its success has been attributed to its commitment to its founding vision to share the Good News of Jesus on the campus, in the community through ministry, and around the world through missions.

In the early 2000s, The Chapel’s impact was moving beyond the campus. In response, the elders initiated a stewardship campaign to provide funding to revitalize campus ministry and to relocate part of the congregation to a new facility. Ministry to collegians was enhanced by starting a Sunday evening service called Refuge 7:37 and opening a free coffee shop named Common Grounds. Community groups, leadership training, and mission opportunities helped students mature in their faith and adopt a global mission mindset. College ministry has established ongoing student involvement in China and the Czech Republic and in local missions to serve the poor and needy. As part of the strategy to relocate some of the congregation, a temporary Chapel location was established at The Dunham School in June 2003. This temporary location found a permanent home when The Chapel received The Oaks Community Church and merged ministries in October 2006. This second location is named The Chapel/Siegen Ln while the 1st location is called The Chapel/LSU.

Although The Chapel has changed from the early days when it had no building, no set place to meet, and only one staff member, one thing has remained the same: The Chapel’s ongoing commitment to glorify God by introducing people to salvation through Jesus Christ and helping them develop into committed disciples who help others meet, know and follow Jesus—On the Campus, In the City, and around the World.

The Chapel, under the leadership of Dr. Kevin McKee who became Senior Pastor in 2011, looks toward 2020 with a renewed vision to pray, prepare people for ministry, promote service in the community, and plant churches.

About the Next Steps Director:

The Next Steps Director helps people meet, know, and follow Jesus by leading the department to create environments where people can take their next step on the Disciple-Making Pathway at The Chapel in their relationship with Jesus through groups, classes, and/or volunteering.

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The Next Steps Director Will: 

  • Pathway Champion

    • The Next Steps Director will be the Champion for the Chapel’s Disciple-Making Pathway: Gather/Grow/Serve/Go.

    • Train and equip staff to ensure alignment among ministries in the use and measurement of the pathway.  

  • GroupLife - Community Groups, D-Groups 

    • Directs and oversees GroupLife Vision: A D-Group in every Community Group and a Community Group in every neighborhood.

    • Strategize and implement systems, policies, and procedures for developing leaders and groups. 

    • Identify, recruit, and develop future group leaders.  

    • Collaborate with Kids, Youth, College on GROW step of the pathway.

    • Collaborate with Global and Local Outreach Director to mobilize groups to GO together.

    • Create weekly sermon-aligned curriculum for Community Groups.

    • Direct, plan and implement training and vision events. 

  • Connections - Guest Services, Guest Follow-Up, First Step

    • Direct and oversee the Guest Services ministry and staff for both locations.

    • Strategize and implement systems, policies, and procedures for recruiting and training volunteers and developing leaders.

    • Direct and oversee the First Step assimilation class for both locations.

    • Design and oversee the assimilation process onto the Disciple’s Pathway.

  • Recovery & Support - Celebrate Recovery, Support Groups, Care Ministry  

    • Oversee Support Groups (Divorce Care, Griefshare, Mending The Soul).

    • Oversee Celebrate Recovery ministry.  

    • Oversee the Care Ministry Core Team and the Care Ministry efforts. 

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What you Bring: 

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have a required undergraduate degree and preferably a seminary degree. They will also bring with them a bank of knowledge to The Chapel. Experience in larger, multisite churches of a similar size and culture is ideal for this role. Exposure or experience with Replicate (D-Group Model) is also excellent for this role. 

Personal Characteristics

  • Have a track record of spiritual maturity and character consistent with biblical leadership.

  • Agree with and embrace the culture, vision, and doctrinal statement of The Chapel.

  • Be a relational leader with a great sense of humor who values fun and doing life with others. 

  • Someone who is an innovator, a pioneer, and a risk-taker, who can think creatively and outside of the box with a solution mentality. 

  • Have a passion to reach and disciple unchurched people.

  • Be a self-motivated leader, loving to live life on a team without the need for micromanagement.

  • Be a problem solver, having a successful track record of project management.

  • Have the ability to recruit, develop, train and lead teams of volunteers and paid staff. 

  • Has the ability to supervise and work with different personalities, and possess a high level of emotional intelligence and a relatable personality. 

  • A hard worker who does all things with humility and authenticity.

Helpful Experience: 

  • Experience with Replicate Ministries D-Group model.

  • Experience with Celebrate Recovery.

  • Must be computer literate with knowledge in all Microsoft Office software.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Be a staff member who enjoys fun, collaboration, and winning as a team. 

  • Willing to understand and embrace the Mission, Pathway, and Values of The Chapel.

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What it's Like to Live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana: 

The Baton Rouge area, also known as the "Capital Area," is the middle ground of South Louisiana cultures, having a mix of Cajun and Creole Catholics and Baptists of the Florida Parishes and South Mississippi.

With a prime, central location—just an hour away from New Orleans and Lafayette—Baton Rouge is the perfect city to explore the eclectic culture of this amazing state. Nicknamed the “Red Stick,” the city’s rich past as an ocean port and center for antebellum commerce add spice to the local character. There are many points of interest along the shady streets with their gracious old homes. The landscape is unique to the state, with lush, wet forests of evergreen, live oak, and magnolia trees growing in the area. Especially to the west lie areas of mixed agricultural use, sugar plantations, and marshland, with areas of woodland and pine forest to the north.

A colorful political history is deeply entwined in the culture of Baton Rouge; it can be found both in the storied past of local dealmakers, showcased at the Old Louisiana State Capitol and in the political history that is being written now inside the art deco skyscraper that serves as the current capitol. As home to the main campus of Louisiana State University and several smaller colleges, the city buzzes with the energy of youth while holding fast to its traditions in Southern lifestyle and historic sites. LSU's home football games dominate the fall social calendar when fans perfect the art of tailgating and pack the immense Tiger Stadium. A revival is underway in the city center where attractions range from a riverfront casino to the USS Kidd floating museum to the ultra-contemporary Shaw Center for the Arts, which clusters an art museum, gallery spaces, theaters, and restaurants in the heart of downtown.

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