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Minister of Christian Education, First United Methodist Church Omaha (Omaha, NE)
Organization Description: First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Ne is an inclusive community committed to full equality of all persons We are theologically progressive and have hosted preachers such as: Marcus Borg, John D Crossan, John Song, Walter Brueggemann. We are a 700 member church with a fantastic music program and mercy and justice ministries.
Job Requirements: The Minister of Christian Education will supervise ministry teams and volunteers to promote spiritual growth to Children, Youth and Adult Education opportunities. Assess needs and identify areas for potential growth. Oversee Sunday morning education program. Recruit, train and support teachers and class facilitators. Coordinate programming with other staff and communicate programming to the congregation.
- Theological beliefs in keeping with our progressive theology
- Commitment to social justice and inclusivity
- Commitment to spiritual practices
- Formal training or experience in Christian Education
- Passion for inspiring and empowering laity
- Strong communication and leadership skills
- Ability to work well with others as a non-anxious presence
- Ability to be Safe Gathering approved (i.e. background checks)
Contact Name: Rev. Jane Florence
Youth Director, Plainfield United Methodist Church (Plainfield, IL)
Job Requirements: Part time: 20 hours per week. The Youth Director works with the Minister of Faith Formation and the Youth Ministry Advisory Panel (YMAP) to promote PUMC's mission and is responsible for ministries of junior and senior high youth. The goal of this position is to equip the youth for a growing relationship with Jesus Christ to serve our church, community, and the world. This position will require flexible hours, including Sunday mornings, weeknights, and some weekends/week for retreats and mission trips.
Qualifications: Required Qualifications:
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience in recruiting and working with volunteers
- Ability to plan in advance and communicate via multiple communications channels.
- Self-motivated, reliable and able to take initiative as well as work with teams and staff.
- Bachelor's degree. Preference will be given to candidates who have training and experience in church ministry with youth (Junior and Senior high students).Awareness of the struggles and faith questions of modern youth, and a desire to be inclusive to all youth with their various skills, talents, and personalities.
- Confidence and creativity to envision and suggest new ideas, with humbleness to accept the ideas of others.
- Experience with common office software including Microsoft Office Suite.
- Familiarity with social media.
- Applicant must be at least 24 years old (as required by our Safe Sanctuaries Policy). Before hiring, applicant must pass a background check, which includes driving records.
Contact Name: Rev. Eun-Hye Choi
Minister of Youth, Adult, and Servanthood Programs, First Presbyterian Church (Iowa City, IA)
Organization Description: First Presbyterian Church is a progressive community led by a team committed to seek first the realm of God.
Web Site: http://www.firstpresiowacity.org/home.aspx
Job Requirements: The position does not require ordination. First Presbyterian Church of Iowa City, Iowa is currently seeking applications for a full-time Minister of Youth, Adult and Servanthood Programs. This staff position is responsible for creating an effective system of youth, adult, and intergenerational formation that builds fellowship in the congregation and leads to service in the world. This person will work collaboratively with other staff persons and lay leaders to:
- create weekly faith formation experiences attractive to youth and adults,
- train and lead volunteers in direct ministry with youth and adults, and
- provide programs and service opportunities for youth and adults that teach faith-sharing, both in words and in deeds of justice and mercy.
This position contributes to the organization of and shares leadership for congregational mission trips, regional ecumenical and interfaith justice ministries, and joint programs and volunteer mission opportunities in partnership with local congregations and social service agencies. The ideal candidate is a Christian with a church background holding a Bachelor's or Master's degree in an education-related field. Bachelor level courses in social work, nursing, or related caring fields are also desirable. The applicant should also have experience in youth work as well as mission or justice work. Theological knowledge is preferred, and some experience in supervising staff or volunteers is desirable. A team orientation and a "can do," humble, servant heart are also required.
Compensation and other benefits for the position are commensurate with experience and training. The position reports to the Pastor as Head of Staff. Minimum total salary $38,000 plus benefits
Qualifications: Please see job requirements
Contact Name: Dr. Samuel Massey
Pastor, Congregational United Church of Christ (Ainsworth NE)
Organization Description: We are a small very friendly congregation in a rural community of a population of 1700 in North Central Nebraska near the South Dakota border. We have a large modern church and Fellowship Hall. The Sunday School rooms are in the basement. The church is the Hub of the Community as it is utilized by many community organizations. The church consists of people, 50's on up. Need to get younger people and children recruited.
