Large Church Residency
All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, Okla.
Size of Congregation: 1800
Supervisor Names: Revs. Marlin Lavanhar and Tamara Lebak
Focus: Large Church Intercultural Ministry
Compensation: 22,000 TCM. Full-time.
Other Benefits: Package includes salary, professional expenses and the intern’s share of FICA. Health and dental coverage are available from total package.
Number of Months: 10
Start Date/End Date: 8/1/2013 - 5/31/2014
Site Description: All Souls is a very large church with diverse programming and ministries. Our professional Staff positions include Director of Operations, Worship IT, Director of Stewardship, accountant, Senior and Associate music directors, RE director, Youth Director, and Adult Religious Program Director.
Revs. Marlin Lavanhar and Tamara Lebak are called full-time and share supervision of the intern. The Resident will also be able to work closely with Rev. Barbara Prose, the Assistant Minister of Pastoral care and Programs, as well as with administrative, music and RE staff. Phillips Seminary is close by. District cluster meetings take place on site once a month.
The Resident will likely have the opportunity to attend Prairie Group, a minister study group in November. We have three distinctive services on Sunday morning, weekly staff chapel, Wednesday chapel and Children’s Chapel, as well as Soulful Sundown and a Pentecostal Universalist Praise service once a month.
This congregation has a long history of being a teaching congregation. Candidates of color are especially encouraged to apply.
Job Description: The Residency is intended to provide a setting in which the minister can experience expansive, innovative, multicultural large church ministry. The successful candidate will be self-directed and demonstrate a strong potential to minister in large congregations. Responsibilities include regular presence in worship, leading and assisting in chapels, leading children’s chapel, teaching adult education classes, some Sunday morning preaching both onsite and at pulpit supply in local area congregations, and weekly theological reflection with supervisors.
The Resident will likely have the opportunity to perform wedding and memorial services, provide pastoral care, and participate in church administration. The Resident’s portfolio will be tailored to his/her individual gifts, needs, and growing edges. Residents will have the opportunity to participate in the John B. Wolf preaching intensive as well as a training opportunity in Prepare Enrich, a premarital counseling tool. Residents will also have the opportunity to take the Intercultural Development Inventory and incorporate intercultural competency into their supervision if desired.
The church is 95% accessible.