The Presbytery of Montreal

Location:  Presbytery of Montreal, Montreal, QC

Full time/ Part-time: half-time

Number of Communities: up to six congregations

Duration: 8 months (March – October)               Start Date: March 1, 2020

About the Presbytery of Montreal:
The Presbytery of Montreal is a presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.

Congregations in the presbytery reflect a diversity of theology and understanding of mission, as well as culture: French, English, Arabic, Chinese, Taiwanese, Cameroonian. Our congregations find it challenging to develop mission initiatives that enable them to reach out to their communities with Christ’s love. The Presbyterian College, Montreal, trains church leaders and is an excellent resource in our Presbytery.

Summary of Job Description:
We are searching for a Mission Promoter who will work well in a multicultural setting. The Mission Promoter will visit and consult with a number of congregations in the Presbytery of Montreal offering mission awareness, brain-storming outreach projects for their immediate communities, and following up with congregations as they reach out. The Mission Promoter will report to the Mission Committee of the Presbytery through its convener, and he/she will receive support from a Presbytery mentor. The candidate will be invited to the court of the Presbytery to give a report of the work and answer questions twice during the contract. We hope that the Mission Promoter will encourage the selected congregations to renew interest in their immediate surroundings and to reach out to them. Hence, our “[m]ission is service, a call to help people in need and to permeate all of life with the compassion of God” (The Living Faith 9.1.3).

Responsibilities:

  1. Work with up to six local congregations, building on their strengths, to develop possible projects to reach, serve, and listen to their immediate communities, and to be passionate about mission in its different expressions.
  2. Help the congregation to explore possible funding sources for local outreach (eg. provincial, federal and municipal grants; and other private sources such as the Béati Foundation).
  3. Offer occasional presentations in other, non-participating churches about the importance of mission in general (e.g., preaching at regular services of worship, organizing mission fairs, encouraging potential candidates for volunteer service, and be available to speak at Presbyterian College about mission).
  4. Become aware of and promote mission activities taking place within the Presbytery (Tyndale-St. Georges, Action Refugiés, St. Andrew’s Home, Auberge Madeleine, Welcome Hall, Dans la Rue), becoming a resource for congregations wishing to deepen links with such groups.
  5. Become familiar with the mission activities of the national church, eg. Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) and Presbyterians Sharing, and be available, if invited by our congregations, to speak about them.

Qualifications:

  1. A person of Christian faith, belonging to any denomination, passionate about mission and serving in the church.
  2. An active or retired minister or layperson, a university or seminary student, or a missionary on deputation.
  3. A commitment to the Gospel in a multi-cultural environment.
  4. Working knowledge of both French and English. The ability to communicate in other languages is an asset.
  5. An understanding of and a commitment to the theology of presence.[1]
  6. Applicants involved in both non-denominational and inter-denominational ministries are welcome.
  7. Ability to conduct research and community analysis will prove an asset.
  8. Experience in missions, community outreach, and church growth ministries is an added advantage.

Benefits:

  1. $25-30 000, depending on experience and GA requirements, inclusive of travel.

All interested applicants should send their CV along with a letter of intent, highlighting their interests and thoughts on mission promotion to:

The Rev. Lara Scholey
Convener, Mission Committee,
by email: lara [at] stcolumba [dot] ca
by mail:

St Columba by-the-Lake Presbyterian Church
11 Rodney Ave.,
Pointe-Claire, QC
H9R 4L8.

We thank all candidates who submit their CVs for consideration. However, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Our decision will be based on qualifications and merit.

The chosen candidate will provide a Criminal Record Check.

 


[1] By the theology of presence or accompaniment, we mean recognizing the importance of allowing our presence to make a significant difference in the communities so that people might know that we care.