Care Pastor | Full time | $60-62k + Benefits
Bellingham, WA Bellingham

Summary of Duties

Supports and extends the reach of the pastoral team in the care of CTK attenders experiencing crisis or difficult transitions. This is done through staff coordination, volunteer-led ministries, and meaningful connections in the broader church community and with local counselors. 

Essential Functions

  • Provide primary oversight of Care Ministries, in alignment with CTK Roadmap and Care philosophy/values
    • Supervise and lead any Care-specific staff 
    • Write and maintain annual ministry budget 
    • Screen, train, and support Care Ministry volunteers
    • Lead a hosting team for memorial services, supporting the officiating pastor
    • Oversee encouragement cards, prayer shawl, visitation team (hospital, assisted living, etc.), grief support, and dementia/memory care supporters
  • Assess and anticipate Care needs of ministries
    • Work in collaboration with the Small Groups team to identify care needs in small groups. Equip hosts to provide appropriate care at small group level and refer to Care Ministries/Blessing
    • Strategically assess care needs of the congregation and bring proposals forward of how to best meet, refer, and manage those needs as a pastoral team. 
    • As a representative of CTK, pursue and strengthen referral relationships with local counselors and agencies
  • Participate in CTK Pastoral Responsibilities 
    • Meet with pre-screened walk-ins during business hours Monday through Thursday, as a first pastoral connection and triage
    • Participate in pastor-on-call rotation for after-hours emergencies
    • Participate in pastoral rotation during weekend services 
    • Officiate memorial services and weddings as requested  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Ability to integrate one’s active, personal Christian faith into caring work, finding God in the midst of difficult life circumstances that do not resolve easily
  • Pastoral care and volunteer leadership experience
  • Experience working with diverse groups of people in a ministry, social service, or volunteer context
  • Demonstrated ability to balance discernment and compassion in decision making 
  • Good listening and communication skills; providing feedback, de escalating conflict, team collaboration
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries and coach others to do the same
  • Able to self-manage detailed work including prioritizing, multi-tasking, and follow-up
  • Enough familiarity with current counseling methods to be able to apply them in pastoral triage/referral situations