Martha O'Bryan Center - Nashville, TN

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The Martha O'Bryan Center is a creative activist ministry serving over 6,000 people in poverty each year through early learning education, youth development, Work Ready job placement, family resource center community services, and East End Prep K-5 charter school.

Mission Statement On a foundation of Christian faith, Martha O'Bryan Center empowers children, youth, and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment, and fellowship.

Vision Statement Martha O'Bryan Center is a creative activist ministry. Building on the strengths of our families, we provide transformational opportunities through education, work and fellowship creating community change. Our efforts integrate our internal resources and expand our active relationships with decision-makers, partners, and stakeholders.


The Chaplain is responsible for formulating, establishing, and implementing a multifaceted religious service program at the Martha O’Bryan Center; a creative, activist Christian ministry. As part of the Family & Community Services team, he or she will provide religious worship, counseling, spiritual direction, support and crisis intervention to our customers. The Chaplain will serve as a subject matter expert concerning religious practices, and provide a non-judgmental, caring influence in the lives of all individuals who touch the Center, a visible model of respect and caring for each person in spiritual need.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Pastoral care giving

The Chaplain demonstrates pastoral care skills with sensitivity, approachability, and availability to our customers. Among the duties and responsibilities:

Providing individual spiritual and personal counseling.
Helping to bring resolution to crisis situations involving customers.
Being visible in all areas of the agency.
Assisting in emergency notifications.
Collaborating with other programs in a holistic response to customer needs.

Religious Leadership

The Chaplain ensures impartial religious leadership to meet the diverse needs of different faith groups. Among the duties and responsibilities:

Regular and personal leadership at worship and prayer gatherings.
Establishes working relationships with local clergy and coordinates their contribution to the facility's religious program. Also, provides assistance to such clergy in the understanding of our individual customers as well as poverty.
Supervising all religious services and meetings.
Overseeing the fair and equitable management of all resources allocated to the Pastoral Services program.
Is responsible for establishing and administering the budget affecting the program.
Is responsible for setting goals for the program as well as implementing viable strategies for their attainment.
Being available for emergency situations.

Agency Coordination

The Chaplain communicates the mission and goals of the Pastoral Services program. Among the duties and responsibilities:

Being a ready resource for subject matter expert information to staff. Stay current with trends and networks in the field of urban ministry.
Providing training programs and materials for staff in new and/or unfamiliar issues of customer religious beliefs and practices.
Providing appropriate training for staff concerning cultural, social, and religious diversity and an awareness and sensitivity to differences.
Representing the Center’s Pastoral Services program in appropriate public forums.


Master’s degree in religious studies or related field, social work degree preferred. 3-5 years pastoral experience, urban ministry experience preferred.

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