West Parish Church, is a 175+ person, Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation located in beautiful Andover, Mass. We are looking for an intentional Interim Pastor that feels called to serve this engaged and vibrant congregation at the end of 2021. We have a wonderful Pastor taking a well-deserved sabbatical after five years of dedication to our congregation. This position would be from October 3, 2021 – January 14, 2022.
Our congregation is made up of members from a variety of faith backgrounds that find West Parish Church (WPC) welcoming and affirming. WPC was recently nominated and selected in the Vibrant Faith organization’s Thriving Congregations program to deepen our understanding of our purpose and goals as a church community. We have found that our congregation is very engaged. We have high participation in our weekly Zoom services, as well as any surveys we put out to members. Our congregation is open to trying new things and have adapted to a new approach to our church life. We are eager to get back into our sanctuary this fall and anticipate a hybrid worship model.
The ideal candidate will:Develop engaging worship experiences in collaboration with the Music Directors and the Worship Committee. The Sunday service is a valued whole experience for this position. We are looking for someone with demonstrated experience leading worship and preaching.
Participate and lead WPC during the Advent season, which will be supported by our Fellowship and Ministry of Christian Education. We have traditionally done an Advent workshop and outdoor pageant. Plans are still underway.
Invest in the pastoral care of our multi-generational congregation as needs are identified. We have implemented Caring Circles, where congregants identify potential needs.
Work collaboratively with our Office Administrator for Sunday bulletins, etc. We are not anticipating full participation in church ministries and meetings, though input is welcome!
Do you feel called to keep us going in a positive direction as a congregation during this time? If so, we would love to hear from you! We are paying $45/hour for this position. We anticipate you will devote 20 hours a week to this role for 15 weeks. We will reimburse mileage and contribute the church’s FICA share for the salary. Learn more about us online: http://westparishchurch.org or https://www.facebook.com/WestParishChurchofAndover/.
Contact: Deb Schroeder
Address: 129 Reservation Road Andover 01810