Job Opportunities

Below are specific job listings, including positions at Duke Divinity School, that have been submitted to the school.

February 24, 2014
Church, Ministry, Counseling
Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church
Full time
Chase City, Virginia United States

Senior pastor to lead an aging church in the ministry. Prefer traditional service but open to combination contemporary. Visiting a high priority for aging congregation but would also like to expand ministry to community to grow younger congregation

Gary Newton
(434) 917-2444

February 24, 2014
Church, Ministry
Minister with Students
First Baptist Church
Full time
Asheville, North Carolina United States

(7th Grade-College Students and 20-somethings)

Principal Function: The Minister with Students is responsible for giving leadership to the church’s ministry of nurture and faith development for students and twentysomething adults.  Such leadership involves planning, coordination, and evaluation of the church’s ministry to and with youth and also involves pastoral care for young people and their families.

1.    Plan, coordinate, and evaluate the church’s ministries to and with 7th-Grade-College students and their families, as well as twentysomething adults.   Current programs and initiatives for students include Bible Study, Sunday evening experiences of nurture and worship, Wednesday evening experiences of discipleship, retreats, camps, hands-on mission/ministry opportunities, and “Trail-Marks.”

2.    Nurture and develop youth volunteer leaders to create a climate in which young people will be encouraged and prepared to confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior before high school graduation.

3.    Provide coordination of a regular program of outreach and ministry to students and their families.

4.    Nurture and develop the Youth Ministry Team (Adults) and the Student Leadership Team (Youth) to offer ministries that nurture youth toward Christian maturity through Bible study, leadership development, mission involvement, and recreation.

5.    Provide guidance for, and participate with, leaders of youth and college program organizations in the enlistment, training, support, and guidance of volunteer leaders and counselors.

6.    Lead in the planning and conducting of special ministries, activities and programs, including but not limited to Youth-led Worship, retreats, seminars, camps, fellowships, banquets, and missions involvement.
7.    Coordinate a variety of learning and growth experiences for the families of students on topics relevant to healthy relationships and family life.

8.    Coordinate Student and Twentysomething Ministries with other ministries and ministers, with appropriate Councils, Teams, and Committees, and, especially, where Student Music Ministry is concerned, with the Minister of Music.

9.    Lead in the development of comprehensive ministries to and with twentysomething adults.

10.    Be available to the church’s students and twentysomething adults as a personal counselor and trusted friend.   

11.    Lead ongoing evaluation of, and facilitate needed changes in, ministries with students and twentysomething adults, including not limited to, organization, space, equipment, furnishings, and policies and procedures.

12.    Serve as staff liaison to the Fellowship and Involvement Council and provide guidance and support for its ministries of recreational and church-wide fellowship opportunities (Current examples: Church Picnic, recreational groups/Zumba and Tai Chi, athletic leagues and intramural basketball leagues).  

13.    Prepare and administer, in collaboration with responsible Councils, Teams, and Committees, appropriate ministry budgets.

14.    Along with the other members of the ministerial staff, participate in worship planning and leadership.

15.    Provide support and direction to appropriate Councils, Teams, and Committees standing committees as assigned by the Coordinating Pastor.  Work on other projects as assigned by the Coordinating Pastor.

16.    Participate in efforts to reach and develop new members and leaders and in regular hospital and crisis care, especially as it relates with Students, their families, youth ministry leaders, and twentysomething adults.

The Minister with Students is immediately responsible to the Coordinating Pastor, then to the Pastor, and ultimately to the church through the Personnel Committee.  All staff ministers affirm and live by the “Covenant of the Ministerial Staff.”

Instructions for Applicants.

Applicants should  send résumés to ministry assistant Greg Feightner via email.  Résumés should be attached in a PDF format and a cover letter may be included in the body of the email.

Please use the Subject line: MWSS-LastName.  Email submissions are preferred.

Applicants may send their resume by postal mail to Greg Feightner, First Baptist Church Asheville, 5 Oak St, Asheville, NC 28801
Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.

Guy Sayles
(828) 252-4781

February 19, 2014
Church, Ministry
Worship Director
Hope Creek Church
Part time
Durham, NC United States

Hope Creek Church is a modern nondenominational church seeking to love God, love each other, and love our world. Our worship is influenced by groups like Hillsong United, Jesus culture, Chris Tomlin, etc… We are seeking a Worship Director.

