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Minister for Congregational & Community Engagement, Close Date: June 9, 2023 

Ministry Team Faith Education, Innovation & Formation (Faith INFO)  
Reports To Minister and Team Leader, Faith INFO  
FLSA Status Exempt  
Salary Grade 8  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Category National and Global Ministries, Cleveland, Ohio  
Starting Salary $63,000-$70,000  


The Minister for Congregational & Community Engagement will use their working knowledge of Intersectional theory to develop a strategic approach and curriculum towards mobilizing local congregations, from different contexts and with diverse embodiments and practices, in transformative community engagement rooted in discipleship and the traditions of the United Church of Christ. The purpose of this position is to build capacity among local churches to analyze and respond to complex realities with faithfulness and skill, particularly building capacity in cultural and community organizing across issues to which the Gospel compels us to act.



  • Develop a comprehensive and strategic approach and curricula, inclusive of short-term and long-term plans, for culturally homogenous or culturally divided settings of the United Church of Christ to encounter and process complex realities in the context of the scripturally based, progressive theology and justice commitments of the UCC.
  • Resource and equip the local church with comprehensive and multidimensional tools of faith-based community and cultural organizing such that the local churches are able to engage and mobilize within their specific contexts across multiple issues of faith and justice in their congregations and communities.
  • Create contexualized community and cultural organizing resources in collaboration with organizers, trainers and partners, with preference to rural and small congregations.
  • Gather and nurture congregational and community leaders across difference church settings, physically and virtually, to expand capacity and build community and resilience.
  • Collaborate and build creative partnerships across all church settings and ecumenically for creative direct action around specific advocacy campaigns.
  • Build on the racial justice resources and curriculums of JLCM, particularly supporting white people in finding their agency in the struggle to dismantle white supremacy and use social location to leverage change.
  • Represent JLCM and the National Setting of the UCC in all settings of the UCC, ecumenically, and in interfaith settings as appropriately related to this portfolio.
  • Support the Faith INFO Team Goals, events and programs, such as the ongoing Manual on Church and Thursday’s For the Soul.
  • Develop and maintain professional and courteous relationships with UCC national and conference staff, community and religious partners and other constituents; serves as a positive role model by exemplifying values which are consistent with the United Church of Christ.
Position Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required to perform successfully in this position.


  • Graduate degree in theology


  • Ordained or Approved Pending Call in the United Church of Christ.


  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the United Church of Christ, its history and polity especially its commitment to prophetic ministry in the church and society.


  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in race conscious work and community and/or cultural organizing.


  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, including some forms of published thought.


  • Demonstrated skills in social and cultural analysis, particularly in the area of intersectionality, cultural and community organizing.


  • Ability to work in diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious settings with a demonstrated commitment to pluralism in the workplace.


  • Demonstrated written and verbal language skills in English including teaching and public speaking. Multilingual candidates will be given preference.


  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively.


  • Ability and willingness to travel as necessary.


LOCATION: This position is offered with the possibility of deployment. Relocation to Cleveland will not be necessary.  

COVID-19 Update: Protecting the health and safety of our employees is a top priority. Full COVID-19 vaccination is required for employment (proof of record will be requested during the onboarding process).



This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for the position and is subject to review and change at any time in accordance with the needs of the ministry. Since no job description can detail all duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a position, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a position shall also be considered part of the position holder’s responsibility.


It is expected that the person who holds this position will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the policies of the UCC and in a manner that will reflect positively on the organization. All staff are encouraged to nurture safety within the work performed on behalf of the UCC by being attentive to self-care, education, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and the importance of referring those in need to supportive and helpful resources.

Comprehensive Benefits Package Employer paid health, dental, life, pension benefits  
Application Deadline June 9, 2023  
About the Organization The United Church of Christ

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We believe in God's Continuing Testament.

We believe in Extravagant Welcome

We believe the church's mission is to Change Lives

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