Street Outreach Minister

The Ministry:

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.

Position 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. Our Street Outreach Ministers actually crawl under bridges and hike out into the woods to find our homeless friends, bring them resources, share the Gospel, pray with them, show them love, and build trust in order to bring them to a place where they can and want to seek help getting off the streets.

Position Responsibilities:

  • As part of the Care Ministry team, initiate relationships with the most vulnerable on the streets; 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
  • 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 to escape the streets, while walking together through the process
  • Track and record relationship-building case notes 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, 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, Street Outreach 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
    • Be able to handle awkward situations with grace and not be offended when seeing inappropriate human interactions on the streets
    • 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
  • Street Outreach 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, witnessing, discipling and encouraging
  • Comfortable leading a small group of volunteers
  • 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, walk long distances, 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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