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Director of Mission and Justice Ministries Position Announcement and Description

Overview & Objectives

Hope UCC is a growing, vibrant church on the cusp of transformation. We are called to a vision of Welcome, Nurture, Transform, offering progressive ministry to folks from all walks of life (full vision statement below). We are seeking a leader with the vision, energy, and experience to help us shift into our next form: a programmatic church that weaves social justice and spiritual formation into everything we do.

Located in Northern Virginia, in close proximity to the bustling energy of Washington D.C., Hope’s diverse, multi-racial (but majority White) congregation includes families with young children, seasoned activists, and retired public servants. We have developed a tight cohort of very active members and a broader congregation that is ready to “show up” around even the toughest issues. As part of a healthy growth plan, we are looking to encourage more participation across and between these groups and more regularly activate a broader segment of our congregation so that we can support additional ministries and pastoral reach.

The Director of Mission and Justice Ministries will be focused on helping Hope attain the following outcomes:

  1. Deepen, mature, and institutionalize the Mission & Social Justice (M&SJ) ministry at Hope, enabling the church to have a greater positive impact in the world.
  2. Improve integration between social justice and spiritual formation ministries, providing a richer spiritual experience and spiritual growth for Hope’s congregation.
  3. Provide lift to grow and transform Hope into a programmatic church with a healthy internal capacity and expanded reach.

The Director of Mission and Justice Ministries of Hope United Church of Christ will be under the direction of the Senior Pastor and accountable to the Executive Council.

Below, we have listed examples of capabilities that would complement our existing team, and what duties could look like for this position for each outcome, but we would welcome input from the candidate in terms of vision, suggestions, additions, and substitutions. Overall, we are hoping for a creative innovator who enjoys making connections, equipping justice leaders, developing new initiatives, and growing faith for all ages. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds, especially from ministry and/or community organizing. This is initially a part-time position (20 hrs/week) with a salary range of $25,000- $29,000 with opportunities for expansion as the church budget allows.

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1. Deepen, mature, and institutionalize the Mission & Social Justice (M&SJ) ministry at Hope, enabling Hope to have a greater impact in the world.

BackgroundHope UCC has a long and active history in the social justice space. In the 1960s, members were active in the civil rights movement and drawn to Hope’s open-minded culture. The church has always maintained a charitable presence, working with local organizations to provide food and supplies to the neighborhood. In the 2000s, Hope became an Open and Affirming congregation. More recently, Hope began to focus specifically on racial justice, developing a small-group Sacred Conversations on Race program that was delivered to over half the congregation. The skills and resolve built during that program has fueled Hope’s justice work ever since, as the M&SJ ministry has delivered content on topics from disability rights to police brutality.

Role Description: The Director will work with Senior Pastor and others to engage in creative outreach to the wider community in order to vision, organize, promote, and facilitate social justice in all areas of ministry.

Example duties could include:

  • ●  Serve as staff liaison to the Hope UCC Mission and Social Justice Team. In concert with the lay leadership of the Mission and Social Justice Team, the Director will lead the wider Hope UCC congregation in operationalizing social justice programs, events, direct action, and community advocacy.
  • ●  In coordination with the Senior Pastor, participate in the work of social justice organizations in the region, state, and nation and connect Hope UCC to the work of those organizations.
  • ●  In coordination with the Senior Pastor, participate in the justice work in the association, conference and UCC wider settings.

2. Improve integration between social justice and spiritual formation ministries, providing a richer experience and spiritual growth for Hope’s congregation.

Background: Hope is a multi-generational church with an uncommon demographic profile. The church has many families with young children, a healthy cadre of young professionals, and relatively few elders for its size. Over the past decade, Hope has invested a great deal into the spiritual needs of its growing children (which has quadrupled in size during that time), developing an energetic Sunday School and Summer Vacation Bible School program. Spiritual formation for adults at Hope has taken place primarily as structured weekly Adult Education (Bible Study) classes, and ad hoc workshops provided on topics related to social justice. We believe that there is a great deal of opportunity to better connect and integrate social justice and spiritual formation activities so that they are more mutually self-supporting.

Role Description: Work with Senior Pastor and others to create and lead creative opportunities for learning and growth. These could include small group initiatives, retreats, protests, classes, and intergenerational activities.

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Example duties could include:

