INTERIM PASTOR SEARCH
Hillsville Presbyterian Church is currently searching for an interim pastor to assist with the transition from the church’s previous pastor and guide us in our search for a Called Pastor. The following is an abbreviated introduction of our church, mission and the candidate search. The entire document can also be downloaded as a PDF here.
To apply, qualified candidates should send their resume and cover letter to: email@example.com.
Hillsville Presbyterian Church
We organized in 1854 under the direction of the New River Presbytery. Today we are a Presbyterian Church (USA) church in the Abingdon Presbytery in the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic. In normal times, we worship every Sunday at 11am, the worship service’s gospel, scripture, and sermon are all connected and discussed in a manner to help all understand. Christian Education is available on Sundays at 10am and Thursdays at 6pm.
Total Membership is 123 / Average Worship Attendance is 48 / Average Christian Education Attendance is 20 / 9 Elder Session / White Ethnicity, majority of attendees are retired
We strive to be a community of Jesus Christ where you are welcome to be yourself, where you are able to seek answers to your faith and life questions, and where you are able to put your faith into action serving in Jesus’ name. Our vision for ministry can be seen in the areas of worship, teaching, and outreach. Through worship we offer a traditional service with a strong music program and a multisensory approach to allow the congregation to grow in the spirit of Christ. Our sanctuary supports the hearing impaired and is handicapped accessible. Through a renewed emphasis on adult education, we maintain a Sunday School class while offering a weekly evening class focusing on current humanitarian need. As outreach, we support several long- standing National and International mission partnerships. We serve our local community addressing food insecurity, improved wellness, and sharing fellowship through the love of music.
The socioeconomic status of our area has led our church towards two primary focus areas, food insecurity and youth development. Current programs to aid in reducing food insecurity include our food pantry, Backpack Buddies, and meals for shut in members. A recently launched youth development program is the Hillsville Ukulele Group. We have also long supported the
Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands as well as assistance for young mothers. Scope of our programs are relevant to the size and talents of our congregants.
Interim Pastor Responsibilities, Compensation and Requirements
We are seeking to hire a full or part time Interim Pastor who will explore and identify talents in the congregation, link them with needs of the community, and guide us in our search for a Called Pastor. We envision the term to be approximately one year.
The Interim Pastor should be someone with the skills to implement our vision and willing to immerse themselves in the unique challenges experienced in a rural community. S/he should have a strong, collaborative leadership style to coach and guide the ministry in order to continue the successes of our church while we search for a Called Pastor.
The successful candidate will have responsibility for the following specific tasks, assignments, and programs areas:
• Direct the worship life of the congregation to include teaching and preaching ministries.
• Moderate the Session and serve as liaison to Abingdon Presbytery.
• Provide Pastoral Care as needed.
• Support ongoing mission and community outreach activities.
• Advise the congregation and the PNC during the selection process.
Compensation and Housing – Our compensation is aligned with Abingdon Presbytery’s recommendations. We are open to providing a housing allowance or manse.
The ideal candidate is an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) Minister of the Word and Sacrament and will earn the approval of Abingdon Presbytery. Ideally, they will have 5-10 years of experience and ideally have successfully completed Interim/Transitional Ministry Training.