Reports to: Associate Pastor Status: Full Time FLSA: Exempt
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is a healthy, vibrant, financially stable, urban faith community. The congregation’s life is nurtured through participatory worship, prophetic preaching, and varied educational opportunities. In turn, these provide motivation and energy for neighborhood and global involvement through which God’s grace is proclaimed, God’s forgiveness is extended, and God’s justice is sought.
The Community Engagement and Education Coordinator will serve as a faith-based coordinator for the congregation of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (HTLC) to advance the congregation’s justice priorities and educational opportunities for all ages. The person called to this position will partner with members and community organizations in ways that build the congregation’s capacity to be integrally involved in the life of the neighborhood and the city. This position will also coordinate children and youth programming, and will equip members to serve children and youth in a variety of roles. The work will require gaining a good understanding of the gifts and assets within the congregation and the larger community, and the ability to find connections between individual and congregational priorities and opportunities to respond to social and educational needs.
- Meet with Holy Trinity members of all ages one-on-one to develop relationships and help members discern their gifts and passions.
- Meet with community leaders and organizations and attend community events to learn about and understand the justice issues that affect the congregation and community.
- Help members connect their passions and interests with the needs of the congregation, community and the wider church to advance justice priorities.
- Recruit and equip volunteers for educational programming.
- Coordinate ministry programs for children and youth (birth-grade 12), including regular educational opportunities, summer programming and study trips.
- Supervise nursery staff.
- Oversee the Public Voice and Organizing Committee and its working groups (Racial Justice, Sanctuary/AMMPARO, Reconciling, Israel/Palestine, Doctrine of Discovery, Creation Care, Meals on Wheels).
- Maintain strong relationships with neighborhood organizations, including current HTLC mission partners.
- Collaborate with other staff members and the Adult Education Committee to plan and evaluate ministry programs.
- Communicate regularly with families and the congregation about children and youth programming and opportunities for action within the larger community that align with congregational values and priorities.
- Communicate regularly with the congregation about actions taken in response to opportunities and priorities.
- Participate in weekly staff meetings and staff retreats.
- Engage in ministry on Sunday mornings and mid-week worship opportunities as a leader in worship and other programming activities.
- Engage in activities to build intercultural competency.
- Attend evening and community meetings as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Significant experience with the Christian Church, including some theological training.
- Demonstrated commitment to community engagement.
- Demonstrated passion for engagement with children and youth.
- Interest in and commitment to the educational goals of the congregation, especially in relation to the youth of the congregation.
- Computer competency and familiarity with social media platforms.
- Community organizing training and experience.
- Skills and experience in teaching/leading children and/or youth and their families.
- Post-secondary education.
- Able to move freely in and out of different meeting settings with or without reasonable accommodation (homes, church, businesses).
- Spiritual Commitment: Shows strong commitment to Christian faith and the mission of the Christian Church; demonstrates a personal conviction to seek peace and social justice.
- Active listening skills: Engages in thoughtful listening; listens carefully to the ideas and concerns of another without letting personal opinions get in the way; able to integrate a wide variety of inputs, including one’s own.
- Collaborative Orientation: Shows interest, comfort, and skill in working in a team environment; willing to offer support to staff and members; shares credit for success with others, takes responsibility for his or her part in team failures.
- Respect and Openness: Interested in different spiritual expressions and understandings; curious to learn about other people and cultures.
- Networking skills: Able to establish and maintain positive working relationships with congregation members, neighborhood residents, partner organizations, and community leaders; is approachable; uses diplomacy and tact.
- Initiative: Looks for new opportunities and is excited about trying new things; sets demanding but achievable objectives for self and others.
- Time Management: Able to work independently and manage time in a somewhat fluid and unstructured schedule.
- Adaptability and Resilience: Demonstrates tolerance for ambiguity as issues arise for the community; works hard even when results are deferred; sets long-term goals.
Salary and Benefits:
This is a full-time position offering a salary of $41,000-$46,000 DOE and a competitive benefits package. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates. Rostered and lay candidates are welcome to apply. People of color and LGBTQIA people are encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Pastor Ingrid Rasmussen (email@example.com). Position is open until filled.