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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
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.)
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