Our congregation is embarking on a new season of discovery after the retirement of our pastor, who partnered in ministry with us for over 15 years. We have completed our Mission Study, but the way forward for us has not been made clear. The congregation is aging and diminishing as our community welcomes increasing numbers of immigrants from regions that are not traditionally Christian.
We are not ready to consider calling an installed pastor, as we are not sure of our long-term sustainability with respect to leadership, participation, and finances. The church currently has a strong core of leaders, excellent staff, and adequate financing due to supplemental building income. Typical worship attendance is between 30 and 40 congregants. At this time, the main necessity is continuity in worship. Current pastoral care needs are minimal. Committees of session are generally able to operate autonomously without requiring pastoral involvement.
The church owns a spacious manse adjacent to the church building, in the West Windsor-Plainsboro school district. We are hoping our Temporary Pastor will be able to use the manse to help us meet the minimum effective salary requirements for a half-time (25 hours/week) position. However, the session is willing to draw on cash reserves, if necessary, to provide a housing allowance for the ideal candidate.
- Support the congregation in their process of discernment as they seek to define their future ministry during this time of transition.
- Provide spiritual leadership and pastoral ministry for the congregation through worship, preaching, and fellowship.
- Help to guide people in their relationship with Jesus Christ, nurture their attentiveness to the presence of God in their lives, strengthen their relationships as a church family, and encourage them to lead lives of service for others in the name of Christ.
- The Temporary Pastor is accountable to the session through the Personnel Committee (as representatives of the congregation).
- The Temporary Pastor is accountable to the Presbytery of New Brunswick through the Committee on Ministry.
- Provide a preaching ministry that is Biblically sound, discipleship driven, and sensitive to the diversity and needs of the worshipers.
- With the Worship committee, plan, prepare, and lead the Sunday morning worship service each week.
- With the Worship committee, plan, prepare, and lead specially scheduled holiday services, such as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Christmas Eve.
- Administer the sacraments of Baptism and Communion.
- Provide pastoral care ministry to the hospitalized, bereaved, and home-bound, including emergency calls should they arise.
- With the Deacons, provide for the distribution of Communion to home-bound members.
- Conduct weddings and funerals for congregants.
- Engage visitors and congregants during Fellowship hour.
- Serve as the moderator of the session, the moderator of the deacons, and the moderator for congregational meetings.
- Serve as advisor to the Personnel committee if requested.
- Provide worship bulletin information to the Administrative Assistant as scheduled.
This position description, as well as estimated amounts for the Terms of Call, have been approved by the Presbytery of New Brunswick Committee on Ministry.
If you wish to apply for this position, please send the following information to Lynn McCarty at [email protected]:
- Your resume, including a description of your relevant training and work experience;
- Your contact information, including address, phone, personal email, and best times to contact you;
- Contact information for three references who have consented to provide information about your abilities and experience.