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MIF #: 04576.AJ1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 04576
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church Greenwich
Mailing Address 1 West Putnam Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06830
Phone 203-869-8686
Fax
E-Mail pnc@fpcg.org
WWW Address www.fpcg.org
Ministry Size 651 - 1000 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 3%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 2%
White 94%
Average Worship Attendance 260
Church School Attendance 60
Curriculum Combination of in-house and Sparkhouse Rotation model. A full Youth and Families assessment was done by Ministry Architects in 2017.
Yoked Church False
Presbytery SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF THE NORTHEAST
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Head of Staff (who supervised one teaching elder and other staff)
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:   Clinical Pastoral Education Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
We are a welcoming and vibrant, Spirit-filled Presbyterian community of faith, blessed with a talented and well-educated yet economically diverse congregation, strong financial resources, and a well-appointed and highly functioning church home. Our Mission is to nurture and encourage members in all stages of life to be Christ's disciples, connecting and empowering people to reach their potential and actively serving those in need.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Members of First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich (FPCG) are intellectually curious, actively engaged in the community and passionate about volunteerism. We respond well to strong, thoughtful and inspiring leadership. We are known for fellowship, service to each other and active mission projects. Pastoral care is eagerly supported by Stephen Ministers and a board of deacons. With copious energy on every generational level, our congregation is additionally blessed with young families who integrate their faith with the challenges of nurturing children to become disciples of Christ. Sunday school is well attended, and our school age children enjoy frequent fun and fellowship during additional weekday programming. A great example of the vitality and creativity of our youth program was our innovative Christmas pageant in 2020 — a virtual format presenting news coverage of the birth of Jesus. Our nursery school is a values-based educational institution serving the ever-changing needs of young families in Greenwich and providing a connection for those who seek a church home. Even throughout the pandemic, we saw membership growth, often within the demographic of young couples with children, many relocating to the area from Manhattan. Multigenerational events such as trivia nights, karaoke evenings and dinner parties bring us together, and are often touted as the most fun events at FPCG. These joyful moments of fellowship renew our energy to spread the word of God.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

An active FPCG Mission Engagement committee oversees our outreach programs. We allocate funds to local and international charities, but our main focus is to encourage our congregation and youth to participate directly in mission and community service. A foundational element of Mission is our generous support, both financially and through dedicated volunteers, of our five Covenant Partners: Call-A-Ride, Kids in Crisis, Neighbor to Neighbor, Pacific House Men’s Homeless Shelter and the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford’s Yerwood Center. 

An example of FPCG’s commitment to the community is our annual Thanksgiving dinner. Running for 18 years, our congregation hosts over 100 local seniors in Fellowship Hall on Thanksgiving day. We also regularly deliver meals to homebound and local shelters. Recently we joined with the Partnership to End Human Trafficking to raise funds for Connecticut’s first home to support the wellness and restoration of women affected by human trafficking. We regularly host important blood drives for the American Red Cross. Mission trips connect congregant generations and allow our members to serve and spread the word of God — most recently in the Dominican Republic, completing construction of a school campus in St. Marc, Haiti in 2020. Plans for post-pandemic missions are currently being developed and prioritized.

How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
  • Deliver thoughtful and inspirational sermons relevant to our congregants’ lives.

  • Partner to help sustain a warm, vibrant and engaging Church community, placing special emphasis on inclusivity and building ties across all age groups.

  • Encourage programs to strengthen our families, engage our youth and integrate young members.

  • Be a steward of our staff, help refine our structures and processes for managing the Church.

  • Support active mission in Greenwich and beyond.

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

In addition to being an inspirational preacher, the Head of Staff must strive to reflect the character of Christ. With a pastor’s heart, they will care for, enjoy, and play an active part in our Church community. They should be willing to listen to and love the congregation. 

As the head of a team, they will delegate and empower other congregational and staff leaders to strive for shared goals. In return, the congregational leadership will commit to a supportive relationship that feeds the health and wellness of the pastor, emphasizing adequate rest, discovery and renewal. We have learned valuable lessons following a pastoral misconduct investigation that began in November of 2019 and led to the removal of a trusted Head of Staff in February of 2020. This pastor came to us after an 18-year tenure by his predecessor and then a 2.5-year search process; our church made great strides forward under his leadership and grew in membership and ministry. Thankfully our Associate Pastor stepped up and led us through a difficult period of transition.

Since that time, we have been blessed to find an experienced Interim Pastor who is actively working to reignite our passion for ministry, help heal the feelings of betrayal and increase the spiritual vitality of our congregation. His focus is on partnering with our leadership teams to do the hard work to ensure the success of our next Head of Staff and therefore encouraging our Church to reach its true potential.   

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

The next Head of Staff at FPCG should have the following priorities: 

  • Preacher/Teacher 

  • Mentor

  • Strategic Visionary

Our expectation is that the Head of Staff will also be responsible for one or two of the following areas based on their own strengths and interests while delegating other areas to existing or future staff:  

  • Administrative and Operational functions of the church

  • Community Engagement

  • Congregational Life

  • Management of Staff

  • Mission and Service

  • Pastoral Care

  • Young Families and Youth

Optional Links

FPCG sites:

www.fpcg.org

www.fpcgns.org

Christmas Pageant 2020

Tik Tok Site

Confirmands Statement of Faith  

Other sites: 

Greenwich moms

Donuts at the disco

Hey Stamford

Greenwich Town Info

List of events

Beaches

Board of Education

Old Greenwich Association

MTA

Travel Hudson Valley

Mystic Aquarium

Ski the East

Stamford Museum and Nature Center

Greenwich Historical Society

Greenwich Audubon Center

Greenwich Community Sailing

SoundWaters

Chelsea Piers

Greenwich YMCA

Greenwich YWCA

Old Greenwich Riverside Civic Center

Leadership Competencies:
Compassionate
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Communicator
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Collaboration
Interpersonal Engagement
Motivator
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $155,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
Rev. Brandi Drake
2011 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820
203-803-6989
brandi.drake@norotonchurch.org
Local Pastor
Rev. Joan Priest
310 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT 06340
203-434-5009
joanpriest392@gmail.com
Former Interim and Local Pastor
Maribel Sandalo
Boys & Girls Club of Stamford, 347 Stillwater Ave. Stamford, CT 06902
203-324-0594
msansalo@bgcastamford.org
Community Covenant Partner
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Yes
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   7/22/2021


Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   REV SHANNAN R. VANCE-OCAMPO Address  PO BOX 388, CHESTER CT 06412
Daytime Phone  (732) 895-9083 (cell) Office Phone  (860) 388-0874
Fax  Email  shannan@psne.org
PNC:  Chris Loveless Address  73 Cat Rock Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807
Daytime Phone  203-550-7085 Office Phone 
Fax  Email  PNC@fpcg.org