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Spiritual Formation and Discipleship Leader

Spiritual Formation and Discipleship Leader

Company: The Salvation Army Northridge Community Church
Contact Person: Major Brian Bishop
15338 Leslie Street
Aurora, Ontario , L4G 7C4

Position Description

The Salvation Army is an international Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity.

The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.

We are an innovative partner, mobilized to share hope wherever there is hardship, building communities that are just and know the love of Jesus.

The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda has four core values:

  1. Hope: We give hope through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  2. Service: We reach out to support others without discrimination.
  3. Dignity: We respect and value each other, recognizing everyone’s worth.
  4. Stewardship: We responsibly manage the resources entrusted to us.

The Spiritual Formation and Discipleship Leader’s role is to assist the lead pastors (corps officers) and be accountable for the care and discipleship of the NCC members by leading, guiding, and equipping members to develop, grow, and live as fully devoted followers of Christ, living in relationships of full-orbed discipleship (pastoral care, spiritual growth, and outreach) by assisting lead an integration and discipleship strategy (for newcomers into church/community and believers), championing the small group ministry, and providing assistance and support to pastoral care.


Discipleship Strategy Support

  • Create and maintain an organizational structure that focuses on the development of the (new) believer and a process towards spiritual maturity, so that spiritual growth is fully fostered
  • Collaborate in developing a strategy for assessing spiritual growth within the body and manage a process that leads people to serve in their areas of giftedness and passion
  • Develop strategies to build small groups as one of the key adult discipleship programs for community, teaching, prayer, service, and mission / outreach.
  • Manage a process that leads people to serve in their areas of giftedness and passion

Small Group Discipleship Duties

  • In cooperation with our small group coordinator, work at increasing the number and variety of small groups in NCC, as well as the number of adults connected to a small group
  • Ongoing recruitment, training, and equipping small group leaders to be effective at leading healthy groups
  • Serve as a resource person and co-laborer with all those involved in the leadership of spiritual education and growth ministries within the Body (i.e., small groups, Bible studies, Alpha, one-on-one, discipling)
  • Help resource small group leaders with good discipleship curriculum
  • Help identify, harness, and align the congregation’s gifts with ministry opportunities
  • Update, maintain and file the congregation’s gifting database

Leadership and Pastoral Care

  • In conjunction with lead pastors, provide pastoral care to NCC members
  • As deemed appropriate by the Corps Officer, participate in teaching / preaching ministry
  • Provide leadership / administration direction with regards to promotion / communication, statistics etc. for all aspects of the ministry
  • Participate in pastoral care council, ministry board, discipleship sub-committee, staff, and prayer meetings
  • Be a present and participating Christian model in the life of the congregation
  • Perform other duties as required.

Financial and Materials Management

  • This role does not have any regular financial expenditure authority but would be responsible for wise use of resources in accordance with TSA guidelines, policies, and standards
  • This role is accountable for the update and maintenance of the spiritual gifting files

Working Conditions

  • This is a permanent full-time position based on 35 hours per week
  • Work is normally in a church with local travel in the community, as required
  • May be required to work outside of normal business hours, as necessary
  • Will have to interact with members of the community from different backgrounds and temperaments and may be exposed to disagreeable people

Education, Qualifications and Certifications

  • Bachelor Degree in Religious Studies/credentials pertaining to Spiritual Formation and Discipleship

Experience and Skilled Knowledge Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years’ experience in pastoral ministry
  • Experience in ministry giving evidence of an ability to organize, lead, encourage, motivate and work with others
  • Valid Ontario Class “G” driver’s license, own vehicle, and insurance; a current driver abstract that is satisfactory to The Salvation Army, in its sole discretion, is required.
  • Experience in ministry giving evidence of an ability to organize, lead, encourage, motivate and work with others
  • Alternative combinations of education and experience may be considered

Skills and Capabilities

  • A committed member of Northridge Community Church and follower of Jesus Christ with an acceptance of its mission and values
  • Gives evidence of a deep pastoral sensitivity as well as a clear conviction that all God’s people must be spiritually growing and reaching out to others
  • A leader of leaders who can effectively cast vision, delegate responsibilities and equip others for the work of the ministry
  • Highly relational with a desire to work with people
  • Must be able to think creatively with a willingness to try new ideas to improve on outcomes
  • Must have administrative skills and the ability to manage many different details
  • Able to communicate effectively and succinctly
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Gmail and other Google applications (i.e. Docs and Sheets, etc.)
  • Computer literacy in MS Office software applications with proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and database applications
  • Strong organizational administrative skills and able to carry out responsibilities with minimal supervision
  • Ability to undergo applicable screening and background checks successfully that are satisfactory to The Salvation Army, in its sole discretion (i.e., The Salvation Army Abuse Registry) and provide an original copy of a Background Check with Vulnerable sector screening
  • Ability and willingness to develop an understanding and support for the mission and purpose of The Salvation Army in Canada and its implications as related to position responsibilities.
  • Ability to participate and complete appropriate abuse prevention training
  • Ability to work outside regular business hours, as required

Salary: $43,029.90 to $53,779.91 per year (based upon qualifications and experience)

Interested applicants are asked to contact Major Brian Bishop by August 31, 2021.

The Salvation Army offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment process. If you are contacted to participate in an interview or screening process, please advise us if you require accommodation.

We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Internal Applicants must advise your managing supervisor of your intentions prior to submitting your application.

Posted: August 13, 2021 | Expires: September 30, 2021
Posted Under: Ministry - General
Career ID: [ 9327 ]