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Airdrie, AB

Airdrie United turns 115 in 2017 and serves a young, rapidly-growing community, 15 minutes north of Calgary. Starting July 1, we seek collaborative pastoral leadership for worship, spiritual and pastoral care, church redevelopment and growth. For more information, or to apply, please contact Christine Gardiner at cgardine@shaw.ca.

Bedford, NS

Is Bedford United searching for you? If you are passionate about leading a ministry for children, youth and families, and you are an Ordained, Diaconal or Designated Lay Minister (Recognized) in the United Church, then you may be just the person Bedford United Church (BUC) is looking for. BUC is a growing, vibrant, theologically-progressive congregation with an active ministry for children and youth. We are seeking a full-time minister who is warm and enthusiastic, creative and energetic, inspired and inspiring. While the focus of this ministry is with our children, youth and their families, there will be opportunities to lead worship and provide ministry to the entire congregation. Located in Bedford, a community in Halifax, Nova Scotia, we offer an opportunity to join a collaborative ministry team serving an engaged and diverse congregation. Does this sound like just what you’ve been waiting for? We invite you to review our Needs Assessment Report for more information about BUC and this important role:  www.bedfordunited.com. Our JNAC Report and Position Description can be found under Whats Happening/Council News/BUCJNAC2016FINAL. If you are excited by the possibility of joining our team, please submit a cover letter and resumé in confidence to BUCsearch@bedfordunited.com. Our search will stay open until a suitable candidate is found.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Burlington, ON

West Plains United Church requires a full-time minister to work with a warm, welcoming and inclusive church family interested in deepening their spiritual growth. West Plains has a thriving music ministry and a deep commitment to outreach. Letter of interest and CV will be accepted until June 30th 2017. To view our Joint Needs Assessment, visit www.westplains.ca. Send resumés to wpsearch2017@gmail.com.

Bloomingdale ON

A vibrant, lively and faith-filled church in Waterloo Region seeks a half-time minister. Do your gifts and visions include ministering to an open, highly motivated community of faith, dedicated to outreach, youth and music? Are you open to working with an enthusiastic and participatory congregation? Have we piqued your interest? If so, please visit www.bloomingdaleuc.com to view our JNAC, and send your resumé to bloomingdaleresumes@hotmail.com

Carlisle/Kilbride ON

Carlisle/Kilbride United two-point pastoral charge (carlisleuc.ca, kilbrideunited.com) provides spiritual sustenance to two communities on the Niagara Escarpment, north of Hamilton and Burlington. We are a community of worship, rich in traditions and growth opportunities and are currently looking to welcome a new Order of Ministry personnel. We are seeking to form a partnership with a minister who has a strong background in traditional Bible-based theology, but is also willing to explore a variety of worship formats, including multimedia. We are also looking for an effective leader to help us achieve and sustain growth. Our goal is to welcome a minister with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to empower, motivate and inspire. We value the skill to reconcile varying points of view, the capacity to meet intergenerational needs, the ability to form strong community partnerships and a sense of humour. If God is calling you to us, please send a resumé/CV and a one-page statement of your spiritual philosophy on today's role of the church and its minister to search@carlisleuc.ca, by April 30, 2017.

Cut Knife/Wilkie, SK

Cut Knife and Wilkie are two individual pastoral charges located 75km apart in the heart of rural Saskatchewan. Both congregations require a half-time minister of any category. We can offer one half-time position at either pastoral charge, or both charges together, to form two half-time positions, which worked extremely well in the past. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please contact Dorrie Shepherd at dashep50@gmail.com, or Karen Rutley at krutley@hotmail.ca.

Frankford, ON

Frankford United Church is seeking a full-time ordained or diaconal minister to lead and assist us in seeking more ways to offer the "Love of God" to our congregation and to the many families in our village who are not currently experiencing this fellowship. To view the Revised JNAC (March 12, 2017) and job description, and obtain more details on our mission visit www.opportunities@bayofquinteconference.ca. To apply, please contact the Bay of Quinte Conference Personnel Minister at personnel@bayofquinteconference.ca, or opportunities@bayofquinteconference.ca.

