Employment Opportunities

Minister of Marriage, Family Life, & Vocation

The Minister for Marriage, Family Life and Vocation (MFLV) is the key collaborator with the Pastor and the Pastoral Associate for Adult Formation. The Minister serves as the staff point person in matters related to marriage, family life and vocation awareness and discernment. This full time ministry position is also the point person for our new Communio outreach events and classes.

To apply send a cover letter and resume to: 
Church of the Ascension
Attn: Liz Willman, Pastoral Associate for Adult Formation
9510 W. 127th Street
Overland Park KS, 66213 
Or email Liz Willman: lwillman@kcascension.org


POSITION NAME:  Minister for Marriage, Family Life & VocationOFFICE: Marriage, Family Life & Vocation
REPORTS TO:  Pastoral Associate for Adult FormationDEPARTMENT:  Adult Formation
CLASSIFICATION:       Exempt___X___ Non-Exempt ______CURRENT EMPLOYEE:  ______________________

JOB SUMMARY: The Minister for Marriage, Family Life and Vocation (MFLV) is the key collaborator with the pastor and the Pastoral Associate for Adult Formation.  The Minister serves as the staff point-person in matters related to marriage, family life and vocational awareness and discernment.  This full-time ministry position exists to equip and support couples so they can fruitfully live Christian marriage and experience family life illuminated by the truth, beauty and goodness of the Gospel.  Additionally, the Minister for MFLV works with the parish Vocation Committee, the parish school and the parish YFF program to help young people discern God’s call in their lives and to promote vocations to sacramental marriage, holy orders, consecrated life or other specific ways the Lord might call someone to live out their baptismal call to holiness.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:  (The essential functions/major responsibilities listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position.  Duties and responsibilities are also subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.) 

  1. The Minister for MFLV oversees the parish marriage preparation process and collaborates with the priests, deacons and Marriage Prep lead couples to ensure that engaged couples successfully discern the call to sacramental marriage and are as prepared as possible to enter into the covenant of matrimony. 
  2. The Minister works with volunteer Marriage Prep lead couples to equip them to effectively minister to engaged couples and to successfully prepare couples for marriage.
  3. The Minister for MFLV promotes the vision for faithful and fruitful Catholic family life in the parish and offers resources, programs and other helps that aid spouses and parents in realizing the joys of Catholic family life.  The Minister works with prayer and/or support groups in the parish that support parenting or family life, such as Mothers of Young Children Group (MOYC).
  4. The incumbent in this position provides resources and support that assists families in crisis, especially troubled marriages or families experiencing challenges in rearing children.   
  5. The Minister for MFLV works with clergy to ensure a quality baptismal preparation program is offered for new parents.
  6. The Minister is the staff liaison for the parish Vocations Committee and works with them as well as the parish school leadership to promote vocations to marriage, holy orders, consecrated life and other vocations in the Body of Christ.
  7.  The Minister is the point person at the parish for all Communio classes and activities.   They oversee the volunteer Task Force working in this area.

OTHER FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  (The other functions and responsibilities listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position.  Duties and responsibilities are also subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)

  1. The incumbent for this position works with sacramental records clerks to ensure that sacramental files and records are properly maintained.
  2. Collaborates with the Archdiocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, the Archdiocesan Vocation Office, and other members of the parish staff to ensure that the Church’s vision of marriage, family life and vocation is effectively communicated through various means.
  3. Consults with other members of the parish and school staff to ensure an integrated approach in preparing young people in discerning vocations and comprehending the Church’s teaching on human sexuality, chastity, celibacy and their relationship to various vocations in the Church.

JOB SCOPE: The Minister for MFLV is the key person on the parish staff entrusted with implementing the parish’s vision for promoting and supporting Christian marriage, family life and vocation discernment.  The incumbent in this role must, in collaboration with the pastor, the PA for Adult Formation and other parish/school staff members and volunteers, formulate, design and execute the parish plan for marriage and baptism preparation, marriage and family enrichment and vocation awareness and discernment.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Since the role shares in the pastor’s ministry, the incumbent must be a devout Catholic, well-formed in the content of the faith and dedicated to the evangelical mission given by Christ to the Church.  The person, availing themselves to the sacraments, must strive for holiness.  Additionally, thorough knowledge of the Church’s rich teachings on marriage, family life, human sexuality and Christian vocation is important to carry out the demands of this role.  Creativity and good interpersonal skills are necessary qualities for someone who will occupy this role.  Proficiency in using a computer and modern technology, including social media, is expected.  The position requires to ability to collaborate well with paid staff members and volunteers who contribute to the parish’s ministry to engaged couples, families at various life stages and those discerning God’s call in their lives.  The ability to prepare presentations and be effective at public speaking are important aspects of this role.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The occupier of this role will work most days during standard business hours, but must also be willing and able to be present for evening presentations and programs as well as for occasional weekend sessions or retreats.  The role will involve sitting at a desk and working in an office environment, but also to prepare, setup and present at sessions on or off of the parish campus.  Ability to use a computer, file and lift and ambulate sufficiently to carry out the duties described above.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT: The working environment is primarily that of an office environment.  Since we are a church, maintaining a charitable and Christ-like environment is something that all parish employees are expected to maintain. 

Occasionally, the incumbent might be required to attend or present at events located off site.  Use of personal transportation may be needed to carry out this aspect of the job.

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described above are representative of the physical capabilities that must be met by an employee and the working conditions that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

SUPERVISES: The incumbent supervises volunteers who assist with the ministry.

List of Duties (as of 9/7/2022)

The Minister of MFLV reports to the Pastoral Associate for Adult Faith Formation. 

The incumbent will formulate, design and execute the parish plan for marriage and baptism preparation, marriage and family enrichment and vocation awareness and discernment.

The main responsibilities are as follows:

COORDINATION

  • Promotes the vision for Catholic family life and offers resources, programs, classes
  • Coordinate the Marriage Preparation process with the priests, deacons and MP lead couples
  • Coordinate the Baptismal Prep program
  • Schedule classes, speakers, facilitators,  special events
  • Point person for Communio activities throughout the year
  • Coordinate MOYC, Mother’s Circle, Beloved and other demographic groups
  • Liaison to Parish Vocations Committee
  • Coordinate Parish Mission speaker and volunteers
  • Coordinate resources to families in crisis
  • Work with school and YFF to prepare young people in discerning their vocation as well as church teaching on human sexuality, chastity and celibacy
  • Work with staff to assure sacramental records are properly maintained
  • Collaborate with Archdiocesean staff on MFLV

COMMUNICATION

  • Compile bulletin & email blast info each week
  • Submit articles for Ascent 4 times per year in area of MFLV
  • Create brochures, flyers, posters for offerings
  • Submit articles and photos to Ascension website  
  • Communication (email and phone) to facilitators and leaders
  • Respond to parishioners on questions regarding offerings

SETUP

  • Ensure hospitality and materials for daytime and evening offerings
  • Serve as host for classes, meetings, events
  • Purchase snacks/materials etc. as needed

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Tasks as assigned by Pastoral Associate of Adult Faith Formation

HOURS: Mon. – Fri.  8:30AM – 4:00PM, plus evenings and weekends as needed for events/meetings

QUALIFICATIONS: The candidate will be: 

  • Organized
  • Team orientated
  • Calendar focused
  • Proficient in Word, Excel and Publisher
  • Flexible
  • Able to learn: Church Database
  • Able to maintain confidentiality