Associate Pastor for Caring Ministries, West Grove UMC

West Grove United Methodist Church in West Grove, PA is hiring a quarter-time Associate Pastor for Caring Ministries. The Associate Pastor for Caring Ministries is responsible for the practice and coordination of pastoral care.  S/he will coordinate with the pastoral and lay visitation team pastoral care ministry to members of the congregation and community as well as visit. To inquire or apply, please send your resume to


  • Quarter-time, 10-15 hours per week
  • Start date ~June 1, 2018


  • Caring heart and desire to help heal those who are hurting and broken, especially older adults
  • Possess the value of empowering older adults to live fully
  • Able to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Strong listener
  • Knowledgeable concerning relevant legal and ethical issues of caring ministries
  • Works well with others and within a team

Specific tasks:

  • Responsible for visitation to homebound members of the congregation
  • Coordinate a lay visitation program to homebound
  • Establish relationships with older adults in our congregation, including coordinating with RAP group (Retired Active Persons)
  • Attend meetings, including staff and ministry team meetings as related to the Care Ministry
  • Be knowledgeable of ethical and safe practices for pastoral care that minimize the church’s liability
  • Develop and manage annual budget for the Older Adult Ministries and Care Ministry area
  • Participate regularly in the worship and ministry of West Grove UMC
  • Coordinate with the pastoral team in seeing to the congregation’s pastoral care needs
  • Develop and coordinate ministry of congregational caring
  • Pray regularly for the vitality of the congregation and the personal and spiritual welfare of its members
  • Report to Lead Pastor; meet with Lead Pastor regularly for supervisory review
  • Attend both worship services each Sunday for congregational visibility and relationship-building