Associate to (Retiring) Senior Pastor
Associate to (Retiring) Senior Pastor
Kitchener, Ontario , N2A 2A4
Our Senior Pastor of 28 years is looking to retire in the next 2 years.
We are an established church, well embedded in our community in Kitchener, Ontario. Our congregation is mostly made up of believers who aren’t new to their faith – not that we have it all together but you’ll find we’re resistant to inauthenticity and shallow one-dimensional theology. Our roots are evangelical and “traditional”, meaning that we see ourselves as orthodox in terms of classic Christian doctrines. Unlike many monocultural church communities, we are unusually diverse in terms of individual belief and expression of faith. We deliberately choose to accept and make space for each other’s differences, focusing on a common love for Jesus. Our Senior Pastor has done a fantastic job of modeling love and acceptance over hot-button issues and making that attitude contagious among us. This is one of our great strengths.
You could characterize us as potluck instead of catered, more spontaneous than programmed, an extended family gathering rather than a slick, perfectly-timed production. We have many families with multiple generations attending together (grandparents, parents and children). We are actively involved in ministry and in our community. Our next challenge is working out how we can continue to grow well as we fulfill our mission: loving God, encouraging each other and serving the world.
The Candidate We’re Looking For
We’re looking for somebody to join our church today, develop as a leader and transition into the Senior Pastor role as our current Senior Pastor reduces his involvement and retires in a couple of years. We are looking for somebody who can demonstrate the following:
A credible vision for growing our church
More than just an idea or brainstorm, you can demonstrate an understanding of the church’s relationship with individuals here in Canada, how it has changed and you possess a vision for how to effectively draw more people into our community without abandoning the mission. Ideally you have experience to back up your ideas.
You want to lead a church
While we’re not hiring a Senior Pastor, we’re not looking for somebody who wants to play a support role indefinitely. You can demonstrate evidence of growth in skills, responsibilities, maturity and initiative both personally and professionally as well as show a willingness to continue to grow and develop yourself into the person God is calling you to become. You don’t have to have all the skills necessary but you definitely have enough self-awareness to be able to articulate the pieces you will need to develop and enough initiative to have a plan to tackle them.
You have a history of relationship building and relational growth
Your past is littered with friends and intact relationships and you value loving others over being right. You can demonstrate an ability to connect people and facilitate community formation, ideally with past tangible experiences.
You exhibit vulnerability and accountability
We aren’t looking for a hero and will be suspicious if you appear perfect. You can demonstrate an ability to listen to others’ ideas and incorporate them when appropriate. Instead of modeling perfection, you encourage people in your relationship circles to grow by modeling your own struggles and growth to them and exhibit humility when faced with failings or setbacks in either your own life or that of others around you.
Stanley Park Community Church is part of the United Brethren Church in Canada. Candidates will need to meet, (or be willing to acquire) the requirements for ordination in the denomination.
You need to be a self-starter with high internal discipline.
People will like you even more if you have musical skills.
Resumes should be directed to:
Posted Under: Pastoral
Career ID: [ 6038 ]