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Minister and Team Leader, Faith Formation Ministry Team, Application Deadline: July 5, 2013 

Ministry Team Faith Formation Ministry Team  
Reports To Executive Minister, Local Church Ministries  
FLSA Status Exempt  
Salary Grade 10  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Category LCM - Local Church Ministries  
Starting Salary  

GENERAL PURPOSE OF POSITION:   The Minister and Team Leader of the Faith Formation Ministry Team leads efforts to ensure that every UCC person is well-equipped to be growing in faith, theologically conversant, biblically literate, and active in the global mission of the church. This is accomplished by developing resources, events, partnerships and networks that will strengthen faith formation opportunities in local churches, Conferences, and other settings of the church.


  • Lead a multiple-member staff team toward the enhancement of faith formation ministries across the life of the United Church of Christ.
  • Supervise and manage staff and consultants, setting goals that will lead to measureable outcomes, events and products that strengthen faith formation ministries in the UCC.
  • Envision, structure and lead a successful staff team transition from portfolio-driven specialties to an intersectional staff model that relies on and deepens staff’s broad expertise in faith formation, including worship, liturgy, education, arts, music, spiritual practices, global traditions/influences, etc.
  • Identify, network, and lift up excellent models of faith formation in local churches and Conferences, and develop a series of “centers of excellence” events in (and resources by) local churches that will allow congregational excellence and innovation to be showcased/modeled for others.
  • Work to broaden and deepen the commitment of UCC persons toward lifelong theological education/reflection and spiritual practices that lead to maturing faith.
  • Facilitate a broad-range of constituency networks (women, men, youth, young adults, children and families, musicians, educators, outdoor ministries, etc.) in the United Church of Christ, using new models and techniques for creating and expanding these relationships.
  • Ensure coordination of the Women’s Ministry Table, and other such intra-ministry tables as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with counterparts in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), ensuring that partnership staff (working cross-denominationally) — such as part-time ministry staff to children and families — are supervised and utilized appropriately to the benefit of both denominations.
  • Expand online learning opportunities for UCC persons, in partnership with seminary faculties, Conference Ministers, and other teachers. 
  • Work collaboratively with the Dean of the Amistad Chapel in identifying ways to utilize the Amistad Chapel as a place of learning and engagement for a wider, beyond-Cleveland audience.
  • Participate in the development and support of inter-cultural, multiethnic faith formation practices that demonstrate extravagant welcome.
  • Work collaboratively and offer counsel, as needed, to the Stillspeaking Writers Group and other writers’ groups, in support of the mandate of the UCC’s Publishing, Identity and Communication Ministry Team, via The Pilgrim Press, to develop successful new models of resource/curricula development that will serve the church’s emerging faith formation needs and be financially viable/sustainable.
  • Lead the creation and successful growth of Extravagance United Church of Christ, a new non-geographical congregation committed to addressing the spiritual needs/aspirations of persons regardless of their proximity to a physical UCC congregation.
  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with the Association of United Church Educators (AUCE), the UCC Musicians National Network, Inc. (UCCMNN), and other constituencies committed to excellence and innovation in UCC’s faith formation ministries.
  • Serve as a member of the LCM Leadership Team and the UCC Mission Planning Council.

Other responsibilities as assigned.

Position Requirements

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


  • Proven commitment to innovative approaches in faith formation ministries and their successful implementation in local churches.
  • Experience, gifts, and skills in, and passion for, the ministry of faith formation.
  • Demonstrated competency in management and supervision, planning and goal-setting, budgeting, and staff development and training.
  • Proven experience in effectively working and communicating with those who work and volunteer in faith formation ministries in local churches and conference settings.
  • Familiarity with UCC/ecumenical/interfaith resources, publications and curricula and an ability to envision and communicate new models of resourcing faith formation.
  • Excellent technology, and communication skills, and an understanding/articulation of both traditional and emerging approaches to faith formation in local churches.
  • Excellent writing, liturgical, interpretive, and preaching skills.
  • Significant leadership experience and involvement in local churches, especially in faith formation ministries.
  • Collaborative style and approach to ministry.
  • A person of faith with grounding in the United Church of Christ and its core values.
  • A graduate degree in a related field or equivalent experience, or a combination of academic study and experience.


  • Demonstrated written and oral English language skills, including ability to conceptualize and participate in development of print resources.


  • Commitment to and theological understanding of mission in its broad range of concerns; ability to articulate and witness to one’s faith perspective.


  • Desire and sensitivity to working in diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and religious settings with commitment to diversity in the workplace as well as in one’s understanding of mission.


  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially as well as independently and confidentially.


  • Ability to travel within the United States.


This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for the position and are 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 CMUCC 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 CMUCC by being attentive to self-care, education, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and the importance of referring those in need to supportive and helpful resources.

The United Church of Christ, National Setting, is a Multicultural, Multiracial, Open and Affirming,

Accessible to All, Equal Opportunity Employer.

Comprehensive Benefits Package Employer paid health, dental, life, and pension benefits.  
Application Deadline July 5, 2013  
About the Organization The United Church of Christ

Our faith is 2000 years. Our thinking is not.

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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