The pastor in this position will step into a unique place of connectedness, and will be part of the flow of life we see in Ephesians 4:16: a flow of life providing “that which every joint supplieth”, helping the whole body grow up into the measure of Christ. This will happen by helping connect church members with the heart of the Father through teaching and preaching, worship, and discipleship; by connecting with the other pastors in town— maintaining and strengthening those bonds; by assisting ministries in community outreach; by developing relationships as a member of the community; and by helping church members grow in their individual calling.
The person open to this call will be a servant leader, willing to pitch in and help where needed, and help motivate and encourage less active church members to step into positions of service. This person will be well versed in the Word of God, able to preach and teach, and have a heart for worship. This person will connect with the other churches in town and explore ministry opportunities, and should be a good motivator to help build up others to share in God’s work. The town of Reardan has changed over the years from a predominantly agricultural town to more of a bedroom community where a growing number of people work in Spokane. The Reardan-Edwall School district is unique in that covers a large land base; a majority of the students come out of Spokane County and their ties are more to Spokane except for school activities. These changes in demographics have changed the characteristics of the community and created some unique challenges for the church, such as how to draw attendance to midweek meetings. As a leader in a diverse small town, this person will need to be willing and able to minister to a variety of types of people, potentially adapting to a range of circumstances.
As the only hired staff at the church, the pastor will have a wide range of responsibilities: leading the worship service, coordinating with the music team, preaching/teaching, moderating team meetings, calling on the sick and homebound, discipling people to do the work of the ministry, and connecting with community ministry efforts. We currently hold a monthly committee night for planning and organizing ministry opportunities in six key areas: Worship, Discipleship, Youth, Outreach, Stewardship, and Hospitality. The pastor of our church has been the only minister of the four churches in town who lived in the community, and so has sometimes been seen as a community pastor. This person will need to be able to balance the needs of his/her family, the needs of the congregation and the needs of the community—discerning, and helping others discern, where God is working and how to join in that work.