International Chaplain
Summary:  Mercy Ships Chaplaincy aims to promote Spiritual, Emotional, Relational, and Financial HEALTH of the Community of Faith. THE FOCUS of the Chaplaincy is to provide and facilitate pastoral care for all Mercy Ships personnel. OUR GOAL is to help create an environment for each individual to live in a biblically healthy manner in order to fulfill their purpose in Mercy Ships for as long as the Lord has designed. OUR BELIEF is that by being objective, safe and impartial we can influence, encourage, shepherd, teach, counsel and mediate in both proactive and responsive ways.

The International Chaplain leads and oversees the services offered globally by Mercy Ships Chaplaincy. In collaboration with the GMD, the International Chaplain develops vision and strategy for the spiritual, emotional, relational and financial growth and well-being of all crew and staff members.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities (Include But Not Limited To)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

    • Ensures that Spiritual, Emotional, Relational, and Financial health of the Community of Faith is promoted for each staff/crew at all MS operating locations.
    • Provides direction to and vision for the three main areas of Chaplaincy:
      • Spiritual Formation
      • Counseling Services
      • Assessment and Member Care Planning
    • Promotes and guards Mercy Ships core values in the process of strengthening and emphasizing the Community of Faith.
    • Stays informed of current developments in the field of care and support of cross cultural workers.
    • Ensures that each MS operating location with over 100 personnel is adequately staffed with well trained and suitable chaplains.
    • Ensures that appropriate member care response is available for any staff or crew member affected by a breach in Mercy Ships Code of Conduct (Child Welfare, Harassment Prevention etc.)
    • Carries out department employee management responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies which include; planning, assigning, training and directing work; appraising performance and reviewing compensation; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
    • Provides direction, mentoring and counsel for chaplain staff at all MS operating locations. Collaborates with others in spiritual authority serving at other operating locations.
    • Collaborates with the GMD and senior leadership in an effort to provide an atmosphere conducive to camaraderie, good morale and a productive work environment.
    • Visits the ships and operating locations to encourage the crew/staff in their respective responsibilities and connect with the MS community. Provide spiritual and practical leadership support and input to each operating location.
    • Consults with the GMD and senior leadership concerning policy.
    • Encourages and equips staff to fulfill their calling, first to God and then within Mercy Ships. Be sensitive to issues related to community life such as unity and morale levels among the crew/staff. 
    • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, And Requirements)

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

    • Demonstrate a life of integrity and authenticity. Be thoroughly versed in the Bible. Able to articulate truth in word and deed. At a minimum exhibit the qualifications of an Elder as found below. "Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to much wine, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap." 1 Timothy 3:2-7 NIV
    • Subscribe to organization's Statement of Faith. Support organization's mission, vision and values by exhibiting excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, respect, personalization, commitment to community, accountability and ownership.
    • Adhere to Mercy Ships Code of Conduct.
    • Texas driver's license. Must be able to travel internationally.
    • Ordination, while not essential, is desirable.
    • Absolute dedication to confidentiality.
    • Supportive of Mercy Ships mission and vision, and committed to its core values.
    • Understand and apply servant leadership, work collaboratively with integrity and demonstrate accountability.

Education And Experience

The requirements listed below are representative of the education and / or experience required.

    • Master's degree (M.A. or MDiv) or equivalent preferred, or 4-years minimum related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • A mature individual who has recognized pastoral gifting.
    • Extensive cross-cultural experience is desired.
    • Must be sensitive to people, able to listen and encourage; one who is known to be trusted by others. Be balanced in world evangelization as is expressed in Mercy Ships incarnational model.
    • Successful completion of Mercy Ships Entry Training will be required within the first year.