Ministry requirements

Each year, students are chosen to serve as pastoral assistants and ministry assistants with campus pastor Chalsi Campbell. See the requirements to be a ministry assistant or pastoral assistant

Pastoral assistant  

The pastoral assistant position is either a 4 or 6 hour/week student supervisory level position. The position is overseen by the campus pastor, and together with the campus pastor make up the pastoral team. The position officially begins two weeks before the beginning of classes in the fall semester, and continues through the rest of the school year. 

>>>> Pastoral assistant application 

Due on February 18.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Preference is given to junior and seniors
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  •  A growing faith as a disciple of Jesus
  •  A willingness to give and receive counsel and encouragement
  •  Previous experience as a ministry assistant 

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The pastoral assistant (PA) will assist the campus pastor in giving leadership to the Campus Ministry Department. This would include such responsibilities as: 

  • Meet weekly with the Pastoral Team for the purpose of developing and implementing the mission and goals of the Campus Ministries Department, and to support each other and the Ministry Assistants.
  • Work with the campus pastor in supervising and supporting the ministry assistants. This can mean helping plan retreats and training, offering leadership during meetings, leading small groups with the MAs, and providing support to them in their ministries in the residence halls.
  • Be involved in at least one ministry on campus based on the PAs individual gifts and passions and the spiritual needs on campus.
  • Read and reflect on issues related to Christian leadership and spiritual development together with the pastoral team. 

Ministry assistants 

>>>> Ministry assistant application

Due on March 18.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Be at least a sophomore at Bluffton University during the 2022-23 school year
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Active involvement in campus ministries at Bluffton University
  • Show evidence of a committed Christian lifestyle
  • Have a willingness to be discipled and a desire to disciple others in the Christian life

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Maintain a consistent and growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ 
  • Serve as a healthy example of the Christian lifestyle to your residents and to the larger Bluffton community. This includes abding by the code of conduct as part of our community of respect. 
  • Build relationships with students on your floor/hall and serve as a source of support and encouragement to them in their relationship with God and relationships with others.  
  • Make intentional efforts to bring a spiritual life and presence to your floor/hall
  • Provide various campus ministry events and activities to residents in your hall.
  • Give leadership (either individually or with other Ministry Assistants) to activities that promote spiritual growth on your floor/hall.
  • Attend weekly Chapel services, and also participate in other campus ministry activities as you are able.  
  • Be actively involved in residence hall activities, and serve as a resource and encouragement to your resident advisors and hall director 
  • Work closely with your resident advisor and hall director, including being a member of the hall association for your resident hall. 
  • Attend all Ministry Team meetings involving the ministry assistants.

SUPERVISION:

  • The ministry assistant (MA) will be supervised by and report directly to the Campus Pastor. The pastoral assistants (PAs) and a spiritual mentor will also provide support. 
  • The ministry assistants meet approximately twice monthly as a team, for the purpose of worship, Bible Study, and support, as well as for ministry equipping and training. On the opposite weeks, the MAs will meet as a small group led by a pastoral assistant. 
  •   The MA will meet individually with the campus pastor at least twice per semester. 
  • The MA will meet with a spiritual mentor monthly (or more) for spiritual encouragement and accountability. The mentor can be a faculty/staff member, or a local church or community leader. 

WORK-STUDY ARRANGEMENTS:

  • The position will involve the equivalent of a 3 hour/week campus job. You are also allowed to have other campus jobs in addition to the ministry assistant position. 
  • Ministry assistants will go through an application process by the campus pastor. 
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