Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church is seeking an Assistant Minister of Congregational Life to join its team.
Position Title: Assistant Minister of Congregational Life
Reports to: Senior Minister
Supervises: Pastoral Care Coordinators, Social Justice Coordinator
Ministry Team Coordination: Small Group Ministry Facilitators, Membership Committee, Welcoming Committee, Hospitality Teams (ushers, greeters, coffee servers), Spirit in Practice, Pastoral Care Team, Accessibility in Ministry (AIM) program
FTE (Percent of Time): 1/2 time / Salaried / Exempt / Hired (not called)
Sundays and weekday office time required, some weekday evening meetings
2 year contract position (August 31st, 2017-August 31st, 2019)
Compensation: commensurate with UUA salary guidelines, salary starts at $35,000 annually plus health and retirement benefits with an additional $1500 towards professional expenses. 2 weeks vacation, 2 weeks study leave. Year-round position.
Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church is a progressive, flexible and family-friendly workplace. People of Color/ Indigenous and members of other historically marginalized communities are encouraged to apply. Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate against any person because of age, race, ancestry, culture, sexual orientation, gender, physical ability, or socio-economic level.
Send resume and cover letter to Rev. Lissa Gundlach at email@example.com. Please include contact information for 3 references, at least one from a minister in Final Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association, or tenured equivalent from another denomination.
Position to be filled immediately.
Purpose of Position:
Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church creates and grows an inclusive religious community connected by love, spirit, and service. The Assistant Minister for Congregational Life will serve to advance the following ends:
1.2.1. Support one another through life’s changes, challenges, and transitions.
1.2.2. Create safe space for people to be their authentic selves
1.2.3. Nurture community with one another, our neighborhood, and the world at
1.2.4. Seek out, embrace, and increase diversity in our church community.
1.2.7. Challenge our minds and our hearts to grow.
1.2.10. Ensure the continuity of our church through generosity and good
-Ministerial credentials with the Unitarian Universalist Association or equivalent from another denomination
-2-4 years of experience within a congregational setting
-Excellent pastoral care and interpersonal skills
-Ability to inspire others toward greater engagement and commitment within the church community
-Good oral and written communication skills, particularly related to communicating the history and practice of the Unitarian Universalist faith, and articulating the liberal religious dimensions to hospitality, membership, and giving
-Group facilitation, training and leadership development skills
-Experience with Church Windows or other equivalent database software
-Flexible, organized and able to manage multiple tasks
Areas of Focus and Duties:
Hospitality, Membership Development and Engagement
-Partner with staff and volunteers to create a welcoming
atmosphere for visitors, newcomers, and members that promotes good stewardship and commitment. Recruit, train, and manage hospitality teams of greeters, welcomers, ushers and coffee servers. Provide atmosphere of generous recognition of volunteers, including host annual spring Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.
-Provide monthly “New to Neighborhood” and Bridging membership classes, coordinate New Members Sundays up to three times a year. Assess existing membership programs and procedures, modify or develop new ones as needed, and ensure continuity in services. Establish data tracking and reporting procedures to evaluate the church’s success in connecting with newcomers and members.
-Work with current members to deepen their relationship with Neighborhood Church’s programs, ministries and service opportunities and the larger Unitarian Universalist world, including our district and denominational activities (PSWD programs, General Assembly, etc.)
-coordinate Accessibility in Ministry (AIM) program with Social Justice Coordinator and congregational leaders to promote welcoming and accessible facilities
Adult Fellowship, Spiritual Growth and Leadership Development
-foster a culture of open, inclusive leadership, connection and meaningful spiritual growth
-serve as the key staff liaison to congregational groups
–in collaboration with Sr. Minister, Social Justice Coordinator and Religious Education Director, create and support adult spiritual development, service and leadership opportunities
-offer support and oversight to lay-led Small Group Ministries program
-Be accessible to the staff, board, nominating committee, congregational group leaders and members to discuss opportunities for member connection and involvement, particularly focusing on helping new members connect to leadership opportunities.
-provide pastoral care to the congregation in collaboration with the Senior Minister, Pastoral Care Coordinators and Pastoral Care Team
-supervise Pastoral Care Coordinators
-attend Pastoral Care monthly meetings.
-help coordinate yearly “survey Sunday” focusing on pastoral care needs in the congregation
Staff Team Stewardship Assistance
-During Stewardship season (January-April), assist the staff and stewardship team to plan and execute our Annual Budget Drive
-communicate importance of giving to visitors and new members and assist Senior Minister with securing pledges as a part of church membership
Worship and Rites of Passage Assistance
-Support and lead worship services as coordinated with Senior Minister
-officiate at weddings, memorials and child dedications as coordinated with Senior Minister
-support summer worship months in collaboration with guests and lay-worship leaders (June-August)