Job Number: 12-12
Opening/Closing Date: February 17, 2021 to March 16, 2021

Chinook Winds Regional Council is seeking an individual to fill the role of Pastoral Relations Minister on a permanent full-time basis, 35 hours per week.

The Chinook Winds Regional Council is responsible for encouraging and engaging in joining our collective hearts, voices, and resources to witness to the gospel and vision of Jesus for a compassionate and just society, both in Canada and around the world; local, regional, national, and global initiatives and partnerships (community, ecumenical, and interfaith) for ministry, mission, and justice work; ministry with children, youth, and young adults; honouring and living into intercultural mission and ministry; and living in covenant with Mother Earth and All My Relations in the Earth community.  

The Regional Council is a decision-making body responsible to serve and support Communities of Faith within its bounds and provide necessary oversight.  Chinook Winds and Pacific Mountain Regional Councils share staff that serve both Regional Councils.

The Pastoral Relations Minister is responsible for:

  1. an effective pastoral relations system
  2. oversight of community of faith covenants, and
  3. the support of ministry personnel toward health, joy and excellence in ministry

They report to the Executive Minister, Chinook Winds Regional Council and have 2 direct reports: The Program Assistant Pastoral Relations and Networks, and the Hospital Chaplaincy Minister. Other relationships include: Members of the Chinook Winds Staff team; Working collaboratively with CW Community of Faith Strategy and Property Consultant and Pastoral Relations working Groups and Committees. The main areas of focus for this position are:

  • Pastoral Relations (45% of position)
  • Communities of Faith: Covenants and Oversight (30%)
  • Support of Ministry Personnel (25%) 

This position works from the Chinook Winds office in Okotoks, AB under normal working conditions.  They interact with lay staff, ministers, volunteers, executive officers. Manual dexterity required to use laptop computer and peripherals. Intermittent physical activity including sitting, standing, and lifting. Occasional overtime may be required. Currently due to COVID-19 employees are working both from the office at times and remotely from their homes on secure devices, and are available by email and phone during regular hours Monday to Friday.


Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, education, experience and ability required.

  • Post-secondary education or equivalent combination of education and life experience with 3-4 years related work experience in ministry and/or human resources
  • Knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the life and work of The United Church of Canada with the ability to share this knowledge clearly within the church
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written) with the ability to communicate competently and effectively from an informed theological perspective
  • Excellent analytical skills, discernment good judgment in dealing with critical issues
  • Ability to discern appropriate pathways through complex issues, problems or opportunities and the impact or implication of decisions and actions
  • Demonstrated facilitation and administrative skills
  • A commitment to maintain confidentiality and appropriate boundaries at all times
  • Strong administration, time management, planning, organizational and implementation skills
  • Ability to manage a wide range of administrative responsibilities, including the development and management of financial budgets
  • Solid computer skills with a demonstrated ability to use various forms of digital communications and social media
  • A collegial, consultative leadership style with volunteers and staff
  • Commitment to support the church’s work of reconciliation, and its desire to be intercultural and bilingual
  • Sensitivity, respect for, and an openness to working creatively, openly, transparently, tactfully and diplomatically with the diverse social and cultural realities of the Region
  • An awareness of organizational development concepts together with a willingness to explore new initiatives and learnings, and the flexibility to respond to the changing needs of the church;
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively within the regional council
  • French, Indigenous or other language skills would be considered an asset.

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.


Salary will be based on skills and experience, within the category 8 position with a salary range of $70,716.76 - $94,289.42 (Lay Equivalent rate) / $62,244.59 - $82,992.77 (Order of Ministry rate). Pension and group benefit plans coverage and annual vacation round out this compensation package.

To Apply

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