Director of New Faith Communities to Begin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2/5/2018   Director of New Faith Communities to Begin Our Conference Trajectory is “to create vital congregations that make disciples of Jesus Christ who make disciples equipped to transform lives, communities and the world.” Our new reality is an increasingly secular and diverse state and declining churches. Research clearly shows that in our current context the best way to reach new people is often through new places – “Fresh Expression,” new faith communities, second campuses, satellite campuses and new church starts. It is becoming increasingly clear that engaging existing churches in the work of reaching new people and developing new churches, faith communities and places for new people are two of the most important challenges facing the Arkansas Annual Conference. Indeed, “Maximizing strategic coverage of congregations” has recently been identified by the Extended Cabinet as one of the four critical robust systems of the Arkansas Annual Conference that must function at a high level. Reverend Maxine Allen, who currently serves as Assistant Director of Connectional Ministry for Mission Field Engagement, will be retiring effective July 1, 2018. This creates an opportunity for the realignment of this position in order to provide strategic leadership in the effort of creating new places for new people. A full-time position – Director of New Faith Communities – has been created to provide strategic leadership, development and oversight to engage existing churches in the work of reaching new people and to develop and nurture new churches, faith communities and places for new people. There will be no net impact on the conference budget. ### For more information about this new position or for information about how to apply, go to...

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Director of New Faith Communities

Position Description Director of New Faith Communities Position Overview The Director of New Faith Communities is a full-time position – clergy or laity – that provides strategic leadership and oversight to develop and nurture new churches, faith communities and places for new people, and to engage existing churches in the work of reaching new people. Major Responsibilities   1. Start New Ministries Start and support new churches, faith communities and places for new people, and repurpose existing churches to reach new faith communities Utilize emerging models for new places for new people, such as: Fresh Expressions New church starts Micro-Places Multi-Site campuses Partner Churches Church-Within-A-Church House Churches Create congregations more reflective of state demographics: Younger Generations – Millennials, Generation Z Multi-cultural, Multi-ethnic African-American Hispanic/Latino Asian 2. Develop Systems Develop and direct a system to identify, train, support and evaluate potential partner churches to reach new people by establishing new faith communities Develop and coordinate a system to identify, train, support and evaluate persons appointed to start new faith communities Work with the Developer of Ethnic Faith Communities to identify, train, support and evaluate persons specifically appointed to start new ethnic faith communities 3. Support Leaders                    Develop and direct Conference events designed to equip congregations for the ministry of reaching new people Identify, resource and train pastors and congregations in transitioning communities and neighborhoods for multi-cultural ministry Champion throughout the conference a vision for new places for new people Generate funding resources to support the development of new faith communities 4. Provide Alignment Develop strategic collaboration with Chief Mission Strategists and District Strategy Teams Provide regular reports to the Bishop, Cabinet, Operational Team and Extended Cabinet Indicators of Success 12 months – a coordinated conference-wide strategy in place for the development of repurposed churches and new places for new people 18 month – At least three new churches, repurposed churches, new faith communities and places for new people started throughout the conference 24 months – At least six new places for new people started, with at least two new ethnic minority or multi-cultural congregations Demonstrated Skills 1. Experience Proven track record in starting something new, identifying and developing leaders and systems Trained and experienced in current methods and models of creating new faith communities Multi-cultural competency; ability to provide resourcing and support for reaching the multiple ethnic groups represented within the annual conference 2. Spiritual Life Grounded in the history, doctrine, and polity of The United Methodist Church Committed to the Christian faith as expressed in the Wesleyan tradition 3. Communication and Technology Skills Strong written and oral communication skills Knowledge of and ability to use the latest communication technologies Ability to understand and interpret demographic information and other data pertinent to the work of developing new faith communities 4. Administration Ability to supervise and mentor others and maintain effective administrative processes Ability to develop, work with and resource teams Experience in administering programs and budgets Ability to evaluate and if needed to end projects 5. Personal Collaborative and connectional Entrepreneurial Strategic Team-oriented Emotionally intelligent Able to shepherd plans from conception to implementation Humble, hungry, smart Ability to learn and adapt Salary and Benefits are commensurate with education, training, experience and skills.    Interested applicants should email the following to jim.polk@arumc.org Cover letter; Current resume with reference list; Written responses to the following:...

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District Administrator – Southwest District

The Southwest District of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church is seeking to fill a full-time position as an assistant to the district administrator. The District is composed of 155 United Methodist congregations that are located in the 19 counties that comprise the southwest corner of Arkansas. Much of the work is clerical in support of the district superintendent, the management of reports and files, answering phone inquiries, and greeting visitors. The office is located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The position is salaried with some benefits. A full job description is available and inquiries can be mailed to Rodney Steele @ 904 Caddo St., Arkadelphia, AR 71923 or emailed to...

