Scope: Coordinate, facilitate, and evaluate Christian spiritual formation on ACU’s campus through close partnership and collaboration with students, faculty, staff, and local congregations.
I. Basic Responsibilities:
Provide leadership for the on-going spiritual formation of the campus community through the development and coordination of co-curricular programming, corporate worship, and pastoral care. This position calls for a vibrant and growing relationship with Jesus Christ and strong collaboration with various campus constituencies and local Christian churches committed to the spiritual formation of ACU students.
II. Essential Duties:
A. Serve on Spiritual Formation Task Force, which is part of the University’s Strategic Plan, and Student Life Leadership Team. After the work of the Spiritual Formation Task Force is complete, develop and chair a University Spiritual Formation Committee B. Develop, coordinate and lead relevant spiritual formation student co-curriculum and programming, including but not limited to Chapel, in accordance with University’s definition of spiritual formation C. Actively engage and connect with appropriate personnel at local Christian congregations, particularly but not limited to congregations of the Churches of Christ, in intentional and strategic ways to equip students with a vision and passion for the church and her work locally and globally D. Create and sustain opportunities where students may seek mentoring, accountability, and pastoral counsel including equipping student leaders, faculty and staff as spiritual mentors E. Work collaboratively with others in Student Life to support spiritual needs of students E. Provide leadership for on-going assessment of spiritual values, attitudes, and practices of students, and the spiritual transformation that occurs during a student’s experience at ACU. F. Oversee and develop departmental staff including Associate Chaplain/Director of Leadership Camps, Associate Chaplain, and Coordinator of Spiritual Formation Programs. G. Speak in Chapel on regular intervals and serve as ACU ambassador speaking in various congregations, conferences, meetings, and retreats as schedule permits. H. Teach at least one course in the Department of Biblical Studies each semester (as needed and as schedule permits) I. Perform other duties as assigned
1. Master’s of Divinity or related master’s required (and an earned doctorate (Ph.D. or Th.D.) in one of the major theological disciplines preferred)
2. Prior experience in full-time Christian ministry (prior experience as primary or associate university chaplain or minister preferred)
3. Prior experience working or teaching in higher education setting (preferred)
1. By actions, words, and lifestyle, model a commitment to practices of the Christian spiritual life
2. Understand and value ACU's historic relationship with Churches of Christ and willing to support the Christian mission and purpose of the university (Active, faithful member of a congregation of the Churches of Christ strongly preferred)
3. Demonstrate strong theological commitment to diversity and inclusion and prior experience working successfully in a community representing a diversity of culture, background, race, political views, expressions of faith and worship styles.
4. Demonstrate the capacity to build and nurture relationships with all segments of ACU community (especially students) and work within and lead collaborative teams
5. Communicate effectively and courteously with others in a spirit of partnership and teamwork for a shared vision of spiritual formation
6. Demonstrate ability to design and oversee processes supporting spiritual formation in general and emerging adults specifically
7. Demonstrate strategic and adaptive leadership skills in organizational settings, including planning, staff development, and fiscal accountability
8. Exhibit strong interpersonal communication, public speaking, and writing skills
9. Demonstrate computer proficiency and the technical ability to utilize Microsoft and Google products
Abilene Christian University is the premier university for the education of Christ-centered, global leaders, offering an exceptional education to about 4,600 students annually from nearly every state and 43 nations. This private, comprehensive university, founded in 1906 in Abilene, Texas, offers 71 baccalaureate majors in more than 125 areas of undergraduate study in addition to its graduate prog...rams. Abilene is a friendly city of 117,000 people, located about 150 miles west of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. As an educational center for a large region, Abilene provides cultural, entertainment and support programs and services normally associated with cities twice its size.
Our mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.
ACU is a vibrant, innovative, Christ-centered community that engages students in authentic spiritual and intellectual growth, equipping them to make a real difference in the world.
Our 21st-Century Vision
By 2020, ACU will become the premier university for the education of Christ-centered, global leaders.
Our Religious Heritage
Established by members of the Churches of Christ, ACU maintains a strong relationship with these independently governed congregations around the world. Since its founding, the university has welcomed all students of character and ability who value the university’s strong Christian environment and exceptional learning environment. Required daily chapel and required Bible courses contribute to the open acknowledgment of Christian faith as an important aspect of the lives of most ACU students. More informationn - http://www.acu.edu/aboutacu/profile.html