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  • PACIFIC SOUTHWEST DISTRICT - DISTRICT EXECUTIVE
This is a full-time position available January 1, 2015.
The Pacific Southwest District comprises 26 congregations, and 1 (one) church plant in California and Arizona. The District is geographically, ethnically and theologically diverse with several Spanish speaking congregations. The district staff is currently comprised of a youth advisor, administrative assistant, and secretary. Learn more about the ministries of Pacific Southwest District at http://www.pswdcob.org/. The district office is located in La Verne, California, 30 miles east of Los Angeles in close proximity to beaches and mountains.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Serves as the executive for the Pacific Southwest District
  • Collaborates with the District Board of Administration in shaping, articulating, and promoting the vision of the Pacific Southwest District.
  • Administers and oversees the work of the District Office.
  • Oversees, nurtures, and supports the Ministerial Leadership Program of the District.
  • Uplifts the vision and mission of the congregations of the District nurturing relationships with congregational leadership.
  • Upholds and promotes the core values of faith and practice of the Church of the Brethren in areas of ministry, congregational life / relationships, and practices of the church.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A clear commitment to Jesus Christ demonstrated by a vibrant, mature spiritual life
  • A commitment to New Testament values
  • A commitment to Church of the Brethren faith and heritage
  • Passionate about the potential of the Church of the Brethren and open to the leading of the Holy Spirit
  • Master of Divinity or equivalent theological degree preferred
  • Ten years of pastoral experience
  • Strong administrative, management and budget skills.
  • Proven staff and team management skills demonstrating flexibility working with staff, volunteers, pastoral and lay leadership
  • Experience dealing with the dynamics of growth and change
  • Excellent communicator with the ability to listen and build relationships across cultural, theological and geographical diversity.
  • Abilidad para escuchar y crear puentes en medio de la diversidad cultural, teológica y geográfica.
  • English/Spanish bilingual advantageous
  • Interested and qualified persons may apply for this position by sending a letter of interest and a resume via e-mail to: OfficeofMinistry@brethren.org. Applicants are requested to contact 3 or 4 persons who are willing to provide a letter of reference. Upon receipt of the resume the individual will be sent a Candidate profile that must be completed and returned before the application is considered complete.
    Application deadline: September 22, 2014

    • Northern Plains District

    Northern Plains District of the Church of the Brethren is seeking to fill four part-time staff positions: Communications Minister, Minister of Leadership Development, TRiM (Training in Ministry) Coordinator, and District Conference Support. The time commitment and responsibilities vary by position; please view the complete position descriptions for more information. A single search committee is tasked with filling all four positions and is open to the possibility of one individual filling more than one position.

    Northern Plains District comprises 31 congregations: 1 in Montana, 6 in Minnesota and the remaining congregations in Iowa. Congregations are located in rural, urban, and suburban contexts and represent a healthy mix of theological diversity. The district is committed to strengthening the work of each congregation—and the district as a whole—through spiritual growth, leadership support and development, communication and connection, stewardship, church growth and new church development, peacemaking and service.

    The Minister of Leadership Development or the Training in Ministry Coordinator positions require ordination in the Church of the Brethren. Persons interested in either of these positions should first contact their district executive for assistance in following placement protocols prior to following the instructions below.

    Interested persons may apply by sending a letter of interest, a resume, and three references to Rhonda Pittman Gingrich, convener of the search committee at either rpgingrich@yahoo.com or 4820 Upton Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55410

    The Northern Indiana District comprises 40 congregations with 1 in Southern Michigan and 39 in the northern third of Indiana. Its congregations are a mix of rural, urban, and suburban with a healthy mix of theological diversity. The district board’s commitment is “Communicating, Coordinating, Connecting our family of churches.” (Galations 6:10) The preferred candidate is a personable/relational, curious and competent administrator, who will serve as coach and team builder. The district envisions a creative model for team leadership where the DE facilitates the ministry priorities as noted by the district.

