ATS Autumn 2014 visit to CRCDS a success

The visitation team from the Association for Theological Schools (ATS) visited Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School from September 28 through October 1 as part of the school's regular accreditation process. The visitation team met with a wide range of CRCDS constituents including staff, faculty, students, alumni/ae, trustees and supervised ministry leaders, engaging them in discussions about the school, its operations and its ability to successfully realize its mission. The school is pleased to report that the visit was very positive with the ATS team commending the school on its preparation for the visit as well as its overall operations.

In a message to staff and faculty at the conclusion of the ATS visit, President McMickle stated, "Our accreditation visit is now complete. While we will not receive any official announcement from the Association of Theological Schools until their Board of Commissioners meet in February 2015, we have every reason to anticipate a very favorable report. The visiting team was first-class, and everyone here at CRCDS seems assured that we provided them with everything they will need to extend our accreditation for years to come. Hallelujah!"

The site visit is the culmination of a multi-year self-study by CRCDS that provides the school the opportunity to reflect on its educational mission and how it realizes its ongoing commitment to ATS accreditation standards. The school will receive the official accreditation report by March, 2015 after the conclusion of the ATS Board of Governors meeting.

Part-time Youth & Children's Ministries Coordinator: First Baptist Church (Ithaca, NY)

First Baptist Church of Ithaca is seeking a part-time Youth and Children’s Ministries Coordinator. Responsibilities include coordination of Christian education opportunities for children and youth, including the Sunday School program, in collaboration with the Pastor and Children’s Education Ministry Team. This 10-month position is 15 hours per week to include Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from September to June. Starting salary: $975 per month.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to First Baptist Church, PO Box 254, Ithaca, New York 14851 or via email to fbithaca@gmail.com.

Part-Time Youth and Children's Ministries Coordinator: First Baptist Church of Ithaca (NY)

First Baptist Church of Ithaca is seeking a part-time Youth and Children’s Ministries Coordinator. Responsibilities include coordination of Christian education opportunities for children and youth, including the Sunday School program, in collaboration with the Pastor and Children’s Education Ministry Team. This 10-month position is 15 hours per week to include Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from September to June. Starting salary: $975/month.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to First Baptist Church, PO Box 254, Ithaca, New York 14850 or via email to fbithaca@gmail.com.

Part-time Youth Ministry Coordinator at First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY

POSITION DESCRIPTIONPURPOSE: To provide leadership, organizational, and
educational support for Unitarian Universalist youth

ACCOUNTABILITY: Shall be accountable to the Director of Religious Education

WORKING HOURS: Total: 8-10 hrs per week.Youth Group meets 4:45 pm-7:45 pm Saturday evenings. Remaining hours flexible Mid August through early June, 1 week social action in summer.

QUALITIES DESIRED: Outgoing, responsive, enjoys teen and adult collaboration, exceptional organizational and facilitation skills, trustworthy. Affiliation with UU Principles and First Unitarian mission of Listen, Open, Serve.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Youth program for 9th-12th graders
1.Oversee programming for the high school youth group to insure that it is consistent with the Religious Education mission.
2. Facilitate Youth Group sessions, empowering youth to lead.
3. Support youth group in planning an YRUU SLD conference every other year.
4. Attend one or two youth conferences per year.
5. In cooperation with the DRE and CALF team, help plan Bridging ceremony /youth group worship service.
6. Advocate for active youth participation in church community, including leadership roles and social action initiatives. Ensure one social action project related to bringing home a national UU matter of conscience for youth group.
7. Maintain attendance records, communication system (including newsletter, face book, and family ministry alert contributions), and youth resources.
8. Review of RE safety policies and issues related to youth, ensuring adherence and training for youth.
9. Work with, train, support, and appreciate youth advisors, teachers, and volunteers. Involve staff and ministerial support where appropriate.
10. Provide leadership and coaching support to the CALF at monthly meetings, and the Youth Group Advisory Team through a regular meeting.
11. Ensure advanced calendar planning and recruitment of leaders for Youth Group balanced programming.

COMPENSATION:  $6,000-7,700

For more information or to apply, contact Sheila Schuh, DRE at SheilaS@rochesterunitarian.org.