A Christian with strong convictions who is also in agreement with White’s mission statement, Statement of Faith, and Code of Conduct. The Student Chaplain must have relevant experience working with youth in a Christian Ministry setting. A Bachelor’s degree is required in Bible, Theology, Christian Education, or Ministry/Youth Ministry is strongly preferred. A demonstrated desire and commitment to youth ministry with proven relational skills and success helping youth in crisis is strongly preferred. Applicants must possess strong communication/teaching/preaching skills to large groups and serve in an evangelical role to individual youth who may have minimal previous exposure to the Gospel message. This person should be able to work inter-denominationally and be able to present the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a creative, culturally-relevant way to youth currently residing in a residential treatment setting.
Reports to: Director of Spiritual Life and Staff Chaplain
To be a witness for Jesus Christ to youth placed in White’s Residential and Compass-Rose Programs. To provide preaching and teaching of the Gospel message and to nurture spiritual growth through the effective combination of relationship building, dynamic chapel programs, and other youth ministry activities. Must demonstrate sensitivity to our service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and needs.
Spiritual Leadership and Chapel Services
- Engage the audience, especially youth, to capture interest and drive spiritual growth through powerful chapel services.
- Preparation for and delivery of motivating chapel services for youth at least up to one time per week.
- Preparation of such activities requires regular Bible studies, prayer, study of God’s Word, making contacts/gathering resources, preparation of multimedia, Christian videos, etc.
- Programming must be Biblically sound and designed for adolescents between the ages of 11-18.
- Chapel programs must be teen oriented, structured and promote a spiritual foundation of God’s Word.
Student Relationship-building Activities
- Must demonstrate a heartfelt passion for the lives and well-being of teens in crisis, and strong relational / interpersonal skills that are essential for effective youth ministry.
- Must invest time with the students in order to build relationships;(spend time weekly in each cottage)
- Attend special campus events and mixes as often as possible (i.e., sporting events, community events, campus recreation activities, etc.); and meet with each new student to welcome and talk to them about the chapel program and to generate enthusiasm and involvement in Spiritual Life programs. Generally the expectations of the schedule and campus involvement will be to work with students in mornings and after school.
Driver of Change and Innovation
- Must be dynamic and able to effectively influence and develop chapel programming to foster spiritual growth and inspire behaviors and attitudes that model the principles of Christianity to students.
- Serve as a visionary who initiates new approaches and activities for students in White’s Residential program and Compass Rose Academy that drive the mission of White’s and deepen spiritual experiences
- Provide leadership and oversight to all spiritual life activities related to students
- Assist in the planning of the yearly Spiritual Life calendar under the direction of the Director of Spiritual Life and Staff Chaplain
- Participate in team meetings with the Spiritual Life Director and Spiritual Life Committee, and attend staff meetings and trainings as requested.
Special Events & Activities
- Provide leadership and oversight in the planning, development, and implementation of special student ministry events and activities including, but not limited to: student discipleship studies, staff-student prayer ministry, hosting visits by youth and church groups, concerts, Christmas programs, and a week of Bible School during the month of July.
- Identify opportunities to involve students in music/drama ministry and in leading worship during chapel services.
- Provide spiritual counseling with students including addressing difficult topics and questions using Biblical principles and wisdom.
- Visit students in the hospital; attend funerals for students’ family members, and intervene to provide support and comfort during other unexpected crisis situations.
- Perform other related duties as directed by the Spiritual Life Director and Staff Chaplain and/or other members of the Senior Management Team.
- Each month, the Student Chaplain will be expected to present a summary report outlining spiritual life activities (visits, commitments hours, bible studies, chapel topics, special events, etc.) for the prior month. This will be included in the board reports.
Supervision, Knowledge and Ability
- Possess outstanding relational skills with students, families, and staff are critical requirements of this position.
- Must be personable, genuine, empathetic, and emotionally connected in helping students, relating with student’s families, and helping staff understand how to share faith and be evangelical to youth.
- Must be dependable, well organized, and an effective time manager.
- Ability to develop curriculum/programming and seasonal activities is required.
- Must be a team player. This person needs to enjoy working closely with other staff members and have the ability to be flexible, adaptive, and positive in his/her interactions.
- Must enjoy and be able to lead a youth targeted form of worship.
- Must be involved in personal Bible study and prayer and be comfortable in spiritual counseling.
- Must be able to maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality.
- Basic knowledge and experience using Microsoft office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook) and have ability to operate Chapel audio/visual equipment.
- Must be committed to the Mission, Core Values, and Vision of White’s Residential and Family Services and living a life consistent with White’s Statement of Faith and Code of Conduct.
- Must be certified in First Aid/CPR/MindSet (Training will be provided).
- Must maintain training to meet DCS requirements including having a basic understanding of students’ mental health and addiction treatment needs.
Physical Demands of Position
- Must be able to do considerable walking, participate in cottage recreation, and do physical labor with residents.
- Must be able to actively participate in the physical restraint of students who are in crisis using appropriate MindSet methods.
- Must be able to handle the stress of working with students who have significant mental health, addiction, and trauma-related needs.
- Must be comfortable working with youth who may be oppositional and resistant to help.
- Will work a 20 to 25 hour week. This position requires flexibility in work schedule in order to provide Spiritual ministry to campus.
- Normal work schedule will be Sunday through Thursday with occasional student activities occurring on Friday and Saturday as well.
