First of all, we are looking for someone who is interested in knowing us – and who is willing to build relationships with members and non-members alike. We want this person to be community-minded, realizing that this is a fundamental characteristic to lend leadership to a successful small town. In addition, we want those relationships to be strong between other denominations so that when we need to lean on each other or worship together, we all will be there to fortify and assist each other’s work.
Secondly, we are looking for someone who appreciates the power of communication and how integral it is not only for making individual people feel valued and needed, but also how vital it is for building a solid church family where everyone is included. Active listening, reaching out and hearing all voices and opinions regardless of age or gender, leads to building solid relationships and keeps us all on the same page.
Finally, we want someone who is dynamic – unafraid of challenging our congregation with new ideas while at the same time giving sermons that help us think critically and relate to today’s world. Additionally, we are looking for someone with strategy and vision to enhance our church and carry it into the future. And like every congregation, we pray for a pastor who is patient, kind, loving, compassionate, inclusive and enthusiastic while simultaneously making decisions to guide the direction of our church.
Leading a church brings a variety of tasks and assignments that help to inform, lead and comfort a congregation and even an entire community. Various obligations include:
1. Weekly Sunday service
2. Maintain regular church office hours – is readily available to attend to and answer
3. Home visits to the elderly, sick, or grieving congregants and their families offering comfort
4. Once a month Sunday services for Assisted Living and Good Samaritan Nursing Home
5. Joint Easter services with the Methodist Church (Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday)
6. Ecumenical Services – (Palm Sunday Pilgrimage, Good Friday service, Sunday
Thanksgiving service, and Unity Week service.)
7. Weddings, baptisms, Funerals
8. Facilitating training for every office in the church such as Sunday School teacher, elders,
9. Teaching New Member Classes, Bible Study Classes, Confirmation Classes
10. Moderating Session meetings
11. Family Consulting
12. Youth group leadership
How To Apply
Or contact Rev. Kathy Saxbury at [email protected] with questions or to send PIF