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  • District Executive Minister, Michigan district
    The Michigan District comprises 20 congregations, including all of the lower peninsula of Michigan north of the southern tier of counties. Camp Brethren Heights is associated with the district and the district office location is negotiable. The district is theologically diverse and creative, biblically centered leadership with a broad, unifying perspective is desired to find the common foundation to continue to build God’s Kingdom together. This 1/2-time position (approximately 25 hours per week) is available on March 30, 2020. 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 Leadership Team.
    2. Work with the congregations in the calling and credentialing of ministers and in the placement/call and evaluation of pastoral staff. Providing 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.

    QUALIFICATIONS:
    • Ordained through accredited program, Master of Divinity preferred
    • Personal skills in organization, administration and communication
    • Committed to the Church of the Brethren locally and denominationally, along with ecumenical skills
    • Demonstrated leadership skills
    • Pastoral experience preferred
    • Biblical leadership

    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, via email at officeofministry@brethren.org. Applicants are requested to contact 3 or 4 persons 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.
  • 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

  • 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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