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Ministry Director

Houston, TX, USA
Full-time

The Ministry Director must provide strong management and leadership of Agape Development’s ministry programs. The Ministry Team works on the front lines of neighborhood care and deals with a variety of individuals who have both beautiful gifts and difficult challenges. The job requires both emotional and spiritual energy to properly make disciples in the community and not become overwhelmed by the problems existing here. If the Ministry Director is successful, she or he will encourage the team and provide them with the tools and guidance to effectively navigate ministry in the community. The Ministry Director is a shepherd of shepherds, and she or he can discern when the team needs care and comfort or challenge and accountability. The ministry director needs to be a strong and steady voice of experience and wisdom for younger and newer staff.

Areas of Responsibility: 
  • Manage staff in their programs to keep programs achieving the organization’s outcomes of Christ-following, independent, community leadership.
    • Monitor and evaluate programs systematically and accurately in order to report to board and funders.
    • Look for creative ways to improve programs.  Draw from personal experience but also learn from peers in the field and relevant networks in the city of Houston.
    • Be willing to cut programs that are not working. This position must make the hard calls when needed. The buck stops here.
  • Ensure standards of excellence and core values are not violated.
    • Review curriculum and lesson plans.
    • Meet regularly with staff to problem-solve any issues.
  • Stay within the ministry budget
    • Review the annual budget with each ministry team member.
    • Make responsible fiscal decisions.

 

Development of Lead Ministry Staff –

  • Structure the work life of staff members in your care to grow and develop.
    • Offer relevant, compelling training.
    • Provide personal care especially considering the chaotic and trauma-filled life of our neighborhood.
    • Personally observe and coach staff by attending programs.
  • Recruit and hire talented Ministry Team staff.
  • Select, oversee, and evaluate all ministry team staff.
  • We want to develop a pipeline of gifted individuals who work for Agape Development

 

Leadership in the Community and on Management Team –

  • Develop relationships with key community organizations and networks to promote Agape Development.
    • Your credibility in those circles should help Agape extend its effectiveness.
    • Discern when new partnerships would benefit or overly tax Agape Development
    • Be prepared to speak on behalf of the leadership and the whole organization; represent us at local churches, colleges, or hiring fairs.
    • Offer insight in management team meetings, especially regarding the ministry team perspective.
    • Lead the organization along with the management team.
Educational Background: 
Bachelor’s degree preferable
comparable courses or experience will be considered
Training in discipleship
Skills/Experience: 
  • Professional experience leading a group of people in mission work
  • Experience in managing people for intended outcomes
  • Urban ministry experience preferred
  • Women and people of color are encouraged to apply
  • Must be comfortable speaking publicly for Agape Development
  • Background or experience in the nonprofit sector desirable
  • As part of our CCDA philosophy, all fulltime ministry staff must move into the neighborhood including this role.
Compensation/Benefits: 

Starting salary commensurate with experience; healthcare plan provided.

Organization Info

Agape Development

Overview
Headquarters: 
Houston, TX, USA
Annual Budget : 
$1-5M
Size: 
11-50 employees
Founded: 
2005
About Us
Areas of Focus: 
Mission: 

At Agape Development, we are transforming our neighborhood by
preparing Christ-following, independent, community leaders.

Programs: 

At Agape Development, we serve the entire family and seek to empower our community through the life-changing message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Adult-Social Business

The Agape Property Repair Team is a dual mission enterprise. We provide high quality and affordable handyman services to the Greater Houston area, and we provide meaningful employment, living wages, and holistic development in our community.

Adults

In the OST/South Union community, strong adult leadership can dramatically improve the life of a family and surrounding community. So, we offer programming to empower adults in their most often mentioned and most critical areas of need: Employment and Discipleship. We offer discipleship groups for women and men that meet regularly for prayer, Bible study and fellowship. In the midst of these relationships, real transformation is worked out. We also conduct retreats where we share the gospel of Jesus Christ. These events have changed the trajectory of so many families. We also believe that work is important for healthy communities. Our staff and volunteers work hard to help every adult find employment to support a family. This includes resume writing, interview practice, transportation, follow-up calls and thank you notes to employers, coaching on appropriate dress, and workplace behavior training. In both our discipleship and employment efforts, we rely upon partnering organizations and talented volunteers to join our staff in serving the adults of our neighborhood.

Young Adults

We value our community and want to see it thrive continuously. For this to come to fruition, we feel it is important to create a compelling alternative young adult community that offers goal-setting, accountability, discipleship, and healthy community relationships. When personal development isn’t put on display, highlighted, or presented as achievable, young adults miss the opportunity to mature and blossom into Christ-following, independent, community leaders, and often turn to negative outlets.

Youth Ministry

The American teenage experience is full of forks in the road where young people can make heroic or destructive decisions. All teens need mature adults guiding them to hear and obey Jesus Christ in this critical phase of life. Our experiential discipleship program introduces the gospel and how it intersects our life. In this program we will process with others the present pain considering God's Word as it speaks to grief, loss, and ultimate victory. We will face failure and work through it as we share our stories and together look at examples from scripture. The small groups will encourage us to celebrate life's accomplishments together, observe traditions together, and rejoice together when God answers our prayers. Together we will worship, serve, eat, pray, play, and study scripture.

Children and Parents' Ministry

Our community is filled with children with bright ideas and innocent hearts. We recognize that threats to those qualities exist and so we offer programming to protect and develop our youth. The Children's & Parents' Ministry is devoted to not only developing the whole child, whether it's spiritually, socially, or academically, but strengthening parents through workshops, resources, and fellowship. We have an array of programs throughout the year devoted to enhancing our future leaders. Our Backyard Bible Club is an after-school program that allows children to have a safe-haven during the school year to further education and friendships. During the summer we offer a seven-week camp, ensuring that no mind is left idle. Here we combine our love for fun and faith. ​

Agape Homes 

Preserving affordability without concentration poverty. Agape Homes CDC will build new homes on empty lots causing zero displacement while increasing the owner occupancy rate in the neighborhood.
Build homes that will range from an 839 sq. ft. 2 bedroom/ 1 bath home to a 1431 sq. ft. 3 bedroom/ 2.5 bath home.  
Agape Homes will build 74 community designed new homes, over 50% of which will serve families below 80% AMI. The other 50% will be priced to be attractive to work force and market buyers. The majority will be sold to low and moderate income earners.
All the houses will be built in a likewise manner to fit the current and historical architecture of the Greater OST/South Union neighborhood with community input.
The Agape Affordable Program will achieve home ownership through low monthly mortgage amounts that would be close to current rent levels for an equivalent apartment.  

 

Why Work For Us?: 

At Agape Development, we will
 know Christ more intimately and reflect him more clearly.
 know that we are each a valued part of a caring community.
 share in a joyful and life-giving experience.
 be sharpened to pursue excellence and make an impact.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
May 20 2020
Active Until: 
Jun 20 2020
Hiring Organization: 
Agape Development
industry: 
Nonprofit