Executive Director for Progressive Christians Uniting – job opening
From: Peter Laarman
Friends, I will be stepping down as executive director of Progressive Christians Uniting at the end of this year.
Thanks so much for giving this your attention. It has been a tremendous privilege to work with the people of PCU and with other leaders from LA’s vibrant and progressive interfaith world. I know that my successor will likewise find this work as ennobling as it is challenging.
With warm regards,
Koinonia Spiritual Community is inviting letters of interest for leadership.
Koinonia Spiritual Community is inviting letters of interest for leadership of progressive, post-modern, interfaith congregation in western Colorado. Historic open and affirming community located in a region of 100K+ with wonderful access to Colorado mountains and deserts. See www.koinoniagj.org. Submit letters of interest with resume to Koinonia Spiritual Community, 730 25 Rd. Grand Junction, CO 81505 or Koinonia@bresnan.net.
Koinonia Spiritual Community is a thriving progressive, post-modern, congregation on the West slope of the Rocky Mountains in western Colorado. The congregation has a strong history intellectual and theological openness coupled with a heart for social action and being a prophetic voice in the broader community. WE have roots in Church of the Brethren and American Baptist traditions and grown into a multi-denominational and multi-faith gathering that includes Christians from a breadth of traditions as well as those who learn toward Buddhist practices.
Through intense biblical studies of Marcus Borg, Dominic Crossin, and Bishop John Spong, and others the congregation has developed a solid post-modern understanding of God and spirituality. From that point we’ve continued to move theologically through the study of Ken Wilber, Thomas Keating, Richard Rohr, and many others into what we call an “Integral” understanding of who we are . The congregation currently continues to cherish its roots in the traditional understandings while building and integrated approach to spirituality that affirms truth from whatever tradition or non-tradition it may come.
The congregation is largely professional in its makeup, including a number of physicians, educators, and health professionals. It is a well-educated group with most adult members having at least a Bachelor’s degree and many with advanced degrees. The congregation has had a strong presence in Grand Junction in its stands for peace and justice and is an active participant in the Grand Valley Interfaith Network and Grand Valley Peace and Justice. In addition we have numerous outreach programs that have included an annual trip to El Salvador to build schools, hosting homeless men in our fellowship hall when the homeless shelter is full, and having a community garden that provides hundreds of pounds of produce each year to local emergency feeding programs.
Gloria Dei Church in Huntington Valley Pennsylvania, Seeking a Senior Pastor
Gloria Dei Church, located in Huntington Valley Pennsylvania, is right outside of Philadelphia. Our senior pastor retired and we are seeking a new lead pastor. We are looking for a progressive pastor. We are an extremely vibrant church community that worships approximately 500 congregants every weekend. I am contacting you in case you know of someone who might be interested in this opportunity. It would be most appropriate for someone who has had at least 10 to 15 years of experience as a pastor, preferably a pastor who has served a mid to large size congregation. Our statement of faith, found below, pretty much sums up who we are as a congregation (inclusive, social ministry oriented, progressive theologically, transformational).
Although we are in the ELCA, the ELCA has full communion with the Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, Reformed, and UCC churches. Anyone within those faith traditions can be considered for this position.
Potential candidates can contact R. Scott Thornton, at 215-690-4767 or Rthornton1@comcast.net (currently the chairman of the call committee and can provide possible candidates with a full congregational profile assembled by our transition team)
Gloria Dei Statement of Faith:
We believe that the way we treat one another is the fullest expression of how we live out our faith.
We find our approach to God to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ who is our model for living and we recognize the faithfulness of other paths which may also lead people to an experience of God.
We stand in God’s grace and we live that grace in our attitudes and actions toward one another.
We understand the church as a community of people, who together make up the body of Christ as we strive to serve the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of others.
We are inclusive, as Christ was, and welcome all people seeking a closer relationship with God.
We believe that the questions are as important as the answers, that living the mystery is a more sacred position than church dogma and doctrine, and we strive to “love all, serve all, in Jesus’ name” as we proclaim our mystery of faith that: Christ died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again!
Seeking an inspiring, compassionate, full-time Associate Minister
Mayflower Community Congregational UCC, is vibrant, energetic and committed 750-member church in Minneapolis, that seeks an inspiring, compassionate, full-time Associate Minister who is a “generalist with . . . with a strong, proven commitment to social justice work in a faith based environment”. Responsibilities include:
- Congregational Development and Engagement – Social justice, adult education, small group formation, new member process.
- Visitation and co-pastoral care in conjunction with the Team Lead Minister.
- Preaching and worship leadership.
Skill in using technology to engage members…is also seen as a key to the success of this position.
Mayflower UCC is an Open and Affirming, Peace with Justice, Earthwise church. The search committee will start receiving profiles in late February. Visit us at http://www.mayflowermpls.org/ To apply, contact Marita Karlisch at email@example.com.
Campus Ministry Associate position opening
Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundationin Ames, Iowa is seeking a Campus Ministry Associate.
This two-year, full-time, mentored internship is designed for a young adult exploring a call to Christian vocation. In the best of the United Methodist tradition, we are seeking a person who combines both head and heart in the living out of her or his faith. The successful candidate will demonstrate experience with and a passion for building community among university students and developing student leadership.
Membership in the United Methodist Church is not required, but a basic understanding of the denomination is helpful. Interests in theology, alternative worship, peace and justice, service-learning and music are especially valuable in this setting. Our hoped-for (but negotiable) start date is June 1.
Stipend, housing, health insurance and other benefits are included. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent must be completed by the start date.
To begin the application process send a cover letter, resume, three references and a 1 page reflection on your giftedness and vision for this position to Rev. Jim Shirbroun, Campus Pastor, Collegiate UMC/Wesley Foundation, 2622 W. Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50014.
The application deadline is Monday, April 8. For more information contact Rev. Shirbroun @ 515-292-6936 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montclair Presbyterian Church
Pastor/Head of Staff
Montclair Presbyterian Church is a welcoming More Light church, dedicated to social activism. The invitation to share in our journey comes with open hearts and minds. We seek a prophetic pastor who celebrates our questions, embraces our passions, inspires our spirits and challenges us to think deeper, harder and more radically about how we can better express God’s unconditional love for the world. You, perhaps?
Learn more about us at our website: www.mpcfamily.org.
View our CIF # 00785.AA
Contact us by emailing your PIF or resume to email@example.com