Job Number: 22-02
Opening/Closing Date: January 6, 2022 to January 30, 2022
Description

Shining Waters Regional Council is seeking an individual to fill the role of Community Minister, Regent Park Community Ministry on a Term Contract basis (35 hours/week).

The mission of Shining Waters Regional Council of The United Church of Canada, in partnership with other Courts of the Church, parallel structures of other denominations as well as relevant secular agencies is: “Encouraging and Connecting Communities of Faith.”

The vision for this ministry is to sustain, activate and grow a community of faith and justice in the Regent Park area (Toronto) that is innovative, compassionate in its relationships, intercultural in its practices, open and informed by Christian faith and witness.

The primary purpose of this ministry is to be a spiritual presence within the Regent Park community, fostering a worshipping, supportive, and self-sustaining community of faith.  Located in the Fred Victor/40 Oak St. building, the ministry’s focus extends to the wider area, seeking to engage persons inside and outside of the facility.  It includes those with little or no experience in churches, the spiritual but not religious, those finding their way back to faith, those of other faiths, and other community members who want to engage in what we are doing. 

A secondary focus will offer pastoral support insights into new urban ministries.  With increased urbanization and shifts in ministry the United Church of Canada is attempting to identify new ways of being in ministry that are faithful and effective.  It is hoped that this ministry will contribute to that dialogue.

Because the area is changing, there is an opportunity for the United Church to offer spiritual guidance, pastoral care, social justice advocacy, and leadership through the activation and growth of a new Christian community.

The main areas of focus will be:

  • To work toward creating an intentional intercultural Christian community for prayer, spiritual exploration, worship, and pastoral care as well as being a justice-making presence;
  • Build relationships with people in the broader community, facilitating positive intercultural and interfaith relationships within the area;
  • To be an open, lively and engaging presence in the area by building networks with community groups, social agencies and other communities of faith;
  • To network with others who are doing similar ministry and provide ongoing leadership in articulating and sharing new insights in urban ministry and the planting of new Christian communities;
  • Work with the Regent Park Community Ministry Board of Directors and Steering Committee, reflecting on this ministry and its development and direction, analyzing and evaluating the work. The person will report to the Chair. 
  • To participate in ongoing learning activities (e.g., continuing education events, etc.) that develop resources for this ministry and offer vehicles for sharing the learning with others.

Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, education, experience and ability required.

  • Shows passion for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with others, all the while respecting and supporting the multi-faith and multi-cultural dimensions of the community;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and experience in working within communities and with community organizations, including faith communities;
  • Experience in and commitment to community engagement;
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to social and cultural diversity (intercultural competence);
  • Experience working collaboratively and building relationships within a diverse intercultural community;
  • An energy and enthusiasm that invites and excites people;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Extensive knowledge of the United Church of Canada or experience working in a similar faith community;
  • A minimum of four years post-secondary education and preferably with a theological degree from an accredited university;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate with others in a respectful and sensitive manner; ability to clearly articulate the vision and purpose of the project;
  • Computer and internet literacy, being comfortable in the new virtual world that includes social media, meetings, etc.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, The United Church of Canada will provide assistance to employees who request accommodation throughout their employment with United Church of Canada, unless the position is deemed to be a bona fide occupational requirement and/or to the point of undue hardship considering issues of health, safety and cost.

Working Conditions

This position works within Shining Waters Regional Council and an office will be provided at 40 Oak St. though the expectation is that work will occur primarily outside the office.  The position is accountable to Regent Park Community Ministry Board of Directors.  This board is accountable to the Shining Waters Regional Council.  Supervision is with the Staff Lead: Regional and Communities of Faith Support, Shining Waters Regional Council.

Compensation

Salary will be based on skills and experience, within the salary range of $64,016.45 to $85,355.24. Pension and group benefit plans coverage and annual vacation round out the compensation package.

To Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit their resume, quoting the job number to careers@united-church.ca.