DIRECTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP
With the Eucharist at the centre, we are a community desiring to be saints,
sent out to love like Jesus, and proclaim Him in every circumstance.
The mission of the Director of Discipleship (DD) is to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in forming saints from those who have already chosen to make Christ the centre of their lives. The DD will work to provide formation opportunities that will help disciples grow in holiness and mission.
The DD will deliver programs and collaborate with parish ministries while maintaining the highest levels of professionalism. The DD provides opportunities for spiritual and human growth in order that people grow in the spiritual life and become spiritual teachers, leaders, and multipliers.
As a member of the Senior Leadership Team and under the direction of the pastor, the DD will be a leader of leaders who is rooted in the Church’s tried-and-true methods of spiritual growth, as well as the current approaches.
The DD is completely dedicated to Jesus and His Church, supporting her teachings in all endeavours, and models by example.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- With a heart for the Eucharist, living out God’s vision for our parish in the execution of all duties, and intentionally seeking to influence others to do the same.
- Providing strong leadership, engaging in virtuous relationships and serving the parish to seek the lost and help everyone become saints.
- Proclaiming Jesus at every opportunity and in every circumstance in the course of day-to-day work.
The roles and responsibilities of the DD are focused on leading disciples to become saints. These include, but are not limited to:
- Developing a clear and defined plan for holiness and mission that is focused on the Eucharist. This plan has multiple entry points in which a disciple can discern where he or she is called to start (e.g. Faith Studies, Journey Through Scripture, Called & Gifted workshops, apologetics training, pro-life training, Theology of the Body, Marian consecration, etc.) and then progress through all the stages. Formation will mainly be through small groups, so as to emphasize persons over programs, as well as the raising up of leaders.
- Providing vision and growth to these formation opportunities, as well as overseeing implementation and evaluation.
- Developing a core team of leaders from various formation ministries.
- Overseeing the Intercessory Prayer Ministry and the Adoration Ministry, which are the soul of holiness and the apostolate.
- Coordinating other formation opportunities such as parish missions, books, Lighthouse Catholic Media, Steubenville conferences and spiritual direction.
- Collaborating with the Director of Evangelization and the Coordinator of Parish Activities to ensure alignment of goals, initiatives, and programs.
Note: the DD performs other duties as assigned by the Pastor.
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- The DD is called to continuously improve and grow as a person and as a leader. The drive to continually learn and establish best practices through professional development is required.
- The DD will meet at least weekly with the Pastor for spiritual and professional formation, feedback, guidance, and intensive mentoring, as well as feedback and support from the Senior Leadership Team.
- Ongoing formation will include personal coaching in the Divine Renovation Network and from Evangelium, and participating in workshops and conferences.
- There will be encouragement and support to do academic studies in leadership and the formation.
- Desire for holiness and passion for evangelization.
- Passion for developing a missional church culture.
- Commitment to and a sound understanding of Catholic doctrine and practices.
- Letter of recommendation from pastor of personal parish.
Background, Skills and Knowledge
The top professional requirement for this position is that the individual is an exceptional manager, in addition to the following:
- Proven leadership skills: vision/influence, initiative, a commitment to results, building and leading others; and a demonstrated track record of improving programs and completing projects.
- Strong organizational, logistical, planning, problem solving, team building and multi-tasking skills. Proven track record of getting projects and tasks completed on time.
- Project management, program development, and training experience.
- Ability to function independently with minimal supervision and direction.
- Ability to recruit, screen, train, supervise and encourage volunteers for ministerial work.
- Ability to engage in devout conversations, and communicate a sense of availability and openness to working with others.
- Proven ability and experience in providing strong input into an organization’s strategic direction.
- Adept in interpersonal skills and in conflict resolution.
- Ability to keep confidences.
- Computer literate and proficient in using Microsoft Office productivity software, Google Apps (Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs) and related technologies.
- Solid written and verbal English communication skills.
Education, Training and Experience
- Degree in Pastoral Studies, Theological Studies or Religious Studies
- Training in discipleship, program development, facilitation and collaboration.
- 3 – 5 years’ experience in a ministerial discipleship role within a parish.
- Experience working with a diverse community of disciples who are at various stages of spiritual growth and development.
Hours of Work
The Director of Discipleship is expected to work 35 hours per week, including regular weekday office hours, evenings and weekends, as required. A flexible work schedule is negotiable, based on the needs of the parish.
A formal work performance evaluation and meeting with the Pastor, will take place at the end of a 9-month probationary period, annually, and as required.