Job Requirements: Pastor for pulpit supply on Sundays. Pastor for special services as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, Christmas Eve services, etc. Serve Communion once a month. Assist in getting weekly bulletins done (at present HS girl does this) and quarterly meeting booklets. Visit elderly shut-ins, nursing home, hospital and assisted living individuals.
Qualifications: Resume listing education and religious education. Experience. What positions have been held in working with people or interacting with them. Has the person interned for a position? Willing to live in rural area.
Contact Name: Carol Woods
Application Instructions: See above - resume and our requirements. List any other pertinent information about yourself that wish to give us.
Info about our community - very busy community with many activities. Has 2 grocery stores, ShopKo with pharmacy and Dollar General, Hospital, Pizza Hut and 2 other cafes. Several gas stations with convenience store, number of businesses. Modern elementary, middle school and high school. Agricultural community.
Director of Children's Ministries, Flossmoor Community Church (Flossmore, IL)
Organization Description: Flossmoor Community Church is a congregation that embraces a rich diversity of denominational backgrounds and faith traditions. We also embrace interfaith relationships and activities. As a church that believes Christ is Central and Diversity is Cherished, it is our hope that together we will grow deep by cultivating the roots of faith and grow forth by cultivating the way we branch out from FCC to share the fruits of faith with a world crying out for good news. We welcome you to be part of the spiritual growth we seek to share with one another and the world.
Job Requirements: We’re looking for a special person to lead our children as Director of Children’s Ministries!
- Ability to invite, inspire and engage others in discovering and using gifts for children’s ministries.
- Self-directing, organized, and administratively competent.
- Effective leader, coach, facilitator, planner/problem-solver, communicator, team builder and staff colleague.
- Excellent ability to delegate effectively and trust others to fulfill their responsibilities.
- Understanding of how children learn, discerning children’s needs and abilities, and providing developmentally appropriate work.
- Ability to nurture parental responsibility for faith development of their children.
- Determination to grow in knowledge and understanding of children’s and family ministries, remaining open to new and creative ideas for spiritual nurture.
- Competence in the use of a computer and other technologies that facilitate the productive management of communications with families, church leaders, staff, and the surrounding community.
Contact Name: Ms. Jennifer Sykes
Application Deadline: October 1, 2016
Part-Time Director of Youth Minstry, Northminster Presbyterian Church (Evanston, IL)
Organization Description: Northminster Presbyterian Church is a vibrant, theologically progressive, neighborhood church in Evanston, Illinois, home to Northwestern University. An intentionally inclusive congregation, Northminster was an early member of “More Light Presbyterians,” a network of churches seeking the full participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people of faith in the life, ministry, and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Over its almost 90-year history, Northminster has consistently demonstrated the courage and will to address the most thorny social, environmental, or political issues in the light of the teachings of Jesus. Members frequently find themselves engaged creatively and collaboratively in works of compassion, justice, and service both in the immediate community and the larger global village.
Animated by a joyful spirit, this is a congregation that laughs easily, grieves tenderly, and seeks to worship with openness to the unfolding work of the Spirit. While deeply committed to its mission and ministry, Northminster is a church that also enjoys not having to take itself too seriously.
Job Requirements: Northminster is seeking a 20-hour a week Director of Youth Ministries to build upon the healthy momentum set in motion by the previous youth director, who left the position in May of this year. The next Director of Youth Ministries will oversee a weekly Sunday School program for middle school and high school youth, as well as regular youth fellowship gatherings and special mission and community-building events. This person will be a regular teacher on Sunday mornings with both senior high and junior high youth and will coordinate and collaborate with lay leaders who will help lead both Sunday School and youth events.
The church has a history of a highly attended, very popular youth summer mission trip through the Appalachia Service Project. This past summer, 100 youth and adults joined Northminster’s group on this trip.
Currently, approximately 25 youth participate regularly in the life and ministry of Northminster. The church is in need of a Director of Youth Ministries who can deepen the engagement of those youth currently involved as well as develop creative initiative to engage young people currently not involved.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will bring an enthusiastic ability to naturally connect with teenagers, and an ability to comfortably lead discussions about faith and life from a faithful, theologically progressive perspective. He or she will effectively recruit, develop, and align a volunteer team to serve in the various aspects of the youth ministry. He or she will bring new ideas to the ministry and will have the ability to organize and update a calendar of events and a youth database. This position will require the ability to communicate regularly with youth, parents, and leaders and to find creative ways to get above the noise of the avalanche of information families receive daily.
