Lay Chaplain

Sewanee, TN
Type: Lay
Posted Feb 18, 2021
Job Title
Lay Chaplain
Name of church or organization
The University of the South
Sewanee, TN
Job Description
All Saints’ Chapel, a ministry of the Episcopal Church whose mission is to worship, welcome, and partner across the University of the South, seeks an outgoing, mature, and creative leader for the position of Lay Chaplain.  In collaboration with a team of professionals within the Chapel and in partnership with other departments and organizations on campus, the Lay Chaplain works to nurture and invite students into communities of belonging and health within the Chapel as well as beyond it.  A highly accessible and visible figure on campus, the Lay Chaplain’s office is centrally located in the University Wellness Commons.  This position is a three year term position that reports directly to the University Chaplain.

A successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to initiate relationships with a diversity of individuals while maintaining appropriate personal and professional boundaries.  While not a counselor or clergyperson, the Lay Chaplain exists within the university as a supportive presence that extends the Chapel’s pastoral care reach.  Through regular participation in the offerings of other organizations and departments, the Lay Chaplain builds individual relationships, supports others in their development of communities of health, and signals the Chapel’s investment across campus.

The Lay Chaplain is specifically responsible for planning and developing the Sunday evening “Growing in Grace” worship service in partnership with active student leaders.  Through deep engagement with the students, faculty, and staff of the university, the Lay Chaplain identifies, recruits, and supports speakers as well as a group of student musicians.  The next Lay Chaplain will work toward the development of a peer ministry program in which college students are recruited to participate in the development of a supportive student community and of new Chapel programming.  A highly successful peer ministry program would lead to the development of a “theme house” within the Residential Life system associated with All Saints’ Chapel.

A successful candidate will have an ongoing commitment to their own spiritual journey through personal practice and corporate worship.  While the “Growing in Grace” worship service is Christian and follows The Book of Common Prayer of The Episcopal Church, applicants need not identify as Episcopalian.

Type of Commitment
Full Time
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Application Process
Individuals interested in applying for this position must submit a resume and cover letter via the Sewanee job posting website by March 15, 2021.
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