Countryside United Brethren Church is a rural congregation located in Breckenridge, MI and is currently searching for their next lead pastor who shares their vision; to know God and to make God known. This is facilitated in multiple ways by the lead pastor:

  • Loving God and enjoying Him forever
  • Delivering God’s message to the congregation and community
  • Leading others to become disciples of Christ
  • Providing counseling built upon God’s word to those in need

The next pastor will strive to follow Christ’s example by giving all glory to God, loving and serving others, and striving to develop the spiritual lives of His body. A commitment to seeking and following God’s will for His church is essential. Engaging with the families within the congregation and community is highly desired. This pastor will be expected to maintain professional ministerial credentials with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA.

Countryside Church is a congregation of approximately 90 people. They are financially strong. The facility is well-kept with room to grow. In addition to the ministries they have in place, Countryside supports missions in the community and around the world.

The compensation package includes salary, housing allowance, health insurance, retirement, education/text funds, mileage, disability insurance, and vacation.

If you feel led by God for a position like the description above, please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to bishop@ub.org.

This month the United Brethren Church is praying for the next generation of Christian leaders and we are inviting you to join us. Here are a few ways you can pray this month:

  1. Pray that God would call the next generation to ministry service.
  2. Pray that the next generation would hear that call.
  3. Pray that you might see those whom God may be calling.
  4. Pray for the courage to have a conversation that might alert a young person to God’s call on their life.

In a recent video, Ryan Koch (Hopewell United Brethren Church, Auburn, IN) shared his story of being called to ministry but not recognizing it until someone else saw it. Watch now.

Who do you see that God might be calling? Have you talked to them about what you see? Sometimes all it takes is a simple word of encouragement to help a young person recognize a calling.

The Ministry Leader Summit took place on the sunny shores of Daytona Beach, Florida, from April 29th to May 3rd, 2024. This year, 31 associate staff members from UB churches across the country with responsibilities ranging from children’s ministry to world missions attended the event.

We caught up with a few of them and asked why they value the summit. Here’s what they had to say:

 

 

Keynote speaker Dr. Terry Linhart, a professor at Bethel University and author of “The Self-Aware Leader,” offered valuable insights on leadership. He encouraged ministry leaders to always do the hard work of caring for themselves and nurturing their own inner lives in order to be effective leaders in the ministries to which they have been called. His message resonated with attendees, prompting much reflection and discussion.

 

 

Key Learnings and Takeaways

The Ministry Leader Summit provided a valuable space for ministry associates to connect, share experiences, and develop their leadership skills. We spoke with some attendees about their biggest takeaways from this year’s summit:

 

 

We want to say a big thank you to Bobby Culler (Mount Pleasant Church) and Craig Mickey (Emmanuel Community Church) for putting together the plans for this year’s summit, and to Cathy Reich (UB National Office) for helping make it all happen.

This event happens every other year and is available for any and all associate staff serving in United Brethren churches throughout the country. The pastor and spouse summits are coming this fall for all senior and solo pastors and their spouses. More information on those events can be found here.

On Saturday, May 4, 2024, we received the news that Mossie Sites, widow of Bishop Wilber L. Sites, Jr., had passed away earlier that day. She is survived by her three children, Judy A. Baker (Mike), Linda S. Etter (Donnie), and Rev. Dennis Sites (Annette).

Mossie was a long-time member of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and served the church domestically and internationally. While in the States, Mossie and her husband served several UB Churches including Mount Pleasant UB (Chambersburg, PA), Salem UB (Chambersburg, PA), Pen Mar UB (Cascade, MD), King Street (Chambersburg, PA), and Otterbein UB (Waynesboro, PA). Internationally, they served with UB Global in Macau and taught classes at Jamaica Bible College.

Mossie was a strong supporter of missions and got involved in Women’s Missionary Fellowship of the Mid-Atlantic Conference. She eventually served as the International President of the Women’s Missionary Fellowship. 

Information about services and memorial contributions can be found here.  

Greencastle Otterbein UB Church in Greencastle, PA is a congregation located in Franklin County in south-central Pennsylvania. We are looking for a Youth Pastor who will be responsible for leading and nurturing the spiritual growth of the OUB Church youth (grades 7-12). This role includes developing and overseeing youth programs, fostering a safe community, and guiding youth in their faith journey.

