The Office of Vocation of the Ministry and Employment Unit is looking to fill the position of Office of Vocation Minister for Indigenous Ministry Formation on a permanent halftime (17.5 hrs/week) basis. This is one of two half time positions assigned to this portfolio.
The Office of Vocation Ministers for Indigenous Ministry Formation provide leadership in the implementation of the Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Call to Action #60. This will include but not be limited to, working with the Indigenous Candidacy Board of Vocation, researching what the theological schools are already offering, collaborating with the National Indigenous Organization, National Elders, Council and staff working with the Theological Schools Circle, ensuring the development of appropriate curriculum and providing training to current ministry personnel.
They have a shared responsibility to support the development of skills in restorative justice within the Office of Vocation. This may mean recruiting folk already trained to the team or coordinating training. When the Response Committee receives complaints best served by restorative justice or responses culturally appropriate to the Indigenous context, the Office of Vocation ministers serving the Indigenous Church would be lead staff.
The major areas of focus for this position are:
- Collaborate with Indigenous Ministries and Indigenous Justice
- Be a resource for the Indigenous Office within the Office of Vocation
- Provide interpretation cross-culturally
- Education for all ministry personnel:
- Provide leadership in the implementation of TRC Call to Action #60 in collaboration with the National Indigenous Organization and the National Indigenous Elders Council, and staff whose responsibility it is to work with the Theological Schools’ Circle
- Candidacy Pathway:
- Support and encourage Indigenous leaders considering formal ministry leadership
- Collaborate and liaise with the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre
- Support the candidates in meeting requirements
- Develop resources and teach about the candidacy pathway within the Indigenous Church
- Co-ordinate the mandated orientation sessions for those discerning and the discernment retreats or other events
- Be staff resource to the Indigenous Candidacy Board:
- Collaborate with the Chair and members of candidacy board, co-ordinate with Office of Vocation
- Provide training for candidacy boards
- Ensure adequate administration of the candidacy board
- Support supervised ministry education:
- Staff resource to communities of faith around becoming a learning site
- Ensure training of lay supervision teams
- Recruit, equip and assign educational supervisors. Partner with Credentialing Committee within the Office of Vocation to designate educational supervisors
- This position will partner with and cover the responsibilities of the other OV Minister Indigenous Communities of Faith, as they partner and cover this position, in the areas of:
- Mutual Recognition
- Ministry Personnel Support
- Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Policy and Procedures or Workplace Violence and Harassment Policy
The Office of Vocation Ministers for Indigenous Ministry Formation will liaise with the regional councils and community capacity development coordinators about accreditation and issues of standing with respect to the pastoral relations process.
- Post-secondary education (University Degree, Theological Degree or training, Human Resources training) and knowledge of Indigenous history, culture and issues, including the history of Indian residential schools, ministry or community development, together with 5+ years’ related experience, or the equivalent of work and life 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;
- Must possess skills to develop and deliver curriculum as outlined in TRC Call to Action #60;
- Must possess a secure self-identity and be able to exercise self-awareness, sensitivity and compassion while often working under circumstances of cultural conflict. Personal integrity, maturity, and respect for all others is essential;
- An understanding and appreciation of the diverse Indigenous communities, their values, faith, spirituality, knowledge, traditions, and the capacity to reflect theologically on issues affecting Indigenous peoples;
- 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 excellent 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/restorative justice 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 Canada;
- French, Indigenous or other language skills would be a definite asset in the context of some regional councils.
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 provisionally appointed regional council executive minister. In these situations, collaboration and partnership with regional council staff will be key. Attendance at occasional evening and weekend meetings may be required. Travel within the regional councils may be required.