FCC Associate Pastor

 

 Currently this pastoral position is open at First Congregational Church.  For more than a dozen years the congregation has been supported by two pastors.  One position has largely been focused on pastoral care.  In addition to providing direct biblical and spiritual care and occasionally preaching, this pastor has supported the work of a lay Pastoral Care Team, GriefShare, and Stephen Ministry.

The Pastoral Care Team provides regular visits and spiritual encouragement to those who are shut-in or may temporarily or permanently live in long term care or rehabilitation facilities.  They also provide meals for those coming home after surgery and oversee a Pastoral Care Fund that provides emergency response funding for those in need.
 
The FCC Associate Pastor also supports GriefShare groups twice each year.  These lay led groups are also connected to the national organization by the same name and uses their video and written materials.
 
Two former pastors now serve at other churches and FCC will seek to find trained pastors to fill the vacancy.  While the position may be left open pending the hiring of a new lead pastor, seminary educated and otherwise qualified individuals ordained (or willing to be ordained) by the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference or a similar association of Christian churches may send inquiries to the church office.

What does the Assoc. Pastor do at FCC?

We take seriously the biblical charge given to pastors, “to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12).  Therefore, the kingdom contribution at First Congregational Church of Kingston as the Associate Pastor is to use his / her gifts and abilities to help others heal and grow spiritually, emotionally and relationally, thereby equipping them for works of service that Proclaim Christ, Teach his ways, and Reach a lost and hurting world.

Below are areas of ministry and specific tasks and responsibilities related to the role:

HEALING

> Caring Ministry

  • Collaborating with the Pastoral Care Team
    • Visitation at nursing homes, hospitals, and homes
  • Fostering a “Caring Culture” across the entire church
  • Stephen Ministry Leader
  • Informal Christian counseling of  individuals and couples
  • Crisis Care
    • On-call pastoral emergencies
    • Hospital & Hospice
    • End-of-Life
  • Funeral officiating
  • Bereavement care, providing a 13-week Christ-centered support group for those grieving the death of a loved one, called GriefShare. 

GROWING

> Preaching and Teaching

  • Preach at FCC’s weekend services during the Lead Pastor’s absence
  • Evangelism & Discipleship Classes (basics of Christianity, leader development and spiritual growth, bible study, etc.)

> Membership & FCC Community

  • Collaborate with Elders, Deacons and Ministry Teams to coordinate programs creating a discipleship path from welcomed visitor to engaged member

> Pre-marital counseling & wedding officiating.

 

> Community Pastor Groups

  • Participate in local pastoral networks to pursue personal spiritual growth, collegial accountability and mutual encouragement