Minister/Director of Outreach and Community Engagement


Connection is a new church (formerly Andrew Price UMC and Hickory Bend UMC) where missions and ministries develop discipleship; nurture, spiritually feed, and encourage congregational members; and offer opportunities and experiences for reaching out to the community for witnessing God’s love and acceptance. We are an inclusive faith community that is LGBTQ friendly and justice oreiented. Our mission statement is as follows: “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world… the community sees us working together in acceptance and service to members of our greater community who have been neglected or overlooked.” Job Responsibilities: Develop and oversee an overall outreach strategy aligned to our vision for Connection and serve as coordinating minister for outreach ministries. Take the lead in increasing the involvement of the congregation in outreach. Engage with existing community service agencies/organizations to develop or partner programs that minister to community members who are neglected or overlooked. Develop and maintain communications for the work of this position in newsletters and email blasts (in conjunction with coordinator), social media, local publications, etc. Participate in other activities as needed and directed by the pastor. Qualifications: Knowledgeable about Christian beliefs regarding service. Interest in or proven ability in community outreach required; community service skills a plus. Creative, outside-the-box thinker with a range of ideas for engaging the community. Ability to work with and assist the church in reaching the community. Relational skills in working with staff, volunteers and community members. Flexibility, openness and ability to relate well with all ages and diverse groups in church and community. Working proficiency with office and data computer programs. Knowledge of and ability to use Internet communications and relevant social media. (Facebook, Twitter and other media) Excellent organizational, language and communication skills. Ability to work independently with good self-management and time-management skills. Must pass a background check & provide personal references. Minimum college degree; masters’ degree in divinity, religious studies, social work, or other related studies preferred. Preferred experience: 3-5 years in a related field. Additional Information: This is a full-time exempt position that reports to the pastor. There will be Sunday and possible weekend obligations.

Contact: Melisa J Derseweh

Address: P.O. Box 148120 Nashville TN 37214

Phone: 6158832321