Glen Morris, ON

Overlooking the Grand River valley in Southern Ontario, heritage Glen Morris United Church has been a vital part of this community for over 160 years. After a staff retirement, we are now seeking a full-time minister who will be an enthusiastic and inspiring guide to lead vibrant worship and have compassion for spiritual and pastoral care, as well as assist us with continued growth in relation to our recent Vision Plan. This involved, rural, family-oriented faith community is within 40 km of two universities and one college, with close proximity to Highways 401 and 403. We invite you to explore us through our JNAC report and related Vision Report at www.glenmorrisunited.ca. If you are interested in this opportunity to serve, please contact Deb Aitkin at daitkin@silomail.com or Karen Murray-Hopf at kmurray.hopf@gmail.com. Closing date is May 1, 2017.

Guelph , ON

Harcourt Memorial in is an affirming congregation of The United Church of Canada and is accepting applications for one of its two full-time Ministerial positions. This position, to be filled by September 2017, involves Worship, Pastoral Care, Christian Formation and Justice and Outreach, working as a team with the current Minister, Music Director and lay members. Most important will be the critical role of working together toward a shared vision for the future of a vibrant Harcourt community. Application deadline is Friday, March 24, 2017. Ordered ministers in Category A-C are invited to send a covering letter and resumé to harcourtsearch@gmail.com. Link to the full job description is available at www.harcourtuc.ca/assets/uploads/2015/06/apply.pdf.

Kitchener, ON

Part time position: Forest Hill United Church, a vibrant, community-engaged congregation of mixed ages seeks a caring and collaborative half-time ordered minister or designated lay minister to walk with us as we live our mission to Celebrate God, Be in Community and Reach Out to Others. As part of a ministry team, your gifts will provide leadership in pastoral care and Christian development in support of our mission. Forest Hill is located in Kitchener, a thriving centre of innovation, culture and learning. While Reach Out to Others is a strong mission for us, so too is Be in Community. That means recognizing the pastoral care needs of our aging members, the Christian education needs of children and youth and nurturing our congregation through all phases of life. A glimpse of our active church, as well as our full Joint Needs Assessment report, may be found at www.foresthillunited.org. Please forward all queries, and your application, to the attention of Susan Hummel at slhummel@bell.net. All applications should arrive at the church no later than Friday, March 31, 2017, … and don’t forget to ask us about Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner! Forest Hill United Church, 121 Westmount Rd. E., Kitchener, ON, N2M 4Y6.

Little Current, ON

Little Current Pastoral Charge invites you to come and join us on beautiful Manitoulin Island – a region that offers year-round recreational activities and a rich heritage to explore. We are located on the scenic North Channel of Lake Huron, but within commuting distance of urban centers. The Little Current two-point pastoral charge is seeking a full-time ordained, diaconal, designated lay minister or qualified theology student for its Little Current and Sheguiandah congregations. We are seeking a minister who will invigorate the congregation and help build on the existing strong music ministry, a minister committed to pastoral care and visitation. The minister will be an individual who can relate to all age groups and has the energy and vision to draw new people into the life and work of the church. Complete details can be found in our JNAC at www.manitouconference.ca/vacancy-updates. If this opportunity intrigues you, please contact the Search Committee via mail at, Search Committee, Box 254, Little Current, ON, P0P 1K0, or via e-mail to Scott Mosher, Chair, at scmosher1764@gmail.com.

Mississauga, ON

Cawthra Park United Church is seeking a half-time minister who is warm, enthusiastic, creative and energetic. We are a small, welcoming congregation in Port Credit. We are completing a successful lengthy ministerial relationship and are looking for continued spiritual and congregational growth. Please visit www.cawthraparkuc.org for our JNAC report and job description. The position becomes available to start anytime between May through to September 2017. Please send your cover letter and resumé to office@cawthraparkuc.org.

Mississauga, ON

Eden United Church, a vibrant, diverse, inclusive and active congregation in Meadowvale, seeks a full-time ordered minister to lead our community in living out our mission to “Gather, Grow, Go”. Eden is finishing a period of transition and three years of intentional interim ministry. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with council and help our congregation grow through worship, faith development, pastoral care and community outreach. For a detailed job description and the full JNAC report, please visit our website at www.edenunitedchurch.com. Interested candidates are asked to forward a statement of faith and CV, including three professional references, to our joint search committee at edenjointsearch@gmail.com. Applications will be received until June 15th, 2017.

Mississauga, ON

Erin Mills United Church, a diverse, thriving congregation, is seeking a full-time ordained or diaconal minister to lead us in offering opportunities for all persons to experience the love of God through Jesus Christ. For more details about EMUC and the position, both the JNAC report and job description are available at www.emuc.ca. If you are interested in this dynamic position, apply to Janet Tait at emucjsc2016@gmail.com. Please include a cover letter and up-to-date resumé. This position is vacant as of October 1, 2016, and applications will be received until a new minister is confirmed.

