Christian Service Director

Holy Family Parish24505 Meadowbrook RdNovi, MI 48375
Parish Ministry
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Fr. Bob LaCroix

Position Description

Position Description
Director of Christian Service
Church of the Holy Family- Novi, MI
Summary: The Director of Christian Service is a full-time, professional staff member who provides overall leadership and coordination to the parish’s continuous work of Christian Service in the community. The Church of the Holy Family has consistently maintained a strong commitment to this ministry. As a demonstration of the prioritization provided by the members and leadership of the parish, the Director of Christian Services serves as a true leaser of parishioners and a manger of facilities, resources, and programs. With the Christian Service Commission, this personal rallies the parish’s response to Catholic Social Teaching, in our climate of renewal as missionary disciples of Christ in conjunction with parish mission.
Position Responsibilities Include:
  • Provide the parish with awareness of human needs, coordination of means by which to respond, and encouragement of parishioners to participate and play roles of responsibility.
  • Work to convey the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and help to engender, through one’s own behavior and demeanor, the ultimate respect and care that is due to each person.
  • Create and promote programs for parishioner participation in Christian Service, including program design, resource allocation, promotion, enlistment of volunteers, cleanup, etc.
  • Foster a culture of regarding “the whole person” so that we increasingly serve both the corporal and spiritual needs of those to whom we minister.
  • Foster a culture of essential evangelization, by which every person we serve is somehow welcomed to come join us.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Christian Service Commission and other groups such as: parish staff, archdiocesan staff, and other parish and community groups having complementary missions.
  • Develop and execute programs that provide parishioners with the opportunity for growth through service, whether persons serve singly or as members of a parish group.
  • Recruit, train, and support a network of Christian Service ministry volunteers who will commit to roles of service.
  • Discern promising leaders and help to mentor their growth through increasing responsibility in Christian Service ministry.
  • Prepare and maintain the annual budget for the Christian Service Commission.
  • Partner with all areas of ministry in the church to develop coordinated efforts for Christian Service outreach.
  • Generate print, social media, and website content that raises awareness of social justice concerns along with program advertising (including speaking at masses).
  • Oversee and lead Dynamic Parish team/program
  • Other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the pastor.
  • Support and acceptance of the Parish Vision for Catholic Missionary Disciples.
  • Minimum of an undergraduate degree in Pastoral Ministry, Social Work, or closely related disciplines. Master’s degree a plus.
  • Three (3) or more years of experience serving people in need.
  • Experience in recruitment, training, and support of volunteers.
  • Basic knowledge of the operations of a Catholic parish.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in all matters.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a pastoral team.
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and program solving.
  • Ability to concurrently plan and manage multiple projects.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Office.
  • Able to maintain a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends
Other: Ability to communicate in both English and Spanish and/or social work license a plus.
Christian Service Programs and Activities
Church of the Holy Family
General Coordination, Tasks, & Meetings:
  • Lead and prepare agenda for Parish Christian Service Ministry Meetings
  • Prepare articles for weekly parish bulletin
  • Parish Christian Services Ministry Meetings (Tuesday evening each month, September through May, except December)
  • Vicariate Meetings (Monthly) September through May
  • Christian Service Coordinators Meetings (Monthly) September through May
  • Parish Staff Meetings (Monthly)
Programs On-going basis:
  • Food Pantry- Partnering with St. James
  • Clothes Closet
  • Convalescent Loan Closet- Partnership with Older Adult Services- Novi
  • Baby and Adult Diaper Banks
  • Baby Layettes
  • Baby Equipment
  • Financial Assistance (from 7.5% Fund)
  • Referral Services and information
  • Gift Baskets for Hospitalized Parish Members (Must be hospitalized for 3 or more days 7.5% Fund)
  • Funeral Luncheon Meat and Condiments (7.5% Fund)
  • Counseling and case management for clients (Masters of Social Work level)
  • Lead Implementation Team for Dynamic Parish program
  • Collect data and manage technology for Christian Services (monthly data sets and technology based intake/programming)
  • Overseer of Health Ministry
For all programs:
  • Manage $150,000 budget in Christian Services
  • Collaborate with other local agencies/churches for clients services including St. Vincent de Paul network
  • Community outreach to develop improved programming and advertisement for programs
  • Adhere to assistance guidelines set by the diocese, state, and parish
  • Coordinate large volunteer base
  • Provide status reports and collaborate with other parish staff
  • Seek continuous process improvement opportunities
Programs by Month:
  • On-the-Rise Capuchin Bake Sale (3x a year)- Changes based on their schedule
  • Interfaith Rotating Shelter (Cass Community Center)
  • Operation Rice Bowl- Catholic Relief Services (Parish Donations)
  • International Social Justice Walk along with the Stations of the Cross (New)
  • Baby Shower in support of Another Way Pregnancy Center (Parish Donations)- In Spring
  • Meals-on-Wheels Easter Surprise (small gift of postage stamp and candy) Meadowbrook Commons Senior Center
  • On-the-Rise Capuchin Bake Sale (3x a year)- Changes based on their schedule
  • Mothers’ Day Carnations (Pro Life Message)
  • Fathers’ Day Candy bars (Pro Life Message)
  • Christmas in July (Wrap gifts for Manor of Novi Christmas Party)
  • Back to School Backpacks and school supplies (Donations solicited from parish)- Partnership with Feed the Need of Novi
  • On-the-Rise Capuchin Bake Sale (3x a year)- Changes based on their schedule
  • Right to Life- Life Chain (1st Sunday in October)
  • Mercy in Action- Partnership with St. James
  • Meals-on-Wheels Halloween Surprise (small gift of postage stamp and candy) Meadowbrook Commons Senior Center
  • Manor of Novi Christmas Party
  • Sponsor A Family Christmas Program
  • Gift Baskets for Homebound
New Local Organizations and Partnerships:
  • Feed the Need (Accept children for Back to School)
  • Novi Clergy Association (monthly meeting and church connections)
  • St. Vincent de Paul (Work with local chapters, financially)
  • St. James (Have a food partnership and operate Mercy in Action together)
  • Novi/Northville Collaborative (Community sharing)
  • Alliance for Housing (Housing referrals and information)
  • Local Businesses (About a dozen sponsors for Christmas)
  • Far Eastern and American Nurses & Allied Professionals Association (Ship clothes and medical supplies to the Philippines)
  • Knights of Columbus (service opportunities)


Bachelor's Degree.

Experience in Christian Service work or in a comparable area.

Complete accord with Church of the Holy Family Strategic Anchors and Parish Vision:

Strategic Anchors:
Help people know the Lord personally.
Form them to maturity.
Equip them for mission.

Parish Vision:
The Church of the Holy Family
Catholic. Missionary. Disciples.
 We believe it is normal for Catholics to be missionary disciples!
As Catholic missionary disciples we aspire to…
  • know Jesus Christ personally and live in the power of the Holy Spirit;
  • pray and read the Bible daily;
  • participate in small faith-sharing groups;
  • express contagious faith that attracts others;
  • use our gifts to serve others, especially the poor;
  • be faithful Catholics in belief and behavior;
  • be generous with all of our resources.
The Archdiocese of Detroit is an equal opportunity employer that does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, height, weight, genetic information, marital or other legally protected status. Job ID:105874