Missionary to College Students

THE OPPORTUNITY 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 find both additional ministry and financial support through these partner churches.

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.

HE CANDIDATE 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? We’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: 42k plus health benefits + paid vacation

Start date: July 1 – August 1 2018

Contract: 2 year renewable (but seeking a 3-4 year commitment)

Oversight: Report directly to the Presbyterian Campus Ministry Board and indirectly to the Charleston Atlantic Presbytery

To apply, email charlestonjourney@gmail.com


Organization name:
Journey: A Worshiping Community for College Students

Presbyterian Church USA


1242 Pauline Ave, Charleston, SC 29412


Date Posted:
February 26, 2019

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