Mount Brydges, ON

Mount Brydges Pastoral Charge is seeking a part-time minister to fill a two-point charge, at two beautiful churches located minutes from each other. We would like to find an inspirational speaker who encourages us to live out our faith by relating to today's world. Please review both profiles and apply through  www.londonconference.ca (see Vacancies).

Niagara Falls, ON

“Reaching up to God; Reaching out to people.”  In the heart of Niagara Falls, St. Andrew’s, a faith community ranging from young families to seniors, is passionately committed to living lives that reflect the love of Jesus Christ. To fill the vacancy left through recent retirement, we are seeking a full-time minister to join our multi-staff team as we anticipate our best years ahead. Interested applicants can find our JNAC and our Core Values and Essential Beliefs at www.sainta.ca. Please submit applications to ehuynh@gmail.com.

Oshawa, ON

Columbus Community United Church is currently seeking a half-time minister (ordained or designated). Columbus is a small rural village situated between the City of Oshawa and the lakeside town of Port Perry. Congregation members travel from all directions to share their faith, friendship and sermons in a variety of worship styles. Members enjoy participating in worship service and work diligently as a team to foster a welcoming community, mission and service and a supportive environment. Further information may be found in our Joint Needs Assessment Report found at www.columbusunitedoshawa.com. Applications are to be forwarded to the Bay of Quinte Conference, in care of David Timpson, personnel@bayofquinteconference.ca

Reston-Pipestone, MB

Two small country churches with lots of big, friendly hearts, in the wide open peaceful prairies, are seeking a half-time minister. We offer two weeks on/two weeks off with a stately three-storey brick manse in which to live. Both congregations are active, financially sound and full of ideas for the future! Located in the southwest corner of Manitoba, the main industries of Reston-Pipestone Pastoral Charge are agriculture and oil. You might be invited to ride on a combine, or watch a calf being born! Contact Joann Sauvé at jrsauve@mymts.net.

Ripley, ON

Ripley-Bervie/Kinloss Pastoral Charge, located in beautiful Bruce County, not far from Lake Huron, is a two-point charge looking for a full-time minister who will engage all ages and provide spiritual growth, guidance and pastoral care. Interested applicants contact sduliban@hamconf.org by March 31, 2017, for more information.

Saskatoon, SK

Integrated Community Ministry (ICM) is a social justice ministry seeking a full-time Ordained, Diaconal or DLM within the United Church of Canada. The Community Minister will work in partnership with individuals, congregations and community organizations to build relationships of solidarity, justice and compassion. For more information on this opportunity to serve, please contact Reverend Darren Wooff at icmsearch2017@gmail.com. Applications accepted until April 30, 2017. 

Saskatoon, SK

Saskatoon Shines! River. Parks. Festivals. Arts & Culture. University. St. Paul's United is an exciting, vibrant congregation, with an active engaged laity and paid support staff. We are searching for a full-time ordained lead minister who's youthful, energetic and inclusive. If you are interested in leading our pangenerational community into the future, please email confidentially to spucsearch@gmail.com

St. Thomas, ON

First United Church, a faith community in a growing city approaching 40,000, located only 20 minutes south of London, seeks a full-time ordained minister. The vacancy comes as our dynamic spiritual leader of the last 17 years retires. Our congregation ranges from young families to seniors who are committed to living lives that reflect the unconditional love of Jesus. We’re looking for an inspirational preacher who encourages us to live out our faith in today’s reality – to be His disciples in the 21st century. Learn more about us at www.firstunitedchurch.weebly.com, or contact our Search Committee Chairperson, Ray Bosveld, at rbosveld14@gmail.com. Application can be made through www.londonconference.ca. Position start date: September 1, 2017. Application deadline: June 30, 2017.

