The pastor who wants to serve as the leader of our congregation will help us meet our goals through his or her compassionate leadership, spiritual maturity, and an alternate perspective on the way things could be done. The church has had only a few pastors; our latest pastor served for 16 years before retiring. Our interim pastor has done a good job of preparing the congregation for change. We need a leader of good character and strong faith to move our church forward to realize our fullest potential.
By consistently looking at our community needs and taking up opportunities to serve both locally and globally, we fulfill our vision of sharing God’s love and meet our goal of loving one another in practical ways.
The pastor of GPC must possess a sense of humor in addition to compassion, humility, flexibility, creativity and spiritual confidence. Adaptability to constantly changing conditions as we work our way through the COVID pandemic is necessary. A sound knowledge of operations, financial management and Presbyterian polity are required. The ability to use technology, or learn to use technology, is required as our church presence on social media grows.
We are looking for a dedicated servant of Christ who is caring and compassionate, who preaches God’s Word, and is a good listener and communicator. This person will have not only a strategy and vision for our future, but motivate and equip us to fulfill that vision.
Our next pastor needs to be able to lead and grow the congregation by offering a compelling Sunday message and unique Christian programming at supplemental events, and providing a welcoming spirit for visitors and those looking to find their church home. The individual should also have strong interpersonal skills including being able to relate effectively to children. A pastor who can reach out to Gilbert’s many families would be ideal.
The pastor of Gilbert Presbyterian Church will have general oversight of all our operations and mission activities. As Moderator of our 12-member Session, the pastor will guide us to make good business decisions and use financial resources wisely as we strive to fulfill our spiritual and mission goals. In short: attend (ex officio) all meetings of Worship, Christian Education, Mission, Evangelism, Personnel, Buildings & Grounds, Stewardship, Finance and Board of Deacons; teach weekly adult Sunday School class via Zoom (and when safe, in person on site); deliver weekly inspiring Thursday video message; moderate congregational meetings; lead Sunday worship services with music ministry team; prepare weekly worship bulletin with staff; and deliver children’s sermon. Excellent pastoral care is required, including hospital or rehab visits; spiritual counseling or guiding members; monthly homebound communion; weddings, funerals and baptisms; confirmation and Inquirers’ classes. Our pastor will attend presbytery meetings, join a pastor cohort group, support the quarterly Healing Services team; write a monthly newsletter article, and find ways to meet and interact with members during the pandemic via technology.
Our pastor will be our spiritual guide, leader and friend of this body of Christ; working together, we hope to fulfill the great potential of our church.