The Black Staff Association of the United Methodist Church is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to serving the needs of black staff serving The United Methodist Church in staff positions with UMC boards, agencies, conferences, jurisdictions, and districts. BSA will work collaboratively with all segments of The United Methodist Church in order to strengthen relationships that help to equip staff to more effectively network, empower and engage missional in our communities as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our global world.



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2017-2018 BSA Officers

Rori Blakeney
Discipleship Ministries – Young People Ministries

Vice President
Royya James
United Methodist Communications

Maurita Bowie
General Commission on Religion and Race

Nominating/Program Committee Chair
John W. Coleman Jr.
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference

Communications Chair
Sharon Dean
General Council on Finance and Administration

Harris K. Tay
West Ohio Conference


United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Southeastern Jurisdiction (UMVIM, SEJ) is the short-term mission sending agency of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. UMVIM exists to promote, encourage and enable Christians to exemplify “Christian Love in Action” through short-term mission service at home and abroad. UMVIM provides opportunities for service by developing and nurturing relationships with domestic and international leaders.

Due to the retirement of Paulette West, UMVIM, SEJ Board of Directors chose a selection committee to hire a new Executive Director.

Salary - $50,000 to $60,000 annually
Additional benefits - $8,000 to $12,000 annually for health insurance and pension; travel expenses as approved in the budget annually by the Board of Directors
Start date – flexible (after June 1, 2017 and before October 31, 2017 with possibly a one month overlap)
Office location – 100 Centerview Drive, Suite 210, Birmingham, AL 35216
Applicants should be from the Southeastern Jurisdiction
Submit the following to by November 15, 2016:

Cover Letter (one page) summarize how your engagement in UMVIM or missions has prepared you to be uniquely qualified to be selected as the Executive Director; what strengths, knowledge, and skills you have that qualify you for the position; and your vision for UMVIM, SEJ for the next quadrennium and where the organization will be at the end of 2020.
Resume (no longer than 2 pages in length)
Three (3) letters of Recommendation (one page) - please have them include how long they have known you and their contact information
A person with knowledge of your UMVIM or mission involvement
A church leader
A personal reference

Finalists will be notified by December 2, 2016 and interviews will be held January 12, 2017 at the UMVIM, SEJ office.

Last updated by Rori Blakeney Oct 17, 2016.

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