Job posting – Program Coordinator

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Full-Time Employment 


Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF) functions as a ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. New Church Ministry (NCM), under the umbrella of DCEF, trains, equips, assists and multiplies emerging and affiliating congregations and leaders. The Program Coordinator is responsible for performing a variety of support activities for the NCM team, services, programs, and operations. 

Core Requirements 

  • Provide administrative support for NCM Team such as calendaring/scheduling, travel arrangements, reports management, note-taking, contact management, expense processing, event logistics coordination, project management, metrics oversite, research, and other duties as may be assigned
  • Ensure the efficiency of operations by collaboratively driving organizational systems and processes 
  • Coordinate and oversee the logistics, administration, and development for NCM services, initiatives and programs 
  • Coordinate, organize, and manage virtual and in-person gatherings, conferences, events, and trainings. This includes registration, communication, accommodations, materials, budgeting, catering, booking, etc. 
  • Maintain the customer relationship management system, contact management system, database, project management system, and metrics manager 
  • Provide support using technology and online platforms, i.e. social media, Zoom, Concur, TripIt, MissionInsite, Prezi, Basecamp, Teachable, etc. 
  • Coordinate travel logistics such as booking flights, hotels, and car rentals, scheduling meetings, preparing itineraries, managing expenses, and follow-up correspondences 
  • Assist with preparing expense reports and budget oversight 
  • Prepare, edit, file, and distribute correspondence, reports, presentations, and agendas 
  • Prepare, distribute, and interpret demographic analysis reports 


  • Demonstrate experience in being organized, innovative, proactive, resourceful, self-starting, focused, persistent, detail-oriented, discreet, communicative, decisive, and an adaptive problem-solver 
  • Have a “servant’s heart”, foresight, self-awareness, and grit 
  • Manage the overall risks and issues that may arise as well as take measures to correct them when they occur 
  • Proficiency in technology, cloud-based tools, and software including Microsoft Office Suite 
  • Organize, maximize, and prioritize multiple tasks, projects, programs, and events simultaneously 
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and customer relations skills 
  • Accommodating and responsive to changing priorities and fluctuating workloads 
  • Excellent judgment, tact, and experience in exercising discretion with confidential information 
  • Strong work ethic with intrinsic motivation and ability to take a high level of personal accountability for the quality and timeliness of work 
  • Able to work independently and as a member of an integrated team 
  • Cooperate effectively and respectfully with a wide range of staff members, constituents, and diversities 


  • Church planting, pastoral/ministerial, innovation, and/or entrepreneurial experience is a plus 
  • Familiarity with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a plus 
  • Spanish-speaking or multi-lingual is a plus 

Educational Requirements and/or Experience 

  • At least two years of college or equivalent experience preferred 
  • Proven administrative and coordination experience 


  • Minimal travel will be required for meetings, conferences, and professional enrichment 


  • Salary range is between US $40,000 – $45,000, plus benefits 

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Rhonda Hopewell, Vice President for Human Resources, Resumes of candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the job posting will remain open until the position is filled. 

Disciples Church Extension Fund/New Church Ministry does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristics protected by law. 

A Year to Remember

When we set out to plan New Church Ministry (NCM)’s activities for 2020, we did not know what the year would bring. But NCM’s mission to train, equip, assist, and multiply emerging and affiliating congregations and their leaders has continued amidst a year with many unexpected twists and turns. Our team made meaningful connections and nurtured new church leaders across the United States and Canada in a variety of innovative ways.

Over the past twelve months, our ministry:

These are just a few of the ways that NCM has made a real difference in people’s lives during such a challenging year. Each one of you has played an essential role in that ministry. We are grateful for your prayers, partnership, and support and we look forward to working with you in 2021!

Work Hard, Play Harder

Sometimes ministers need to laugh together. 

Clergy members from several denominations did just that during a recent ecumenical-led virtual gathering to celebrate the first calendar year of the COVID-19 pandemic nearing its close.

“It was so amazing to goof around with church planters,” said the Rev. Chris Davies, leader of the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) Faith Education, Innovation and Formation Team.

She was describing the Founders’ Festival which attracted 89 participants from six denominations (CCDOC, UCC, Presbyterian Church in Canada, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Canada and United Methodist Church and others) via Zoom on December 3rd.

‘’’Founders’ Fest’ was “purely for celebration of what has been a difficult year,” Davies said. Billed as an evening of “laughter, music, games and shenanigans,” it invited participants to “take a break from planning, preaching and pandemic to party with your pals.” 

“I can’t remember having more fun in a Zoom meeting! I love church planters. It was an honor to appreciate their hard work in a fun way. Thank you to my ecumenical siblings,” adds Pastor Terrell L McTyer.

Founders’ Festival 2020 was organized by Ecumenical Partners in Outreach (EPO), a network of church-starting specialists from eight – and sometimes more – North American denominations. 

EPO wanted to acknowledge church planters and provide them with a space to just be. There was no learning content, just games and fun with new friends.

A UCC minister and comedian, Rev Liz Miller of Edgewood United Church, Lansing, Mich., served as emcee.

“This was the most engaging and welcoming Zoom party I’ve ever attended,” said the Rev. Rachel Gilmore of the staff of Path 1, the Methodists’ church planting project. “It was wonderful to see church planters come together for a time of laugher and camaraderie, to be reminded that we are not alone in this holy and hard work.”  

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Training for the Future

New Church Ministry gathers Disciples every fall to share leadership experiences, wisdom, and training at Leadership Academy (LA).

Usually, it takes place in Indianapolis, IN, but due to public health concerns, this year’s Academy was hosted on Zoom, with resources available on Teachable.

