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Administrative Assistant to the Director of Clergy Excellence

The Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church seeks to employ an Administrative Assistant to the Director of Clergy Excellence.

Position Overview:

Under the direction of the Executive Assistant to the Director of Clergy Excellence, the Administrative Assistant – DCE (AA-DCE) will create and maintain contact and address lists, schedule and prepare for meetings, send reminders, populate spreadsheets, and perform similar and related work.  The AA-DCE will assist the Executive Assistant to the DCE and the DCE with various administrative tasks relating to the Board of Ordained Ministry.

The AA-DCE will also input to and maintain the Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) section of the Conference website, ensuring that information is updated, and forms and links are functional. The AA-DCE will also input to and maintain some clergy candidate information on the UMCares or UMCares Plus website, and similar and related websites and spreadsheets. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

  1. Schedule BOM /Executive Committee via Zoom meetings and also face-to-face meetings. Arrange for lunch if needed, and send BOM/Executive Committee meeting reminders, include documents received (agenda, Treasurer’s report, minutes from last meeting, etc.)
  2. Populate and maintain BOM website. Update BOM Full Board and Executive Committee rosters with updated addresses of BOM members, add and delete members, as needed.
  3. Update website forms and documents with new board information. This will include dCOM Action reports
  4. Update email lists and rosters and GBHEM roster of BOM officers and contact information.
  5. Print name tags for new board members, missing tags, and for the new class of candidates for all meetings.
  6. With direction of the BOM chair send invitation letter for BOM members and others to attend retreats and meetings, and other correspondence as needed.
  7. Create email group for interview week candidates. from updated spreadsheet of contact information for the mailing
  8. Coordinate and schedule the Interview Week retreat including: making room assignments, submitting dietary needs list, providing meal counts, listing of candidates who will be there and when.
  9. Update website with new information (for example, Candidacy Summit and New Beginnings)
  10. UMCares – enter and maintain assigned areas of UMCares
  11. Annual Conference correspondence to candidates and retirees
  12. Similar and related work as assigned by the DCE, EA-DCE, and BOM Chair

Supervision Exercised:


Qualifications & Skills:


  • High school degree or GED, required.
  • Two to five years in an office environment
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Ability to understand the United Methodist systems.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Ability to work to a demanding schedule.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Keyboarding skills, flexibility and ability to work independently are required.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft products, high level of organization.
  • Facility with website updating
  • Capacity to function in a constantly changing environment.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Project management skills

NOTES:  This position will be about 20 hours per week.  It will require travel to Lansing between 2 and 4 times per month for meetings.  Primary office will be in the successful candidate’s home so ability to have internet and telephone service is required. 

Email application to Debbie Stevenson, Executive Assistant, Office of Clergy Excellence, The application deadline is August 24, 2018.

Questions? Contact the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Browne,

** To comply with regulations by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.

Chancel Choir Director – Livonia: St. Matthew’s UMC

Purpose: To assist St. Matthew’s UMC in fulfilling its stated mission and vision. The primary focus of this staff position is to direct the Chancel Choir and establish and direct a Children’s Choir (K-6).

Work schedule:  8 hours/week (Mid-August to Mid-June)

Start date: As soon as possible

Accountable to: Pastor and Staff Parish Relations Committee
Reports to:  Pastor



  • High school diploma or GED
  • Bachelor’s degree in the area of music preferred

Skills & Experience:

  • Capable of skills needed to conduct a choir:
    1. Able to work with musicians of all skill levels (e.g. selecting music of appropriate difficulty levels, coaching younger or inexperienced musicians to ensure their success, fostering a team atmosphere between beginners and advanced musicians)
    2. Able and willing to work with a variety of music styles
    3. Able to select and plan music that will enhance the overall worship experience and sermon, in coordination with the pastor
  • Previous experience in this area of ministry is desired


  • Views oneself as a servant leader, sharing in the church’s efforts to fulfill its mission and vision. This position uses music as a ministry tool for the building up of disciples and the church.
  • Views the church’s choirs as a ministry wherein members of the choir:
    1. Have the opportunity to use their gifts in ministry and to help lead worship
    2. Have the opportunity to be part of a “small group” in the church as a way of connecting with others and being nurtured in their faith.
  • Open to taking a “team-approach” to ministry in terms of working collaboratively with others, including other staff and laity
  • Will abide by general employment policies as set by the current Lay Employee Handbook.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Directing the Chancel Choir
    1. Establishing a weekly evening rehearsal day & time
    2. Selecting and purchasing new choral music, within the allotted annual budget.
    3. Sunday services (currently, September-May, the Chancel Choir sings on the first, second and fourth Sunday of the month).
    4. Other special services (e.g. Christmas Eve, Easter Sunday, etc.)
  • Directing the Children’s Choir
    1. Recruiting and encouraging children in Kindergarten through sixth grade to participate in the choir
    2. Rehearse after church two (2) Sundays a month
    3. Sing in service every month
    4. May also perform at other special services (e.g. Christmas Eve, Easter Sunday, etc.)
  • Work with the Music Coordinator to recruit instrumentalist to accompany the choir as needed
  • An annual cantata is highly desired (during Advent and/or Lent)

