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Job Description for Coordinator for Disability Ministry, Downtown
This is a dynamic role, characterized by compassion and a heart for those with disabilities, as well as a desire to bring glory to God by serving and leading others. Our vision for the Disability Ministry at the Downtown Campus is to develop a flourishing ministry to individuals and families with needs, resulting in people who know, love, and serve Jesus, and families who are supported and equipped. Coordinators will be team players and operate in this role according to Bethlehem’s vision and philosophy of ministry.
The tasks for this role are varied and often changing. Below is a list of the Coordinator’s primary duties as well as some areas that are flexible as God leads and time permits:
- Connection and Administration
- Connect with families with children with disabilities, encouraging and supporting them.
- Match buddies with children. Work with individual families to best meet the needs of their child.
- Keep an accurate roster of those at Bethlehem Downtown to be served by this ministry.
- Team Building and Recruitment
- Build a team of trained volunteers to work as one-on-one buddies in the classroom.
- Provide ongoing training and support to the ministry team.
- Support children’s ministry teachers. Visit classrooms on Sunday mornings to provide resources and support for volunteers teaching children’s classes with special needs.
- Provide ongoing support for His Strength, an adaptive Sunday School class for preschool through 12th grade (or the age range of those with current needs).
- Attend staff meetings that will benefit the work of this ministry and that will aid staff communications and relationships.
- Advocate for those with Disabilities
- Promote inclusive environments in children’s ministry spaces. Collaborate with team leaders and/or small group leaders in Sunday School classes, making adaptations where necessary to effectively include children with disabilities in ministry aims.
- Actively seek solutions when there are challenges in the classroom or when a family is struggling to participate in church with their children’s needs.
- Work across ministry departments to serve those with special needs.
- Encourage and organize initiatives that support families living with disability. (Examples of possibilities: family picnics, prayer and support groups, bible studies, respite care, and more.)
- Collaborate with other church staff to integrate children (and adults) with disabilities into the life and ministry of the church (e.g. participating in corporate worship, ushering, etc.)
- Plan and adapt Sunday School lessons or research and implement already-prepared adapted lessons for the His Strength class, making sure the theology of the lessons is a fit and the materials are approved by the Pastor for Children & Family Discipleship, Downtown.
- Attend occasional staff meetings that will benefit the work of this ministry and staff communication and relationships.
- Attend church conferences, workshops and seek out connections and resources that will benefit spiritual and professional growth as time and church finances allow.
- Other Duties as may be assigned by the church from time to time.
- Meet the spiritual, personal and character qualifications of Deacon as found in 1 Timothy 3:8–13 and exhibit the fruit of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:22-23.
- Model servant leadership and exhibit a helpful, joyful attitude.
- Sustain a vital, growing relationship with the Lord through personal and corporate worship, study of God’s Word, prayer, and regular, ongoing fellowship with believers at Bethlehem.
- Seek to do duties in the power of the Holy Spirit, undergirded with prayer, guided by the Scriptures, and manifesting the character of Christ for the glory of God.
- Be a member in good standing of Bethlehem Baptist Church or, if not a member when called to the church, become a member as soon as possible, ideally completing the membership process within three (3) months of the date that employment begins.
- While ensuring first loyalty is to God and the Word, support the leadership of the church generally and specifically for one’s area of ministry. Strive to maintain positive and fruitful relationships with other Bethlehem employees, members, and leaders. While concerns or differences of opinion may arise, all employees will communicate in a biblical manner and abide by appropriate supervisory direction and any final determinations of the Council of Elders. Whether leading ministry or submitting to those in authority, the Ministerial Coordinator will do so in a joyful manner.
Organizational Skill and Awareness
- Have the vision and organizational skills necessary to work effectively, creatively, and flexibly within the context of a large church with multiple staff members and ministries.
- Strictly maintain appropriate confidentiality according to the guidelines set forth in Bethlehem’s Employee Handbook and Relational Commitments.
- Sign our Employee Handbook Acknowledgement Form and comply with all applicable church policies.
- Give servant-hearted support to specific area(s) of ministry as well as to the broader needs of Bethlehem’s ministry.
Self-Motivated and Dependable
- Demonstrate a commitment to personal growth by attending appropriate training, development, and team-building events.
- Have a good understanding of the people, projects, or ministry under the role responsibilities. Demonstrate faithfulness and good follow-through both in collaboration with other ministry partners and in independent efforts related to the role.
Advocate for the Special Needs Ministry
- Recognize volunteers as valuable co-laborers in ministry and will be proactive, prayerful, and persistent in recruiting for the role.
- Have a deep appreciation that God values those he created with disabilities: “On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable (1 Corinthians 12:22)”.
Should be …
- Patient, warm, and caring
- Firm and consistent and nurturing
- A self-starter and an initiative-taker
- Detail oriented
- Able to manage stressful situations
- Familiar with Bethlehem ministry values, ethos, and priorities
- Proactive in communicating with others on a team
Should have …
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent time management and organizational skills
- Energy and stamina
- Team orientation, collaborating well with others
- Strong creative and conceptual thinking
- In-depth problem solving and follow-through skills
- Ability to exercise sound judgment within established guidelines
- Ability to work well under direct supervision or independently with minimal instruction
- Ability to manage details and priorities under the pressure of tight deadlines and multiple projects
- Demonstrated leadership skills
- A love for those with disabilities and their families