Chaplain position at AOPM

Alamance-Orange Prison Ministry is on the lookout for a new chaplain to serve at Orange Correctional. We are so grateful for the work of Chaplain Love, who will moving on to pursue a new opportunity in hospital chaplaincy in a few weeks. The job description for the position is below. Please pass along this notice to anyone who might be interested, and feel free to let us know if you have any questions by emailing us at aoprisonministry@gmail.com.

OVERVIEW

The Chaplain serves as the executive director of Alamance-Orange Prison Ministry by fulfilling responsibilities in the correctional center, churches, and the community at large. Orange Correctional Center is an adult male, minimum custody, state prison with a regular population of 180 inmates and an additional 40 inmates temporarily assigned to a restricted housing facility. The work of this position focuses on direct ministry to and with inmates, their families, institutional staff, and volunteers. Duties are in four categories: ministry, volunteers, administration, and community relations. This is accomplished by providing counsel, planning programs, supervising volunteers, and engaging the local community. The Chaplain performs these and other assigned duties under the direction of the board of directors and in accordance with the needs of the Superintendent and policies of the NC Department of Public Safety (NCDPS).

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Ministry:

  1. Counsel inmates, their families, institutional staff members, and volunteers.
  2. Make regular rounds through the detention center and correctional center.
  3. Plan, organize, and direct programs including: Yokefellows, Bible studies, family days, One Day with God, and outside speakers.
  4. Plan, schedule and coordinate worship services.
  5. Assist institutional officials with issues which affect human relations and morale.
  6. Plan, lead, host, and coordinate Bible studies.
  7. Assist the continued establishment and nurturing of the transition services ministry.

Volunteers:

  1. Consult with the principle offices of the Correctional Center in order to coordinate volunteer participation in worship services, discipleship activities, Bible studies, and other religious programs.
  2. Take an active leadership role in the recruitment and development of volunteers.
  3. Supervise and evaluate volunteer participation in worship services, discipleship activities, transition programs, Bible studies, and other programs.

Administration:

  1. Assist the various committees of the Board of Directors.
  2. Help facilitate communication between the Board of Directors, institutional staff, volunteers, churches, and the community.
  3. Work with staff and board members to plan board functions and meetings.
  4. Provide the Board of Directors with regular ministry reports.
  5. Discuss issues of morale, staff relations, professional development, job responsibilities, and inmate issues through individual and full-staff meetings at the Correctional Center.

Community Relations:

  1. Promote the ministry and enlist prayer, financial, and volunteer support by speaking to church and community groups.
  2. Attend local ministers’ conferences/gatherings on a regular basis.
  3. Consult, enlist, and support area clergy, laypersons, and community leaders in an effort to support the operation and funding of the Alamance-Orange Prison Ministry.
  4. Assist in the planning, preparation, and carrying out of specific community development events with board members and volunteers. This includes annual fundraising events, newsletters, and appeal letters.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  1. Theological competence: NCDPS recognizes 13 different faith groups and requires that any chaplain should be willing and prepared to assist all inmates in their faith practice.
  2. Considerable knowledge of the principles and methods of clinical pastoral care and the role of the chaplain in an institutional setting.
  3. Ability to plan, organize and develop a comprehensive pastoral care program.
  4. Ability to deal harmoniously with residents, their relatives, staff, and volunteers.
  5. Ability to express oneself clearly in oral and written form.

 

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

 Graduation from a recognized school of theology and ordination as clergy in good standing with one’s denomination; satisfactory completion of two years of clinical pastoral education in a recognized training program, or two years of full-time pastoral education in a recognized training program, or two years of full-time institutional experience as a clinical chaplain, or four years of experience as a parish clergyperson, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

EMPLOYMENT/SALARY NOTE

Please submit resume and salary requirements to aoprisonministry@gmail.com.

 

 

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AOPM at Efland United Methodist Church

We had a great time this past Sunday at Efland United Methodist Church. Our Ready Singers choir performed and Douglas and Rodney from Orange Correctional shared their testimonies. AOPM board member Aaron Griffith preached the sermon. Thanks to all who came out!

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AOPM, on the road

Come out and see Chaplain Love and the Ready Singers choir at a location near you! Contact us if you would like more info about any of these events. Here’s our up-to-date schedule:

Name of Church/Event  Location Date Departure/Arrival Time 
NC Department of Public Safety Volunteer Banquet Raleigh, NC Thu, April 27, 2017 10am-2pm
Efland United Methodist Church Efland, NC Sun, April 30, 2017 10am-2pm
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Chapel Hill, NC Wed, May 10, 2017 6pm-10pm
Church of the Holy Family Chapel Hill, NC Sun, May 21, 2017 8am-1 2pm
Church of Philadelphia Durham, NC Sun, June 25, 2017 10am-2pm
First Calvary Baptist Church Durham, NC Sun, July 16, 2017 2:30pm-6:30pm
Efland United Methodist Church Efland, NC Sun, July 30, 2017 10am-2pm
Christ United Methodist Church Chapel Hill, NC Sun, Aug 27, 2017 10am-2pm
Community Baptist Church Durham, NC September 24, 2017 7am-11am
Efland United Methodist Church Efland, NC Sun, October 29, 2017 10am-2pm
Efland United Methodist Church Efland, NC Sun, December 31, 2017 10am-2pm
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Ready Singers at Duke Divinity School

Today Chaplain Love and the Ready Singers choir visited Duke Divinity School. The Ready Singers led worship during chapel, while Chaplain Love preached a message to the gathered faculty and students. Thanks to Duke Divinity’s Prison & Justice Action Committee for the invitation!

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Ready Singers Perform at UNC Hospital

The Ready Singers choir visited UNC-Chapel Hill hospital to perform for their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. As always, they sounded great!

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New volunteer training

NEW VOLUNTEER TRAINING has been scheduled for Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6 pm. It will be in the Peace Center at Orange Correctional Center. This will be for both new on-site and new off-site volunteers. Seating is limited, so please be discerning about whether you want to reserve one of the chairs (and become an active volunteer at OCC).

To be considered you must be at least: 
1) 21 with a valid, government-issued, picture id.
2) a year off correctional supervision
3) you cannot be a family member of any resident at OCC or on a resident’s visitation list.

On the applications, you will need to provide NCDPS with your driver’s license and social security number (for background check purposes). You will also need to provide character references.

If you wish to be trained, please contact chaplainjlove@gmail.com and save yourself a spot. Those who respond quickly will be given priority.

On 3/9/2017, the training schedule will look as follows:

  • 5:45Registration (sign in and begin application paperwork)
  • 6-7pmrequired training for ALL new volunteers.  On-site will be dismissed around 7pm (yokefellows, tutors, worship/study leaders)
  • 7-9:30pmrequired training for new off-site (sponsors) CONTINUES
    after training, off-site volunteers will need to attend three on-site activities before becoming sponsors.

If you are uncertain about whether you want to be a volunteer/sponsor, contact chaplainjlove@gmail.com or the Programs department (919-732-9301)

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Pecan and stew success!

Thanks to all who contributed to AOPM’s fall fundraiser, either by purchasing pecans and Brunswick stew or volunteering with prep and distribution. A special thanks goes out to Lamb’s Chapel in Haw River, NC, who provides our stew. Because of your work and contributions AOPM is able to continue ministering to the men at Orange Correctional Center. Also, if you missed out on placing a pecan or stew order (or want some more) let us know – we have some extras!

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