Community Church of Boston
Social Justice Congregational Director
Application deadline: Friday, May 11, 2012
Education requirements: 4-year college or equivalent experience preferred
Employment: 34 hours per week (hours negotiable, not less than 32 hours per week)
Benefits: Employer pays 80% of health insurance premium, 100% dental insurance premium. One month paid vacation.
Community Church of Boston Statement of Purpose
The Community Church of Boston is a free community united for the study and practice of universal religion, seeking to apply ethical ideals to individual life and the democratic and cooperative principle to all forms of social and economic life.
We affirm individuals and communities in their free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We shape our ethics and morality based on lived experience, history, as well as our commitment to justice and love.
Since our founding in 1920, the Community Church of Boston has been an active peace and justice congregation, a “free pulpit in action”, a non-sectarian, human-centered congregation with a rich and dynamic community life and a renowned history.
From September through June, we hold our 11:00am Speakers Forum, when we hear from inspiring and thought-provoking speakers on social justice topics. We listen, reflect on what we hear, build community together and oftentimes take action. Music adds a wonderful dimension to the service, and we dialogue with our speaker before gathering for lunch.
Our community is small, vibrant, and growing. With 60+ members, we also have hundreds of friends who come through our doors every year to participate on Sundays and in many other ways. In deciding to become a member of the Community Church of Boston, individuals agree with our Statement of Purpose which declares: “We the undersigned, accepting the stated purpose of the Church, do join ourselves together, that we may help one another, may multiply the power of each through mutual friendship and may thereby promote most effectively the cause of truth righteousness and love in the world.” Church members become involved in our congregation’s life in many ways as ze/she/he is able.
In general, the Congregational Director shall:
§ Provide non-sectarian leadership around the purpose of the Community Church of Boston
§ Provide a level of pastoral care to our community that is appropriate to their training and experience
§ Serve as contact person and deal with many building related and tenant-organization matters
§ Provide leadership in forming and building relationships with our membership
§ Build connections with other individuals and institutions (religious and non-religious) around issues of social justice and community building
§ Aid us in using our building and facilities to deepen social justice activism in and around Boston
§ Help us grow our purpose and membership as a means to strengthen our social justice roots and our future together.
Specifically, the tasks of the Congregational Director entail:
§ Coordinating and leading Sunday programs
§ Supporting membership growth activities, including our prisoner membership
§ Attending monthly board meetings, with prepared reports
§ Meeting with various church committees, including Membership, Program, and Ministry
§ Troubleshooting issues that affect our tenant organizations and our 5-floor building on Copley Street, including equipment, insurance, overall administration
§ Supervising other church staff
Preferred Qualifications & Characteristics
§ A deep commitment and experience in social justice and anti-oppression work
§ Good people skills
§ Knowledge of local organizations committed to social justice
§ Thoughtful analyses of racism, classism, heteropatriarchy (sexism, homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism), capitalism, imperialism
§ Experience facilitating meetings and dialogues
§ Reliable, good time management skills and ability to delegate tasks
§ Basic computer skills
§ People of color and people of all genders encouraged to apply
§ We encourage applicants with ministerial as well as non-ministerial experience to apply
How To Apply
Send cover letter and resume by email (preferably as PDFs) or postal service to:
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116 or to
Selected applicants will be invited for an interview in May 2012. Finalists will be invited to make a Sunday presentation in front of the congregation in May or early June for a mid-summer start date.