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Director of the Lapp Learning Commons (Library Director)
Qualifications: A Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited school, and a Master’s degree in religion, theology, or a closely related field, are required. Other qualifications include thorough knowledge of current library trends, standards, and services in higher education; demonstrable strengths in media/technology literacy and in providing access to electronic resources for students and faculty; supervisory and administrative experience in an academic setting; strong public speaking and communication skills; and an ability to engage multiple concurrent tasks. More information can be found HERE.
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
Youth Director (Transitional), United Church of Oak Park (Oak Park, IL)
Organization Description: First United Church of Oak Park is a growing, inclusive, and diverse 700-member congregation in the Chicago area. We focus on mission in our metropolitan area and equipping our members to be God’s people in the world.
We are searching for a new youth director to join our staff in early August 2016. This person would oversee an established, vibrant youth ministry and be joining a professional staff that includes 2 pastors, a director of music, a part-time organist, a church administrator, a financial administrator, and an administrative assistant.
Job Requirements: First United Church of Oak Park (Illinois) is looking for a Youth Director (Transitional) (7th-12th grade) who can create an environment where youth can joyfully explore the question of who God calls them to be, together with each other, the congregation, and the larger community.
The Youth Director (Transitional) leads the Youth Ministry with programming and service projects that help young people develop and integrate Christian values, foster and build intergenerational relationships, nurture personal faith exploration, and create a safe, welcoming community. This is a one-year contract position. The Youth Director (Transitional) may be invited to apply for an anticipated permanent position with a focus on youth ministries at the end of the contract year, or at the time a permanent position is approved by Church Council and posted for applicants. All candidates who apply for a permanent position will be considered equally, and the job duties and responsibilities of a permanent position may be different or expanded.
During the transitional time, the Church is looking for an individual who can facilitate a process of engaging the youth, advisors, Youth Committee, Church leadership, and members in a thorough review of the youth programs.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Direct ministry for the First United Junior High(FUJI) and First United Senior High(FUSH) youth groups, by organizing, attending, and leading weekly youth group meetings (generally on Sunday evenings), seasonal weekend retreats and lock-ins, and a week-long summer work camp trip
- First United Junior High (FUJI) is for youth in grades 7 and 8. There are approximately 30 FUJI youth and 6 adult advisors
- First United Senior High (FUSH) is for youth in grades 9-12. There are approximately 30-40 FUSH youth, two 12th-grade moderators, and 6 adult advisors
- In coordination with the Youth Committee, lead a team of volunteers, including youth leaders (Youth Board and youth group Moderators) and youth group adult advisors
- Facilitate and manage youth and adult volunteers at fundraising events for the youth groups, in coordination with church administrative and pastoral staff
- Provide a timely and accurate schedule of youth activities weekly to the church administrator and to parents via email and/or the maintenance of a blog or web page; provide additional communications for special events where applicable (i.e., a bulletin announcement advertising an upcoming fundraising event)
- Oversee the financial administration of the youth program in consultation with the church Financial Administrator and Church Council including annual budget preparation and management
Minimum Criteria and Skills
- A bachelor’s degree or higher
- At least three years working directly with youth in middle and/or high school
- Passionate about and committed to growing and maintaining a strong youth program at First United
- Familiarity with scripture and the language of Christian faith, and the ability to discuss and facilitate conversations about faith and doubt
- Open to diverse ideas, experiences and expressions of faith
- Understanding and appreciation of adolescent development, especially social-emotional and moral/spiritual development
- Self-starter who can use excellent judgment and function with a high level of independence, but also recognize when to consult the other pastoral staff and/or appropriate committees
- Strong organizational, time-management, strategic thinking and problem-solving skills
- Skillful communicator who practices, emphasizes and fosters effective communication throughout the church organization, both in-person and via print and online media
- Ability to provide effective monitoring, mentoring, and supervision of youth and adult advisors
- Experience with fiscal management and fundraising is preferred
- Previous experience in strategic planning or process improvement in a faith-based organization is a plus
- As a member of the staff, attend and participate in weekly staff meetings and occasional Church Council meetings, and provide monthly updates on youth activities
- Act as liaison on behalf of youth to Church Council, Youth Committee and congregation, sharing plans and learnings from FUJI and FUSH to inform both Children’s Ministry and Adult Education
- This position reports to the Lead Pastor/Head of Staff.
Director of Youth Ministries, University Church (Chicago, IL)
Organization Description: There exists here at UChurch a strategy and vision for youth ministry (0-18 yrs), one born out of two years of prayer, planning, and intense conversation with parents, youth, and pastoral staff. We are now looking for someone to help implement that strategy, keep the church aligned to this vision, and garner support from the wider community. Experience and joy in working with youth, pastoral experience, and any experiences that demonstrate acumen in leadership and project management are all required.
Time Requirement: 15 hours per week (average), for a minimum of 2 years, beginning Sept. 6, 2016
Salary and Benefits: $1200-$1500/month, commensurate with experience
Reports to: Senior Pastor
Communicates with: Pastoral Staff and Christian Development Committee
Credentials: M.Div degree preferred; At least 2 years experience working with young people; able to pass criminal background check.
