Chaplain/Directors, Bethany Beyond the Jordan

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-791746
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: January 27, 2022
    • Years of Experience: 10 - 15 Years
    • Starting Date: July 18, 2022
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Job Description:


Jordan Valley, Jordan

Assignment Includes:

The Chaplain/Directors will oversee and manage the Bethany Beyond the Jordan (BBJ) pilgrimage site, a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) which hosts Christian visitors from nearby communities and around the world. The Chaplain/Spiritual Co-Directors will nurture and facilitate the current ministries of the BBJ and may also work on projects related to growth opportunities for the BBJ.

This position will build relationships with the pastors and members of the ELCJHL in Jordan, Jerusalem, and the West Bank, particularly ELCJHL bishop Ibrahim Azar and Pastor Imad Haddad, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Amman, Jordan. The position will also work with the ELCA MENA (Middle East North Africa) desk director and with ecumenical MENA partners, in order to strengthen the engagement of Palestinian, Jordanian, and other MENA Christians with this site.

The Chaplain/Directors will also offer hospitality and spiritual care to all visitors by hosting groups and individual pilgrims, guiding visitors to and around the site, and facilitating affirmations of baptism, baptisms, retreats, and other worship and devotional opportunities. They will also steward and care for the physical property of the baptismal site, including maintenance and repairs, and oversee the scheduling of visits and events. As ELCA missionaries, the Chaplain/ Directors will build and maintain cooperative relationships with the ELCJHL, local and regional ecumenical partners, and ELCA/global sponsors of the baptismal site.

Specific Assignments May Include the Following:

  • Developing educational and spiritual tours that offer reflection
  • Knowledge of different Christian traditions and rituals concerning baptism
  • Organize liturgies and services of various lengths and styles
  • Prepare retreats for visiting groups in collaboration with group leaders
  • Design and develop an ongoing program that would encourage repeated and extended visits of groups from all over the world (especially with youth and young adults)
  • Serve as a link between the Bethany Beyond the Jordan (BBJ) staff and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) administration
  • Recruit and supervise volunteers
  • Arrange and oversee maintenance
  • Coordinate security procedures
  • Deliver reports to donors and other advisory staff
  • Communicate with different individuals and representatives of colleague organizations through website, social media, and newsletters
  • Build and strengthen ecumenical relations with other churches at the Baptismal Site and in the larger surrounding community
  • Visit other Spiritual Formation centers in the region and beyond
  • Manage visitor information and communication

All ELCA Global Personnel participate in mission interpretation.

Site Information:

This position will be based in Jordan at the Bethany Beyond the Jordan complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. It includes a sanctuary, living quarters for the Chaplain/Directors, and a meeting space.

Experience and Skills:

  • M.Div. or similar, required.
  • Minimum of ten years of service in the pastorate, with experience in mentoring and counseling for spiritual growth, preferred.
  • Strong and deep commitment to Christina faith with a desire to be engaged in servant leadership by word and personal example.
  • Good grounding in theological/biblical tradition, with an ecumenical outlook and commitment
  • An in-depth theological understanding of Christian pilgrimage
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity with experience in, or a significant appreciation for/adaptation with cross-cultural and intergenerational relations
  • English, preferably with a working knowledge of, or a willingness to learn Arabic
  • Competence in administrative, management and volunteer supervision skills
  • Strong communication skills in a variety of media
  • Organized and self-directed
  • A willingness to learn new skills

Terms and Conditions:

This position is supported under the terms of ELCA Service and Justice Expectations and Support for Long Term Global Personnel. Those provisions include: international transportation, transportation related to work assignment, pensions and major medical coverage, assistance with schooling for children from kindergarten through high school, housing and cash salary which is adjusted according to the goods and services differential for Jordan.

If Candidate is Married:

Both must complete an application for this position, even if the spouse will not be fulfilling a specific role in the ministry. In the context of global mission service, a spouse is seen as a representative of the ELCA and of the receiving church regardless of their actual role. It is important for the ELCA that both members of a couple understand the role of missionary and are comfortable with that reality. In addition, an accompanying spouse receives an appointment to service by the ELCA and the support package for mission personnel includes compensation for an accompanying spouse.

General Qualifications for ELCA Global Personnel:

  • Christian faith and a commitment to the mission of the church
  • Openness to various expressions of Christian faith and respect for people of other faiths
  • Respect for beliefs, values, and customs of church and culture where assigned.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills demonstrating understanding and compassion.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out the responsibilities and the ability to adapt to different standards and practices.
  • Ability to work within the framework of a local administration.
  • Adaptable and flexible sense of humor - good physical and emotional health
  • Live and serve in a way which reflects the vision and expectations of the ELCA.