|Seek Discipleship Programme Coordinator Palestine-Israel|
|As a service worker (volunteer) position, MCC would cover all basic needs (including, but not limited to: food, housing, transportation (to/from assignment & work related travel), medical/dental/optical coverage, vacation time & allowance, resettlement allowance provided at the end of term, etc.) and provide a modest monthly allowance.|
|Palestine and Israel|
|The Seek Discipleship Programme Coordinator position is open to an individual or couple. The Coordinator(s) will initially live in East Jerusalem and thereafter in Galilee likely in Nazareth. East Jerusalem is a community of religious and political diversity. Christians, Muslims and Jews all worship at holy places in the city. The site of Jesus’ death and resurrection, this area holds special significance for Christians. The Israeli military occupation is present in the form of frequent checkpoints throughout East Jerusalem’s neighborhoods. Furthermore, Israeli settlements, the wall and checkpoints have increasingly separated East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank. MCC workers living in this area must make a special effort in order to develop and maintain connections with partner organizations. Arabic is the main language spoken in East Jerusalem, as it is throughout the West Bank, Gaza and Palestinian communities in Israel. Many Jerusalemites speak at least some English. The Coordinator, living in East Jerusalem and the Galilee region will have opportunity to learn Arabic, but will also receive substantial exposure to Hebrew. In both East and West Jerusalem and Israel in general one can find a wide variety of Western goods, including food products, clothing, etc. Good healthcare is available in East and West Jerusalem and Israel in general. Mail, phone and internet services are generally reliable and efficient. While the Coordinator will need to rely on public transportation, s/he will have some access to an MCC vehicle. Nazareth, located in Israel’s Galilee region has over a dozen important Christian sites and is Israel’s largest Palestinian city. The Pope came to Israel in early 2009, and Nazareth was one of the areas given big government grants to improve its tourism infrastructure. As a result, Nazareth has been given a push back onto Israel’s tourism map – and with its importance as the childhood home of Jesus, as the largest Palestinian city in Israel, and its location in the middle of the Lower Galilee (about 15 miles west of the Sea of Galilee), it is a fascinating place for a service assignment. Within the wider area, there are many places to visit in the Lower Galilee and Sea of Galilee regions including the Gospel Trail which is a walking route which traces the footsteps of Jesus from Nazareth to Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. There are many churches and congregations in Palestine-Israel, representing a variety of denominations. Many of the churches offer English-language services in addition to Arabic-language services. There are no Mennonite congregations in Palestine-Israel although there is at least one congregation associated with Mennonite missionary work.
Palestine-Israel is located between 29°-33° north of the equator, which is characterized as subtropical region, between the temperate zone and the tropical zone. The northern and coastal regions of Palestine-Israel have a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot and dry summers and cool rainy winters. The winter months of November to March are the coldest with snow in the northern reaches of the Golan Heights, and occasional snow fall in Jerusalem. The summer months (June-August) are hot with average temperatures in the center of the country over 30C and closer to 40C in the South and Galilee. Palestine-Israel is often a challenging place to live and work, as one tries to negotiate between cultures, religions, and lifestyles. Every decision one makes often seems to have a political dimension, including where one buys groceries, where one goes for entertainment, what language one speaks and even what roads one drives on. This perplexing diversity can also be invigorating. The Coordinator will find this dynamic even more accentuated by the additional reality of living with Palestinians who do not have easy access to Jerusalem or to other West Bank cities or Israel, while the Coordinator will be able to travel with greater ease.
The Seek Discipleship programme is managed under the MCC GSL programme and is synchronized with the SALT/IVEP/YAMEN time table for recruitment, general orientation and re-entry retreat.
|Nov 30, 2019|
|Mar 09, 2020|
All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active participation in a Christian church or Christian community; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.