Other areas of Responsibilities:

  • Coordinating an annual children/youth musical program with the Christian Education Committee
  • Attending the following meetings: Music Committee (monthly), Staff (monthly) and others as needed.

Salary: Around $7,000, depending on experience

Applications, résumés, and questions may be submitted to: Rev Jeremy Africa, 30900 Six Mile Rd., Livonia, MI 48152; 734-422-6038;

Click here for an application form.

Church Administrator – Grosse Pointe UMC

Church Administrator: Hours per week- 30

Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church is seeking a person to join their 8- person staff to serve as the Church Administrator. This will be the “first point of contact” for the church.

Must be proficient in computer usage, social media, possess phone and organizational skills and be able to assist the church leadership in furthering the mission and ministry of the church.

Please send letter of interest and resume to by Monday, August 27, 2018.

Family Ministry Coordinator – Vergennes UMC

Family Ministry Coordinator Job Description

Vergennes United Methodist Church partners with families to help them grow as disciples who know, love, and serve Jesus. We provide Christian education opportunities and events for all ages through the church, as well as resources for parents to help them teach and model Christian values at home. We are seeking a Family Ministry Coordinator to help us reach our ministry goals. This position is 15-20 hours per week, and allows a flexible schedule.

Children and Youth Ministry Job Responsibilities

• Coordinate the Live for Jesus (L4J) Sunday school program for children birth-8 th grade incorporating spiritual formation (Biblical teaching), serving, and worship experiences.
• Recruit, supervise, and coordinate mentors (teachers), youth helpers, and nursery workers.
• Coordinate pastor-approved curriculum for each age group with mentors.
• Maintain presence with the middle school and high school youth through monthly youth group attendance.
• Research and implement spiritual formation opportunities for high school and middle school students.

Adult Ministry Job Responsibilities

• Support and equip parents with tools and skills to disciple their family (i.e. websites, books, small groups, workshops)
• Recruit small group leaders, research materials, promote small groups, and provide continuing follow up and support.

Additional Job Responsibilities

• Plan special events which provide opportunities for fellowship, connect generations, and welcome new families.
• Coordinate family oriented service projects.
• Communicate curriculum, events, and other relevant information through church communications (email, bulletin, bulletin board).
• Recruit volunteers and teams to assist in meeting ministry goals.
• Implement the Safe Sanctuary policy.
• Create an annual ministry calendar including curriculum, schedule of mentors, small group schedules, etc.
• Attend staff meetings and discipleship team meetings.
• Attend weekly worship service at Vergennes UMC.
• Maintain designated budget.


• Nurture a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
• Passionate about discipleship of all age groups.
• Experienced in areas of organization, communication, and appropriate age based education.
• Knowledge of the basics of the Christian faith, Biblical stories and themes, and ability to teach/communicate these truths to children in a fun and effective manner.
• Good interpersonal skills. Able to relate well to children, youth, and adults.
• Ability to recruit others and delegate responsibilities.
• Self motivated, flexible, and creative.
• Bachelor’s degree preferred.

If you are interested in this position, please submit a resume and cover letter to

Administrative Specialist- General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW)

Administrative Specialist- General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW)

The Administration Specialist for Sexual Ethics and Advocacy is responsible for providing coordination for the Sexual Ethics and Advocacy area and essential administrative support for the Senior Director. Functions include coordinating logistics for sexual ethics trainings and events; preparation of power point presentations and printed materials; managing staff calendar and scheduling meetings.

The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills necessary to deal effectively and courteously with a diverse group of people; demonstrated written and oral communication skills; demonstrated cultural sensitivity; ability to use discretion, judgment and initiative; demonstrated organizational skills; analytical skills; detail oriented, preferred knowledge of the United Methodist Church; and demonstrated experience on personal computer and software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.  The person will need to be able to be flexible and prioritize projects as well as manage multiple projects/priorities at one time.

For detailed job description, please see here.

How to Apply

To be considered for this opportunity please send a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at

GCSRW is an Affirmative Action Employer. 

