Now Hiring – Director of Spiritual Formation

Director of Spiritual Formation

 

Position Summary

The Director of Spiritual Formation will lead and supervise the spiritual formation activities and programming of Plymouth Congregational Church of Minneapolis by providing direction, vision, and oversight for a variety of developmental initiatives for members and visitors, including classes, workshops, retreats, and special events. The Director will also look to develop new opportunities to enhance the discipleship, personal development and spiritual lives of members and guests of Plymouth Church.

Plymouth Congregational Church is a progressive faith community grounded in the Christian tradition. In mutual care and respect for our diverse understandings of God, we seek to embody the radical love and justice found in the life, teachings, and spirit of Jesus.

 

Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary coordinator with the Board of Spiritual Formation on all aspects of spiritual formation for Plymouth Church.
  • Direct, teach and recruit teachers/facilitators for all classes/workshops/retreats for adults.
  • Serve as liaison to the Board of Spiritual Formation plus necessary committees:
    • Sunday Forum
    • Contemplatives
    • Library Committee
    • Spiritual Exploration (if it is reconstituted)
  • Manage, plan and promote Sundays @ 10 activities.
  • Recruit and manage volunteers for Spiritual Formation classes, activities, and programming.
  • Work with the Clergy team to coordinate themes, vision, and church events.
  • Manage and plan budget for all Spiritual Formation and Children/Youth expenditures
  • Plan and coordinate the Confirmation process.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Children and Youth Ministries to integrate young people into the life of the church.
  • Collaborate with other Plymouth groups (e.g., Racial Justice Initiative, Climate & Environmental Justice Committee, Immigration Welcoming Working Group) to offer opportunities for experiential, intellectual and embodied learning.
  • Help promote spiritual formation activities, programming, and opportunities beyond the walls of Plymouth.
  • Attend Leadership Council meetings plus Board of Spiritual Formation and committee meetings.
  • Support and assist in worship services as needed.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Have availability on evenings and weekends, as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Education, Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Formation, Pastoral Care, Counseling or related field.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience in spiritual formation, professional ministry, higher education, or related experience.
  • Ability to effectively reach and teach a diverse population of people.
  • Outstanding supervisory skills.
  • Outstanding written and communication skills.

 

General

  • Fulltime, exempt position

 

Application Instructions

  • Please email cover letter and resume as one document to anneg@plymouth.org.

Job Posting – Children and Youth Specialist

JOB POSTING

Position Title – Children and Youth Specialist

Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis

 

The position is Open Immediately. 5/06/2022

 

Position Summary

 

The Children and Youth Specialist position supports the work of the Director of Children and Youth Ministry, including organizing and implementing programming for children and teens on Sundays mornings, Wednesday evenings, special events and during the summer, as well as engaging in administrative tasks related to the Children and Youth programs of the church.

The Youth Leader will work with the Committee for Children, Youth and Families, church school teachers, classroom friends, and other volunteers to engage the children and youth in our Sunday classes and in the life of the church with outside activities and relationship building inside and outside the church building.

Plymouth Congregational Church is a progressive faith community grounded in the Christian tradition. In mutual care and respect for our diverse understandings of God, we seek to embody the radical love and justice found in the life, teachings, and spirit of Jesus.

Position

  • Salary: $20-$25 an hour, based on experience.
  • 10-13 hours per week September through May. In June, July, and August, those hours may be condensed into 1 40-hour week per month to assist with summer camps.
  • This position is year-round.
  • Summer camps: Flexibility to work additional time in the summer for half-day interest camps (June), weeklong Peace Camp (July), and Musical Spectacular (August) is desired.
  • The Children and Youth Specialist reports to the Director of Children and Youth Ministry with supervisory input from the Minister for Spiritual Formation and Theatre, and the Committee for Children, Youth and Families.
  • Hourly, Non-Exempt.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster required, or Medical/ Religious Exemption.
  • Background check required.
  • Valid driver’s license and regular access to a car are required.
  • This position is a mandated reporter.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A desire to educate children and youth in progressive Christian values and ideas.
  • A desire to decenter whiteness and dismantle white supremacy culture in the church space and beyond.
  • A commitment to celebrating the LGBTQIA community within and beyond the church.
  • Ability to work with children and youth and to organize and lead a variety of activities for these age groups (ages 3-18).
  • Ability to effectively communicate with and relate to 3-year-olds, 11-year-olds, 18-year-olds, and everyone in between.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with parents, children, youth, volunteer teachers, representatives, other PCC staff, and the congregation in planning activities and keeping all parties informed of upcoming events and activities.
  • Experience with volunteer recruitment.
  • MN (or other state) Teaching License is a plus.
  • Background in learning differences, and equity.

Key Accountabilities/Responsibilities and Duties

Including, but not limited to:

  1. Be at Plymouth Congregational Church on Sunday mornings before, during and after Church School hour which is currently from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.
  2. Work with the Director of Children and Youth Ministry and volunteer teachers to develop and

supply curriculum for Sunday programming. Support the teachers to make certain that they have the supplies needed for classes and outside activities.

  1. Teach one class of Sunday School on a regular basis
  2. Meet/Communicate with volunteer teachers regularly for planning purposes.
  3. Help facilitate late August training for volunteer teachers.
  4. Plan and carry out offsite activities outside of church hours — one youth activity and one family activity for the younger children per month.
  5. Develop appropriate personal connections with individual children and youth and work to keep them engaged while helping them forge connections with each other.
  6. Support the Director of Children and Youth Ministry in planning interventions and behavior strategies for children and youth as needed.
  7. Help the Committee for Children, Youth and Families and the Director of Children and Youth Ministry plan and implement special Family Life Events such as Rally Sunday (first Sunday after Labor Day), Halloween Party (Saturday or Sunday closest to Halloween), Christmas Festival, 4:45 Christmas Eve Service, Easter Egg Hunt (Easter Sunday), Youth Sunday (late May).
  8. Other duties as needed.