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Spiritual revival in Cuba witnessed by Arkansans

“Spiritual Revival in Cuba” By Andrew C. Thompson Sí, que lindo! That is Pastor Guillermo Leon Mighty’s favorite phrase. He uses it anytime there is reason to rejoice at what God is doing: at the beginning of a worship service, after a beautiful song in praise of God, or when the Holy Spirit falls upon worshipers in prayer. For him, all of it is a reason to proclaim the beauty of what God is doing. (The phrase means, “Yes, how lovely!”) Pastor Guillermo is the district superintendent of the Havana District in Cuba. He’s also the senior pastor of the Havana Central Methodist Church. Together with his wife Pastora Adria, they lead a large and growing congregation in one of the poorer parts of the city of Havana. Seven members of my congregation and I were fortunate enough to travel to Cuba in January for mission work in Pastor Guillermo’s district. We were part of a trip organized by Dr. David Watson of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. The Methodist Church of Cuba is undergoing a powerful spiritual revival that dates back more than two decades. As Pastor Guillermo told me, there was a time when people began to look towards God for strength in ways they never had before. Soon revival was breaking out all over the country. The Methodist Church of Cuba’s statistics tell the story in one way: roughly 46,500 members and perhaps twice that many actively involved in ministries. 410 local churches and 927 mission locations. Growth is happening everywhere, from the number of believers having their lives transformed by the Holy Spirit, to the number of pastors called into ministry, to the number of congregations being planted. But to really understand the Cuban revival, you have to see it. I was invited to preach at a church in a community called Santiago de la Vega, near Havana. When our group arrived at the church, it was packed. Both the floor and the balcony were full of people. A crowd stood outside the church, looking in through the doors and windows. Walking into the church felt like walking onto holy ground. The Holy Spirit’s presence was palpable. When worship began, the people sang, danced, and prayed. It was remarkable. When Dr. Watson was preparing me for what Cuba would be like, he said, “You have to understand that anything can happen in Cuban worship. I mean, anything.” It is certainly true that worship in a Cuban Methodist Church is a full-bodied experience. There is singing, dancing, playing, and preaching. The shortest worship service I attended was about an hour and a half. The longest was almost four hours. Yet despite that length and intensity, I never found myself looking at my watch and wondering when it would be over. The power of the Holy Spirit in the midst of worship is such that you find yourself simply wanting to be close to God—I tended to think of worship as revolving around and around in successive stages, where each stage grew in intensity and rose up closer and closer to the heart of God. Most worship experiences would end with the laying on of hands and intense prayer, with people asking for healing and blessings. The Cuban people are incredibly receptive to the presence of...

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Job Posting for Director of Youth Ministries

Plymouth Park United Methodist Church is seeking a full-time Director of Youth Ministries to continue growth and discipleship in our thriving youth group. A large church, PPUMC serves a diverse community and congregation in Irving, TX and the surrounding cities. The Director of Youth Ministries is expected to nurture 6-12th grade students and their families in Christian discipleship by building relationships and empowering students to be leaders in the church. Responsibilities The youth ministry at PPUMC is established and very active in and outside of the church. The responsibilities of the youth director include but are not limited to:  planning weekly Wednesday night youth fellowship, worship, and bible study and weekly Sunday school classes  choosing and leading large group games at Wednesday night youth, retreats, trips, and Confirmation  training and equipping a team of adult volunteers  empowering student leaders to preach, teach, and plan  developing and maintaining personal relationships with students and their families  seeking and fostering relationships with community assistance organizations  hiring and training summer interns  writing and tracking a budget  teaching confirmation  planning 2-3 church-wide worship services a year  attending school functions and lunches with students and parents  managing youth band and youth band intern  planning and leading two summer mission trips, a fall retreat, and an annual senior trip Qualifications Required  minimum of 2 years experience in youth ministry, full-time, part-time, or volunteer  Bachelor’s degree  Christ like character and faith and well versed in United Methodist theology and practices  energetic and eager to journey beside youth, families, and volunteers  experienced in planning and leading mission and recreational trips with students and volunteers  a commitment to students and their families  strong interpersonal, communication, and organization skills Preferred  a proven history of developing student leaders  experience in socioeconomically and racially diverse ministry context To apply, send resume to Audrua Welch Malvaez at audrua@ppumc.org. Closing...

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