And that’s not all that was new for 2020.

LA was held from Tuesday, September 29 to Thursday, October 1, reducing the length of the event from five days to three.

In addition, group registration was introduced, allowing core teams to register. After all, church planting is a team sport, and all the players should get training. This enabled a record number of 83 registrants!

To accommodate such a large number of people, various breakout rooms were provided on Wednesday and Thursday morning, giving participants an opportunity to network in rooms for prayer, self-care, revitalization, and more.

Also new to the Academy was improving accessibility for non-English speakers, with Spanish translations provided by Rev. Selena Reyes, Pastor of Nueva Comunidad Christian Church and Korean translations provided by Rev. Young Lan Kim, Associate Regional Minister of the Pacific Southwest Region, as well as breakout rooms for members of North American Pacific/Asian Disciples (NAPAD) and Obra Hispana.

As for workshop content, New Church Ministry worked to address the latest drastic shifts in the Church in an effort to remain relevant and resourceful. This was evident in workshops such as “The Church After COVID: Four Crucial Pathways of Belonging for An Anxious Culture,” where author Tim Soerens explored alternatives to anxiety and pathways of possibility during this pivotal moment for the Church, and in “Fundraising 2.0,” where spiritual entrepreneur Carla Leon of the United Church of Canada covered ten ways of generating revenue in light of new giving patterns presented by Millennials and the Z Generation.

Tim and Carla were joined by other new guest speakers, including Rick Reisinger (DCEF President), Cynthia Newman (minister, investment principal, and co-owner of the Newman Group), Rev. Dr. Delesslyn Kennebrew (Regional Minister for Ministry Innovation in the Greater Kansas City Region), DeAmon Harges (founder of The Learning Tree), Rev. Dr. Ken Crawford (Transformation Pastor at Central Christian Church in Dallas), Rev. Lee Ivey (Disciples Minister and therapist at the CTS Counseling Center), Natalie Teague (Disciples Immigration Legal Counsel), Lisa Pilat (Church Manager and Bookkeeper), and Christiana Rice (Director at The Parish Collective).

Supplementing these voices with their art were Pastor YaNi Davis, who delivered two spoken word performances, and Rev. Chantilly Mers, who sang as she played her guitar.

While various aspects of New Church Ministry’s first virtual Leadership Academy were new, participants were still able to engage in what made events of years past work so well.

For example, both pre- and post-launch cohorts were empowered by track sessions tailored to their experiences. Participants learned from thought leaders in joint plenary sessions called DOCTalks. LEADLabs (Learn.Explore.Actuate.Discover.Laboratories) helped leaders imagine, ideate, and implement missional and sustainable concepts through interactive, practical trainings.

Previous guest speakers made an appearance, too. Fr. Lorenzo Lebrija, the founding director of the TryTank Experimental Lab for church growth and innovation at the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, returned with his workshop on idea formulation and Nadine Compton delivered another workshop on brand building. Terri Hord Owens closed out the third and final day with a Commissioning Service as she did last year, where she delivered a sermon.

In a meld of new and old, Terrell McTyer facilitated TechSoup, and a DOCTalk on Facebook Live featured Loren Richmond (pastor, entrepreneur, and disruptor), Lashaundra McCarty (owner of 3 C: Creative Communications & Consulting), and Katy Valentine (coach at and founder of the Creative Christian Spirituality, LLC), where they shared their 12 hacks for transforming a collective’s technology. Attendees were able to submit their questions in the Zoom meeting’s chat, or by leaving a comment on Facebook Live video. Both of these features enabled the plenary guests to answer in real time and reach participants far beyond Leadership Academy. 

With dozens of participants and speakers as well as multiple platforms to juggle over the course of three days, Laura Ginn, New Church Ministry’s Services Support Assistant who coordinated logistics for the whole event, was witness to many of the conversations and transformative moments that took place. For her, New Church Ministry’s first virtual Leadership Academy

“allowed for a new approach of team and New Church Movement training to happen along with having people from coast to coast learn to grow new churches virtually and adapt in the age of COVID.”

In other words, this year’s Leadership Academy prepared its participants for Church, the new way.

What significant changes could revolutionize giving at your church?

Building a budget, eliminating debt, and investing your savings will help your community of faith build a solid financial foundation for long-term success. In “Secure a Firm Financial Foundation,” our last New Church Hacks episode of the season, New Church Ministry will:

  • Discover how vision clarity gives your stewardship life
  • Learn how generous leadership draws followers
  • Construct pillars for financial success
  • Understand the spiritual relationship between scarcity and abundance
  • Celebrate what you have, not what you don’t

Join host Terrell L McTyer, the Minister of New Church Strategies for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, and featured guests Belinda King, the Building and Capital Services Advisor for the Canada, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Capital Area and North Eastern Regions and Vice President of Disciples Church Extension FundBruce Barkhauer, the Director of the Center for Faith and Giving, and Mike Mather, the pastor of First United Methodist Church of Boulder, Colorado and the author of Having Nothing, Possessing Everything: Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places on Wednesday, October 28 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM EST.

A link to a recording of the webinar will be emailed to all registrants after the episode airs, regardless of attendance.

Immediately following the webinar, the episode’s guests and host will go live on the New Church Ministry Facebook page for a Q&A with Building Manager and Church Manager/Bookkeeper Lisa Pilat.

New Church Hacks provides practical (and sometimes peculiar) prompts for churches from start to restart. This free webinar series is jam-packed with clever solutions to tricky problems and empowers courageous leaders with the tools, tips and how-tos to start, sustain and strengthen congregations. For regular updates, be sure to check the New Church Hacks page and follow along on social media with #NewChurchHacks!