  • ●  Working with the Senior Pastor, provide staffing and guidance to the lay-led Spiritual Formation Team as they create and execute programs for children, youth, and adults, making sure to include the congregation’s current mission and justice activities.
  • ●  Working with the Senior Pastor, plan and teach regular adult spiritual formation activities throughout the year, including robust online offerings.
  • ●  Working with the Senior Pastor and lay leadership, plan and implement special and ongoing programs for children and youth and identify opportunities for the participation of Hope UCC children and youth in events and programs of the wider United Church of Christ.
  • 3. Provide lift to grow and transform Hope into a programmatic church with a healthy internal capacity and expanded reach.
  • Background: Hope’s tagline is Welcome, Nurture, Transform. The church has been through a great deal of growth over the past 10 years – nearly doubling its membership and greatly expanding its presence in the community. With this growth comes some new needs – both on the part of the congregation and the pastorate. With the added pandemic pressures, the congregation has need of more pastoral care, and the church leadership needs more help with creative problem solving, planning, and infrastructure. We are envisioning the Director as a key partner in helping the Senior Pastor address these different needs while shifting into a programmatic model that allows us to more efficiently meet these needs moving forward.
  • Role Description: Work with Senior Pastor and others to assess program goals and needs and creatively support the congregation through, building internal capabilities to implement team planning and capacity among and across church leaders through strong systemic relationships and communication.
  • Expectations include:
  • ●  Assist the Executive Council and the Senior Pastor in identifying and growing potential lay leadership among membership of the congregation. The Director will coordinate and train lay volunteers to help plan, implement and lead programming.
  • ●  Assist the Senior Pastor in outreach and community building. This includes outreach to new visitors and building community among new friends/visitors and the community at large; look for opportunities in the wider community for spiritual development or intergenerational engagement.
  • ●  Collaborate with other church staff, including the Senior Pastor and the music staff, and laity in planning worship and other spiritual services, especially to include mission and justice themes.
  • ●  Lead a Children’s Message in worship one time per month and at least two sermons per calendar year.
  • ●  Contribute to Hope’s weekly newsletter as appropriate.
  • ●  Attend staff, administrative, Mission and Social Justice Team, and Spiritual Formation
  • Team meetings.
  • ●  In consultation with the Senior Pastor and with consideration of other responsibilities,

offer leadership within Association and Conference ministries.

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The Hope UCC congregation shall:

  • ●  Provide supervisory support through the Senior Pastor.
  • ●  Provide personnel support through the Executive Council.
  • ●  Honor the part-time commitment of twenty hours per week.
  • ●  Pay justly for experience and hours worked. This position is offered with a salary range
  • of $25,000-$29,000 annually, with paid vacation benefits.
  • ●  Function as the “Body of Christ”, supporting the ministries of Mission and Social Justice
  • and Spiritual Formation.
  • Desired Characteristics, Experience, and Competencies
  • ●  Fully supports the Covenant and Vision Statement of Hope UCC
  • ●  Experienced forward-thinking innovator, visionary leader, and self-starter
  • ●  Passion for social justice and liberation for all God’s people
  • ●  Understanding of recent trends in theology and faith formation for all ages
  • ●  Outstanding communication skills – public speaking, group facilitation, and writing (e.g.
  • newsletter articles, sermons, social media posts)
  • ●  Ability to initiate and build relationships with a variety of personality types and cultural
  • backgrounds through one-to-one, small group, and whole community gatherings
  • ●  Tech savvy regarding digital ministry
  • ●  Experience building and mobilizing teams to achieve programmatic goals
  • ●  Team player – must be able to work well with others especially current pastoral staff,
  • exhibiting humility and loyalty in staff and volunteer relationships
  • ●  Two years of experience in church ministry or leadership
  • Hope UCC Identity and Vision Statement
  • Hope UCC is a community that nurtures Christian faith in the tradition of the United Church of Christ. We believe in a loving Creator who extravagantly welcomes all, regardless of what we have done or have failed to do in our lives. Because we have experienced God’s unconditional embrace, we strive to extend that same love to all we encounter, living out our vision to Welcome, Nurture, and Transform into a more just world. We seek to match the extravagance of our welcome with the generosity of our sharing and the boldness of our witness.
  • We celebrate the uniqueness and gifts that each individual brings to our community. Every person, with their own history and journey, deserves a safe place to explore God, life, and faith. Because we aspire to be such a sanctuary, we encourage questions; we rejoice in diversity; we explore different religious expressions; and we are unapologetically Open and Affirming. We embrace and affirm people of every race, ethnic heritage, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and ability as children of God. We take our faith and hope to the edge, trusting that God can do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine.
  • For further information on our community, visit www.hopeucc.org/

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Further Details of the Position

WORK ENVIRONMENT – This job operates in a religious and professional office and church environment. This position expects the person to respect religious objects and practices of this church. This role routinely uses standard office equipment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS – The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK – This is a part-time position (20 hours per week/80 hours a month). A work schedule that will fluctuate with job responsibilities and church seasons will be established in consultation with the supervisor. Must have flexibility in schedule to accommodate special projects and events.

ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY QUALIFICATIONS – Must submit to and pass a background check, including fingerprinting. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in this position. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed with careful consideration to the church’s mission needs, Director’sworkload, and in consultation with the Senior Pastor.

All interested applicants please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information of three references, or UCC Ministerial Profile to directorsearch@hopeucc.org by May 21, 2021 for first consideration.

Director of Mission and Justice Ministries Position Announcement and Description

Overview & Objectives

Hope UCC is a growing, vibrant church on the cusp of transformation. We are called to a vision of Welcome, Nurture, Transform…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    July 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 21, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required

Salary

$25,000 - $29,000

Benefits

Flexible, paid vacation

Flexible, paid vacation

Level of Language Proficiency

English language proficiency, spoken and written

English language proficiency, spoken and written

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Alexandria, VA
Associated Location
6130 Old Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA 22310, United States

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