The ideal candidate will bring a grounded faith, have a bachelor’s degree, be enthusiastic about working as a part of the church’s ministry staff, and have some experience working with young people. He or she will have the ability not only to engage students as participants in the church’s programs, but to equip and deploy them as partners in mission and ministry in the church and the community.
Pastoral Migratoria Formation Coordinator, Archdiocese of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Job Requirements: Perform the continued development and coordination of leadership formation, education activities, and communications initiatives for Hispanic Immigrant-to-Immigrant Ministry (or Pastoral Migratoria), including the supporting infrastructure system, utilizing the principles of Renew My Church. Collaborate with the Parish Vitality Coordinators in providing program support and assistance to local pastoral areas (Vicariates.)
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Establish and coordinate Pastoral Migratoria formation and leadership training activities in new Hispanic parishes, and re-energize in existing Hispanic parishes, working in collaboration with OHDS/Immigration team and OHDS/Immigration partners (e.g. pastors/priests, foreign consulates, educational institutions, professional and community organizations).
- Develop and coordinate continuous education activities/resources for Hispanic parish communities in collaboration with OHDS/Immigration team and OHDS/Immigration partners. Identify topics based on Pastoral Migratoria retreats and “listening” from the ground. Participate as a presenter, facilitator, or resource as appropriate.
- Develop/maintain and coordinate a library, both on-line and hardcopy, of community information for Hispanic parishes. Identify topics/materials, update current resources, and lead design/collection of new materials in collaboration with OHDS-Immigration team. Assure efficient dissemination to parishes.
- Create content for communications related to Pastoral Migratoria for this ministry’s website, Facebook, other social media, calendaring, testimonial collection, and e-newsletter. Perform updates in collaboration with OHDS/Immigration team, and incorporate best practices.
- Lead ongoing infrastructure development for Pastoral Migratoria formation activities (e.g. forums) and reflection activities (e.g. annual retreat) in partnership with OHDS/Immigration team, and incorporate best practices that maintain the mission/integrity of Pastoral Migratoria as a Catholic faith-based ministry. Participate in cluster meetings, retreats, and OHDS/Immigration intra-network activities (e.g. Priests for Justice for Immigrants, Immigration Parish Coordinators), fostering greater collaborations and community building on common issues/projects.
- Provide support to the Pastoral Migratoria national initiative.
- College degree in social sciences or theology, advanced degree in pastoral or social ministry preferred
- 3-5 years program development/implementation of a pastoral or social ministry
- Experience serving or working with immigrant communities
- Experience collaborating with parishes, priests and parish staff
- Fully bilingual Spanish-English: excellent writing and speaking skills
- Excellent interpersonal, relational and pastoral skills
- Good computer skills using MS Office software suite
- Excellent planning and organizational development skills
- Multi-tasking; adaptable to sudden changes/challenges
- Facilitating leadership training and formation
- Facilitating biblical reflection with Hispanic immigrants
- Program development, communications and public relations
Director, External Relations, Church World Service (New York, NY)
Organization Description: Church World Service (CWS) is a not-for-profit organization working to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. CWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or veteran status in employment or in the provision of services.
Job Description: The Director of External Relations (Director) will conceptualize and facilitate media strategies to elevate public education about IRP+ programs and priorities. He or she will have a creative approach that seeks to enhance support and increase the CWS audience for immigrants’ rights and refugee protection and resettlement, relief and development work. The Director will work with marketing and communications staff members and IRP+ program, advocacy and fundraising teams to manage internal communications and articulate the work of IRP+ to the public. He or she will proactively engage traditional, new, and social media; field media requests; and engage with partners in collective messaging. The ideal candidate will possess expertise in digital platforms, strong written and verbal communication skills, and experience in crafting and implementing successful media strategies to change public opinion.
- Establish and maintain good working relationships with external partners, supporters and agencies with whom CWS works and intends to work with in the future.
- Develop and monitor effective, engaging and cohesive media outreach strategies that increase support for immigrants’ rights and refugee protection and resettlement.
- Create and review materials covering CWS’ work on relief, development and protection in Africa.
- Assist CWS refugee resettlement affiliates in developing strategies for media outreach and messaging, and share best practices.
- Collaborate with the Resettlement Support Center Africa Public Information Manager on protocols and methodologies for consistent and effective information sharing.
- Serve as a member of the IRP+ Core Leadership Team.
- In conjunction and coordination with the Associate Director for Resource Generation and Associate Director for Individual Giving, develop and execute CWS fundraising strategies and outreach campaigns.
- Work with the Director of Policy and Advocacy on coordinating public and media outreach efforts related to advocacy priorities.