The Worship Director reports to the Lead Pastor of Hope Creek Church and is responsible for leading the congregation in worship, training and shepherding volunteers in the worship ministry of Hope Creek and overseeing the worship portion of the services. Additionally this position is responsible for the visual and musical aspects of the church service overseeing the key components for the overall feel, aesthetics, and health of the church.

Desired Skill Set
•    Ability to plan, organize, and connect varying spiritual and creative themes.
•    Attention to detail.
•    Excellent interpersonal skills
•    Self directed in work, proactive in requesting information and following up on schedules and projects, with an ability to connect events and foresee potential issues.
•    Ability to focus on and complete routine tasks reliably and to a high standard.
•    Possess a caring and positive attitude and high integrity.

Specific Responsibilities.
•    Lead set up and breakdown team and process.
•    Select worship music sets in coordination with message and service elements.
•    Arrange and chart all musical elements for services
•    Update Planning Center Online with all relevant media and notes to be available 10 days prior to each service.
•    Schedule all vocalists and musicians
•    Lead at least one midweek rehearsal and Sunday morning rehearsals with vocalists, band, and tech team members.
•    Supervise technical production and communication
•    Develop additional worship leaders

Basic Personal Responsibilities
•    Fulfill the character qualifications of an Elder as taught in the Scriptures.
•    Philosophical alignment with Church leadership.
•    Demonstrate musical skill and theological discernment.
•    Possess pastoral influence, verbal communication skills, and cultural awareness.
•    Passionate about casting vision and developing leaders.
•    Maintain vibrant personal relationship with Jesus.

Brett Lybrand
(919) 490-0685

February 13, 2014
Church, Ministry
Director of Youth Formation
Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
Full time
Midlothian, VA USA

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Midlothian, Virginia, is seeking a full-time Director of Youth Formation.  The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and experience in Christian education.
The Director of Youth Formation will be responsible for spiritually nurturing children and youth and will supervise volunteers working with grades K through 12.  The position will also require experience interacting with the community, managing budgets and effective delegation.

The ideal candidate should have a strong calling for pilgrimage and mission work.  Travel may be required leading groups to day and overnight destinations.

Send cover letter, resume and salary requirement via email or fax to 804-379-7137.  To view the Position Description please go to the church website.

Kathy Hopkins
(804) 379-8899

February 11, 2014
Church, Ministry
Director of Christian Education
Trenholm Road United Methodist Church
Full time
Columbia, SC USA

Trenholm Road United Methodist Church in Columbia, South Carolina, is looking for a Director of Christian Education.  Our focus in Christian Education is on Christian spiritual formation, the process of being conformed to the image of Christ.  Spiritual Formation is the maturing of one’s relationship with God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and grounded in Scripture and a faith community.

The process of becoming Christ-like involves three interwoven processes:

  1. Orthodoxy Right-thinking (literally, right praise/belief) about Christ and the Christian faith
  2. Orthopraxy Right-action/piety and devotional living
  3. Orthopathy Right-feeling toward God, self, and others

"... He may grant that you be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love."      Ephesians 3:16-17a

The Director of Christian Education will be committed to the spiritual formation of the people of Trenholm Road United Methodist Church so that the Church and world might be served by God's best.   We believe that educating the mind is not enough; the heart and the will also need spiritual formation.



An applicant for the position of Director of Christian Education must:

●     have a strong, mature, and personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, God, and Savior;

●     be devoted to “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

●     have a distinct call to ministry, with an emphasis on spiritual formation

●     have a high comfort level with media arts and technology – able to quickly learn new technologies as they develop and use them effectively

●     have one or more of the following:

        (a) an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited seminary or Bible college,

 (b) a professional certificate in Christian Spiritual Formation or Christian Education in the United Methodist Church,

        (c) prior church staff experience in a similar or related position.

Expectations / Responsibilities

The Director of Christian Education, under the supervision of the Senior Pastor, will:

