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Job: Worship and Music Director

Christ Crossman UMC is looking for a faithful, energetic leader of Sunday worship celebrations that focus on God, help people of all ages grow in their understanding of the Gospel, and become better equipped for daily living as faithful disciples. The Worship and Music Director should have a passion for worshiping God and helping others worship through music. We believe Sunday worship should be welcoming and accessible to those in the community not already connected to a faith home.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Develop a vision and mission for an integrated church-wide music ministry that supports the overarching vision, mission, and goals of Christ Crossman UMC in concert with the Pastor, staff, and lay leaders.
  • As a member of the Worship Planning Team, plan regular and special worship services and select appropriate music that enhances the theological connection between music and sermon themes, often planning weeks and months ahead to allow for adequate preparation.
  • Organize, energize, lead, and direct the worship experience.
  • Coordinate and/or provide accompaniment during worship.
  • Oversee and lead audiovisual and tech team in order to produce the best possible atmosphere for worship environment (audio, computer graphics, lighting, video).
  • Plan, organize, lead, and direct 1-2 events annually, in coordination with other staff and lay leadership, as part of Christ Crossman’s community outreach (e.g., Christmas carol singalong held in conjunction with the live nativity).

The ideal candidate will have a vibrant and growing relationship with Jesus; knowledge of traditional and contemporary Christian music; experience leading, rehearsing, and conducting choirs and musicians; the ability to produce and direct special musical events and programs; and skill and ability in a wide range of musical styles. Membership in or previous work experience in the United Methodist Church is preferred.

This is a part-time, salaried position, generally requiring 10-12 hours per work including preparation, rehearsals, Sunday worship service, and other special events and services.

Read the full job description: Worship_and_Music_Director_approved_5-11-2017

To apply, please send your resume and three references to Jobs@ChristCrossman.org. Videos and/or recordings of a recent performance or leading worship are optional but strongly encouraged. Candidates selected for an interview must provide video of a recent performance or leading worship.

Transitions in Ministry

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the United Methodist Church move pastors?

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the United Methodist Church is the itinerant system in which pastors move from appointment to appointment. Itinerancy is part of the “connectional” nature of the United Methodist Church, which stresses the “united” nature of all United Methodist churches. All local churches are bound together by a common mission and common governance. This is how United Methodists work together to accomplish mission and ministry throughout the world. It is rare for a UMC pastor to stay at a church more than 5-6 years.

Who decides to move the pastor?

The Bishop for the Virginia Conference is given the responsibility of making all pastoral appointments. Appointing pastors to various churches throughout Virginia is done in consultation with District Superintendents, local churches, and pastors. A variety of factors are involved in making the decision to move a pastor to a new location including: the length of time a pastor has served in one church, the gifts and abilities of a pastor, and the needs of churches in the conference.

Why is Pastor Mochel leaving now?

We have been blessed to have Pastor Mochel leading the Christ Crossman congregation for nearly 16 years. She has decided that it is time to retire, which means that we will welcome a new pastor to our church. Our congregation has worked to grow in size and reach over the past few years, and we’re excited to continue this work with a new pastor. Pastor Mochel believes that now is a good time to transition Christ Crossman to new leadership to guide our church in our mission.

Who will replace Pastor Mochel?

Rev. Yunho Eo will assume the role of pastor at Christ Crossman United Methodist Church on July 2.

A little about Pastor Yunho:

Our incoming pastor’s name is Yunho Eo and is pronounced like “You-Know Awe.” He was born in Korea, and is married to Joungwon Eo. In 1981, he and Joungwon came to the United States so he could pursue his MBA from North Carolina Central University.

While studying Economics as Ph.D. Candidate at North Carolina State University, Pastor Yunho was called by God with healing mercy to ministry. Pastor Yunho holds a M. Div. from Duke. Upon graduation, he began his ministry at Greensboro Korean UMC in 1987.

In 1994, he was called to plant a congregation, Emmaus UMC, in Richmond, with 10 people growing to 350 worshipers each Sunday. In 2001, Pastor Yunho received D.Min. from Wesley Theological Seminary; his final project focused on using leadership training and small groups to grow a local church. Then, he was sent to a cross cultural appointment at Colonial Beach UMC with his wife’s kidney transplant in 2011.

Pastor Yunho emphasizes disciple making, small groups, and prayer ministry to be followed by various ministries as by-products.

