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  • District Executive Minister, West Marva district (Oakland, Maryland)

    This ¾-time position (approximately 30 hours per week), including many evenings and weekends is currently available. Travel is required both within and outside of district.

    RESPONSIBILITIES include three main focus areas:

    1. Direction, coordination, management, and leadership of the district program, as authorized by District Conference and implemented by the District Board.
    2. Work with congregations in the calling and credentialing of ministers and in the placement/call and evaluation of pastoral staff. Provide support and counsel for ministers and other church leaders, sharing and interpreting of program resources for the congregation.
    3. Providing an important and crucial link between the congregations and the district and the wider church by working collaboratively with the Council of District Executives, the Annual Conference, its agencies, and their staff.

    QUALIFICATION:

    1. Christ-centered belief and practice
    2. Commitment to, membership, and extensive experience in the Church of the Brethren
    3. Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    4. Ability to serve and work with persons from diverse cultural, social and theological backgrounds
    5. Ordination and pastoral experience preferred
    6. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college along with seminary degree or completion of TRIM or other Brethren Academy programs
    7. Prior church experience as a pastor, staff person, or other related service is desirable
    8. Administration and organizational training and/or experience is highly recommended

    Interested and qualified persons may apply for this position by sending a letter of interest and resume to:
    Nancy Sollenberger Heishman
    Director, Office of Ministry
    1451 Dundee Avenue
    Elgin, IL 60120
    officeofministry@brethren.org

    Applicants are requested to contact three or four persons to provide letters of reference.

    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Church of the Brethren denominational positions

  • Executive Director of Organizational Resources and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) (Elgin, Illinois)

    The Church of the Brethren is seeking an executive director of Organizational Resources and chief financial officer (CFO). This full-time salaried position is located in Elgin, Illinois, and reports to the General Secretary. The executive director of Organizational Resources and CFO supervises the operations of Brethren Historical Library and Archives, Buildings and Grounds, Finance, and Information Technology at the General Offices in Elgin, Illinois, and the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Maryland; and serves as chief financial officer and corporate treasurer, overseeing all aspects of the organization’s finance and asset management and organizational resources.

    Skills and knowledge required include a commitment to operating out of the Church of the Brethren vision, mission, and core values and dedication to denominational and ecumenical objectives; an understanding and appreciation of Church of the Brethren heritage, theology, and polity; and integrity, excellent financial management skills, and confidentiality.

    A bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, business administration, or related field, and a master's degree in Business Administration or CPA is required, as well as ten (10) years or more of significant proven financial and administrative experience in the areas of finance, accounting, management, planning, and supervision. Active membership in the Church of the Brethren preferred.

    Applications will be received beginning immediately and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Qualified candidates are invited to send a resume to COBApply@brethren.org.

  • Manager, Office of Global Mission and Service (Elgin, Illinois)

    The Church of the Brethren is seeking an individual to fill a full-time salaried position of manager, Office of Global Mission and Service (GMS). This position reports directly to the executive director of GMS and is responsible for administrative processes assigned by the executive director for areas including GMS, Brethren Volunteer Service and Global Food Fund.

    Major responsibilities include development of unit-wide synergies among GMS programs, coordination of staff meetings, and cross-promotion of activities in internal and external communications. Additional responsibilities include responding to general inquiries; promoting financial support of GMS; facilitating the functioning of the Mission Advisory Committee; assisting in creation and development of GMS promotional materials for publication, displays, videos, presentations, and booths; facilitating multiple tasks including financial processes of the GMS office, international travel, mission worker speaking tours, internal and external communications and mission worker communication; maintaining extensive files and records; carrying responsibilities for unit-wide organizational functions; and being a knowledgeable resource on international travel.

    Required skills and knowledge include strong communication and organizational skills; skilled competency in Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint; ability to problem solve, exercise good judgment, prioritize tasks; ability to work both collaboratively and independently with minimal supervision; ability to maintain confidentiality; appreciation for the church’s role in mission with an awareness of mission operations; ability to act within a multicultural and multigenerational team environment; and ability to interact gracefully with the public.

    Three to five years executive administrative experience is required with a preference in a not-for-profit environment. A Bachelor’s Degree or other education relevant to the position is required. This position is based at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Illinois.

    Applications will be received beginning immediately and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Qualified candidates are invited to send a resume to COBApply@brethren.org.

  • Director of Intercultural Ministries (Elgin, Illinois)

    The Church of the Brethren is seeking an individual to fill a full-time salaried position of Director of Intercultural Ministries. The Director of Intercultural Ministries is part of Discipleship Ministries team and reports to Director of Organizational Leadership and Co-Coordinator for Discipleship Ministries. This position is based at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, IL.

    The major responsibility is to equip the denomination toward its intercultural vision and commitments.

    Skills and knowledge required:

    • Commitment to Jesus Christ as understood through the Anabaptist and Radical Pietist roots of the Church of the Brethren.
    • Knowledgeable in Church of the Brethren heritage, theology, and polity.
    • Effectively share personal faith story.
    • Able to articulate and operate out of the vision of the Church of the Brethren and the Mission and Ministry Board.
    • Integrate intercultural competencies within a model of discipleship.
    • Demonstrates intercultural understanding and competency, and the ability to teach others.
    • Holds a broad definition of “intercultural” and sees wide application for core intercultural competencies.
    • Moves easily among a variety of different cultural groups, recognizing and respecting the unique qualities and gifts of various groups and cultivating forms of expression that bridge the diversity throughout the church.
    • Knowledge of group process and able to facilitate appropriate processes for shared learning, receiving feedback, or decision-making.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Bilingual ability preferred.
    • Ability to draw on the expertise of others as needed, and a willingness to do so.
    • Skills in developing, implementing and evaluating strategic initiatives.
    • Manage logistics, such as meeting and event planning.
    • Able to function effectively in a complex system, including making difficult decisions.
    • Prioritize and manage a defined workload.
    • Read and monitor budgets, function within financial limits, and manage personal and activity expense reporting.
    • Engage and utilize teams of volunteers to execute strategies.
    • Strong interpersonal skills that contribute to effective work with the Church of the Brethren, congregations, and districts.
    • Computer aptitude and experience, including internet, email, word processing, database usage, presentation software and direct communication. Current platforms include Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, OneDrive, and Zoom.
    • Familiarity with and experience in social media to promote to, relate with and influence individuals and a broader public.
    • Build the capacity of the denomination to identify, acknowledge, confess, lament, repent and counteract racialized hierarchies and patterns within the denomination.
  • Experience:

    Five or more years participation in intercultural contexts. Experience developing and implementing program, managing complex workloads, communicating effectively to a diverse constituency, and working as part of a collaborative team.

    Bachelor’s degree required, Masters in related field preferred.

    Applications will be received beginning immediately and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Qualified candidates are invited to send a resume to COBApply@brethren.org.

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