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The School of Theology and Seminary and Campus Ministry Department at the Saint John's University invites applicants for the full-time (.75 FTE), benefit eligible position of Coordinator of Prayer and Worship.
Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary (SOT/Sem) and Saint John’s Campus Ministry (SJUfaith) together seek a new and inspiring leader; one who can offer a vibrant and participatory worship life to the campus community, including preparing graduate and undergraduate student ministers for a life of service in the Church. We seek a passionate and talented Coordinator of Prayer and Worship who can activate the sacramental and worship life in graduate and undergraduate student communities while building opportunities for students to pray and celebrate faith together.
In pursuit of its Catholic mission, the SOT/Sem educates and forms students for life, ministry, and service by integrating world class academics, Benedictine practices, and a spiritual community in a contemplative environment. With an enrollment of more than 125 students, the school offers advanced degrees in theology and ministry that prepare women and men for leadership and ministry in the church and world. The school is committed to excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion as informed by our Catholic and Benedictine values. The Coordinator of Prayer and Worship coordinates regular weekly SOT/Sem liturgies, designs and executes additional liturgical offerings, collaborates with SJUFaith to offer co-sponsored liturgies in Emmaus Chapel, organizes and advises a SOT/Sem student leadership team for prayer and worship, supervises SOT/Sem student liturgy workers, oversees care and maintenance of Emmaus Chapel, and collaborates with the Director of Students Services to integrate chapel life into student life. As time permits the position supports external SOT/Sem programming, particularly offerings through the revitalized Diekmann Center.
Rooted in Catholic, Benedictine tradition, SJUfaith cultivates the faith life of the campus community so that, as in the Rule of Benedict, “in all things God may be glorified.” (RB 57.9) At SJUfaith this person is a leader on the Campus Ministry team with primary responsibility for the coordination of all liturgical aspects of Campus Ministry. This position works closely with the university Chaplain and student team in the planning of student liturgies. The Coordinator of Prayer and Worship is responsible for the recruitment, training, and ongoing formation of students who serve as music and liturgical ministers. While reporting to the Director of Campus Ministry, supervision of liturgical matters is ordinarily delegated to the Chaplain.
The Coordinator of Prayer and Worship will devote roughly 18 hours per week to support of SOT/Sem responsibilities and 12 hours per week to SJUFaith; it is anticipated that these hours will sometimes overlap and sometimes shift week to week.
Organize and coordinate the cycle of Tuesday daily Mass and Thursday Midday Prayer
This includes collaboration with Anthony Ruff, OSB Director of the SOT/Sem Chapel Choir and advisor to the SOT/Sem LMUS program. The coordinator will select music, oversee training and scheduling liturgical ministers, and ensure the success of the weekly liturgies.
Develop additional prayer and worship opportunities for SOT/Sem students
This may include collaboration with undergraduate prayer and worship opportunities through SJUFaith
Recruit and advise a SOT/Sem student prayer and worship leadership team
Supervise SOT/Sem student liturgy workers
Oversee care and maintenance of Emmaus Chapel
Collaborate with the Director of Students Services to integrate chapel life into student life
As time permits, offers supplemental external SOT/Sem programming, particularly offerings through the Diekmann Center
SOT Administrative Leadership
Participate in SOT/Sem Administrative Staff meetings and development
Select music and readings for SOT/Sem weekly liturgies, ensuring preparation of worship aids
Supervise, assist, and mentor a team of student prayer and worship team
Supervise, assist, and mentor SOT/Sem student workers in the liturgy office
Prayer and Worship Support for SJUfaith
Coordinate and prepare music for all student liturgies, especially Sunday 9PM Student Mass, Saturday Football Masses (following home games in the Fall), Encounter, and special campus liturgies (e.g. Mass on the Grass, Ice Mass, crisis/memorial services, reconciliation services, orientation liturgies, interfaith worship, etc.), all in collaboration with the Chaplain and student employees in liturgy and music. This includes music selection, music rehearsal, choral direction and/or accompaniment shared with the accompanist.
Recruit, train, and provide on-going formation for all student liturgical ministers with the goal of building a consistent choir and presence of liturgical ministers.
Coordinate with Saint John’s Abbey to prepare the annual Baccalaureate Mass
Serve as a resource for liturgical and musical needs of the department (e.g. for retreat prep, department meetings)
Ensure that all copyright and license permissions are in order for music and submit weekly reports to publishers concerning the music used at liturgies
SJUfaith Administrative Leadership
Attend weekly Campus Ministry pro-staff meetings and hold consistent presence in the office.
ln cooperation with the Chaplain, lead the weekly liturgy planning meeting
Supervise, assist, and mentor a team of student employees in music with weekly preparation of the worship aid, music folders, and general ministry.
Lead liturgy during All-Staff Fall Orientation (August) and January Staff Retreat (weekend prior to the start of classes).
Works collaboratively with Ministerial Residents, student ministers, and staff to promote all Campus Ministry programs and services.
Bridge the Liturgical Life on Campus
Engage undergraduates in Tuesday and Thursday SOT services
Engage graduate students in the Sunday 9PM Choir and Encounter
Liase with CSB Campus Ministry to exchange ideas and develop common liturgies where appropriate (i.e. an Interfaith Liturgy, Ash Wednesday)
B.A. in Theology, Liturgical Music or relevant field
Experience in preparing and executing prayer and worship services
Effective leadership, management, supervisory, collaboration, and organizational skills
Strong pastoral skills including listening, empathy, and follow-up
Strong communication skills demonstrating eagerness, enthusiasm and professionalism
Ability to serve as a “bridge-builder,” connecting students to different programs and opportunities between the SOT and SJUfaith
Ability to mentor and inspire those in liturgical ministry
Ability to design electronic files of Worship Aids through a document or publishing program
Knowledge of rubrics and guidelines for liturgical rites in the Roman Catholic tradition
Flexibility and openness in liturgy planning for a diverse community rooted in Catholic and Benedictine tradition.
Ability to practice professional competence, judgment, and appropriate confidentiality
Knowledge and appreciation of the Benedictine heritage and character of Saint John’s Abbey and University
Masters degree in theology, ministry, or liturgical music
Competence in Finale or other music notation software
Choral conducting and competent piano accompanying skills to play for services
Professional Experience working in a higher education setting in liturgical ministry
The College of Saint Benedict (CSB), a liberal arts college for women, and Saint John's University (SJU), a liberal arts college for men, are located in the central lakes area of Minnesota, surrounded by more than 3,000 acres of pristine forests, prairies, and lakes. The campuses are minutes away from St. Cloud, an increasingly diverse regional center with a population of over 100,000, and 70 miles from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Some CSB/SJU faculty and staff choose to reside locally, while others commute from the Twin Cities. Both St. Cloud and the Twin Cities offer a wide range of fine arts, cultural, dining, recreational, and sporting opportunities. CSB and SJU are Catholic colleges in the Benedictine tradition enlivened by values of community, hospitality, stewardship, and justice. The schools are dedicated to cultivating an equitable, inclusive community founded on respect for all persons. Students, staff and faculty from many diverse belief systems and backgrounds collectively bring a rich dimension to the academic, cultural, and religious experience at CSB/SJU. We welcome faculty who devote themselves with passion and integrity to their disciplines and to a transformative ed...ucation of their students. With a total enrollment of approximately 3600 students, faculty members develop relationships with students in small classroom settings and have opportunities to work closely with students on research projects, experiential learning experiences, and study abroad programs. Recent initiatives to create a dynamic general education curriculum and to develop plans for a new teaching and learning center demonstrate strong institutional support for faculty development. CSB and SJU offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program.