Jul 11, 2023Job Opening – Missioner for Vocations, The Diocese of West Missouri

Job Opening – Missioner for Vocations, The Diocese of West Missouri

The Diocese of West Missouri is seeking a part-time (10 hours a week) Missioner for Vocations.

Position Summary

The Missioner for Vocations works closely with the Bishop and the Commission on Ministry to ensure the Constitution and Canons are followed in the ordination process. The Missioner for Vocations also works closely with congregations putting candidates forward for ordination, ensuring clear communication and expectations with all parties involved.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Missioner for Vocations is the staff liaison for these organizations:

  • The Commission on Ministry (COM)
    • Vocational Discernment: Helping congregations, groups, and individuals discern what kind of ministry God might be calling them to.
    • Ordination Process: Congregations and some organized ministries may nominate persons for ordination as either priests or deacons. From that point on, the COM oversees the process and advises the bishop. A detailed description of the ordination process may be found here.
    • Licensed Ministry: Our diocese grants six licenses for lay ministers: Catechist, Preacher, Pastoral Leader, Worship Leader, Eucharistic Minister, and Eucharistic Visitor. Descriptions of licenses, requirements, and applications are available here.
    • Continuing Education: COM establishes standards for continuing education for all clergy, mentoring for newly ordained clergy, and orientation for clergy new to the diocese.
  • The Board of Examining Chaplains (DBEC) is responsible for administering and evaluating the examinations required for ordination.
  • The Bishop Kemper School for Ministry (BKSM) provides courses of instruction for ordained and lay ministers, plus continuing education and enrichment for everyone.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Will not supervise other employees, but will collaborate extensively with other employees.

Qualifications, Education, and Experience

Minimum qualifications the candidate should possess:

  • High school diploma
  • The ability to use a computer
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to maintain a professional demeanor in tense situations
  • An orientation to see and track multiple details simultaneously
  • Good personal time-management skills
  • Strong problem-solving abilities
  • The ability to multi-task and prioritize responsibilities, and
  • The ability to work well individually and on a team

The most competitive candidate will also possess:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher

Language Skills

  • Ability to communicate orally using proper grammar and lucid articulation
  • Ability to draft a variety of official and professional correspondence with minimal supervision and editing

Work Environment

  • This employee will work from home
  • In the performance of the position’s primary duties, supervision is provided by the Bishop
  • The Missioner for Vocations will be required to employ a high degree of independence and foresight and to be able to work without close supervision most of the time
  • This position requires frequent interaction and cooperation with other Diocesan staff members.

Please submit cover letter and resume via email to Elaine Gilligan, Human Resources (hr-finasst@diowestmo.org)  by August 15, 2023.

A full position description is provided below and here.


Scroll to Top