Senior Pastor Full Time

@ North Avenue Presbyterian Church
  • Atlanta, Georgia View on Map
  • Denomination: Presbyterian - PCUSA
  • Job Category: Pastor / Senior Pastor
  • Salary Range: $125,000
  • Date Posted: 2 March 2020
  • Application closes: 2 June 2020
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Job Description

We are looking for a new senior pastor!

Our pastor of 23 years, Scott Weimer, retired on May 13, 2019. We are grateful for what has gone before, and we are confident that God has exciting Kingdom work ahead for North Avenue. We are now beginning a search to find the senior pastor God has chosen to lead us into that future. If you are, or someone you know might be, interested in our position, we would love to hear from you.

North Avenue values Christ-centered, biblical preaching, and is deeply involved in local and global mission.  We see the “inward journey” of spiritual formation in the love of Jesus Christ as the reason we take our “outward journey” of Spirit-led mission and healthy authenticity in relationships.  This balance, as well as the fact that our diverse congregation looks like God’s Kingdom, attracts and resonates with our growing number of students, young adults, and families.  North Avenue heartily embraces the gift of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic diversity in our congregation, along with all the opportunities for growth that diversity brings.

Situated in the midst of Atlanta’s business, medical, university, and arts communities, we are also in an increasingly residential neighborhood.  Two musical gifts we offered our community recently are a noontime Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Christmas concert and a worship service graced by the Aeolian Choir of HBCU Oakwood University. Both were occasions of great joy!

We are a Fellowship Church within the PC-USA, but our search is not limited to Fellowship or PC-USA pastors.  More details on NAPC ministries, as well as information about the type of person we are seeking, may be found on this website and on our Ministry Information Form HERE.

We need a leader who can help NAPC build on and learn from our history, be fully engaged in our mission in the here and now, and have a vision for NAPC as a place where people will continue to see the dynamic movement of the Holy Spirit in years to come. Our senior pastor must have the ability to help our congregation navigate change and encourage new and creative ways to engage ministry and missions while still maintaining a solid foundation in Biblical theology.

We need a pastor who has a global view of the work of the Holy Spirit and NAPC’s place in this larger picture. Our senior pastor must be committed to joining the work of the Spirit in our community by engaging and developing relationships with other community leaders, ministries, churches, and organizations. Because global mission is a big part of NAPC’s legacy, we need a senior pastor who is also passionate about how we can join in God’s work around the world. We need a leader who embraces the changing mission paradigm as the world changes through globalization and technology.

Our congregation is socio-economically and racially diverse. With members from over 30 countries, we have active communities of and ministry for families, children, youth, young adults, and “grand adults.” We see our diversity as a gift and a glimpse of God’s Kingdom. We need a pastor who does not just value diversity but who works to unify our congregation under a common vision and mission.

Characteristics

NAPC has reached another inflection point in our history. The Spirit is doing a new thing in our midst, and we eagerly wait to see the direction in which our path will unfurl. We need an intrepid leader to step boldly into this next phase, and help us to embrace newness while maintaining the foundations of our faith. Adaptability, comfort with uncertainty, and hope are key leadership traits that will help us transform gracefully into the community that God envisions.

Our next Senior Pastor must be a thoughtful listener and solid bridge builder. The congregation is full of creative and energetic members who attend multiple worship services and are spread geographically across the city. As such, we benefit from a leader who is a standard bearer that unites us in our diversity. This person will help us focus on the commonalities that allow our many parts to function as one body. S/he will also join in the work of the Spirit with our neighbors from other ministries, churches, and organizations.

Our Senior Pastor’s most critical role will be to preach at our Sunday services. Because of our wide-ranging spiritual, educational, and cultural backgrounds, it takes an imaginative preacher to communicate God’s message in a way that engages all. Along with spiritual authenticity, this person will need a strong scholastic mind that draws from a deep well of scripture, theology, and history to bring God’s Word to life in the midst of society that find God’s truth increasingly irrelevant.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Be the primary preacher and work with the worship team to plan and lead engaging and transformative worship services
  • Foster spiritual development for the congregation with faithfulness to scripture with love and compassion for the people
  • Lead from one’s own authentic relationship with God. Purposefully tend to one’s own spiritual growth through prayer practices, study, and discipleship community
  • Lead, empower, and shepherd the staff
  • Partner with strong lay leaders to enrich the current ministries and invest in their growth
  • Be intentional in developing relationships with members of the congregation and provide support to congregational care
  • Help NAPC refine and articulate our vision, assess our core values and governance structure, and strategically plan for the future
  • Engage in planning and promoting discipleship programs and well as encourage meaningful Christian life in fellowship with other believers.
  • Develop and maintain excellent organizational relationships and be a strong voice for NAPC externally as we engage with the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta as well as community and mission partners
  • Continue to learn and experiment with innovative ways to worship and make disciples of Jesus in our city and around the world
  • Support stewardship programs to stimulate more generous giving
  • Moderate session
Application closes: June 2, 2020

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