Title: 
Associate Director for Next Generation Ministries - Missouri Annual Conference Office (Columbia)
Organization: 
MISSOURI ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE UMC

The Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church seeks a leader (either lay person or clergy) for the full-time position of Associate Director for Next Generation Ministries. The Associate Director will lead staff and the Conference Next Generation Ministries Team to fulfill its mission to serve local congregations by strengthening their effectiveness, fruitfulness and discipleship of the next generation. This ministry supports local churches in the areas of children, youth, college-age adults and camping ministries. ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR NEXT GENERATION MINISTRIES About the United Methodist Church and the Missouri Annual Conference The United Methodist Church is a global denomination that opens hearts, opens minds and opens doors through active engagement with our world. The Mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. John Wesley and the early Methodists place primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of the United Methodism today. The United Methodist Church is a church organized around connection. Local churches and clergy are connected to each other in relationship and ministry through the work of conferences. Conferences are regional areas with boundaries that are served by a bishop. United Methodists believe and practice that we are better together. Within the conference, local churches and clergy are connected and resourced for the work of ministry in their context. The boundary of the Missouri Conference is the state of Missouri. We are made up of nearly 700 local churches of various sizes in almost every county in the state. Ministry contexts vary from rural to urban. The mission of the Missouri Conference is to relentlessly lead our churches to become outwardly focused and spiritually centered Christ followers. We desire to be a brave, empowering place for people from diverse cultures and generations so that we can become a Church for all God’s people. We seek to do this by equipping Conference leaders and local churches for multicultural leadership, cross-cultural connection and healing justice. The Missouri Conference has six expectations of all clergy and lay members: Christ-centeredness, accountability, collaboration, excellence, diversity and fruitfulness. These values are central to our pursuit of Unity in Christ through Diversity in the Kingdom. Position Description The Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church seeks a leader (either lay person or clergy) for the full-time position of Associate Director for Next Generation Ministries. The Associate Director will lead staff and the Conference Next Generation Ministries Team to fulfill its mission to serve local congregations by strengthening their effectiveness, fruitfulness and discipleship of the next generation. This ministry supports local churches in the areas of children, youth, college-age adults and camping ministries. This position may be fulfilled by laity or clergy. The qualified candidate will possess a strong passion for the ministry of the gospel of Jesus, especially for children, youth and college-age adults and have the following professional skills: Visionary: ability to envision and implement creative ministry solutions Strategist: thinks strategically about goals, outcomes, and best practices Relationship Builder: connects with local church ministry staff and volunteers, team members, staff, vendors and conference personnel in an authentic way Effective Communicator: communicates effectively in a way that is consistent with the vision and values and goals of the Missouri Conference and the Office of Next Generation; willingness to preach and effective at leading learning events and meetings Developer: effectively trains, equips and supports those who serve in Next Gen ministry Organizational Manager: Manage budgets, ministry grant processes and staff well. Coordinate ministry within the larger conference system that includes other programmatic agendas Learner: demonstrate a desire for life-long professional learning and personal growth as a disciple of Christ Responsibilities of the Position Work with Next Generation Team to develop and implement a comprehensive plan for resourcing the ministry of children, youth, and college-age adults in churches of the Missouri Conference Work with supervisor to develop goals that are aligned with the mission and values of the Missouri Conference and the Office of Next Generation Ministries Evaluate and align ministry of the Office of Next Generation Ministries Collaborate with directors and other conference staff to serve the mission of the Missouri Conference, including Conference-wide initiatives Supervise staff of the Office of Next Generation Ministries Minimum Education Requirements A bachelor’s degree and knowledge of foundational biblical stories and Christian principles is required. Degrees in any field related to working with children, youth or college-age adults is preferred. Desired Experience Professional or extensive volunteer experience working with children, youth or college-age adults is required. Ministry experience is preferred. Experience leading others in fruitful ministry is highly desired. The applicant must be able to demonstrate ways that they lead a life of active faith in Jesus Christ. Other Required Qualifications Residence in or near Columbia, Missouri is required. Functionality with Microsoft Office software is necessary. Compensation and Benefits Salary range, depending upon experience, is $85,000-$95,000. 403(b) with matching, paid health insurance with no waiting period and paid time off. Some weekend responsibilities are required and travel throughout Missouri involved. Travel expenses will be reimbursed per the Conference reimbursement policy outlined in the Employee Handbook. Interested applicants should send their resume and a short statement to describe your interest in this ministry position to Jenny Gragg at jgragg@moumethodist.org Timeline May 26, 2022 – Opening is posted on moumethodist.org/classifieds June 27, 2022 – Interviews begin July 1, 2022 – Applications closed August 1, 2022 – Anticipated date for hiring Contact: Jenny Gragg, jgragg@moumethodist.org Address: 3601 Amron Ct. Columbia MO 65202 Phone: 573-441-1770

Posting Dates: 
06/23/2022 to 07/01/2022
Job Type: 
Full time
Job Categories: 
Church Ministry
City: 
Columbia
State: 
MO
Contact Name: 
Jenny Gragg
Contact Email: 
jgragg@moumethodist.org
Contact Phone: 
573-441-1770
Organization leadership or hiring manager includes Duke Divinity alumni