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Discipleship Pastor

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Work type: Administrative (Full Time)
Location: Marion, IN
Categories: Other

Job Title: Discipleship Pastor

Reporting Relationship: Campus Pastor & Dean of Spiritual Formation

Unit: IWU-Marion

Department: Ministry-IWU Marion

Campus Location: Chapel Auditorium, Marion, IN

Summary of Position:    The Discipleship Pastor at Indiana Wesleyan University serves to cultivate and deepen a disciple-making culture on campus. They do so in large part by giving oversight to the small group ministry of the Spiritual Formation Office. There are already nearly a thousand students participating in small groups, most of which are student-led. The Discipleship Pastor works with a select team of student leaders to empower, equip, and encourage small group leaders. The work is highly relational yet also requires administrative attentiveness. Small groups and the people who lead them are one of the most effective leadership development and discipleship pathways on IWU Campus. The Discipleship Pastor will strengthen the training and development of this important initiative.

The Discipleship Pastor is also a crucial member of the Spiritual Formation Office in all its ministries. Accordingly, they help to shape campus culture, lead in prayer, contribute to chapel and other events, recruit and train student workers, mentor student leaders, and offer support to the Dean of Spiritual Formation on strategic initiatives. They also coordinate important relationships across campus, including with Residence Life and key Faculty partners. Furthermore, the Discipleship Pastor offers confidential pastoral care and spiritual guidance to individual students.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead
    • Assist the Campus Pastor in Championing the Christian spiritual formation of the students at IWU through small groups, pastoral care, and spiritually formative programming
    • Provide strategic guidance on issues related to spiritual formation and personal development of the student body
    • Represent the Spiritual Formation Office on various committees, panels, and community conversations 
  • Teach
    • Design and execute programming that facilitates the integration of Christian faith with students’ respective academic disciplines
    • Craft transformative learning experiences for small group leaders through innovative resources, curriculum, and workshops 
  • Shepherd
    • Demonstrate a commitment to the work of Christian reconciliation
    • Meet with students regularly for pastoral care and spiritual direction
    • Facilitate meaningful spaces for reflection and spiritual renewal through prayer, both on campus and on retreats
    • Collaborate with Faculty and staff across campus to cultivate a culture of small groups in our student housing units, co-curricular programming and academic divisions
    • Bring direct training and oversight to student chaplains and small group leaders across campus 
  • Supervise 12+ student workers 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Qualifications: According to Indiana Wesleyan University employment policy all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.


  • Bachelor’s degree required in Christian ministry, Bible, or Theology
  • Master’s degree required; MDiv or ministry-related field preferred
  • Pastoral experience and ordination preferred in The Wesleyan Church


  • Four or more (4+) years of pastoral experience preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures

Required Skills

  • A vibrant, personal, growing relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Willingness to partner and collaborate
  • Desire to model grace-filled community and servant leadership
  • A love for students and willingness to connect with them relationally
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Program and Event planning and execution
  • Teaching and training skills and experience
  • Pastoral care and pastoral counseling
  • Supervision and mentoring skills
  • Practical and theological understanding of Christian spiritual formation and faith development
  • An understanding of college life issues with experience in pastoral ministry and discipleship programs
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

Diversity Statement

IWU commits to create a community that reflects kingdom diversity. We will foster an intentional environment that exhibits honor, respect, and dignity. Acknowledging visible or invisible differences, our community authentically values each member’s earthly and eternal worth. We refute ignorance and isolation and embrace deliberate and courageous engagement.


As a religious educational institution operating under the auspices of The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (42 U.S.C., Sections 2000e-1 and 2000e-2).

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.


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