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  • District Executive Minister, Illinois/Wisconsin District

    The Illinois/Wisconsin District includes 35 congregations and 2 fellowships ranging from southern Illinois to Wisconsin. The district is theologically, geographically, and politically diverse with creative, committed Christians seeking to serve together as the body of Christ. This is a half time position (approximately 25 hours per week). The office location is negotiable. Travel is required both within and outside of the district (once travel is again advisable).

    RESPONSIBILITIES include:

    1. Direction, coordination, management, and leadership of the district ministries, as authorized by the District Conference and implemented by the District Leadership Team.
    2. Work with the congregations in calling and credentialing ministers, and in the placement/call and evaluation of pastoral staff. Provide support and counsel for ministers and other church leaders, share and interpret program resources for congregations.
    3. Provide an important link between the congregations and the district and denomination by working collaboratively with the Council of District Executives, the Annual Conference, the Agencies, and their staff.

    QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE:

    1. Ordained through accredited program, Master of Divinity preferred.
    2. Personal skills in organization, administration, and communication.
    3. Committed to the Church of the Brethren locally and denominationally and willing to work ecumenically.
    4. Demonstrated leadership skills.
    5. Pastoral experience preferred.

    Interested and qualified persons may apply for this position by sending a letter of interest and resume to Nancy Sollenberger Heishman, Director of Ministry, via email at officeofministry@brethren.org. Applicants are requested to contact three 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. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Church of the Brethren denominational positions

  • Director of Annual Conference (Elgin, Illinois, full-time)

    The Church of the Brethren is seeking an individual to fill a full-time salaried position of director of Annual Conference. The director of Annual Conference reports to the General Secretary. The director of Annual Conference directs the activities required for the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference.

    Skills and knowledge required:

    • Well-grounded in Church of the Brethren heritage, theology and polity
    • able to articulate, support and operate out of the vision, mission, and core values of the Church of the Brethren
    • able to relate with integrity and respect within and beyond the organization
    • strong interpersonal skills that contribute to effective interaction
    • excellent financial management and accounting skills
    • experience with computer systems and financial systems development
    • excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • good listening skills
    • knowledge and experience in budget development and management
    • long-range planning skills

    Significant experience in conference management and business administration. Bachelor’s degree in conference management, business administration or related field required.

    This position is based at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, IL.

    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.

  • Buildings & Grounds assistant (Elgin, Illinois, part-time)
    The Church of the Brethren is seeking an individual to fill a part-time hourly position of Buildings & Grounds assistant. The Buildings & Grounds assistant is part of the Organizational Resources team and reports to the manager of Buildings & Grounds.
    Provides support for the General Offices buildings and grounds and other Church of the Brethren Inc. owned properties in Elgin. Assist with providing the proper support on services such as, maintenance, warehouse operations, shipping, mail, supplies, equipment, and others at the direction of the Manager of Buildings and Grounds.
    Skills and knowledge required: able to relate with integrity and respect within and beyond the organization, knowledge and experience in building operation and facilities management, knowledge in electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and mechanical helpful, but not required, able to bend, stoop, climb, lift 50 lbs, and carry, work in extreme environment in or out of doors, handle hazardous materials and exposed to hazardous situations, able to access, input, and retrieve information from the computer, work with minimal supervision, and skilled in oral and written communication.
    At least five years of Buildings and Grounds operations experience helpful, but not required.
    High School diploma or equivalent required.
    This position is based at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, IL.
    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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