Minister of Congregational Care & Mission


Haywood Street Congregation is an urban ministry located in Asheville, NC. Our mission is: Relationships, Above all Else. We pursue our mission in the contexts of programs that help address the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness and struggling in poverty.

Relationships at Haywood St. deepen in at least two profound ways: extending empathetic presence and mutually serving alongside one another.  The Minister of Congregational Care and Mission is responsible for both.  For tending to the despondent soul of an incarcerated congregant and blessing the cinder block walls of a new apartment; for swinging a hammer on a Habitat for Humanity build and undercutting traditional notions of “helping” the poor.  A typical week in this pastoral role includes:  

Pastoral Care (30% / 12 hours)

    Respond to the spiritual needs of congregants and companions 

    Visitation (public housing, invisible box of poverty, jail, hospital, psychiatric ward)

    Maintain continuity of connection (initiating contact in-between crises)

    Weekly presence in Respite (devotions, welcoming and departing rituals, table fellowship)    

    Lead two small groups 

Mission (30% / 12 hours)

    Exercise discipleship (lead local mission trips with unhoused congregants)

    Co-Lead companion orientation and continuing education with Companion Coordinator

    Engage volunteer/ visiting groups (subvert traditional motivations for urban ministry)

    Reflect theologically with summer youth camps (Carolina Cross Connection, Asheville Youth Mission)

    Mentor and supervise community residents and seminarians (seasonal missionaries)


Worship (20% / 8 hours)

    Weekly worship planning and leadership 

    Monthly preaching

    Occasional services (baptisms, weddings, funerals)

Administration (15% / 6 hours)

    Staff meeting

    Clergy meeting 

    Managers’ meeting

    Self-care meeting

    Phone calls, email, paperwork 

Miscellaneous (5% / 2 hours)

Preferred Background:     Master of Divinity 

                Ordained, or in process (including sacramental authority) 

                Direct urban ministry experience 


Hours and Sabbath: 40 hours weekly, off Fridays and Saturdays 

Direct Supervisor: Minister of Worship and Formation

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to by August 31, 2021.

Contact: Rev. Brian Combs

Church/Org/Business Name: Haywood Street Congregation

Address: 297 Haywood St. Asheville NC 28801

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