The Office of Vocation Ministers are part of a team of regionally deployed and General Council Office based staff who support the processes for the discernment, training and the determination of their fitness and readiness for accreditation of ministry personnel, the fulfillment of continuing education standards, and the formal processes for oversight and discipline. This position is deployed to the Canadian Shield and Shining Waters Regional Councils.
The Office of Vocation Minister works closely with staff within the unit, particularly the LEAD team (Leaders: Equip, Accredit, Discipline) and regional councils through their pastoral relations ministers. They will endeavor to support the comprehensive work of The United Church of Canada, creating a culture of teamwork, collaboration, and partnership, both within and across units and regions. The main areas of focus are:
- Candidacy Pathway: Staff resource to the North and Central Candidacy Board; Be available for vocational conversations with those thinking about ministry; Co-ordinate the mandated orientation sessions for those discerning and the discernment retreats or other events; Provide training for candidacy boards; Support supervised ministry education: be staff resource to communities of faith around becoming a learning site - ensure training of lay supervision teams - equip and name educational supervisors. Ensure paperwork from candidacy board added to OV database.
- Mutual Recognition: Orient ministry partners to the pastoral relations covenant system; Ensure the community of faith is prepared to receive their ministry partner.
- Admission: Ensure each person in the admission process who is serving a community of faith has a trained mentor; Ensure communities of faith are prepared to meet the requirements of them with respect to immigration and orient them to receive someone who is likely to be from another culture.
- Ministry Personnel: Provide expertise to resource ministry personnel issues, and co-ordinate with regional council staff as invited; Follow up on issues of non-compliance of standards, like mandatory training; Resource formal complaints procedures to ensure that they are carried out in a consistent, just and equitable manner across the church; Work with ministry personnel when remedial work is required; Support the fulfillment of continuing education standards;
- Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Policy and Procedures: Ensure the formal complaint goes to the Office of Vocation coordinator, participate in the administrative leave conversation and be the local resource for the ministry personnel and the community of faith.
- A minimum of four years of post-secondary education (University Degree, Theological Degree or training, Human Resources training) together with at least 5 years of related experience;
- Knowledge of the life and work of The United Church of Canada with a demonstrated understanding of the various perspectives on ministry within the Church;
- Appreciation for and commitment to the vision of becoming an intercultural church and the Indigenous Calls to the Church;
- Working knowledge of The Manual, together with experience working within the courts, policies and ethos;
- Highly developed communication skills (both verbal and written) together with superior human relations and interpersonal skills;
- A commitment to maintain confidentiality and appropriate boundaries at all times;
- The ability to develop strong working relationships, working collegially and constructively within a staff team, with cultural sensitivity and awareness;
- Strong administration, time management, planning, organizational and implementation skills;
- Ability to relate policies and procedures to faith and to reflect theologically on policy;
- Proven ability in education /leadership, mediation training would be an asset;
- Good judgement, discernment and analysis skills;
- Solid computer skills with a demonstrated ability to use various forms of digital communications and social media;
- Willingness and ability to travel extensively within the regional councils;
- French, Indigenous or other language skills would be a definite asset in the context of some regional councils.
As part of our ongoing commitment to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, The United Church of Canada will provide assistance to employees who request accommodation throughout their employment with United Church of Canada, unless the position is deemed to be a bona fide occupational requirement and/or to the point of undue hardship considering issues of health, safety and cost.
This is a full-time (35 hours/week) permanent position. The Office of Vocation Minister may be nested in one or more regional council offices, may work from a home office, or may be in the same location as the Executive Minister. In these situations, collaboration and partnership with regional council staff will be key. They interact with lay staff, ministers, volunteers, executive officers. Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals. Intermittent physical activity including sitting, standing, and lifting. Attendance at occasional evening and weekend meetings together with travel within the regional councils and within Canada will be required.