The Fayetteville and Sanford Districts have created a two-year position to address ministry needs being created by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) plans for US Armed Forces.
BRAC will bring an estimated 30,000 military and civilian personnel to Fort Bragg over the next three years. The impact of this population is being felt in Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee and Moore Counties. Schools are being built on post and in the counties around the base. Housing developments are under construction from Lillington to Spring Lake, and from Sanford to Raeford.
Currently, 2.5% of the population of the Sanford District attends United Methodist Churches, as reflected in Average Worship Attendance figures for the district. 6% of the population is United Methodist in membership. What, if any, effect will the anticipated population growth have on the churches in the next few years? What effect will the churches have on these new neighbors?
The churches of the Fayetteville and Sanford Districts, especially, will be affected by the influx at Ft. Bragg. Many of the congregations in rural areas will be “front lines” for ministry and doors to faith communities.
The Fayetteville and Sanford Districts, with support from the North Carolina Conference Mission team and The Duke Endowment, are creating a two-year full-time position for a BRAC Mission Developer to lead rural congregations, especially, in developing ministries of hospitality and outreach to respond to the growth.
Interested persons are asked to submit a resume between April 12 and 28. More details are available on the Mission Developer job listing.