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Church of the Brethren denominational positions

  • Office Coordinator of Brethren Volunteer Service (part-time, hourly), Elgin, Illinois
    The Church of the Brethren is seeking an individual to fill a part-time hourly position (25-30 hours biweekly) as Office Coordinator of Brethren Volunteer Service. The Office Coordinator is part of the Brethren Volunteer Service team. This position is based at the General Offices in Elgin, IL. Full COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment.

    The major responsibility is to support the ministries of Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) and FaithX through efficient support of office and computer-based administration tasks as assigned by the director of BVS.

    Skills and knowledge required:
    • Strong communication skills in English, both verbal and written.
    • Skilled competency in Microsoft Office component applications, particularly Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint with the capability and willingness to learn new software applications.
    • Ability to problem solve; good judgment in prioritizing tasks; and ability to work independently.
    • Knowledge of basic financial processes.
    • Ability to handle confidential information responsibly.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple agencies and constituencies.
    • Ability to work with a minimum supervision, self-starter, readily adaptable to change.
    • Excellent organizational skills, i.e., ability to work with details and simultaneous tasks.
    • Ability to drive a car with a valid driver’s license.
    • Ability to act within a multicultural and multigenerational team environment.
    • Appreciation for the church’s role in mission and volunteer service opportunities

    Experience: 1-5 years secretarial or administrative assistance experience preferred.
    Education: Bachelor’s Degree or other education relevant to the position.
    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.
     
  • Volunteer Coordinator of Brethren Volunteer Service (full-time salaried), Elgin, Illinois
    The Church of the Brethren is seeking an individual to fill a full-time salary position of Volunteer Coordinator of Brethren Volunteer Service. The Volunteer Coordinator is part of the Brethren Volunteer Service team. This position is based at the General Offices in Elgin, IL. Full COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment.

    The major responsibility is to develop, coordinate, and implement orientations, retreats, and application process for Brethren Volunteer Service. Will provide ongoing support for active volunteers throughout their service. Supports recruitment of volunteers for Brethren Volunteer Service.

    Skills and knowledge required:
    • Demonstrates administrative and management skills.
    • Communicates at a professional level both verbally and in writing.
    • Marketing or recruitment experience.
    • Skilled in Microsoft Office, able to learn databases and new software.
    • Understanding of managing a budget required. Experience preferred.
    • A keen interest in working with and being around people.
    • Flexibility with evolving program needs.
    • Willingness to learn Church of the Brethren heritage, theology, and polity.
    • Willingness to learn about and operate out of the vision of the Mission and Ministry Board.

    Experience:
    • Experience in training of groups and individuals.
    • Experience in group building and group dynamics.
    • Experience in recruitment and assessment of individuals.
    • Experience in cross-cultural awareness.
    • Previous BVS experience helpful.

    Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent life experience is required.
    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.

  • Office Manager of Global Mission, Elgin, Illinois
    The Church of the Brethren is seeking an individual to fill a full-time salary position of Office Manager of Global Mission. The office Manager is part of the Global Mission team. This position is based at the General Offices in Elgin, IL. Full COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment.

    The major responsibility is to support the ministries of Global Mission through efficient administration of program as assigned to the department by the Executive Director.

    Skills and knowledge required:
    • Strong communication skills in English, both verbal and written.
    • Skilled competency in Microsoft Office component applications, particularly Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint with the capability and willingness to learn new software applications.
    • Ability to problem solve; good judgment in prioritizing tasks; and ability to work independently.
    • Knowledge of basic financial processes.
    • Ability to handle confidential information responsibly.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple agencies and constituencies and deal gracefully with the public.
    • Ability to work with a minimum supervision, self-starter, readily adaptable to change, work well in a multi-dimensional program.
    • Excellent organizational skills, i.e., ability to work with details and simultaneous tasks.
    • Appreciation for the church’s role in mission with an awareness of mission operations.
    • Ability to act within a multicultural and multigenerational team environment.
    • Preferred: experience with video editing software.
    • Preferred: some knowledge of French, Spanish, or Haitian Creole.

    Experience: 1-5 years executive administrative experience with preference in a not-for-profit environment. Experience studying, living, or working in international or multicultural setting.

    Education: Bachelor’s Degree or other education relevant to the position.

    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 Historical Library and Archives internship. Housing, insurance, and stipend provided. Closing date is April 1, 2023. Find more information about the BHLA archival intern position here.

