Wallingford United Methodist Church in Seattle, Washington, is looking to hire an interim music coordinator. The position involves scheduling music for our weekly in-person and online service at 10 AM Sundays. The position involves scheduling pianists and other special music performers, sometimes rehearsing or accompanying small groups and occasionally playing piano for Sunday services. During services the church has at least three spots for music (without congregational singing due to COVID-19), that involves instrumental or small group singing with good social distance practices.
Alaska and Pacific Northwest Conferences partner to issue more than $111k in hybrid worship grants
119 United Methodist churches and camping ministries receive direct support
By Patrick Scriven | September 29, 2021
In June, the Pacific Northwest Conference launched a new grant opportunity to support local churches investing in technology necessary for hybrid worship. The conference directed $100k to the program, prioritizing access for funding to churches worshipping under 75 members.
A small grant team met weekly throughout the summer to review applications, ask, and answer questions about plans and equipment, and approve just short of 100 requests from churches and ministries across all five conference districts.
Starting in August, the Alaska Conference joined the effort adding resources and new team members. Together, the expanded team approved requests from an additional 20 churches and ministries in Alaska (see sidebar). It was an early opportunity to live into the shared commitment conference members made in June to have the Alaska Conference within its boundaries as a mission district.
In the PNW Conference, 95 local churches and all four camps received grants totaling more than $94k. Roughly two-thirds had an average worship attendance under 75. In the Alaska Conference, 19 local churches and one camp received over $19k.
The grants have already made a difference, particularly in churches with limited resources. For some, this has allowed the church to livestream worship for the first time since the pandemic began. For others, it has helped them address issues like internet access or purchase new equipment to take their next step forward.
One response from Kalama UMC in the Crest to Coast District offered sincere gratitude noting now the grant would accelerate their plans to provide a quality broadcast. “We are grateful to be able to be inclusive of our members as they have health issues, and to reach beyond our walls to spread the good news.”
Learning through giving
From the start, leaders intended for the Hybrid Worship Grant Project to do more than deliver funds to local churches. The grant process got local churches thinking about what they could do, which opened virtual and in-person doors to team members to offer training and answer practical questions.
“We knew that this would be a good opportunity to learn from our congregations even as we are resourcing them,” said Rev. David Valera, executive director of connectional ministries for the PNW Conference. “As I traveled over the summer to consult with churches, I was often impressed by their creativity.”
This learning has expanded team members’ knowledge, aiding them in providing better solutions as they field questions about gear, software, and implementation from other local churches. These experiences have also solidified the team’s understanding that no two churches’ needs are identical. Put another way, what might work well in one setting can be harmful in another. Asking essential questions about vision and financial, staff, and volunteer capacity is vital in arriving at a sustainable plan.
One common challenge these grants are also helping to address is using personal equipment – most often the pastor’s laptop or camera – to produce online worship. While offered generously in a moment of great need, there are numerous reasons why this is less than ideal in the long term. Several pastoral transitions in July helped to drive home that point, and, thankfully, grants were available to help.
In addition to Rev. Valera, PNW staff members Ian McKnight, Patrick Scriven and Teri Tobey served on the review team, joined by Fran Lynch (Willow UMC) and Rev. Ken Hagler (Anchor Park UMC) from churches in the Alaska Conference. Nadine Miyahara, a member at Blaine Memorial UMC, served a critical role in tracking the group’s work and interfacing with Pam Kaiser in the PNW Treasurer’s Office to get resources sent expediently as grants were approved.
The opportunity provided by the Hybrid Worship Grant Project to encourage and support local churches is one cherished by the team. On days often filled with Zoom meetings, it is a blessing to come alongside and support tangible work in so many locations.
Patrick Scriven serves as director of communications & young people’s ministries for the Pacific Northwest Conference.
Partnering to offer Hybrid Worship Grants in Alaska
By Fran Lynch
Remember those articles for the past month or so encouraging churches to apply for a grant to enhance, improve, or make possible hybrid worship services? You were asked to dream, talk with other church members, research, and apply. That is exactly what 19 of the Alaska churches did.
