The Christian Reformed Church in North America has a full-time (40 hrs/wk) position opening for a Director of Safe Church Ministry working in the Grand Rapids, MI office OR can be remote with applicants residing anywhere in the United States. This position provide leadership in equipping the CRCNA for effective abuse awareness, prevention and response at every level of the denomination by developing resources, training materials, and strategies for effective abuse prevention and response. Provide training, support, and encouragement to Safe Church Coordinators and teams in each classis as they develop and support safe church ministry in CRC congregations.
To apply complete an on-line application, submitting a current cover letter and resume indicating your interest by October 16, 2020.
Currently this position is posted with the title of director. However, discussions regarding restructuring are underway and may lead to changes in position title and essential duties and responsibilities. The primary focus of the job, providing leadership within the CRCNA regarding abuse prevention and response, will not change.
1. Gather, create and develop resources and strategies for abuse education, prevention, and response that are appropriate for use in congregations, agencies, and ministries of the CRC. This includes making resources easily available using The Network, social media, and other appropriate venues.
2. Provide ongoing connection, training, and support to Safe Church Coordinators in each classis so that they may fulfill their role.
3. Participate in public speaking, writing, and educational opportunities that promote awareness and advance the cause of Safe Church Ministry.
4. Develop and provide oversight for ecclesiastical processes that deal with incidents and consequences of abuse, including the Advisory Panel Process and Restorative Practices.
5. Address systemic issues surrounding abuse within CRC structures, including abuse of power at all levels. This requires creative and diverse thinking and working with various teams of people, particularly in addressing synodical mandates and recommendations regarding abuse of power, which were adopted by Synod 2019.
6. Provide consultation services to pastors, ministry leaders, congregations, and ministry and agency staff to advocate for abuse education, prevention and safer environments in congregations, ministries and agencies of the CRCNA.
7. Provide consultation with pastors, ministry leaders, classis functionaries, congregations, and ministries and agencies of the CRCNA in responding to incidents and consequences of abuse. This includes participation in regularly scheduled case consultation meetings with Pastor Church Resources.
8. Participate in a process for addressing greater alignment and collaboration within the U.S. Justice Ministries: Disability Concerns, Race Relations, and Social Justice.
9. Work in close partnership with Safe Church Ministry in Canada as directed by the CRCNA Canadian Corporation.
10. Fulfill additional responsibilities as assigned by the director of Congregational Services.
The director of Safe Church Ministry will report to the director of Congregational Services. In addition, the director is accountable to the Mercy and Justice Ministries Committee of the Council of Delegates and will work in adherence to the Joint Ministry Agreement with the CRCNA Canadian Corporation.
Supervision of Safe Church Ministry staff
Professing membership in a Christian Reformed congregation or of a church in ecclesiastical fellowship with the CRCNA, and agreement with the doctrine of the church signified by signing the Covenant for Officebearers or by signing a comparable document prepared by the CRCNA.
2. Ability and desire to humbly listen and elevate the voices of those who have experienced abuse and allow those voices opportunity for input in leading and directing the ministry.
3. Strong commitment to creating and supporting ecclesiastical processes that will provide pastoral care and justice: to one victimized by abuse, to one who has perpetrated abuse, to their families, and to a congregation impacted by abuse.
4. Proven ability, working knowledge, and an understanding of abuse related issues, particularly regarding abuse of power, as well as the polity of the Christian Reformed Church.
5. Demonstrated administrative, organizational, and management skills.
6. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Proven ability to speak and write in ways that effectively communicate the mandate and ministry of Safe Church Ministry.
7. Adeptness in intercultural settings and a demonstrated commitment to equality and racial reconciliation.
8. Commitment to, and capacity for, working as part of a team.
9. Ability to travel in the United States and Canada as needed.
1. Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or pastoral ministry required.
2. At least 5 years experience in a professional field relevant to the work of Safe Church Ministry required.
3. At least 3 years administrative or management experience preferred.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.