The People’s Church of Flint, Michigan is seeking its next Pastor! The job description is below. To apply, send your resume or professional profile (including denominational endorsements) to: email@example.com.
The Pastor of Peoples Church fills biblical roles of shepherd, prophet and priest, serving the congregation in care, administration, ritual and truth-telling. This is a summary of those responsibilities:
Shepherd — as the spiritual and administrative leader for the congregation, the Pastor guides the vision and execution of the mission, a town crier for the congregation’s mission — a progressive Chris-an community, nurturing faith, honesty and diversity, where members and friends live Jesus’ way of social justice — and a cheerleader in its successes and failures. As spiritual and mission leader, the pastor is expected to tend the well-being of the congregation, its members and friends. This includes: • dreaming big dreams and always looking for what might be the next opportunity, e.g. Peoples Plaza, or a community solar farm.
• setting the tone for the congregation’s mission of welcome and well-being, including in our marketing, our newsletter, and our public and online presence.
• encouraging and modeling stewardship, with the Stewardship Team, that builds the capacity of the congregation.
• working with the Care Team and others to provide care for the congregation in the crises and situations of daily life, including those incarcerated and one incarcerated member working toward ordained ministry;
• overseeing the staff, to ensure a healthy workplace and excellence in all facets of our life; and
• preparing inquirers for membership and recommending them to the Board of Directors.
• working in tandem with the Board of Directors, guiding the strategic planning and decision-making, to ensure a congregational life lived with integrity, that is, to help the leadership always keep the mission in mind as decisions are made. (Mission documents now include the Garland Declaration and guiding principles on creation justice and congregational financial life, found here: https://peopleschurchofflint.org/beliefs.)
• supporting or overseeing the disbursement of the Ministers Discretionary Fund, to care for neighbors in need.
Prophet — As preacher in the congregation and to the community, the pastor is to inspire the people for a life like Jesus, encumbered always to speak the truth, in the pulpit each week, but not only in the pulpit. This includes:
• stating and ensuring in every way possible a progressive welcome according to biblical principles of inclusion and well-being;
• interpreting social and political realities in light of biblical truths of justice and freedom (reclaiming Christianity from crazy people);
• taking seriously the “pulpit freedom” of Baptist and Congregational leaders, speaking what is required without holding back, speaking in love of God and God’s people, assuming the preacher is among those being challenged and comforted, honoring the experiences of all who gather and those who don’t gather, grieving the brokenness and finding beauty where beauty is to be found, and inviting congregational response to the hostility and complacency of our world.
• leading studies weekly/periodically to invite members and friends to learn and consider faith more clearly. (In recent years, this has included books groups on church history or theology, reading groups considering statements of our denominations, or studies on some aspect of our scripture, e.g. parables).
• showing up where pain or injustice is present, e.g. protests for Black Lives, for a healthy earth, for bodily autonomy and reproductive choice, for immigration justice.
Priest — As “priest” of the people, the pastor tends to the rituals of religious life, providing what is needed for people of faith to live liturgically the challenges and transitions of life. This includes:
• working with the Worship Team to prepare Sunday worship, based on the Revised Common Lectionary and inviting worshippers in the sanctuary as well as those participating online.
• planning and leading seasonal and transitional moments in the community or congregation life, e.g. funerals, baptisms, Good Friday, the Longest Night.
• being present with families in pain or grief, offering prayer or other ritual for peace and comfort.