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We are an open and affirming Congregation of 225 in central Contra Costa County in our seventh decade of ministry. We have a history of ’cutting edge’ programming in our area: on-campus social ministry, begun in the 1950’s, has doubled its capacity in the last 5 years; interfaith work and collaboration; a practicing zendo on campus, in a city with no houses of worship other than Christian; an “Eldering Ministry” program which promotes and supports the creative aging process of sage-ing; and a growing children and family ministry program which promotes fresh approaches to our Christian tradition as well as interfaith programming and approaches, is well coordinated with our worship, music, and other programs.

We are seeking a Minister in Training who has strong interest in the worship life and broader mission of our congregation and, in particular, an interest in children and family ministry. At Hillcrest we use the word “family” and we don’t define or make assumptions about it; Hillcrest families represent a spectrum of ages, races, sexual orientations, sizes, etc.

The Minister in Training we seek will engage with our children, youth, and families through Sunday morning and other programming directed at those constituent groups. The MIT will work directly with a part-time staff person dedicated to children and family ministries, with the Christian Education Committee, and with the Senior Minister. Worship leadership may take the form of activities geared to our children and families and may also include broader worship leadership geared to the whole congregation. Other committees and individuals with whom the MIT may work include the Worship-Music Committee and our part-time Associate for Eldering Ministries.

The scope of responsibilities and expectations will be determined by the MIT and our Senior Minister based on the descriptions above, the particular interests/skills of applicant, and the requirements of PSR. Experience with children and family ministries is plus but not necessary; interest and enthusiasm for such ministries is a must.

Contact: Fred Weidmann, revfred.hillcrest@att.net

Stipend: $400+

Car required? Yes

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Form above indicates “Car required” because of the location of Hillcrest, which is NOT immediately convenient to the Pleasant Hill Bart station. That said, bus and cab service is available. Most or all of the in-person activity described is on campus.

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