Toronto, ON

Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (MCC Toronto), established in 1973, is a progressive spiritual community, rooted in Christianity and originally founded to serve the needs of the LGBT community. Today our congregation is diverse: our heterosexual community has grown significantly; over 30 ethnic backgrounds are represented; over 20 countries reported as a place of birth; more than 20 different languages are spoken and we are home to a wide range of faith backgrounds, including individuals with no previous Church history. An average of 600 people attend our three worship services every Sunday and many more from around the world view our live webcast. As part of our faith-based tradition rooted in Christianity, MCC Toronto has expanded its mission into areas of social justice and community endeavours, the most important of which are the Triangle Programme, Canada's only LGBTQ High School, the Refugee Program, the Community Care Ministry and advocacy for social causes such as AIDS, same-sex marriage and currently trans rights. Our current Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes has announced his retirement following a 40 year career with MCC Toronto. We now seek a dynamic Senior Pastor who will build on the rich tradition of MCC Toronto as a leading vibrant, inclusive and progressive Christian community of faith in Canada. View the full job description here: www.board.mcctoronto.com/#senior-pastor-search. If you are interested in applying for this position please reply in confidence with your resumé to seniorpastorsearch@mcctoronto.com  by 5 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2017. Thank you for your interest in MCC Toronto!

Toronto, ON

Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church is an active, engaged downtown Toronto congregation of approximately 200 members drawn from across the city. We are seeking a full-time ordered Minister to encourage and inspire us in living out God’s mission in our context. Our minister will provide dynamic and collaborative leadership in our shared faith journey, particularly in the areas of worship, faith formation, support for lay leadership, congregational growth, and pastoral care. An inclusive and Affirming congregation, Trinity-St. Paul’s has a long tradition of action on issues of social justice and we expect our Minister to share this passion and public witness. Our commitment to faith, justice and the arts is expressed in a wide variety of partnerships in our local community and beyond, which our Minister will help us continue to explore and nurture. Application deadline is May 31, 2017. For more information please visit www.vacancyavailability.ca/el-tc-vacancies.php.

Tweed-White Lake-Queensborough, ON

Our communities are situated in beautiful Eastern Ontario, a land of hills and dales, farms and lakes. We are three separate pastoral charges, sharing ministry and resources. We seek a full-time ordained minister who will guide us in living each day like Jesus, and who shares with us a commitment to worship, outreach, and pastoral care. Our people are welcoming and nurturing, and our communities have a lot to offer. If you want to be cared for as you care for others, and if you enjoy the great outdoors, this is the place to be! To request a copy of our JNAC report, send an email to denbesten@xplornet.ca. Applications can be sent to the same email address, c/o Tri-Church Joint Search Committee. Deadline for applications is May 31, 2017. 

Vasey (Midland), ON

The small country church with the big friendly heart may be the next place for you! We are a small one-point charge, serving a mostly rural community. Our church has a stable membership and is financially healthy. We have active groups serving the people in need in our community. Our trained teachers lead our small Sunday School group in Godly Play, as well as a monthly adult session. We use the Kenora governing model, utilizing our small leadership team and freeing up people to do the real work of the church. We have excellent leadership, ideas for the future and an active community. We take care of our people and our church as we serve God, by following the teachings of Jesus. We welcome everyone. In our theology of forward thinking, we believe all people are valuable. We hope you will lead us in Sunday worship and will work with us to keep our church relevant in this fast-paced world. We are looking for a full-time minister and are excited and looking forward to hearing from you! If this hasn’t convinced you yet, why not come and live on the edge of paradise? All seasons of the year, you have the best of Canada’s outdoors right on your door step with affordable living. When you need some city life, less than 1½ hours has you standing at the foot of the CN tower. For more information, please email charlotte.elizabeth.jones93@gmail.com. See our profile and apply online through Toronto Conference, www.vacancyavailability.ca under Ministry Personnel. This position will remain open until July 1st, or until we have found our new minister. 

Vineland, ON

Vineland United is a community located in the heart of the Niagara orchard and vineyard region. We are seeking a half-time ministry personnel who will focus on Sunday worship and pastoral care. Please contact us and tell us the gifts you might bring to our ministry together. This position will remain open until the position is filled. Please submit applications to Judy Izatt at judithrose1@bell.net, or c/o Vineland United Church, 4402 Victoria Avenue, Vineland Station, ON, L0R 2C0.

Waterloo, ON

Emmanuel United Church, an Affirming congregation, is looking for a full-time ordered minister. The moss grows on our roof, not under our feet. We love our neighbour as we love our God, so come share our commitment to outreach. Consider flexibility, vision, leadership, and creativity essential. Fear not, a crack team of volunteers will help things run smoothly-ish. You will discover programs and activities from needlecraft to community yoga, and from guided prayer to ESL classes. You will also find Bridgeport Café, our program for Waterloo’s marginalized populations, which is a significant feature of our outreach. Our growing congregation includes individuals from all walks of life. That’s why, when we became an affirming congregation, we got carried away in the excitement and installed two rainbow flags. Our membership ranges in age, so be prepared for the complete set of hatch, match and dispatch. Some of us are young, at least at heart if not body, and some of us carry heavy souls. Pack your dance shoes and your compassion. Pencil in your Sunday mornings for the sanctuary — we spend most Sundays there, unless you have better ideas. For more detail, see our JNAC report at www.emmanueluc.ca. Please send your application to searchcomm@emmanueluc.ca. We will accept applications until we confirm a suitable candidate. Come to Emmanuel, and make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

