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MIF #: 03719.AG0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 03719
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan
Mailing Address 178 Oenoke Ridge Road
New Canaan, CT 06840
Phone 203-966-0002
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 2%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 147
Church School Attendance 30
Curriculum Spark: Rotation Model and Feasting on the Word for Teens
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor Interim
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Conflict Mediator Training, Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

(abridged for space)
To LIVE SPIRITUALLY: As a CATHEDRAL FOR THE HUMAN SPIRIT we strive to enrich spiritual & cultural life of our community. We celebrate the interconnectedness of the sacred & the secular, outstanding music & liturgy, an expansive Choir School & innovative dramatic and visual arts.

To LOVE INCLUSIVELY: As a CONGREGATION OF INCLUSIVITIY we strive to welcome all people into the life of our church. We are a friendly & caring church where people of all ages, backgrounds & life situations are always welcomed & where our differences are celebrated & respected. We encourage openness & building bridges of trust & love.

To LEARN CONTINUOUSLY: As a CENTER FOR PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY we strive to nurture development of resilient faith & noble values. We are “a thinking person’s church.” We believe that life’s big questions are spiritual, and while there are no easy answers, we seek to provide an open forum in which to explore them. We see to deepen our commitment to the truth of our Christian faith while at the same time discovering & respecting the truth of others’ beliefs.

LEAVE A LEGACY:As a CATALYST FOR SOCIAL CHANGE we strive to make meaningful difference in the world & leave it a better place than we found it.  We are committed to the ministry of the laity in society.  We seek to be the hands & heart of God, loving others by sharing our time, talents & resources, inspiring & empowering individuals to become all they can be, as well as creating just social structures.

What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

We are inclusive & welcoming for those seeking open, progressive Presbyterian theology. We aim to be heart & hands of God by living spiritually, challenging ourselves with education, sharing time & resources inclusively, to leave the world more loving & peaceful. We envision one who interacts with long-term members, understands needs of newer members & identifies opportunities to raise our profile beyond. Thoughtful, compelling sermons are vital and we seek a leader who takes active roles in broader community so we regain thought & spiritual leadership role locally.  We organize intergenerational missions locally and beyond: Middle & High School youth take 2 summer trips - Super Storm Sandy Relief in NJ, and to Providence, RI, Belize and Alaska and pilgrimages to Iona for HS youth every 3rd year. Our Pastor took an adult mission group to Guatemala. 2018 trips are Boston & Costa Rica. Outreach is meaningful through hands-on preparing & serving food at New Covenant House, contributing & stocking NC Food Pantry, knitting clothes for others in Dorcas Sewing Circle, collecting for PCUSA Hunger Relief & local food pantries with “Cents-ability” drive, building with Habitat for Humanity & providing spiritual fellowship for local physically & cognitively youth through “NC Special Church.” Our Deacon’s Fund assists parishioners in need; Stephen Ministers offer compassionate support to fellow congregants.  With First Presbyterian Stamford we have resettled a Syrian family.  

How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

We would like someone who can come in, evaluate the church’s systems and processes and in a dedicated, diplomatic and thoughtful way, help to bring the congregation together to be a stronger unit.  New Canaan is a community noted for its strong public schools and bringing in young families.  We would like to offer programs that appeal to that demographic.  However, FPCNC has many different constituencies within the church community.  There are core values that should be developed and strengthened to unify the church community. 

The former Senior Pastor left after a period of conflict – therefore one of the interim goals is to seek to understand the roots of that conflict, address and heal them and find new ways of moving into the future God has set out for the church.

How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

If the interim pastor can appeal to all constituencies and engage them in a unified way, we can then devote our collective strengths and energy to focus on other items such as Outreach, education, mission projects, music and building a stronger identity within New Canaan.

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

A uniter, leader, engaging and charismatic, organized (ability to digest a lot of information quickly), a listener, outgoing.

• Ability to work effectively with other staff as Interim Pastor/Head of Staff

• Ability to work with congregational membership and leadership

• Ability to understand the church both as a system and as a community of people

• Ability to visualize, propose, and implement effective change in the whole system and its various parts
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

He/she will serve as Head of Staff and bring the staff together (along with the congregation). He/she will oversee the internal/external programs, some of which are strong, and some of which need improvements.

As Interim Pastor Head of Staff

• Meet regularly with the session and staff in planning and doing the work of the church.

• Be organized to create ministry opportunities, including small groups, Sunday school, volunteer days, and special events.

• Be attentive of pastoral care of the congregation, particularly with older adults. Visiting those who need special attention, prospects and new members, contact visitors, and provide pastoral care to new parents.

• Supervise the staff with the consultation of the personnel committee.

• Work with staff of First Presbyterian and others to identify mission opportunities for students and adults both locally and globally.

• Work with the Stewardship Committee to increase commitment to the work of the church especially among


• Work with the staff in developing new and creative ways to worship.

• Encourage participation in worship for all ages.

Development Tasks of an Interim:

Coming to Terms with History

Discovering a New Identity

Leadership (lay and staff) Changes during an Interim

Renewing Denominational Linkages

Commitment to New Directions in Ministry

Integration with 21st Century Ministry

Intercultural Needs that are Transforming your Community/Congregation

Administrative Changes

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Leadership Competencies:
Change Agent
Task Manager
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $143,866   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
The Rev. Joan Priest
117 Elys Ferry Road, Lyme, CT 06371
Former Parish Associate of FPCNC
The Rev. Chris Tate
330 Laurel Road, New Canaan, CT 06840
203-966-2331 or 203-829-1
Chris Tate was raised in FPCNC and his family incl
The Rev. Sean Miller
1 West Putnam, Greenwich, CT 06870
203-869-8686 or 240-330-8
Committee on Ministry Liaison
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   1/28/2018

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  (732) 895-9083 (cell) Office Phone  (860) 388-0874
Fax  Email
PNC:  Bob Caird Address  192 West Norwalk Road
Daytime Phone  203-722-4250 Office Phone  203-642-3481
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