The new Pastor of Stockbridge Presbyterian Church will embrace our spirit of outreach and love for our diverse community. Our outreach ministries touch many lives and our new Pastor will join us in reaching even more who still need Jesus’s love. This Pastor will provide dynamic worship leadership and pastoral care for our members. By inspiring new ideas and helping our members discover and use their unique gifts, this Pastor will support the spiritual health of our congregation.
A key concern is the health of our Discipleship program. We have very few youth or children at SPC, and our Discipleship programs have suffered as a result. Children’s Sunday School and our youth program are currently idle due to lack of participation. Our new Pastor will provide fresh insight, ideas, and support in spiritual formation, as we work to improve this ministry.
Our new Pastor will be intentional in developing spiritual growth and prayer practices among the Session as well. The Session holds an extra meeting once a month for studies on discernment, prayer, and seeking God’s will for our church. We have been making some minor yet deliberate changes to our programs and worship to ensure that everything we do as leaders of SPC is focused on God. We have made an overall commitment to slowing down and listening for God’s voice at every opportunity.
Our new Pastor will arrive with a solid theological foundation and a thorough knowledge of Presbyterian polity. This foundation and knowledge, along with God’s biblical word, will influence our Pastor’s teachings. However, he or she will also search for lessons from our Lord in the everyday experiences of our congregation. This person will be competent in moderating our regular Session meetings, but also allow a free exchange of ideas and open dialogue.
Stockbridge Presbyterian Church is a family, and we will welcome our new Pastor as a vital member of it with open arms. We think of the neighborhoods that surround our church building as part of our family. Our new Pastor will build upon this positivity so that we grow spiritually closer as a congregation and spread God’s love to those in our community. Approachability and a collaborative spirit create and cultivate brand new opportunities for evangelism.
Preaching & Worship
Create weekly Order of Worship, write liturgy, choose hymns, write & preach a sermon
Serve Communion on 1st Sunday of each month
Prepare for special services: Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, Veteran’s Day, etc.
Perform baptisms, weddings, & funerals
Be available for individual counseling & guidance
Visit members in the hospital or those who are home-bound, including communion as needed
Mission, Outreach, & Fellowship
Attend committee meetings & participate in outreach events
Continue warm relationships with staff & administration at Goodness & Groceries schools, & be available to schools for community activities (i.e., go & talk to classes)
Support & strengthen SPC’s stated missions
Participate in church functions, i.e. after-worship dinners & programs
Seek opportunities to strengthen individual relationships
Foster community relationships
Teaching & Spiritual Growth
Continue spiritual growth/leadership development meetings with Session on 2nd Sunday each month
If requested, teach Sunday School class or Bible Study
Teach/facilitate Women’s Bible Study Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
Promote growth in congregation, especially w/ children & youth, & participate/innovate in Discipleship activities
Supervise Office Manager & Director of Music
Communicate regularly w/ Office Manager, contribute to monthly newsletter
Moderate Session meetings
Attend Presbytery meetings
Complete annual performance evaluations