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Congregational Vitality through Community Engagement

Vancouver School of Theology (VST) is seeking an innovative connectional leader as the inaugural Director of its Congregational Vitality through Community Engagement Project.

The position works closely with local and national church leaders (Anglican, Presbyterian and United, inter alia) and civic and business leaders to identify, index, develop, curate and deploy resources and strategies to catalyze congregational mission engagement with their communities. The underlying assumption is that congregations exist to share in the mission of the risen Christ and realize their proper end through participation in it. God is at work in the world and we want to be bold in discerning and engaging with the movement of the Spirit in our churches and God’s world. The position reports directly to the Principal of VST. The position will be guided and directed to fulfill the mission of VST. VST is called to educate and form thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders.

The initial appointment of the Director is for a three-year term. This project is funded through a grant from the MJ Murdock Trust. Reappointment is possible. This appointment is as an Administrator. This is not a faculty appointment, although the Director will work with faculty around the VST Academy, a mobile institute for congregational education for engagement with the church and the world. The Director will engage with students and faculty, lecture in courses taught by other faculty members from time-to-time, organize an annual conference and help organize our Summer School program. The Director will also engage with multiple external publics to expand and engage with the work of VST for the common good. The position will be an instance of what we promote – vitality through community engagement.

Candidates should be articulate about their faith and about themselves as a disciple of Jesus Christ striving to live out the love of God and neighbour. They should have skill at team leadership, be a self-starter and able to work independently. They should be theologically articulate in addressing the big issues of our time. Candidates should have robust congregational experience, be free of cynicism about the church, experience in community engagement and be accomplished at public presentations. They should be able to meet deadlines and able to move from analysis to action with a sense of urgency and care. Facility with Microsoft 360 programs and Zoom are crucial. An advanced degree in a discipline relevant to community engagement, theological or not, as well as evidence of effective work in the public sphere based on explicit Christian faith and a theology of public life are important. Proven effectiveness in working with church judiciaries, private sector leaders and government is important.

For more information about this position, please contact the Principal of VST, The Rev. Dr. Richard Topping. Applications will be received by the Principal until August 31, 2020. Our goal is to make an appointment by November 1, 2020 for a start no later than January 1, 2021. This advertisement is directed primarily to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Candidates should be connected to and have experience with the Anglican or United Church of Canada or a denomination in full communion with the Anglican or United Churches of Canada. The Director will work out of the VST building.

VST has been recently ranked by QS World University Rankings as one of 10 most improved universities for Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies (2018), won a prize from the Association of Theological Schools for Innovation (2019) and been featured by In Trust Magazine for “bold transformative change” (2020). The last three years VST has experienced record enrollment. VST is an affiliated College of the University of British Columbia, which is consistently ranked among the 40 best globally, and among the top 20 public universities in the world.

VST is committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from persons who will contribute to further diversification in the pursuit of the school’s vision and mission.

The Vancouver School of Theology acknowledges that the land on which they are located is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəyəm (Musqueam) People.

Contact: Richard Topping
Principal and Professor of Studies in the Reformed Tradition
Vancouver School of Theology
6015 Walter Gage Road, Vancouver, BC Canada, V6T 1Z1
richardt@vst.edu • 604-822-9808

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