We’re Hiring a Youth Minister

Want to come work with me and my team at our great church? Know someone who does?  We are looking for a youth minister to lead our ministries to middle and high school students. Our church has been blessed with a lot of growth in the past year (our worship attendance is up 36%) and we’re reorganizing our staff, which means we have a great opportunity for the right person to lead our youth ministry. Is that you?  The job details are posted below.  (Please note that job applications do not come to me; in fact, I’m not involved in the hiring process until the final interviews.)

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Director of Youth Ministry – Munger

Responsible for all aspects of Munger Place Church’s ministry to youth in grades 6-12, to help families raise their middle school and high school students to love and follow Jesus Christ.  This person will work within Munger Discipleship ministry and with a team of volunteers to plan, coordinate and execute the ministry.

Location:  HPUMC’s Munger Place Church in Old East Dallas

Responsibilities include the following, with additional duties as required or assigned:

  1. Pastoral:  Minister to youth and their families through Sunday school and other church programs, being present in their lives outside the church walls, available for common concerns and in crisis situations, and through pastoral care visits.
  2. Leadership:  Recruit, training and nurture Youth Ministry and Confirmation volunteer teams; lead adult volunteer leadership meetings, trainings and retreats; participate in the research, design, and implementation of a ministry to parents of youth.
  3. Administration:  Manage the planning process and coordinate all regular ministries to youth and their families, which includes youth Sunday mornings, Confirmation, special events, trips and retreats, parent meetings, etc.; update Munger Youth and Confirmation web pages.
  4. Stewardship:  Ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of youth programs/events and reacting accordingly; manage youth ministry budget; collaborate with Confirmation and youth ministries at HPUMC.

The Director of Youth Ministry – Munger is expected to maintain high Christian values and professional integrity in order to provide an example for the youth and families of our community.  This position will also encourage all youth and families of the community to strive for the same standards.

HPUMC/Munger Place is a high-performing, fun and supportive environment where your work is appreciated!  We provide competitive pay, full benefit package and generous holiday schedule.

WE REQUIRE a Christian (preferably United Methodist) committed to living a life that reflects the Gospel who is comfortable working in a United Methodist church and has the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree; seminary or other formal religious education a plus
  • At least 3 years experience in church ministry as staff or lay leader
  • Ability to build, lead and empower volunteer teams
  • Ability to implement a ministry vision
  • Familiarity with United Methodist doctrine required; must be comfortable teaching it and representing the church
  • Proficient computer skills using applications such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database, email, Internet and social media
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Ability to evaluate and adapt curriculum preferred
  • Must have excellent organization, communication (verbal and written) and listening skills, with a high degree of initiative and accountability
  • Exceptional interpersonal and relational skills required, with sensitivity to church members and visitors
  • Understanding and enjoyment of youth and families and guiding their spiritual development
  • Familiarity and comfort with diverse socioeconomic populations
  • Good driving record; ability to drive church van with passengers
  • Physical demands include sitting, standing, walking, seeing, hearing, lifting approx. 10 lbs.

To Apply, please email all of the following to jobs@hpumc.org, specifying Munger Youth in subject line:

  1. Your resume and cover letter/email
  2. Your pay requirement
  3. Your religious/church affiliation & statement of faith
  4. Your philosophy of youth ministry

No calls, please.

– See more here.

3 Steps To A Better job

We spend the majority of our time–our most precious resource–working.  And yet many people live for the weekends, feel unfulfilled in their work, and go to bed at night wondering, “What did I really accomplish today that actually matters?

I don’t believe work has to be like this.

What if you could have work that matters and that you love, without (probably) changing jobs?

For a Better Job, Ask These Three Questions

1. “Where Can I Best Serve?”

If we are honest, most of us end up in the jobs we have because our first question is “How can I get earn the most respect and the most money?”  That question won’t lead you to fulfillment in your work.  Instead, you’ll be working for yourself–a sure way to gain the whole world while losing your own soul.

It may be the case that asking the question “Where Can I Best Serve?” will lead you to change jobs.  You may be in finance and you ought to be a chef, or you may be a musician and you ought to be a school principal.  It may be that you are in the field you are in not because it bests fits your gifts, but because you thought it would get you the most money or most please your parents.

But, it may be that you just need to change your mindset and not your job.  You can serve others in almost any field:

  • Football coaches serve by helping their players learn how to play as a team;
  • Litigators serve by helping their clients work through the difficult, scary, but necessary facts of business in America;
  • Entrepreneurs serve by creating products and services that meet needs in society.

