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Spirit of Hope MCC (Metropolitan Community Church) is seeking a full-time Director of Congregational Life

Metropolitan Community Churches

Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

Mona West-New
Rev. Mona West, Ph.D
Director of Formation and Leadership Development

P.O. Box 1374
Abilene, TX 79604
Fax:310-388-1252
Skype: mona.west1

Ritchie Crownfield
PO Box 14309
Atlanta GA 30324

SKYPE Ritchie.Crownfield
678-983-9888
404-848-9824 fax

Director of Congregational Life

Job Description:
Spirit of Hope MCC (Metropolitan Community Church) is seeking a full-time Director of Congregational Life. This dynamic and well-organized individual will provide leadership and oversight to Spirit of Hope MCC ministries, including affinity/small groups that enhance the spiritual development and spiritual growth of the congregation. Spirit of Hope MCC is a LGBT inclusive community, which is open and welcoming to all persons no matter their station in life.A successful candidate will report to the Senior Pastor and must;

 Be able to create and communicate a vision for small groups and ministries
 Be highly motivated and well organized in all activities.
 Be skilled and able to promote the development and growth of a diversity of small groups and ministries, helping groups effectively launch, grow, and multiply
 Be able to identify talent and recruit capable people into responsible positions; delegate appropriately; invite and maintain constant dialog avenues; communicate expectations clearlyand hold people accountable
 Be skilled in developing lay leaders who will coordinate programs and activities that address the
congregation’s spiritual needs
 Ensure that every small group and ministry clearly promotes the vision and mission of Spirit of Hope MCC.
 Be willing and able to work effectively with individuals – both internally and externally – who are diverse in race, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religious/spiritual background, and
worship experience
 Be able to understand the congregation’s Culture of Christ and be able to help teach it regularly to our congregation.
 Share in the responsibility for providing Pastoral Care of the congregation
 The candidate may be asked to preach, administer rites and sacraments at the invitation of theSenior Pastor.

Core Functions & Duties:
The successful candidate must;

 Develop a network of spiritually gifted coaches, leaders, mentors, and apprentices who can lead people toward spiritual maturity in small group settings
 Develop, coordinate and promote leadership training for ministry and small group leaders
 Develop a program for evaluating the performance of small group leaders and the functioning of their groups
 Be well organized. and
 Be well prepared for leading and teaching in various roles
 Be outgoing in connecting with individuals to learn about their hopes in ministry
 Maintain a database for each ministry and assist ministry leaders in using the database
 Network with other congregations to develop and share a resource base of small group expertise
 Work with ministry leaders to prepare budget requests and assist ministries with fundraising efforts
 Lead the development of a process for following up with and connecting with visitors and continue to be responsible for the process after it is developed
 Lead appropriate sections of new member classes, lead classes on “Christ Culture”, and inclusive language classes.
 Participate in weekly staff team meetings
 Meet weekly with the Senior Pastor

Requirements:

 MCC or UCC clergy credentials and M.Div. preferred. Will consider applications from other candidates whose theology aligns with the core values and mission of Spirit of Hope MCC.
 Demonstrated leadership and facilitation skills, highly motivated and well organized.
 Active in the GLBTQII community as either an ally or activist. Knowledgable about GLBTQII

issues and passions.

 Skilled at using MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher) and Servant Keeper or similar church software
 Is widely trusted; seen as direct and truthful; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; acts in harmony with the core values of Spirit of Hope MCC; supports all staff members (lay or clergy) in word and actions

Benefits/Compensation Classification: Full time – salaried (exempt)

 Salary will be $30K per year commensurate with experience; medical/dental benefits provided Spirit of Hope MCC Core Values -

Spirit of Hopes mission statement states; “In the midst of diversity, Spirit of Hope MCC celebrates God’s love and acceptance as we share God’s word with each other, the community and the world.” Our core
values include the following principles;

a) Welcoming – we are committed to being a welcoming and friendly congregation. At all events we shall respect and cherish all God’s people. We will recognize that in the God is sending us new energy, new gifts, and new challenges for ministry.
b) Integrity – we are committed to relating to one another with integrity. We shall seek to support, help and encourage one another in the fulfillment of commitments.
c) Relationships – we affirm that relationships with God and each other are at the center of our lives.