  • provide primary oversight for the Christian Education, Spiritual Formation, and Discipleship of the congregation.
  • develop, and be held accountable for the implementation and results of a long-range strategy and integrated, coherent plan for the Christian spiritual formation of children, youth, and adults.
  • oversee (and revive) the current Sunday School program.
    • Develop a unified educational program of Christian study, nurture, and fellowship in conjunction with the Director of Children and Family Ministries (DCFM) and Director of Student Ministries (DSM).
    • Promote Sunday school attendance and growth.
    • Recruit and train new teachers.
    • Hold teacher training for all teachers annually.
    • Be available to teach as a resource person and consultant.
    • Give specific attention to programs for college age and young adults.
    • Select potential resources in consultation with the Senior Pastor.
    • Review selected resources with and get approval from the Senior Pastor.
    • Maintain working knowledge of materials available.
    • Coordinate ordering of materials.
    • Teach no Sunday school class on a regular basis, but be available to teach specific topics and short-term classes.
    • collaborate with DCFM and DSM to plan and implement Vacation Bible School.
      • Recruit director and teachers.
      • Assist in scheduling, organizing, and promotion.
    • serve as resource person for teachers or age groups.
    • create, propose, and manage an annual work-area budget.
    • develop and strengthen the four broad objectives of our mission statement:
      • Worship – TRUMC adults, youth, and children will experience God through inviting, engaging, and embracing worship that is rooted in tradition, relevant to the present and open to the future.
      • Faith – TRUMC adults, youth, and children will strengthen their relationship with God through prayer, worship, Bible study, Sunday school, small groups, and fellowship.
      • Sharing – TRUMC adults, youth, and children will understand how God works in their lives, and develop the ability and confidence to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others.
      • Service – TRUMC adults, youth, and children will extend the hands of Christ by serving neighbors in their community, state, and beyond.
    • collaborate with the DCFM and DSM to ensure the effective execution of the plan’s components that relate to children and  youth;
    • collaborate with UMW and UMM to find ways to recruit, build, enhance, and integrate these vital programs into the life of the Church;
    • develop, recruit, and support TRUMC members to organize and lead small groups that, in combination, engage members in spiritual disciplines and other activities that explicitly foster Christian spiritual formation;
    • lead at least one small group and teach Bible study, as directed by the Senior Pastor;
    • provide leadership by creating opportunities to nurture Christian disciples who are equipped to serve and lead in the church and in the world.  This may include leading Bible studies or other formation ministries such as spiritual gifts and new member classes as needed;
    • lead formation opportunities that enable the laity to discern their calling, gifts and passion, as well as identifying opportunities for discipleship and service;
    • be a resource person for Lay Leadership/Committee on Nominations in identifying potential spiritually mature Christians to serve Christ through TRUMC.



To implement the Vision/Plan, the Director of Christian Education will also:

v     At least once each month, and otherwise as necessary, meet with the Senior Pastor to discuss the status of activities and projects to implement the Vision/Plan.

v     Attend Church Council, weekly staff meetings, and other meetings as requested by the Senior Pastor.

v     Recruit and supervise adult volunteers to lead and support activities necessary to implement the Vision/Plan.  This includes responsibility for screening and training all volunteers and others working with children and youth to ensure compliance with the church’s Safe Sanctuaries policy.

v     Under the supervision of the Senior Pastor, take responsibility for research, purchase, development, promotion, and evaluation of curriculum and human resources for adult and children classes, as well as for other Biblical and formation studies in the church library.

v     Develops and maintains a communications network for adult, youth, and children ministries.  This includes responsibility for developing and maintaining an up-to-date calendar and providing timely information for the TRUMC weekly newsletter and the adult,  youth, and children sections of the TRUMC web page.

 The Application

An applicant for the position of TRUMC Director of Christian Education should submit an application by e-mail, with attachments.  The application must include a cover letter, resume, and at least three professional references.  It is an option to include writing samples or other relevant materials that specifically relate to the applicant’s qualifications for the position.  Submit the complete application by e-mail in Word or PDF format to:

For additional information about this position or the application process, contact Mr. Bee Turner, Chairman of the Staff Parish Relations Committee, via email or telephone.

Mr. Bee Turner, Chairman of Staff Parish Relations Committee at Trenholm Road UMC

February 11, 2014
Church, Ministry
Director of Children and Family Ministries
Trenholm Road United Methodist Church
Full time
Columbia, SC USA

Trenholm Road United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC is searching for an energetic, creative leader to serve as our Director of Children and Family Ministries.  S/he will be a person of mature faith in Jesus Christ and passionate love for Jesus Christ  and will build a ministry that facilitates the spiritual growth of children in our church.  This position partners with parents by providing programs, tools, guidance and encouragement in order to equip parents to assume their role as the primary spiritual shaper in their kids’ lives.

Who we are 

Trenholm Road is an established United Methodist Church poised for the future.  We average between 500-600 across 3 worship services each Sunday, and our 11am traditional worship service is broadcast weekly on the local ABC television affiliate. 

