Title : Chaplain
Reports to : Administrator [and Director of Chaplaincy Services]
Position Summary : Our chaplains seek to bring the blessings of a richer life to our peoples spirits and renewed spirits to our peoples lives. Their purpose is to faithfully and respectfully pastor the persons in our Country Meadows "congregations," leading them toward a more comforting, strengthening, and empowering relationship with God (according to and respectful of their beliefs), and toward enhanced relationships with others, and greater positive engagement with life itself. Other relevant duties as may be required or assigned by management.
Routine Functions of the Position :
Lead Ecumenical (Christian, which a majority of our residents are) worship services at each care level each Sunday afternoon and/or evening, plus at key religious holidays: Holy Week and Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year.
Conduct care-level specific programs for spiritual education and inspiration each week: Bible Studies for Assisted Living, Independent Living, and William Penn residents; Bible Study & Hymn Sing for Nursing Center residents; Bible Stories & Hymn Sings for Meadows residents (twice during week), and Stories of Faith and Courage for William Penn and Nursing Center residents
Provide pastoral visitation to all residents: during the first week of residence, at the end of the first month; when hospitalized or placed in other health care setting; for urgent needs and as referred by co-workers; and prior to periodic care assessments
Conduct "Celebration of Life" services regularly in memory of deceased residents, attend funeral services, and participate in funeral services when request by the deceased residents family
Lead "Living Through Change" groups, lasting at least 6 weekly sessions, at least quarterly, to help residents effectively deal with issues of grief, bereavement, and loss; with alternate programming or targeted visitation during interim periods; for Assisted Living, William Penn, and Independent Living residents
Support and facilitate spiritual care of Roman Catholic and Jewish residents:
Cooperate with Catholic sisters to see that Rosary services are offered weekly, and that Communion and Mass are offered periodically
Arrange for Jewish observances of Passover and Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashana, and Hanukah as part of campus chaplaincy team
Work with Activity Service Coordinators to provide additional opportunities according to the Jewish residents interests, e.g. Sabbath Candle-Lighting service, occasional transportation to local synagogue or temple, and inviting local Jewish Community Center/Jewish Family Services groups to campus
Offer prayers of grace and blessing at mealtimes for residents each day the chaplain is on campus, by rotating to a different resident dining room and pronouncing a blessing for the meal: either for each table, or as part of dining with a table of residents on a rotating basis, or by offering grace for the whole dining room at the start of the meal
Perform administrative duties as a chaplain, department head, and member of the Country Meadows team, including these training and reporting duties:
Participate in quarterly chaplains meetings
Attend weekly in-service training
Maintain records of attendance
Properly administer chaplaincy annual budget
Provide occasional ministry update reports to administrator and Director of Chaplaincy Services
Contribute to department head meetings (and to campus chaplains meetings, if applicable)
Provide spiritual, emotional, vocational, and other insights for resident care assessments
Prepare and provide monthly calendar of activities to key team members on campus and to the chaplaincy director
Occasionally attend local ecumenical ministers gatherings
Provide a professional pastoral presence and support for co-workers and for residents families, through such means as occasional attendance at Meadows support group meetings, participation at special building and campus open events, offering confidential counsel and support to co-workers, and dressing and behaving as a clergy professional
Creatively employ ones own talents and interests in additional events and activities as time allows, such as Mens Groups or Womens Groups, Morning Devotions, Facility Newsletter, extra Holiday/Holy Day Services, and Musical Services
Critical success factors:
Ability to bring the Good News of Gods love and care to life with residents, through effective and applicable presentations and personal interactions
Possess warm, compassionate, accepting, non-judgmental approach to all persons
Thrive in a diverse work setting of residents and co-workers, with a wide range of ages, backgrounds, religious beliefs, and personal lifestyles
Embody a vibrant personal inner faith, alongside a great love for people and their physical, mental, and spiritual well being that is outwardly expressed
Must have clear and audible voice that is understandable by older adults
Workplace includes entire building(s) as assigned (excluding attic)
Most time is spent in common areas such as chapel, living rooms, dining room, activities rooms, and hallways, as well as in residents rooms
Time and appropriate space is allocated for program preparation, record keeping, and correspondence
Considerable standing and walking are required in presenting programs and visiting residents at various locations. Normal range of hearing and vision, hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity, twisting, bending, pushing, kneeling, stooping, stretching and minimal lifting.
Possess valid drivers license and vehicle for performing duties off-campus
Minimum Requirements are listed in bold print. Additional desired qualifications are shown in regular print.
EDUCATION: Seminary/Bible school degree, Courses in pastoral counseling, teaching, preaching, administration, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), or similar formal coursework and practicum experience, Coursework and/or continuing education in ministry with elderly, gerontology, dementia, etc.
EXPERIENCE: Proven ecumenical approach to ministry with other clergy, churches, groups; Pastoral ministry in parish setting, in long term pastorates which included older congregants; Chaplaincy in Assisted Living, or Skilled Nursing and/or Dementia units
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONS: Practices private and corporate devotional life of prayer, worship, study, fellowship, and service; foundational part of applicants life; Licensed and/or ordained by their faith group/denomination in order to administer communion and perform full pastoral duties; Accepting of other denominations, ecumenical in polity; Mainline Protestant denomination, or a denomination common in that CM facility/area, or Roman Catholic where warranted by chaplaincy needs
APPROACH & DEMEANOR: Must possess character traits needed in ministry with older adults and diverse co-workers: gentle, caring, compassionate, honest, patient, trustworthy, empathetic; Must display key ministry qualifications and attitudes: dependability, consistency, aware of own skills and limitations, confidence, self-motivation with minimal supervision needed, team spirit, creativity, positive attitude, adaptability, maintains confidentiality
SKILLS - Observable & Proven: Relates spontaneously, comfortably and warmly with residents and co-workers as a friend, colleague, pastor; Presents a professional but approachable appearance and demeanor; Engaging, positive, inspiring, life-applying preacher and Bible study leader; Ability to relate to residents and co-workers various places in life, accepting yet encouraging and inspiring; Pastoral counseling training, ability and experience; Proficiency at handling minimal administrative tasks - records, reports, calendars
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