By Christopher Broadwell
GBOD| United Methodist Church Job Announcement
The General Board of Discipleship is seeking the right person for our vacancy of
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The deadline for receiving applications is May 7, 2014.
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The General Board of Discipleship is an Affirmative Action Employer. M/F/D/V EOE.
Associate Pastor for Children’s Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Care (Part time position – 20 Hours/week)
Hope Central Church is a faith community for believers, questioners and questioning believers. We value on-going spiritual formation for all ages and want to provide thoughtful, meaningful experiences for our children.
Hope Central Church is looking for a person of faith who feels called to minister to our young people in our Spiritual Formation program. This Associate Pastor (AP) will be the leader of our Sunday School program for our children, teachers and volunteers, directing the lead teachers during morning and evening worship. The Associate Pastor will have his/her own portfolio of responsibilities, and will be accountable to the Senior Pastor for purposes of the larger congregational vision and job performance. The Pastoral Team will be collaborative, tending to all the ministries of the congregation.
The Associate Pastor will –
- be familiar with or gain familiarity with the Godly Play approach to children’s spiritual formation,
- be familiar with or gain familiarity with two or three curricula for children’s spiritual development and the ability to adapt for our purposes a plus.
- enjoy putting together age appropriate lesson plans from varied sources
- oversee and inventory Sunday School supplies and Godly Play materials
- recruit, encourage, support and supervise the Sunday School teachers and volunteers
- train and coordinate the parent/volunteers
- help organize new classes and teachers as we grow into that need
- help negotiate and maintain Sunday School spaces, and be physically able to set up flexible space for children’s church
- must be able to lift 30 lbs, move and arrange tables/chairs, and perform other physical activities needed to keep kids safe
- report to and be supported by the Senior Pastor, and be supported by the Education team
- lead the development and implementation of Safe Church policies
- stay abreast of new thinking/curriculum in Christian Education
The Associate Pastor will also provide pastoral care for the congregation and will provide opportunities for the Pastoral Staff to contribute to the Children’s Sunday School. The Associate Pastor will participate in the worship life of the congregation, preaching monthly, celebrating communion, performing baptisms/dedications, marriages, and funerals as appropriate. The Associate Pastor will serve other Teams of the church as appropriate for skill and interest. The AP will maintain ties to the congregation’s denominational bodies, participate in communities of practice, and participate in the congregation’s public ministry as appropriate.
Skills and Qualifications
- have an M.Div. from an accredited seminary
- this is an ordainable position; Hope Central is seeking ordained or ordainable persons, UCC or DOC preferred
- is creative, flexible, and relates well with children
- has experience working with children
- is a strong communicator
- is both self directed and works well as part of a team
- is organized
The AP will work 20 hours per week, will be paid a total compensation package of $35-$37K per year. The first year’s pay will be prorated per date of hire. The AP will receive a total of 3 weeks combined vacation/study paid leave. The AP may arrange with the pastoral team to be away for church related professional meetings.
Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please send resume, cover letter and a one-page essay to email@example.com. Deadline for submission is May 1, 2014.
Please include in the one-page essay, the following: 1. Describe any experience you’ve had in the development of a child’s or children’s spiritual formation 2. Describe your spiritual practices 3. Describe why you think you are called to Hope Central Church.
Contact: Carla Imperial, Search Committee Chair
Address: 85 Seaverns Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Wesley United Methodist Church,
114 Main Street, Worcester MA
JOB POSTING & DESCRIPTION
INTERIM Sunday School Superintendent
April 1, 2014 to July 1, 2014
Wesley United Methodist Church is seeking an Interim Sunday School Superintendent. The position is part-time (10hours/week) with primary responsibilities on Sunday mornings.
PURPOSE: The Sunday School Superintendent coordinates and facilitates the smooth running of the Sunday School program to ensure that children who attend come to know the Biblical faith in a safe, friendly, welcoming environment where all may experience the love of God and be spiritually nurtured. An understanding of, and respect for, the faith and inclusive values of our church community are of critical importance, as is team work.