    See the complete position descriptions

    Church of the Brethren denominational positions

    • Truck Driver/Warehouser - Brethren Service Center, New Windsor, MD
    The Church of the Brethren is seeking an individual to fill the position of Truck Driver/Warehouser. This full-time position works directly with the director of Material Resources and is located at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Maryland.

    Responsibilities include interstate driving, delivery and pick up of materials, assisting with loading and unloading; handling trucking equipment, maintaining records and performing vehicle maintenance; performing best practices with operational safety standards, maintaining safe driving record, maintaining Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and other tasks that may be assigned by the director of Material Resources. The preferred candidate must possess a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and have been continuously licensed for three years; must have a good driving record and be able to meet Church of the Brethren insurance requirements. High School Diploma or equivalent or equivalent experience is required.

    Applications will be received and reviewed beginning immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Qualified candidates are invited to request the application packet and complete job description by contacting:

    Office of Human Resources
    Church of the Brethren
    1451 Dundee Avenue
    Elgin, IL 60120
    800-323-8039 ext. 367 – humanresources@brethren.org

    • Maintenance Mechanic - Brethren Service Center, New Windsor, MD
    The Church of the Brethren is seeking an individual to fill the position of maintenance mechanic. This full-time position works directly with the director of Buildings and Grounds and is located at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Maryland.

    The maintenance mechanic performs maintenance, repairs and installation of HVACR, electrical, plumbing, and other infrastructure components at the Brethren Service Center. Responsibilities include repairs and maintenance on heating and air conditioning equipment, electrical service, plumbing and kitchen equipment including dishwasher, steamer, ranges, ovens, and refrigeration; performs repairs and maintenance on vehicles, lawn and garden equipment and other mechanical equipment; assists with building renovations/carpentry. The maintenance mechanic will direct any employee or volunteer who may be assigned to assist.

    The preferred candidate will have a State of Maryland DLLR HVACR license, extensive knowledge of commercial infrastructure systems and the ability to maintain, repair and troubleshoot HVACR, electrical systems and plumbing systems. High School Diploma or equivalent required. Five years experience with HVACR preferred.

    Applications will be received and reviewed beginning immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Qualified candidates are invited to request the application packet and complete job description by contacting:

    Office of Human Resources
    Church of the Brethren
    1451 Dundee Avenue
    Elgin, IL 60120
    800-323-8039 ext. 367 – humanresources@brethren.org

    Volunteers are needed for the Zigler Hospitality Center, a hospitality ministry of the Church of the Brethren, located at the historic Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, MD. We are in need of outgoing, generous individuals and couples to help provide Christian hospitality and conference services to a variety of guests in a cozy and homey atmosphere. Maturity and detail orientation are needed along with a friendly approach and a genuine interest in providing excellent customer service.

    The Zigler Hospitality Center functions on an ecumenical basis and people of all faiths and backgrounds have been welcomed to our campus for over 40 years. The Hospitality Center includes two buildings with 12 guest rooms accommodating up to 30 guests, 6 conference rooms, outdoor recreation, and a full dining and banquet facility. New Windsor, Maryland is approximately a one-hour drive from Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C., as well as Gettysburg, PA. Volunteers find the area filled with ample recreation, and enjoy many educational and historic sites within a small radius of New Windsor that can be explored during time off.

    Training, a furnished apartment, meals, and a stipend are provided during your period of service. Join us for a month, several months, a year or longer. You will be blessed in many ways by the extraordinary groups and individuals who visit the Hospitality Center. For more information about joining this unique ministry, contact Cori Hahn, Hospitality Coordinator, at 1-800-766-1553 (toll-free) or chahn@brethren.org.

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    • Timbercrest Senior Living Community seeks a Director of Development. Experience with fund-raising, donor development, planned giving, and church relations preferred. Send resumé to David Lawrenz, Timbercrest, P.O. Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962 or email to dlawrenz@timbercrest.org.

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