Announcing New FGC Project and Accepting Applications for Related New Staff Position The New Meetings Project
Friends General Conference is pleased to announce the formation of the New Meetings Project to nurture new worship groups and meetings in the United States and Canada. The formation and launch of this project are being made possible by a generous two-year grant totaling $400,000 from the Thomas H. and Mary Williams Shoemaker Fund, which is the largest foundation gift to FGC in its history. Also, to encourage other Friends to support this work, the Shoemaker Fund is requiring that FGC raise an additional $100,000 in order to receive the full award.
The Shoemaker Fund has been the major supporter of FGC’s Quaker Quest project over the past three years, and we’re pleased that this same grant is also providing continuing support for Quaker Quest. Both of these projects are part of FGC’s expanding commitment to help new and existing Quaker faith and practice communities become more visible, welcoming, and inclusive, while nurturing deep and transformed spiritual lives.
The New Meetings Project is being developed in response to inquiries from Friends asking for support in starting new worship groups and meetings. Given these requests and significant evidence that there are many seekers who want to explore Quaker faith and practice, the Executive Committee of Friends General Conference approved the formation of this project at its spring meeting.
For further details about this program or contact information on how to be involved, please go the New Meetings Project Q&A at http://www.fgcquaker.org/new-meetings-project/Q%2526A.
Search for New Meetings Project Coordinator
To support this project, Friends General Conference is hiring a full-time project coordinator. We are accepting applications beginning immediately through Friday, July 20 at 5 pm Eastern time. We will conduct interviews in August and hope to have the new staff member working no later than September 10. The person hired for this position will work at the FGC offices in Philadelphia.This is anticipated to be a full-time, two-year position with the possibility for renewal.
The New Meetings Project coordinator will serve as the principal organizer of all activities related to the New Meetings Project. The coordinator will be responsible for working with requests from F/friends and meetings interested in forming new worship groups and meetings. This position requires someone with skills as both a facilitator and a leader, who can work collaboratively and take a great deal of initiative to see this program successfully developed and implemented. The project coordinator will work with staff and volunteers to see all program elements developed, tested, scaled-out, and implemented. She or he will also assist with the ongoing evaluation of program elements to continually learn what does and does not work in supporting new worship groups that are marked by deep worship, a welcoming environment, and a community grounded in Quaker practice. For more information on this position and to apply, please go to http://www.fgcquaker.org/about-us/employment-internships
Friends General Conference (FGC) seeks a skilled and passionate New Meetings Project coordinator to join the ministries team. Major responsibilities include designing and implementing the New Meetings Project, working with Friends interested in starting new worship groups, assembling best practices, nurturing the formation of a travel team, designing and conducting workshops, and passionately advocating for the creation of welcoming environments in new worship groups that are characterized by deep worship and a community grounded in Quaker practice. Must enjoy being collaborative and be willing to travel weekends.
The position begins in September 2012. It is a full time, two-year position with excellent benefits and the possibility of renewal after two years based on funding availability. This position is based in the FGC Philadelphia office.
Requirements: a firm foundation in modern Quaker faith, excellent presentation and writing skills, and proficiency with Microsoft Office applications are essential. A minimum of 1–3 years as a project coordinator is preferred. Familiarity with Salesforce is helpful. This is an exciting opportunity to engage in important ministerial work.
Application deadline is July 20.