- Coordinate organizational communication efforts with other program managers for crisis communications preparation, general organizational communication projects such as messaging development.
- Create and edit external materials such as the newsletters, annual report, and other materials.
- Manage social media presence and respond to inquiries.
- Direct and oversee all aspects of the IRP+ media campaigns, including those for World Refugee Day, the annual NY fundraising event and other opportunities.
- Identify and build relationships with both national and local media editors, reporters, producers, and bloggers and encourage presence of media at CWS events.
- Ensure implementation and understanding of a consistent messaging strategy that is reflected across all product and service programs, as well as internal communications.
- Act as an organizational spokesperson when required.
- Leads collaborative processes to create CWS position statements, open letters, OpEds, etc.
- Supervise communication and media staff as required. At the moment, the Director for External Relations directly supervises Media Associate based in DC.
- Bachelors degree (Masters degree preferred) in communications, media, journalism, digital media or other relevant areas.
- Minimum of 5 years experience directly managing and supervising staff.
- Minimum of 7 years experience in marketing, communications, digital media, and/or public or client relations.
- Experience managing successful media campaigns to educate the public, increase donations and volunteers, and mobilize action around advocacy priorities.
- Proficient in digital platforms; social media; new media; website and graphic creation and management; contact management databases, media monitoring tools.
- Expertise with audio/visual, camera, and video equipment to capture events, program work, and stock photos to film and produce short videos for internal and external use.
- Excellent research, organizational, interpersonal, writing and verbal communication skills with particular attention to detail.
- Quick thinker with the ability to adapt to rapidly changing situations; excellent social networking skills; experience planning, executing and managing multiple projects.
- Proven leader with track record in strategic thinking who is not averse to also diving into daily tasks.
Application Instructions: Please visit the link below to apply directly online to this position.
Please note that CWS does not accept resumes for positions that are not posted. All applicants are required to submit their resume using the on-line applicant tracking system.
Associate Rector, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (Chicago, IL)
Organization Description: Established in 1876, St. Matthew’s is part of the Diocese of Chicago and is comprised of over 400 baptized members. We are shaped by our mission: “Building Community in a Complicated World: St. Matthew's is a safe, sociable and caring community, where acceptance and our journey of faith bring us together. We welcome all and our commitment to others inspires us to reach out, take action, and make a difference.” We are looking for an enthusiastic and resourceful Associate Rector to assist the Rector by leading the active Formation and Outreach ministries and managing a wide range of administrative and clerical duties to keep the business of the church running smoothly.
Job Requirements: The Associate Rector will actively participate in worship and lead the Formation and Outreach ministries. In partnership with established volunteer teams, she or he will manage and implement all children’s and youth programming and organize spiritual formation and outreach opportunities that “meet parishioners where they are” and help them to connect their faith across seven days, including support for spiritual practice in everyday life.
In addition, the Associate Rector will assist the Rector in managing the administrative aspects of church life, acting as the executive director of the business of the Parish. This includes responding to inquiries, creating and delivering the Sunday bulletin and other Parish communications and reports, managing lay staff, coordinating building users, cultivating and coordinating volunteers, and overseeing the clerical records for the Parish.
Other expectations include engaging in a week of continuing education annually, acting as a sounding board for the Rector, and being an engaged partner with other parish leaders.
- Ordained within the Episcopal Church (or one in full communion)
- Experience nurturing spiritual practices within a theologically diverse community
- Business acumen and experience managing others
Highly Desirable Skills and Abilities
- Experience in leading children and youth, preferably in progressive learning environments
- Office management and experience managing others
- Skilled organizer of both people and information
- Able to express a mature spiritual point of view, with an openness to other’s views, opinions and questions
- Proven ability to cultivate, coordinate and work effectively with a network of volunteers
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Expertise using digital tools to effectively communicate with people of all ages - familiarity with Constant Contact, web management and social media is a plus
Contact Name: Ms. Edie Hertel
Minister for Racial Justice, The Justice & Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ (Cleveland, OH)
Organization Description: The Justice & Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ is seeking an independent, innovative candidate with a working knowledge of critical race theory. Critical race theory is an analytical lens that recognizes racism is engrained in the fabric and system of the American society and examines existing power structures, based on white privilege and white supremacy, that institutionalize racism and perpetuate the marginalization of people of color.
- Develop a comprehensive and strategic approach and curriculum for racial justice which includes a short-term and long-range racial justice program plan that engages all settings of UCC to dismantle racism in church and society.
