Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 04693.AA0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 04693
Ministry Name Townley PC
Mailing Address 829 Salem Rd.
Union, NJ 07083
Phone (908) 686-1028
WWW Address
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 14%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 8%
White 78%
Average Worship Attendance 35
Church School Attendance 0
Curriculum One Room Sunday School
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Part-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
Our mission is to demonstrate and grow our faith and the faith of others by providing Christ-like compassion and caring opportunities for service, outreach and improvement to our community.  Our mission is to share God’s reconciling love in Jesus Christ through prayer, worship, love and action.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Our congregation’s vision for ministry is to show Christ’s love in ways that will increase our faith and the faith of others through the practice of mission, kindness, and hospitality.  We hope to provide additional opportunities for service and outreach and develop a relationship with those we are serving in hopes that they become a vital part of our church and come to experience the joy of a true Christian community.  Townley currently hosts four “12 Step /Self Help” groups, participates in a local food bank and holds semi-annual rummage sales offering inexpensive clothing and household items to our community.  Townley also participates in “Backpacks for Vets” and “Care Kits”, two programs that provide needed items to the homeless.  Annually our congregation participates in “Operation Christmas Child” bringing God’s word and gift items to children in other countries who would not otherwise share in the joys of Christmas.  We also host monthly music events, “Roadhouse Café” which raises funds for charities and has the potential for growth. One future plan includes formation of a Christian praise band “Genesis” to both travel and hold events welcoming the community.  We remain optimistic that through these programs and future programs, including one time smaller mission programs (run by our Woman’s Association) there will be an awareness of our church as a part of the community which will build relationships so that people will come to know and follow Jesus.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
We feel we are all called as Christians to witness for the Lord and welcome all people to our church and share our faith with words and by example in our daily lives. We realize we have some learning to do to be able to accept, recognize, welcome and work with differences in others.  As 1 John 4:16 reminds us, we want to follow Jesus’ example of love and compassion by listening to what those who come to us have to offer by embracing their differences, new ideas, gifts and abilities. We also feel called to expand our outreach to those unable to come to us (e.g. Visits to local nursing homes, home for young adults with special needs, etc.) Future plans include our continued support and participation in interfaith events in our area (e.g. Peace and Tolerance, National Day of Prayer, Prayer vigils, etc.) and extending invitations to guest speakers addressing various concerns of interest to our ever changing community.  We acknowledge that our human and financial resources are limited and we need to learn more about our community, as we are not always sure what the changing needs are. We must identify our own gifts and passions and be willing to coordinate and share them where they are needed outside our doors.  We pledge to be more visible and determined to find new ways to live out our visions by reaching out to share God’s love with others.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
The Pastor called to our congregation needs to encourage and address contemporary issues grounded in Christ’s teaching.  Faith plays an important role in how we understand and navigate our current complex world. Our new Pastor should know, teach and interpret the Bible and show how it applies to our current needs (2 Timothy 2:15).  We would reach our vision and goals as a church family with a Pastor that will go out with us into the community to help us reach the marginalized.  We hope he/she will help us attract families with children to the church and bridge the gap with the younger generation through styles of worship and use of technology.  Our congregation desires a renewal of purpose for our church with a mentor who will bring to us experience, creativity and ideas that may motivate us in different directions.  We want the person being called to our congregation to encourage, suggest and guide us in and to new missions. This desire for renewal will promote the energy for these new mission goals and provide support for them.  Jointly with our Pastor we want to put our talents together to create Bible Study groups, children’s programs, and concerts, aid the homeless, help our veterans, etc.  Our love for God and Jesus Christ will emotionally sustain us in these goals. We are a welcoming Christian community, kind, caring and familial in nature.  The congregants get along very well, with no cliques or damaging dissension, and very much enjoy working and being together.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
The person open to being called to this congregation must be a catalyst.  He/she must be outgoing, energetic with a good sense of humor and be able to encourage open communication, offer guidance in problem solving/decision making, and enhance our spiritual growth through teaching and personal example.  He/she will demonstrate commitment to the Word of God (Scriptures), compassion, conviction, and confidence and use these qualities to connect the church and the faith community.  The Pastor needs to easily relate to people of all walks of life and continually challenge and encourage the leadership and congregation of the church to do likewise. Though not required, a bi-lingual (English/Spanish) Pastor would be an asset to our ever changing community.  Members of Townley view the Pastor’s role as a partnership and he/she needs to be open to including church members and current technology in the worship service.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Our part-time Pastor will lead us in worship, deliver sermons that clearly communicate the Gospel message and are linked to contemporary issues. Pastor will preside over weddings, funerals, baptisms and administer the sacraments. Pastor will moderate session and serve as a resource to the church’s various committees.  He/she will equip us to teach Bible study programs.  Also, the Pastor would help us identify and initiate community outreach. When needed, he/she will extend Pastoral care to ill members, shut-ins, and members in need of personal spiritual attention.
Optional Links
FACEBOOK:  Townely Church
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Decision Making
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $27,500   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev Howard Bryant
175 North Ave, Hillside, NJ 07205
908 403-2309
Current Interim Pastor
Pastor Ronald Thompson
85 O'Donnell Ave, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
908 477-4706
Pastor of Imani Church/Shared several worship serv
Rev Cheryl Galan
Elizabeth Presbytery 525 E Front St, N Plainfield, NJ 07060
908 755-3776
Transitional Leader of the Presbytery
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   1/4/2017

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev. Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp Address  The Presbytery of Elizabeth 525 E. Front St Plainfield, NJ 07060
Daytime Phone  609-915-7409 Office Phone  908-755-3776
Fax  Email
PNC:  Kathy Kreie Address  49 Sumner Ave, Union, NJ 07083
Daytime Phone  908 337-6446 Office Phone  908 688-2667
Fax  908 688-2845 Email  TOWNLEYPNC@YAHOO.COM