The Church in Mission Unit of The United Church of Canada’s General Council Office is seeking a clergy member, or 2 clergy members to serve as Co-Worker(s) in Mission with the Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT) on a 3-year term, with a possibility of renewal.
Associate Chaplain at the University of Dodoma, Tanzania
This position is a cross-cultural embodiment of the mission relationship between the UCC and the Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT). The individual(s) will serve as associate chaplain at the University of Dodoma in central Tanzania.
The successful applicant(s) will work at the University of Dodoma in Tanzania 5-6 days a week, with the strong possibility of leading worship services on Sundays. They will work in a close, collaborative way with the presiding Chaplain on day-to-day and routine activities, accountable to the CCT General Secretary. Primary responsibilities include creating resources to be used for worship services of teachings purposes; counsel and visit with students; assisting in the organization of events, workshops and seminars for students; and attending meetings of the Chaplaincy as they arise. The incumbent(s) must have a willingness to learn and accompany the mission and ministry of the Christian Council of Tanzania.
The United Church affirms a vision of an intercultural church that is welcoming, relational, adaptive, justice-seeking, intentional and mission-centred. The Church affirms that right relations are at the heart of God’s mission, and that global partnerships are opportunities for expressions of relationships that are respectful, equitable, just and mutually accountable. As a denomination, the United Church understands that for transformation, love and justice to happen we need to understand one another’s contexts more deeply, and how those contexts impact each other for good or harm.
Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Ordained or Diaconal minister(s) with the United Church of Canada;
- Active commitment to, and articulation of, the gospel of Jesus Christ and participation in a Christian church, with solid knowledge of the mission and ministry of The United Church of Canada, its partnership in mission policy and practice, and support of the ecumenical movement;
- Passion for education and accompaniment;
- Excellent English language verbal, written and electronic communication and networking skills. Ability to read, analyse and interpret large amounts of complex information;
- Ability to exercise self-awareness, sensitivity and compassion often working within areas of cultural difference. Personal integrity, maturity and respect for others essential;
- Lived cross-cultural experience an asset, preferably in church or church related work;
- Language skills in addition to English a strong asset, in particular Kiswahili;
- Intellectual discipline and alertness. Good physical condition, mental and emotional stability and maturity; good self-esteem; in touch with her/his own needs, strength, and limitations; and
- Willingness and ability to move to Dodoma Tanzania and to work under the direction of the partners;
- Ability to live a simple lifestyle.
This position works from the University of Dodoma in Tanzania under normal office working conditions, including the responsibilities of preparing and leading worship services when required. Attendance at occasional evening and weekend meetings is required. The appointment will include a home assignment at the midway mark.
All appointments are subject to the following conditions:
- Global Partner approval
- a positive recommendation for overseas service from the Church in Mission Unit’s medical consultant based on a thorough medical examination, and approval of application for insurance from the overseas medical insurance carrier; and
- a satisfactory outcome from a Police Records Check through the Canadian Police Information Centre via the RCMP.