POSITION SUMMARY: The Pastor is the spiritual leader, Head of Staff, and primary steward of the biblical and theological integrity, mission, vision, and message for the session, staff, and congregation of Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church (PDCPC).
Our pastor will be responsible for and have authority over:
1. Preaching, worship, and communication ministry. He/she will have a focus on Serve Ministries: pastoral care, visitation, evangelism, and mission.
2. Communication of the mission, vision, message, and theological convictions through a variety of media for both congregational use and outreach. Some of this responsibility may be delegated to others with the pastor maintaining the final authority.
3. The supervision and oversight of staff with all the authority implied, including the authority of supervision of all Ministers of Word and Sacrament and the ministries that fall within their responsibilities—in consultation with the Session.
o Have authority to delegate ministry responsibilities and oversight to appropriate staff, establishing goals and accountability with and through them, managing all staff personnel in accordance with the church’s personnel policies.
o Leading the staff and congregation in all aspects of fulfilling the mission, vision, and values through training and leadership to be “A Flourishing Church”.
o Monitor staff outcomes to ensure that we are adding peace and wholeness, relational connection, compassion, and service participation to the lives of people in our congregation and the community.
o Serve as ex officio on Church committees and teams related to key personnel and leadership matters.
4. Serve as Moderator of the church’s Session and congregation meetings.
5. Leadership Development:
o Develop and maintain a broader leadership development ministry within the congregation that includes personal, spiritual, and vocational formation for increasing the participant’s leadership and influence in the world and in the church. The goal is to empower people to be fully alive in Christ by equipping them with Biblical and theological knowledge, attitude, behaviors, and skills to make a positive difference through their influence and service.
o Develop and maintain a leadership pipeline for church leadership of elders, deacons, and ministry leaders.
6. Professional and spiritual development in consultation with the Session, the Pastor’s ECO Mentoring Team, and PDCPC ECO Executive Advisory Mentoring Team.
o The Church encourages involvement in ECO supported services and related Church wide personal development activities. Our understanding is that these resources afford opportunities to gain valuable contacts, instruction, and personal and professional growth in a variety of ministry areas throughout the Coachella Valley.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND TRAINING REQUIRED
1. Minimal Education Requirements:
o A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university
o A Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from an accredited theological seminary in biblical or theological studies
2. Ordination as a minister of the Word and Sacrament in ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians or ordination in a recognized denominational equivalent that would be recognized by ECO Presbytery of Southern California for transfer.
3. The Pastor will adhere to the Essential Tenets of The Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO), show evidence of developed spiritual maturity, and demonstrate significant theological and biblical competence.
4. Additional certifications such as Clinical Pastoral Education and other certifications would be beneficial.
5. At least ten years of vocational, church ministry experience.
1. Office environment. Driving a vehicle to conduct work. Evening and variable hours. Physical demands: Hearing and speaking to exchange information, preach, and make presentations. Ability to operate a computer keyboard. Seeing to read a variety of materials. Sitting or standing for extended periods of time.
2. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Participate in developing and promoting strategic priorities, vision, and direction for the Church.
3. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others as a team. Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action. Work comfortably, effectively, and efficiently in formal and informal settings. Work independently
with little direction. Plan and organize work. Maintain records and files.
HOW TO APPLY
We appreciate your interest and are excited to hear from you. Please email the following information to vandorn[email protected] or (760) 485-6034 and cc: [email protected].
• Resume or curriculum vitae
• References (minimum of three)
• Electronic video or audio file containing a recent sermon
• Cover letter and brief description of interest and how you can fulfill God’s purpose through this position.