Wallingford UMC: Interim Music Coordinator

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 over $111k in hybrid worship grants to 117 local churches and camps

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.


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Fowler UMC (Spokane, WA): CHURCH PIANIST/VOCALIST

Fowler UMC in Spokane Washington is seeking a pianist/vocalist to provide piano solo & accompaniment and song leading for worship services.

Applications can be sent electronically to fowlerumc@yahoo.com or to the church at 3928 N. Howard St. Spokane WA 99205, marked to the attention of Pastor René Devantier: 

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Names, email addresses, and phone numbers of two references 

Camp Indianola Seeks New Program Director

Camp Indianola is hiring a Program Director for a multifaceted position as a core member of
the Camp Indianola’s leadership team. This position contains a wide variety of
responsibilities to help ensure the smooth operation of the camp through all seasons. The
primary responsibilities of the Program Director are running and managing the youth
summer camp programming, and serving as the primary Guest Services Coordinator.
This Program Director job is intended to be a full time position, though operations under
covid make it more likely than not that this position may be part-time during the offseason
until normal operations resume.


Our context:
Camp Indianola is a United Methodist youth summer camp and adult retreat center
located across the Puget Sound from Seattle, WA. We are located on the Port Madison
Reservation, the ancestral and current home of the Suquamish Tribe. A gorgeous
beachfront view of the Puget Sound, Seattle, Mount Rainier, and the Cascade Mountains
makes our camp an unquestionably beautiful place to do ministry. Our camp is situated
on 75 acres of land, much of which is undeveloped woodlands, which we use for our
programming. Our five cabins provide a maximum capacity of approximately 100 guests.
Our programs vary depending on season. During the summer months, we run our own
religious youth summer camps. During the off-season, we both run our own adult spiritual
retreats and host outside non-profit groups looking for a site for their own retreats.
The Seattle area is largely socially and politically progressive to very progressive. The
United Methodist Church in the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference is theologically,
socially, and politically moderate to progressive. We as a camp work within and fit within
this context. Although candidates need not necessarily fit within these deological
parameters, a viable candidate will demonstrate that they will be able to operate
effectively within this ministry context without being oppositional to it. (An attitude that
the PNW culture around us is full of “depraved and wicked liberals” in opposition to the
Church is not a good fit for our organization.)


Who we serve:
We serve youth campers and adult retreat-goers from the entire western side of
Washington State, especially from the Seattle and Tacoma metro areas, as well as our own
Kitsap County.


Responsibilities:
The most notable responsibility of the Program Director’s role is running the youth
summer camp programming. Our summer camps serve grades 2–13. In a typical year, we
see approximately 300 campers, with camp sizes ranging from approximately 20 to 40.
The Program Director schedules, plans, and executes these camps. They are in charge of
recruiting, hiring, training, and managing approximately 7–12 summer staff during the
summer. The preparation for summer begins as far as 12 months in advance, intensifying
in the spring in anticipation of the beginning of summer. The Program Director does not
typically serve directly as a cabin leader, though it is expected that they be willing to take
on any needed role if the situation requires to ensure the success of the program.
The Program Director also heads up youth programming during other parts of the year.
For example, the Program Director is the primary individual in charge of planning the fall
youth retreat, as well as managing childcare during adult retreats.
The Program Director has many varied responsibilities beyond simply running summer
camps, to help in the year-round operation of Camp Indianola. Most notably, the Program
Director is the primary point-person for all guest services, both those related to summer
camps and to rental groups, though they do get additional needed assistance with this
role, especially during the summer.
The Program Director is also the key staff member in charge of outdoor educational
experiences for school groups. They help recruit school groups, help develop curricula for
those groups which wish for use to guide their experience, as well as leading these school
groups themselves. Depending on our level of success with attracting and teaching
school groups, this aspect of the Program Director position will determine whether the
job is full-time year-round or if it becomes part-time during the off-season.
The Program Director also serves as one of the on-call hosts for guest groups, helps with
housekeeping, helps maintain the grounds, help if needed in the kitchen, as well as many
other miscellaneous tasks as required. Overall, a successful candidate for Program
Director is willing to take on a very wide variety of tasks to help the camp run smoothly.
The seasonal responsibilities of this position shift significantly. This is an overview of some
(not all) of the responsibilities, of the Program Director through the year:

Summer
Full-time (as many hours as required based on programming)
Running summer camp operations, including managing staff


Fall
Part-time to full-time (minimum 20 hours/week, dependent on guest group demand)*
Outdoor education – recruiting, teaching, hosting
Finalizing broad plans for next summer

Winter
Part time to full-time (minimum 25 hours/week, dependent on guest group demand)
Recruiting staff
Outdoor education
Beginning summer camp promotion
Start planning for camp

Spring
Part time to full-time (minimum 30 hours/week, dependent on guest group demand)
Figuring out details for summer camps
Recruiting volunteers
Heavy summer camp promotion
Outdoor education

Please note: since guest groups have not returned yet in full force (meaning, we do not have
the same level of income as we had pre pandemic), it is likely that at least the first off-season
will mean a reduced number of hours from a normal year. The course of the pandemic will
dictate how soon we can resume to pre-pandemic levels of operation. The hours indicated above are
the anticipated number of hours for the next season. Once we return to normal levels of operation, we anticipate that this will resume being a full-time job. Note that the salary to be agreed upon is for the full-time position. The cash salary will likely be lower for this 2021–22 year. That being said, please note as well that all other
benefits of employment (health insurance, provided housing, some meals, paid sick leave) remain even during reduced hours.