Blessed By Nest

The Nest learning thermostat.  (Credit: amazon.com)

The Nest learning thermostat. (Credit: amazon.com)

I bought and installed the Nest learning thermostat at home about a year ago.  It sounds funny to say it, but the whole experience was a blessing to me.  Someone clearly thought through every aspect of the product: the thermostat, the packaging, and the instructions.  Some entrepreneur conceived of the idea, and that idea met a need I had in my living room.

One thing I know for sure: God created you to serve the world.  You may be in the wrong career, or it may be that you’ve been thinking of serving your bank account rather than the world.  The first step to work that matters is to consciously think of work as a means to serve others.

2.  “Am I Willing To Get Fired?”

Work matters, but it’s not what’s most important.  If you hold your work too tightly, it will restrict your life and your integrity.  You’ll care more about meeting the numbers than about meeting your husband for dinner or meeting your wife’s needs or meeting your kids at their soccer games.  But, if you’re willing to hold your work in an open hand, paradoxically, work will matter more to you in the ways that matter.  Be willing to lose your job.  And be grateful to have it.

3.  “Who Can I Bless Today?”

If you are feeding hungry children, it’s obvious how you can bless someone today.  But, we can bless others in lots of other, more mundane ways.  For example, you can bless others through:

  • Running a meeting with competence and efficiency;
  • Caring about the person on the other end of the sales call as more than a potential commission;
  • Deliberately trying to help your boss succeed (even if your boss isn’t your favorite person).


If you see your everyday work responsibilities as a way of intentionally blessing others, your work will take on a whole new understanding.

Your Work Is Your Ministry

I’m in the pastoral ministry, but the people in my church are called into ministry, too.  Their ministry might involved fixing cars or selling mortgages or investing in start-ups, but it’s ministry.  My job is specialized: to equip the folks in my church to be better ministers.  But, there is no Christian who isn’t called to ministry.

On a scale of 1-10, how satisfied are you with the work you are doing?

What needs to change for you to see your work as your ministry?


(We’re talking about topics like this–topics that matter to men–at 7, a men’s gathering at Munger Place Church every Friday morning at 7:00 AM, September 26-November 7.  More info here.  Either you are a man, or you know one–either way, we’d love to have you.)



Some Brief Thoughts About Killing [#EatThisBook – Exodus 11]

Many people—even those who are inclined toward pacifism—seem to allow that certain situations may make the killing of another human being an evil necessity.  Maybe to prevent genocide or to stop a future Hitler, it becomes necessary to kill.  Maybe.  (I’m not sure what I think.)  But what about God? Is it okay for the Lord to kill?

In Exodus 11, Moses announces to Pharoah the last of the terrible plagues that the Lord will inflict on Egypt: all of the firstborn of Egypt will be killed

from the firstborn of Pharoah who sits on his throne to the firstborn of the female slave who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the livestock” (v.5).

I am very uncomfortable with the idea of the final plague.  Here are some of thoughts that Exodus 11 raises in my mind:

Brief Thoughts on Killing

  • There is no war without the killing of innocents.  I’m not saying this fact is good–it is an evil fact–but I’m merely just describing what is a fact.  In every single war throughout history, innocent women and children suffer and are killed.  The talking heads on television will talk about “surgical strikes” and avoiding collateral damage.  This is a wicked lie.  It doesn’t matter the cause: in war, innocent people always suffer.  Always.
  • Killing may at times be necessary—I honestly don’t know what I think.  War may be a necessary evil in an evil world.  But war is always evil, and war is always hell.  If we are going to speak about war, we need to acknowledge the bitter truth: we are going to kill babies, little children, nursing moms, and many other innocent parties.  There may be times when that is the price to pay.  But let us be honest about the price.
  • Perhaps there was no way for the Lord to bring the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery without the final plague.  If Hitler could only be stopped through violence, perhaps the same goes for Pharoah.
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Adolph Hitler in 1937. (Credit: Wikipedia.)

