Director, Ministry to Families with Children – Trinity UMC of Little Rock

Trinity United Methodist Church of Little Rock, Arkansas is searching for a Director of its Ministry to Families with Children.  Responsibilities include leadership of Christian Education to include Sunday School classes and children’s moments for all worship services. This staff position is responsible for all events pertaining to the activities of the children (Vacation Bible School, Palm Sunday, Easter, Trick or Trunk, Christmas, etc.)  Applications will be reviewed when received.  Part-time or full-time employment option available.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Search will remain open until filled.  Submit a cover letter and resume to both Dr. Don Hall, pastordon@tumclr.org, and Richard Hanson, rhhanson@ualr.edu. Include urls to social media platforms and places where evidence of prior work can be viewed.  A detailed job summary and list of responsibilities will be...

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Part-Time Children’s Ministry Director – Sequoyah UMC

Sequoyah United Methodist Church is seeking a part-time Children’s Ministry Director who will lead and oversee developing, implementing and maintaining an ongoing ministry for children ages birth-5th grade. The ideal candidate must be passionate and enthusiastic about working with children and families and have a passion to help children have a dynamic relationship with Jesus, in which they are able to grow and participate in the Kingdom of God. They should have proven creativity, organizational skills, administrative abilities and experience with recruiting volunteers and delegating tasks. This position involves providing leadership for all aspects of the Children’s Ministry including Wednesday night activities, Sunday morning activities, and special events such as Vacation Bible School. If you are a great fit for this position, please send your resume to: Sequoyah United Methodist Church Attention: Rev. Sara Pair 1910 N. Old Wire Road Fayetteville, AR 72703 or email it...

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Full Time Director of Children’s Ministry – Grace Avenue UMC

Grace Avenue United Methodist Church in Frisco, Texas is currently seeking a full-time Director of Children’s Ministry to for children birth through 5th grade.  Grace Avenue United Methodist Church is a 2500-member suburban church in the North Texas Conference.  Our Children’s Ministry serves a fast growing and family-oriented community.  The Mission of Grace Avenue United Methodist Church is to eradicate homelessness in whatever form it presents itself.  We believe that everyone needs a spiritual, emotional, and physical home.  Grace Avenue United UMC is seeking a person who can live into this mission and is deeply committed to the ministry of making disciples and making a difference in the lives of children through Jesus Christ.   The purpose of this position is to enable a community of love that: Nurtures children from birth. Fully integrates children into the family of God at Grace Avenue United Methodist Church. Instills a sense of place and belonging (an extension of home). Confirms their identity as the beloved children of God. Fosters spiritual development through education, worship, service, and mission. Supports parents and families through the joys and challenges of parenting children. Education: A degree in Christian Education, Education or related field familiar with children and their development and needs as well as 2-4 years of experience leading a church-based children’s ministry program.   Experience/Knowledge: Spiritual Maturity Experience with leading children birth – 5th grade. Experience communicating with parents of children Friendly, enthusiastic, and flexible team approach while working with children, parents, volunteers, and staff members. Familiarity with the theology, traditions, and polity (organization) of the United Methodist church Working Hours: 40 hours per week including Sundays, emphasis is placed on meeting the responsibilities assigned to the position and sometimes additional hours are needed to achieve objectives. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Reports to: Minister of Discipleship and Staff Parish Relations Interested applicants may send cover letter and resume to...

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Associate Director (Internship Program)

Anticipated start date of July 1, 2018. Perkins School of Theology seeks an Associate Director to manage, supervise, evaluate interns for the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Ministry degree programs. These degree programs require successful completion of the Perkins internship. This job is essential to the theological curriculum as it seeks to form persons for ministry and community leadership. The primary mission of Perkins School of Theology, to prepare women and men for faithful leadership in Christian ministry, precisely defines the mission of the Perkins Intern Program. In the Perkins Internship, students integrate the knowledge and theological reflection disciplines learned in the classroom with the practical demands of providing faithful leadership within a congregation or agency. The Perkins Intern Program is widely recognized as an exemplary program in preparing persons for effective Christian ministry. The three full-time Intern Faculty members are committed to working with each Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Ministry student to provide an internship that maximizes learning opportunities within a hands-on ministerial experience. Essential Functions: Placing of interns in churches or institutions in variety of contexts Training and working with lay teaching committees in each ministry setting Selecting, training, and working with mentor pastors/mentors (on-site supervisors Selecting and working with consultants Leading required internship seminars Evaluating, in cooperation with lay teaching committees and mentor pastors, the work and learning of interns Participate in regular meetings to discuss supervisory, placement, and administrative concerns Position requires evening hours during orientation sessions and evaluation sessions, as well as occasional travel Education and Experience: Master of Divinity is required. Doctor of Ministry is preferred. A minimum of five years of work experience is required. Experience providing supervision for growth in church leadership; teaching theological reflection; work with diversity in matters of culture, class, ethnicity, gender and theology; experience in community ministry are also required. Ordination is highly desirable. Membership in The United Methodist Church or other Methodist denomination is preferred. Familiarity with the African American church tradition is desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills, as well as the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Must also demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing. A strong customer service orientation is essential. Candidate must possess strong time management, organizational and planning skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks concurrently. Must also possess strong project management skills. A strong focus on attention to detail is essential. Candidate must have a strong working knowledge of computers and MS Office. Knowledge of the Southwest and its ethnic groups is preferred. Knowledge of other denominational/non-denominational groups is desirable. Physical/Environmental Demands: Sit for long periods of time Deadline to Apply: The position is open until filled. SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,...

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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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