Summary: The Dean of Spiritual Formation’s primary responsibilities center upon providing leadership for the college’s spiritual formation initiatives. As spiritual formation is a core priority of the college, found in the mission statement, this person will provide leadership in an area of central importance.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Plan and execute the college’s chapel/convocation program.
A multi-year plan. Provide leadership, in collaboration with the president and vice president for student services, a plan that outlines what topics will be covered in chapel/convo over a multi-year period. This outline provides the college with an intentional “what every student should know” framework during their years at Montreat.
Speakers and interviewees. In partnership with the president and vice president for student services, develop a robust schedule of speakers and interview guests for chapel and convocation services each semester. This is to include consideration of strategically chosen pastors and other influencers from the college’s 250-mile recruitment radius. Preparation for chapel/convo services includes coordination/logistics to bring speaker to campus; minute-by-minute agenda for each service; coordination with worship team on song selection; hospitality concerns, and; audio/visual needs.
Student team. Supervise student workers: chapel worship team coordinator; chapel sound coordinator, and; chapel video coordinator. Set direction for weekly chapel planning and worship team.
Speak/preach. Preach and/or teach an average of once per month during the academic year (6-7 times).
Special Events. Provide leadership and support for themed focus weeks including but not limited to the Theilman Lecture Series, Vocation Symposium, and Crossroads: The Faith and Culture Project.
Spiritual formation across campus.
Campus Ministry Team. Lead a campus ministry team comprised of internal staff/faculty and local ministers focused on outreach and discipleship of students.
Equip those who minister to students. Support coaches, faculty, student life staff, and volunteers with tools to effectively nurture spiritual formation of students.
Bible studies/small groups. Coordinate small group/Bible study opportunities for students; recruit and train leaders for these groups.
Student ministries. Provide leadership for and support the student ministries on campus, not limited to Family Dinner program, Soul Care mini-retreats, Annual Church and Ministry Fair, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
Service opportunities. Support current service projects, and organize and execute additional opportunities.
Teach. Teach one first year experience course (IS 102/201) per academic year.
Measure effectiveness of spiritual formation. Provide leadership for the data collection, analysis, and summary of student spiritual formation growth, and report these findings regularly to cabinet. Collect feedback from students and employees for how we can improve the integration of faith and learning as a campus community.
Churches and ministry organizations. Cultivate relationships with church and parachurch leaders and serve as gatekeeper for churches, para-church, and service organizations who are interested in supporting on-campus and off-campus ministry opportunities for students.
Counseling. Provide one-on-one pastoral counseling with students as needed.
Identity development. Work cooperatively with others on campus who are involved in helping students understand their identity.
Retention. Actively support the college’s retention initiatives use and serve on the Safety Net team.
Manage links on college website related to Spiritual Formation for both the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) students.
Budget. Manage the spiritual formation budget.
Other duties as assigned.
A robust and active Christian faith, and a demonstration of Christian maturity and wisdom.
Must be able to affirm and support the college’s Statement of Faith and Community Life Covenant.
5-10 years of progressive responsibility in the spiritual formation of college-aged students.
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
Administrative and organizational skills, and demonstrated ability to manage paid and volunteer workers.
Bachelor’s and Master’s degree required. Master of Divinity strongly preferred.
Vice President and Dean of Student Services. The Dean of Spiritual Formation is a 12-month full-time position.
How to Apply:
Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates are requested to send the following materials:
Montreat College is a Christian liberal arts college accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer masters, bachelors, and associates degrees. The main campus is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains fifteen miles east of Asheville, North Carolina, a region recognized as one of the most attractive living environments in the United States. Satellite campuses in Asheville, Charlotte, and other sites supplement the main campus. The College is committed to Christ-centered teaching and learning, and is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.
About Montreat College
Montreat College is a Christian liberal arts college accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer master's, bachelor's, and associate's degrees. The main campus is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains fifteen miles east of Asheville, North Carolina, a region recognized as one of the most attractive living environments in the United States. Satellite campuses in Asheville, Charlotte, and other sites supplement the main campus. The College is committed to Christ-centered teaching and learning, and is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.