Half-time Pastor: Transfiguration Lutheran Church (Rochester, NY)

Transfiguration Lutheran Church (TLC) is seeking a one-half time Pastor to help us grow in discipleship as well as develop our ministries to expand our participation and increase membership.

TLC is an inclusive, energetic, musical, inviting group of just regular people. We are an active community of faith, located in Irondequoit, N.Y., hoping to make a difference for people throughout life. We are excited at the prospect of discipleship, working together to join in ministry opportunities, congregational programming, creating synergies, and spreading God’s word. TLC is part of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America).

The Pastor serves as a minister and organizational leader for our church and also serves as our primary ambassador to the community as a whole. The Pastor serves our congregation by providing spiritual leadership, pastoral care, administrative oversight, and organizational leadership to the congregation, with a broad program of worship, music, preaching, teaching, and fellowship.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an intellectual and spiritual depth in his/her ability to preach relevant messages that speak both to mature believers as well as those unfamiliar with the Christian and Lutheran faith. The Pastor must be comfortable straddling both traditional and contemporary styles of worship. The Pastor is responsible for effectively sharing the gospel and communicating the vision of the church to the longtime members of the congregation, as well as to our surrounding community. The Pastor collaborates with staff and key members to discern a clear, concise, and compelling picture of God’s will for TLC going forward, as well as uniting the congregation behind that vision. He/she will be a key communicator of an ongoing vision for the church.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, formal seminary education, and must possess joy and a good sense of humor. An advanced degree in biblical studies/semimary completion strongly preferred. We are looking for ordained Lutheran (or working towards ordination) minister. The optimal candidate will have a background in, and a thorough understanding of Lutheran doctrine and practice. Candidates of similar denominations will ALSO be considered.

If you are interested in becoming part of the ministries at Transfiguration Lutheran Church, please submit a current resume and cover letter to Jerry S., Call-Committee Chair at jerry@tlcgrowingingrace.org. Please feel free to share this opportunity with other interested pastors, too!

Church website:  www.tlcgrowingingrace.org

Pastor: Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Harvard Square

The Old Cambridge Baptist Church (OCBC) in Cambridge, MA is seeking a part-time pastor to provide leadership and vision for a growing congregation committed to living out God’s forgiveness, justice, and resurrecting love in ways that transform individuals, move us toward Beloved Community, and engagement in mending the world.

OCBC is a progressive and inclusive Christian community in the American Baptist tradition that seeks to offer God’s radical hospitality to all, holding fast to love and justice for the earth and all its peoples, welcoming all who are seekers. Through our common life of prayer, worship, spiritual development, and the arts, we strive to follow the example of Jesus and to work, through active nonviolence, for social, racial, economic, and ecological justice, and for peace. OCBC, a Welcoming and Affirming congregation since 1983, has a long history of supporting the civil and ecclesiastical rights of all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We are fully committed to racial equity, gender equality, and accessibility to persons of all abilities. We invite people from all backgrounds and walks of life to worship with us on Sunday mornings and in our daily lives.

The church building is an historic landmark located in Harvard Square, just steps away from Harvard University. Tourists from all over the world visit the church and gardens daily. OCBC is a strong supporter of the arts. OCBC’s vibrant music program is a highlight of our worship. OCBC also rents space to the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and other non-profit organizations.

We hope to welcome a gifted preacher and a warm, empathetic, and outgoing minister with a background in local church ministry, an understanding of organizational dynamics, and experience in leadership development.

To view the complete job description, and our church profile, please visit http://oldcambridgebaptist.org/what-s-happening/pastoral-search.
If you are interested in becoming a candidate for this position, please send your current American Baptist profile (PDF) or the equivalent to searchteam@oldcambridgebaptist.org.

Senior Pastor: Hopewell Baptist Church (Holton, IN)

Hopewell Baptist Church is an American Baptist Church located in a beautiful rural setting in southeastern Indiana. The church is located within 90 minutes of 3 major metropolitan cities: Cincinnati, Oh, Indianapolis, IN, and Louisville, Ky.

Hopewell Baptist Church is a community minded church with emphasis on missions, youth, community outreach, and providing a warm, Christian atmosphere for people of all ages to fellowship with one another and grow spiritually from the many programs, special events, and biblical teachings offered each week.

The church has experienced steady growth over the past years requiring the need to expand facilities which now include a new, technologically advanced 500 seat sanctuary, a family life center constructed in 2004 complete with stage/lighting, classrooms, and gymnasium to accommodate a membership made of predominately middle aged to younger generation church members. Sunday morning church attendance is approximately 250 – 300.  The church has a modern parsonage with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, basement and 2 car garage as part of the package. It is located approximately ¼ mile from the church and family life center property.

Hopewell Baptist Church is a fiscally responsible, financially sound congregation with a track record for meeting budget and operating in the black year in- year out.

The Senior Pastor will serve as the spiritual leader of the church.  The successful candidate must have excellent speaking abilities who can communicate relevant, Biblically accurate messages weekly.  This person must be an energetic facilitator with strong organizational skills who will interact with a 5 member deacon board and numerous committees and event coordinators in planning the annual church calendar.  In addition, the Senior Pastor will be responsible for effectively sharing the gospel and communicating the vision of the church, as well as leading and developing the staff and lay leadership of the church.

Please send resumes to the attention of:       Don Comer, Search Committee Chairperson Address: 1038 N County Rd 850W; Holton, IN  47023  Cell: 812-756-0315    Home: 812-689-6934     Email: doncomer5@aol.com

Opportunities with American Baptist Churches of New York State

The American Baptist Churches of New York State (ABCNYS) invite CRCDS students and alumni to consider ministry opportunities around upstate New York. The ABCNYS Region serves 294 churches in a variety of ministry settings, urban and rural, suburban and small town.  A number of our churches are dually aligned or in a federated or union relationship with varied mainline Protestant or other Baptist denominations. To learn more about our Region, visit www.abc-nys.org.

If you are interested in having your information shared with an ABCNYS search committee, please send a letter of interest along with an up-to-date American Baptist Personnel Services (ABPS) profile and three current professional references knowledgeable of your ministry skills and experience to:  Rev. Jerrod Hugenot, Associate Executive Minister 518/380-4510  or  jhugenot@abc-nys.org.

Mailing address: 115 Hazelhurst Avenue, Albany, NY 12203

If you do not have a current ABPS profile, please contact the American Baptist Region with which your local church membership is affiliated. If you are not currently aligned with ABC/USA, please send a resume detailing skills, experience, and three professional references along with your affiliation and standing with your current denomination.

For more information about ABCNYS search and call support, visit:  http://www.abc-nys.org/who-we-are/regional-enhancement-team/ret-clergy-placement

Part-time Youth Leader: First Baptist Church of Rochester (NY)

First Baptist Church of Rochester is looking for a seminary student to serve as Youth Leader for the youth and young families in church activities for September 2014 – May 2015.

Hours:                  7-10 hours a week

Pay:                     $10 an hour

Benefits:             Tuition Assistance, Book Allowance, Opportunity to Preach

Learn More:  http://www.fbcrochester.net/     

Contact us:       Janet Richardson, Administrative Asst.

                           175 Allens Creek Road, Rochester, NY 14618

                            585-244-2468  or fbcroffice@frontiernet.net

 A more detailed job description is available upon request.