The 1001 New Worshiping Community Residency – Serious Juju

2020-2021 – An Invitation

Applicants are sought for a one-year 1001 New Worshiping Community residency established by Serious JuJu Skateboard Ministry in Kalispell, Montana located within Glacier Presbytery.  Serious JuJu is one of the PCUSA’s 1001 New Worshiping Communities.

Applications, including letters of reference, are due by March 15, 2020.

At Serious JuJu we see, feed, and strengthen kids; we celebrate skateboarders; we serve Christ.  Now in our 13th year of ministry, Serious JuJu continues to be generous, adaptive, and life-changing community of skateboarders and those who love them.  Serious JuJu is dynamic and groundbreaking, an excellent laboratory for innovative ministry.  A JuJu 1001 NWC Resident would have the opportunity to experience ministry intersecting streets and schools, mental health and spiritual health, justice and vulnerability, skateboarders and city leaders, victim and abuser, economic stratification and a generous Gospel.  Pastor Miriam and the JuJu Board are rapidly reviewing, expanding, and responding to ministry needs stemming from our basic call to see, feed, and strengthen kids; celebrate skateboarders, and serve Christ.  We are good at this ministry, but we can do better. 

Each night at JuJu among skateboarding, the table is set.  The hungry are fed.  The cast aside are welcomed in, seen, called by name and blessed.  The weak in spirit find new heights and resilience in their skateboarding. The downcast are lifted up.  The despairing, find comfort and joy.  Chaos keeps a strong under toe of instability, vulnerability and upheaval for our kids.  About 75% of our skateboarders have endured high doses of trauma: incarceration of family members, homelessness and compromised housing, family additions, abandonment, neglect, assault, and abuse which make them vulnerable to early drop out from education, illness, suicide, risky behavior and incarceration.  Serious JuJu is a safe, supportive community for kids who often have none.  This is who we are: we bless bread and share it near and far; we bless and cheer skateboarders; we see kids often not seen; we strengthen kids to make good decisions and learn from mistakes; and we take their pain and their lives seriously trusting love heals.  This is the Gospel. 

As our JuJu Resident, you will become part of the JuJu tribe: celebrated and embraced by Glacier Presbytery, our 8 sponsoring churches, family of over 100 donors and community of 400+ skateboarders.  In northwest Montana, the Flathead Valley is a community of interconnected small towns, each with their own flavor, all of whom value public lands, wilderness, and quality of life in the outdoors –especially Glacier National Park.  Recreation is a core common value among all types of people.  Recreation can become a form of re-creation helping us seek health in the long cloudy, cold winter months –and as skateboarders will show you– animating us throughout the long summer days.  JuJu respects a seasonal flow: opening the warehouse more in the winter and reaching out to the local skate parks in the summer.  

As a Resident, you will work alongside Pastor Miriam who serves as our Community Pastor and Executive Director – called to serve both our skateboarders and our broader community.  Occasionally, we provide worship services aimed to embrace the wider community around topics and needs unaddressed.  In the past we have extended our food ministry to skateboarders to food ministry to our neighbors and partners experiencing hunger crisis on local indigenous nations.  This summer, we hope to provide skate camps for migrant Cherry Pickers’ children and our friends on the Browning Reservation.  We host a summer skate competition, participate in the 4th of July Parade, celebrate baptism in the local river, remove graffiti from skate parks as needed, attend city council meetings when we can advocate for the under-represented in our tribe and stand in partnership with others.  You will experience exhilaration in serving Christ and great disappointment.  Lives are messy. Suffering is real.  Love heals.

The JuJu Board commits to pray for you, learn about you, listen to you, reflect the gifts we see in you, offer counsel, perspective and critical feedback suited for growth.  We commit to take you seriously and support you and your family.  We have high expectations; yet promise to celebrate failures, graces and successes.  We avail ourselves to you as a team and sounding board as you absorb, adjust, reflect, meditate and seek to remain open to God and this community. 

Pastor Miriam Mauritzen will serve as your direct day-to-day supervisor.  Weekly check-ins will forecast goals and coffee hour will supply conversation about ministry guided by the Resident’s agenda and needs.  Monthly supervisory meal with guests from the Board, community, and partners will allow for networking, reflection and feedback.  Every 3 months, Board representatives will interview and provide review of the Resident’s ministry and goals. 

Skateboarding is a compelling metaphor for faith, the kind of faith the church needs.  You need not be a skateboarder to apply.

Financial Support: The total package available for support of this residency is $45,000 for the year, to include salary and health insurance support. Serious JuJu will work with the successful candidate to organize the package to be most beneficial to the resident. The resident will be an employee of Serious JuJu Skate Works Inc.

Selected applicants will take part in the National 1001 New Worshiping Communities Residency and Apprenticeship Training program this summer July 6-9 2020 (location TBD and costs covered).

Applications, including letters of reference, are due by March 15, 2020.

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Site contact information

Miriam Mauritzen, Community Pastor & Executive Director
(406) 212-0999
jujukalispell@gmail.com

Application checklist

Cover letter including:

What attracts you to this residency?
What do you hope to gain out of this experience?

Completed application
Two Letters of Recommendation

Application deadline is March 15, or when the position has been filled.  Questions? Contact Miriam Mauritzen, Community Pastor & Executive Director, at (406) 212-0999 or jujukalispell@gmail.com, or Sara Hayden at sara.hayden@pcusa.org.

Email your completed application and cover letter to the following persons:

Miriam Mauritzen at jujukalispell@gmail.com
Sara Hayden at sara.hayden@pcusa.org