The Chaplain facilitates and encourages the spiritual growth of Sterling College by creatively planning, implementing and promoting a coordinated Spiritual Life program that includes discipleship programming and pastoral care. A qualified candidate must have a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and support the Christian mission of Sterling College in both word and action. The Chaplain must demonstrate a commitment to and a talent for working with young adults and leading them to a mature Christian faith. The successful candidate will have the ability to work with a diverse student population, campus administration, faculty, and alumni. This is a full-time staff position with benefits.
A qualified candidate must have a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and support the Christian character and mission of Sterling College. The candidate must also possess a clear understanding of and ability to articulate the essentials of a Christian liberal arts college.
An ability to clearly communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ in corporate and small group settings.
Evidence of recent, successful ministry leadership (among college-aged students helpful)
Evidence of administrative and leadership skills
A passion for discipling and mentoring college-aged students.
Evidence of an ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds.
Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
Experience in counseling or spiritual guidance helpful.
Ability to teach courses as an adjunct faculty member (as needed) helpful.
Evidence of a life of Christ-centered maturity.
Provide corporate biblical teaching at chapel events approximately 12-15 times per semester.
Oversee all administrative aspects of the chapel program including worship, attendance, recruiting outstanding speakers, etc.
Provide leadership to direct reports involved in spiritual life (Director of Worship Arts and the Media Specialist).
Provide spiritual guidance to the Residential Life staff.
Serve as Chaplain for online students.
Oversee all administrative aspects of the short term missions program.
Organize a Spiritual Emphasis Week in conjunction with the Peacemaker’s convocation each February.
Provide opportunities for spiritual growth through programming campus-wide events.
Plan and implement a program of spiritual formation for students including the development of Bible studies and other learning and spiritual growth opportunities for all students (resident, online and commuter students).
Promote and involve students in community service through local ministries.
Provide pastoral guidance and care to students in spiritual matters, supporting students, faculty, and staff in times of crisis, bereavement, etc.
Serve as an ambassador for the College through speaking, writing, or other ministry opportunities.
Represent the College at convocations, commencement, alumni or admissions events as needed.
Encourage and promote students’ local church attendance and involvement.
Essential Job Functions:
Must be able to push, pull, and lift a minimum of 25 pounds.
Must be able walk up and down stairs and climb ladders.
Be able to coordinate movement of the fingers and hands as well as have the adequate dexterity and strength to complete tasks.
Be able to use upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or upward.
Be able to bend body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.
Be able to stand and move about regularly.
Be able to sit and stand for long periods of time.
M.Div, Th,M. or equivalent ministry degree.
About Sterling College
Sterling College is a Christ-centered, four year liberal arts college located in Sterling, Kansas.
Sterling College is a Christian liberal arts college, founded in 1887. With an enrollment of nearly 700, the College has increased enrollment over 30% in the past seven years and looks to continue this trend toward fulfillment of its long-term vision. Sterling is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and is accredited by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Sterling College, in its employment practices, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, or national origin.