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Sand Point Community UMC (Seattle, WA): P/T Orgainist

Sand Point Community United Methodist Church in NE Seattle, Washington, is seeking a qualified applicant for the position of Organist/Accompanist. Read more in job description below.

Please email a cover letter and resume to officemanager@sandpointmethodist.org

Mission Statement:

We are an inclusive, caring community – committed to Christ’s work, seeking spiritual growth, and lovingly responding to the needs of God’s world.

Purpose:

To enrich and enhance the quality of the worship service. The organist/accompanist plays the church organ and pianos, as the music program of the church requires.

Areas of Responsibility:

1. Musical Responsibilities:

a. Provide appropriate and inspirational music (preludes, offertories, postludes, etc.), and leading congregational hymns and responses for Sunday worship service. Music should reflect varieties of Christian experience, the seasons and historical periods of the church year, and other special occasions.

b. Accompany the Choir at regular rehearsals and Sunday worship services; accompany soloists and other special groups during Sunday worship services, and for extra services as determined by the Music Director.

c. Play for additional worship services throughout the liturgical year (i.e. Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday)

d. Provide music for weddings and memorial services. The fee for these services is in addition to regular salary.

2. Related Work activities:

a. Coordinate and communicate weekly with the Pastor and Music Director.

b. Submit titles of music to be performed to the Office Manager each week for inclusion in the Sunday bulletin.

c. Secure necessary maintenance for the organ and church pianos. Submit budget for these expenses in the fall of each year. Maintenance is subject to yearly budget limitations.

d. Meet annually with the Staff Parish Relations Committee and the pastor for a performance evaluation, review the year’s activities, and review current contract.

e. The organist may access the organ for conducting private lessons with his/her students.  S/he needs to channel all teaching requests (dates/hours) for the use of the organ for teaching through the Office Manager, so as not to interfere with other groups’ meetings. If the pupil is under 18 years of age, the Safe Sanctuary Policy guidelines must be adhered to throughout the teaching session.  

f. The organist is expected to secure a substitute when on vacation or absent.

g.  The organist is expected to attend staff meetings as scheduled.

Reporting Relationship

The organist is employed by SPCUMC and is expected to work directly with the Music Director and Pastor.  The organist is expected to work collaboratively with the Staff Parish Relations Committee.

Position Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts in music is preferred or comparable experiencewith sufficient hours in organ study necessary to be proficient on the church’s instruments (organ/piano).

Conditions of Employment:

Works ¼ time – approx. 10 hours per week

There is a 3-month probationary period

Salary: Approx $16,000 per year

University Gathering UMC (Seattle, WA): P/T Worship Leader

Reports to: Lead Pastor, Rev. Paul Ortiz

Status: half-time, 20 hours per week

Salary: 30k annually

Job Summary: The worship leader facilitates and energetically leads music during Sunday worship services, incorporating a variety of elements and diverse styles (hymns, choral pieces, and contemporary worship) that focus on welcoming and inspiring the church community into full participation in the bold mission of God’s love and justice in our city. The candidate must be passionate about embracing anti-racist practices, and centering LGBTQIA+ spiritual needs and realities, as they minister to, and help us build, a diverse faith community in the University District of Seattle.

Essential Functions

  • Communicate with the pastor and worship team on theme/sermon content for the week to create a well-planned and prayerful worship service, choosing songs that would lead people most effectively and respond to God’s word and presence
  • Recruit/audition volunteer musicians, singers, and choir singers
  • Frequently invite others to increase size and diversity (gender, racial/ethnic) of singers and musicians
  • Coordinate and oversee rehearsals (usually before service on Sunday morning)
  • Lead music during the service through vocals and instruments (ideally guitar, percussion, and/or piano), including opening, offering, communion, and closing songs
  • Exhibits a strong presence of public leadership and public speaking as they invite and lead us into worshiping God on Sunday morning

Other Responsibilities 

  • Participation in weekly worship meetings (over Zoom)
  • Connecting, being available for meeting or answering questions/taking suggestions of congregants
  • Arranging, writing, transcribing recordings/writing out scores and charts as necessary
  • Update songs with exclusively male pronouns for God to use more inclusive language (i.e., she, they, Godself) when possible