- Help tailor and execute a long-term vision for children and youth programs and ministries.
- Relationship building that provides pastoral support to the youth of University Church and the volunteers of the youth ministry.
- Welcome and orient visitors and new members to the vision and programming of the youth ministry.
- Communicate regularly with families about programs, logistics and content
- Preach and teach on occasion, as support to Sr. Pastor
- Communication and connection of youth ministry with broader congregational life
- Coordinate youth participation in worship and special events
- Oversight of Safe Church Policy (background checks, training, supervision of volunteers)
- Participate in monthly Christian Development Committee meeting (usually after a Sunday worship), regular staff meetings (2x/month), and annual job performance review
- Nursery: Oversee staff, materials and supplies
- Encourage storytelling and activities
- Jr Church: Coordinate and train teachers
- Manage curriculum (foci: biblical literacy, creative arts, social justice)
- Confirmation: Work with Sr. Pastor to develop annual curriculum
- Create schedule, communicate expectations to participants and families
- Lead classes and/or train leaders
- Youth Group: Coordinate regular meeting time – lead and/or train leaders
- Plan activities and events – social justice, social, educational, leadership building, etc.
- Present budget for the upcoming year to the Pastoral Staff and Christian Development Committee (the committee will present to the Board for approval)
- Manage all youth ministry expenses and reimbursements, in conjunction with office manager.
Part-Time Christian Educator Job, Lyme Congregational Church (Lyme, NH)
Organization Description: Position Purpose:
The Christian Educator will be a self-starter who is responsible for the ministry of children, youth and families within the congregation and greater Lyme community. The primary focus of this ministry is to grow and organize programs that educate youth and families in ways that promote faith formation and service opportunities. The culture of our work is team and faith based. The Christian Educator will be directly responsible for leading programs, and will recruit, train and supervise volunteer teachers and leaders.
- Organize and teach Sunday School and mentor and encourage lay teachers
- Provide leadership in the assessment, planning and implementation of the ministry to children, youth and families in the congregation and greater Lyme community (nursery school through eighth grade)
- Work collaboratively with the Pastor and staff.
- Initiate, coordinate, participate and evaluate the development of a variety of Christian educational experiences for children and families
- Coordinate children’s and youth involvement in worship
- Provide teacher support and training
- Prepare a monthly calendar
- Communicate with young families about programming
- Contribute articles to the monthly “Lyme Church and Community Newsletter”
- With the Pastor and Christian Education Committee, serve as a resource person in the area of curriculum and related materials
- Insure that all children’s and youth programs operate under safe church guidelines
- Attend weekly staff meetings with the Pastor
- Attend monthly meetings with the Christian Education Committee and the Church Board
- Submit an annual budget to the Trustees
- Prepare an annual educational ministry report
- Participate in continuing education
Qualifications: This position may be filled by either a lay or ordained person. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree and experience teaching or working with children and youth. Commitment to the Christian faith is essential. Strong communication, organization, and motivational skills are important.
Terms: This is a salaried part-time position, 15 – 20 hours per week.
Contact Name: Pastor Amy Hayden
Application Instructions: Please send a letter of interest and resume to
Part-time Christian Educator
Lyme Congregational Church
PO Box 27
Lyme, NH 03768
Include the following:
- Education, church experience, work and relevant volunteer experience including title, dates, description of duties, duration (and reasons for leaving if appropriate)
- Three References including names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and capacity in which you know the reference. (At least one reference should be familiar with your church experience.)
Minister of Faith Formation, Wayzata Community Church (Wayzata, MN)
Organization Description: Wayzata Community Church is a large church, about 3,000 members, in a lake community in a western suburb of Minneapolis. Our vision is "to inspire the world with the inclusive love of Jesus." Our mission is to be a caring community, to actively extend a welcome invitation to all people, to boldly challenge our own complacency and to relentlessly share our gifts through life-changing mission and service. We offer dynamic programming for all ages including a growing summer camp ministry and a ministry called Parables for families of children with special needs.
Job Requirements: The role of Minister of Faith Formation is to provide inspiration, spiritual and organizational leadership, and varied educational opportunities to the adult population of WCC. This minister will be entrusted with the responsibility to oversee, facilitate, guide and inspire members of the congregation at all stages of their faith journeys as well as the lay volunteers and professionals who create, plan and carry out the many programmatic ministries at WCC. This Minister will provide direct leadership, support and guidance to the educational program staff called the Transformers (early childhood through our evolving young adult ministry). The Minister will also carry out general pastoral duties such as worship, preaching and pastoral care.
Qualifications: We are seeking a leader who is passionate and committed to faith formation through education that builds faith and community. We are excited to find a self starter who will work effectively on teams of clergy, staff and lay volunteers to collaboratively live out the vision and mission of Wayzata Community Church.
This is a full time position for a Minister with a Masters of Divinity who has standing (or willing to seek standing) in the United Church of Christ.
Contact Name: Laura Janckila
Application Instructions: Please send resume or profile to the contact email.
Application Deadline: Monday, August 1, 2016
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.
Job Description: 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
Contact Name: Dr. Samuel Massey
Application Instructions: Please submit resume and cover letter to contact email.
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