- Lead chapel services including delivering message for White’s Residential youth every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday morning on a regular basis and as determined necessary otherwise.
- Lead chapel services for students at a local church on Sunday morning and delivering a message for youth every Wednesday morning on a regular basis, and as determined necessary otherwise.
You, Student Chaplain, must be able to...
- Model Christian Living at all times
- Display & teach healthy coping strategies
- Build & maintain strong relationships with teens, families & staff
- Demonstrate conflict resolution skills
- Believe in the power of spiritual & therapeutic change
- Provide warmth, consistency & safety
Statement of Faith
Remaining true to our Quaker heritage and Josiah White’s vision, White’s Residential and Family Services’ primary reason for existence is to offer hope and transformation to children and families through Christ. As such, we have firm beliefs about the Christian faith and how we must act in accordance with our beliefs.
This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. White’s Residential & Family Services’ board of directors serves as White’s highest, human interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application for the purposes of our agency’s faith and beliefs, practice, policy and discipline at work.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God (II Timothy 3:15).
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (John 10:30).
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:33), in His virgin birth (Luke 1:35), in His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), in His miracles (John 2:11), in His atoning death through His shed blood (Ephesians 1:7), in His bodily resurrection (John 11:25), in His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19), and in His personal return in power and glory (Revelation 19:11).
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 3:16-19).
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christ-follower is enabled to live a Godly life (Romans 8:13-14).
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, that they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus (Galatians 3:26-28).
We believe that children are a heritage from God and a blessing from His hand. We are therefore accountable to Him for raising, shaping and preparing them for a life of service to His Kingdom and to humanity. We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Ps 139).
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:24).
We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25).
As Christians living out our faith, it is unsurprising that our beliefs influence our behavior, attitudes and lifestyle choices. As Christian professionals, we will not compromise our commitment to our professional code of ethics while providing superior care to our clients who possess differing values or beliefs.
I affirm that I am a Christian, I have read and agree with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Statement of Faith, and I agree to make lifestyle choices that are consistent with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Statement of Faith. I understand that my employment at White’s is contingent upon me living a lifestyle that is consistent with this Statement of Faith.
Code of Conduct
As a distinctly Christian ministry, for over 165 years our mission has been to enrich the lives of children and families through emotional healing, personal development and spiritual growth. We are best able to achieve this through Christian staff who constantly strive to demonstrate the love of Christ through their actions, words and overall lifestyle.
It then follows that all employees who serve as members of White’s community agree to uphold certain foundational standards through their behaviors, attitudes and lifestyle choices at work and in their personal lives. Living in accordance with these standards shall serve to unify us as a “community of believers.” As a member of White’s “community,” we believe employees should strive to live in harmony with the following foundational standards as evidence of their life committed to growth in Christ and sound judgment based on Christian principles:
We believe as followers of Jesus Christ, we are responsible for our faith journey and strive to pursue a life of service to Jesus Christ in our personal life and while at work. We believe the investment in our spiritual life is critical and we strive to make time regularly for prayer and communion with God. Opportunities for Christian fellowship, worship, learning, and celebration while at work are opportunities not to be overlooked, but to be sought out as ways in which we can demonstrate our commitment to growing in our faith as part of the White’s Community.
We believe every human life is of inestimable worth and significance in all its dimensions. Therefore, we must seek ways to act out of love and respect for each other, encouraging and building up one another, not causing one another to stumble. We believe that to achieve this, employees must practice a lifestyle that demonstrates purity to those around them (Romans 13-14 & I Corinthians 10:31-11:1).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect,and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture.
We believe there is great power in the spoken word and therefore all lying, profanity, gossip, obscenity, and other negative uses of language diminishes our work with the children, families and our coworkers.
We believe employees must demonstrate a teachable spirit, an ability to share love for others, a willingness to live contentedly under authority, and a commitment to follow the Matthew 18 principal when an issue arises with fellow employees or management.
We believe in the power of our example and that our minds and bodies should be used in God-honoring ways, living our lives as Christian role models and conducting ourselves in a way that will not raise questions regarding our Christian testimonies. Because our example is powerful and because most of our service population is impacted by some form of substance abuse, we especially recognize the dangers and negative implications of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse among staff. Therefore, we seek to minimize or refrain from the use of alcohol and tobacco and we agree to completely abstain from the illicit or non-medical use of drugs, narcotics and other harmful substances. When an employee is representing White’s or is in the course of representing White’s business, he or she is expected to refrain from the use of alcohol and tobacco.
We believe our life serves as a Christian Witness to the children and families we serve and our commitment to expressing Christian values is critical even when making entertainment and recreational choices outside of work. Therefore, we actively avoid forms of leisure, entertainment and recreation that are incompatible with holy living and seek activities that are consistent with our pursuit of Christ- like living.
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrew 13:4).
We further believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10) and that activities that give the appearance of sexual immorality should be avoided by staff.
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of White’s Residential & Family Services as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the White’s Residential & Family Services clients, fellow staff members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by White’s Residential & Family Services in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement (Mathew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; I Thessalonians 5:22).
I affirm that I am a Christian, I have read and agree with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Code of Conduct, and I agree to make lifestyle choices that are consistent with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Code of Conduct. I understand that my employment at White’s is contingent upon me living a lifestyle that is consistent with this Code of Conduct.