Application Deadline: August 31, 2018

Music Director – Trinity UMC, Grand Rapids


Music Director Position:

  • 18 hours a week
  • Willing to be flexible with duties per candidate’s skill set, talent and interest
  • Hours to be determined after skill set and interest established
  • Proficiency in keyboard, teaching and leadership skills desired
  • Salary range- $20,000 per year


Trinity United Methodist Church Community and Mission:

Trinity United Methodist Church proclaims, shares and lives the radically inclusive love of Jesus Christ. Centered in Jesus Christ, Trinity United Methodist Church is an inclusive, progressive community of faith in which persons grow in devotion, love and service.

Trinity United Methodist Church celebrates the diversity of the human community, and affirms the sacred worth of each person as a recipient of God’s love and grace. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we declare ourselves to be an open and inclusive congregation, and welcome into full participation all persons regardless of gender, race, national origin, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status or economic condition.


Resumes/inquiries due July 23, 2018, to
Complete job description available upon request. Please- no phone calls.


Trinity United Methodist Church

1100 Lake Dr. SE

Grand Rapids, MI  49506

Pianist/Organist – Wayland UMC

Wayland UMC is seeking an Organist or Pianist to prepare and play music for their Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. Initial rate is $60.  There is an opportunity to play for a neighboring church after this service for additional pay.

Submit cover letter and resume with references to Sandi Ragan (Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee Chairperson) at

Worship Leader/Music Director – Milford UMC

Milford United Methodist Church

Worship Leader/Music Director Job Description – June 19, 2018

Our church is a small town/suburban congregation that welcomes young and old, rich and poor, of all races and ethnicities. Milford United Methodist has about 300 members at present with average weekly worship attendance at 104 in 2017. We embrace joyful and spirit-filled worship in traditional and contemporary music. We have an established traditional service with an adult Choir, an adult Bell Choir, and a desire to add a new Sunday service with music led by a Praise Team. The Music Worship Leader will be part-time and will develop and promote the church’s music ministry, and will report to the pastor.


Has experience leading music ministry

Demonstrates Christian faith

Proficiency in voice and directing a choir (keyboard or guitar skills would be a plus)

Good verbal, written and collaboration communication skills

Proficient with Traditional and Praise Music

Available to work part-time: $12,000 – $16,000 salary depending on experience and expertise

Bachelor degree or minor in music preferred but not required. Appropriate performance and direction experience may be substituted.

Proficient in basic computer skills including email communication and use of social media


Provide vision and direction to the music program

The Music Worship Leader embraces the Church’s Vision and Mission Statements. In collaboration with the pastor and other worship leaders, establishes goals and priorities in line with the church’s Vision and Mission. Conveys a positive energy that inspires their team.

Plan, prepare, schedule and lead rehearsals (Weekday evenings & Sunday mornings)

Direct traditional choir for weekly worship services

Develop a Praise Band for Contemporary Service, recruiting and engaging talented volunteer musicians to sustain the Praise Band every Sunday

Build a relationship with the present choir members and existing volunteer leaders, recruit new choir members

Abide by all church policies, especially Safe Sanctuary Policy

Meet with worship design team to plan worship services – emphasis on collaboration

Plan and participate in inter-church activities in the community as representative of MUMC

Explore, develop and implement new avenues for the church’s music programs, including new programs such as children’s choir and performance of special music in worship or in concerts

Maintain the church’s music library and media

Provide motivation, inspiration and guidance for all music participants of varied skill levels; pro-actively work to increase engagement for all who seek to participate

Engage in systematic professional development

Handle and/or recruit church volunteers for a range of support tasks

Prepare, submit, and operate within an annual budget for the church’s music ministry in cooperation with the worship design team and finance committee.

Please email resume, explanation of your qualifications, and any other supporting items to or mail same to Music Search, Milford United Methodist Church, 1200 Atlantic St, Milford, MI 48381. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

If you would like to know more about our church, please visit our website at

Candidate must pass criminal background check.

Position is open until August 31, 2018 or until filled.


