Director of Discipleship

Position:  Director of Discipleship

Hours/week: Part-time – 20 hours/week 

Work hours: Sunday mornings, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, special events, evening meetings 

Classification: Non-exempt 


Supervisor: Senior Pastor 

Annual leave: Yes 

Sick leave: Yes 

Health benefits: No 

Retirement benefits: Yes 


The Director of Discipleship oversees and coordinates people’s introduction and integration into the community of faith to grow discipleship in line with Sterling UMC ‘s strategic vision of transforming lives through Jesus Christ. This position will help people connect to the life of the church and to shepherd newcomers towards a path of discipleship, including but not limited to following up with first-time visitors, following up with and connecting newcomers to ministries in the church, guiding newcomers and visitors into membership and small group discipleship opportunities.


  • Develop and implement connection strategies, to include identifying current trends in assimilation ministries and promote new ideas to expand the scope and capabilities of ministry opportunities.
  • Develop means of connecting people with existing opportunities, giving special attention to helping people serve in their areas of giftedness.
  • Provide experiences and environments for learning about spiritual gifts.
  • Provide experiences and environments for people interested in membership to learn about membership and join the church.
  • Develop invitation opportunities (events/tools), experiences and environments (both internal and external)to engage individuals not currently part of the Sterling.  
  • Staff the First Impressions team, fully, with volunteers and provide the necessary resources to support Sunday worship services.
  • Partner with program ministry staff to integrate opportunities for connection in their area.
  • Prepare and manage the connections budget.
  • Work with the administrative staff to schedule/promote/market “connection” opportunities at Sterling UMC.
  • Utilize church management software to support decision making.

Core Competencies

Creating the New and Different:     

  1. Develops new and unique ideas.
  2. Facilitates effective brainstorming.
  3. Uses resources effectively and efficiently.
  4. Easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions.
  5. Has good judgment about which creative ideas and suggestions will play out successfully in the congregation and/or community.


  1. Can marshal resources (people, funding, material, support) to get things done.
  2. Develops schedules and task/people assignments. 
  3. Evaluates results.
  4. Arranges information and a practical manner.

Managing Volunteer Teams:  

  1. Good judge of talent.
  2. Can articulate the strengths and limitations of people.
  3. Provides the information people need to know to do their jobs and to feel good about being a member of the team.
  4. Provides individuals with timely information so they can make accurate decisions.
  5. Clearly and comfortably delegates both routine and important tasks and decisions.
  6. Allows people to finish and be responsible for their work.
  7. Fosters open dialogue.
  8. Creates a feeling of belonging in the team.


  1. Very easy to approach and talk to (welcoming).
  2. Spends the extra effort to put others at ease.
  3. Can be warm, pleasant, and gracious.
  4. Is sensitive to and patient with the anxieties of others.
  5. Practices attentive and active listening.
  6. Can accurately restate the opinions of others even when he/she disagrees.
  7. Is an early knower, getting informal and incomplete information in time to react.
  8. Exhibits patience.

Peer Relationships:  

  1. Can quickly find common ground and solve problems for the good of all.
  2. Can represent his/his own interests and yet be fair to other groups.
  3. Is seen as a team player and is cooperative.
  4. Easily gains trust and support of peers and encourages collaboration.
  5. Can be candid with peers.
  6. Can solve problems with peers with a minimum of noise.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field is preferred.
  • Highly collaborative leadership style and relationship/network builder.
  • Experience in evaluative individuals’ abilities, interests and personality characteristics and matching them with suitable opportunities.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services.
  • Knowledge of human behavior and performance, individual differences in ability, personality, and interests, learning and motivation.
  • Experience managing projects or the ability to demonstrate project management skills.
  • Avowed and demonstrated Christian faith.
  • Understand and be willing and able to champion the church’s purpose and vision, and the theology and traditions of the United Methodist Church.
  • Have strong verbal, written and editorial skills.
  • Proficiency in Spanish language is highly desired.
  • Must demonstrate a high level of trust and have the ability to protect the reputation and integrity of others through strict confidentiality.
  • Exemplify Sterling United Methodist Church’s values and uphold the staff covenant.
  • Maturity of judgment and emotions.
  • Dependable, punctual, well organized, and non-temperamental.
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with staff and volunteers