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District Leadership Strategist / Caney Fork River District, Tennessee Conference of the UMC

Reports to: District Superintendent

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Evidence of intentional discipleship and faith in Jesus Christ
  • Knowledge of General, Jurisdictional and Annual Conference Church polity
  • Must be committed to the mission of the Tennessee Annual Conference and be able to articulate and be proactive in advocating for the implementation of our mission in local congregations
  • Demonstrate a capacity to understand and strategically use data for self-assessment, accountability, and learning in the interest of promoting positive change for congregations in the District
  • Ability to focus on the mission of the Tennessee Annual Conference and to model change when necessary
  • Ability to articulate the meaning of connectionalism in the United Methodist Church
  • Capacity to work collegially with a wide variety of individuals
  • Ability to discern when information received may be confidential or when such information should be shared and to what level
  • Ability to develop rapport with laity and clergy
  • Ability to plan, develop, and coordinate multiple tasks and projects
  • Ability to organize resources and establish priorities
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Resourcing of district for increased vitality and effectiveness in local churches
    • Assessing vitality and identifying needs according to District strategy
    • Developing a network of resources (people, program, curriculum, etc.) to assist congregations in their alignment with mission, vision, and values with the Tennessee Annual Conference.
    • Collaborate with the District Superintendent regarding congregations being resourced.
    • Serve as a member of the District Operational Team and work with them to implement the strategies of the district
    • Strategize with the operational team of District Leadership Strategists and the Director of Connectional Ministries about how to increase the capacity of local churches to make disciples.
    • Work with the District Superintendent and District Operational team to create and implement leadership development system of clergy and laity in the district.
  • Support of Connectional Ministries Teams
    • Work with District Superintendent and District Operational Team to discover and equip leaders to serve on District and Connectional Ministries teams.
    • Serve as a link between the District team and the Conference Connectional Ministries team with regard to policies and procedures and stewardship of mission and vision.

Education and Experience:

  • Theological training preferred. Completions of Course of Study Work. Supervisory experience helpful.
  • Relevant post high school education or work experience required.
  • Ability to use email, basecamp, zoom, other basic computer methods of communication
  • Ability to use laptop, cell phone, printer, LCD projector, portable screen, speakers

Work Schedule

  • Full Time
  • Exempt
  • Extensive travel within the district, some evening and weekend work required

Please send letter of interest, resume’, and list of references to careers@tnumc.com by no later than Tuesday, September 25th.