Transitional Pastor Position-Flemington Presbyterian Church

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Flemington Presbyterian Church

Transitional Pastor Position Description

FPC is seeking a thoughtful, seasoned, energetic Transitional Pastor with leadership experience in a medium sized church to lead us into the service of our Lord as we strive to grow in faith and seek greater realization of our gifts. The pastor should possess a strong faith and deep commitment to the Reformed tradition and the PCUSA. In addition, we are seeking a pastor open to working with us to find and support the surprising places where God is at work in the world.

We are seeking a charismatic leader who can inspire, energize, motivate and lead a congregation through a transformation.  FPC is at a crossroads with a fragmented congregation needing to heal and develop a vision on how to move forward to help the church thrive. The ideal candidate will assist us in our transition forward finding a permanent pastor.

We value experience in a collegial multi-staff environment, potentially supervising an Associate Pastor, CE Coordinator, Administrative and Music staff in a healthy, well functioning way. The person should be able to balance the day-to-day details of the position with a broad, long-term vision of our mission and purpose. The pastor should be a strong, principled voice for the church within the Presbytery and within the greater Flemington community.

Purpose:

To provide spiritual leadership, pastoral care, operational management and direction to the congregation of the Flemington Presbyterian Church through a period of pastoral transition with a focus on healing, reconciliation and nurturing the spiritual health and growth of the congregation.

We seek a pastor who brings:

  • Experience in leading transition and addressing system repair issues within a staff and congregation
  • Ability to set boundaries with others and hold them accountable for faithful practices
  • Ability to resolve conflict in a healthy way
  • Ability to help the congregation develop and articulate a vision
  • Dynamic preaching skills that challenge, inspire and comfort
  • Experience working with a medium to large size church
  • Truly partnering and collaborative leadership style
  • Strong communication skills and organizational skills

The Transitional Pastor will be responsible for three key areas:

Reconciliation:

  • Assess work to be done with a fragmented, distrusting, withholding congregation
  • Develop/implement faithful means of listening and communication to help work through reconciliation

Transitional/System Repair and Congregational Development:

  • Review FPC history of Pastoral leadership, hirings, dynamics, etc. to understand leadership issues for consideration in hiring for permanent HoS position 2017
  • Assess session and congregational leadership role in past hirings; ID work to be done by session in creating a healthy, functioning leadership teaml
  • Participate in development of a mission and vision
  • Align and support staff in professional growth and development
  • Assess current staffing model and assist with hiring/evaluating non-pastoral staff 

Core Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Lead regular Sunday worship with preaching, celebration of sacraments, and (occasionally) children’s time
  • Conduct weddings, funerals, and special worship services
  • Supervise staff, moderate session, and participate in Presbytery
  • With Deacons, coordinate and provide pastoral care to congregation, visitation of sick and homebound
  • With Session, provide support for new member outreach, congregational fellowship, stewardship and commitment programs

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