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Chaplain - Gordon ACT & Southern Tablelands

  • 500901
  • Chaplaincy
  • Full time permanent

About us

At Uniting, we believe in taking real steps to make the world a better place. We work to inspire people, enliven communities, and confront injustice.  As an organisation we celebrate our diversity and welcome all people regardless of lifestyle choices, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

We believe that we exist as a church because we are called to be together in mission, God’s mission, which is to bring love, compassion, justice, freedom, and hope to all of God’s creation.  We are bold, imaginative, respectful, and compassionate.

Role Overview:

Uniting is seeking to call a pastoral, prophetic and organised leader, with a background in chaplaincy and/or suitable training in Clinical Pastoral Education, to serve as a Chaplain for Uniting Gordon ACT & Southern Tablelands.

Reporting to the Chaplaincy Convenor, the call is to someone who:

  • is able to provide Chaplaincy support and pastoral care as well as lead a team of pastoral care staff.
  • can balance prophetic voice with pragmatic hierarchal structure.
  • is comfortable working across all types of diversity including LGBTI+, cultural, theological, ecumenical and interfaith.

Working across Uniting’s aged care services, the person called will lead a team of Pastoral Practitioners in Uniting Gordon ACT & Southern Tablelands area and be an active member of the Uniting Church’s Presbytery.

Essential Criteria:

Qualifications:

  • A Diploma or Degree in Theology or Ministry or Community Development.
  • Ordained as Deacon of the Uniting Church; or a Minister of the Word of the Uniting Church; or minister from another denomination (this will be limited to a 3-year placement unless the minister starts the process of being recognised by the Uniting Church within the first year); or a suitably qualified lay person (eligible to apply for Ministry of Pastor) of the Uniting Church.
  • Successful Criminal History Records Check, Working with Vulnerable People Check (ACT) and Working with Kids Check and ‘In good standing with faith tradition’ requirement.  
  • At least 2 or more units of completed Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or equivalent

Experience:

  • This is a management role, typically requiring 2 or more years’ experience in ministry, chaplaincy or community development.  You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be organised, systematic, thorough, accurate and disciplined.
  • Demonstrates the ability to identify, document and report changing care needs, preferences, and lifestyle choices of the person in our care.
  • Demonstrated experience working or volunteering in spiritual pastoral care with older people.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the Uniting Church and its polity, its structure, systems and processes.
  • Understanding of spiritual pastoral care issues relating to people in our care.
  • For those Chaplains working outside Uniting settings such as hospitals, mental health, rehab, police, prisons etc, specialist skills and experience as required within the specific setting.
  • Demonstrated theological leadership and an ability to ensure the understanding of people across the organisation in the Mission of the church and promoting Uniting’s theological principles in practice.

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Benefits & culture
Uniting is proud to be an EEO employer. Uniting supports an inclusive approach in the workplace. We celebrate our diversity and welcome staff regardless of ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, and lifestyle choices. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Enquiries to Talent Acquisition Specialist Rose Rivera on rrivera@uniting.org / 0438 206 164 or Rev Nigel Hawken on nhawken@uniting.org / 0437 899 252 .  Ref 500901

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