Minimum Qualifications

  • Formal or informal musical training (can range from self-taught, to private lessons, to college degreed with a music background)
  • At least 1 year prior experience leading worship in a congregational setting preferred
  • Experience working with congregations comprised and supportive of the LGBTQIA+ community, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color strongly preferred
  • Ability to lead songs vocally and instrumentally
  • Knowledge of a wide range of Christian/spiritual songs that are diverse and relevant
  • Experience training and organizing musicians
  • Comfortable speaking and performing publicly
  • The ability to create goals and vision for the music team

Core Competencies

  • Public leadership
  • Detail-oriented
  • Passionate/Inspirational
  • Team building
  • Developing relationships

How to Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume to Pastor Paul Ortiz (paul.ortiz@ugathering.org) or (office@ugathering.org).  Optional, feel free to include up to three YouTube/Vimeo links to services where you are leading worship for reference. All applicants will be considered equally even if links aren’t included in your application email. For qualified applicants, we will follow up with scheduling an interview.

University Gathering United Methodist Church is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability. To learn more about the church, visit www.ugathering.org.

Download this listing: Worship Leader Job Description 2022

Pacific Northwest Conference seeks a full-time Senior Accountant

The Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church is welcoming applications for the position of Senior Accountant.  The position oversees financial processes, including accounting, policies, procedures and provides accurate and timely data, reporting and analysis for a multi-entity organization with combined operating budgets of $7 million, $35 million in invested assets and $15 million in annual cash flow.

The Compensation and Benefits Package: Salary range is $68,000 to $78,000 depending on experience. Benefits include health insurance (medical, dental and vision), life and disability insurance, employer contribution of up to 10% to a 403 (b) retirement plan, wellness plan incentives, generous paid time off (vacation and sick) and holiday pay. The position is full-time non-exempt and offers a flexible work arrangement. The job is located in Des Moines, Washington.

See the full job description here: Senior Accountant Job Description.  

About the Conference:

The Pacific Northwest Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church supports the work of more than 240 churches and ministry settings across Washington, Alaska and northern Idaho as they seek to be Jesus’ disciples in our communities by following the three principals of our church founder, John Wesley: Do no harm, Do Good, Stay in Love with God. Headquartered in Des Moines, Washington, our staff stretches across the great expanse of our Conference (geographic territory) to provide financial, spiritual, structural and technical support to our churches and ministry settings. Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky is the Resident Bishop of the Greater Northwest Area, which encompasses the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Oregon-Idaho Conferences.

Who we are: The United Methodist Church has a long history of advocating for social justice, including civil and human rights. One of our major missional priorities is to dismantle racism in the church and society. We welcome and affirm LGBTQ+ persons at all levels of leadership in the church.

Apply online for the position at  Senior Accountant Job Application.

The Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage and welcome all applicants from a diverse background and of different religious beliefs; we are striving to create an inclusive and equitable workplace.

Aldersgate UMC (Bellevue, WA): Preschool Director

The director is responsible for management and oversight of the preschool following all requirements of the United Methodist Church and the Washington State Department of Early Learning. The director has sole responsibility for staffing, implementing curriculum, meeting the requirements of the preschool program and managing the daily operations of the school. 30 hours a week. School hours are 9am-1pm M-F . Salary $3,360 monthly, $28.20 hourly. 

  • Knowledge of current best practices in Early Childhood Education, Bachelors degree with concentration in education, early childhood or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience as an administrator of a preschool or childcare center.
  • Experience preparing annual budgets with a knowledge of business financial management

If interested email a letter of interest and resume to office@aldersgate-church.org

Aldersgate UMC (Bellevue, WA): P/T Choir Director/Accompanist

Aldersgate is looking for Choir Director to help us reestablish our choral choir for some of our live Sunday services and to coordinate with our other church musicians. We have a job description of what the job entailed prior to the pandemic but, so much has changed. We are looking for someone to help us create what our services with a choir will look like post pandemic. This is a part-time position, yearly salary starting at $15,000. Check us out, let us answer any questions for you. 

