Congregational Developer for Vitality - Oregon Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church


Job Title: Congregational Developer for Vitality Status: Full Time / Exempt
Department: Greater NW Area Office of Innovation  
Supervisor: Annual Conference Mission and Ministry Coordinator Effective Date: February 1, 2018
Position Overview: 
The Congregational Developer for Vitality serves as a part of the Greater NW Area Office of Innovation, which promotes and supports the work of innovation, multiplication, and inclusion both for new people in new places and within the life of existing United Methodist ministry settings. The focus of this position is to help resource the leaders— clergy and lay— of the GNW Area in ways that lead to health and vitality.  
Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

  • To strategize with and encourage lay and clergy leaders so that local congregations shift their culture, ministry, and resources toward health and vitality
  • To help churches re-discover their mission and re-purpose their assets and resources by putting them to work in new, innovative ways
  • To facilitate an entrepreneurial spirit and develop a new sense of missional energy among the clergy and lay leaders in strategic congregations where new ministry is assessed to be possible. This may also involve confronting congregations that are stuck and encouraging fresh thinking and experimentation.
  • To assist and challenge leaders to identify congregational assets/passions within their mission field and wider community and with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • To help congregations learn how to develop community partnerships with those outside the walls of their churches
  • To foster a coaching culture among lay and clergy leaders for support and accountability in moving into their preferred future
  • To support a culture of social holiness among congregational leaders appropriate to the context of the ministry setting, including cultivating skills in Asset Based Community Development and community organizing
  • To help create a deeper commitment to discipling in a Wesleyan spirit
  • To help existing congregations be creative and embody a Christian life that is alive and open to learning
  • To work with congregations in urban, suburban and rural settings, understanding the unique dynamics of each of these varied contexts
  • To perform general administrative duties including budget development and management, contract administration, event management, hospitality among others
  • To work as a team with those in the GNW Office of Innovation, and with the leadership of the three conferences composing the Area                                      
Supervisor:  Mission and Ministry Coordinator

Qualifications & Skills for This Position:
  • Ability to connect with congregations in a variety of settings, both urban and rural
  • Willingness to confront existing ministry assumptions
  • Organizational systems understanding
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Knowledge of alternative ministry models, including those of for-profit businesses
  • Ability to prioritize work demands from competing needs and utilize the appropriate resources involved in different settings
  • Understanding of asset-based community development
  • Understanding, history and ability to develop partnerships
  • Relationship building skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to start new things  
  • Intercultural competency skills
  • Ability/experience in coaching, consulting, training
  • Understanding of congregational life cycles and ability to work with churches at various stages of development
  • Proven experience in discipleship systems
  • Appreciation and valuing of lay ministry/discipleship— how do all God’s disciples impact the world/workplace?
  • Understanding of the disconnect between the church and the mission field
Please send resume electronically to The deadline is November 30th, 2017.