The Christian Reformed Church in North America has two part-time (20 hrs/wk) position openings with Pastor Church Resources:
Women's Leadership Developer (20 hrs/wk) - This position will assist congregations in the CRCNA to develop a deeper understanding of ways in which God has gifted women to serve in fulfilling the ministries and mission of the Church and to help women flourish as leaders at all ages and levels – local, regional, denominational – in a supportive environment, fully using their gifts and talents in fruitful ministry. (See the full description below); and
Vocational Ministry Consultant (20 hrs/wk) - This position will oversee the Ministry Assessment Ministry which includes providing consultation in Vocational Ministry Assessments, directing pastors and ministry leaders to appropriate assessment processes, providing pastoral care for those seeking assessments due to a challenging situation, and promoting the use of assessments to CRCNA ministries and institutions. (See full description here).
Both positions can be located in the Grand Rapids, MI office, OR the Burlington, ON office OR can be remote with applicants residing anywhere in Canada or the United States. We are open to having one person fill both positions. If you're interested in both positions, please complete one application, submitting a resume and two separate cover letters outlining your experience, skills & qualifications for one or both positions by August 21, 2020.
1. Identify, assess, and establish best practices and policies that support women at all ages and in all levels of leadership to fully use their gifts and talents in the ministries and mission of the CRCNA.
2. Evaluate, monitor, and establish a process to increase and support the number of women in CRCNA denominational roles in upper level leadership positions. Speak into, and address, gender dynamics in the workplace.
3. Identify assets, resources, and opportunities in supporting women leaders in the current culture and work toward implementing change.
4. Create learning events, communities, and opportunities for women to grow as leaders and be celebrated. Help congregations to develop processes for continued growth in their women leaders. Encourage men and women to support each other as leaders.
5. Identify and develop advocates and mentors who will walk alongside and encourage women in CRCNA congregations and ministries. Work collaboratively with Safe Church Ministry when situations arise that involve abuse of power and misconduct.
6. Build partnerships with Calvin Theological Seminary and existing informal groups to raise awareness, to discuss and address challenges of women in leadership, to preserve the history of women in the CRCNA, and to celebrate milestones.
7. Facilitate collaboration and coordination with denominational agencies, congregations and other organizations in order to meet goals and desired outcomes for addressing women in leadership issues.
8. Oversee the Women’s Leadership and Empowerment Advisory Team.
9. Connect with ecumenical organizations in the USA and Canada to build relationships with those involved in women in leadership issues.
10. Engage in advancement of the ministry through a variety of means including fundraising.
11. Fulfill additional responsibilities as may be assigned by PCR Co-director.
1. Professing membership in a Christian Reformed congregation, or of a church in ecclesiastical fellowship with the CRCNA, and agreement with the doctrine of the church signified by signing a covenant statement.
2. Demonstrate and articulate a comprehensive theology of women in ministry.
3. Demonstrated skills in group facilitation, leading, coaching, motivating, and encouraging others.
4. Evidence of ability to work within a culturally diverse and intergenerational context.
5. Demonstrated proficiency in commonly used computer applications and social media platforms.
6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
7. Able and willing to travel in the USA and Canada, as needed to meet the above responsibilities.
1. Demonstrated experience serving in a local congregation and in a leadership role are required.
2. Prior experience leading and developing women strongly preferred.
3. Master’s degree in social sciences , religion (M. Divinity), or other related field preferred. Ordination is highly beneficial.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.