If interested email a letter of interest and resume to office@aldersgate-church.org

Wesley UMC (Yakima, WA): P/T Music Director

Wesley United Methodist Church in Yakima, Washington, is currently hiring for a part-time Music Director. This position provides, supports, fosters, and coordinates the music within the worship services by serving as principal organist/pianist/accompanist and director of ensembles. Additionally, this individual provides leadership and opportunities for growth in existing choral and handbell ensembles and encourages, invites, and rehearses with individuals in soloistic opportunities. The person in this position will be extending the ministry of WUMC to our employees, our members, and the surrounding community.

Joint Youth Group Director in Gig Harbor

Ecumenical Ministry Opportunity

The Joint Youth Group of Gig Harbor, Washington, seeks its first Youth Director. The JYG is a newly established, multi-church/multi-denominational organization combining the efforts and resources of four local churches to establish a full-time program for middle and high school youth in the Gig Harbor community. 

The four churches (Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, United Methodist, and United Church of Christ) have set an intent to fund and support a three-year pilot program with hopes of its ongoing sustainability.

The five articulated goals for this program are: 

  • Faith formation
  • The fostering of healthy Christian community, inclusive of LGBTQ members
  • Social and environmental justice
  • Stability and dependability
  • Fun!

The Director of Youth Ministry will be responsible for developing, coordinating, and administering an effective and comprehensive ministry for youth in grades 6-12, and their families. This person will work closely with and report directly to the supervising pastor who heads the JYG Board (comprised of the four pastors and congregational representatives from the participating churches) to establish a vision for the ministry as well as to build the infrastructure necessary for a sustainable model of youth-ministry, including an intention to remain in the position throughout the three-year pilot program. 

Skills and Job Requirements:

Our ideal candidate would have a minimum of an undergraduate degree and experience working with and leading youth in a religious setting. A graduate or seminary degree/experience is preferred, as well as experience working with LGBTQ youth.

We seek someone who is energetic, resourceful, and self-starting who will be able to carry out the ministry with minimal direct supervision.  The position will require spiritual and theological maturity in articulating a vision of the Christian faith that is relevant for youth coming of age in this era (and consistent with the missions of the sponsoring congregations and denominations); strong team-building skills with the youth, staffs, and volunteers; strong written and verbal communication skills for engaging the youth, pastors, and congregations; and leadership skills in carrying out weekly programming and directing adult volunteers.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and leading separate weekly programming for middle school and high school students
  • Organizing and carrying out special quarterly events, including a significant summer mission trip/pilgrimage-type event
  • Rotating attendance at the four sponsoring churches, including preaching at least once a year in each of the churches
  • Reliable verbal and written communication with the JYG Board
  • Participating in required staff meetings
  • Providing regular communication and publicity with the congregations
  • Submitting Annual Reports to the congregations, including program evaluation
  • Being available for one-on-one meetings with youth and parents, attending extracurricular events
  • Attention to the recruiting, spiritual development and team-building of adult volunteers
  • Fostering a climate to encourage positive youth participation and volunteer experiences
  • Advocating for meaningful participation of the youth in worship activities
  • Networking with community and denominational agencies and resources
  • Maintaining approved budget
  • Completing recurring training requirements and opportunities as available

Salary, benefits, and administrative:

  • Full-time (40 hours/week), 
  • $55 – 62,000 annual salary (depending on training and experience)
  • Health insurance stipend, retirement, paid time off
  • Dedicated full-time office and ministry space
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and means of transportation
  • Must clear national and Washington State background checks
  • Must clear all denominational children/youth safeguarding qualifications 

We value all employees and job candidates as unique individuals and welcome the variety of experiences they bring to our Youth Ministry. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply!

We are looking to hire as soon as possible with hopes of starting this ministry in Fall 2022. We will be accepting applications until the position is filled. Please send resumés and cover letters to Denise Iversen, jointyouthgroupgigharbor@gmail.com.

Aldersgate UMC (Bellevue, WA): Hiring Youth/Family Ministry Director

Bellevue Aldersgate UMC Church is HIRING!

