Transitional Half-Time Pastor

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ContactRev. Dr. Erin S. Cox-Holmes
AddressBethany PC Mendenhall
316 Kennett Pike
Mendenhall, PA 19357 Get Directions

Info About Opportunity

Bethany Presbyterian Church in Mendenhall, PA in Donegal Presbytery, is looking for a transitional pastor for a half-time position (22-25 hours per week). If working post-retirement, the time frame would be that allowed by the Board of Pensions.

The position will begin in later January or early February.

These are the following job responsibilities:

  • Lead the session and congregation in a time of transition, following the retirement of a pastor who has served for nearly a decade
  • Moderate meetings of the session and congregation
  • Lead Sunday Worship, including a children's message and other special/seasonal services
  • Administer the sacraments of Baptism, and the Lord's Supper,
  • Officiate the Weddings, and Funerals of church families
  • Oversee the process to ordain and install Ruling Elders and Deacons
  • Make hospital and other critical care visitation
  • Provide visitation to church members in their homes, hospitals and nursing homes, as time is available
  • Conduct new member and officer training classes when needed
  • Work with committees as negotiated in the time frame

This position likely will be initially for a period of three to six months, while the congregation searches for long-term half-time pastor.  The transitional pastor will be eligible to apply for the position, upon the invitation of the session.

The preference is for an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) Teaching Elder, or a minister from a Formula of Agreement congregation.

Compensation will be prorated from half of the  presbytery minimum, which will be $54,155 for 2018 for full-time ministry. Part or all of the compensation may be designated as housing allowance.  Benefits, including participation in the PC(USA) Board of Pensions are negotiable depending upon the situation. Mileage reimbursement is included at the standard IRS rate. The contract will be negotiated with the Session, in consultation with the Donegal Presbytery's Connecting our Ministries Commission. The length of the contract will include a 30-day termination notification on either side.

PIFs and resumes should be sent to the Executive Presbyter, the Rev. Dr. Erin S. Cox-Holmes, at . Please feel free to contact her with any questions about the position. The Transitional Pastor Search Committee will be in touch with applicants with whom they wish to arrange interviews. The position will be open until it is filled. Those who are interested are encouraged to apply immediately, as the search will be immediately active.