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(First, Paris, and Third Ave United Methodist Churches)

United Methodist Ministries of Mecosta County is a new multi-campus church committed to serving our community. With an intentional and strategic emphasis on disciple making, inclusivity, and community outreach, we strive to create an environment where individuals and families can connect, grow, and serve as we live out our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our community and the world!  We're looking for passionate individuals eager to live out their calling to make a difference for the sake of the Kin-dom of God.  Is that you?


Below you will find all current employment opportunities.  If you have questions about the process, the contents of the position descriptions, or just about anything else church related, contact our administrative office (231-796-7771) or Executive Pastor (

currernt opportunities

Associate Pastor / Director of Community Care and Engagement

We are seeking a dedicated and dynamic individual to join our team as an Associate Pastor (if credentialed) or Director of Community Care and Engagement. This position will be responsible for leadership in the areas of congregational and community care giving, engagement, and outreach for UMMMC. They will also serve as the campus pastor / director of the Third Ave and Paris campuses, which includes weekly preaching responsibilities at both locations.

POSITION TYPE: Direct Hire (Non-Appointed) / Less Than Full-Time / Salary / Exempt

REPORTS TO: Executive Pastor


1. Preaching and Worship Leadership:

  • Deliver engaging and inspiring sermons at the Paris and Third Ave campuses on a weekly basis.

  • Collaborate with the executive pastor and worship team to plan and execute meaningful worship experiences that resonate with our diverse congregation.

  • Assist in the coordination of special services, events, and seasonal programs


2. Congregational Care:

  • Provide pastoral care and support to church and community members.

  • Foster a culture of care and community within the congregation, ensuring that all members feel valued, supported, and connected.

  • Coordinate visitation efforts and congregational care teams to reach out to individuals and families in hospitals, nursing homes, and homebound situations.


3. Ministry Leadership:

  • Lead and oversee ministry teams related to congregational and community care giving, engagement, and outreach by providing guidance, support, and resources to ensure their success.

  • Collaborate with staff and volunteers to develop and implement ministry initiatives that align with the church's mission and vision.

  • Equip and empower volunteers to use their gifts and talents effectively in service to the church and community.

4. Collaboration and Communication:

  • Work closely with the executive pastor, other directors, ministry staff, and lay leadership to promote unity, teamwork, and shared vision.

  • Communicate effectively with church members, staff, and community partners through various channels including preaching, teaching, writing, and social media.

  • Participate in staff meetings, planning sessions, and other church activities as needed.


  • Credentialed as a clergy person (Local Pastor, Deacon, Elder) in good standing in the United Methodist Church.

  • Master of Divinity degree or equivalent from an accredited theological institution.


  • Demonstrated preaching ability and a passion for communicating the Gospel in relevant and creative ways.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to connect with people of diverse backgrounds and ages.

  • Leadership experience in a church or ministry setting, with the ability to lead teams and manage projects effectively.

  • Commitment to the values and mission of United Methodist Ministries of Mecosta County.

  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as needed.

  • Ability to travel between campus locations within Mecosta County, including a valid driver's license and access to reliable transportation.


  • Salary, $25,000 - $40,000 (based on experience)

  • Housing

  • 3% Retirement Contribution (after 12 months)

  • Paid Time Off (after 90 days)

    • Vacation

    • Sick

    • Personal

    • Holiday

    • Bereavement

    • Maternity / Paternity

  • Paid Mileage

  • Continuing Education Reimbursement


If you feel called to serve as our Associate Pastor / Director of Community Care and Engagement and meet the qualifications outlined above, we invite you to submit your resume, a cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications, and contact information for three professional references. Please email your application materials to with the subject line "Associate Application - [Your Name]".


Any applicant that receives an interview shall undergo a criminal background and reference check prior to a second interview. Being granted an interview does not mean that you will be offered a position.

United Methodist Ministries of Mecosta County strictly adheres to the principles of equal opportunity employment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, or any other status protected by law in any of its employment practices.

Employment with United Methodist Ministries of Mecosta County is on an "at-will" basis. This means that the employment relationship may be terminated at any time, without cause or notice, by either the employee or United Methodist Ministries of Mecosta County. This at-will employment status cannot be altered except by a written agreement signed by a duly authorized executive of United Methodist Ministries of Mecosta County. No oral statements or representations can modify the at-will nature of employment.


This at-will employment disclaimer supersedes any and all prior representations or agreements, whether written or oral, regarding the terms or conditions of employment with United Methodist Ministries of Mecosta County. The at-will employment status is a fundamental aspect of employment with United Methodist Ministries of Mecosta County and shall remain in effect throughout the duration of an individual’s employment with the organization.

By accepting employment with United Methodist Ministries of Mecosta County, the employee acknowledges and agrees to the at-will terms of employment as described herein. This acknowledgment is a condition of employment and is reflective of the mutual consent to the at-will employment relationship between the employee and United Methodist Ministries of Mecosta County.

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