New Job Posting: Kids Coordinator

After years of babies being born... it's finally time!

We are hiring a part time (very part time) children's coordinator for Eucharist. It is a short-term contract to test the idea, but we know it's crucial to our growth and development as a church, and to these kids learning to love God and follow Jesus.

Click here for the link!

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Official Update: We've Hired a Second Pastor!

Way back in January we posted for a new pastoral position at Eucharist to work alongside Kevin.

We titled the role "Pastors: Systems + Structures" and were looking for someone who could help us grow organizationally, strengthen our focus on discipleship, and equip us to participate in God's mission locally.

We wrote that we were looking for someone with "the mind of a leader, the heart of a pastor, and the organizational skills of a wedding planner (but without the drama)" - and feel very confident we have found the person we are looking for!

While most of those who are a part of our community have already met her, we wanted to take a moment to introduce her to those of you who follow us online.

It is with great joy that we introduce you to our new, second pastor: Jill Trites!

Jill draws from decades of experience in a variety of roles. She's been an executive director, a counsellor, a director of operations, and a spiritual director. She has organized "Hamilton famous" events such as Soupfest and Ride for Refuge. She's even sat on the board for TrueCity, our local network in Hamilton. She's incredibly gifted and talented and, we believe, an answer to our prayers. She's also spent the last 15 years as a part of The Meeting House, one of our TrueCity sister churches. We are so grateful for the spirit of generosity they have shown as they release Jill to serve with us.

Jill will officially begin at Eucharist in early September, and we'll have more ways for you to connect with her in the fall. Thank you for joining us Jill...we can't wait to serve Christ and the Kingdom alongside you.

So This Is How God Works? Scarcity vs. Abundance in Our Budget

Kevin (Pastor at Eucharist) writing here with a quick testimony to God's Goodness and, I suspect, the Way the World Actually Works. It comes out of some reflections with a friend:

Our church upped our budget this year by nearly $30,000 to hire a second pastor. It was a big, scary move, especially given the fact we are pretty DIY and grassroots. But we felt very strongly this was the wise thing to do, and even that God had pushed us to this place.

We were way behind the budget through the fall, which was pretty scary. We started thinking about whether or not we should shift the role to fit a budget or how we could solve this challenge.

At the same time this was happening we had a team of people from our church bring forward a proposal to raise $15,000 to sponsor a refugee family.

I squirmed a bit.

I mean, there is clearly nothing more Jesus-like than caring for those who have been victimized and pushed to the margins. But could we really do it while STILL trying to meet our own budget?

We announced the sponsorship initiative "Extending the Table" in January, and asked people to raise and give money towards the $15,000.

And here's the weirdest thing: When we added the additional sponsorship project we started MEETING OUR BUDGET for the first time all year. Our giving shot up, from December to January, by 75%.

SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT! People pay coaches to try and get that kind of increase!

In fact people have continued to give even more generously without us ever bugging them, and quite frankly, despite our really poor communication about our congregations financial budget!

And all the while we marched towards raising AN ADDITIONAL $15,000 for sponsorship (we're currently $43 short of the goal, and you can give the difference!).

WHAT IN THE WORLD DO YOU MAKE OF THAT?

How can increasing our budget for this refugee initiative lead to us meeting our original budget for the first time?

Here's what I suspect: there are two ways to look at the world (overstatement but roll with me here).

1) Scarcity - there is barely enough to go around and so we better focus on what we have, cling to it tight, and make sure that we get ours before anyone else gets anything.

2) Abundance - there is more than enough to go around, God's a God of provision, and when we loosen our grip on what we have, we find we are given more than we ever could have grasped.

Now I don't say all this to brag on our congregation. MANY MANY churches have raised way more than us to help people around the world and in our own backyard. We aren't the best church at this.

I share it because I am so often tempted to live in a scarcity mindset. I often feel that someone else's success is my failure, that someone else's provision is my lack. I am tempted to give in to the narratives of fear that tell us new arrivals will steal our jobs or social health care. That's a powerful narrative of fear.

But you know what is an even better story? There is a Benevolent Power of Love at the centre of all things, and that Love wants to free us up from fear, and teach us how to love. When we give we will receive. There is more than enough for everyone: God is a God of Abundance, and so is the world he made.

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In the book of Exodus, God's people had left slavery and had to rely on God for provision. Every morning there was food called manna that had fallen from the sky and settled on the land. When they saw it they wondered what to do, so:

So Moses told them, “It’s the bread God has given you to eat. And these are God’s instructions: ‘Gather enough for each person, about two quarts per person; gather enough for everyone in your tent.’”

The People of Israel went to work and started gathering, some more, some less, but when they measured out what they had gathered, those who gathered more had no extra and those who gathered less weren’t short—each person had gathered as much as was needed. (Exodus 16)

May it be so, brothers and sisters. May we live in abundance!

Job Posting: Pastor, Systems + Structures

After over a year of discernment we are so excited to announce our job posting for a new pastoral position in Eucharist Church. Click here for a pdf you can download or read the posting below.

We would very much appreciate your prayer in this time. This a big step for us, and we hope will bear much fruit, but it's always scary to step out in faith. Also, please share the job posting or this blog post with anyone you think might be interested and gifted in this work.

Wondering what our community is like? We asked a bunch of random Eucharistics what they would want someone to know about our community.


Job Posting Below:

The Pastor of Systems and Structures exists to equip teams and leaders within Eucharist to work effectively together and in sync with one another.

We are looking for someone to equip the church to be the church through systems, structure, and organizational leadership. 

The ideal candidate would have the mind of a leader, the heart of a pastor, and the organizational skills of a wedding planner (but without the drama). The applicant must be a committed follower of Jesus, have a love for God and a desire to see his Kingdom Come both in the life of our congregation and in the life of our city. 

The pastor would work directly with our existing pastor, whose focus is on Culture and Vision (CV Pastor), as well as Stream Leaders, who oversee various ministries.

The following responsibilities will fall under this role:

Church Life & Mission Organizer

Resourcing stream leaders and CV Pastor in overseeing missional projects and special events throughout the year and bringing in congregants as appropriate

Strategy and Goal Setting

Take the lead in setting strategic goals and implementing structures to regularly track them in partnership with CV Pastor & Elders Board

Communication

Create and implement intentional communication plan and delegating as necessary (ie) social media, Sunday announcements, bulletin, etc. Aid in maintaining communication with partners (rental relationship, denomination, etc)

Policy, Procedures & Role Descriptions

Take the lead in being knowledgeable and aware of appropriate policies and procedures, and ensure follow through in collaboration with stream leaders

Congregant Coordinator

Create and implement systems to discover and develop gifts of congregants, and work with Stream Leaders to find servants to fill various roles

Short Term Pastoral Care

Meeting with congregants as pastor, and equipping others in the congregation to follow through with longer term care

Preaching may be a component, depending on applicant and particular gifting

 

Salary and Work Hours

32 hours per week: 3 days per week + Sundays: some flexibility.
$30000 - $33000 + pension and benefits negotiable upon hire.

Qualifications

Post-Secondary education in a related field preferred (Human Resources, Theology, Community Development, Social Work, etc.), Graduate Studies an asset.

Minimum of 5-10 years’ experience in organizational leadership.

References

Contact information for three references:
Pastor/Spiritual Mentor
Employer
Community Reference

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter, resume, and 3 references (with contact info) to applications@eucharistchurch.ca by April 1, 2016.

Written Haiku with Application an Asset ;)

We encourage applications from qualified people of all genders, sexual orientations, cultures, minority groups, Aboriginals and persons with disabilities.

Only qualified applications will be contacted.