The Indiana-Kentucky Conference this week has announced that it has hired Rev. Nicole Havelka who will join its team as the Consulting Minister for Communications, Community Building and Conference Structure.
She will do this 9-month consulting position beginning immediately with the IKC in addition to her half-time position as the Minister for Resourcing, Networking and Creativity in the Ohio Conference UCC. However, her contract for the Ohio position ends in December 2017. This designated position that she has occupied for a little more than two years will be phased out. Elements of the work will be assumed by other positions.
The Ohio Conference is creating a new position to support outdoor ministries volunteers which is expected to be filled before the end of 2017. The conference has also budgeted for a part-time contract position to continue the communications plan with email, social media and other digital communications for which Havelka has had responsibility.
“The ministry which Nicole has led in Ohio Conference has been impressive and well done, including tasks for which she did not anticipate being responsible. The loss of her expertise and creativity is sincerely regretted,” said John Gantt, Interim Ohio Conference Minister. “I am grateful that those skills will be put to use in behalf of the Indiana Kentucky Conference. Prayers and best wishes to Nicole during this transition.”
In IKC, Havelka will help volunteer and paid staff implement the findings of the IKC’s Dreams and Visions Team by engaging in a series of experiments that will help the conference move into new ways of communicating, gathering and structuring staff and volunteer teams.
“I am thrilled to work with a UCC Conference that is acting on a solid visioning process,” Havelka said. “I feel strongly called to support church leaders in the challenging and thrilling work of creative transformation.”