Winthrop Wesley Foundation: Campus Minister/Director

Date Posted: 12/11/2023


Winthrop Wesley Foundation, Rock Hill, SC

Job Description

The Board of Directors of the Winthrop Wesley Foundation announces the following part-time opportunity available starting July 1, 2024: Campus Minister/Director  

About Winthrop Wesley: The Winthrop Wesley Foundation, known on campus as "Winthrop Wesley" or simply "Wesley," is the official United  Methodist campus ministry at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. We welcome students of all  backgrounds, faith traditions, races ,ethnicities, abilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations. To our students, Wesley is a safe,  welcoming, "home away from home" where they are encouraged to ask questions, challenged to think critically, and  empowered to grow in faith individually and communally. 

Our Core Values:

  • Why do we exist? We exist to create a nurturing Christian community where students may express,  explore, and nurture their faith.
  • How do we behave? We behave authentically, use the Wesleyan quadrilateral, and intentionally include those often excluded.
  • What do we do? We support each other in community, serve others, and explore the Gospel.

Responsibilities: The primary responsibility of the Winthrop Wesley Foundation’s Campus Minister/Director is to create a healthy, engaged student faith community by planning and executing Wesley programming and worship, providing pastoral care, and encouraging student leadership. Secondary responsibilities include developing relationships with and nurturing the engagement of local churches, working with the Board of Directors on fundraising, managing the use  of the Wesley building, and overseeing the operations of the Wesley House (see below). 

Qualifications  

  • United Methodist ordination as elder or deacon, Deaconess or Home Missioner, or lay member with at least 5 years experience in higher education and church leadership 
  • Harmony with Winthrop Wesley’s core values and ministry context 
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills: able to relate to college students, create a welcoming environment, and articulate a compelling vision for Winthrop Wesley 
  • Creativity in planning and competence in execution of worship and programming 
  • Teaching/preaching/presentation skills 
  • Administrative skills: time management, organization, fundraising 
  • Actively engaged intra- and interpersonal awareness and growth related to privilege and marginalization
  • Ability to relate with diverse students across multiple backgrounds including, but not limited to, faith traditions, races ,ethnicities, abilities, neurodiversity,  gender identities, and sexual orientations.
  • Pastoral care: ability to provide counseling on spiritual and life issues 
  • Ability to encourage and develop student leadership 
  • Competency with information and communications systems (ie: MS Office, email, social media) 

Duties

Worship & Programming

  • Plan and lead weekly worship service, including coordination of meals provided by local churches
  • Lead small groups, equip student leadership for student-led groups 
  • Plan and participate in fellowship events, retreats, local service/mission events, and mission trips
  • Actively engage in university campus events
  • Develop strategies for outreach to student participants which reflect the diversity of the university campus 
  • Liaison with Winthrop administrations, offices, and other student organizations 
  • Maintain active relationship with Winthrop Cooperative Campus Ministries (WCCM) and the South Carolina Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry

Pastoral Care

  • Welcome students of all backgrounds, faith traditions, races, gender identities, and sexual orientations into the Wesley community 
  • Be available for conversations and short-term counseling, make appropriate referrals

Supervisory and Administrative  

  • Selection of Student Leadership Team and any part-time staff hires (ie: interns, cleaning staff, Wesley House  Manager) 
  • Hold regular meetings with student leadership to plan and execute ministry functions 
  • Work with the Board on creating a yearly budget, remain conscious of budget when spending throughout the year 
  • Work with the treasurer to manage financial matters (ie: deposits, donor records, financial reports)  
  • Maintain an orderly and welcoming space (ie: organization of building storage areas, set up for events, decluttering/ updating furnishings when necessary) 
  • Schedule and manage building reservations by outside parties (as needed) 

Wesley House Duties: The Wesley House is a property located next to the Wesley building and is managed by the Winthrop Wesley Campus  Minister/Director and Board. Rooms within the House are rented out to students throughout the calendar year. The Campus Minister/Director is responsible for finding renters, and overseeing the maintenance and upkeep of the property in coordination with a realtor who manages leases and rent.

Reporting and Personal Growth  

  • The Campus Minister/Director reports to the Board of Directors of the Winthrop Wesley Foundation, the Rock Hill District Superintendent, and the South Carolina Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry 
  • The Campus Minister/Director is encouraged to attend continuing education opportunities with a focus on campus ministry and/or developing skills useful to the campus ministry setting (ie: fundraising, outreach, etc.) 

Fundraising: Winthrop Wesley is jointly funded by the South Carolina Conference and donations from individuals and local churches. Wesley raises the majority of its budget every year through local church outreach and online platforms such as Facebook, Vanco, and PayPal. Additional funding from fundraising events, special gifts, and grants enables a variety of programs. Although the Board tries to spearhead these efforts, the campus minister serves as the “face” of Wesley and is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with current and potential supporters. The ability to articulate a compelling vision and confidence in asking for donations are key skills. 

Compensation: Salary is determined by the South Carolina Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry. Insurance and pension through the South Carolina Conference is provided for qualified clergy. 

Candidates from outside South Carolina are also encouraged to apply. 

How to Apply

Email a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references by January 12, 2024 to
Contact Email: [email protected]
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