-Undergraduate degree from a university or college in theology, biblical studies, Christian education or youth ministry preferably from an Anabaptist-affiliated school
-Well-grounded in the Anabaptist faith tradition and able to keep their primary language of biblical and theological understanding central as they will be living in a geo-political context that will require an ability to articulate the primary reasons we do peace making. Peace making should be understood as a by-product of ones faith, not the thing itself.
-Previous youth ministry experience and a commitment to youth discipleship
-An ability to lead by example
-An affinity for teenagers (eighteen and nineteen year olds) and twenty year old young adults coupled with a tolerance for the unpredictability of life lived with young adults especially in a cross cultural setting
-An ability to minister to eighteen, nineteen and twenty year old young adults with diverse backgrounds including culturally and theologically conservative young adults
-An ability to develop a discipleship curriculum for young adults reflecting Anabaptist values that engage the whole person
-Proficient understanding of challenges and needs of young adults and able to cultivate age appropriate discipleship environments including service opportunities
-A capacity for community building and conflict resolution (training and experience preferred)
-An ability to facilitate group processes not only for community cohesion but also for reflection and learning
-An up-to-date understanding of physical, mental and spiritual principles and practices relating to the safe guarding of young adults for their well being
-Excellent computer skills and proficiency with social media
-Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
-Excellent organizational, time management and prioritization skills
-Ability to develop and adhere to a budget
Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s).
|Seek is an intentional discipleship programme which focuses on exposing young adults in the 18-20 age range in what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ, from an Anabaptist faith perspective. The Seek Coordinator will provide leadership and assume responsibility for the spiritual direction, development and implementation of the programme. The Coordinator will maintain a well planned, carefully balanced programme throughout the year. In collaboration with the local MCC Representatives the Coordinator will develop programme goals and periodically evaluate against those goals, measuring enabling process, indicators of change and outcomes. Part of following Christ is to serve others, thus the Coordinator will ensure there are structured service opportunities to complement the discipleship experience. The programme will include multiple service opportunities, ranging from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, and sometimes more with MCC partners in Palestine and Israel.
Although the Coordinator will report to and work in consultation with the local MCC Representative s/he will be required to carry out many tasks in a self-directed fashion. The MCC Representative will provide support to the Coordinator and the Seek programme. This will involve regular communication both via email, Skype/Teams and telephone as well as face-to-face meetings.
The desired outcome of Seek is for the participants to have an increased self-awareness about their Christian identity and how it influences their perceptions, values and beliefs. Participants will be prepared for a life of discipleship and to a greater sense of purpose, which can be the basis for further education and a ministry in the church and the world including service with Mennonite Central Committee.
|Extreme Heat; Security issues; Work requires healthy boundaries; Local church not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons; Local area not supportive to LGTBQ+ persons|
|1. Develop,oversee and implement a discipleship programme with a curriculum rooted in the Anabaptist faith perspective in collaboration with the MCC Representatives, GSL Director and invited Anabaptist leaders
2. Define appropriate service assignments and partners to complement the discipleship curriculum in collaboration with the MCC Representatives
3. Evaluate and make adjustments to the learning venues and service assignments as necessary and in coordination with partners and MCC Representatives
4. Participate in the selection of the Seek participants in collaboration with the appropriate GSL personnel and the MCC Representatives
5. Coordinate visa processes and visa requirements
6. Coordinate and lead the in-country orientation process, adjustment and ongoing learning activities for the participants
7. Provide worker care
8. Ensure Seek augments and adheres to the larger strategical goals and plans of the MCC GSL department and the MCC Palestine-Israel country programme
9. Plan, monitor and evaluate the progress of the Seek programme in coordination with the MCC Representatives
10. Increase MCC's constituency awareness of the Seek programme by providing regular media and social media updates that align with MCC policy for a country of sensitivity
11. Stay aware of politics and conflict related developments in the country; evaluate security conditions of Seek service assignments and make changes as necessary in consultation with the MCC Representatives
12. Participate in MCC team retreats
13. Attend MCC meetings and events as appropriate
14. Attend a local Christian congregation
15. Model non violent peacemaking through respectful interactions with others