Position Title: Area Conference Minister, Southern New England Conference United Church of Christ
Reports to: Executive Minister for Area Conference Ministry
Department: Area Conference Ministry
The Area Conference Minister (ACM) is an agent of transformation. The ACM brings adaptive change by provoking and nurturing discipleship, new life, and creative partnerships in and through the love and justice of Jesus in our Clergy, Church Congregations, and Associations.
Area Conference Ministers are the chief provokers of clarity and provide vision and adaptive change by embodying and living our Conference vision. As the most visible connection of the Conference to local Churches, the Area Conference Minister exists at the place where new Ministry can be inspired and where the relationship with Pastors and Churches will have the ability to pivot to new creative and innovative ways of being church.
The Area Conference Minister serves the God we know in Jesus Christ through the United Church of Christ by providing an environment and a culture that embodies the 4-part vision of the Southern New England Conference to: Make disciples of Jesus Christ; Make God’s love and justice real; Bring new life as agents of change; and form covenant partnerships, with an emphasis on bringing new life as agents of change.
Key Duties & Responsibilities:
· Equips, encourages, provokes, rewards, and nurtures communities of faith towards a new life in Jesus Christ
· Supports local Churches in transitional moments
· Celebrates, connects, and affirms where the Spirit is coming alive
· Connects Churches, Clergy, Leadership, Associations, Conference staff, and Covenant partners with the vision of the Conference serving as the face of the vision rather than the face of the Conference
· Develops a strategy of identification and cultivation of congregational and individual gifts to support the Ministry and mission of the Conference
· Encourages support of the Conference’s God-given vision by Churches, Congregational Leaders, and Clergy with time, talent, and treasures
· Develops relationships with Clergy and Church leadership, Congregations, and Associations that enable us to live into the 4-part vision of the Conference
· Collaborates across SNEUCC staff, and with other Conference staff and National UCC staff across the country
· Seeks to develop a new model of working with and relating to Association structures, while working in collaboration with key Association leaders
· Collaborates with Covenant partners
· Performs other duties as assigned
· As part of your job duties, you will be required at least twice a month to be present (online or in-person when Conference protocols allow) during the gathering time of a worship service of one of the SNEUCC churches
- You will bring greetings from the SNEUCC Conference; providing an introduction, as it relates to your role.
- This may include being invited to share words during coffee/social hour or announcements; a script is provided by the Development team that you can draw upon to compose a short paragraph (2-3 sentences) letting the congregation know that you are present, and to highlight your program area, its offering, and connect it to proportional giving.
· The Area Conference Minister will be required to participate in Conference-Sponsored events throughout the year
· Master’s degree of Divinity or equivalent professional degree required
· Ordination and current standing in Ministry in an Association of the United Church of Christ required
· Demonstrated ability to gather Community and start Ministry
· Two (2) or more years of Leadership experience preferred
· Must be reliable, self-motivated with solid hands-on and leadership qualities
· Excellent Communication Skills required
Data Utilization - Requires the ability to review, classify, categorize, prioritize, and/or analyze data, and/or information. Includes exercising discretion in determining data classification, and in referencing such analysis to established standards for the purpose of recognizing actual or probable interactive effects and relationships.
Human Interaction - Requires the ability to apply principles of persuasion and/or influence.
Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization - Requires the ability to use computer hardware and software and database systems in regular performance of job duties.
Verbal Aptitude - Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, and/or advisory data and information.
Mathematical Aptitude - Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages; may require ability to utilize principles of fractions and/or interpret graphs.
Functional Reasoning - Requires the ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as: motivation, incentive, and leadership. Ability to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to problem resolution.
Situational Reasoning - Requires the ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness, and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.
Physical Ability - Tasks involve the ability to travel to meetings outside office, exert moderate physical effort, and may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials up to 20 pounds. Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation and/or repetitive motion.
Sensory Requirements - Some tasks require visual perception and discrimination. Requires oral communications ability.
Environmental Factors - Tasks are occasionally performed with exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, animals/wildlife, toxic/poisonous agents, or pathogenic substances.
Location: Southern New England Conference United Church of Christ
Contact: Irma Reyes, Director of Human Resources and Staff Development
Address: 125 Sherman Street Hartford CT 06105
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