Nome Community Church now has the equipment to have Zoom worship services to interact with each other.
Aldersgate and Douglas have a large project with multiple pieces of equipment, and the grant funds put with church funds means their worship service can alternate between the two churches.
Chugiak can now engage with online worshipers without the wireless headset cutting out.
Palmer Fellowship can connect with members who could not attend in person or virtually.
Willow, Seward, Kenai, and North Star no longer must borrow the pastor’s or lay members’ equipment, adding stability for offering worship.
Moose Pass has worship resources to make music possible in services and rearranges how the pastor can manage the hour-long commute between the two churches he serves.
All the churches now have more reliable technology, increasing the comfort level in offering virtual worship services.
In the expressions of gratitude, our churches shared that they could connect with folks all around the state and the country – former members, snowbirds, past VIM team members, and outside supporters of our mission churches. Amid a pandemic with isolation and social distancing, connections live on and grow.
And the connection between Alaska and the PNW is doing the same.
This grant possibility was first offered by the PNW Conference to support PNW churches. When some of our Alaska churches heard about it, they applied! After all, we are evolving into a mission district of the PNW. Our Alaska Conference Leadership Team responded by designating $10,000 for grants to Alaska churches, and PNW added another $10,000 to this amount. This evolving into being a mission district is promising.
Alaska Director of Connectional Ministries Rev. Lisa Talbott invited Rev. Ken Hagler and me to serve on the joint committee with PNW members to approve the grants. We became stronger by combining our resources – knowledge, money, technical expertise, the history of our conferences and individual churches, and our desire to help our churches provide better worship services. We know a bit more about each other and have an invested interest in the creativity, resourcefulness, and resilience of our Alaska and PNW churches.
“For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. Plans for good and not for evil. To give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah knew what he was talking about with these words of celebration.
There is great hope in the future of our two conferences as the reality of the first-ever mission district evolves.
Fran Lynch is a United Methodist Deaconess (ret.), a member of Willow UMC, and is the Secretary of Global Ministries for the Alaska Conference.
First United Methodist Church of Olympia is looking for a person to join our ministry team as a multimedia coordinator providing technical expertise and technical team leadership for the church’s growing online digital ministry programs including live-streamed worship and prerecorded worship video projects.
The Multimedia Coordinator is responsible for the online presentation of our Sunday morning worship service and other recorded and live programs throughout the week. The successful applicant for this position will have a college-level education or equivalent experience in A/V production, video editing skills, experience with common industry software and equipment, and strong communication and leadership skills.
Hours will include Sunday mornings and additional flex-hours up to a total of 20 hours/week.
To apply, please contact Pastor Peter Perry at email@example.com for additional information, to submit a resume, and possibly arrange for an interview.
The first position isTheAssistant to the Pastor, to support the day-to-day operations of our church. This position requires 20hours per week and is flexible with some on-site time required, and the remainder of the hours can be accomplished either on-site or remotely (with your own computer equipment). The successful candidate must be able to work independently and as part of a group. Computer (i.e. Excel, Word, PowerPoint & Publisher) and social media skills are imperative. The ability to use video equipment and use video editing software is imperative. The successful candidate will have good people skills (which includes situational discernment), must have a positive attitude, be professional and have good organizational skills.
The second position is The Assistant to the Director of theWesleyFoundation, WSU to support the day-to-day operations of our organization. This position requires 10 hours per week. The successful candidate must be able to work independently as well as part of a group. Computer (i.e. Excel, Word, PowerPoint & Publisher) and social media skills are imperative to the success of this candidate. The successful candidate will have good people skills (which includes situational discernment), must have a positive attitude, be professional and have good organizational skills.
Although these are two separate positions, the right candidate could be hired to do both. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are applying for:
Assistant to the Pastor of Simpson UMC
Assistant to the Director of the Wesley Foundation, WSU
OR a combination of both positions
Application review begins July 13th and remains open until the position is filled.
The successful candidate could potentially begin employment as early as July 26th.
Starting pay is $15.00 per hour or DOE.
The successful applicant is subject to a background check.