  • Brethren Volunteer Service is looking for individuals who are interested in assisting with BVS orientations and the FaithX program. These will be full-time volunteer positions through BVS. As a BVS volunteer, your basic living expenses will be covered, including housing, transportation, food money, insurance, and a $3,000 stipend for a year of service.

    As BVS Orientation Assistant, your main role is to help new volunteers feel welcomed and supported during their service with BVS. You will assist with preparation for orientations, provide leadership during orientations, and follow-up with volunteers during their time of service. Additionally, you will join the BVS team to help run behind the scenes task that make the organization tick. This may include support calls to volunteers, publishing newsletters, writing press releases, assisting with retreats, and other administrative duties as needed. Requirements include the ability to work with a diverse group of people; skills in organizing, writing, and finance; the ability to maintain confidentiality; flexibility; and computer knowledge. To learn more about BVS, visit www.brethren.org/bvs.

    As Assistant FaithX Coordinator, you will help to plan, coordinate, and lead FaithX trip experiences in the United States. Requirements include organizational skills; commitment to Christian values and beliefs; initiative; communication and writing skills; and dedication to empowering youth through service and leadership. To learn more about FaithX, visit www.brethren.org/faithx.

    Both of these volunteer positions require the ability and willingness to travel, an openness to explore your faith, and the ability to connect with people of all ages. These positions can start as early as January 2023 and will be filled on a rolling basis.

    For questions or for more information about the application process, please email Chelsea Goss Skillen at cskillen@brethren.org.

  • Executive Director of Discipleship and Leadership Formation

    The Church of the Brethren is seeking an individual to fill a full-time salaried position of Executive Director of Discipleship and Leadership Formation. This position reports directly to the General Secretary.

    Providing executive leadership and oversight in a reconfigured program area, the Executive Director will guide the Discipleship Ministries and Office of Ministry staff to foster the discipleship and leadership formation of pastors, youth and young adults, and congregations through events, resources, and ministries that live out of the Mission and Ministry Board’s strategic plan.

    Additional responsibilities include collaborating with staff and networking with district and congregational leadership to discern and address the ministry needs of the church. This person will oversee the day-to-day operations of these areas, including staff support; supervision; evaluation; budget development and review; reporting; and workload management.

    Required skills and knowledge include grounding in Church of the Brethren heritage, theology, and polity; ability to articulate and operate out of the vision of the Church of the Brethren; 10 years of pastoral ministry, including administration; expertise and skills in group dynamics, including networking with diverse groups of people; and knowledge and experience in budget development and management. A Master of Divinity degree or equivalent required. Full COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment.

    The position is based in Elgin, Illinois; 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.

Church of the Brethren districts

  • District Executive Minister Opening, Western PA District

    The Western PA District includes 51 congregations and in the words of the search committee is “more rural than urban, more conservative than liberal, more informal than formal, more blue collar than white collar. Our region of Appalachia was forged by hard working people who made use of the fields, rivers, and coal seams to earn a living. We have a rich heritage and history, and we’d like to honor that without allowing it to hinder us. We place a high importance on the Word of God, and while we all read the Bible through slightly different lenses, we believe in biblical authority, divinely written, and necessary for living.

    As a district undergoing an identity crisis, we seek the support of a prayerful, intentional leader who will pursue Kingdom answers to our pressing questions. We need someone who is not afraid to step into an uncertain situation and cover it with wisdom and prayer. We are looking for a leader who will speak the truth in love, choose action over passivity; one who will seek the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. All other aspects of the job can be taught – but these qualities are foundational.”

    This is a half time position will be equal to 6.5 units per week, or approximately 25 hours. The office location is negotiable. The DEM may work remotely or on location at the W. PA District Office in Jerome PA. Compensation for the DEM will be negotiated in reference to the denominationally recommended Salary and Benefits for District Executive Ministers.

    Travel is required both within and outside of the district.

    RESPONSIBILITIES are outlined in the position description available upon request and include the primary areas of:

    • Pastoral/Congregational Transitions
    • Pastoral Support
    • Leadership Development with respect to calling and credentialing of ministers
    • Consultations with congregations and throughout the district structure, and
    • Management of district staff and administrative oversight of district finances.

    These primary areas of responsibility serve to provide

    1. Direction, coordination, management, and leadership of the district ministries, as authorized by the District Conference and implemented by the District CORE team (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 as well as share and interpret program resources for congregations.
    3. An important link between the congregations and the district and denomination by working collaboratively with the Council of District Executives, the Annual Conference, appropriate denominational entities, and their staff.

    QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE:

    1. Minimum completed SVMC or Academy level training and ordained in the Church of the Brethren
    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.

    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.

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