In our search for an Interim Minister, two questions might be asked of us: who are we? and what is our vision for the future?
To answer the first question, we are a congregation that has seen many changes and transitions over the last 10 years. Every pastor who has served here over that time has brought unique gifts and has challenged us to grow, both spiritually and in our commitment to caring for other. We have learned and are continuing to learn what it means to trust our Lord and to rely on His care for each. At the same time, we are grateful for each other, for the commitment of our congregants and for their willingness to be stretched and to walk down new path. It has been often said by newcomers that we are a warm and welcoming church. It is our great joy to be a very diverse congregation, not only in ethnicity but also in terms of the diverse visions embraced about what it may mean to seek and follow Jesus.
Through the guidance of our temporary (past 3 1/2 years) pastor Jack Lohr, we have expanded into our neighborhood and established friendships with other communities of faith. We have also renewed, and at times, redefined how we perform mission work, both locally and internationally. The arts have informed our worship and our outreach initiatives as the talented musicians within our church have spearheaded a number of concerts that have drawn in friends and neighbors over the years. We have become a church that takes strong stands where we feel it fits God’s calling to “to do justice, and to love kindness.”
And, even though our children and youth programs have dwindled in the past few years, as a generation of children have moved on to college, children will always remain an integral part of the congregation, as witnessed by our annual Vacation Bible School program, and the children’s talk incorporated into every Sunday service.
As to our vision for the future, it is our hope to deepen and broaden our current commitments to mission, and to the neighbors of all faiths in our community that we have shared fellowship with over the past few years. At the same time, we are seeking an Interim minister who will help us intensify our care for each other within the congregation. We would like to grow a new youth group by finding ways to attract more young families. Mostly, we are looking forward to a transitional pastor who can truly help us to discern God's will for our future and, with that knowledge, be better equipped to call a full time pastor.
Important documents related to the search include:
For more information, or to apply, please contact David Barnett, Admin. Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-268-4036.