To apply, please include a resume and cover letter describing how your talents and qualifications match the job duties outlined below. Questions and applications should be directed to SPRC Chair, Carrie Coen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant to the Pastor at Simpson United Methodist Church
The Assistant to the Pastor at Simpson United Methodist Church (approximately 80 hours/month):
The Assistant to the Pastor shall:
Provide support and assistance to the Pastor to fulfill the mission of Simpson United Methodist Church
Reception; includes all tasks associated with being a receptionist to include such items as answering the phone, answering e-mails, distributing/processing mail and greeting visitors. The successful candidate should be able to positively represent SUMC in all these interactions. This portion of the position is infrequent and will only be necessary in the pastor’s absence from regular office hours.
Admin; all tasks that would typically fall under the purview of “administrative maintenance,” such as filing and report writing. The successful candidate should be proficient at using Excel/Word to complete these duties.
Create weekly newsletters/bulletins, assisting with promotional activities and creating promotional materials to keep the congregation and other supporters informed of SUMC happenings. There are two main parts to this (listed below) and the successful candidate should be able to create all the materials in a timely matter with little or no assistance.
Media; refers to all tasks associated to the creation of our Simpson Weekly. These tasks include but aren’t limited to gathering appropriate art, articles, and creation of a “Publisher File,” as well as the final distribution at the end of the week. Skills should include graphics and multi-media experience.
Worship; includes all tasking that supports the maintenance of our weekly worship program which includes music folder prep, creating the worship PowerPoint, creating the worship bulletin and script, and any other tasks that might be uniquely assigned by the pastor. This also includes a weekly worship meeting typically held on Monday.
Maintain the SUMC website and social media sites (i.e. Facebook/Instagram/Twitter). The successful candidate should have the knowledge/skills to update these pages with little or no assistance. This includes weekly website updates with video links, changes to the homepage and inclusion of the bulletin and weekly news.
Video and livestream weekly Sunday worship service
Keep track of weekly worship attendance and relay that information to the church Bookkeeper
Provide inventory control and ordering of church office supplies
Collaborate and communicate with the local churches and with the Pacific Northwest Conference as needed.
Report writing to include annual church report and letter writing correspondence as needed.
Email and phone correspondence as needed
Communicate with building use committee and create documents as needed
Be able to work independently to make sure the work each week is completed with little supervision
Complete any other assigned duties as required
Assistant to the Director of the Wesley Foundation, WSU
The Assistant to the Director of The Wesley Foundation, WSU (approximately 40 hours/month):
The Assistant to the Director shall:
Provide support and assistance to the Director to fulfill the mission of the Wesley Foundation through assuring correspondence is communicated and to confirm attendance at meetings
Work with WF director and board to fundraise and maintain finances (collecting receipts) for this ministry
This includes preparing the annual grant application
Create quarterly newsletters, assisting with promotional activities on campus and creating promotional materials to keep alumni and other supporters informed of WF happenings
Maintain the WF website and social media sites (i.e. Facebook/Instagram/Twitter).
Connect local United Methodist Churches with the ministry of the WF
Connect with churches within the Pacific Northwest Conference in order to create a list of UM students attending WSU
Will organize volunteers, procure needed supplies and prep for the Wednesday night dinner and clean up after dinner (during the WSU academic year). This requires an on-site presence (typically from 3 pm-6:30 pm on Wednesday evenings during the WSU academic school year)
Represent the Wesley Foundation at the WSU all-campus picnic (August)
Sign up for spot
Order and put together the swag
Attend event and connect with students
Potential to attend the Greater Northwest Annual Conference to represent the Wesley Foundation in June of each year
Nursery Assistant to work with another supervisor in providing child care during worship for children age 5 and younger. The position will begin when Covid conditions allow for child care to resume. The position pays $14.80 per hour, for a minimum of 3 hours per week. More hours may be available for occasional classes and meetings when child care is needed. Send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Full job description available here.
Bothell United Methodist Church in Bothell, Washington is seeking applicants for a full-time director of music. The salary range is: $45k-$50k. They will provide leadership and continuity for the Bothell UMC music program and enhance the worship experience through music selection and leadership based on ongoing worship themes.