Boundary Trainings Offered by Living Water

1. “Position of Trust" basic course of boundary training/healthy ministry relationships for authorized ministers. Total of 9 hours

Two opportunities:

Fall: Wednesday and Thursday, Oct 5 and 6, 2022 12-4:30 ET

Spring Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4, 2023 12-4:30 ET


2.   “Healthy Ministry Relationships and Pastoral Transitions for Retired & Retiring Authorized Ministers.


Two opportunities:

Fall: Wednesday, Sept 21, 2022 10-1 pm ET  

Spiring: Monday, Feb 6, 2023 10-1 pm ET.   

Email for More Information

Chaplain Positions available through United Church Homes

Chapel Hill Community in Canal Fulton, Ohio is seeking a full-time chaplain. 

This United Church Homes Life Plan Community provides a spectrum of services for older adults. The chaplain provides the spiritual care programs to meet the needs of the residents, staff and their families. Leadership of the weekly worship service in the lovely chapel, additional worship experiences for those living with dementia, along with pastoral care, programming and small groups, spiritual assessments and participation on the leadership team are all a part of this ministry. 

Four Winds Community in Jackson, Ohio is seeking a part-time chaplain: 32 hours/week with benefits. 

This community provides care for those needing rehab services, long-term nursing care and memory care. The chaplain works together with the leadership team and provides pastoral services with the residents, staff and their families. Spiritual assessments, pastoral care, small group programming and worship experiences are a part of the needs of this community. 

Requirements for UCH chaplains include an MDiv, ordination and standing with a denomination, pastoral experience in a local congregation and CPE, with 4 units preferred. Support for chaplain positions comes through the UCH organization with monthly connections with the chaplains serving the other UCH communities and connection with our Dean of Chaplains. Compassion for work with older adults along with creativity and an expansive understanding of the aging process are welcome.

Additionally, Uplands Community in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, a community managed by United Church Homes, is also seeking a ¾ time chaplain position. This beautiful, historic community in central Tennessee provides the full spectrum of services for older adults. Pleasant Hill United Church of Christ which is adjacent to the Uplands campus serves members of the Upland Community and members from the wider community. They are also concurrently searching for a pastor. These two positions would provide a unique opportunity for a clergy couple.

For more information about any of these positions, please contact Rev. Beth Long-Higgins 


Director of Music

Progressive church in Mount Vernon with a traditional service and love of music seeks a Director of Music to lead choirs and coordinate with our gifted pianist. This part-time position is well-paid and offers an uplifting work environment in an historic church. Choral training and leadership background required. Education in music education, vocal pedagogy or choral music is a plus. Qualities we are looking for include love of choral music, experience directing choirs, ability to work with adults and children, creativity, resourcefulness, and organization skills. If interested we encourage you to send a cover letter and resume to No calls please.

Annual Fall Association Meeting

Saturday, October 29

Watch for Updates

Ministry Opportunities

Highwater Congregational is searching for a full-time settled pastor. More information can be found here.

First Congregational in Marietta is searching for a halftime settled pastor. More information can be found here.

Tom Paton Application

O Heart of Life,

  Unfold Yourself in me

  Forming a beauty 

  Not yet fully seen

  But promised 

  With pedals dancing

  In delightful anticipation

  Of Your forming grace.


Quiet me 

  Into the present miracle

  Of life’s emergence 

  All around in everyone

  And everything 

  Though often hidden 

  By hurry or hurt

  In a world weighty

  With too much

  Of things too many

  To name.


Still, O Love,

  You rise and unfold

  New vistas of beauty 

  Opened in small things

  To reveal Your large love

  And desire for delight

  To reign against impossible

  Odds of the world’s making.

In grand grace,

  Abundance forms

  From Your heart center

  In anticipation of days

  Not yet ready to receive

  The hidden beauty 

  You store in every seed

  For just the right time

  Of sacred emergence

  Combining root and stem

  Into flowering fragrance

  Bearing life for busy bees

  Of all shapes and sizes.


But for now,

  Let me delight

  In today’s gift of beauty

  Freely given to inspire

  And open the pedals

  Of this life of mine

  Given to praise You

  By awakening others 

  To the beautiful blossom

  You are opening in them.

-DMLH, July 2022