Last Updated on May 31, 2024 by OCF Communications

Date Posted: 05/31/2024

Purpose:

Cultivate and sustain a ministry of the OCF in accordance with the Vision, Mission, Purpose and Strategic Framework.

Reports To: PK Carlton, Director of Field Staff

Primary Responsibilities:

The FSR-USCGA is responsible for developing lay-indigenous ministry to the military community at the USCGA. This FSR develops, grows and sustains a local ministry team of volunteers in order to teach, train, equip and exhort cadets to live a life of integrated Christian service in uniform and beyond. The ministry focus is on USCGA cadets, officer candidates, and military members assigned to USCGA, but the position also serves the greater military community.

Specific responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  1. Evangelize and disciple cadets that they might come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that many will obey Christ’s commands. The goal is increasing maturity in Christ.
  2. Develop, train, and lead a team of OCF members who execute the USCGA OCF ministry plan.
  3. Equip military members for OCF membership, participation, and leadership responsibility.
  4. Equip and train military members to understand military service under a secular governmental authority. Teach them to integrate their faith with their personal and professional lives, becoming effective partners in the gospel at future temporary, deployed and permanent assignments.
  5. Maximize cadet and military member exposure to OCF Conference Center programs through promotional efforts, retreats, volunteer service, and support to Conference Center initiatives.
  6. Support the USCGA chaplaincy, chapel programs, and collaborate with cadet ministry partners.
  7. Develop an annual ministry plan and budget. Report transparently on fiscal execution.
  8. Maintain and develop relationships with ministry supporters and conduct fundraising activities as necessary to support OCF and the USCGA ministry.
  9. Travel in order to build/sustain relationships with graduates and OCF members, to encourage or train OCF leaders, and to gain a regularly renewed understanding of military life away from USCGA.
  10. Maintain, sustain, and improve the OCF Shepherd’s Fold facility in coordination with OCF’s Director for Infrastructure and Facilities Management guidance.
  11. Use OCF’s Sheppard’s Fold for ministry and hospitality to USCGA cadets, ministry team volunteers and others associated with OCF.
  12. Connect departing members with their gaining installation’s OCF or partnered ministries in order to promote their continuing service and growth. Maintain contact with members in order to encourage them and understand the situations at their locations.
  13. Support OCF local leaders at other bases or posts as assigned by the Director of Field Staff.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:

FSR-USCGA must:

  1. Have experience living out their faith as a Christ-follower on active duty or the reserve forces in the U.S. military, preferably in the sea service community.
  2. Exhibit character qualities consistent with 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.
  3. Must be able to teach the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15; 4:2) to encourage and equip those in their charge to live biblically at the intersection of faith, family and profession.
  4. Be able to provide biblical discipling and mentoring.
  5. Have served in military leadership positions.
  6. Be able to develop and maintain relationships with volunteer OCF leaders, USCGA chaplains, USCGA sanctioned Christian organizations, OCF members in the greater New London community, and local church leaders.
  7. Be able to create, understand, and work within a budget.
  8. Be technically proficient in Microsoft Office programs.
  9. Engage and participate in broader OCF initiatives whether that be in promotions, support, thinking, talents and abilities or simply as appropriate for their skill sets as prior military officers.
  10. Have organizational skills that enable effective ministry events.

It is desired the FS-USCGA:

  1. Is highly flexible and adaptable, and works well in a dynamic atmosphere.
  2. Is comfortable speaking in front of large groups.
  3. Is experienced, competent, and comfortable using and adapting to various forms of computer-based communication including social media software and applications and willing to maintain a digital ministry presence.
  4. Have experience maintaining or managing facilities as well as construction contract development, award, and execution.
  5. Be married with a spouse willing to volunteer in support of the ministry.
  6. Be a USCGA graduate, or have served on the USCGA staff or faculty previously.

Working Conditions:

Serves in the vicinity of New London, CT, and resides in the OCF-owned Shepherd’s Fold house.  Good physical health is required for frequent stair climbing, hosting of ministry guests (cooking, bedding, cleaning), and for maintaining the Shepherd’s Fold and the grounds surrounding it.  Cadet area ministry requires parking and walking to various meeting locations. Hosting ministry guests requires establishing family boundaries and guidelines for how best to utilize the Shepherd’s Fold in support of the ministry plan. Travel by air or land is required in order to attend council meetings and staff conferences, and to conduct various other OCF ministry requirements. This is a full-time, exempt position, and the working hours required will be as necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the ministry.

To apply or for more information: [email protected] or call 979-571-5089