We seek an energetic minister who is passionate about a calling to CPC, who will honor our past, understand our present, and continue to grow our strategic goals focusing on discipleship. The pastor should possess excellent communication skills with all ages and teach from the pulpit with certainty of Scripture. The ability to inspire and engage young adults and children is an essential talent. He or she should be able to comfort within the home or at the bedside with the heart of a healer and also act as an experienced strategic leader motivating church staff, Session, and congregation to action.
Congregational discussions revealed a common list of specific characteristics desired in the next minister. We look for a strong and experienced leader to inspire the congregation from the pulpit and through fellowship opportunities. The pastor must be able to manage the continually evolving process of evaluating our identity and moving us forward as a church. He or she should have a strong sense of humor and humility while being able to touch the lives of others, not just through preaching but through skills and talents as a teacher.
Our community is an incorporated town in a rural county experiencing moderate suburban growth. This fact will require the next minister to have the skills to actively engage in larger outreach efforts in order to promote and represent CPC as a known leader in the community.
Our growth has been nurtured during this transition, as a church learning to be more in-tune to the needs and changing demands of modern society. The next minister will need to be a person who has the ability to accept and understand these circumstances, and the talents to keep us moving in a positive direction. In essence, the next minister will need to be able to take the baton from the interim pastor and continue growing, teaching, and mentoring us to be better disciples.
In doing so, we can continue to move on a course of steady, calculated growth and development while respecting the overall history and traditions of CPC. To reach the goals, our pastor will work in collaboration with the Session, informal church leaders, and our congregational members. Developing and enhancing the personal relationships we already enjoy will ensure that we all grow into “brothers and sisters” in Christ and our shared projects will be successful.
The Session will remain in a highly active, engaged, visible role of leadership for the congregation during this time, which is imperative for the new minister’s success during the critical period when he or she is called to serve. This success will be a reflection of the support and assistance provided by the Session in combination with the gifts, talents and relationships fostered by the new pastor.
The responsibilities of the pastor will focus on worship preparation and leadership, developmental needs of the congregation, educational ministry, pastoral care and visitation, special ministries and local programs, and administration. These tasks are supported by existing committees, Session members, and congregants.
CPC’s staff of eight part-time employees are the Business Manager, Director of Christian Development, Director of Manna Ministry, Secretary, Choir Director, Director of Music, Nursery Coordinator, and Sexton. While the Business Manager manages the employees, the minister coordinates his or her overall activities in the life of the church.
The Minister has direct responsibility for conducting regularly scheduled services, which includes a service each Sunday morning at 9:30 am. This service is followed by a coffee fellowship for all congregants and visitors, and leads up to Sunday School beginning at 11:00 am. The Church only recently moved to one Sunday worship service to cultivate a deeper sense of community among congregants. We remain open to where God may lead us in future worship scheduling.
Other special services conducted by the Minister:
- Monthly Discipleship Night Program and a fellowship meal.
- Christmas Eve Services at 5:30 and 11:30 pm, with communion served at both.
- Ash Wednesday service.
- Lenten services with a fellowship meal.
- Easter Maundy Thursday or Good Friday Service, along with Sunday morning services.
- Weddings and funerals as called.