Positions in OSJ (Worldwide): news and updates
We are pleased to announce that the Reverend Patrick Kimawachi has been appointed bishop and will continue as National Director OSJ (Kenya) and also take on responsibility for developing the African College of OSJ National Provinces and Jurisdictions. We ask for your continued support and prayers for him in his existing and new ministries.
National Director OSJ (Scotland):
Interested? This is potentially a tough but very rewarding post. Talk to us.
As of 30th May 2021, this Province and Jurisdiction is closed, our work being completed and our National Director returning permanently to the UK, thus making this post available as National Directors are required to be resident.
The Province and Jurisdiction can be re-instated if a suitable applicant with renewed vision and strong leadership skills can be found for the position of National Director OSJ (Philippines).
Until the Province and Jurisdiction can be reinstated, remaining members of OSJ (Philippines) will continue to be supported by OSJ (UK) if it is their wish. Our thanks go to all who assisted with the schools feeding program and more, especially the Quiros family who gave above and beyond.
State Directors OSJ (USA):
There is very strong interest in the work of OSJ (UK) and we are looking to establish a presence in the USA , state by state, under the visionary leadership and guidance of State Directors OSJ (USA). If you have an interest, please do e-mail.
State Director OSJ (USA New York)
The Order's Executive Council is pleased to confirm that Rev Dr Samson Astle is now appointed State Director for OSJ (USA New York) and will be licensed as Bishop as part of this role. We ask for your support and prayers for him in his existing and new ministries.
National Director OSJ (Pakistan)
The Order's Executive Council is also pleased to confirm the appointment of Rev Sunny Arthur as National Director for OSJ (Pakistan). Please continue to support him in prayer.
National Director OSJ (India)
We are still awaiting confirmation that we will be continue to be blessed by +John (India Christian Mission Church) continuing National Director OSJ (India).
In the event of us being disappointed, please contact us if you have a potential interest in this post as we wish to ensure unbroken continuity of ministry.
Prefecture Directors OSJ (Japan):
Japan is our second largest website visitor and we propose the setting up of OSJ communities by prefecture. The intention is to keep things local and to focus on local rather than national needs. If you have an interest, then please do e-mail. Given that there may not be traditionally ordained clergy to take on this role, we are prepared to find ways of appointing local Christians with recognised ministries in the community.
National Directors OSJ in India*, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Canada, as well as from members countries of the European Community and the former USSR: there is very strong interest in the work of OSJ (UK) and we are looking to establish a presence in these countries and others. If you have an interest or wish to make enquiries then please do contact us.
Requirements for National Directors OSJ (Worldwide):
Applicants for either National Director OSJ (Philippines) or State Director OSJ (USA), or that of any other or potential Director's post, must be traditionally ordained (by the laying on of hands) unless local conditions make this unrealistic, practicing Christians with existing and active ministry, permanently resident in that country/state, and pro-actively support the general theological principles and Rule of the Order of St James.
These are voluntary/unpaid posts and are subject to satisfactory checks and confirmations of fact being successfully completed. Criminal background checks are mandatory, and valid references and testimonials in support of the application will be required. These post are self funded and do not receive external financial support.. We know it's a big ask but the rewards are manifold.
Please be aware that we will close down any operations that do not meet our standards. The scriptural principle we work by is 'of whom much is given, much is expected'.
Updated indications from our web site statistics show that there are high numbers of visitors from the USA, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, China, Canada, as well as from members countries of the European Community and the former USSR. With nearly five million visits recorded from over 227 countries, the figures indicate there are many opportunities and possibilities given this interest.
For those who want to develop this further, OSJ (Worldwide) provinces and jurisdictions can be created in any country which does not already have an OSJ presence providing there is sufficient local support and a genuine need.
Duplication of ministry inevitably leads to division and a less productive use of both people and resources.
Put simply, we don't need to be where we don't need to be, especially if local churches or Christian communities already have things covered.
Just as exemplified in the Epistle of St James, OSJ seeks to recognise, nurture and enable effective everyday Christian ministry (responses to need that translate faith into action) in the community from within that community itself. It is 'wholly inclusive' with every member having their own special and unique part to play.
We wish to ensure ministry is made possible, everyone included, none excluded.
Ministry is for the benefit of the whole community rather than small selective parts of it. This approach is what makes OSJ very different and it's why we choose to remain 'an Order', rather than become 'a church' even though we fulfil many of its functions and purposes. We would rather be part of the solution than become part of the problem.
Our position gives us much greater access, scope and opportunity for genuinely open Christian ministry that is often missed, limited, denied or 'inappropriated' by 'the church'.
The fact is, individuals minister, not institutions. 'The church' may try to encourage and guide individuals and their ministries, but it certainly does not 'own' them or have 'spiritual authority' over them**. That remit is God's and God's alone.
Our hope is that local Christian communities will come to find their own independent understanding and expression of genuinely open and inclusive community ministry driven by a dynamic, focussed and resilient faith in Christ. One where every individual feels as if they have something of personal worth to contribute, where they feel involved, valued, appreciated, fulfilled and have a genuine sense of belonging and ownership.
Please e-mail if you need further information, have queries or questions, or would like to run ideas past us regarding ministry in your community.
* awaiting confirmation of continuance.
** See Mark 9, v 38-40 and 1 Corinthians 12, v 4-12.
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