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Operation Inasmuch: Executive Director

(Posted: 5/7/2019)

National Christian nonprofit, Operation Inasmuch, is seeking a dynamic leader who desires to make an impact. This unique position requires someone who can influence decision-makers, lead by example and contribute to on-going success.

How to Apply: Please send your resume and personalized cover letter addressing your experience in faith or community leadership and how that experience will translate for Operation Inasmuch to ebenson@betternonprofits.org. Please note that Indeed and LinkedIn applications will not be accepted. Deadline for applications is June 12, 2019.

Ministry Overview
Operation Inasmuch is a national nonprofit Christian ministry that employs proven models to motivate, train, and equip churches to move their members out of the sanctuary seats and into the streets to serve the neediest in their communities following Jesus’ words in Matthew 25.

Operation Inasmuch is also a movement of churches across America, a Compassion Revolution. Operation Inasmuch has prepared churches of all denominations and sizes – from 5 to 5,000 – to advance the Compassion Revolution in three stages:

  • Inasmuch Day – we deliver training and tools for churches to send a large number of their members out to serve those in need through a single day of projects.
  • Inasmuch United – we encourage and equip a group of churches to work together and serve their communities on a single day.
  • Inasmuch Life – we provide the strategy and training for churches to disciple their members to serve their neighbors in need on an ongoing basis through a lifestyle of compassion.

Job Purpose
Lead the Operation Inasmuch ministry to fulfill its purposes by developing services and products, marketing to and enabling churches and other Christian organizations to carry out Jesus’ aims for his followers, and creating sustainable revenue streams to support the ministry.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Lead staff and board members to maintain organizational focus on the mission, vision, and values of the ministry.

Initiate, build, and maintain connections with churches and other organizations by all practical means including scheduling and conducting training events, and attending assemblies, conventions, and other gatherings.

Work with staff to create and deliver services and products with associated revenue streams to help support the ministry.

Work with the incumbent Director of Development to transition to full responsibility for soliciting new individual, church, and foundation donors and maintaining relationships with current donors, exploring potential partnerships, and building networks.

Communicate ministry needs, accomplishments, and opportunities to and meet with the Operation Inasmuch Prayer Team.

Maintain Board relations to include, but not limited to, working with Board Chair to develop agenda for regular Board meetings, providing monthly updates of ministry activities and finances, and developing and overseeing annual budget for Board approval.

Supervise the office staff and foster an environment of open communications, transparency, and collaboration.

Assure compliance with all legal requirements including, but not limited to, tax documents, association memberships such as Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), and required audits and reviews.

Partner with other staff members to communicate the Inasmuch story through all social-media avenues, regular newsletters, and communications with donors and other stakeholders.

Travel outside the Knoxville area ~30% of the time performing these duties and responsibilities.

Qualifications

Faith:

  • Must be a follower of Christ and an active member of a local Christian church.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field with at least ten years of experience or an equivalent amount of education and experience is required. Master’s degree in non-profit leadership preferred.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities/Training/Systems:

  • Must possess strong communication (verbal, listening, and written), interpersonal skills and organizational skills.
  • Must be highly organized with thorough attention to details.
  • Must have strong multi-tasking skills.
  • Proficiency with computer and relevant computer software applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Knowledge and experience in developing streams of income including expanding donor base beyond relationship-based fundraising.
  • Knowledge and experience in marketing and developing models and products to best meet the needs of the Inasmuch “customer” base, i.e., churches and faith organizations.
  • Cross-cultural and inter-faith experience and relationship building.
  • Training and experience in organizational and professional coaching preferred.

Reports to: Board of Directors

How to Apply: Please send your resume and personalized cover letter addressing your experience in faith or community leadership and how that experience will translate for Operation Inasmuch to ebenson@betternonprofits.org. Please note that Indeed and LinkedIn applications will not be accepted. Deadline for applications is June 12, 2019.

