Friday, March 10, 2017

UMVIM, SEJ Seeking Church Relations/Communications Director

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, SEJ is the short-term mission sending agency of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. UMVIM exists to promote, encourage and enable Christians to exemplify “Christian Love in Action” through short-term mission service at home and abroad. UMVIM provides opportunities for service by developing and nurturing relationships with domestic and international leaders. We continually nurture our contacts with these leaders to respond to the needs of local communities and provide comprehensive training resources for team leaders to help them prepare their teams for the mission field.

Church Relations/Communications Director        $35,000 annual starting salary
UMVIM, SEJ is seeking a Church Relations/Communications Director to create and implement communications and development plans for the organization. The office is based in Birmingham, Alabama.` In addition to salary, monthly health insurance reimbursement and pension will be provided.

Responsibilities include:
  • Develop and coordinate external communications
  • Promote the ministries/programs of the organization through Constant Contact, social media (FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram), and website
  •  Visit (as an exhibitor or speaker) local churches, annual conferences and events
  • Develop and coordinate donor strategies and annual plan for fund-raising
  • Maintain records of donors and send acknowledgements
  • Develop a measuring system for determining the success of each communication and development campaign
  • Maintain editorial control of all communications on behalf of the organization creating a communication plan

Successful candidates should have:
  • Experience in marketing, communications or public relations
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Journalism or a related field
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Must be available to travel at least one to two weeks each month throughout the Southeastern Jurisdiction
  • Skills in marketing, social media, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, donor software (GiftWorks), and graphic design

 To apply, applicants should send the following to by Tuesday, April 18, 2017:
  • Resume
  • Cover lettering outlining how you meet the specific requirements of the position
  • Three (3) Reference letters

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.  Please note that the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check.

Friday, February 10, 2017

UMVIM, SEJ Announces New Executive Director

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, Southeastern Jurisdiction (UMVIM, SEJ) is pleased to announce that Rev. Matt Lacey has been named Executive Director. As a member of the UMVIM, SEJ Board of Directors and previous employee, Matt comes with a comprehensive knowledge of the ministry. He also has vast experience training and leading UMVIM teams.

An ordained elder in the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church, Matt is currently serving as the Senior Pastor at Church of the Reconciler UMC in Birmingham, AL and as North Alabama Conference Director of Missions and Advocacy. He also served as the Senior Pastor at Woodlawn UMC in Birmingham, AL from 2009 until 2012.

Matt was the Minister in Residence at UMVIM, SEJ from 2005-2009. During that time, he was responsible for team leader/missioner training, revising the Team Leader Handbook, working with supporting churches, developing UMVIM social media presence and updating project lists. He has been a member of the UMVIM, SEJ Board of Directors since 2009 and currently serves as the Communication Team Chair.

Other connectional involvement includes serving as the elected Representative of the Southeast Jurisdiction Conference Secretary of Global Ministries as a member of Global Ministries Advance Committee and as a delegate to the 2011 World Methodist Council, in Durbin, South Africa.
A graduate of Birmingham Southern College with a Bachelor in Religion, Matt’s call to ministry led him to pursue a Master of Divinity at Candler School of Theology at Emory University where he met his wife, Rev. Katie Gilbert. Katie, an ordained Cooperative Baptist Fellowship clergy, is on staff at Birmingham FUMC. Matt and Katie have one daughter, Harper.

The UMVIM, SEJ staff and Board of Directors is excited to welcome Matt to the position of Executive Director which he will begin early June 2017 following North Alabama’s Annual Conference Meetings, June 4-6.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Prayer Requests for Haiti

From Una Jones / Mission Volunteer Office

We, the UMVIM community, are sadden by the sudden death of Lauren James, UMCOR Field staff, in Haiti. Our prayers go out to Lauren’s family and then the many friends and colleague who had the opportunity to work with Lauren either in Haiti or on prior Mission Journeys. Here is an additional statement from the General Secretary of Global Ministries/UMCOR, Thomas Kemper. From UMCOR/Facebook

It is with deep sorrow that we ask for prayers and condolences for the family of Lauren James, UMCOR church liaison, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Lauren died suddenly from a heart attack January 11. Lauren became part of UMCOR's staff in Haiti in 2010, responsible for supervising and coordinating integrated and sustainable development activities in Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (EMH) communities across Haiti. We are grateful for her years of service to the people of Haiti and to UMCOR. May the peace of Christ surround Lauren's family and friends during this time of mourning and grief.

Furthermore, we are grateful and thankful to Tom Vencuss, his wife Wendy, whose supporting the EMH Guest House and Brulan Jean-Michel with the hosting of UMVIM teams. What a blessing to have these leaders around with Lauren’s death and we prayer for them too. And besides grieving they also faced some challenges last week which we would like the UMVIM community to be aware of.  Here is an extract from Tom and Brulan:

This past week has been a difficult one for the UMVIM and UMCOR communities. Last week, the Methodist Guest House in Jeremie was attacked by a large group protesting the arrest and extradition of Guy Philippe, a Haitian senator and former rebel leader, by the DEA on drug trafficking charges. They were targeting Americans. However, by the Grace of God, everything worked out well at the end.

We keep Lauren's family, and the entire UMCOR-UMVIM community in our prayers. 

Finally, an additional logistical Update will follow next week for UMVIM teams but in the interim as Tom gets ready to depart from Haiti this week-end Mike Willis will arrive in Haiti on January 24, and would further support GH/Brulan. We know mission is challenging but I am grateful to all leadership and the support of the UMVIM Jurisdiction offices to communicate how important UMVIM’s role is not only for our local churches but our partners around the world. Please remember and live by our motto:  UMVIM - Christian Love in Action.