Canterbury House at the University of Michigan

Acting Chaplain/Missioner
Date Posted July 14, 2017
Diocese Michigan (Jim Gettel)
Location Ann Arbor
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Urban
Compensation Negotiable
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing None
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

Budget 177000


The Acting Chaplain/Missioner will assist Canterbury House at the University of Michigan in its mission of creating and strengthening loving community, helping students in their life journeys, and offering ministries for students to use their gifts to serve the world.

Responsibilities and Duties

1. Offer pastoral care to students
a. Connect with students served by Canterbury House – check in, support them in their daily lives and work
b. Meet with students one-on-one for listening, spiritual and vocational discernment and pastoral care
c. Provide discernment opportunities for lay and ordained ministry
d. Refer students to suitable resources as needed

2. Help develop new and stronger relationships with and among students
a. Help maintain an ever-evolving and loving environment and open spiritual home for students
b. Attend Canterbury House events to connect with students and help build community and connection (including concert series events and Food Service meals)
c. With students, attend community outreach events such as Festifall and other start-of-year activities to connect with new students
d. Help students develop supportive and caring communities through peer-ministry in Canterbury House activities such as music events, food ministry and other social justice ministries
e. Develop and empower student leadership in all Canterbury House activities
f. Seek opportunities that challenge students to discover the presence of Christ within and beyond the walls of traditional church buildings and grounds and campuses

3. Plan and oversee Canterbury House worship and activities
a. Work with the congregation and Board to establish weekly schedule of worship service(s), meal(s), and other programs needed by the community (e.g., meditation time, movie nights, fellowship, discussion groups, etc.) and oversee weekly programming
b. Schedule and work with assisting or supply clergy as needed for worship and pastoral care needs
c. Work with and supervise the Office Manager, Chef and Food Advocate, Concert Series Coordinator and volunteer leaders to keep Canterbury House running smoothly
d. Oversee facilities, expenditures, budgets and other assets of Canterbury House in consultation with the Board

4. Maintain and develop Canterbury House’s Food Ministry
a. Oversee Chef and Food Advocate and attend meal ministry events
b. Coordinate with Maize and Blue Cupboard and other partner organizations
c. Oversee completion of the requirements for The Episcopal Church Young Adult and Campus Ministry Grant, including reporting

5. Oversee Canterbury House communications with volunteer and staff assistance
a. “This Week at Canterbury House” emails
b. Social media for Canterbury House
c. Digital outreach and advertising on Facebook and other digital platforms
d. Campus fliers or posters
e. Maintaining the email list and collecting email addresses from attendees
f. Updating the website as needed

6. Help support the Board and its executive and transition committees in planning and development of Canterbury House during this transition period
a. Connect transition committee and Board members with stakeholders in the Canterbury House community, especially students and others whose voices might otherwise be missed
b. Communicate with the Board about successes and failures of initiatives during this academic year
c. Share insights into growth/evolution of Canterbury House
d. Support fundraising/development as needed

7. Work with ecumenical partners, especially with the ELCA Lutheran Campus Ministry

8. Perform other such duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Bishop or the Board


This position is offered during the 2017-2018 academic year (to August 1, 2018) with a possibility of extension or renewal.

This position is offered as a full-time, exempt position with full diocesan employee benefits. However, qualified part-time applicants will also be considered, with responsibilities and duties appropriately adjusted according to the applicant’s gifts and experience.

Both lay and clergy candidates will be considered. A candidates needs to be to be an active Episcopal/Anglican or Lutheran (ELCA) congregant and have a Bachelor’s degree and previous experience in leading young adult ministries.


Personal Skills

  • Demonstrated experience and passion for creating communities of Christian fellowship, learning and service
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate the Gospel in ways that others find engaging and relevant
  • A strong understanding of millennials and a strong grasp on campus culture
  • Ability to lead, organize, and equip others in ministry
  • Ability to recruit and identify leaders for building community
  • Ability to work in an inter-religious atmosphere
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Spiritual maturity, self-awareness, and authenticity
  • Self-starter, with an ability to work alone and in a collaborative environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to use social media and website tools to promote the ministry
  • Professional accountability and transparency
  • Other skills as may be determined by the Bishop and the Board of Directors

Contact Information

If you are interested and might feel called to be Canterbury House’s Acting Chaplain/Missioner, please send your cover letter and resume as soon as possible to Applications are being considered now for this fall and interviews begin on August 1st.