Pastor of Support & Recovery


Position Type:      Exempt
Category:              Regular, Full-time position
Classification:        C
Reports to:           Director of Congregational Care & Family Ministries
Ministry Summary
Minister to persons and groups in the areas of congregational care that support and educate individuals and families as persons journey towards wholeness in their relationships with God, each other, their community, and their faith community.
Essential Functions
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Support & Educational Ministries
  • Oversee ongoing support groups for individuals & families to include, but not limited to: LGBTQ persons, persons in Military service, adult ADHD/ADD groups, and CoDA groups providing leadership, coordination, resourcing, and spiritual care
  • Oversee short-term support groups to include, but not limited to: Divorce Recovery, Career Transitions, and Boundaries providing leadership, coordination, resourcing, and spiritual care
  • Collaborate with the Missional Discipleship Team regarding ongoing workshops and other BUMC or community-wide opportunities to include, but not limited to, Wednesday night Refuel, retreats, marriage events, public theology programs.  Examples include parenting classes, marriage enrichment, couples and/or family workshops and retreats, collaborative responses to current events
Recovery Ministries
  • First point of contact for recovery and rehab referrals
  • Liaison to AA/Al Anon leaders and groups providing recovery care
  • Advocate for addiction ministries and mental illness initiatives within the congregation and in the community increasing conversations and decreasing stigma
  • Launch and provide ongoing support for a Parents of Addicts group
  • Seek out new initiatives bringing those ideas to the Congregational Care team for consideration and development
  • Manage workflow and completion of tasks for assigned ministries, events, and retreats
  • Track revenue and expenses throughout event/program lifecycle providing documentation to administrative staff
  • Develop content for publishing in printed, email, or social media
  • Use BUMC approved software to look-up & keep member registration and information up-to-date in cooperation with administrative staff
  • Work with all BUMC departments (e.g. Finance, Facilities, Communications, etc.) as required to ensure proper processes, guidelines and procedures are being followed
  • Communicate with participants and volunteers regarding specific programs and ministries
  • Attend regular departmental and all staff meetings
  • Spiritual: Deeply rooted in Christ and growing spiritually through personal habits and disciplines. Understanding of Wesleyan theology and United Methodist polity
  • Compassionate: Driven by empathy and a desire for all to feel safe, welcome, understood, and inspired. Attentive to hospitality
  • Relational: Ability to develop relationships with persons and their families
  • Organized: Understanding of basic finance and budgeting processes. Delegates administrative responsibilities
  • Collaborator: Works with other teams creatively. Committed to work alongside other to pursue spiritual maturity for people of all ages
  • Independent: Also able to work individually, self-motivated
  • Communicator: Excellent verbal and written communication skills that teaches the Word, inspires others in their faith development, encourages participation in ministry opportunities, and provides counsel to children, students and families when needed
  • Adaptable: Flexible in a changing work environment while approaching tasks and duties with a positive attitude
  • Trustworthy: Ability to handle sensitive information with the highest degree of integrity and confidentiality
  • Leader: Ability to lead and motivate a team. To vision, plan, and empower laity and staff. Ability to serve as a coach to assist volunteers as they use their spiritual gifts in service
  • Supportive: Ability to handle stressful or crisis situations. Able to diplomatically resolve conflict. Effective at consensus-building
  • Master’s degree
  • Licensed Local Pastor in the UMC, Elder or Deacon in the UMC (or in provisional status), or qualified ordination from another Christian denomination
  • Two (2) – Three (3) years of related ministry experience preferred
  • Two (2) – Three (3) years of experience in a medium to large church setting with ability to navigate dynamics of a large organizational church structure
  • Experience in recruiting, training, coordinating, and empowering volunteers
  • Experience in pastoral care and pastoral counseling
Supervisory Responsibility
This position has no direct reports but supervises volunteers and works with the administrative team for assigned ministry areas.
Work Environment
This job operates in a professional office environment.  This role routinely uses standard office equipment.
Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be in an office environment.  Position is mostly sedentary and is required to talk, hear, stand, walk, and sit.  Employee must occasionally lift or move office supplies or other items up to 25 pounds.
Expected Hours of Work
Days and hours of work are Sunday - Thursday, 40 hours per week.  Position may require additional hours during certain projects.  Evening and weekend work required.
Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the area and overnight travel may be expected.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work
being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be
an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Contact: Jennie Stockard

Church/Org/Business Name: Brentwood UMC

Address: 309 Franklin Road Brentwood TN 37027

Phone: 6155777279

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