Director of Student Ministries

First United Methodist Church of Maumelle is seeking a Director of Student Ministries. This position will provide leadership in ministry to 140 middle school and high school students and their families. Please send a letter of interest and resume to: Beth Waldrup, Senior Pastor P.O Box 13984, Maumelle AR 72113...

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New Covenant UMC seeks High Energy Children’s Director

New Covenant UMC is looking for a high capacity, high energy Children’s Director. Our church is a mid-size church in Edmond, a suburb just north of Oklahoma City. Our Children’s Ministry Direction is the primary supervisor of our Children’s Ministry which includes two part-time interns, a full-time Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry, and our Children’s Day Out. The primary range of this position will deal directly with kindergarten to fourth grade students. Our expectations are that our Children’s director will have a passion for Jesus, a desire to partner with families to help in the discipleship of our children, and a heart for the mission of the Church. If you’re interested, contact our Associate Pastor, Jay Smith at 405.562.3200 or at jsmith@newcov.tv | Check out our website to get a better look at who we...

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“Me Too”

First one woman had the courage to speak up about Harvey Weinstein. Then more women. Then even more. And suddenly millions of women on Facebook started using a two-word phrase, “Me too”, as a way of sharing that they also have been victims of sexual assault or harassment. It is heartbreaking that virtually every woman is subjected to this sinful and unacceptable behavior. Those of us who say we love God are morally compelled to step forward, say, “No more!” and work to ensure that young girls and boys will be able to grow up and never have to say, “Me...

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Housing Allowance Case Update

Executive Summary On Friday, October 6, a federal district court judge ruled that the exclusion from taxation of a minister’s cash housing allowance is unconstitutional. The exclusion allows a minister to exclude from taxable income a cash housing allowance designated and paid by his or her church. Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath) and the Church Alliance will continue to monitor the case. Background Judge Barbara Crabb of the Federal District Court of the Western District of Wisconsin issued a declaratory ruling in Annie Laurie Gaylor, Dan Barker, et al; and Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. v. Steve Mnuchin et al. The court held that the cash clergy housing allowance exclusion under Internal Revenue Code Section 107(2) is unconstitutional, as an impermissible preferential treatment of religion under the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. Judge Crabb stayed entering her final judgment in the case to allow the parties a few weeks to brief the question of the appropriate remedies in the case (e.g., an injunction against the government, tax refunds to the plaintiffs, etc.). Importantly, the plaintiffs’ challenge to Code Section 107(1), the “in- kind” housing exclusion for clergy, was dismissed from the case due to lack of standing. The opinion is available here (link). Wespath / Church Alliance Interest Wespath is a member of the Church Alliance, a coalition of the chief executives of 37 church benefit boards representing mainline and evangelical Protestants, Jewish movements and Catholic schools and institutions. Wespath and the Church Alliance have an interest in this case because many retired clergy benefit from the cash housing allowance exclusion under Section 107(2). In addition, similar to other denominations’ benefit plans, Wespath’s retirement and other benefit plans are designed with assumptions based on Section 107(2). Wespath’s Legal department and the Church Alliance’s Core Lawyer Working Group will continue to monitor the case. History The plaintiffs, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and some of its officers, pursued a similar claim in 2013, in the same court and before the same judge. In the 2013 case, Judge Crabb similarly ruled that Section 107(2) was unconstitutional. The government appealed that ruling to the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago. In 2014, the Seventh Circuit held that the plaintiffs did not have standing to challenge Section 107(2), because the plaintiff officers had not requested refunds of taxes paid on the housing allowance that FFRF provided them. In the current case, Judge Crabb ruled that the plaintiffs have cured their lack of standing from the earlier case, arguably having been denied refunds by the Internal Revenue Service. Future Outlook After the final judgement, there almost certainly will be an appeal to the Seventh Circuit. The federal government is typically obligated to defend federal statutes that are held unconstitutional. (Exceptions to this general rule are rare). Moreover, there are intervenors (several individual clergy) in the current case who have stated (link) that they will appeal the district court’s decision. The intervenors are represented by the Beckett Fund, a First Amendment religious liberty legal aid organization, with significant appellate experience. If Judge Crabb does not stay the effect of her final judgment to allow time for appeals, as she did in the 2013 case, the government or intervenors may seek a stay from the Seventh Circuit. On appeal, the question of whether...

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Director of Youth and Young Adults

DIRECTOR OF YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS Asbury United Methodist Church Full Time Salary Based The Youth director is an employee of Asbury United Methodist Church, with the right of employment and dismissal being with the Staff Parish Relations Committee and the Senior Pastor. GENERAL ROLE: The Youth Director provides the youth and their families the opportunities for spiritual growth in worship, fellowship and service. SPECIFIC DUTIES: Will be intentional about personally sharing and offering the good news of Jesus Christ with the youth associated with AUMC and with those outside the church. Will intentionally design ministries that target unchurched youth in our communities. Will provide an intentional disciple making process that will produce devoted disciples of Jesus Christ. Responsible for planning, coordinating and directing youth (grades 6 through 12)   activities. Works with the Youth Council and parents to secure help and leadership in planning and developing a comprehensive year-round program. Guides the youth in being active, participating and giving members of the Asbury United Methodist Church community. Also encourages them to participate in the  district and conference youth programs. Recruits, trains and coordinates counselors for the youth ministry. Plans and coordinates mission trips and all fund raising events. Ensures proper adult supervision and provides leadership training (including safe sanctuary training and background checks) for adult and youth teachers. Be accessible to the youth and parents for counseling and other forms of personal support. In consultation with Senior Pastor and Director of Children’s Ministries, coordinate the Youth Program with Children’s Sunday school, Confirmation Class, and other programs to ensure continuity. Encourages all youth to attend Sunday school. Recruits and trains Youth Sunday school teachers. Consults with Senior Pastor and Praise and Worship regarding music and music related programs for youth. Assists the Minister of Children in planning Vacation Bible School as related to youth participation. Prepares and Leads Confirmation Program each year. Coordinates youth calendar, use of the building, and use of the church equipment with the administrative staff. Follows financial policies and procedures, develops an annual budget, and manages youth expenditures within approved annual budget levels. Publishes weekly Youth newsletter via email and internet to youth and parents. Communicates information to proper staff person regarding youth birth dates, names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, name of school attending, and grade level for church data base. Assists in planning events, activities, and missions for the Young Adult group, in cooperation with the needs and desires of the class. Recruits and nurtures current Young Adult attendees, and reaches out to inactive Young Adults. Coordinates Young Adult Sunday School and/or Bible Study, including recruiting teachers and helping select curriculum, in cooperation with the needs and desires of the class. Serves as staff liaison to college students, and nurtures those connections. Plans college events, outreach, and Bible studies, in cooperation with the needs and desires of the group. Webmaster and Facebook administrator. Updates Assigned Bulletin Boards Assists in sending out church-wide communication through email systems, such as Constant Contact and Robly, as needed or pertaining to youth ministry area.   SKIILLS AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Prefer Bachelors degree with background in Christian Education or equivalent work experience. This person needs to be a role model who lives a life in a manner consistent with the doctrine of the United Methodist Church. Must be eager,...

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