(6/30/2019)

Faith Formation Ministry Coordinator

(Posted: 5/14/2019)

Description: St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Summerville, SC, seeks to hire a director of children and youth ministry, who will intentionally build a partnership and develop ministry that involves children, youth, and adults in a safe, fun, loving, and faith-nurturing environment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Develop and maintain a comprehensive faith formation program for children through high school that facilitates the building of faith through relationships formed for all ages.
2. Identify relationship voids for young people’s lives and fill those voids with church members who can influence the development of faith.
3. Create and lead monthly events designed to connect children, youth, and adults.
4. Regularly cast vision, recruit, train, mentor, appreciate, celebrate and oversee a team of adult volunteer leaders who will lead and encourage students to explore, connect, serve, and grow in their faith.
5. Equip and Inspire parents to nurture their children’s spiritual growth.
6. Nurture programs of faith formation for the wider congregation.
7. Other duties as assigned by the Pastors

Accountabilities – % of Time
Develop and implement faith formation programming that includes weekly meetings with middle and high school youth and children. – 40%
Facilitate and support faith-formation programming for adults, and seniors. – 20%
Develop meaningful faith-based relationships with those involved in these faith formation programs – 10%
Attend weekly worship services -5%
Monthly meetings with faith formation ministry team and others – 5%
Weekly meetings with Pastors – 5%
Develop and facilitate weekly programming for the calendar year to include regular meetings and special programming – 5%
Use social media as part of an effective communication plan – 5%
Coordinate worship participants – 5%

Job Requirements:

1. Strong foundation in the Christian faith, grounded in the ELCA or liturgical tradition is preferred.
2. Experience with and passion for working with children, youth, and their families in the grace of Jesus.
3. Experience recruiting, creating, developing and deploying volunteer teams.
4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills for use in a variety of situations from large community gatherings, to informational meetings, to discipleship opportunities, to social media platforms.
5. Excellent relationship-building skills.
6. Ability to organize, focus, and multi-task.
7. Ability to work with a team.
8. Proficient with social media platforms.
9. Two references from a supervisor, Pastor, or other person who can address the applicant’s fit with the duties and responsibilities.

Must have at least a Bachelor’s degree, have a clear background check, and a driver’s license.

To apply, please send a resume and statement of interest to:

Dr. George Metz
searchcommittee@sllc.org

(7/1/2019)

Part-Time Parish Financial Administrator – Redeemer, Columbia

(Posted: 5/21/2019)

Redeemer Lutheran Church in Irmo is searching for a Parish Financial Administrator. This salaried position requires performing data entry and reconciliation of treasury management accounts, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll. In addition, the position will prepare and post monthly journal entries to the general ledger as well as prepare monthly financial statements in compliance with non-profit accounting standards, and financial oversight of preschool program. Based on job duties, the position is part-time and would require 20-25 hours per week. Please contact Rev. Gary Loadholdt at 803-772-5419.

(7/15/2019)

Part-Time Music Director – Martin Luther, Charleston

(reposted 5-22-2019)

Martin Luther Lutheran Church is seeking a part-time Music Director to lead our music on Sunday morning and for other services. We need someone who plays organ and piano, can direct our choir, and can start a handbell choir. Directing a children’s choir could be a possibility as we are slowly gaining children.

Mission Statement:
“We are a caring people of God, brought together by grace and nourished by the
Word. Led by the Spirit we are sent out in service to share God’s love.”

Profile:

  • One service: 9:00a.m., and weekly Adult Choir rehearsal
  • Other services as needed (Christmas Eve, Advent and Lenten Wednesday evenings, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, funerals and weddings as needed)
  • An organ and a grand piano are in the sanctuary. Pianos in the choir room and fellowship hall.

Contact the Church for a pdf outlining qualifications, responsibilities, etc. Persons interested in applying should provide a complete resume and professional references. Send resume and references to Martin Luther Lutheran Church at MLLC@knology.net

Church Office phone: (843) 795-4855
1605 Harborview Rd. Charleston (James Island), SC 29412

(7-15-2019)

Part-Time Organist – Grace, Gilbert

(5-29-2019)

Grace Lutheran, Gilbert is in search of an organist/pianist for their 11am worship service. Duties include accompanying the congregation with the liturgy, preparing a prelude for each week and accompanying the choir on anthems when they sing.

