This position is crucial in guiding us to reach our vision and goals. Our associate pastor will help us celebrate that we are a body of Christ together, sharing the commitment to love and care for those both within our community and beyond. Our associate pastor will lead us in careful theological reflection, helping equip us to serve God together and in our vocations. Our associate pastor will also build upon Central’s long-standing commitment to mission and social justice, both locally and globally.
* Theological and spiritual leadership: translate and apply theology in a real, believable, accessible, tangible way.
* Relationship building: encourage the congregation to build community in an intimate and meaningful way. Relate to a wide variety of people, and a congregation with diverse theological backgrounds and faith traditions.
* Equip, nurture, support and connect members as they participate in ministries of congregational engagement and/or ministries of compassion and social change. Cultivate people to grow in serving others. Create humble and spirit-filled disciples. Champion a strong sense of responsibility to care for neighbors through prayer, study of scripture, and education of human need.
* Motivate, nurture and develop congregational leaders of existing fellowship, spiritual growth, and mission/service groups; and identify and deploy new leaders.
* Commitment to ministry that is open and responsive to diversity and inclusiveness in all its forms.
* Embrace the city of Atlanta with its special gifts, issues and concerns and become actively involved with community partners to develop and implement solutions.
* Willingness to speak out and act on social issues affecting our city, state, and global partners.
* Strong organizational, time management, interpersonal and communications skills.
* A collegial spirit, willingness to work with staff and other congregational leaders in planning worship and other activities.
* Pastoral care ability: ministering to both parishioners and strangers at our door.
General Pastoral Leadership and Pastoral Care: Cultivate Christian spirituality and a life of faith that can serve as a model for others seeking a pattern for a God-oriented, hopeful, and joyful way of life. Assist with worship leadership and preach occasionally in weekly worship and in special services. Participate in ongoing pastoral care, presiding at funerals and weddings, accompanying people in crisis by offering direct care and connecting them with other individuals and groups within the congregation for sustained support. Serve as a teaching elder, teaching in Sunday school and/or small group ministries, and in the areas of cultivating members’ sense of Christian call to spiritual growth, care, service, and public witness.
Engagement: Know and love our congregation. Nurture and collaborate with leaders of existing fellowship, spiritual growth, and mission/ service groups to lead in the way of Christian life and faith. Be a leader among staff and congregational leadership for new member engagement, connecting visitors and new members with opportunities to find a spiritual home at Central. Collaborate with the college ministry committee to cultivate a connection with the Georgia State community. Cultivate a vibrant young adult ministry with its own leadership structure and rituals and routines of belonging, outreach, connection, service, and care.
Mission: Support and motivate congregants by developing education strategies, opportunities, and spiritual formation practices to reflect upon and enhance our mission and social justice ministries. Equip, nurture, connect and undergird members as they engage in ministries of compassion and social change. Champion strong sense of responsibility to care for the vulnerable. Cultivate mission partnerships in our city, nation and world, serving as Central’s primary staff liaison to nonprofits with whom Central partners for service, advocacy, or Christian witness.