Director of Ministerial Excellence / The Illinois Great River Conference

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The Director of Ministerial Excellence is responsible for providing oversight to the creation and on-going development of a conference process of ministerial excellence, which fosters the identification of those who are called to vocational ministry and supports them in finding their place in servant ministry, as well as in both growing and thriving within their ministry.

Primary Roles: 

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive program of formation and leadership development for excellence in ministry, in collaboration with the Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM), the Orders of Elders and Deacons, and the Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members. 
  • Develop, standardize, and strengthen processes related to ongoing clergy formation (continuing education) and the 8-year assessment process (¶ 349 of the 2016 Book of Discipline).
  • Integrate system of accountability and evaluation from the BOM and the General Church with the Appointive Cabinet.
  • Strengthen the Conference’s relationship to seminaries by working with the Appointive Cabinet and the Board of Ordained Ministry to schedule visits to seminaries and to seminary students from the IGRC.  
  • Collaborate with BOM, the Appointive Cabinet and the Orders/Fellowship for the development and ongoing refinement of criteria for leadership excellence and effectiveness.
  • Collaborate with BOM, the Appointive Cabinet and other invested conference leaders in the development and implementation of a conference-wide “culture of call.” 
  • Supervise and support the Candidacy Summit, mentor training, License to Preach School, Extension Course of Study School, Residency in Ministry program, and New Pastors Orientation. 
  • Ensure conference-wide consistency in all processes – District Committees on Ministry (dCOM), recruitment, applicants, mentor training, etc.
  • Collaborate with the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Wespath, GBHEM, Preacher’s Aid and Benefit Society, and the Clergy Assistance Program (CAP) to establish and strengthen holistic approaches to encourage clergy well-being including spiritual, emotional, physical, and financial health and appropriate boundaries.
  • Maintain connections and communications with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
  • Supervise and resource support staff to care for these responsibilities:
    • Serve as the Conference BOM Registrar.
    • Coordinate processes for commissioning and ordination.
    • Train and communicate with District Committees on Ministry.
    • Train best practices for interviewing.
    • Administer and resource local pastor processes.
    • Manage clergy relationship changes, appointment changes, information updates.
    • Receive and process applications of clergy from other conferences and denominations who are seeking an appointment in IGRC.
    • Keep all records related to the Business of the Annual Conference Report and ensure that the BAC is accurately completed.
  • Coordinate and maintain databases as needed to support all of the above, including a database of individuals responding to a call to ministry and their status in the comprehensive plan of formation and leadership development, producing reports as requested.
  • Partner with the Director and Coordinators of the Connectional Ministries Team/Office to provide leadership training for clergy and laity in an aligned and effective manner.
  • Partner with conference directors to align and further the vision of The United Methodist Church and the mission of the Conference.
  • Serve on the Extended Cabinet and as a staff liaison to BOM, the Orders and other boards and agencies as the work requires.

Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree or equivalent is required.  Doctor of Ministry preferred.
  • Three to five years previous experience in a supervisory position is preferred.
  • Familiarity with denominational and conference structures and programs. Previous service on Board of Ordained Ministry and/or District Committee on Ministry preferred.
  • Knowledge of The United Methodist Church denominational polity and organizational structure is required. United Methodist membership is required.
  • Faith in Jesus Christ; understanding of oneself as a disciple who is growing deeper in love of God and neighbor.  Ability to articulate and live out one’s faith and growth.  
  • Full membership in the clergy covenant of The United Methodist Church.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively as a team member, to provide team leadership, and to work independently. 
  • Must possess: interpersonal skills, ability to listen and incorporate constituents’ ideas, communication skills, knowledge and proficiency in planning and organization, ability to prioritize, budgeting skills, decision making skills, excellence in writing, teaching skills, cultural sensitivity, discernment, judgment, and initiative.
  • Able to travel as needed. 

Email resume and cover letter to jobs@gcfa.org

Closing Date: June 25, 2021