- Work with staff colleagues in the national setting to explore and understand the intersection of racial justice with other justice issues (i.e. human rights, environmental justice, public education, criminal justice, etc.).
- Coordinate the ongoing work of the current church-wide initiative, Sacred Conversation on Race, which includes collaboration with national staff persons, conference and local congregations, and UCC trainers and facilitators.
- Coordinate the development of new resources that will engage all settings of the UCC, ecumenical, and interfaith partners in the study of racism and related dynamics such as white privilege, internalized racism, individual and systemic racism, etc.
- Represent JWM and the national setting of the UCC in all settings of the UCC, ecumenically, and in interfaith settings as appropriately related to this portfolio.
- Provide leadership within JWM, General Synod, and other settings of the church as appropriate in developing public policy positions and making policy statements on issues of racial justice.
- Develop and nurture ecumenical and interfaith partnerships on racial justice.
- Serve as lead JWM coordinator for Synod resolutions where issues of racial equity are present.
- Demonstrate theological understanding of racial justice in both verbal and written articulation of our mission in its broad range of concerns.
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field required, graduate degree highly preferred.
- Minimum of 3 years’ experience in race conscious work.
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of the United Church of Christ, its history and polity especially its commitment to prophetic ministry in the church and society.
- Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, including some forms of published thought.
- Demonstrated experience and ability to broaden the understanding of racial justice that includes the broader diversity of race and ethnicity.
- Demonstrated skills in social and cultural analysis, particularly in the areas of race and racism.
- Ability to work in diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious settings with a demonstrated commitment to pluralism in the workplace.
- Ability to develop and maintain healthy relationships with persons representing a wide variety of racial and ethnic realities and perspectives.
- Demonstrated written and verbal language skills in English including teaching and public speaking.
- Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively.
- Ability and willingness to travel as necessary.
This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for the position and is subject to review and change at any time in accordance with the needs of the ministry. Since no job description can detail all duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a position, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a position shall also be considered part of the position holder’s responsibility.
It is expected that the person who holds this position will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the policies of the UCC and in a manner that will reflect positively on the organization. All staff are encouraged to nurture safety within the work performed on behalf of the UCC by being attentive to self-care, education, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and the importance of referring those in need to supportive and helpful resources.
The United Church of Christ National and Global Ministries is a Multicultural, Multiracial, Open and Affirming, Accessible to All, Equal Opportunity Employer.
Application Instructions: Apply HERE.
Director of Christian Education, Winnetka Congregational Church (Winnetka, IL)
Organization Description: The Director of Christian Education (DCE) is a valued member of the program staff at Winnetka Congregational Church (WCC). The DCE is responsible for the development, organization, and operation of the WCC church school programs for Junior Kindergarten thru Grade 6, as well as for the youth programming (outside of church school) for Grades 5-6. The DCE will be the primary contact for members regarding these programs.
Depending upon the candidate’s interest, the DCE position might also be structured to include youth programming for Grade 7 (outside of church school).
Job Requirements: Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Recruit WCC volunteers (teachers) to teach classes, as well as ongoing communication with teachers. Serve as a floating resource on Sunday mornings during Church School.
- Assist in the creation of, and keep track of, teaching schedules for each Church School class. Help teachers find substitutes, as requested. Serve as a resource to teachers as they prepare weekly lesson plans for each class.
- Develop printed materials and other communications regarding church school information, such as posters, monthly newsletters, weekly bulletin and WCC Messenger announcements, and postings on the WCC website. Send Church School updates and pertinent information to families via email, Facebook, and other avenues of communication
- Manage the registration process for church school, the database input of church school family information, including medical conditions and special needs, and track and maintain church school attendance
- In conjunction with the lay committees and pastoral staff, provide teacher training for Safe Church policies, curriculum usage, classroom management, and teaching techniques.
- Provide regular programming for 5th & 6th graders ―and (possibly) for 7th graders―that allows for fellowship, faith formation, christian education, mission opportunities, and service within the church.
Compensation, Hours and Availability:
- Competitive compensation package
- The Program Administrator should work 25 hours per week: Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday. May increase to 25+ hours per week in busy seasons. Weekend retreats.
- Personal faith in God through Christ and a passion working with youth and children
- Experience in leadership (paid or volunteer) in a Christian youth and children’s ministry
- Ability to help youth and children connect in meaningful ways with the church and to grow in their discipleship of Christ
- Team player, self-starter, well organized, caring and compassionate listener, creative and flexible
- Bachelors degree preferred
- Good written and verbal communication skills
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