FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF VICTOR
The Temporary Pastor/Head of Staff will provide pastoral services and staff management to the First Presbyterian Church of Victor, NY which is part of the Presbytery of Genesee Valley (PCUSA). The planned position is full-time but part-time candidates will also be considered. The church has already completed two years of interim pastoral work. This work includes a completed Mission Study and launching a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). The duration of this position is expected to be about one year depending on the progress of the PNC.
This temporary position will lead our congregation thru the continuing changes and opportunities resulting from the COVID pandemic and the loss of our pastor after 17 years of service. The temporary pastor will continue to prepare the way for the coming of an installed Pastor. We seek an experienced and compassionate leader and a team builder who is knowledgeable about the Presbyterian denomination and theology as well as the transition process.
The Temporary Pastor is accountable to the Session of the Church.
- Provide spiritual leadership and guidance for the congregation.
- Lead worship and preach at Sunday services. When necessary arrange for substitute preachers.
Note: The church’s worship services are also broadcasted live via YouTube.
- Serve as Head of Staff, overseeing and supporting the church staff.
- Visit members, especially new members, the elderly and shut ins, and people with questions about the transition processes.
- Provide pastoral care for the congregation and all who seek comfort and spiritual guidance.
- Participate in weekly church fellowship.
- Administer the sacraments; baptism and communion as approved by Session.
- Officiate at weddings and funerals, as needed.
Internal and External Leadership
- Plan and moderate Session and congregational meetings.
- Attend and support the Board of Deacons and other church committees.
- Maintain positive community relationships with the Victor Farmington Food Cupboard, Family Promise of Ontario County, AA, local churches, the Victor Farmington Library and any other organizations deemed appropriate by the church’s leadership.
- Participate in the Presbytery.
- Lead new member classes.
- Support and encourage adult, youth, and children’s education and Bible study.
- Foster a collaborative environment where members gifts are utilized.
Skills and Competencies:
- Strong worship leadership
- Reliable, trustworthy and spiritually mature.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Scripturally based knowledge and willingness to challenge members to live our faith.
- Ability to communicate with clarity and compassion.
- Ability to work effectively with a variety of individuals.
- Ability to interpret, clarify, explain, and apply scripture.
- Experienced manager with team building and conflict resolution skills.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Desired proficiency with Microsoft Office and on-line meeting tools including Zoom.
- Ordained minister of the word and sacraments.
- Minimum of two years of experience as a Lead Pastor/Head of Staff or similar roles.
Physical Demands of the Position:
This job operates in a church office environment. Dedicated weekday onsite office hours will be required. Some local travel may be required. Work on Sundays and holidays will be required.
Status: Exempt (Salaried)
Background and Reference Checks required.
About Our Church:
The First Presbyterian Church of Victor is an active and financially healthy congregation with over 150 members. We are the prominent white church, centrally located in the village of Victor. The church is adjusting to reduced membership and financial resources coming out of the impacts of COVID. Recently we are experiencing positive increases in member engagement and worship attendance. Our mantra is: “Whoever you are. However you have come. You are welcome here.”
Our Vision Statement
Our vision is to be a people of faith in Jesus Christ so that God’s light shines through our church’s ministry and mission and is clearly visible to the community.
To achieve our vision, we:
- Provide inspiring and challenging worship.
- Welcome and accept all to our church in a place people feel seen, valued, and spiritually challenged to greater faithfulness
- Offer a variety of opportunities for people of all ages to grow in spiritual faith and biblical knowledge.
- Strengthen ties within our congregation through friendship, fellowship, and service.
- Lean into our missional values and commitments as a tithing congregation that is known for providing and supporting various community service and programs.
- Encourage and support programs that help people in need by offering a gathering place and participating in community outreach.