Ministry with Children, Youth and Families Position (half-time)
Kanata United Church is an active Ottawa congregation, seeking both a full-time ordained minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care and a half-time minister for our thriving Children, Youth and Family ministry who will work together to balance the congregational needs. We are looking for leaders who are committed and equipped to enable our congregation to be effective followers of Jesus’ way.
Our ministers will be part of a team that includes a full-time Administrator and a part time Music Director (well-versed in scripture and liturgy) who leads four choirs (children, youth, teens and adult) and a band. Lay people comprise a most valuable part of our ministry team at KUC. They minister in the areas of Pastoral Care, Outreach, Faith Learning and Development, as well as Children, Youth and Family ministry.
Our vision is to grow not only our very successful Children, Youth and Families ministry, but also encourage and enable worship expression that opens the congregation to the life and work of Jesus to foster and develop spiritual growth. Currently, half our congregation is under the age of 50 with nearly forty children attending on Sundays, in addition to other programs. Under the ministry of both positions working together we want to directly engage our neighbours to develop community through joint service and to expand our established inter- and intra-generational congregational ministry. We also seeking and welcoming of diversity and are embarking on the Affirming process.
The following Position Descriptions will provide an overall summary of the various aspects of responsibilities, become the basis of a tool for on-going self-assessment and evaluation and entail a 20-hour week (half-time position).
Relationship, Accountability and Reporting
• Ministry personnel from ordered, or, either of the Designated Lay ministry categories.
• Depending on the ministry stream (as noted above) the accountability, reporting and relationship would be according to United Church of Canada policy regarding their particular stream (Ordered, Designated Lay Minister, or Congregational Designated Lay Minister).
• This ministry personnel will be an active member of the ministry team of Kanata United Church, bringing collegial and cooperative skills and gifts to team functioning, supporting each other in their specific roles, and contributing to the overall goals of the congregation. The congregation has a culture of lay leadership and Council/committee structure, and as such, are active partners in this team ministry.
• The primary focus of this position will be responsibility for the overall ministry work faith nurture and development of children, youth and families in cooperation with the ministry staff team and lay volunteers.
• As congregational needs vary and evolve, it may become necessary to adjust and adapt time allocations and/or focus shifts. These will be made by mutually agreed upon arrangements, and be accomplished with the assistance and support of the Ministry and Personnel Committee.
Qualifications and Skills
• Paid accountable ministry personnel position, qualified through appropriate experience, education and discernment for specified role as recognized by the United Church of Canada.
• Strong sense of call to lay or ordered ministry, with a particular focus for ministry with children, youth and families. For lay ministry applicant, familiarity with current Biblical and theological knowledge is required.
• Skills in communication, organization, and implementation are essential as are interpersonal skills, sensitivity, and confidentiality.
• Conversant with appropriate resources for relevant and current Biblically grounded narrative through a variety of learning experiences, including the arts, for young people today.
• Conversant with suitable, age-appropriate resources for encouraging discipleship experiences and learning in the areas of social justice, peace and environmental concerns.
Terms of Call
KUC intends to attract experienced ministers who are challenged and excited by the opportunities for renewal and growth embodied in our congregation and community. We have carefully examined our present and anticipated financial resources and commitments, and we can offer employment conditions, salary and benefits that satisfy all requirements of the United Church of Canada and are competitive with those offered by other pastoral charges. Note: all relevant terms below are pro-rated, as appropriate, for the half-time Minister
KUC will offer a salary commensurate with the established United Church of Canada guidelines plus an additional amount commensurate with the candidate’s experience, skills and qualifications (to be negotiated). We are willing to accept applications from those in all salary categories (A to F). Salary terms will be reviewed annually.
KUC follows established United Church of Canada guidelines.
KUC follows established United Church of Canada guidelines ($0.42 per kilometer based on the UCC 2018 compensation guidelines).
Continuing Education and Learning Resources Allowance
KUC’s education and book allowance assists with the cost of professionally related courses and purchase of resource material. Pertinent software may also be considered. A yearly maximum of $2,000.00 is provided. Prior approval by the M&P Committee is required.
Home Telephone and/or Cell Phone
KUC provides for a maximum monthly re-imbursement of $35.00.
The position includes annual vacation according to established United Church of Canada guidelines arranged in consultation with the M&P Committee. Ministers are expected to
cooperate and coordinate their vacation time.
Study Leave Time
In accordance with established United Church of Canada guidelines, Ministers are entitled to study leave time, arranged in consultation with M&P Committee.
Special Leave Time
As the situation warrants, and subject to established United Church of Canada guidelines and Ottawa Presbytery guidance, Ministers are entitled to special leave for disability, maternal and paternal, bereavement and compassionate purposes. Subject to UCC Sabbatical Leave Policy and consistent with our commitment to Faith Development and Learning, Ministers may apply for special study leave.
Ministers are entitled to take Statutory Holidays and when one of the recognized statutory holidays named below falls on a Sunday, there will be compensatory time off in lieu at the earliest opportunity. Statutory Holidays are: New Years, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter, Victoria Day, Canada Day, August Civic Holiday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Employer’s Share of Benefits
Not included in the Guidelines are detailed criteria for UCC pension, Group Insurance, Employer Health Tax, Employment Insurance, Disability Insurance and CPP. These items are included in the budget in accordance with Revenue Canada, established United Church of Canada and Ottawa Presbytery guidelines.
Ministers are entitled to adequate office administrative support as arranged through the M&P Committee and the use of adequate office equipment. KUC’s Office Administrator works 37.5 hours a week for 46 weeks. Office support is considerably decreased during the summer months.
We encourage you to review our Joint Needs Assessment Report at:http://www.kuc.ca/index.php/features/jnap-information/jnap-report-kanata-united-church-revision-jan-30-2018.