Facilitator and Community Engagement Consultant for Disciples of Welcome

Faith Matters Network seeks a skilled facilitator based in North Carolina to provide key support to Disciples of Welcome, a cohort-based learning experience for United Methodist pastors running from August 2019 to Spring 2021 in partnership with the Duke Endowment’s Rural Church program.*  Position starts in June 2019 or as soon as filled. This is a 23-month contract with varying hours per month according to project needs.
Estimated: approximately 475 hours total over course of project.

The Facilitator and Community Engagement Consultant will work closely with Faith Matters Network staff to assist with program outreach, provide leadership coaching to participants, facilitate video reflection calls, and serve on a retreat facilitation team.  Join our team to be part of an exciting opportunity to accompany clergy who are on the leading edge of bridging divides in their communities in order to promote social healing and transformation in North Carolina.  More background on Disciples of Welcome is included below the list of job responsibilities.

Compensation: $12,500 - $14,200 commensurate with experience; paid quarterly over course of project.

Length of Contract: June 2019 - April 2021

Core Responsibilities*

The Facilitator and Community Engagement Consultant will report to the Disciples of Welcome Program Manager and will be responsible for the following core responsibilities:

Program Facilitation (August 2019 - April 2021):

  • Alongside Faith Matters Network team, facilitate learning and reflection on bridging divides across race, gender/sexuality, religion, politics, and other lines of difference with full cohort (around 50 clergy participants) at in-person retreats.  Retreats will be 2.5 days long and take place in Western North Carolina;

  • Facilitate cohort reflection on video calls of up to 5 people for 2-3 smaller peer groups;

  • Contribute to retreat design and provide feedback on curriculum;

  • Be present on monthly Core Teaching video calls for full cohort, including helping facilitate Q&A with teachers and trainers.  

Site Visits and 1:1 Vocational Support (January 2020 - April 2021):

  • Provide leadership coaching and feedback on cohort members’ action plans through phone check-in’s and local site visits (3 phone conversations per cohort participant).

Cohort outreach and recruitment (June - July 2019):

  • As needed, assist with recruitment for cohort through networking and relationship-building within the United Methodist context in North Carolina, including some personal outreach to prospective cohort members and local leaders;

  • Support program promotion through outreach to relevant institutions/ organizations / conferences, social media pages.

*With the exception of retreats and site visits, all job responsibilities can be conducted remotely and/or from home. You will need to supply your own computer and internet connection.

Required Qualifications:

  • Excellent group facilitation skills in person and over video / phone call;

  • Skilled in one-on-one coaching vocational discernment and development;

  • Warm and personable; student and practitioner of empathy;

  • Experience (ie., training, education, personal study and leadership experience) with and passionate about bridging divides across race, gender/sexuality, religion, politics and other lines of difference. Relevant areas of knowledge and experience include conflict transformation, Circle process, transformative justice, etc.  

  • Awareness of social, religious, and political context in North Carolina;

  • Experience with anti-oppression analysis and interpersonal work;

  • Familiarity with rural community contexts and people;

  • Highly organized, self-directed, and collaborative.

Recommended Qualifications

  • Experience with facilitating adult education and popular education style of learning;  

  • Experience with faith-based institutions and working with clergy, especially the United Methodist Church;

  • Familiarity with Christian theology and the Bible;

  • Proficiency in hosting Zoom video conferencing and educational web platforms (I.e, Teachable or similar);

  • Proficiency with using Google Drive applications (Docs, Sheets, Forms);

  • Familiarity with or capacity to learn program management software (such as TeamGantt).  

Program Background:

Running from August 2019 to Spring 2021 through the leadership of Faith Matters Network and The People’s Supper, Disciples of Welcome aims to support North Carolina in becoming a national model for social healing by catalyzing pastors as systems change agents that embody an alternative to the ruptures that dominate our culture from our politics to the pews.

The Disciples of Welcome Cohort will provide a container for 50 United Methodist pastors serving congregations in North Carolina to widen their skills to become ambassadors across multiple divides in their communities.  The cohort experience will equip participants with tools, practical wisdom, relationships, and a concrete action plan to facilitate better conversations across difference so as to facilitate the work of personal and social transformation.  

The format will be a learning journey model that draws from popular education pedagogy and builds on the central role of hospitality and the table in the U.S. South.  Popular education is designed to draw out the knowledge and wisdom participants already have in addition to deepening that knowledge through action and reflection. The program will integrate core teachings from thought and “heart” leaders in the work of bridge-building and radical hospitality, as well as concrete skill shares from experienced practitioners that participants can apply directly to their context.  

Through both reflection and action, participants will learn how to create “Brave Space” that holds complexity and tension meaningfully and with courage.  In the midst of tense, divided spaces and times, the pastors and their communities will help transform North Carolina through putting the Christian value of hospitality into practice in deeply needed ways.

*Please note: While this program is designed with a particular focus on rural contexts, it is open to all UMC clergy serving in NC, suburban and urban included.

About Faith Matters Network: Established in 2014, Faith Matters Network equips leaders within and across social movements with resources for connection, spiritual sustainability, and accompaniment.  As a co-founder of The People’s Supper, an initiative aiming to repair the breach in our interpersonal relationships across political, ideological, and identity differences, Faith Matters Network has worked with rural UMC clergy in North Carolina since 2017 in partnership with the Duke Endowment’s Rural Church program, equipping them to have courageous conversations in their churches and broader communities.  Disciples of Welcome builds and expands upon this work.

Faith Matters Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, marital  status, or any other status protected by applicable law. Reasonable accommodation will be provided as needed to enable qualified applicants with a disability to participate in pre-employment procedures.

Application Info:

Please send the following materials to jobs@faithmattersnetwork.org, Subject line: NC Facilitator by June 1, 2019.

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

  • 2 names and contact info for references (email, phone number)