Installed Pastor

Date Posted: June 16, 2023
Hours Per Week: 40-50
Grace Church PC(USA)
Rock Island, IL, USA
Job Type: Lead/Head/Senior Pastor,Solo Pastor
Other Details

Seeking an energetic Pastor  to come along with us through a unique opportunity with a recently unified church.

We are the product of a  unification of 4 previous Presbyterian churches into a new church looking for new ideas and innovative teachings as we travel through this exciting time.  We are hoping for someone with 5-10 years of pastoral experience.

Our Ministry Information Form is listed below and in the PC(USA) CLC System under Grace Church PC(USA).

Ministry Information Form:

Grace Church PCUSA
2324 18th Avenue
Rock Island State IL Zip Code 61201
Fax: 309-794-2102
Email [email protected]

Congregation or Organization Size: 250-400 members
Average Worship Attendance: 110
Church School Attendance: 10
Church School Curriculum: being developed

Ethnic Composition Of Congregation:

1 Asian
5 Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean)
1  Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish
93 White

Presbytery Great Rivers Synod Lincoln Trails

Community Type: small city / small town

Clerk of Session Contact Information:
Contact: Linda Carlson
2005 29th Street
City Rock Island, IL  61201
[email protected]

Mission Statement

Grace Church’s mission statement is “God’s servants embodying Christ’s love and grace” The four Presbyterian congregations in Rock Island, Illinois have shared a visioning process for over two years to come together as one congregation with a focus on Mission, Discipleship, and Worship.

Narrative Questions for Church Response

  1. What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

The Mission Statement for Grace Church is “God’s servants embodying Christ’s love and grace.” An AC was formed on 2/26/22 in response to our petition and our four predecessor congregations were dissolved for ecclesial purposes 5/31. On 6/1/22, Grace Church became a new entity under the AC/Provisional Session and on Pentecost we gathered to worship as a new community within the former Good Shepherd building. Just as God has been at work within us, God has also spoken to our former pastors’ hearts, and they have moved to new calls since May. While we had not imagined addressing questions about our pastoral leadership right now, here we are. We are seeking a trained, energetic, compassionate pastor to partner with us in the continued adventure of flourishing and discerning. Our members are mostly over 50 years old. We are economically strong and strive to be good stewards as we use our funds more prayerfully and efficiently. Each former church had active ministries serving its community and its congregation. We support teen scholarships to Presbyterian camps. We also support the refugee community and the impoverished by providing meals, groceries, shelter, tutoring, companionship, and the love of Jesus. Mission trips ministered to the needs of distant communities. Deacons meet the needs of the members of the congregation with financial support, meals, groceries, travel aid, home Communion and comfort.

  1. How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

Our local community has become extremely diverse and the church strives to improve how it meets the needs of this diverse community. The number of refugee families brought into the area through World Relief is almost overwhelming, but at the same time a God-given opportunity. The local schools currently have 42 languages being spoken. Very little support exists for the refugee families to help become members of the community. These families, as well as anyone struggling with finances, hunger, tutoring, and other issues are in need of help and often don’t know how or who to ask for it. There is a great need to fill the gaps for housing/food/clothing/survival English/tutoring, etc. We feel called to reach out and take our faith to the community instead of waiting for them to come to us. We have the missional heart and ability to help through feeding his sheep, making disciples and being examples of Christ’s commission. With support, we as a church can continue answering this call to be God’s servants embodying Christ’s love and grace.

  1. How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

We are looking for an energetic partner to work with us and help us grow into our mission of being God’s servants embodying Christ’s love and grace. We’ve been working together for 18 months, discerning the path where God is leading us, and are proud of what we’ve achieved, bringing 4 congregations into one body of Christ. As a “start up” congregation, we realize there is much work still to be done, and we are excited to continue the momentum. God has been leading the process from the beginning; we know God will call someone who is as excited as we are to continue the journey, helping us own and execute our ideas. Are you the one? Can you lead us in worship with motivating messages to move us forward while respecting the past and different places we’ve come from (not only different churches but also different countries)? Will you partner with us and help us grow as disciples of Christ? Do you have the energy to support and facilitate our mission goal of showing God’s love and grace to the community we live and worship in?

  1. Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and/or organization.

We the congregation of Grace Church, newly formed and determined to be a spiritual presence and a force for outreach need a pastor:

  • Able to bring out the strengths of the four churches uniting by listening to our diverse histories
  • With skills to resolve conflict because he/she will be working with disparate elements
  • With innovative ideas and the ability to help us own and execute our ideas
  • Well differentiated
  • Well defined
  • A person of prayer and spiritual discernment
  • Able to teach
  • Who knows when to ask for help
  • Willing to ask for help


  • Head of staff
  • Primary worship leader including first of the month Communion
  • Partner with the Session in discipleship of the congregation
  • Support Session in mission activities by expanding our presence and impact throughout our community
  • Partner with the Deacons to provide for the needs of the congregation

Leadership Competencies

(see boxes marked with “X” for our priorities and values for each area)

Compassionate – having the ability to suffer with others; being motivated by others pain and is called into action as advocate; is motivated by caring for others while concurrently keeping the organizational goals clearly in focus.


Hopeful – maintains stability in the moment and hope for the future; provides direction, guidance, and faith when describing basic needs; and helps followers to see a way through chaos and complexity.

Preaching and Worship Leadership: Is a consistently effective preacher and worship leader; is able to inspire from the pulpit; communicates a clear and consistent message through sermons that are carefully prepared and artfully delivered; projects the identity and character of the congregation through worship leadership presence.