ACCOUNTABILITY: The Sunday School Superintendent is accountable to Staff Parish Relations Committee, works under the supervision of the Pastor with budgetary and reporting accountability to the Christian Education Committee and Church Business Administrator, and work collaboratively with all other staff.
1) Provide oversight for a safe and secure environment, (in compliance with safe sanctuary policies soon to be established.)
2) Be present and prepared each Sunday morning before and after Sunday School to greet, support and encourage children, parents and teachers.
3) Meet with Christian Education committee/team for planning and evaluating the Sunday School program.
4) Supervise and manage Sunday School teachers in the performance of their duties and be prepared to teach in their absence, and equip and support teachers in using curriculum and other resources
5) Supervises and supports Child Care Providers and Assistants.
6) Organize, maintain, and purchase Sunday School supplies and curriculum.
7) Responsible to coordinate and supervise Vacation Bible School program.
8) Collect offerings and maintain attendance records.
9) Submit articles for the bi-weekly Herald with information about the Sunday School program.
10) Work collaboratively with the Pastor, Directors of Music, other worship staff and planning committee to help design child friendly worship experiences.
11) Attends monthly Church Council meetings, prepares and presents reports to Church Council, and participates in planning special events.
OTHER TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
1) The Sunday School Superintendent position is a part-time position (10hrs/wk).
2) Compensation package will be determined by the Staff Parish Relations Committe.
Mansfield resident Rosanne Driscoll was recently appointed chaplain of the Faith Fellowship United Methodist Church, Mansfield.
Driscoll’s appointment has historic as well as spiritual impact for the United Methodist Church and the community. “We are the only small membership church who has a chaplain. We are taking this action from our John Wesleyan Methodist heritage to empower the laity (the average person) of the church to do God’s work,” said Pastor David A. Arruda.
Faith Fellowship United Methodist Church created the new position of chaplain and commissioned the Lay Leader, Rosanne Driscoll, to serve. Driscoll had been expanding the ministry of Lay Leader into a full-time position and the additional title more accurately reflected the expanded role. Driscoll is a graduate of the Boston University School of Theology (‘89) where her emphasis was in Pastoral Counseling. Additionally, she had recently retired from her career as a psychiatric nurse and so seemed particularly qualified for this ministry.
As chaplain, she:
Provides Pastoral Counseling and hospital visitation; provides hospice visitation through a program with Asera Care; volunteers with a team that provides medical transportation, shopping and errand assistance for the elderly and disabled; introduces new folks to volunteering in the clothing and other ministries of the church; teaches English to immigrants in Mansfield through the English for Speakers of Other Languages program of the Norwood Library; provides math tutoring to those who need vocational assistance; writes and organizes the Sunday School curriculum; leads, facilitates, and organizes Bible Studies; facilitates a Women’s Covenant Group; assists with worship including preaching when requested; and attends the church and community breakfast group, attends Pastor’s Breakfasts, participates in Food and Friends, food Ministry, and serves weekly in the “Clothes To Go” free clothing Ministry.
Driscoll looks to the future. She said, “I’d like to see a midweek worship group, restart the New Beginnings grief support/divorce support group, and possibly establishing a family game night for the community.”
Chaplain Rosanne Driscoll can be contacted through the Faith Fellowship United Methodist Church Facebook page, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the church at 508-339-6040.
Floyd Knight, a former M.L. King Scholar at the School of Theology and a Bible major (MDIV ’88), has been awarded a DFI Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Having formerly held the Carter G Woodson Fellowship at Northern Illinois University, Floyd is currently the Rhoten A. Smith Teaching and Research Fellow in the English Department at NIU where he is a Ph.D. linguistics major. Upon graduation, Floyd plans to earn a second Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible in order to study ancient Syrio-Palestinian literature and culture from a variety of linguistic, rhetorical, literary, historical and philological approaches, methodologies, and perspectives. Floyd, an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Chris) denomination since 1988, was also granted approval for Ordained Ministerial Partnership Standing in the United Church of Christ in 2010.