Organist and Accompanist (Part Time) – Waterford Central UMC


Waterford Central United Methodist Church is seeking an Organist and Accompanist (Part Time)


Job Title:

 Organist and Accompanist


Ministry Purpose:

To work with the Director of Music and Worship Leadership providing musical selections and accompaniment that complement worship services throughout the year.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance or equivalent experience
  • Ability to play a variety of musical styles
  • Organizational skills to attend rehearsals and prepare for weekly worship services and special calendar events
  • Emotional and spiritual maturity to effectively work with various ages, backgrounds, and musical abilities
  • A faith that allows for musical ability and giftedness to be seen as a ministry in Jesus Christ
  • The flexibility to establish and develop a long-range music program
  • Willingness to submit to background check and completion of all required forms for child/youth protection policy
  • A mandatory background check will be performed every 2 years



  • Maintain Organ and Piano music libraries.
  • Rehearse:
    • Chancel and Children’s Choir on Thursday evenings and accompany same groups as needed on Sunday mornings
    • Accompany extra rehearsals and practice as needed
    • As organist and pianist with choirs, soloists, instrumentalists, and other special music as required
  • Attend staff meetings, Church council meetings, and other meetings when appropriate.
  • Assist the Music Director in the maintenance of all church pianos; organ, console, and pipe chamber.
  • Work with Music Director in choosing relevant hymns and service music for Traditional Service and seasonal worship experiences.
  • Arrange for and hire substitute musicians.
  • Meet with families to ascertain and arrange music requests during Memorial and Funeral Service planning. (Based on availability)
  • Be a resource and liaison for all worship-related ministries.
  • Provide service at the Conference and District level as expected by the connectional nature of the denomination.
  • Attend workshops and seminars in order to better serve our congregation.
  • Additional or diminished responsibilities as determined by Staff Parish Relations Committee and Senior Pastor.



  • Provide music for weekly traditional worship services: Prelude, Offertory, Postlude, Hymns, Choir accompaniments, solo accompaniments, and other service music.
  • Be familiar, adept, and proficient with the entire spectrum of musical genres and styles.
  • Exhibit high level of skill on organ, piano, and all other keyboard instruments.
  • Be available for weddings and funerals.
  • Provide music for special non-Sunday worship services throughout the liturgical year.
  • Maintain and strive to increase technical and musical proficiency.


Work Hours and Schedule:

  • 10 hours per week based on Seasonal needs of the Congregation.
  • Thursday evening rehearsals and Sunday Worship Experiences.



  • Compensation will be reviewed annually.
  • As a part-time support staff position, this position qualifies for inclusion in a matching pension program of up to 3% of salary (as of April 1, 2014)
  • This position qualifies for paid holiday if the holiday is on a scheduled work day; if not that day, the day before or after as determined by Lead Pastor.
  • Please refer to Policies and Guidelines Procedures for Part-Time Employees document for more information.



 Reports to the Staff Parish Relations Committee for overall supervision and Lead Pastor for daily supervision.


To Apply

Send letter of interest and resume to Robin Danek ( and Richard Kuhn (

Director of Youth and Young Adults – Troy First UMC

The First United Methodist Church of Troy
6363 Livernois, Troy, MI 48098-1598 (248) 879-6363 Fax (248) 879-7552

JOB POSTING – June 6, 2018

Young Adult and Youth Ministries Director Position Description:
Troy First is seeking a leader to encourage, develop, expand and maintain our young adult and youth ministries. This Christian servant will inspire spiritual, educational, missional, evangelical Christian leadership and personal growth in the young adults and youth of our church and community. This leader must communicate effectively with junior and senior high youth, young adults and parents. This person must recruit and train adult youth ministry servants and participate with the pastor and staff to provide an effective leadership team.

Essential Job Functions (may include, but not limited to):
• UMYF: recruit and train adult leaders, plan weekly meetings and events. Find resources, work with student leadership on developing leadership skills, organize events such as Trick or Trunk, fundraising events, plan overnight retreats and consider midweek breakfast spiritual gatherings.
• Youth Mission Trip: Plan and organize the trip including fundraising events Dinner Auction, car washes, etc.) and recruiting adult chaperones.
• Youth Worship: plan Easter Sunrise Service, Youth Mission Trip Sunday, 4:30 Christmas Eve Service and Lenten Events.
• College Ministry: Maintain contact with college students through email, Christmas letters and write reference letters.
• Young Adult Mission Trip: Plan and organize young adult mission including supporting fundraising activities and recruiting chaperones.
• Mission Possible: organize and develop appropriate middle school mission activities and spiritual growth moments, and recruit adult and youth volunteers
• Necessary Skills and Experience:
• Education and experience in young adult and youth ministries
• Member of a United Methodist Church
• Worktime and Compensation:
• Worktime 15- hours/week depending on job functions. Compensatory time off following intense
periods of planned events such as Youth and Young Adult Mission Trips.
• Compensation to be determined. There will be no paid time off and no medical or other benefits.
• Duties will involve evenings and weekends
• Expected worship attendance 48 Sundays annually

Applicants should submit their resume by email to or to the Church Office attention Chairperson, Staff Parish Relations Committee.

Job Posting until position is filled.