Student Assistant Pastor – UMC Madison

April 5, 2023 | Job Opportunities

The United Methodist Church in Madison is seeking a part time associate pastor to help our faith community further its legacy of growing disciples. We are a part of the Reconciling Ministries Network and maintain our Wesleyan identity as United Methodists. We have close ties to Drew University and its Theological School and continue to connect our campus with Drew’s. We also seek to grow our footprint in Madison and reach people who are looking to do church differently.

Applicants should bring a sense of curiosity and creativity to the position. Living in a post-COVID era, we are looking to find new ways of connecting and ministering with our communities. The position will allow new ministry to be created in ways which are thoughtful and utilize the connections within the church. The goal is that you will be able to help unlock the potential of God within the community as a dynamic leader.

Interested applicants should email the church a copy of your resume, a call statement, and a cover letter sharing the gifts you bring to ministry as well as answering these questions:

1. What are 3 things you know well enough you can teach them to someone else?
2. What are 3 things you would like to learn that you don’t already know?

Postion Overview:
Report to: Pastor
Hours per Week: Approximately 15 hours per week
Vacation Time: 4 Weeks
Duration of Job: 1 year
Annual Compensation: $(TBD) plus housing/utilities


Work with pastor and staff to create a deep and reflective worship experience including
Relatable sermon series topics
Engaging liturgies
Meaningful preaching (once every 5 weeks)
Creative digital engagement through livestreams and recoded devotionals
Co-lead worship with the pastor and staff each Sunday

Congregational Connections
Build strong relationships within the congregation
Build strong relationships with students, faculty, and staff at Drew University
Create 1-2 sustainable ministries that can be co-led by laity
Work with the Pastor to strengthen our discipleship program with the help of staff and laity including:
Adult Membership
Youth and Adult Educational Opportunities

Creative Ministry
Bring your talents to create dynamic new forms of ministry
Identify and train laity to help implement new ministry opportunities

Staff Support
Meet with Pastor to discuss ministry and set goals (twice a month)
Attend regular staff meetings and worship planning meetings (monthly)
Attend regular Church Council Meetings (monthly)
Work with staff on programmatic budgets (yearly)


An ordained or candidate for ministry (either Elder or Deacon track) in the United Methodist Church or another mainline denomination. Seminarian, Doctoral Student, or recent graduate preferred.
Strong preaching, interpersonal, and organizational skills
Ability to be a self starter

Applications will be accepted until April 24th
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