  • [An update from a friend of mine]: We should remember that Pharaoh had ordered the deaths of all the male children of the Israelites (Exodus 1).  Perhaps there is some sort of relationship between the final plague and Pharoah’s earlier actions.  You reap what you sow?  I realize that doesn’t solve the problem, but is worth thinking about.
  • In the mystery of the Trinity, God the Father knows what it is like to lose God the Son.  You cannot think of the death of the firstborns in Egypt without thinking of the death of the only begotten of the Father, crucified on Good Friday.
  • There is a mysterious connection between the Passover and Good Friday.  The Passover is when the Angel of Death passes over the houses of the Israelites but strikes down the firstborn of the Egyptians.  Passover then becomes a yearly religious ceremony for the Jews, and it is at Passover that Jesus is crucified by the Romans, centuries after the events described in Exodus 11.
  • Christ has died.  Christ is Risen.  Christ will come again.  We’ll be saying those words in my church this Sunday, and somehow I believe that they are an answer to the difficulties I have with Exodus 11.  Christ was an innocent, killed.  But Christ was raised from the dead, which means death doesn’t have the last word.  And Christ will come again and make all things well.
  • In the meantime, we wait and live in the tension between hard questions about a hard world and the knowledge of the Resurrection.


I warned you about the difficulties of scripture….


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One Simple Step To Your Dream Job

1.  Lower your standards and come work for me.  Details below.

Executive Assistant to Munger Place Pastor

This busy position provides administrative support to the Munger Place Pastor and to Munger Place Church in general, to help ensure the smooth functioning of the church and its ministries.

Location:  Munger Place Church, Dallas, TX

Essential duties include the following, plus other duties as required or assigned:

  1. Calendar Management (pastor and church): Maintain pastor’s and church calendar, responding to all meeting requests, gathering relevant background materials.  Confirm all appointments.
  2. Email/Voicemail Management (pastor and main church account): Open and screen incoming e-mail and listen to voicemail, respond on pastor’s behalf when possible, and forward to others when appropriate.
  3. Errands: Run errands in own vehicle as needed/requested. This will include routinely picking up mail and copies from Highland Park UMC multiple times weekly.
  4. Office Management:  Provide administrative services such as distributing/processing mail, preparing correspondence and reports for pastor, updating membership database and running reports, processing bills for payment, receiving and directing visitors, procuring supplies for office and worship and meeting with vendors.
  5. Organization:  Organize, maintain and revamp as necessary church filing systems; help organize/maintain storage closets, maintain both hard and soft copies of marriage, baptism and other important records.
  6. Events: Enter all events in EventU database; manage regularly occurring event registrations; prepare agendas, nametags, and support materials; communicating with key players as necessary.
  7. Meetings: Assist pastor in preparing for meetings and events by providing agendas, support and background information.  Attend designated meetings (with or in place of pastor), taking notes and minutes of relevant discussions, and as appropriate, interacting in ways that solve and prevent problems.
  8. Church Activities:  Assist as needed in church activities, coordinate and communicate with volunteers.
  9. Other:
    • Triage, dispense and record benevolent aid according to process developed by Munger staff.
    • Assist building services in keeping the church buildings uncluttered, organized, neat and orderly, bringing problems to attention of building technician.
    • Be proactive within prescribed limits in foreseeing and resolving problems, as well as conducting business in ways that avoid issues.

Working Hours:  Usual hours will be Monday-Thursday 8:30-5, Friday 8:30-noon; however, these hours may be revised as needed when attendance is needed at church activities or events.

We Require a committed Christian who is comfortable working in a United Methodist Church environment, with the following qualifications:

  • At least 1 year of responsible office experience
  • High school diploma required, college preferred
  • Must be a self-starter with a high level of initiative and follow-through, who can anticipate needs and efficiently get things done, as well as a desire for constant improvement in performance and efficiency.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and listening skills, as well as good spelling, grammar, punctuation abilities.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented, capable of learning and using David Allen’s GTD (Getting Things Done) system
  • Excellent interpersonal and relational skills, including the ability to deal cordially and efficiently with others without being pulled into any issues or complaints they present.
  • Professional attitude, appearance and demeanor, maintaining grace under pressure.
  • High degree of discretion with confidential information.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and shift priorities as necessary, while maintaining a positive, can-do spirit.
  • Capable of functioning both independently and as part of a team.

We provide competitive pay and full benefit package, as well as a fitness facility, free garage parking, generous holiday schedule, and a fun, supportive and collaborative work environment!

TO APPLY, please email the following to jobs@hpumc.org, specifying Exec.Asst. in subject line:

  • Resume & cover letter/email
  • Salary requirement
  • Your religious/church affiliation (HPUMC or Munger Place membership not required)

No calls, please.

– See more at: http://www.hpumc.org/about-us/employment/job-opening-executive-assistant/#sthash.S1NjEzC5.dpuf