Volunteers Needed

Churches United is currently looking for individuals who are willing to donate 1-4 hours per month to helping in the office.

Activities volunteers may be involved in include: greeting individuals as the come in, interviewing clients, photocopying, data entry, filing, donations inventory, fetching items from the backroom to meet client needs, and more. There is something for everyone and no need for everyone to do everything.

A love for people and a desire to make a difference are the main requirements.

If you are interested, contact the director by stopping into the office business hours or calling and leaving a message anytime.

Churches United is open from Noon to 4, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.


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Churches United seeks Director

NOTE: This position has been filled.


Churches United is accepting applications for a Director. Responsibilities include day-to- day operations of the office, supervising volunteers, coordinating communication to member churches. This is a part-time position. The job description is below. Mail resumes to Churches United Box 1967 Bemidji MN 56601

JOB DESCRIPTION (Download CU director job description 2017)

Date: 2017

Position Title: Director of Churches United, Inc

Immediate Supervisor: Executive Committee Designated Supervisor
Receives work direction from: Executive Committee

Salaried Employee:

Approximately 20 hours per week (16 in office and four as needed for community and meetings.

Purpose of Position: The Director is responsible for the day to day operations of the local Churches United office through supervising volunteers; managing the office; coordinating financial operations and fundraising. The Director also provides information to member churches encouraging them to provide volunteers and financial resources to meet the emergency needs of homeless and low-income people in a prayerful way. It is the overall charge of the Director, working with the Executive Committee to plan and lead all activities in order to carry out the short and long-range mission of Churches United. These activities will consist of a program of planning, public relations and charitable giving concepts.


The Director should:

  • Have heartfelt empathy for the poor and disadvantaged.
  • Possess experience both as a volunteer and a volunteer coordinator.
  • Be able to work with and take direction from the Executive Committee.
  • Be able to work independently on a daily basis, make decisions, and be able to multitask.
  • Be able to effectively coordinate routine personnel,office, and financial responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate good written and verbal communications,negotiation, and teaching skills.
  • Be able to relate to a wide variety of people of different religious beliefs, ages, educational levels, temperaments, races, and backgrounds.
  • Have a good understanding of human motivation and behavior.
  • Have experience with word processing, Powerpoint, Quickbooks and database computer skills.
  • Experience in applying for grants.
  • Have excellent customer service orientation and consistent follow-through.
  • Team-focused and solution-oriented in providing clear direction to others.
  • Possessgoodpeoplelisteningskillsinapleasantandprofessionalmannerinpersonand over the telephone.
  • Be able to recognize and maintain appropriate levels of confidentiality.
  • A four-year degree in counseling or business administration or equivalent years of experience.
  • It is preferred that this employee be an active, participating member of a Christian Church.
  • Pass background checks.


  • Advocate for clients with vendors. Combine resources of other agencies to help clients. Refer clients to other agencies for help when appropriate. See that clients are treated with respect and dignity always.
  • Attend regular meetings of the Executive Committee and our Board of Directors to keep them abreast of developments, issues, and concerns that may require attention or action.
  • Give accurate reports on goals, operations, disbursements, networking, and other activities of Churches United.
  • Make recommendations to the Executive Committee for changes and improvements to policies, procedures, forms, and other materials to be used by Churches United.
  • Recruit, interview, train, schedule, and supervise volunteers from the Member Churches as well as giving recognition for volunteer services. Maintain updated volunteer list and distribute.
  • Work with the Executive Committee, and others to provide a safe working environment both for volunteers and clients.
  • Work cooperatively with representatives of Social Service organizations, local businesses, churches, and government agencies to promote a good working relationship between Churches United and our community.
  • By instruction and example, maintain confidentiality of clients,volunteers, board members, and others associated with Churches United.
  • Work with the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors to set measurable goals and objectives which are mutually reviewed annually. The director will also have an annual review.
  • Create a newsletter quarterly and distribute it to member churches
  • Coordinate fundraising activities as needed.
  • Apply for funding grants when the opportunity or necessity arises.
  • Initiate public relations efforts throughout the area served by Churches United.
    • Contact each member church and make an offer to speak to each member church at least once a year.
    • Attend community non-profit meetings.
    • Prepare and distribute press releases when an opportunity presents itself.
  • Seek opportunities for professional development.
  • Order office supplies.
  • Fill in when volunteers are absent.
  • Provide new or prospective members with past minutes, by-laws, articles of incorporation, and policies as needed.
  • Corporate records-
    • Prepare and maintain all corporate records and review those of the Treasurer, in cooperation with the Executive committee.

Employees must conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with and supportive of the mission and purpose of Churches United.

The responsibilities listed above are representative responsibilities intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a staff member assigned to this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities and qualifications required of this position. Failure to perform the above duties and responsibilities may result in appropriate disciplinary action or discharge for cause which may include public conduct which is inconsistent with the principles and goals of Churches United.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to work evenings or weekends as necessary.
  • Able to see, speak, hear, and respond to parishioners, volunteers, staff, etc.
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First National Bank of Bemidji Grant

We received good news yesterday from First National Bank Of Bemidji. They granted us $1000 towards our Emergency Food Voucher Program.

Thank you to First National Bank of Bemidji for supporting our mission in helping the poor and the homeless in the Bemidji and surrounding area.


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Grant Received for Bus Tokens and Laundry Vouchers

On March 2, we were informed that we had been awarded a $3250 grant to help increase the amount of bus tokens and laundry vouchers for the homeless for the year. Just click HERE for the Bemidji Pioneer article. This is a great blessing and will help our efforts to increase the services we offer to people in the Bemidji area.

Open Your Heart Grant

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Generous Donation from 1st Presbyterian Church

Thursday afternoon, January 28, 2016, deacons from First Presbyterian Presented Jen Juenke, the Executive Director for Churches United, Inc, a generous donation. Thank you deacons for your wonderful support!

1st Presbyterian

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Calvary Lutheran Donation of Warm Items

A Big THANK YOU to Calvary Lutheran Church for donating Warm Winter Items. 6 BIG BAGFULS of hats, mittens, and scarves. These items are much needed this time of year!

Warm Clothes

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Many Blessings This Holiday Season

Throughout Advent, St. Philips Church had an Advent Giving Tree. Churches United received many items on our wish list. Thank you to all who donated to us and to St. Philips for coordinating this!

St Philips

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Thank You Paul Bunyan Communications

On December  30, 2015 Churches United received a donation of $100 from Paul Bunyan Communications. The money will be used to purchase food for the annual board meeting on January 20, 2016. Thank you Paul Bunyan Communications, we greatly appreciate it.

Paul Bunyan

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New Year, New Website

With the upcoming new year of 2016, Churches United decided it was time for a new website design. It has been updated and more user friendly. We hope that you like it.

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