Kanata United Church is an active Ottawa congregation, seeking to fill a half-time position to lead, engage and educate our thriving Children, Youth and Family members to build family and faith. We are looking for a leader who is committed and equipped to enable our congregation to be effective followers of Jesus’ way.
The primary focus of this position will be responsibility for the nurturing the faith & development of children, youth and families in cooperation with the ministry staff team and lay volunteers. Skills in communication, organization, and implementation are essential as are interpersonal skills, sensitivity, and confidentiality. Other skills for consideration will be familiarity with appropriate resources for relevant and current Biblically grounded narrative through a variety of learning experiences, including the arts, for young people today, as well as suitable, age-appropriate resources for encouraging discipleship experiences and learning in the areas of social justice, peace and environmental concerns.
The successful candidate will be part of a team that includes a full-time Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care; a full-time Administrator and a part time Music Director (well-versed in scripture and liturgy) who leads four choirs (children, youth, teens and adult) and a band. Lay people comprise a most valuable part of our ministry team at KUC. They minister in the areas of Pastoral Care, Outreach, Faith Learning and Development, as well as Children, Youth and Family ministry.
Our vision is to grow not only our very successful Children, Youth and Families ministry, but also encourage and enable worship expression that opens the congregation to the life and work of Jesus to foster and develop spiritual growth. Currently, half our congregation is under the age of 50 with nearly forty children attending on Sundays, in addition to other programs. Under the ministry of both positions working together we want to directly engage our neighbours to develop community through joint service and to expand our established inter- and intra-generational congregational ministry. We also seeking and welcoming of diversity and are embarking on the Affirming process.
Terms of Call
KUC intends to attract an experienced leader who is challenged and excited by the opportunities for renewal and growth embodied in our congregation and community. We have carefully examined our present and anticipated financial resources and commitments, and we can offer employment conditions, salary and benefits that satisfy all requirements of the United Church of Canada and are competitive with those offered by other pastoral charges. Note: all relevant terms below are pro-rated, as appropriate, for the half-time position.
KUC will offer a salary commensurate with the established United Church of Canada guidelines plus an additional amount commensurate with the candidate’s experience, skills and qualifications (to be negotiated). We are willing to accept applications from those in all salary categories (A to F). Salary terms will be reviewed annually.
KUC follows established United Church of Canada guidelines.
KUC follows established United Church of Canada guidelines ($0.42 per kilometer based on the UCC 2018 compensation guidelines).
Continuing Education and Learning Resources Allowance
KUC’s education and book allowance assists with the cost of professionally related courses and purchase of resource material. Pertinent software may also be considered. A yearly maximum of $2,000.00 is provided. Prior approval by the M&P Committee is required.
Home Telephone and/or Cell Phone
KUC provides for a maximum monthly re-imbursement of $35.00.
The position includes annual vacation according to established United Church of Canada guidelines arranged in consultation with the M&P Committee. Staff members are expected to cooperate and coordinate their vacation time.
Study Leave Time
In accordance with established United Church of Canada guidelines, Ministers are entitled to study leave time, arranged in consultation with M&P Committee.
Special Leave Time
As the situation warrants, and subject to established United Church of Canada guidelines and Ottawa Presbytery guidance, staff members are entitled to special leave for disability, maternal and paternal, bereavement and compassionate purposes. Subject to UCC Sabbatical Leave Policy and consistent with our commitment to Faith Development and Learning, Ministers may apply for special study leave.
Staff Members are entitled to take Statutory Holidays and when one of the recognized statutory holidays named below falls on a Sunday, there will be compensatory time off in lieu at the earliest opportunity. Statutory Holidays are: New Years, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter, Victoria Day, Canada Day, August Civic Holiday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Employer’s Share of Benefits
Not included in the Guidelines are detailed criteria for UCC pension, Group Insurance, Employer Health Tax, Employment Insurance, Disability Insurance and CPP. These items are included in the budget in accordance with Revenue Canada, established United Church of Canada and Ottawa Presbytery guidelines.
The half time position is entitled to adequate office administrative support as arranged through the M&P Committee and the use of adequate office equipment. KUC’s Office Administrator works 37.5 hours a week for 46 weeks. Office support is considerably decreased during the summer months.