This is a full-time, program staff position in mission at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids with primary responsibility for facilitating the implementation of the congregation’s vision to increase face-to-face participation for Westminster and community members in mission. The key phrase that guides this position is “participation not mere patronage.” This will involve developing and implementing a strategy for the best use of human and financial capital with organizations in support of the congregation in its service in the larger Grand Rapids and global community. The central mission of Westminster that connects with this staff role includes:
Westminster Presbyterian Church seeks to serve God and others joyfully by:
Discerning and supporting our collective and individual calls to faithfulness
Stewarding our resources, including those of time, money and Creation;
Understanding and acting on our call to partnership in worldwide and community mission;
Caring imaginatively for the marginalized, sick, and lonely;
Holding each other in prayer.
Application Process: For full consideration, please send a cover letter and resume before October 15, 2014 via email or mail to: Kathryn Cisler, Church Administrator, Westminster Presbyterian, 47 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Areas of Responsibility
This is a newly funded and visionary position designed to help Westminster become the key place in the larger community for individuals to enter into service through creating transformational relationships with those in need.
Work with and under the direction of the Associate Pastor to develop and lead the congregation’s mission efforts through several mission committees (including Community Ministries, Worldwide Ministries, and Health & Wholeness) and bridging with other ministries and programs (including Justice and Peace, Emerging Westminster, Family & Children’s Ministries, Youth, Hospitality, and our core missions: Camp Henry, WCDC and the Food Pantry).
- Promote participation by building relationships with Westminster church members, community businesses and organizations throughout Grand Rapids and helping Westminster become a conduit for their meaningful participation.
- Support the mission committees in promoting congregation and community members’ participation by organizing a list of mission opportunities, assist the committees to organize the congregation’s and community members’ involvements, and help call volunteers.
- Support the mission committees in providing opportunities for volunteers to reflect on their activity and to support each other.
- Raise awareness of the mission involvements of members in the congregation and community.
- Assist in providing staffing for mission committees.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Develop and coordinate mission opportunities and partnerships with the community:
- Local outreach programs in Grand Rapids (e.g., Heartside)
- Regional and international connections, including mission trips (e.g., Cuba)
- Intergenerational mission experiences (e.g. sponsor refugee resettlement)
- Mission weekends and overnighters (e.g., Benton Harbor)
- Individual and family service days (e.g., Camp Henry)
Salary and Benefits—funding is available for five years
Starting Salary: $43,500
Benefits (pension/medical/dental) approximately: $6,400
Reporting and Committee Responsibilities: The Minister for Mission will report directly to the Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care and Mission. There is currently an elder responsible for Community Ministries and an elder for Worldwide Ministries; those are other key partners.
As an integral part of this position, depending on experience and gifts, occasional worship leadership will be included.
Performs other duties as necessary and at the direction of the Associate Pastor and the Session.
Education: Baccalaureate degree or comparable experience.
Experience: Experience of interacting in advocacy, service, volunteerism or similar activity with diverse populations (ethnicity, gender, religion, ability, age, etc.) Community organizing, understanding of volunteer services and issues of poverty.
Skills: Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Commitment to incarnational ministry and reconciling relationships. Effective oral and written communication skills—ability to engage actively with congregation members; business persons; staff of non-profit and social service organizations; and, neighbors. Computer proficiency, especially with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. Bi-lingual (Spanish) an asset.
General Conditions: Compliance with criminal background investigation protocol. Must possess current State of Michigan driver’s license.