Fort Bragg now hiring a civilian to proselytize to youths

Need a job, but don’t want to get bogged down with constitutional boundaries? Well, Fort Bragg is hiring!

2) Coordinate community-wide and/or Neighborhood Youth Outreach/Club Meetings (may be non- and multi-denominational).

These are group meetings of teens and adult leaders are designed to attract and relate to youth from throughout the Fort Bragg military community, especially those that have limited consistent religious input in their lives. Meetings shall typically use a variety of communications medium that shall appeal to a diverse group of youth, such as music, skits, games, humor, and a clear, concise, relevant presentation of the Gospel. Creating a vibrant, safe, relational environment is an essential part of these meetings. A team consisting of the Chaplain Youth Ministry Pastor, Director of Religious Education and congregational adult youth leaders shall work with the Employee to develop specific content and format of these meetings, such as frequency, location, time, etc.

Jesus Camp - Bragg

Wow. They openly admit that the meetings “are designed attract and relate to youth from throughout the Fort Bragg military community…” Are your kids getting enough religion? Perhaps. Let’s not take any chances though. Let’s bring in the government on this issue.

How about you stop attempting to convert children from their current religious upbringing (or lack thereof)? This is a disgusting goal. This is also your tax-dollar at work!

Due to the temporary nature of Craigslist advertising, I’ll copy and paste the entire thing (below the fold).

Part-Time position with significant flexibility in terms of schedule, expected to start October 1st. This position is a senior Youth Minister to support the multi-denominational families and youth of Ft. Brag, NC, including coordination with individual congregations’ youth ministers. The position will pay steadily and average about 1/2 time per week (you may work more, for example, in a week with a youth retreat, but will work less in a week that has no activities planned; and you will have input on when major events such as retreats are planned, making the schedule highly flexible).

Looking for someone with extensive youth ministry experience that can be verified. Ideal candidate has a minimum of 4 years full time experience as a youth ministry or outreach leader (additional years in education or related volunteer experience may offset-but must ultimately equal 4 years full time experience as youth ministry or youth outreach leader) and at least two years experience in support of military youth ministry or equivalent volunteer work. Verification and references will be required. You must also have computer (Microsoft Office programs) experience, with desktop publishing experience and optional plus. We’re looking to hire soon, so if you are interested, let us know! 

The Employee shall provide the following specific services:

1) Recruit, Train and Utilize Volunteer Leaders of Various Faiths in Ministry. 

The Employee shall create and sustain a team of volunteer leaders to actively participate in the ministry and enhance overall effectiveness of program services. The goal is to build and sustain a team of 5-10 volunteer leaders. The Employee must accomplish AT LEAST THREE of the following each month:

a. Recruit and/or process the application of any new prospective volunteers

b. Interview any new prospective volunteers

c. Process Installation Chaplain action/approval for recommended volunteer leaders

d. Conduct individual training and development sessions with volunteers

e. Conduct a group training session with volunteer leaders

f. Conduct an individual or group planning and organization meeting with volunteer leaders.

Note: This could be any combination of the three abover per month, or even one task from the list repeated three times. 

2) Coordinate community-wide and/or Neighborhood Youth Outreach/Club Meetings (may be non- and multi-denominational). 

These are group meetings of teens and adult leaders are designed to attract and relate to youth from throughout the Fort Bragg military community, especially those that have limited consistent religious input in their lives. Meetings shall typically use a variety of communications medium that shall appeal to a diverse group of youth, such as music, skits, games, humor, and a clear, concise, relevant presentation of the Gospel. Creating a vibrant, safe, relational environment is an essential part of these meetings. A team consisting of the Chaplain Youth Ministry Pastor, Director of Religious Education and congregational adult youth leaders shall work with the Employee to develop specific content and format of these meetings, such as frequency, location, time, etc. 

3) Weekend Retreats (may be non- or multi-denominational). 

Each retreat shall include at least one over night stay. Retreats shall allow students extended time to build relationships with adult leaders and other students and provide opportunities to further explore issues of faith and spiritual growth. Contractor shall submit a detailed retreat plan to the Installation Chaplain for approval at least 30 days prior to the event. The plan shall address, at a minimum, ministry goals, schedule, adult leadership, speakers and program support, location, safety, budget, transportation and promotion. 

4) Contact, Build Relationships and Spend Time with Students of many faiths. 

Contractor and approved volunteer leaders shall meet with students and build relationships during normal activities in the community. Contacts shall normally be 15 to 60 minutes in duration. Specific activities shall vary and shall include things such as time to get to know a student, one on one discussions or counseling, attending or participating in sport, recreation or school clubs or activities, meetings with small groups of students, one on one or small group Bible studies, etc. 

5) Day-long Fellowship Activities (may be non- or multi-denominational). 

Activities are designed to build relationships in a fun, adventurous, safe environment that shall create increased interest in the overall ministry. Examples of day-long activities include a trip to a water or amusement park, canoe trip, paintball, concert, college or professional sports event, etc. 