Our next youth pastor will be an effective communicator who shares the gospel as the unerring Word of God and possesses a heart for youth and helping them through the challenges they face today. The ability to encourage young people, to demonstrate a personal commitment to Christ, to work closely with the senior sastor, youth commission, volunteers and parents is essential. Also essential will be the ability to plan, coordinate, and lead the OUB Church youth program (including but not limited to mid-week youth activities, social events, Sunday school, retreats, conferences, VBS, outreach and mission trips, etc.). It is also expected that this individual will maintain professional ministerial credentials with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA and subscribe to its doctrinal values.

The town of Greencastle itself has a population of 4,000+ and a population of nearly 16,000 in the surrounding Antrim township with an ever growing student enrollment in the local school district. Otterbein UB Church is a church family of about 250 people, built on faith and led by the Holy Spirit to worship and to be witnesses of our Lord Jesus Christ. There are as many as 25+ students in various parts of the program along with many adult volunteers. Our staff includes the senior pastor and part-time administrative staff.

If this sounds like something for which God has been preparing and calling you, please send a copy of your resume and a cover letter to Office@greencastleub.org in care of Barry Stottlemyer, Personnel Relations Commission chairperson.

 

In the latest episode of UB Now, our host, Brian Biedenbach sat down with Matt McKeown from Daytona First Church of the United Brethren in Holly Hill, Florida. Matt is great storyteller and is full of great stories, and he was excited to talk about a partnership that is developing between two very different churches in their community.

This was a fun and insightful episode to record and is definitely worth a listen. You can listen by clicking on the media player above or by searching for it on your preferred podcast directory.

The United Brethren National Office is seeking a Finance Assistant to join our team in Huntington, Indiana. The person we are looking for must have bookkeeping experience and be proficient with Microsoft Excel.

The Finance Assistant works with the Director of Finance in many areas including but not limited to data entry in the accounting software, UB Global donations, and retirement plan contributions. This person also cooperates with other office staff to administrate telephone, reception, and mail activities.

This is a fulltime position with benefits including health insurance, vacation, and retirement plan.

If you are interested in this position, or if you know somebody who might be interested, please contact our Director of Finance, Marci Hammel, at marci@ub.org, or call 260-356-2312, ext. 308. The full job description is available upon request.

We received news that Reverend Thomas Mellott passed away on February 10, 2024.

Thomas was a graduate of Huntington College (1964) and served three United Brethren churches including Salem (Chambersburg), Devonshire (Harrisburg) and Otterbein (Greencastle).

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, April 4th at 10:00 am at Devonshire UB Church in Harrisburg. PA. 

Rev. Mellott’s obituary can be found here.

Mt. Hermon United Brethren Church is a rural congregation located on the Ohio River, approximately 20 miles southeast of Athens, Ohio. We are looking for a pastor who will help us strengthen relationships, be a positive influence in our community, and enable us to G.R.O.W. (Gospel Centered Daily Living; Reaching Out to Others; Obediently Following Christ; Worship God Together).

Our next pastor will possess a shepherd’s heart and be an effective communicator. The ability to work well with a team, build a sense of fellowship in the congregation, and help people develop their spiritual lives are essential. Skill and experience in ministering with youth will be a benefit. It is also expected that this individual will maintain professional ministerial credentials with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA.

Mt. Hermon is a congregation of approximately 100 people. We are financially stable and have modern facilities which will enable growth.

If this sounds like something for which God has been preparing you, please send a copy of your resume, a cover letter, and a current photo to bishop@ub.org.

 

Huntington University’s Veritas Theology Institute could be a great opportunity this summer for a high school student in your church to explore a deeper level of theological study and experience life on HU’s campus. This eight-day academy is taking place June 8-15, 2024, and is open to all high school sophomores and juniors. Applications are available online at www.veritastheology.org.

The tuition for this experience is $300 until May 1, 2024. After that early bird date, tuition will be $350. There is also an HU legacy tuition rate if one both of the applicant’s parent’s attended Huntington University. Only 30 spots are available for this summer’s institute, so consider the high school students in your world who might be interested in something a little more intense and interactive this summer and share this opportunity with them.

Find out more about the Veritas Theology Institute at Huntington University here.