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Church of the Brethren congregations

Church of the Brethren denominational positions

  • Managing Editor of Brethren Press

    The Church of the Brethren is seeking an individual to fill the full-time, salaried position of managing editor of Brethren Press. The managing editor manages the publishing projects and production schedule for Brethren Press; supervises the work of contracted writers, editors, designers, and others; edits and typesets selected publications; and handles acquisitions and permissions.

    Qualifications include experience in project management, excellent writing and editing skills, strong organizational abilities, and the capability to become deeply informed about the identity and beliefs of the Church of the Brethren. A bachelor’s degree is required, and a master’s degree in a related field, such as divinity or biblical studies, is preferred. The managing editor is expected to work proficiently in Microsoft products, InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, and Access. Full COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment.

    The managing editor reports to the publisher of Brethren Press. The position is based in Elgin, Ill.; location is negotiable.

    A position description will be provided upon request. Applications will be reviewed and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified candidates are invited to send a cover letter and resume to COBApply@brethren.org.

  • Program Assistant for BDM – Children’s Disaster Services (New Windsor, Maryland)

    The Church of the Brethren is seeking an individual to fill the full-time hourly position of program assistant for Brethren Disaster Ministries – Children’s Disaster Services. The program assistant is part of the Brethren Disaster Ministries (BDM) team and reports to the associate director of Children’s Disaster Services (CDS). This position is in New Windsor, MD.

    The major responsibilities of this position are to support programming and administration of CDS. These activities include providing administrative, programming, and clerical support to the associate director of Children’s Disaster Services. This includes support of support of volunteers, volunteer training and response, and assistance with general administration of BDM.

    Required skills and knowledge include administrative office skills, ability to relate with integrity and respect, strong interpersonal and written communication skills, ability to manage multiple simultaneous priorities, ability to learn and competently utilize new software, ability to keep information and records confidential and the ability to uphold and support the basic beliefs and practices of the Church of the Brethren.

    An Associate’s degree or High School graduation with equivalent work experience is required, as is proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word, Excel, and Outlook. Full COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment.

    This position is based at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, MD and will begin as soon as possible.

    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

Church of the Brethren districts

  • District Executive Minister Opening, Virlina District

    The Virlina district covers portions of 3 states with the majority located in Virginia. The district office is located in Roanoke, Virginia. The district has a very diverse theological perspective and consists of congregations in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Virlina has intentional programs which allow people to discern God’s call to set apart ministry. There is enthusiasm to be together, for spiritual growth through retreats (for youth and adults), for disaster response trips, for District Conference, and for new church development. The district is blessed to have three Spanish speaking congregations. The church camp, Camp Bethel, covers a vast 470 acres and continues to develop infrastructure and program to provide year-round ministry to everyone. The district resource center has multiple staff as well as volunteers to assist in the ministry set forth by Virlina.

    RESPONSIBILITIES include:

    1. Direction, coordination, management, and leadership of the district ministries, as authorized by the District Conference and implemented by the District Board.
    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 degree 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.

  • District Executive Minister Opening, South/Central Indiana District
    The South/Central Indiana District comprises 40 congregations in the middle of the state of Indiana which represent a wide range of theological views. The district longs for good connections/relationships between the district executive minister and pastors/congregations. The shift to a full-time position envisions strong connections out of which congregations will be able to reach out in service and witness more effectively to Christ. The DEM’s commitment to Jesus Christ and the scriptures is essential. This full-time position is available September 5, 2022.

    FUNCTIONS:
    • Serve as Executive Officer of the District Board.
    • Facilitate the implementation of the core ministries of the District.
    • Serve as custodian of all official papers of the District.
    • Serve as an ex officio member of the District Board (w/o vote).
    • Assist congregations and pastors with search and call of ministerial leadership.
    • Assist congregations and pastors with the development of wholesome relationships.
    • Assist congregations with church growth initiatives.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • A clear commitment to Jesus Christ demonstrated by a vibrant spiritual life.
    • A commitment to the Seven Core Values of the District.
    • A commitment to Church of the Brethren faith and heritage.
    • Prefer Master of Divinity.
    • Prefer minimum of 5 years of pastoral experience.
    • Strong personal, communication, and mediation skills.
    • Strong administrative, management and budget skills.
    • Respect for theological diversity.
    • A willingness and ability to travel across the District on a regular basis.

    Interested and qualified persons may apply for this position by sending a letter of interest and a resume to:

    Nancy Sollenberger Heishman
    Office of Ministry
    1451 Dundee Avenue Elgin, IL 60120
    officeofministry@brethren.org
    Applicants will be asked to complete a candidate profile on receipt of resume.
    Applicants are requested to contact three or four persons to provide a letter of reference.
    Applications will be received until the position is filled.

    Download the complete job announcement.

  • 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 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 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.

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