To apply for the position of pastor at Boise Friends Church, please submit your cover letter expressing interest in this position and your resume, including references, to Robin Sparks, Clerk of the Elders, at firstname.lastname@example.org. This position will remain open for applications through March 31, 2020.
A pastoral job description can be found below:
The purpose of this job, in harmony with the Elders, is to develop, maintain, and supervise a spiritually vital ministry within the church, orchestrating the overall organization, programs, and functions of BFC in harmony with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Faith and Practice.
The pastor is, as directed by the Elders and the local church, the administrative head of all ministries and activities; having direct responsibility in some areas, and coordinating, delegating, and supervising in other areas. Changes to established procedures and protocols are to be made in consultation and with the approval of the Elders. The Pastor is expected to be spiritually sensitive in all areas and is responsible to the church through the Elders for all his/her work and leadership, and concerning all church policies and matters of doctrine. The Pastor is not responsible for either the raising or disbursing of church funds. Specific duties include the following:
Before the Pastor can effectively exercise care for and provide service to others, he/she must ensure their personal relationship with God is vital, current and healthy.
The Pastor takes responsibility for the overall planning and coordination of the worship service, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit to set high spiritual standards in keeping with Friends’ interpretation of worship. In addition to regular services, this also includes special services.
In partnership with the Elders, the Pastor assigns various responsibilities in the regular or special events of worship to team members and others. The Pastor is encouraged to be at the church door after the morning service. Because Faith and Practice assigns responsibility for arranging for special and supply ministry to the Elders, the Pastor shall obtain approval from the Elders before arranging for other speakers.
The Pastor has overall responsibility for visitation, hospital calling, counseling, and visitor follow-up, plus assignments as may be directed by the Elders. During the first year, it is requested that the Pastor(s) meet with each family in the congregation as requested by each family. A primary responsibility is forming relationships with people in the congregation, looking out for fringe and new attenders. Those persons with special needs (elderly, housebound, etc.) require extra attention. Elders and the Care Committee are available to participate in hospital visits and other contacts. In situations where counseling is deemed appropriate, if the Pastor is not trained and equipped for counseling, he/she will refer people to an experienced Christian counselor.
Evangelism and Church Growth
When engaged in pastoral ministries outside the church, those activities should be viewed as having a dual purpose: 1) ministering to, and meeting the needs of people not associated with BFC, and 2) providing an avenue to integrate those people into BFC. Coordination between pastoral assignments and elective pastoral-related activities needs to be reviewed with the Elders. The Pastor will support existing outreach activities (Indoor Park, Launchpad, Love Inc., Redemption Hill, and Latino Church) as appropriate.
Developing the Ministry of the Laity
The Pastor shall engage in activities that help equip, partner with, and encourage members of the congregation to minister both inside and outside the church. Much of this can be accomplished through sermons and other regularly scheduled activities.
The Pastor shall meet regularly with the Elders. Although he/she is not required to attend any other committee meetings on a regular basis, the Pastor serves as a resource to support the other committees of the church as appropriate. He/she takes responsibility to plan team meetings with other staff and appropriate volunteers.
The Pastor shall provide leadership in informing the congregation of important events and decisions, and in promoting the ministries of all official church committees. He/she supervises the work of the church office, including overseeing the publication of the church bulletin, and helping to ensure the church Web site is kept current and accurate. He/she uses the BFC e-mail list as appropriate. He/she gives a monthly report of activities to the Elders and to the Business Meeting. Each pastoral staff member should be available for emergencies via cell phone voice mail.
The Pastor is available for church weddings, baby dedications, funerals, and other church related events as requested.
He/she leads or assigns a “Why Friends are Friends” class as needed.
By keeping in close contact with the secretary, he/she will be aware of all church activities, ensuring an up-to-date church calendar is maintained.
He/she is expected to create and maintain a pastoral relationship and spirit of cooperation with other area Friends pastors and churches.
He/she is expected to use good judgment in dress and deportment (e.g. dressing professionally/appropriately for worship service, office hours, and whenever representing BFC).
The Pastor is the administrative head and is expected to work cooperatively with the church leadership including the Elders, the Clerk of the Meeting, and the Clerks of all the other committees. He/she is responsible for the overall supervision of the church secretary. He/she is responsible to the Elders for decisions regarding work load, general areas of service, scheduling hours and duties, and time away from the office. He/she shall be a member of the church and is expected to tithe.
Attendance at conference and training sessions shall be worked into his/her schedule as advisable under the supervision of the Elders.
Special requests for funds beyond normal expenses will be submitted to the Trustees and Stewardship Committee.
This position is part-time on a monthly salary. The expectation of hours is approximately 20 per week, including Sunday Service(s).