Seven years since its planting, Journey is looking for a new director to transition the campus ministry into its “second generation.” It’s pretty much the best ministry job in the world in the best city in the country. We’re not really exaggerating. Journey ministers to two campuses, the College of Charleston and the Citadel Military College in gorgeous and historic Charleston. The former is the least Christian campus in the state and where campus ministries go to die. The latter is outwardly religious, but so regimented and repressed it makes discipleship unusually difficult. Who’s up for a challenge?
THE NEW STRATEGY
We’ve discovered that this is really a job that requires two people. But there’s only one of you, right?. The good news then is that because the founding director is moving on to plant a church just down the street and there’s a longstanding network of partner churches, our new strategy is to not look for someone who can do everything, but someone who can do one thing really well. A candidate who can preach and teach masterfully, OR disciple tons of students into spiritual growth and multiplication, OR lead and teach worship harmoniously that blends the traditional and new. The old director and the other partner churches will help augment wherever the new director is weak in.
THE FUNDING MODEL
Like most campus ministries, the director must support raise. Fortunately, we already have a network of over 12 churches that donate annually. Currently, about half our funding comes from local churches and the Presbytery. The other half comes from local individuals. We anticipate that at least half of our local individuals will continue to support campus missions after the transition, so the new director will be in an unusually financially healthy position to begin with. That said, the director will need to be a charismatic networker in order to main positive relationships with donor churches and individuals — as well to begin gradually expanding the sources of financial support.
So let’s keep it simple, shall we?
The candidate must:
– Understand the difference between a college chaplain and a college missionary. Or maybe you don’t even know what a college chaplain is. That could work too.
– Have a verifiable track record of growing a ministry or mission. Highly developed and well-staffed parachurch ministries have shriveled up in this particular mission field. This is no place for noobs.
– Either be a specialist in preaching, or discipleship, or musical worship (though any candidate should be halfway decent in discipleship).
– Possess excellent networking or fundraising skills. Do strangers instantly seem to like and respect you? That’s good sign. Because whether its recruiting new mentors or new supporters, you’ll be doing it a lot.
– Be an enterprising initiator. There is very little direct or daily oversight in this position. Gotta be a go-getter.
– Be committed to seeing lost students experience saving and transformative relationships with Jesus Christ AND cherishing the contributions of women, people of color, and LGBTQ students to the life of the worshiping community. So here’s a good rule of thumb: if the first value seems too “conservative” for you or if the second value seems too “liberal” for you — you’re probably not a fit for us. Offended by that? I’ll buy you a beer next time you’re in town and apologize.
– Be willing to learn Presbyterian theology and polity. The candidate does not need to be Presbyterian (though the outgoing director did eventually drink the Presby kool-aid), but you’ll need to know the Presbyterian Church (USA) lingo and governance structures in order to be effective. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of thick books we can give you.
Starting Salary: 41k plus health benefits + paid vacation
Start date: July 1 – August 1 2018
Contract: 2 year renewable (but seeking a 3-4 year committment)
Oversight: Report directly to the Presbyterian Campus Ministry Board and indirectly to the Charleston Atlantic Presbytery
Journey is a worshiping community for college students that offers students from the Presbyterian Church (USA), Christians from other denominations, the spiritually curious, and skeptics to grow spiritually while at college. Supported by a network of partner churches, a strong student leadership team creates regular opportunities to experience authentic Biblical community and participation in the Missio Dei (“Mission of God”). Recently, we were the fastest growing Presbyterian campus ministry in the country and were one of the largest Presbyterian campus ministries on east coast. This isn't saying much though, as we have about 100 students total. We are approximately 85% white, 10% Black, and 5% other PoC. Our College of Charleston community is 85% female and our Citadel community is 95% male.
What We Do
The campus ministry currently operates two weekly “large group” worship gatherings. One, at the College of Charleston on Thursday nights, which is a full Presbyterian worship service. The other at Citadel Military College on Monday nights, which has a meal and is more casual. Throughout the week we offer multiple small group Bible studies and regular one-on-one meetings with the director and volunteer mentors. There are monthly opportunities for service work, social gatherings, dinners and local church visits. The campus ministry also participates in 2-4 spiritual retreats and conferences per year. In the summer, programming still continues for students who stay in Charleston while freshman orientation outreach is conducted on campus.
We’re an odd bunch theologically. Only 20 percent of our students are Presbyterian, with a very denominationally diverse 80 percent adding to the mix. We are evangelical and gospel-centered, but find ourselves often progressive on a number of secondary doctrinal and social issues. We emphasize thoughtful theology and embrace questions under the central message of salvation though Christ and participation in his Kingdom. To put it another way, liberals think we talk about Jesus and the gospel too much and conservatives think we water down the Bible (unless they actually visit us, and then they're really surprised).