Live in community.
Work for social justice and reconciliation.
Serve the church.
We are NOT currently seeking new resident staff. We typically review applications for consideration during the spring and only when there are vacancies in the house.
If you are interested in the Garden Internship, find the application on this page.
The Blackburn House is a ministry program of the Blackburns’ Chapel campus of Boone United Methodist Church. The program focuses on intentional community, church revitalization, leadership & community development. Resident staff of Blackburn House commit to live in intentional community together in the church’s parsonage and demonstrate their leadership in the church and community. Through commitment to prayer, friendship, and service in Todd, NC resident staff practice hospitality and reconciliation in ways that are both ordinary and spectacular. Blackburn House offers a unique opportunity for resident staff to demonstrate and develop their leadership, grow in their sense of vocation, deepen their prayer lives, spirituality and relationship with Jesus, within the context of the church and in connection to the wider community.
The Blackburn House program is funded by a generous grant from The Duke Endowment. Resident staff compensation packages include a salary paid from the grant in addition to a housing and utilities allowance, a food allowance including produce from the garden, and the value for their leadership and spiritual development provided by the program and Director/Abbot. The Blackburn House program offers resident staff opportunities for: leading worship, children and youth ministry, missions, music ministry, pastoral care, preaching and teaching, gardening, social entrepreneurship, community development, education, event planning, social media and web design, spiritual formation, writing and journalism, advertising, contemplative living, inter-generational relationship building, volunteering with local community-building nonprofits, community organizing, vocational discernment, leadership development, and more.
Blackburn House resident staff positions are dual in nature, community-focused and church-focused. A resident staff typically holds one position in each focus area.
Here are the job summaries for all resident staff positions:
NOTE: we are still developing a job description for the Intern role with Blackburn House. This role is meant for those with minimal job experience and background, especially regarding the type of work and ministry we do through Blackburn House. Interns will maintain dual church and community responsibilities like the other resident positions. We anticipate this role being filled by recent college graduates, those looking for field experience within a master’s program, or those simply looking for a transition space that is still intentionally formational and involves meaningful work responsibilities, though not as narrowly defined as the other positions. Please contact us before applying if you are interested in this position.
Coordinator of Communications and Community Events
Position Summary: The Communications and Community Events Coordinator is responsible for regular communications between the Blackburn House and the community of Todd. This position is responsible for planning creative and strategic social events to bring neighbors together and help folks feel and stay connected in the Todd community, with an eye for addressing social issues (poverty, hunger, division, etc.). This position is also responsible for the Blackburn House newsletter, blog and social media outlets, and all forms of advertising and communications in order to extend BBH’s and Blackburns’ Chapel’s reach and increase supporters.
Coordinator of Hospitality, Community Organizing and Development
Position Summary: The Hospitality, Community Organizing and Development Coordinator is responsible for strategically maintaining and developing connections between the Blackburn House/Blackburns’ Chapel and the community of Todd. This position works closely with the Director in focusing on community organizing and development through strategic campaigns, projects, businesses, programs and activities. This position is also responsible for maintaining and developing relationships with stakeholders and neighbors through hospitality ministry, usually over meals.
Food and Garden Coordinator
Position Summary: Provide leadership for the Blackburn House garden space. This position is responsible for working closely with the Director to lead and develop the missional and programmatic functions of the garden. This includes maintaining and building connections with local farmers and local food and agricultural organizations. This position is also responsible for managing food storage and purchases for common goods in the Blackburn House.
Position Summary: Responsible for organizing and planning worship operations on Sundays and special services. Includes such tasks as – creating and printing bulletins, organizing and scheduling musicians and speakers, set-up and break-down of services, etc.
Congregational Care Assistant
Position Summary: Responsible for assisting the Pastor with care ministry of congregation members (and occasionally community members). This includes visiting members who are hospitalized, as well as the regular visitation of those who are home-bound and in full-time care facilities (nursing homes, etc.).
Children and Youth Ministries Coordinator
Position Summary: Responsible for developing and leading formation ministries to children and youth. This includes mid-week children and youth programs and bible-studies, special Holiday events, summer educational programs (VBS, etc.), missions opportunities, and Sunday morning ministries (Youth Sunday School, Children’s Church, etc.). This position also oversees fundraising activities, volunteer recruitment and finances; communicates regularly with children, youth, parents and entire congregation; follows the Church’s Safe Sanctuary Policy; collaborates with the staff, parents and laity to involve children and youth in Church life.
Position Summary: Responsible for sharing in the teaching and preaching functions of the church. This includes being on a regular rotation for Sunday School, leading bible studies, book studies, small groups, etc. This also includes occasional preaching opportunities in Sunday worship as well as assisting the Pastor in planning preaching and teaching content for extended periods.
Though the Blackburn House program has specific job positions/descriptions that it recruits for, we try to be open to create opportunities and affirm the unique gifts, personalities and backgrounds of those who live in and work for BBH. So inquire and apply with confidence!
For more information please contact us at 336-877-3317 or email us at email@example.com.