Characteristics of the position:
This position is most often a medium-term job, lasting from 3–7 years. Washington State is
an at-will employment state, meaning that neither employer nor employee are not “locked
into” a position. However, we do not anticipate hiring a candidate who is coming into this
position knowing that they would only be here for a year or two.
The on-site living accommodations are appropriate for a single or partnered individual,
but not for a family with children. Camp Indianola will consider a partial housing stipend
or figuring out alternate housing for individuals for whom the on-site housing will not
work due to family situation.
Required competencies:
• 3+ years relevant experience
• Strong Christian faith, ability to help teach it to others, ability to reflect critically, openly,
and compassionately about issues of faith.
• Lifeguarding, including ability to maintain official lifeguarding certification
• First Aid, CPR certifications (or ability to get them)
• Love for camp ministries
• Willingness to engage with and learn from local Native culture, language, and history
• Must be able to operate necessary equipment including boats, power tools, machinery,
housekeeping, and lawn equipment*
• Must be able to work extended hours standing, walking, crouching, lifting, and reaching in
varying weather conditions*
• Must be able to regularly lift and carry up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift up to 100
pounds*
• Must have current driver’s license, acceptable driving record, and be able to operate
larger vehicles like 15-passenger vans and full-sized trucks*
• Must be able to pass a national background check
• Must be a team player ready to jump in and help with whatever needs doing to meet
guest needs

Reasonable accommodations can be made for candidates with disabilities, but do note that
this is a job that does naturally require a high degree of mobility and a wide range of physical
demands, creating challenges for accommodating some levels of limited mobility.
Desired competencies:
• Musically inclined and able to lead campfire songs and worship for groups of 5-120
• Experience and/or certification in challenge course and high element management and
facilitation
• Current certifications in any of the following: Lifeguard or higher, First Aid/CPR/AED or
higher, ACCT Level One or higher, Small Water Craft, Archery
• An understanding of United Methodist dynamics, culture, operations, etc.

Reports to:
Camp Director and Operations Manager

Salary, benefits, and hours:
Salary – $30,000–35,000, depending
upon experience


A furnished on-site staff apartment is provided for the employee. The employee and members of the employees families can receive meals at no cost when food service is operating.


Health insurance (medical, vision, and dental) or a partial insurance stipend, unless
participant is already covered by a parent’s or family member’s insurance.
Paid sick leave, as provided by Washington State law
Two weeks paid vacation. Additionally, one week of paid time off at the end of summer
that does not count against vacation time.
Paid holiday time off

This is a salaried, overtime exempt position. Expect to work far more than 40 hours a week
during the summer. To help offset this extra work, you in coordination with your
supervisor, will be allowed to schedule a lighter workload for the winter with some
additional paid time off.

Camp Indianola, as with most summer camps, has historically been a predominantly
White, male-dominated, and straight leadership and organization. We are working to
change this dynamic though it is admittedly still present. As such, we particularly
encourage individuals of color, LGTBQ+ individuals, and females and nonbinary
individuals to apply for this position.

Send resumes to: Camp Director, Colin Cushman — director@campindianola.org

OR

Colin Cushman, Camp Indianola, 10635 NE Shore Dr, Indianola, WA 98342

First UMC (Olympia, WA): P/T Multimedia Coordinator

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 pastorpeter@fumcoly.org for additional information, to submit a resume, and possibly arrange for an interview.

For more information, including the job description, see 
https://www.fumcoly.org/multimedia-coordinator/

Simpson UMC (Pullman, WA) seeking applications for two part-time positions

Simpson United Methodist Church, in Pullman WA is seeking applicants for two positions within our organization.

 The first position is The Assistant to the Pastor, to support the day-to-day operations of our church.  This position requires 20 hours 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 the Wesley Foundation, 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 jobs@simpsonumc.org.

Assistant to the Pastor at Simpson United Methodist Church

Job Description

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 

Job Description

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
  • Complete any other assigned duties as needed

Mill Plain UMC (WA): P/T Nursery Assistant

Mill Plain United Methodist Church in Vancouver, Washington is seeking applicants for an open position on their church staff.

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 info@millplainumc.org. Full job description available here.

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