Resume’s can be mailed to the church:

Organist Task Force
Grace Lutheran Church
P.O. Box 333
Gilbert, SC 29054

For additional information and a complete job description please contact the church office at 803.892.2468.

(7-15-2019)

Part-Time Parish Financial Administrator – Emmanuel, West Columbia

(Posted: 6-5-2019)

Hours: 10 hours per week
Typical work days: Wednesday and Thursday

In all areas, the Parish Financial Administrator should:

  • Be mindful that the primary purpose of this position is to support the ministry of the church
  • Provide needed support to the pastors, staff, committees and congregational leadership
  • Respond as part of a team to ensure special events get carried out (e.g. weddings, funerals, or celebrations)

Specifically, the Parish Financial Administrator is responsible for the following areas:

  • In cooperation with the pastor, treasurer and Parish Administrator, prepare the annual Parish Report to the SC Synod for timely submission
  • Provide administrative support
  • Reply promptly to all email and voicemail messages received by the parish
  • Update the church sign weekly
  • Update the social media pages, as needed
  • Process accounts payables and prepare checks for payment
  • Prepare monthly financial reports
  • Provide reports as requested from church database and Church Windows
  • Walk through building, grounds and cemetery weekly to assess damage or areas needing repair; refer items needing attention to property committee
  • Work with the groundskeeper, sexton and other contracted services for the buildings and grounds
  • Issue and track all keys to the building
  • Schedule and oversee building usage (includes calendaring of meeting locations)
  • Work with all external groups that rent the Church Building; ensure that all groups that use the facilities are in compliance with church policies
  • Publish weekly building usage calendar
  • Maintain the parish calendar
  • Prepare and publish monthly Manger newsletter
  • Ensure items received weekly are filed appropriately
  • Be able to fulfill responsibilities of the Parish Administrator as required to help fulfill Emmanuel’s mission and ministry
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Skills necessary to do this job:

  • Be hospitable and welcoming to all who interact with this position
  • Maintain discretion and confidentiality
  • Excellent organizational skills, flexibility, and willingness to learn new things
  • Efficient use of computer systems, software, and technology
  • Responsible use of church resources (e.g. credit card and keys)
  • Independent transportation for the running of errands (mileage to be reimbursed at the IRS rate)
  • Excellent grammar and proofing skills

From time to time, it may be necessary to change your work days to provide coverage for the church office. These changes will be coordinated in advance.

Travel expenses for necessary errands will be reimbursed at the IRS rate.

A criminal background check will be performed at the church’s expense as a condition of employment.

Performance reviews will be conducted annually.

This job will be paid hourly at the rate of $13.65

(8-1-2019)

Part-time Director of Music Mt. Calvary, Johnston

(Posted: 6-12-2019)

Is seeking a part-time Director of Music to support its worship and music ministry. The Director needs to be knowledgeable of traditional Lutheran worship, have good skills as an organist and pianist, be capable of conducting a volunteer choral choir and handbell choir, and supporting and encouraging the congregation’s song. We have one Sunday service at 11:00am. Choir rehearsal is at 9:00am on Sundays.
Applicants should send their resumes with two or three references to Lib Cumbee, Chair of the Worship and Music Committee, cumbeeelizabeth42@gmail.com.

(8-1-2019)

Full-time Chaplain – Lutheran Homes Franke at Seaside, Charleston Area

(Posted: 6-12-2019)

Lutheran Homes of SC is in the search process for a full-time Chaplain in the Charleston area. The candidate will provide specialized pastoral services to older adults/dependent persons, their families, staff, and volunteer caregivers. Additionally, the Chaplain will coordinate a campus-wide plan of communication that informs and compels persons in congregations and community organizations to enrich the lives of older adults through serving in activities of social ministry. For more information please visit: https://www.lutheranhomessc.org/careers-jobs and or contact ebeck@Lhomes.org with resume or questions.

(8-1-2019)

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1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone 803-765-0590
Fax 803-252-5558

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