Director of the Ministry Lab
The Ministry Lab, formerly known as the Resource Center for Churches (RCC), is seeking a director. This is an exciting time in the life of The Ministry Lab as we are embarking on a bold, new initiative and partnership with United Theological Seminary in St. Paul. The vision for The Ministry Lab is to create an intersection where people gather, explore, experiment, converse, consult, and learn together what it means to do ministry in changing contexts. This includes access to excellent curated resources for mainline and progressive churches as well consulting services to develop contextual approaches to faith formation. We want to offer learning opportunities, including workshops, conferences, learning cohorts, and accessible certificate and degree programs that meet changing needs of our users and strategic goals of our supporting judicatories. We already do some of this as a primary partner in developing and hosting the bi-annual ConNext Summit and periodic ConNext Community Events, each of which seeks to create a space to inspire progressive Christian faith formation leaders as they reflect together, form networks, and cultivate innovative and sustainable ministries with children, youth, and families.
The Ministry Lab is a joint project of the Minnesota Annual Conference United Methodist Church, Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ, Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, and Synod of Lakes and Prairies (PCUSA). All churches and ministries of these judicatories in Minnesota are officially members of The Ministry Lab and can borrow resources and consult with The Ministry Lab director. Other individuals and congregations can join as well.
Purpose: This 30 hour/week position will support the work of The Ministry Lab by being the primary leader for this ministry.
Accountability: The director is accountable to The Ministry Lab Board of Directors.
- Build relationships with constituents and invite them into exploring the new contexts of ministry and new ways of engaging in that work. This includes those fully trained for this ministry and those who are volunteers.
- Consult with and support users of the Lab to empower them to do constructive work in faith formation. This may happen in person at the Lab or by phone, email or videoconferencing. This may also include meeting with church leaders and teams in their locations.
- Maintain and cultivate a variety of excellent resources (both print and digital) that inform and shape ministry and faith formation in the 21st century. Be compelled to stay aware of new and coming resources/trends that may be helpful to constituents.
- Develop relationships with publishers and authors who are creating new ministry resources so that they can be shared with the Lab users.
- Collaborate with the Board of Directors as well as the leaders of United Theological Seminary to find ways of serving together that work for all concerned. This partnership is new and has yet to unfold but may include developing programs and/or certificates in faith formation.
- Collaborate with the United librarian to maintain an accurate database of resources and records of their usage.
- Manage the development and maintenance of a website that sparks imagination and innovative ministry, as well as highlighting and making accessible noteworthy resources that are searchable.
- Work closely with the Board of Directors and its committees in visioning and to ensure strategic priorities are followed.
- Maintain legal and non-profit status of The Ministry Lab.
- Prepare and administer the budget approved by the Board and work closely with United to ensure accurate and up to date financial records are available at each Board meeting.
- Be present at United during designated hours and by appointment. Also willing to meet with people in person, by email, by phone or by videoconference.
- Hire and supervise support staff.
- Communicate regularly with constituents. In partnership with the Board of Directors, ensure strong and regular communication with sponsors.
- Attend and resource gatherings of faith formation constituents and judicatory sponsored events. This includes reserving space at United as needed.
- Maintain a space that serves the needs of our members and the community of United Theological Seminary and showcases new and important resources that attract interest.
Education and experience:
- Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of relevant work experience required
Desired skills and gifts:
- Personal depth, experience, and spiritual grounding in the Christian tradition
- Steeped in Christian spiritual practice or faith formation
- Ability to understand and appreciate the faith traditions served
- Openness to other traditions that inform Christian formation
- Strategic and creative thinking
- Collaborative and able to understand the needs of constituents and work with them to achieve their goals
Generous benefits including 20 days of accrued vacation, medical insurance, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, retirement plan contribution, continuing education allowance, travel and professional expenses, and sabbatical.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and references to Christa Meland, president of The Ministry Lab Board of Directors (firstname.lastname@example.org). Position will be open until filled. Applications will be processed as they are received.