The Newton Presbyterian Church in Newton, MA (just a few blocks outside of the Boston city limits, and 15 minutes from downtown) is looking for a part-time Supply Pastor. Our congregation is diverse and active, and is seeking a pastor who will help to grow our church and grow with us. We strive to increase our faith and be of service to our community and the greater world. We are looking for a pastor with wisdom, energy, and enthusiasm to partner with us in worship and lead us in growth and outreach. Please review our MIF: 03817.AD0 and visit our website at www.newtonpresbyterianchurch.org. Please send your PIF or any questions to Kathy Barnes at email@example.com.
Mif #: 03817.AD0
Ministry General Information
Newton Presbyterian Church
75 Vernon St
Newton , MA 02458-2027
Under 100 members
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 27%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 4%
Average Worship Attendance
Church School Attendance
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SYNOD OF THE NORTHEAST
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Information about the position
Pastor (Other Temporary i.e. Supply,Student)
2 to 5 Years
Statement of Faith Required:
Brief Church Mission Statement:
Living the Truth of Jesus Christ
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry:
NPC is marked by clear Biblical teaching, love of its Presbyterian heritage, and social justice ministry that seeks to carry the love of Christ to all people. We believe and support the PC(USA)’s beliefs as communicated in the Book of Confessions, which guide us in nurturing our diverse and welcoming community, and worshiping with theologically sound services.
We are a growing community with a will to respond to God’s grace, and serve God and our neighbors. We are a geographically, racially, and culturally diverse group, and we hope to continue building on our diversity and welcoming all.
Our services include two choirs, one traditional and one started by our African members providing music from their homelands, and a wonderful organist/pianist. Sunday school for preschool/elementary aged children has been growing as new families attend NPC, and members welcome new babies. Our Women's Life Group meets weekly, studying the Bible and discussing women’s issues, including women from outside our congregation.
In January 2017, there was a schism at NPC related to the PC(USA)’s support of LGBTQ+ Christian marriages and ordination. The Presbytery of Boston (POB) appointed an Administrative Commission, and a lengthy legal process ensued. In February 2018 the court ruled in NPC’s favor, and in June 2018 all legal claims were settled, with NPC and the POB established as the legal owners of all assets. Having been through this, our current congregation is both resilient and tenacious.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency:
While we are not a large congregation, our building is large. This requires a financial commitment and creative approaches. We have made many repairs and improvements, and are considering various income-producing ideas. We have been working with the City of Newton so that we can generate rental income and to hold more community events, which will allow us to serve our neighbors. Recent examples of reaching out are hosting a successful blood drive, a local family movie night, and a concert by local middle schools.
Newton is an affluent city, but we recognize that not everyone in our community has the same means. Currently, our mission goals are focused on local organizations. NPC supports a local center for the homeless with bags filled with comfort items, backpacks and winter wear. The Session, with congregational suggestions, quarterly selects a local organization to be the recipient of our “Change for Change” program, providing gifts to the homeless shelter, Woodbury Union Church in RI following their fire, and other organizations. Our Benevolent Fund provides those in need with some financial support. We continue a weekly food collection for the Newton Food Pantry.
We have run the Presbyterian Church Nursery School, which currently has about 40 students, for the past 37 years, serving members of the broader community. Our Women's Life Group includes those who do not attend our church. We participate in all PC(USA) church-wide offerings and our Presbytery’s per capita.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals:
We are looking for a pastor who will lead our church in worship and pastoral care, and in growing our congregation. In addition, the pastor will lead our Session as moderator and advisor.
Our congregation is a diverse and growing faith family, drawing closer to each other and developing a strong core. We look to make active our Mission Statement: “Living the Truth of Jesus Christ”.
We are an active group, seeking to grow both spiritually and concretely. Over the last two years, we have had weddings, baptisms, new member classes and have welcomed 16 new members. We have a strong group of elders and deacons. Our deacons reflect the diversity of our multicultural congregation, and we intend to make our Session more representative of our membership in the next several months.
We have celebrated events with cookouts, cookie parties, women’s teas, family movie night, blood drive, hosted POB meetings, and we engage in well attended weekly fellowship following worship services.
NPC elders, pastor, and other members are actively engaged in overseeing the nursery school, providing support to the co- directors.
Our vision is to grow in diversity in the broadest meaning of the word. Most recently, NPC joined the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, actively supporting the LGBQT+ community.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization:
NPC seeks a pastor who will teach us to more closely live authentic Christian lives, both individually and corporately, who can: (a) challenge us to grow our faith; (b) provide compassionate leadership; (c) support the skills, passions, and needs of the congregation; and (d) help prioritize our efforts to extend the mission and vision of NPC into the future for both our congregation and the world. Priority characteristics include:
Theological/Spiritual Interpreter/Preaching and Worship Leader – Shepherd our diverse congregation: grow our faith by teaching effectively from God’s word, guide our worship, and engage with our children and youth.
Communication – Actively engage with church members and the community, including other local clergy, city officials, and groups interested in renting and/or using our beautiful facilities.
Organizational Leadership/Strategy and Vision/Task Manager/Decision Making/ Collaboration/Culturally Proficient – Facilitate people working together, provide support to programs/initiatives already in place, delegate responsibility to others. Engage in and challenge our faith now while developing a vision for the future that is sensitive to and respectful of our diverse congregation.
Interpersonal Engagement/Bridge Builder/Flexibility – Engage with the congregation with genuine care and heartfelt warmth, adapt to a variety of changing conditions and unexpected obstacles. Connect with those with different cultures, worldviews, and theological positions.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
See our website: newtonpresbyterianchurch.org
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Strategy and Vision
Compensation and Housing: Cost of Living Calculator
Minimum Effective Salary: $26,456
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
190 Glenwood Ave,
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Stated Clerk, Presbytery of Boston
Rev Dr R Ward Holder
369 High Street, Westwood MA 02090
Temporary Stated Supply Pastor, Newton Presbyteria
589 Fulton Street, Medford MA 02155
Prior Chair of NPC
Administrativ e Commission
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form Of Government in this regard?
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on 07/09/2020
Self-referral Contact Information
PNC: Kathy Barnes Address 96 Arlington Street, Newton MA 02458
Daytime Phone (617) 680-5019 Office Phone 617-332-9255
Fax Email firstname.lastname@example.org