Decision Making/Freedom to Act

  • This position is accountable to the overall mission of the church and maintaining collegial relationships with staff, Board members, colleagues, guests, and the congregation in general.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Director of Children and Youth Ministry Nina Jonson at ninaj@plymouth.org.

Job Posting: Long-term substitute for Director of Children’s choirs, Plymouth Congregational Church

Start date: April 1 (with a shadow date of current conductor on March 30)
End date: May 22

Plymouth Congregational Church seeks a long term substitute for three children’s music ensembles within their established program. An ideal candidate will have experience and interest working with young singers, with selecting appropriate repertoire, with effective rehearsal techniques, and in working interpersonally with supervisors and collaborative staff. Plymouth is a progressive church community committed to social justice, and welcomes all children and families into the program.

Please submit a resume to maries@plymouth.org no later than March 10.

Responsibilities:
– Prepare for and lead in-person Wednesday evening rehearsals for three ensembles
– Rehearse and present 1-2 pieces for Cherub Choir and Chorister Choirs to sing in worship
– Plan and execute Bridge Night with other youth ensemble directors to support those students who will move to a different ensemble in 2022-2023
– Attend and co-lead the Youth Sunday service, May 22, 2022 at 11am
– Communicate clearly and in a timely manner with parents via provided email distribution lists
– Communicate clearly and in a timely manner with Pastor for Congregational Care and Worship and other staff

Young Voices (ages 3-5)
This group is focused on quality early experiences with music and centered around play, movement, and responding to repertoire from many backgrounds. Parents attend each class.
5:30-5:55pm on Wednesdays

Cherub Choir (grades K-2)
Children in Cherub Choir learn to sing in an ensemble for the first time. We nurture a beautiful unison sound, skills in working and learning as a team, and music literacy as singers prepare to read printed music.
6-6:30pm on Wednesdays

Chorister Choir (grades 3-6)
Choristers strengthen their basic music skills as they begin to read music and sing in multiple parts. We build a loving community through the selection of meaningful music and team-building activities.
6:35-7:15pm on Wednesdays

 

Requirements:

  • Background Check
  • Up to date Covid Vaccinations

 

 

Job Posting – Ministry Assistant for Operations

Position is Open Immediately. 1/21/2022

Position Summary

The Ministry Assistant for Operations is responsible for managing reception and facility operations to create a culture of radical hospitality by welcoming, inspiring, informing, and serving congregation members, visitors, staff, tenants, and the community. Primary functions of this role include event scheduling, supervision of hospitality staff, and providing administrative support to the Director of Operations and the Clergy. It is essential for the Ministry Assistant for Operations to become familiar with all programs and scheduling for Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis.
Plymouth Congregational Church is a progressive faith community grounded in the Christian tradition. In mutual care and respect for our diverse understandings of God, we seek to embody the radical love and justice found in the life, teachings, and spirit of Jesus.

Position

  • Fulltime, Hourly, Non-Exempt.
  • Pay is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • Benefits include Health & Dental Insurance, 403(b) Retirement Account, Flexible Spending Account, and Vacation, Sick, and Holiday Pay.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster required, or Medical/ Religious Exemption.
  • Background check required.
  • This position reports to the Director of Operations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5 years of office related work experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Church experience or other mission driven professional experience preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience in Microsoft Office and other database programs (preferably a church database program).
  • Strong listening and communications skills—verbal and written.
  • Well-developed organizational and administrative skills.
  • Good problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Able to deliver consistent, committed, reliable, and timely performance.
  • High standards regarding confidentiality and integrity.
  • Collaborative work style and ability to work as a professional member of the team.
  • Ability to welcome and interact with a wide diversity of guests/individuals, including those seeking emergency assistance.
  • Cultural humility, and/or experience working with underserved/underrepresented populations.

Key Accountabilities/Responsibilities and Duties
Including, but not limited to:

Hospitality

  • Welcome guests in a warm, friendly, respectful manner.
  • Staff front desk.
  • Supervise hospitality staff.
  • Recruit, coordinate, and train volunteers for the front desk.
  • Create and maintain an accessible information system so the front desk is the information hub of the church.
  • Implement policies and procedures for walk-in guests needing assistance.
  • Handle all front-of-house duties cheerfully, competently, and professionally.

Scheduling

  • Responsible for scheduling all space and events in the facility.
  • Process all requests for building use, including requests from boards, members, and outside groups.
  • Coordinate event logistics from beginning to event conclusion.
  • Coordinate custodial setups for all room usage.
  • Issue contracts and invoicing for groups and events.
  • Schedule zoom meetings and webinars.
  • Maintain the facility calendar and publish weekly updates for staff.
  • Coordinate arrangements for baptisms, weddings, funerals, and memorials between church members and minister, organist, soloist, custodians, food service, room usage, etc.

General Administration

  • Order supplies and maintains vendor relationships.
  • Produce appreciation cards for volunteers after events and coordinate a volunteer appreciation gathering.
  • Cross-train with other office staff to provide coverage in the event of vacations, illness or leaves of absence.
  • Provide support to the Director of Operations and Clergy
  • Other duties as assigned.

Problem Solving Responsibilities

  • Prioritize work and organize to meet deadlines.
  • The Director of Operations should be kept informed of problems that are persistent or vexing in nature.
  • Decision Making/Freedom to Act
  • This position is accountable to the overall mission of the church and maintaining collegial relationships with staff, Board members, colleagues, guests, and the congregation in general.

To Apply
Please submit cover letter and resume via email to anneg(at)plymouth.org.