Judy Guion-Ulster finished her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Ohio State University in 2013, and has recently been appointed as University Chaplain at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.
Congratulations, Judy! Thanks for sharing this with us and keep up the amazing work!
Rev. Dr. Barbara Thorington Green (STH ’99) has had her book published, “Calling God She? Reflections and Insights of a Great-Grandmother, Retired Clergywoman, and Doctor of Theology” and it is available for purchase on Amazon!
Check it out!
Dr. Terry S. Smith graduated from Boston University School of Theology in 1994 with the D.Min. in Personality, Religion and Culture. Terry tells us, “my educational experience there was life changing as I studied under Dr. Merle Jordan and others.”
In Delta Blues-From Darkness to Light, Smith shows how, with good information, time and a safe place, an individual can uncover internal, false beliefs and triumph. As one of the earliest life coaches, Smith has listened to over 10,000 life stories, helping people suffering with PTSD (military veterans & others), OCD, alcohol addiction, drug addiction, depression, marital conflict and general despair. Learn more at www.coachinglifematters.com.
Kyle Bozentko (STH ’10) has been named Executive Director of the Jefferson Center, an organization dedicated to making democracy work for everyone, located in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Sheldon Baker Stephenson, 93, of Grace Ridge, Morganton, NC, died Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Grace Ridge Health Care Center. He was born in Hornell, New York, son of the late Sheldon Canfield and Minerva Baker Stephenson.
Raised in Syracuse, NY, Sheldon graduated from Eastwood High School in 1938. He was a 1942 graduate of Syracuse University College of Forestry majoring in Organic Chemistry and Pulp and Paper Manufacturing. During this time he had a life-changing moment in which he committed his life to Jesus Christ. He then went to Boston University School of Theology, graduating with honors in 1945. In May of 1944 he married Charlotte Marion Love, a beautiful, talented, and caring person.
Upon graduation, he was appointed Assistant Minister at First Methodist Church, Syracuse, NY. He then served as the Minister of Minoa/N. Manlius Methodist Church from 1946-52; the First Methodist Church of Penn Yan from 1952-1962; and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Ithaca, NY from 1962–1974.
From 1974-1978 he served as District Superintendent of the Central New York Conference, supervising 85 churches and their pastors. He then served as pastor of Manlius United Methodist Church from 1978–1985.
During his ministry from 1945–1996 he preached over 2500 sermons, and officiated at the baptism of over 800 children, 700 marriages, and 1000 funerals.
Several highlights of his ministerial career include preaching missions to Mexico, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua; leading a group of ministers to Russia to promote peace during the Cold War; and marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, DC. at the time of his “I have a Dream” speech.
Upon retirement in 1985 he moved with Charlotte to a farm in Trumansburg, NY where he rode his Morgan horse and tended honeybees. During this time he served as a semi-retired pastor of Mecklenburg and Jacksonville United Methodist churches. He and his wife selected Grace Ridge as a final home where they moved in January 1994.
As part of their life in Morganton, they joined the First United Methodist Church, and became active members of the Sunday Aldersgate Class. Always looking for ways to serve the community, Sheldon volunteered at Grace Hospital in the Emergency Room, gave the invocation at the Morganton City Council and the local AARP. He served as Chaplain with the Morganton Dept. of Public Safety, riding up to 3 evenings a week with Police officers until he was 90 years of age. He also volunteered as a reading coach for an elementary school, an Usher at CoMMA, a greeter at Christmas Cheer, and helped out in a Soup Kitchen.
Sheldon is survived by his 3 children and their spouses, Tom and Wendy Stephenson of Brooklyn, NY; Mark and Kristin Stephenson of Napa, CA; and Marcia Stephenson and Tom Broden of West Lafayette, IN; as well as 3 grandchildren: Graham Sheldon, Claire, and Lucas of Napa, CA.
A memorial service will be held at First Methodist Church in Morganton on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burke United Christian Ministries, 305 W. Union St. Morganton, NC 28655.