The AUMC Children, Youth and Family Ministry Director position is a full-time position averaging 40 hours per week. This position develops programming for children, youth and families both within our church and our community. AUMC is a vibrant and inclusive Christian community growing in Faith, Love, Health and Service. This position is the key connection for families, youth and the church, so they must be warm, approachable and open. 

If interested email a letter of interest and resume to office@aldersgate-church.org 

A message to the PNW Conference from your Board of Ordained Ministry

A message to the PNW Conference from your Board of Ordained Ministry

Thursday, January 16, 2022

The PNW Board of Ordained Ministry takes seriously its role of identifying, nurturing and accompanying all who respond to God’s call to professional ministry. In 2016 our Board of Ordained Ministry adopted the following “Statement on Ministry Candidates, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity”:

We, the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Pacific Northwest Conference, hold our clergy and candidates to the highest standards of faithful and holy living. For some time, our practice has been to affirm that people of all sexual orientations and gender identities can live up to our high standards for fitness, readiness, and effectiveness in ministry. We will continue to give all candidates equal consideration, as we believe it is the most faithful way to do our work.

At this critical time in the history of The United Methodist Church, we believe it is important to state explicitly how we have been operating implicitly. We stand in solidarity with and fully support all of our colleagues and candidates in ministry who endeavor to transform our world through God’s grace.”

We have renewed our commitment to this statement several times since first adopting it, most recently at our 2022 Spring meeting. Since 2016 we have also developed Safe Harbor processes designed to aid clergy and candidates in other conferences who need a safe place to be in covenant community and live into God’s call to ministry.

As followers of Jesus and siblings who share this sacred commitment of supporting candidates for ministry, we grieve with all who are impacted by the recent vote of the Clergy Session of the Florida Annual Conference not to approve an entire slate of candidates for provisional membership because two of these candidates identify as LGBTQIA+. We grieve the harm done to these 16 candidates for commissioning but also the harm done to the many LGBTQIA+ persons inside the United Methodist Church and around the world. We grieve the harm done to the Body of Christ whenever people are marginalized, excluded, or devalued.

We plan to send a letter of support and solidarity to the 16 candidates impacted by the actions of the FLUMC Clergy Session and have reached to the Board of Ordained ministry of the Florida Annual Conference to send it to them. We have sent the following letter to the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Florida Annual Conference so share our grief, our support and our commitment to work together for better church.

By unanimous vote, the Greater Northwest Area’s Cabinet offered their affirmation and support of this letter and policy.

Dear BOM Colleagues of the Florida Annual Conference,

As members of the Board of Ordained Ministry in the Pacific Northwest, we write to you in love, in deep grief, and in solidarity. As boards of ordained ministry, we carry a sacred task to accompany and commend candidates along their path toward ordination. Thank you for your faithful commitment to this work. What transpired in the FLUMC clergy session horrifies us. In its callous and cynical rejection of your mindful work, the clergy session deeply harmed candidates who have shared their lives, calling, and their tenderest truths as they have sought to serve Jesus Christ through the United Methodist Church. It affects real life careers, but even more significantly, this harm is soul harm that will be carried for a lifetime.

We recognize the deep brokenness in our denomination, the hate that fuels anti-LGBTQIA+ rhetoric and actions, and the disingenuous behaviors of those who would see our denomination fail. We pledge to work for a better church, one that more closely aligns with the heart of grace we find and experience in Jesus Christ. We reach out to you and to your candidates to offer not only words of care and support; we offer our annual conference as a place of safe harbor for those candidates, should they choose such a pathway.

May God be with you in the days ahead as you work to bring healing to those harmed and as you continue the sacred work of identifying, nurturing and accompanying all who respond to God’s call to professional ministry.

As siblings in Christ and partners in ministry,

The Board of Ordained Ministry of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference

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Des Moines UMC: P/T Church Office Administrator

Des Moines United Methodist Church seeks a part-time church office administrator (up to 20 hours per week, typically four mornings). This individual supports the work of our welcoming and justice-oriented congregation and pastor by managing communications, coordinating building access, and maintaining church records

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