Prison Ministry Director, Worcester, MA
Prison Ministry Director
Worcester Fellowship is an outdoor church reaching homeless and at-risk adults for worship, small group gatherings, and leadership development. We are supported by indoor churches and work with them to develop relationships with people in downtown Worcester. Worcester Fellowship is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and works closely with the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, and any other ministry that will accept our theology that God loves you now, the way you are.
We have two part-time Pastors and a part-time administrative director and are adding a part-time Prison Ministry Director.
The Prison Ministry Director is responsible for developing and implementing a prison ministry program as part of Worcester Fellowship. In conjunction with Worcester Fellowship, this ministry will focus more on listening than on providing services, will connect people in prison and coming out of prison with indoor churches and with Worcester Fellowship, and will communicate our radical welcome theology that God Loves You Now.
Reports to: Executive Director
Hours: Starting at 6 hours per month, to be increased to 10 hours a month as negotiated with Executive Director. Will be increased in hours to the extent that funds are raised for that purpose.
Pay Rate: $28 per hour.
- Provide support by visits and by mail to people who are in local prisons and jails.
- Connect with Worcester Fellowship members who are going to prison or jail, and who are newly released.
- Begin building networking connections to Dismas House, Jeremiah’s Inn, and the Salvation Army for the purpose of identifying gaps where our support is needed.
- Begin developing strategies to connect indoor church members and churches with buildings to this ministry.
- Assist with fundraising and grant writing for prison ministries.
- Optional: Engage in Sunday Worship leadership on a rotating basis.
As appropriate to the skills of the person hired Worcester Fellowship imagines this position over time engaging in some of these activities:
- Connecting individuals released in the Worcester Area to Worcester Fellowship, to indoor Churches or other places of worship, and to other resources they may need.
- Building external support systems to be activated for individuals on release.
- Fundraising to support additional prison ministry.
- Engage in building an expanded network for this ministry.
- Court visits with parishioners.
- Involving volunteers in advocacy for prisoners and newly released individuals.
- Serving communion in prison and in jail.
- Ability to be welcoming; to show love and respect to all and treating all people equally, taking into account special needs of those who may be subject to discrimination because of race, sexual orientation, immigration status, housing status, criminal background, religion, etc.
- M.Div. or equivalent.
- At least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).
- Superior listening skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Passion for Justice.
- Theology of Radical Welcome.
- Calm presence, especially in the face of violence and personal attacks.
- At least two years’ experience working with people who have experienced homelessness, people with addictions, or people with mental health challenges.
- Knowledge of and Experience with the prison system.
- Reliable transportation to area prisons/jails.
Availability for regular contact (at least monthly) with Worcester Fellowship through our worship, bible study, or weekday ministries.
- Basic computer skills; Word, Excel, etc.
Preferred: Worcester Fellowship is especially looking for individuals who are veterans, are fluent in Spanish, or are ordained/eligible for ordination in their denomination.
P.O. Box 3510
Worcester, MA 01613