When will Pastor Mochel leave?

As we prepare for this transition, a series of guest preachers will lead Sunday worship beginning mid-May and continuing in June. Pastor Mochel will lead Sunday worship on May 7 and 14. Pastor Mochel next will preach on her final Sunday with us, June 11. There will be a reception for her after Sunday worship on June 11. Pastor Yunho will begin on July 1, and will lead us in worship beginning July 2.

How can I help make this transition smooth?

The time of transition for pastors creates the most difficult segment of United Methodist ministry. We find ourselves filled with both anticipation and sorrow as established relationships are broken in preparation for “beginning again.” Every pastor/family touches certain individuals in very special ways. There are always those who grieve when “their” pastor moves. Pastors/families also grieve knowing they are leaving loved ones behind.

On the other hand, the kind of welcome that is extended the incoming pastor/family often sets the tone for the relationship that will exist between pastor and congregation. It is difficult to adequately prepare a farewell for one pastor/family and at the same time prepare to welcome the new pastor/family. This is uniquely United Methodist!

As challenging as it may be, it is essential that both the “letting go” and the “embracing” be equally fulfilled. Hold this transition process in prayer. Re-affirm to yourself and others that this is God’s church, under the care and guidance of the Holy Spirit. As in everything, we can expect great things from our gracious God.

What’s Coming Up for Christmas at Christ Crossman?

Click to go to our Christmas website: What’s Coming Up for Christmas?

What's coming up for Christmas?

Trick or Teen Halloween

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On SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23rd, from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., the Christ Crossman Youth Group will be hosting the Trick or Teen Halloween Festival!

All ages are welcome!

Tiered admission donations range from $5.00 – $15.00. Each admissions package includes a raffle entry for the Pumpkin Smashing Contest, snacks and beverages, Haunted House tours, Halloween crafts and more!

All donations directly fund summer middle and high school youth mission projects.

Questions? Email Mallory Ringenbach, Coordinator of Children and Youth Ministries at mringenbach@christcrossman.org.

 

 

 

 

The Outsiders

Have you ever felt like a third wheel? Life on the outside of the “in” crowd can make it difficult to fit in, to feel “at home.” The Gospel of Luke chronicles Jesus’ ministry with those on the so-called “outside.” What can we learn from these stories and Jesus’ call to turn the inside out and the outside in?

July 3: The Worthy — Luke 7:1-10

July 10: The Lonely — Luke 7:11-17

July 17: The Traveler — Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

 

Small Groups Coordinator

Christ Crossman United Methodist Church

Small Groups Coordinator

Job Listing

 

Christ Crossman United Methodist Church in Falls Church, VA is looking for a Small Groups Coordinator to develop, nurture, and guide an engaging, comprehensive, Small Groups Ministry for adults in Christ Crossman United Methodist Church and the community. Our small, well-established church is expanding our adult ministries by establishing small groups that address the needs, concerns, and issues in Christ Crossman UMC and the community of Falls Church. The Small Groups Coordinator helps people grow in their spiritual life and live as Christian disciples.

 

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Develop, build, and implement a system of small groups that nurture adult Christian disciples, build Christian community, and equip adults for ministry as Christian disciples in daily life.
  • Promote attendance and participation in the Small Groups ministry.
  • Act as the first point of contact for newcomers to Christ Crossman UMC to encourage them in their faith and connect them to an appropriate small group.
  • Recruit, train, and support small group leaders through regular engagement and communication.
  • Be familiar with and recommend curriculum resources to small groups.
  • Communicate the Small Groups Ministry’s goals, plans, and needs in weekly e-newsletters, the website, and the Sunday bulletin.

 

The ideal candidate will have a mature and deepening relationship with Jesus; a passion for nurturing the Christian faith of others; experience supporting Christian education, particularly through small groups; a willingness to explore the intersection of faith and science; and strong organizational skills. Membership in or previous work experience in the United Methodist Church is preferred.

 

This is an hourly position, generally requiring up to five (5) hours per week. At a minimum, biweekly attendance at Sunday worship is expected. The salary is $15 per hour.

 

A full job description is available at: Small_Groups_Coordinator_Approved5-31-2016

 

To apply, please send your resume and three references to Jobs@ChristCrossman.org.

Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Christ Crossman United Methodist Church

Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Job Listing

 

Christ Crossman United Methodist Church in Falls Church, VA is looking for a Children’s Ministry Coordinator to develop, nurture, and guide an engaging, comprehensive, and holistic ministry for the children of Christ Crossman United Methodist Church and the community. Our small, well-established church has an active and growing children’s ministry program that we continue to grow by reaching our community’s unchurched.

 

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Develop a vision and mission for ministry among children (infant through 5th grade) that supports the overarching vision, mission, and goals of Christ Crossman UMC in concert with the Pastor, children, parents, and volunteer teachers.
  • Research, evaluate, and develop curriculum and teaching material for children’s educational programs, including weekly Sunday school (called KidZone).
  • Prayerfully recruit, nurture, train, and deploy a team of committed adult leaders for all aspects of children’s ministry, including KidZone.
  • Oversee nursery for infants and toddlers (ages 0-4), ensuring that two qualified nursery workers are present each Sunday.
  • Identify opportunities for children’s ministry within larger congregational ministry opportunities, particularly within Christ Crossman’s community outreach events.
  • Prepare regular communications about the children’s ministry’s goals, plans, and needs for publication in weekly e-newsletters, the website, and the Sunday bulletin.

 

The ideal candidate will have a mature and deepening relationship with Jesus; prior effective children’s ministry leadership; prior effective teaching experience; and understanding of children’s development, including children with special needs; a willingness to explore the intersection of faith and science; and strong organizational skills. Membership in or previous work experience in the United Methodist Church is preferred.

 

This is a part-time, salaried position, generally requiring 15-20 hours per week. The salary range is $17,000-$20,000 annually, depending on experience.

 

A full job description is available at: Children’s_Ministry_Coordinator_approved5-31-2016

 

To apply, please send your resume and three references to Jobs@ChristCrossman.org.

Director of Music Ministries/Worship Leader

Christ Crossman United Methodist Church

Director of Music Ministries/Worship Leader

Job Listing

 

Christ Crossman United Methodist Church in Falls Church, VA is looking for a Director of Music Ministries/Worship Leader to develop and lead the worship music ministry. Our small, well-established church seeks to grow our ministry by reaching the unchurched in our community. The Director of Music Ministries/Worship Leader will have solid music skills and the ability to direct, produce, and arrange as needed.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Develop a vision and mission for an integrated church-wide music ministry that supports the overarching vision, mission, and goals of Christ Crossman UMC in concert with the Pastor, staff, and lay leaders.
  • As a member of the Worship Planning Team, plan regular and special worship services and select appropriate music that enhances the theological connection between music and sermon themes, often planning weeks and months ahead to allow for adequate preparation.
  • Organize, energize, lead, and direct the worship experience.
  • Coordinate and/or provide accompaniment during worship.
  • Oversee and lead audiovisual and tech team in order to produce the best possible atmosphere for worship environment (audio, computer graphics, lighting, video).
  • Plan, organize, lead, and direct 1-2 events annually, in coordination with other staff and lay leadership, as part of Christ Crossman’s community outreach.

 

The ideal candidate will have a strong and growing relationship with Jesus; knowledge of traditional and contemporary Christian music; experience leading, rehearsing, and conducting choirs and musicians; the ability to produce and direct special musical events and programs; and skill and ability in a wide range of musical styles. Membership in or previous work experience in the United Methodist Church is preferred.

 

This is a part-time, salaried position, generally requiring 10-12 hours per work including preparation, rehearsals, Sunday worship service, and other special events and services. The salary range is $12,000-$15,000 annually, depending on experience.

 

A full job description is available at: Director_Music_Ministries_approved5-31-2016

 

To apply, please send your resume and three references to Jobs@ChristCrossman.org. Videos and/or recordings of a recent performance or leading worship are optional but strongly encouraged. Candidates selected for an interview must provide video of a recent performance or leading worship.

 

 

Evolution of Call

On Sunday, May 1, in worship, Jennifer Secki Shields announced a new direction for her call in ministry. To hear her announcement and the Prayer of Thanksgiving following, click on the link below.

 

Mallory’s Introduction to the Congregation–April 10, 2016

On Sunday, April 10, 2016, Mallory Ringenbach was introduced to the congregation as our new Youth Ministry Coordinator. This audio file includes the end of the sermon, introducing Mallory, and her commissioning.

Mallory