Conference Minister Job Description

Ohio Conference is an historic Anabaptist faith community of 55 congregations and over 6,500 worshipping members across Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. We are looking for a transformational leader who will equip us to navigate opportunities and challenges for the church today. Interest in Anabaptism is rising and Ohio Conference (OC) wants a Conference Minister to help reimagine our current organizational structure and witness. The new Conference Minister will lead us in joyful and faithful obedience to God’s kingdom in an Anabaptist/ Mennonite expression of Mennonite Church USA (MC USA). We invite women and men from all cultural backgrounds to apply.

Time Requirement: full-time (1.0 FTE)

Term of Employment:  Three years, potentially renewable, with an annual review by Leadership Team

Reports to: Leadership Team of Ohio Conference

Benefits: Adhere to MC USA salary guidelines, including transportation, health and retirement benefits


  • Mature: Lives faithfully to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and MC USA ministerial guidelines (available through MennoMedia at Previous church leadership experience preferred.
  • Missional: Passionate about the church and its mission. Preferably credentialed within MC USA/ MC Canada or willing to be credentialed for specific ministry by Ohio Conference
  • Reconciler: Skillfully moves toward any conflict that arises and facilitates resolution.
  • Servant Leader: Humble, approachable, listens well, and inspires trust and confidence.
  • Relational: Relates well with others. Understands the context of Ohio Conference.
  • Collaborative: Possesses a shared understanding of leadership and success.
  • Effective communicator: Clear, concise speaker and writer who accepts being the Conference’s face.


  • Supervise Ohio Conference staff and equip them to carry out their responsibilities by:
    1. Aligning ministry teams, resource teams and staff
    2. Working with Stewardship Ministry Team on budget planning
    3. Working with regional pastors to nurture relationships within Ohio Conference; possibly relating to both regional pastors’ home congregations
    4. Linking congregations to Ministry Development Team
  • Cast a vision for Ohio Conference with Leadership Team to:
    1. Communicate the vision and conference activity to congregations
    2. Implement the vision, changing conference structure and staffing levels to reflect our new vision
    3. Regularly meet with regional pastors and missional consultant
  • Serve on Credentialing Ministry Team to:
    1. Oversee continuing education for ministers and implement best practices
    2. Inform Credentialing Ministry Team of MC USA’s ministerial guidelines.
    3. Administer misconduct policy and secure outside resources for assistance
  • Plan for the business agenda of Ohio Conference’s Annual Conference Assembly each March
  • Plan and lead biannual regional cluster meetings alongside Ohio Conference staff
  • Represent Ohio Conference at regular meetings, including Constituency Leaders Council meetings of MC USA, National Conference Minister meetings, and Mid-States meetings
  • Model and promote a healthy work-life balance.

To Apply: Complete or Update your Ministerial Leadership Inquiry Form and submit a cover letter to Paula Snyder Belousek at before June 30, 2018.

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