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Church of the Brethren denominational positions

  • Director of Brethren Volunteer Service (Elgin, Illinois)
    The Church of the Brethren is seeking an individual to fill the full-time salaried position of director of Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS). A successful candidate will be an energetic and dynamic leader who connects well with people of all ages, is skilled at leading through programmatic change and facilitates Christian discipleship formation. Major responsibilities include directing the program, ministry, and staff of Brethren Volunteer Service and Faith Outreach Expeditions (FaithX). The new director will join a review and reimagining of BVS programs that is currently in process. This position is part of the Service Ministries team and reports to the executive director of Service Ministries.

    Required skills and knowledge include:
    • Excellent written and oral communication in English.
    • Skilled in program development, management, and administration.
    • Skilled in volunteer management.
    • Effective training and presentation skills.
    • Skilled competency in Microsoft Office component applications, particularly Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with the capability and willingness to learn new software.
    • Knowledgeable and experienced in budget development and management.
    • Skilled at supervision and mentorship of staff and staff volunteers.
    • Ability to work with a minimum supervision, self-starter and readily adaptable to change.
    • Ability to act within a multicultural and multigenerational team environment.
    • Able to articulate, support and lead from the core values of the Church of the Brethren and to operate out of the vision of the COB and the Mission and Ministry Board.
    • Able to relate with integrity and respect within and beyond the organization.
    • Full COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment.

    Experience:

    • Five years proven experience in social services, program development, and administration.
    • Three years of experience in volunteer management.
    • Previous international living experience preferred.

    A Bachelor’s degree is required, advanced degree in related field preferred. This position is based in the Church of the Brethren headquarters 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

  • 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
  • Brethren Press Customer Service and Warehouse Specialist (Elgin, Illinois)
    The Church of the Brethren seeks an individual to fill a part-time hourly position of Brethren Press Customer Service and Warehouse Specialist. This person ships orders, receives and maintains inventory, and enters customer orders. The Customer Service and Warehouse Specialist is part of the Brethren Press team and reports to the Director of Marketing and Sales.

    Skills and knowledge required:
    The Customer Service and Warehouse Specialist must be able to work within a religious setting and become familiar with the Church of the Brethren organization and beliefs. Experience in congregational life is a plus. The employee must be able to represent Brethren Press and the Church of the Brethren positively by phone and in person; interact personably with customers, colleagues, and vendors; and communicate professionally both orally and in writing. This person will work comfortably in a team environment, plan work activities and use time efficiently, handle details and organize information, navigate digital technology, and efficiently use the system for processing orders and managing inventory.
    High school diploma or general education degree. College preferred.
    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
  • Archival intern, Brethren Historical Library and Archives (Elgin, Illinois)
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Church of the Brethren districts

  • 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 Opening, Southeastern District

    The Southeastern district encompasses 15 Congregations across five states: Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Alabama. Most congregations are rural, consisting of older members with some young families, and are served by pastors on a part-time basis. The district is characterized by a strong sense of family, shared conservative Brethren values, and a common sense of purpose. Following the loss of a significant number of congregations, the district seeks a leader who can promote healing and unity based on a common love of God and the core values of the Church of the Brethren including scripture as the inherent word of God.

    The district seeks a half-time time District Executive Minister who would work approximately 20-25 hours per week. The position will be available beginning August 1, 2022. The office location is flexible.

    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 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, 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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