Description: The Thriving Congregations Graduate Assistants will provide support in expanding Wake Divinity’s Thriving Congregations Initiative (The Baptist Commons Project for Thriving Congregations: Forming Agents of Justice, Reconciliation, and Compassion). The Thriving Congregations program will support congregational leaders as they 1) clarify their mission and values as related to justice, reconciliation, and compassion; 2) create formation practices for the morals, ethics, and spirituality of their congregants and their surrounding community; 3) interrogate their historical role (or lack thereof) as justice-seekers in their region; 4) understand their theology, doctrine, and ecclesial practices; and 5) develop effective collaborative leadership styles to implement change and keep their mission and values before them.
Thriving Congregations Graduate Assistants are responsible for:
- Working directly with focus groups and small cohorts to teach and test the curriculum for the program. The curriculum will help the laity participants learn historicism, denominational theology, ethics, collaborative leadership, and formation practices;
- Potentially researching (case studies and/or interviews) congregations and parachurch organizations for their experiences related to the objectives of this program;
- Potentially writing and presenting papers on the research learned;
- Contributing to other team objectives which include creating potential workshops and/or symposiums, directly helping churches execute the objectives of the program, and facilitating feedback sessions.
Requirements: Thriving Congregations Graduate Assistants must:
- Participate in Thriving Congregations Initiative planning meetings (typically one meeting 2-3 hours monthly; required availability weekdays between 9 am – 4 pm);
- Set their own hours;
- Meet 1:1 with the program director once a month and potentially participate in other zoom meetings with team;
- Other hours include possible travel to congregations and on-campus institutes
Ideal Candidates will have an interest in the intersections of at least one of the following:
- justice, reconciliation, and compassion for congregations within their communities;
- formation practices and ecclesial traditions;
- theology and religious identity;
- history and community collaboration; and/or
- governance models and collaborative leadership within congregations.
|Hours Per Week
||Varies (you will earn $1500 per semester)
|Number of Positions Available