Waterloo, ON

Parkminster United Church, a congregation of 240 households, is completing three years of Interim Ministry and is now seeking TWO full-time equivalent ministers (ordained or diaconal) to lead our affirming, diverse and progressive community of faith. Successful candidates will work collaboratively in a team ministry in a) Worship & Outreach and b) Spiritual Development and Pastoral Care. Please consult Parkminster’s Joint Needs Assessment Report for detailed ministry descriptions at www.parkuc.ca. Please submit your resumé to the attention of the Search Committee at mncrawford@rogers.com. Applications will be accepted until the two full-time equivalent positions are filled, however, submission prior to March 15, 2017 is preferred. Please note we will request three references prior to any future interview.

Welland, ON

Central United Church, located in the Niagara region, is seeking an innovative and energetic spiritual leader. This is a full-time position for an ordained minister with interest in a variety of worship formats relevant to today's world, including the use of multi-media. Our church is located in a downtown area with a number of mission oriented needs that we are actively serving. It is also located close to a rapidly expanding area of new homes. We invite you to explore us through our JNAC report and related membership survey which are posted on Facebook and available through the link on our website at www.centralunitedchurch.org. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity to serve, please contact Mr. Dave Duffus, Search Committee Secretary, in confidence, at your earliest convenience, at centralwellandsearch@gmail.com.

Windsor, NS

Golf, curling, skiing and close to nature, Windsor has all the year-round recreational activities you could want in a safe, welcoming community. Our United Church is an exciting, vibrant congregation with an active, engaged laity. It is financially sound, with a professionally-led music program. We are looking for a full-time ordained minister to continue our work in the community, starting July 1, 2017. Contact (note new email address) windsorunitedsearch@bellaliant.com, www.windsorunitedchurch.ca, or www.facebook.com/windsorunitedchurch. Applications will be accepted until an acceptable candidate is found.

Yellow Grass, SK

The Yellow Grass United Lutheran partnership is currently looking for a part-time minister for this small congregation in southern Saskatchewan. We are located about 45 minutes from Regina and 20 minutes from Weyburn. This is a one-point charge. For more information please email Lorry at sbar_7@hotmail.com, or call her at 306-465-2582.

Ministry of Music

Hamilton, ON

Ryerson United requires an energetic and creative Music Director, competent with our instruments (see www.ryersonunitedhamilton.com) and familiar with Church liturgy, to lead our choirs and congregation in worship. Working with our minister, you will prepare and present both traditional and contemporary hymns and anthems selected to complement each service’s worship theme. This position becomes available September 1, 2017. Send your letter and CV to ryersonmdsc@gmail.com.

Thornbury, ON

Grace United Church is inviting applications for Director of Music to maintain a tradition of high quality music in our worship services, as early as March 17, 2017. We are seeking someone with strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, to lead a diversely talented senior choir. As a team player, accountable to the Worship Committee, you will work with the ministerial staff and the congregation to plan for worship and faith development. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to experience a variety of music styles with a well maintained two-manual Keats Geissler pipe organ, A Young Chang grand piano, Casio Privia Keyboard, and a three octave set of Schulmerich bells. There is also an option to negotiate teaching from this location. Applications will be treated with confidentiality. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience based on RCCO guidelines. Thornbury is located on the southern shore of Georgian Bay in the Town of the Blue Mountains, the heart of recreation in Ontario. Please visit our website www.graceunitedthornbury.ca and send applications to accounting@graceunitedthorbury.ca.

Toronto, ON

Northlea United Church is seeking an enthusiastic, organist/choir director who will work with our minister and choir to ensure that music and congregational singing are an integral part of Sunday worship. The sanctuary has an Allen digital organ and a grand piano. Remuneration for this 16-18 hour per week position will follow RCCO Salary Guidelines. Please direct inquiries by April 30, 2017, to the Music Director Search Committee, c/o barb@northleaunited.ca. For further information and a position description visit our website, www.northleaunited.ca.

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Celebrate our 50th Anniversary

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