The Spirit of God is leading First Presbyterian Church in its next chapter of ministry to respect important traditions while developing a culture that equips all of God’s people to love others deeply, build relationships and participate more fully in God’s mission in their daily lives.
Addressing the emerging needs of our community begins with external collaboration to truly understand the region and identify its respective needs from the ground level. Many of our members are volunteer board and committee members for local, state, national, and international organizations, all of whom build upon our comprehensive view of issues and initiatives facing our dynamic constituency. Our staff also spends at least 10% of their time actively engaged in the community.
Through these various lenses, we prioritize and address the root of each issue in our community while cultivating an environment for positive change. Our Mission Ministry Team and Session have spent recent months identifying five specific issues that face our region which will mainly receive our attention and resources: homelessness, food insecurity, mental health, quality child care, financial distress.
One unique step our church has taken recently to maximize local collaboration involved making a substantial investment to become a board member of the regional economic and community development organization where we function as the only faith-based organization regularly collaborating with local government officials and community leaders to improve the regional quality of life. We take these steps and others because we actively feel called to experiment by taking God-ordained risks to make a greater impact within our community and beyond.
With the changes that have been happening in our culture during the past 20 to 30 years, this person should be willing to embrace risk and experiment. Stewarding well our core ministries requires us to value our important traditions while seeking to adapt them to meet these changing needs in our society. This person will need to be resilient and be willing to try new things alongside a session and staff that are excited to embrace new ministry initiatives.
An important part of our vision is learning to engage with others; this position would require the Associate Pastor to meet people where they are (in schools, on-line, sporting events, and other extracurricular activities).
Our community is becoming increasingly diverse and this person should be looking for ways to include those who have not always been part of the church. This position will be a catalyst for cultivating a diverse and inclusive faith-based culture among the youth in our church and community.
As our leadership has sought to equip every member in our ministry over the past five years, we have created a college intern program. This Associate Pastor will be managing, mentoring and leading college interns, they will mentor the interns in leadership skills and spiritual direction. This person and the interns will collaborate in creating this ministry.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
This person’s responsibilities will include:
- The spiritual formation of children and youth through young adulthood
- Empowering a team of volunteers and coworkers to enact this ministry, since the responsibility of spiritual formation involves the entire church
- Working closely with the Spiritual Formation Ministry Team
- Planning, leading, and overseeing mission trips, retreats and other special events
- Managing and developing interns
- Collaborating with church staff in regular meetings through the week and month
- Collaborating with other pastors to:
- plan and lead worship, including preaching
- coordinate pastoral care as required
The overall vision of this position is to build relationships with our youth, provide Christ-like leadership, and help them grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.