6) Youth Camp or Service Project (may be non- or multi-denominational). 

Camp or Project shall be at least 4 days in duration and include recreational activities, fellowship, and spiritual formation and growth. 

7) Support Congregational Youth Leaders and Activities of Various Faiths. 

Provide support to enhance congregational youth ministry groups. Support includes activities such as youth leader training events; assistance in planning monthly, quarterly or annual programs and major events; organizing and conducting events in support of congregational youth groups, etc. The overall intent is to enhance existing chapel youth programs by providing professional youth ministry expertise to congregational leaders. Contractor shall work with congregational chaplains and youth leaders, the Director of Religious Education and the Installation Chaplain to design specific support activities.

8) Produce monthly newsletters for the Ft. Bragg community

  • Location: Ft. Bragg, NC
  • Compensation: Hourly pay with benefits; exact pay rate based on experience/qualifications
  • This is a part-time job.
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

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  • Tsu Dho Nimh

    My tax money going to pay for recruiting kids into religions?

    I am not a happy atheist.

  • pipenta

    I’m up for writing letters. Where do you reckon they’d be most effective?

  • Ryan Jean

    Justin,

    Reading this over the one thing I don’t see is this being a Government contract. I would heavily suspect that a local church group (or perhaps as the wording suggests a cluster of several congregations) put up this ad. Such a church or group would be free to do so, however bothersome it may be, and the only way they could get in trouble (legally) is if they tried to pretend it was actually a Government contract or carries official government endorsement.

    Of course, if you have evidence that this is a Government contract, or is otherwise explicitly endorsed by the installation, I’d be interested in seeing it. It may well be worth actively opposing either way, but we should at least be sure what we’re claiming the problem is.

    • http://www.facebook.com/randywanat randywanat

      # Compensation: Hourly pay with benefits; exact pay rate based on experience/qualifications

      # This is a part-time job.

      Who’s got the resources to make a part-time job with pay and benefits? Churches or Fort Bragg?

    • Justin Griffith

      A team consisting of the Chaplain Youth Ministry Pastor, Director of Religious Education and congregational adult youth leaders shall work with the Employee to develop specific content and format of these meetings, such as frequency, location, time, etc.

      Process Installation Chaplain action/approval for recommended volunteer leaders

      Contractor shall submit a detailed retreat plan to the Installation Chaplain for approval at least 30 days prior to the event.

      Contractor and approved volunteer leaders shall meet with students

      (may be non- or multi-denominational)

      Support Congregational Youth Leaders and Activities of Various Faiths.

      (i.e. not a single congregation… multiple references like this throughout.)

      This stinks of Directorate of Religious Education territory. I’m almost certain that’s what it is. They already have multiple civilians who perform functions similar or identical to this. Also, the DRE gave us the same line about “not being approved yet by chaplaincy” that we get with the DFGL/Lay-leader efforts.

  • StevoR

    Is that unconstitutional?

    If so, is it lawsuit time maybe?

  • Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    So, searching for this ‘Directorate of Religious Education’ (since the very idea of a government entity with this name offends me greatly) gives me this page.

    With this passage:

    Listed below are five major active faith communities on Ft. Bragg

    Buddhist

    Catholic

    Islamic

    Jewish

    Protestant

    Wiccan

    Brainless oversight or deliberate insult? YOU DECIDE!

    • Justin Griffith

      There are more atheists on Fort Bragg than Buddhist, Islamic, Jewish, or Wiccan. There are more ‘nones’ (NO-REL-PREF) than all of those groups combined and multiplied by 20. (As of Oct 2010)

      Edit: also… good eye with the six groups rather than five. I actually suspect this is because the office of the DRE has a very noticeable Catholic presence. I believe his name is Tim McHale, and it’s just a theory – but he may have split Christian into ‘Catholic’ and ‘heretic’ ‘Protestant’.

      • Gonzo

        Justin, NRPs (No Rel Pref) also is used by Pagans (Wiccans, etc) to avoid conflict or because they run into the same issues Atheists have with leadership. Just because you can put a non-Abrahamic faith on your dog tags doesn’t mean you have to put one there! For some (as with some of our GLBT service members), discretion is the better part of valor. If you know your chain of command is anti- your group, some will not advertise their affiliation with the group to avoid the subtle but career damaging or ending discrimination that can occur.

        Me? I didn’t care….after all, are they gonna mess with the Chief of Military Equal Opportunity?

        • Justin Griffith

          I’m well aware of the reasons why many may choose to remain closeted even on their official records. I believe this situation to be a personal issue, and do not judge those who choose this path. Many people who identify as ‘ATHEIST’ are mistakenly told that NRP is the only official option. It happened to me, and moany atheists who have NRP that I’ve talked to were unaware that ATHEIST was even an option!

          Anyway, here is an extreme example of why I think atheists in the military need to ditch the NRP. And here’s how to ditch it in 5 minutes.
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  • F

    spiritual formation

    Yes, indeed. We make them up.

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    • Justin Griffith

      Thanks!


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