We’re strategically located within a 3 mile radius of the University of South Carolina, Fort Jackson (the largest US Army training base in the country), and the state capitol complex. Our 80,000 square feet campus features a large sanctuary, gymnasium, kitchen, dining room, student ministry area, and recently renovated children's ministry area.  Our facilities are used extensively throughout the week by AA, scouts, sports leagues and community groups, so there's a constant stream of visitors on our campus. We also house a highly-respected preschool and after-school program that regularly draw new families into the life of our church.

We’re growing.  In the past 2 years, our congregation has celebrated over 60 births, and young families with children are joining our congregation every month. We’ve spent the past few years laying the groundwork for the future of children/family ministry, and now we're ready for the right person to take us to the next level.  You’d join a multi-staff team that is young, innovative and driven by a vision for what God wants to do in our community.  We’re open to new ideas and approaches, and we're excited for what's next!

Expectations / Responsibilities

Under the direction and supervision of the Senior Pastor, the Director of Children and Family Ministries will:

  • provide vision, strategic direction, oversight and energy for all ministries and programs for children (birth-5th grade) and their families
  • develop and implement an effective long-range strategy for the spiritual development of children (birth-5th grade) and their parents
  • have a passion for partnering with parents to shepherd their children so that families are experiencing a life-changing relationship with Jesus
  • imagine, create and deploy tools to empower parents to be the primary spiritual influences for their children
  • promote the missional vision of TRUMC to make disciples of Jesus Christ across the streets of Columbia and around the world 
  • plan and oversee missional opportunities for children and families, with special attention given to being in mission with the poor, needy, and marginalized in our community 
  • plan and coordinate opportunities for the discipleship of families (training)
  • in conjunction with the Director of Spiritual Formation, plan, organize and oversee Sunday School for all children
  • in conjunction with the Director of Spiritual Formation, recruit and train volunteers and teachers for Sunday School, Children’s Church and other Children’s Ministry activities
  • supervise part-time nursery supervisor and nursery staff
  • maintain healthy working relationship between church and preschool personnel and provide multiple pathways for preschool families to become involved in the life of Trenholm Road
  • organize all children’s basketball, karate, dance and other athletic activities
  • plan, organize and execute Fall Festivals, Easter Egg hunts and other large-scale family/intergenerational fellowship and outreach events
  • in conjunction with the Director of Spiritual Formation and Director of Student Ministries, plan, organize and execute annual Vacation Bible School
  • ensure the promotion and advertisement of all children and family events
  • develop and offer parenting classes, parents support groups, etc.
  • ensure children are safe by enforcing our Safe Sanctuary policy

 Ministry Qualifications

  • Have a strong, mature, and personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, God, and Savior;
  • Must be devoted to “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
    • Distinct calling to ministry, with an emphasis on children and families
    • Some formal education in ministry, education and/or child development (a bachelor’s or Master’s in a ministry-related field is strongly preferred)
    • At least two years verifiable experience in a paid children or family ministry leadership role
    • Demonstrated success in identifying and developing classroom tools and curricula
    • Demonstrated ability to grow a children’s ministry
    • Demonstrated fruitfulness in developing ministry leaders

 Personal Qualifications

  • Mature faith in and passionate love for Jesus Christ
  • Vision-driven Leader – a self-starter who sets a course and brings others along for the journey; is able to articulate vision for ministry and empower others to live it out
  • High energy, outgoing and welcoming personality – genuinely enjoys spending time with children and is able to inspire and teach parents
  • Creative – isn’t interested in doing “what we’ve always done” but is excited to find new ways for families to experience God
  • Risk-taker – thinks outside the box, isn’t afraid to fail
  • Balanced relational and task orientation – sees building relationships and getting things done as two sides of the same coin; can work alone, but thrives working as a part of a team
  • High comfort level with media arts and technology – able to quickly learn new technologies as they develop and use them effectively
  • Mature – demonstrated long-term success maintaining various life skills like time-management, effective communication, conflict management, setting priorities, taking regular Sabbath, investing in continuing education, maintaining healthy relationships, etc.
  • Vibrant Spirituality – understands ongoing spiritual growth is foundational to fruitful ministry; maintains appropriate disciplines and practices to nurture spiritual health
  • Desired Spiritual gifts – apostleship, leadership, evangelism, shepherding, administration

The Application Process

An applicant for the position of TRUMC Director of Children and Family Ministries should submit an application by e-mail, with attachments.  The application must include a cover letter, resume, and at least three professional references.  It is an option to include writing samples or other relevant materials that specifically relate to the applicant’s qualifications for the position.  Submit the complete application by e-mail in Word or PDF format to:

For additional information about this position or the application process, contact Mr. Bee Turner, Chairman of Staff Parish Relations Committee by phone or email.