Spiritual Maturity: Shows strong personal depth and spiritual grounding; demonstrates integrity by walking the talk and by responding with faithfulness of purpose; is seen by others as trustworthy and authentic; nurtures a rich spiritual life; seeks the wisdom and guidance of appropriate mentors; is able to articulate a clear and consistent theology.


Lifelong Learner – individuals who use every experience in life as a potential tool for growth; one who pursues continuing education; and those who build on strengths and seek assistance to improve weaknesses.


Teacher creates learning environments where students are active participants as individuals and as members of collaborative groups; designs lesson plans that teach concepts, facts, and theology; effectively uses multiple learning tools to reach a wide variety of learners; revises instructional strategies based upon ministry/organization context.


Communicator – Advances the abilities of individuals and the organizations through active listening supported with meaningful oral and written presentation of information.

Bilingual – having the ability to use two languages, especially with equal or nearly equal fluency; able to use multiple languages in communication.

Public CommunicatorDemonstrates a comfortable ease when speaking in a variety of settings (both small and large groups); is effective at addressing a variety of topics; can get messages across with the desired effect.

Media Communicator: Has experience developing materials for a variety of written or multimedia forms of communications (print, Internet-based, social media, etc.)

Technologically Savvy – the ability to navigate successfully the world of technology using software, blogging, multi-media, and websites as tools for ministry.



Advisor – an individual others turn to for counsel and guidance; provides coaching; expertise for congregations or other organizations.


Change Agent – having the ability to lead the change process successfully; anchoring the change in the congregation’s/organization’s vision and mission.


Contextualization – the ability to assess accurately the context, environment, history, relationships and uniqueness of a congregation or organization.

Culturally Proficient – having solid understanding of the norms, values and common behaviors of various peoples, including direct experience working in multiple cultural and cross-cultural settings.

Externally Aware – identifies and keeps informed of the polity of the church and/or the organization; maintains current with laws, regulations, policies, procedures, trends, and developments both internally and in the larger society.

Entrepreneurialleaders that are creative in using resources; identifies opportunities to develop; is willing to take risks, initiates actions that involve a deliberate risk to achieve a recognized benefit or advantage.


Risk Taker – persons with the ability to take appropriate risk to accomplish needed goals; one who thinks outside the box and who is not afraid of challenging the status-quo.

Task Manager – Assures that effective controls are developed and maintained to ensure the integrity of the organization; holds self and others accountable for rules and responsibilities; can be relied upon to ensure that projects within areas of specific responsibility are completed in a timely manner and within budget; and monitors and evaluates plans, focuses on results and measuring attainment of outcomes.

Willingness to Engage Conflict: Steps up to conflicts, seeing them as opportunities; reads situations quickly; good at focused listening; can identify common ground and elicit cooperation from others in crafting mutual solutions.

Decision Making: Makes effective decisions, balancing analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; is aware of the long term implications of choices made; is generally regarded as offering solutions and suggestions that are correct and effective.

Organizational Agility: Is astute about how congregations and/or organizations work; knows how to get things done through formal and informal channels; understands the importance of supporting good policy, practice, and procedure; appreciates the power in the culture of a congregation; is politically savvy.

Strategy and Vision: Sees ahead clearly, keeping focused on the larger picture; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; is future oriented; casts a compelling and inspired vision for a preferred future; sees possibility; crafts breakthrough strategies.

Financial Managerdeliver results by maximizing organizational effectiveness and sustainability through the best use of available financial resources; allocates and manages finances transparently; implements strategies to achieve operational efficiencies and value for money; puts in place rigorous and comprehensive financial accountability systems.

Funds Developer – maintains the ability to solicit donations used to fund the budget of the organization; effectively expresses the needs for funds to potential donors; responsible for adding new potential donors to the organization’s contact list; prepares statement of planned activities and enlists support for mission initiatives.


Collaboration: Has a natural orientation toward getting people to work together; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; creates strong feelings of belonging among group members; is a good judge of talent and can accurately assess the strengths and limitations of others.


Interpersonal EngagementDisplays a consistent ability to build solid relationships of trust and respect inside and outside of the organization; engage people, organizations, and partners in developing goals, executing plans, and delivering results; use negotiation skills and adaptability to encourage recognition of joint concerns, collaboration, and to influence the success of outcomes.

Bridge Builder – possessing a certain responsibility for the unity of the congregation and or organization; works to connect people of different cultures, worldviews, and theological positions.

Motivator – Creates and sustains an organizational culture which permits others to provide the quality of service essential to high performance. Enables others to acquire the tools and support they need to perform well; and influences others toward a spirit of service and meaningful contributions to mission accomplishment.

Personal Resilience: Learns from adversity and failure; picks up on the need to change personal, interpersonal, and leadership behaviors; deals well with ambiguity; copes effectively with change; can decide and act without having the total picture; comfortably handles risk and uncertainty; seeks feedback; expresses personal regret when appropriate

Initiative: Demonstrates ambition is highly motivated; is action oriented and full of energy for things seen as challenging; seizes opportunity; pushes self and others to achieve desired results.


Flexibility – Adapts behavior and work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, unexpected obstacles, or ambiguity; remains open to new ideas and approaches; and works concurrently on related and conflicting priorities without losing focus or attention.


Self Differentiation: Demonstrates strong and appropriate personal boundaries in relationships; has a healthy appreciation of self, without being egotistical; is emotionally mature; can maintain a less- anxious presence in the midst of turmoil; is not overly dependent upon outside affirmation; works to build a strong personal support system.

Compensation and Housing: Minimum Effective Salary $70,000; Maximum Effective Salary $75,000
There is a Manse available or a Housing Allowance.

How To Apply

You may submit under the PIF system or contact us with your interest and we can discuss a process that works for both of us.  Please send resume, cover letter and statement of faith.

Mike Wendland
[email protected]
309 428 2257