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Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church – the future Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church

Ministry Associate – Discover/Send and Connect

Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church – the future Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church


Job Summary

Background:  The Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church will form the new Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church on January 1, 2022.  This new position will support the Discover/Send and Connect Strategy Teams of the new conference structure.  We are looking to fill this position by October 1, 2021.  The conference’s mission is to discover, equip, connect, and send lay and clergy leaders who shape congregations that offer Christ to a hurting world, one neighborhood at a time.

Summary of the position: The Ministry Associate-Discover/Send and Connect position supports, through adaptive leadership skills and collaborative ministry, the work of the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference in realizing the vision of the work of the Discover/Send and Connect Strategy Teams. This position will foster a cohesive strategy of discover and sending committed disciples of Christ through diverse ministry settings and local congregations connecting them to resources which build a culture of effectiveness. The role of the position is strategic, relational, connectional, and collaborative in nature.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Serves and resources Discover/Send Strategy Team and the Connect Strategy Team including but not limited to:
  • Disaster Response
  • Fresh Expressions
  • New Church Development
  • Church Revitalization
  • VIM
  • Missional Faith Communities and Church Plants
  • Missional Engagement
  • Existing Church Plants
  • Ethnic Local Church Concerns
  • Justice and Mercy Ministries
  • Golden Cross/Encore
  • Hispanic Ministries
  • Asian Ministries
  • Native American Ministries
  • Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century
  • Church and Society
  • United Methodist Men
  • United Methodist Women
  • Covenant Entities
  • Commission on the Status and Role of Women
  • Commission on Religion and Race
  • Health and Wellness
  1. Ensure that there are vital ministries across the TWK connection that provide greater access and inclusivity of all persons across varied levels of ability.
  1. Implements, resources, and embraces the diversity and inclusion goals of the Conference and advocate, internally and externally, for ensuring churches are practicing inclusion, diversity, equity, and antiracism.
  1. Advocate and develop systems of fund development for mission, advocacy, and justice ministries.
  1. Participates in ongoing professional development and integrates emerging new learning tools and processes.
  1. Be financially accountable for the ministries for which you are responsible in collaboration with the Connectional Ministry Officer.

Physical Requirements: 

Minimal travel to other conference locations in Middle or West Tennessee and Western Kentucky may be required.  

Ability to work from home or in the office in a hybrid/remote work setting.

The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabins, office machinery, etc.  

They will frequently communicate with the public and others on business related questions.  Must occasionally lift or move office supplies or other items weighing up to 25 pounds.


Qualifications and Skills:

  • Strategic Planning:  Think critically and creatively about direction needed to support the goals and work of the Discover/Send and Connect Strategy Team in a constantly changing context.  Demonstrate a capacity for understanding and being able to strategically use data and information for self-assessment, accountability and learning in the interests of promoting and communicating transformation.
  • Leadership skills:  Proactive leader who can ensure the consistency of processes.
  • Process Management: Adapt processes necessary to effectively and efficiently accomplish the work, in support of the Discover/Send and Connect Strategy Team.
  • Problem Solving: Adaptive thinker who can effectively focus the team and its leaders on missional and critical issues to accomplish the strategy.
  • Communication skills: Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills. Speak and write clearly and succinctly; clearly deliver message in a tone appropriate to the context. Ability to speak in a public forum.
  • Interpersonal Skills:  Capacity to work collegially and develop rapport with a wide diverse, variety of individuals.
  • Helping Orientation: Demonstrate concern for, attend to the needs of, provide resources for the work of the Discover/Send and Connect Strategy Team and ensure consistency throughout the processes associated with all lay and clergy leadership development. 
  • Organizational skills: Ability to plan, develop, and coordinate multiple tasks and projects.  Ability to organize resources and establish priorities.
  • Faith: Evidence of intentional discipleship and faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Church polity: Knowledge of General, Jurisdictional and Annual Conference Church polity.
  • Mission Mindset: Committed to the mission and ministry of the United Methodist Church; commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the TWK Conference; United Methodist background preferred. Ability to articulate the meaning of connectionalism of the United Methodist Church.
  • Confidentiality: Ability to discern when information received may be confidential or to what level such should be shared

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Master of Divinity (or its equivalent) is preferred but other Master’s degrees and/or years of experience may be considered.

Additional Information


  • Full-time, exempt.
  • Must be able to work remotely or in the office with some area travel and team meetings.
  • Fulltime employees are eligible for medical/dental/vision and 403(b) retirement savings plan, as well as vacation time and paid holidays.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants, please send a letter of interest and resume to and specify that you are applying for Ministry Associate-Discover/Send and Connect position.  Deadline for submission:  Monday, August 16, 2021. Job contingent on successful completion of references and background check.


  • Date Posted: August 2, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Religious
  • Start Date: 10/01/2021
  • Salary Range: 65,000-80,000
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm