Men’s Care Minister

Working at OurCalling:

The mission of OurCalling is to glorify God by leading homeless individuals to Christ and by making disciples on the streets. Every job at OurCalling is a ministry position. Each staff member should be able to clearly share the Gospel, communicate his own testimony, and engage in discipleship.

Job Summary:

We primarily serve the chronically, unsheltered homeless population. Our homeless friends, or guests (Guests), are survivors who have experienced vast amounts of trauma. We use resources, services and relationships to create opportunities for gospel centered conversations. We are careful in our interactions to demonstrate to our Guests and volunteers how to live out the truths of the gospel and let the love of Christ control our actions. This position, while ministry focused, is not like traditional church ministry, but deals with the “rawness” of life on the streets while serving a combination role of chaplain, advocate and case-worker. New-hire Ministers often start on a part-time basis.

Job Responsibilities:

  • As part of the Care Ministry team, engage in relational ministry with our Guests, building long-term, one-on-one relationships; this is critical to our work
  • Both initiate conversations and consciously turn conversations to focus on Christ
  • Prioritize prayer with our Guests, inviting them to exercise their own relationship with God through prayer
  • Participate in, and lead life-skills classes, Biblically aligned addiction recovery classes, Bible studies and devotionals
  • As a part of the larger OurCalling team, help meet basic needs of food, showers, and clean clothing in order to gain the trust needed to talk about deeper heart issues
  • Serve Guests at times, through crisis intervention and/or emotional de-escalation
  • Use active listening, coming into conversations as a humble learner, taking the time to listen carefully to our Guests rather than simply suggesting solutions to problems
  • In conversations with Guests, discern what their deeper needs are, and what needs we are capable of meeting
  • Advise and advocate for homeless Guests who are navigating social services in Dallas, developing relationships while walking together through the process
  • Track and record relationship-building through inhouse case management systems
  • Actively manage personal self-care to remain fresh and strong as a minister to our Guests

Education and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree in psychology, counseling, sociology, social work, philosophy, theology or other similar degree programs is preferred
  • Three years of related “life” or ministry experience with homeless, required
  • Experience in pastoral care toward those struggling with addiction, mental illness, abandonment, homelessness and poverty, desired

Skills and Abilities:

  • Because many of our Guests have been addicts for years or experience various levels of mental illness and trauma, Care Ministers must
    • Be patient and longsuffering while showing discernment
    • Show grace to those who feel defeated by their own desires and cycles of destruction or are unable to articulate more than their frustration
    • Interact gently and with empathy as needed
    • Be able to establish and manage boundaries, to deny requests regularly and overlook or navigate through entitlement attitudes, demonstrating self-control, not easily offended
    • Be sensitive to cultural differences such as race, ethnicity, and neighborhoods of origin
  • Care Minister’s motivation to serve must be
      • A long-term commitment to build deep relationships,
      • A love for Jesus Christ and a desire to see His kingdom and glory increase,
      • A love for those in the homeless community, and desire for them to be won to a fruitful relationship with Jesus Christ, and to escape homelessness
  • Knowledge of the Bible and comfortable teaching, witnessing, discipling and encouraging
  • Must have a demonstrable track record of maturity, integrity, taking personal initiative, being flexible in a busy and fast-paced environment, and as a trusted team member, working effectively across the ministry
  • Able to lift boxes, drive a van, use an iPad to track case notes, willing to help Guests with human hygiene challenges
  • Must have a strong, personal self-care program, be able to set and manage healthy boundaries; Experience in trauma-informed care is helpful
  • Ability to discern, deal with or manage situations that may feel uncomfortable with our Guests including relapse, human frailty, hygiene problems, mental and emotional trauma, hostility, deceit, manipulation or other spiritual challenges
  • Humble with the ability to listen well and accept constructive feedback from ministry members

Additional Qualifications:

  • Upholding a close and growing relationship as a disciple of Jesus Christ

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