University Minister

Job Title: University Minister
Position Number: FT-PROF-MINISTER-03122018
Departments: Student Life
Reports To: Associate Provost of Student Life
Job Status: Exempt

Position Summary

The University Minister is a full-time, 12-month position within Student Life responsible for providing pastoral care and spiritual formation for students, faculty, and staff at HBU, as well as providing administrative leadership for the Spiritual Life department.

Job Responsibilities

  • Organizing Convocation (chapel) and other worship experiences
  • Coordinating all spiritual life organizations and ministries (for example, Baptist Student Ministries, FCA, Navigators, and many others) as they relate to HBU, providing leadership and direction and facilitating communication
  • Leading our students in and toward missions’ experiences
  • Encouraging churches to establish student scholarships for missions’ experiences
  • Working with our advancement office to raise funds for this kind of missions experiences and purpose
  • Providing Spiritual Emphasis Week leadership
  • Being alert to establish and encourage internships for students in our area churches
  • Mentoring those who feel called and/or are seeking call clarification as they grow in discipleship and towards ministry careers/vocations
  • Working with HBU marketing, enrollment management, and other external communication outlets to tell the story of the spiritual distinctives of the HBU experience as well as our mission and vision
  • Actively encouraging both evangelism and discipleship on the campus
  • Finding ways to connect HBU students to local churches and facilitate opportunities for trustees, pastors, and others to relate to our students and encourage their faith

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Overseeing the Spiritual Life department including an administrative assistant, Associate University Minister, and student workers
  • Leading in developing departmental policies and goals, hiring, training, assessment, budgeting, weekly staff meetings, goals and vision for the department
  • Coordinating the Community Life and Worship program which includes, but not limited to, CLW credits, Bible studies, small groups, Refuge Worship Band, and weekly Convocation
  • Directing the weekly Convocation service on campus for the students, faculty, and staff, which includes being able to speak at Convocation, scheduling and hosting speakers, musicians, and mentoring a team of students who help execute the convocation programming
  • Serving as Chaplain to the faculty, staff and students by providing memorial services, Christmas and/or Thanksgiving services, special prayer services, hospital visits, and meeting spiritual needs through prayer, visitation, and preaching
  • Participating in the life of the campus through partnering with university departments as needed and as the position requires
  • Overseeing the Covenant Fellows Program, as well as other new initiatives to further engage and educate the next generation of Christian laymen and ministers/missionaries
  • Partnering with the Director of Discipleship to develop a comprehensive Christian faith and spirituality developmental program
  • Building relationships with local, state, and national church and parachurch communities for the benefit of HBU students and ministry partnerships
  • Performing other assignments, initiatives, and duties as assigned by the Associate Provost of Student Life


  • At least a Master of Divinity or equivalent degree from an accredited theological seminary and at least five years prior experience in vocational ministry are required
  • Must be able to completely affirm, uphold, and live within the Preamble of Houston Baptist University
  • Have the ability to teach Bible studies, convocation, and other spiritual formation events as needed
  • Have a deep understanding of Scripture, theology, missions, and student development needs
  • Previous experience of ministry on a university campus or to college students required
  • Work to further the university’s vision as stated in the “Ten Pillars”
  • Be available for some night and weekend programming
  • Exhibit an active Christian faith with local church membership and involvement

Additional Information

The University offers a comprehensive benefits program for full time staff, including medical/dental coverage, paid retirement, life insurance and vacation. The University family shares an active Christian faith and as a staff member, the individual is expected to support and personify the beliefs and lifestyle of scriptural faith in all matters, including historic theological traditions of life, family, marriage, and gender.

Houston Baptist University is committed to maintaining a teaching faculty and staff who share an active Christian faith. The Preamble to the By-Laws of the University sets forth a statement of belief which each University employee is expected to support and personify. Your submittal of an application for employment indicates your acceptance and affirmation of these statements.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements of personnel.


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