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Interfaith Families Project (IFFP) 

Position:  Interim Christian Leader 

 

IFFP seeks an Interim Christian Leader with a commitment to engaging interfaith families in Christian education and practice, an ability to make connections between Jewish and Christian traditions, and a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and collaborate in a team environment. This is a position of 15 hours per week for one year as IFFP conducts a search for a permanent Christian Leader.

 

About the Interfaith Families Project 

The Interfaith Families Project (IFFP) is an independent community of interfaith families and others. A 501(c)(3) organization, we are committed to sharing, learning about, and celebrating our Jewish and Christian traditions. Started in 1995 and now in our third decade, we have grown to over 100 families from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. IFFP is a place where both Jewish and Christian partners can feel like equal members of the community, where both can celebrate and learn about both faiths, and where we “teach not preach.” 

IFFP seeks to develop our children, ourselves, and our community through opportunities for education about Christianity and Judaism, holiday celebrations, fellowship, spiritual gatherings, community service, and exploration of interfaith identity in an environment that encourages questions and respects different answers. 

The core value of IFFP is respect – for each other, for Judaism, and for Christianity. As a community, we celebrate, explore, question and enjoy both religious traditions. IFFP members neither reject our religious backgrounds nor seek a new religion that is a mixture of Christian and Jewish belief. Instead, we believe it is possible—and desirable—to honor our distinct religious traditions and to share those traditions with spouses, partners, and children. Please view our Welcome and Community Inclusion Statement to learn more about IFFP and our values. 

 

Position Description

 

The position of Christian Leader is a part-time, one-year appointment of approximately 15 hours per week and reports to the Board of Directors. The Christian Leader will work with the IFFP community following the retirement of the long-serving Christian Leader as the community works to find a permanent replacement. The position is one of the prominent faces of IFFP, bringing Christian leadership perspective to IFFP. 

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Plan and co-lead Sunday morning Gatherings with the Jewish Leader (an average of three times per month) between September and June (When in-person, IFFP meets at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day Center in Rockville.) 
  • Work in cooperation with the Jewish Leader to plan and co-lead services on all major Jewish and Christian holidays 
  • Speak about Christianity as well as the intersections between Judaism and Christianity 
  • Work with the IFFP staff and members to plan, advise, and contribute to adult education programs 

 

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Support interfaith couples and co-lead interfaith couples’ workshops 
  • Provide pastoral care, in coordination with the Jewish Leader
  • Co-officiate at IFFP members’ individual life-cycle events/ceremonies with the Jewish Leader, outside the part-time schedule and with additional compensation 
  • Provide support as needed to the community in relation to the transition itself.

 

Qualifications 

 

An ordained reverend with a degree from an accredited seminary is preferred, but not required; the IFFP community is willing to consider non-ordained individuals who credibly demonstrate the listed qualifications. The ideal candidate will have the following.

Experience/Expertise: 

  • Ability to lead a community through a transitional time, such as the retirement or exit of clergy
  • Extensive knowledge of the Bible, Christian history, traditions and culture 
  • Ability to inspire learning through teaching 
  • Experience in leading holiday services like Christmas and Easter, life events, and in delivering sermons/reflections 
  • Experience and/or willingness to work with interfaith couples and families 
  • A plus:  experience in comparative religion or interfaith dialogue 

Skills: 

  • Effective communicator, in both large group public speaking environments and individual settings 
  • Able to effectively discuss ideas and events in the Jewish/Christian context 
  • Can connect and inspire people of all ages, including children and young adults 
  • Comfort with using technology to communicate with IFFP Board, staff and community members 
  • Able to deliver successful pastoral care

Qualities/Attributes

  • Belief in the IFFP mission, comfortable with people choosing both Judaism and Christianity, an ability to create an environment where people can be both 
  • Fully supportive of interfaith families and respectful of the IFFP community culture
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including openness to feedback combined with a willingness to state one’s views 
  • Collaborative team player who will step in as needed to help the IFFP team 
  • Sense of humor, openness, and empathy 

Review of applications will begin on January 18th.   Please direct resumes and questions to boardchairiffp@gmail.com