Mr. Bee Turner, Chairman of Staff Parish Relations Committee at Trenholm Road UMC
(803) 513-7011

February 06, 2014
Church, Ministry
Senior Pastor
Vienna Baptist Church
Full time
Vienna, Virginia USA

The Vienna Baptist faith community seeks a strong pastoral leader to guide us, to minister alongside us, to cast the vision, and join our journey of spiritual growth and discipleship.  For further information, see the pastor search page on church website.  Send resume and cover letter via email.

Vienna Baptist Church Pastor Search Team

February 01, 2014
Church, Ministry
Minister of Students
Clarksville Baptist Church
Full time
Clarksville, Virginia US

Embrace the "mission" of our youth ministry while supporting and encouraging each student's growth in faith and development of personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Provide an active role in the leadership, development, and ministry to and with the youth of the Clarksville Baptist Church and their friends.  This is to include Bible studies, activities, fellowship time, and interaction in youth activities in our community.  This minister shall place a strong emphasis on cultivating relationships with youth in order to be a respected role model who can disciple them and help them to grow in the Christian faith.

Gregg Gordon
(434) 738-8108

January 28, 2014
Church, Ministry
Director of Student Ministries
First United Methodist Church
Full time
Bakersfield, CA USA

Mid-size church with lots of growth potential seeks a dynamic Christ-following individual who is called to student ministry (grades 7-12).  Responsibilities of this year-round full-time position include increasing the number of participating students, working collaboratively with other staff in planning and developing student ministries, and equipping a team of adults to co-lead elements of student ministry.  Church seeks a self-starter with strong skills in organization and communication. Individual must be a team player and team leader who relates well with students and parents.  Experience and/or specialized training in student ministry is required, and a college degree is preferred.  We value a traditional Wesleyan understanding of faith and Scripture and desire that our youth director model commitment to Christ through personal lifestyle and service.

Salary (plus benefits) commensurate with education and experience. 

Deadline:  Applications should be submitted via email  no later than May 1, 2014.

For a full job description go to the church website.


Julie Vawter

January 13, 2014
Church, Ministry
Ministry Intern
Grace HIll Church
Part time
Hillsborough, NC US

Grace Hill Church, an Associate Reformed Presbyterian church plant in Hillsborough, NC is seeking a pastoral intern.

Who we are:
We are a growing Christian community serving Hillsborough, Chapel Hill, Durham, Efland and Mebane. Our goal is to live out the grace and truth of Jesus Christ with passion, warmth, and thoughtfulness. We are primarily professional and collegiate families and couples who engage our friends and neighbors with the Gospel of Jesus. We have a passion for serving the needs of those around us by building relationships as we tutor, offer food assistance, adult literacy skills,and job training.

Grace Hill Church services combine classical Christian elements such as use of historic creeds,confession of sin, and silence, with some new approaches, like periodic discussion after the sermon and prayer for families, groups and individuals during the Lord's Supper. We sing contemporary songs and classic hymns, sometimes reset to new music. We are a Reformed Presbyterian church, with an intentional relaxed and contemporary feel. Our passion is seeing
Christ and His Gospel change our lives and bring new life to Orange and Durham Counties.

Who you are:
You have a heart for church planting and want to use your organizational and leadership gifts in the full life of a local church. You believe the Gospel is not just how we come to God, but seek to have it continually transform all aspects of your life and the lives of those around you. Ideally you’d have a Reformed theological background, would be willing to live in the community you’re serving. If you know some Spanish to assist with a tutoring and mercy programs we do in the community, all the better.
What you’d do. Contribute to weekly worship as gifted, including preaching every 4-6 weeks. Participate in church government by attending session and planning meetings. Focus on outreach through relationship building, networking, and community engagement. Help with the administrative aspects of the church such as producing weekly bulletins, assisting with membership roles, and congregational communication. Commit to one year with us at 20 hours a week, more time (both duration and weekly hours) if mutually agreeable.
Your salary would be commensurate with your experience.
To submit a resume or for any questions, please email our search committee at (Alternate address if any problems arise:! !
For more information about Grace Hill, visit the church website.

Ross Durham
(919) 593-2169