Vision: We envision a city where Durham residents love their neighbors.

Mission: The mission of DurhamCares is to foster collaboration, develop leaders, and educate the people of Durham to care for their neighbors in holistic ways.


We are motivated and guided by the life and work of Jesus Christ.

We listen to all voices, particularly those on the margins.

We value collaboration that is inclusive, equitable and holistic.

We educate, train and equip others.

About DurhamCares:

DurhamCares takes a holistic and community-driven approach modeled off the eight key components of Christian Community Development. We create initiatives for collaboration and teach principles that foster healthy community engagement in a variety of settings.

Our mission inspiration is based on the story of the Good Samaritan – the call to love God first and love our neighbor as ourselves (Matt 22:37-39). Our vision is the biblical concept of shalom (Jer. 29:7), a comprehensive flourishing for all people. We envision a city where there is peace and justice, where there is nothing missing and nothing broken – where Durham residents love their neighbors.


Pilgrimage Coordinator
Job Description

Job Summary:

Reporting directly to the DurhamCares Executive Director, this dynamic self-starter and gifted communicator will carry out the vision of the Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope program. This will include shaping and developing the theologically-informed values and methodology of pilgrimage, organizing and facilitating the weekend pilgrimage and other related events for custom groups and the wider Durham community, and cultivating relationships with pilgrimage speakers, participants, sites, and advocacy groups. This will be done in collaboration with the Executive Director and in coordination with the strategic goals of DurhamCares.

Primary Objective:

To coordinate the Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope program, a partnership between DurhamCares and the Duke Center for Reconciliation.


Pilgrimage Philosophy and Implementation

  • Learn, understand and continue to develop the values, methodology and curriculum for the pilgrimage
  • Partner and collaborate with the Duke Center for Reconciliation on all aspects of the pilgrimage
  • Create itinerary for three open pilgrimage weekends and seven custom pilgrimages, including scheduling sites, speakers, facility rental, volunteers, transportation, materials and catering
  • Manage volunteers for all aspects of the pilgrimage

Pilgrimage Communications and Administration

  • Promote, make connections, and develop contracts for seven custom pilgrimages
  • Create and manage communications for the pilgrimage program
  • Coordinate outreach and promotion for pilgrimages in churches, schools, ministries, social media networks, and public media
  • Build relationships in the Durham community with potential pilgrimage speakers and sites
  • Engage in advocacy efforts around recognizing marginalized histories, racial justice, inclusive and equitable development, and other issues related to the pilgrimage
  • Speak about the pilgrimage and the value of pilgrimage at public events, churches, schools, ministries, and any context that wants to learn
  • Write about the pilgrimage in local and national publications
  • Track and organize all data about the pilgrimage, including past participants, interested groups and individuals, past and potential speakers and sites, pilgrimage feedback, income and expenses, volunteer information, pilgrimage alumni, and donor information
  • Oversee budget for the pilgrimage program and keep detailed records of income and expenses
  • Participate in fundraising efforts for the pilgrimage and overall DurhamCares operating budget

Pilgrimage Alumni Network Cultivation

  • Send a monthly email to pilgrimage alumni about events and opportunities
  • Organize and host at least three events per year that are connected to the pilgrimage values
  • Organize at least two events per year for relationship-building among pilgrimage alumni
  • Support pilgrimage alumni through ongoing communications and one-on-one meetings
  • Share opportunities for financial partnership with pilgrimage alumni

Skills & Talent:

  • Experience with program management – designing programs, managing execution, monitoring results and making adjustments as necessary
  • Experience facilitating groups of people from various ethnic and theological backgrounds
  • Excellence in written and oral communications
  • Proven ability to take initiative and motivate oneself
  • Volunteer management experience
  • Experience with engaging community members through one-on-one and group meetings
  • Proficient in word processing, spreadsheets, design software, and database systems
  • Bachelor’s degree and theological degree preferred, or commensurate experience

Critical Qualities:

  • Mature Christian faith as understood by the Apostles’ Creed
  • A passion for holistic Christian ministry, the 8 key components of of Christian Community Development (, and for the vision, mission and values of DurhamCares
  • Knowledge of, experience with, and passion for the church in all its complexity
  • Training in, and commitment to, racial equity
  • A love for Durham and a strong connection to the city
  • Commitment to working hard and strategically, while also being attentive to rest and self-care
  • Ability to work with a team within the structure and strategic goals of an organization
  • Good listener and winsome bridge-builder
  • A mature and confident personality, a sense of humor and ability to handle pressure with professionalism


Category: Part time employee – 20-25 hours/week with possibility of increasing hours in the future

Reports to: Executive Director

Location: Durham, NC


Position closes December 7, 2017.