The Director of Discipleship and Assimilation (DDA) is responsible for managing the Spiritual growth activities and increasing the involvement of all worshippers in the mission of The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (aka Good Shepherd or GS). The target audience of this position ranges from first time attendees to new members to long time members.
Create an environment that welcomes new guests. This can include equipping and empowering guest service volunteers, defining and implementing programs/activities/training to enhance guest experiences and continuously improving follow-up methods to insure new guests are assimilated into GS.
Work with other GS outreach programs to enhance their program effectiveness.
Develop and implement programs and activities to allow visitors to become formal members of GS.
Define and create systems and programs for assimilating new members to 1) increase their spiritual growth and 2) to become involved in additional ministries. This can include working with ministry teams to recruit, train and empower additional volunteers.
Maintain a sense of the Congregation to minimize “backdoor” membership losses. Define and mitigate causes for such losses.
Define, create, and teach discipleship classes as needed to allow members to define and enhance their spiritual gifts.
Propose special events for spiritual growth and renewal.
Enhance current emphasis for spiritual growth including prayer ministries and generosity opportunities.
Define, develop and implement a systematic process to engage all members in multi-generational small groups and other focused demographic/affinity groups (e.g.: women’s and men’s ministries, young adults, singles, retirees, widows, etc.).
Provide and/or define resources, training and guidance to lay leaders to enhance the opportunities of such groups.
Insure development and use of detailed databases to provide a matching of member’s needs and opportunities with GS existing and proposed programs and activities.
Support the Senior Pastor in defining programs and curriculums for adult education programs.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Pastor as needed to meet Council policies.