Associate Dean of Spiritual Formation/Assistant Campus Pastor

Colorado, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 14, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

About the Job

The Associate Dean of Spiritual Formation is a key team member of the Spiritual Formation staff and is the champion for Campus Ministry programs and men’s ministry for Colorado Christian University (CCU).  The Associate Dean assists with chapel, extra credit chapel programming, pastoral care and mentoring, key Campus Ministry programs, and identifies, organizes, markets, and executes men’s ministry programming on campus.

The Associate Dean also acts as the assistant campus pastor, stepping into the campus pastor role when necessary. The Associate Dean works as a key Campus Ministry team member assisting the Dean with providing a dynamic spiritual formation program ensuring that the CCU vision for ministry is clear, ministry related programs are robust and appealing, and has a heart for reaching men in the CCU community, encouraging and strengthening their walk with Christ.

About CCU

Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational Christian university in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, delivering world class education to thousands of students. The fully accredited, nonprofit University is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.

Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914.  CCU’s motto is--grace and truth. This motto comes from John 1.14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (ESV) 

CCU's mission is Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth.

Colorado Christian University cultivates knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world. We envision graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high ethical and professional standards, embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, treasure the gospel, and who thereby are prepared to impact the world in their callings.

CCU embraces an educational model that was present at the foundation of many of the great western and American universities. It is made up of three pillars—competence, character and Christ-centered faith. Secular universities have abandoned two of those pillars. We think this is a major oversight that eventually undermines education. Furthermore, we believe this classical educational model is both life-giving and greatly needed in our time.

A leader in higher education, CCU has been consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for its core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. CCU has had ten consecutive years of enrollment growth and has been named one of the five fastest-growing master’s granting universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

CCU offers more than 100 degree program options for traditional and adult students through its two colleges--the College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies. More than 8,000 students attend the University on the main campus, in regional centers throughout Colorado, and online.

What is most appealing about working at CCU?

  1. Faith-friendly: CCU’s culture is unique to higher education. Where else can you pursue academic excellence yet read the Holy Bible, pray with teammates and students at work, and work to impact our culture in support of Christian values?
  2. Convictionally Christian: As a university, we have an enduring commitment to Christ, his kingdom and the truth of God’s Word.
  3. Live out your calling: We are a traditional evangelical university where you can invest your God-given talents and abilities alongside coworkers and teammates, while having a profound influence on students as they deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
  4. Equip students for kingdom work: You can be a part of helping students discover their callings and preparing them for positions of significant leadership in the church, business, government, education, and other professions, as a key part of our University's Strategic Priorities.

We’re looking for candidates who have:

  1. A masters degree in Biblical Studies, Master of Divinity, or Master of Theology highly preferred. 
  2. Knowledge of and experience in Campus Ministry or church/parachurch communities.
  3. 5-7 years of professional ministry experience with university students preferred.
  4. Unique calling to ministry, mentoring, and encouraging spiritual growth among the student community.
  5. Experience with ministry event programming.
  6. Demonstrated skill with speaking, providing spiritual guidance, and training.
  7. Ability to organize and administer various tasks at once..
  8. Direct experience in mentoring and providing spiritual direction.

Key Job Duties

Campus Ministry Contribution

The Associate Dean has responsibilities in helping to provide chapel programs, administration in the office for essential duties, providing ministry programming, and has a key role in the vision of spiritual formation for the CCU campus community. The Associate Dean may take the lead in chapel programming, set up, calendar, speakers, staff supervision, or other areas to assist the Dean.

Mission Contribution

Contribute to CCU’s mission: Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth. The Associate Dean contributes to this mission by mentoring and reaching especially male students who are transformed as they engage with programs and ministry emphasis that speak directly to their development. 

Organization and Administration Men’s Ministry Programs

  1. Mentor, supervise, and coordinate with the student Men’s Ministry Leader and volunteer student leaders, including personal tutoring, discipleship, life coaching, and the planning of Men’s Ministry events.
  2. Plan and implement at least two major events per month of the academic year that teaches and supports Biblical masculinity, what it means to be a Godly man, and/or issues facing manhood by providing direct teaching, inviting a special speaker, organizing panel discussions, and planning conferences, seminars, men’s retreat, etc…
  3. Coordinate and execute at least one event per month intended to foster fellowship among male students (i.e. BBQs, spectator sporting events, indoor/outdoor games or competitions, getaways, camping trips, retreats, etc…).
  4. Oversee initiatives that are specific to men, including teams or clubs that may derive from student interest (i.e. intramural sports, spike ball, Men’s softball team, Fantasy Football League, etc…).
  5. Pursue connections with CCU male students, meeting with them weekly for mentoring, group discipleship, training, growth, guidance, accountability and fellowship.
  6. Launch and produce a series of men’s discipleship groups on campus working with the Residence Life effort and freshmen discipleship efforts.

Training, Equipping and Mentoring

  1. Oversee Men’s Ministry student leadership, discipling and equipping interns and team leaders as well as recruiting and encouraging other staff to impact the program.
  2. Train team participants in preparation for their leadership in D-groups and programs.
  3. Teach a For Your Information (FYI) (INT 101) course.
  4. Assist other Campus Ministry staff members in the administration and organization of discipleship programs.
  5. Launch a comprehensive men’s mentoring program on campus each year and collaborate with other departments on campus that are also providing mentoring effort.

Marketing and Collaboration

  1. Raise awareness on campus in regard to issues surrounding men, their spiritual development, and discipleship.
  2. Solicit partnerships with those on campus who also are providing programming and discipleship of the men on campus: ie…Residence Life, the Life Directions Center, University Counseling, Freshmen efforts, and other outside ministries discipling men on the CCU campus (Navigators, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, etc…)
  3. Coordinate efforts/activities of Men’s Ministry with Student Government Association, Admissions, Athletics, Academics, Residence Life
  4. Attend Campus Preview events and off-campus events.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk; stand; sit; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; speak with clarity, have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. You may be required to work occasional irregular hours, including some nights and weekends.

What we offer our employees:

We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages to all employees. Our benefit package includes: a tuition waiver program, excellent healthcare, generous paid time off, matching 403(b) retirement plan, and additional organizational paid benefits and voluntary benefit offerings. Pay and benefits will be discussed in more detail as candidates progress through the interview process. 

Colorado Christian University’s pay philosophy is based on internal and external data for pay equity; along with budgetary considerations for effective stewardship. Pay will be assigned based on relevant experience. We reserve the right to pay an equitable rate that we believe is within our salary structure or that may fit a candidate’s qualifications or experience for the job. A wage range posted is not a guarantee of a specific wage range for a job offer. CCU reserves the right to make pay decisions based on economic and equity considerations to attract the best possible talent. CCU does not determine pay based on sex or any other protected status.

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