Last Updated on May 28, 2024 by OCF Communications

Date Posted: 05/01/2024

Purpose:

Develop and sustain a ministry of the Officers’ Christian Fellowship (OCF) in accordance with OCF’s Vision, Mission, Purpose, and Strategic Framework.

Reports To: Larry Sherbondy

Primary Responsibilities:

The FSR-Citadel is responsible for developing an ongoing and reproducing gospel ministry to cadets at The Citadel, with bias toward those preparing for commissioning in the armed services.

A secondary outgrowth of this ministry will be a gospel outreach to Citadel faculty and staff, with bias toward those serving in the armed forces as tactical officers, from whom the FSR may recruit and develop a local cadet ministry team along with any permanent faculty and staff as appropriate.

The FSR will be responsible for building the local ministry team, and developing its members with vision, character, practices and skills which will enable them to continue in lay ministry upon reassignment.

Specific responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  1. Maintain a close personal walk with God, lead their spouse and children (as appropriate) in their pursuit of Jesus, and include their spouse (if married) in the ministry to cadets and faculty. That is, it is expected that, as a married couple who are one in Christ, both will share in the call to ministry.
  2. Evangelize and disciple cadets to understand and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, such that they are enabled by the Holy Spirit to enter into a saving and growing relationship with Him through the Word and prayer.
  3. Develop, train, and lead a team of OCF members who own and share in execution of a ministry plan that accords with the OCF vision and mission.
  4. Equip military members and cadets for OCF membership, participation, and leadership responsibility.
  5. 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, to become effective partners in the gospel at future temporary, deployed, and permanent assignments.
  6. Support the Citadel Chaplain and chapel programs as appropriate and collaborate with cadet ministry partners.
  7. Develop an annual ministry plan and budget. Report transparently on fiscal execution.
  8. Develop and maintain 100% of the Citadel ministry budget by the end of his first year on the ministry target (i.e., The Citadel).
  9. Travel to build/sustain relationships with donors, graduates, and OCF staff and members.
  10. Connect commissioning cadets and PCS’ing faculty with their gaining installation’s OCF leader or a partnered ministry leader to promote their continued service and growth.
  11. Maintain contact with members to encourage them in personal discipleship and ministry in and to the military, and to understand the situations at their locations.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:

FSR-Citadel must:

  1. Have experience living out their faith as a Christ-follower on active duty or the reserve forces in the U.S. military.
  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 leaders 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, Citadel chaplains, Citadel sanctioned Christian organizations, OCF members in the Charleston 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 in promotions, support, thinking, talents, and abilities or as appropriate for their skill sets as prior military officers.
  10. Have organizational skills that enable effective ministry events.

It is desired the FSR-Citadel:

  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 cell phone and computer-based communication including social media software and applications, and willing to maintain a digital ministry presence.
  4. Have experience at a senior military college or federal service academy.

Working Conditions:

Lives in the greater Charleston, SC area in order to minister effectively on and near the Citadel campus. Campus ministry requires parking and walking to various meeting locations. Travel by air or land is required 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 necessary to carry out the ministry’s responsibilities.

To apply or for more information: [email protected] or call 719-761-1924