We shall nurture them within a culture of love, appreciation, and trust. (aka: Christ Culture)

d) Biblical Basis – we are committed to the revealed word of God often brought through many sources but is centralized in biblical scripture as the foundation for what is preached, taught, and
lived in our daily lives. We believe we are called in faith and truth based on Christ’s teaching affirming our place as God’s people.
e) Human rights – we are committed to justice that allows all people to live in peace, to work toward effective social change in human rights, freedom, and equality for all people.
f) Reaching Out – we shall extend an open hand and open heart to people within our church and to those outside our community of faith, being a living witness of the love of God to all.
g) Community – we are an inclusive community with a unique mission. MCC was called into an existence at a time when no church would include LGBT people into the faith. Spirit of Hope
cherishes the spiritual activism of those who lead the way and is committed to including and affirming all people who seek God in an inclusive community.
h) Cherish the Earth – as good stewards, we are committed to weigh decisions wildlife, and resources. Our goal as a community is to reduce, recycle and plans with love, respect and appreciation of the earth, its, and reuse.

The “Christ Culture” and Inclusive Language Procedure will be presented at the time of completing an
application to those who meet requirements.

This information can also be found online at
www.spiritofhopemcckc.org
To Apply:
Submit Resume, qualifications, and contact information to
Pastor Kurt Krieger
Spirit of Hope – MCC
P.O. Box 10087
Kansas City, MO 64171-0087 or send via email to: revkurtkrieger@yahoo.com

Peace,
Mona

Mona

 

Rev. Mona West, Ph.D

Director of Formation and Leadership Development

Metropolitan Community Churches

P.O. Box 1374

Abilene, TX 79604

Fax: 310-388-1252

Skype: mona.west1

www.ofld.mccchurch.org

LOCAL CHURCH: Resurrection MCC – Rev. Harry Knox joins leaders in prayer vigil supporting the DREAM Act

Houston pastor is former member of U.S. President’s Advisory Council
on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Washington, D.C., Tuesday, December 14, 2010 — Rev. Harry Knox will join such leaders as Rev. Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners, Rev. Peg Chemberlin, President of the National Council of Churches, and Dr. Arturo Chávez, President and CEO of Mexican American Catholic College, as well as a representative from Church World Service, in prayer and support of the DREAM Act at Noon on Tuesday in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) provides qualifying undocumented youth with a provisional path to citizenship that requires achieving a college degree or serving two years in the military. The DREAM Act requires that the youth entered the U.S. before the age of 16, has been in the U.S. for at least five years, has no criminal record, and graduated high school or obtained a GED.

Rev. Knox, a past member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is currently the Director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program. Rev. Knox will preach his first sermon as Senior Pastor of Resurrection MCC in Houston, Texas, this Sunday, December 19, 2010.

“We pray today for our neighbors who were not given the privilege of US citizenship by birth, but who are seeking it through hard work, education, and persistence,” says Rev. Knox.

“As their older sisters and brothers, we recognize our responsibility to help them continue their studies or find their way into service of our country – and to guide them as they seek to become citizens of the nation they love and already serve. We can do no less for those who have worked so hard – and for whom God cares so much.

“We pray also for our family members whose opposition to this legislation puts us at odds for a season. We perceive that they are afraid – afraid for their own livelihoods, whether in Houston or in Washington. There is more for us all when we share in thanksgiving, and never enough for any of us when we cravenly hoard the gifts we have received from God.”

Founded in 1972, Resurrection MCC serves more than 850 members and friends and is one of the largest congregations within Metropolitan Community Churches, a Christian denomination with churches in more than 35 countries. The church is widely known for its positive, affirming ministry to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, along with their friends, families and allies, and for its strong commitment to social justice as an expression of the congregation’s Christian faith.

For additional information on the ministry, services, and programs of Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, visit www.ResurrectionMCC.org .

For additional information on the DREAM Act, visit www.dreamactivist.org .