Regional CLL Associate

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Website Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec

About Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec

Based in Etobicoke, Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec (CBOQ) equips churches and their leaders as they engage in their mission from God in their community. Comprised of over 300 churches, CBOQ is training, equipping and caring for pastors. We recognize that mission is not just evangelism, but also includes promoting justice, social welfare, healing, education and peace in the world. It is a holistic approach that expresses care for both the needs of the human soul and the social needs that affect all of life. We are helping to plant fresh expressions of faith, strengthening existing churches and connecting them with the tools and opportunities they need to thrive. We are serving the next generation by creating resources and experiences for young people and their leaders to expand their love of God and love of each other. We’re telling our churches’ stories to encourage and inspire them, building up our whole family through the good news of what Christ is accomplishing through us. We love and care for our churches and leaders. We love and care for our employees. We are warm and welcoming; we take the time to listen and genuinely understand; we have empathy during tough times, and we make a positive difference in one another’s lives daily. We develop a servant spirit as a significant part of who we are in Christ.

Purpose and Scope 

The Regional Church Life and Leadership Associate position is tailored for individuals with a deep passion for regional ministry. We welcome applications for both full and part-time roles. Please specify your preference and the regions you are willing to serve in your application.

We are looking for passionate Regional Associates to support our churches in the following regions:

Niagara Hamilton-Toronto West
Trent Valley-Toronto East
Northern and Georgian Bay

Position Overview 

The Regional Associate (RA) will play a pivotal role in fostering connection among churches within their respective regions, their associations, and CBOQ. They will offer support to churches and their boards/leadership to enhance their health and mission, while also ensuring pastoral and ministry leader support. Reporting directly to the Director of Church Life and Leadership (DCLL), the RA will be an integral member of the Church Life and Leadership (CLL) Team. The RA will oversee at least one distinct CBOQ-wide portfolio, determined in consultation with the DCLL and CLL Team, based on the applicants’ skills and giftings.

Core Competencies  

  • Leadership: Ability to effectively collaborate with diverse individuals, providing support, coaching, encouragement and guidance.
  • Results Orientation: Demonstrates commitment to completing all tasks in a timely manner and taking ownership of responsibilities.
  • Innovative: Capable of thinking creatively to develop new solutions that address present and future needs.
  • Networking and Relationship Building: Highly relational, adept at developing positive, professional relationships with key contacts, maintaining partnerships that provide information, assistance, and support.
  • Diplomacy: Represents CBOQ as the liaison in their region, embodying a positive and Godly witness for the Gospel and our family of churches.
  • Conflict Mediation: Skilled in mediating conflicts within churches and addressing concerns while ensuring ongoing support and engagement with CBOQ.
  • Administration: Maintains accurate records of work and visits, providing regular progress reports to the DCLL.
  • Service Orientation: Strives for excellence, delivering the highest quality care and resources possible to those we serve.
  • Communication: Communicates information with consistency and clarity, both orally and in writing.

Responsibilities:  

Congregational Support and Innovation  

  • Conduct regular church visits within your region to represent CBOQ, building relationships and connections with church boards, leadership, and pastors.
  • Assess churches for the Revitalization program and guide those interested through the process, offering training and support in areas of restructuring and visioning.
  • Aid churches experiencing conflict, ensuring continued engagement with CBOQ throughout the process.
  • Assist churches seeking pastoral placement by offering guidance on best practices for the hiring process.
  • Ensure churches receive regular communication from CBOQ.
  • Offer training and instruction in discipleship and evangelism to churches in the region.

Leadership and Pastoral Support and Development  

  • Discern and assess the need for pastoral care among pastors and their families, providing support or referring to appropriate resources as necessary.
  • Create connections between pastors and leaders to foster mutual support.
  • Discern, through relationships with churches, lay leaders who would benefit from leadership development programs, and encourage and support their involvement.
  • Connect to all new pastors serving in CBOQ churches and provide orientation to CBOQ.
  • Advise new pastors through the accreditation and ordination process, including participation in the planning and facilitation of New Pastors Orientation
  • Intentionally support accredited workers serving outside of churches, including chaplains, retirees and other ministry leaders.

Enhance Connection and Relationships  

  • Facilitate regular convening of the associations within their region and support association leaders and moderators.
  • Organize regular gatherings of ministerial connection and development.
  • Maintain regular communication with DCLL and other CBOQ staff and leaders to ensure regional work aligns with the context and parameters of the established budgets, mission, vision, core values, goals, and objectives.
  • Proactively engage with churches that have become disconnected from CBOQ.

Travel Expectations  

  • Spend approx. two Sundays a month visiting churches in their region.
  • Travel to visit churches and pastors in their region during the week.
  • Attend in-person meetings with the CLL Team at least three times a year, CBOQ Assembly and for key events determined by the Director CLL
  • Please note that work related travel expenses are covered according to company policy. 

Additional Duties  

  • Manage a CBOQ-wide portfolio. Examples include church innovation, resourcing, discipleship, accreditation, ordination, etc. in consultation with the DCLL.
  • Assist in preparing a yearly budget for their role and strive to serve within their budget expectations.
  • Attending regular team meetings online with the CLL team and CBOQ staff.
  • Work collaboratively with CBOQ departments.  Some examples but not limited to:
    • NextGen
      • Advocating for and supporting NextGen Ministries regionally and connecting with NextGen Associates for shared initiatives and information
    • Communications and Events
      • Ensuring information sharing and celebration of stories for CBOQ constituents
  • Undertake other tasks as needed to support CBOQ churches in their region and the work of CBOQ.

Requirements:  

  • A demonstrated mature faith in Jesus Christ and a commitment to serve through the church
  • Commitment to the mission, faith, and core values of CBOQ
  • Accredited with CBOQ
  • Experience as a pastoral leader within a local church
  • Ability to collaborate with church boards and leadership
  • Experience in leading and forming an organization internally
  • Current or aspiring membership in a local CBOQ congregation
  • Willingness to travel within the CBOQ constituency and more widely as required to represent CBOQ
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize responsibilities effectively
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire others
  • Master’s level degree preferred, with a focus on ministry/theology

Applications

Qualified candidates may apply by June 22, 2024 to Yvette Kayode, HR Lead, through this link.

All candidates whose training, experience and aptitudes meet the requirements for the job will be considered, subject to acceptance of the CBOQ code of conduct policy. CBOQ welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

To apply for this job please visit baptist.ca.