Jim McKibbin will take on a 2 year contract position which was the result of a Mission Strategy/East End initiative.
I am delighted to be taking on responsibilities as Mission Developer for Toronto Southeast Presbytery. The Mission Developer is assigned the task of working with congregations to facilitate, guide and support a refocusing of church work in Toronto’s East End. The effects of neighbourhood demographic change, aging congregational membership and the resulting financial impact, challenge these congregations. Within these challenges there are great opportunities to reassess work and adopt new approaches to being church in community.
As a church, social and political activist for most of my life I have a great love for the United Church and the way in which it encourages adherents to combine their spiritual practice with social justice outreach. I have just completed responsibilities as national president of AOTS (As One That Serves) and I currently serve as a commissioner to the 40th General Council. Later in 2011 I will be completing studies in preparation for accreditation as a Licensed Lay Worship Leader. I’ve enjoyed a wide ranging background in communications, sales, negotiation and facilitation. In previous lives I have acted as a senior human resources consultant with Brown Consulting Group, Communications Manager and spokesperson for Statistics Canada and the Canadian Census, Director of the Toronto Learning Annex and chairperson of the Ontario Soft Drink Workers Union.
I look forward to engaging in this work.
Jim McKibbin, TS Mission Developer