Glenaire, a non-profit, church related continuing care retirement community, is looking for a full time (32 hours per week) chaplain. The chaplain provides a variety of ministerial services to Glenaire residents, including visitation, worship leadership, study groups and activity planning with the residents’ Spiritual Life Committee. Our chaplain needs to be comfortable ministering to residents from a wide variety of faith backgrounds. Experience with bereavement care and conducting funerals strongly preferred.
I. General Description
The 4/5-time (32 hours per week) chaplain provides ministerial services for the Glenaire residents, including visitation, worship leadership, study groups, and activity planning with the residents’ Spiritual Life Committee. The chaplain also interacts as needed with a wide range of local clergy, as they seek to meet the spiritual needs of residents, and with department directors and staff in all parts of the community.
Pastoral care visits with residents, focused on spiritual support and growth at times of changing health, family crisis, or end of life. The chaplain visits residents in residential living, as well as in the health care center. Pastoral care may also include members of the resident’s family.
B. Worship leadership
Leadership of up to two Sunday evening worship services each month, of approximately one hour each, using familiar hymns, scripture readings, a sermon or meditation, and prayers.
Leadership in seasonal worship services, such as Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Annual Memorial Service.
Regular leadership of worship services at which holy communion is offered.
Leadership of memorial services for residents, especially residents with no local church. Services can range from formal religious services to informal secular gatherings.
C. Study Groups
Organization and/or leadership of Bible or theological study groups, and/or prayer groups, as the interest dictates.
D. Activity planning with the Spiritual Life Committee of the Glenaire Residents’ Association.
Attendance at monthly meetings of the Spiritual Life Committee, collaboration with the Committee’s vision and concerns, and assistance with the Committee’s activities.
E. The chaplain works independently, meaning that she or he is free to interact in confidence with residents, family members, and staff except as she or he deems appropriate and helpful, or as required by law. Within this context, the nature, scope, and schedule of pastoral activities and services are developed in consultation with the Director of Resident Life, and other staff.
A. Ordination, preferably in a mainline Protestant denomination, and authorization to serve communion.
B. Training in Clinical Pastoral Education, and experience in pastoral care – one year of CPE, in a health care setting, is preferred.
C. Sufficient flexibility in weekly schedule to meet unexpected needs as they arise.
D. Capacity to work within a long term care environment, where attention to regulations, collaborative work, and confidentiality are paramount.
E. Evidence of genuine care and fondness for the special needs and interests of older adults, particularly in conditions of declining health.