Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 05021.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 05021
Ministry Name Christ Church, Presbyterian
Mailing Address PO Box 574
Burlington, VT 05402-0574
Phone (802) 862-1898
WWW Address
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 2%
Asian 6%
White 92%
Average Worship Attendance 35
Church School Attendance 2
Curriculum UU, Building Bridges, A World Religions Program
Yoked Church False
Presbytery Northern New England
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:   Pastor
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:

Christ Church, Presbyterian is a welcoming, inclusive faith community in Burlington, Vermont.

Inspired by meaningful worship,

nourished around the communion table,

shaped by questioning and deep study of progressive theological and social justice issues,

and strengthened by intentional and supportive community,

we are called to follow where Jesus leads us in service to our neighbor.

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

To embody the Beloved Community, following where Jesus leads us in service to our neighbors and each other.” Christ Church, Presbyterian (CCP) was founded on three pillars: Worship, Study & Service. Community was added later, although assumed from the beginning.


    • After our Sunday sermon, we gather in a Circle around the Table to share Joys & Concerns followed by the centerpiece of our gathering: weekly Communion.
    • Laity is actively involved in planning worship and we use the lectionary.
    • Contemporary readings enhance scripture.
    • Non-traditional & non-creedal liturgies.


  • Studies of 30+ books/videos by progressive theologians involved a majority of the congregation over 24 years.
  • Youth program and adult studies of current social justice issues are on-going.


  • We support more than 14 group and individual passion-led missions.
      • Mission giving was 17% of CCP’s 2019 operating budget.
      • CCP received a Presbytery grant in 2019 in recognition of our mission program.


  • Active Deacons group provides pastoral care.
  • Monthly “Parish Potlucks” foster community.
  • “Being church” in non-traditional ways attracts the unchurched:
    • Monthly movie/potluck/discussion nights.
    • Weekly meditation groups at church & retirement home.
  • A More Light congregation since 1985 (among the 1st); CCP championed the fight for ordination of gays and lesbians in PC(USA).
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

Mission work is in CCP’s DNA for 65 years.

  • Budgeting process begins with mission.
  • 3 categories of missions:
    • Systemic missions work to change the social system that creates the need. Vermont Interfaith Action is a coalition of over 40 congregations. CCP was a founder.  Vermont Interfaith Power & Light raises awareness of climate change in faith communities.
    • Distributive missions provide basic necessities, money and services to people in need. Examples: The Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP) provides direct assistance to meet basic needs in the community. The Open Door Clinic provides healthcare for migrant farmworkers.
    • Ministries of Presence are missions where we give ourselves: hospice singers, meditation groups and the Circle are three examples. The Deacons provide pastoral care through our email Prayer Chain, deacon groups (“flocks”), prayer shawls and circulating a Circle of Friends sculpture to those experiencing difficulty.
  • CCP supports individuals in their personal missions. Two examples:  
    • Last year a member became passionate about supporting women newly released from prison. She engaged the congregation in purchasing new underwear and pajamas for ex-offenders at a transitional residential facility. Recently her mission expanded to involve the local prison.
    • Following the Haiti earthquake, another member became interested in educating children. CCP now sponsors the education of 11 Haitian children.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

CCP is a small, aging congregation which has committed itself to achieving a lofty Vision. We need the strategic leadership and professional direction of a pastor who embraces our vision and mission and is excited by the prospect of helping us make that vision a reality.

  • Energy & Focus. During this transitional period, most of our people power is consumed with supporting our missions and planning and executing Sunday worship. There is little, if any, time left over for implementing our Vision. We need a leader who will provide the objectivity, experience, energy and – at times – the positive disruption that will enable us to focus on our Vision.
  • Integration & Efficiency. Instead of being a grand idea that we never have time to work on, our vision should be woven into everything we do. And “everything we do” needs to consume significantly less of our time and resources.  We seek help in figuring that out.
  • Organization & Execution. We also need help organizing ourselves to implement the Initiatives and Goals that support our vision and in developing new Goals.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

 We seek a pastor who is:

  • Theologically progressive & inclusive. Our pastor should be grounded in the historical, social and political contexts of Christianity and comfortable leading a “big tent” congregation. Some of us are very progressive theologically; some are more traditional.
  • Creative & open. We need a pastor who is comfortable with non-traditional liturgical elements. CCP’s worship typically includes contemporary and scriptural readings. We sing “Ubi Caritas” and recite an adaptation of the Prayer of St Francis in lieu of the Doxology and the Lord’s Prayer.
  • Thought-provoking and inspiring.  We appreciate sermons that connect theology to everyday issues. We need a preacher who stimulates us intellectually, challenges us to think more deeply and motivates us for action.
  • Team-oriented. Our pastor needs to be comfortable sharing responsibility with an empowered laity and not being put on a pedestal. For example, a small team of a lay leaders meets weekly with the pastor to plan the worship service.
  • Compassionate & outgoing. CCP is no place for a shrinking violet. Our pastor needs to have a heart for pastoral care and enjoy being with an older congregation.
  • Mission-focused & outwardly oriented. We need a pastor who is passionate about being church in the world and can foster a level of excitement that inspires more of us to get actively involved in direct service. We also need leadership in exploring ways to raise our profile in the community.
  • Media savvy. A bonus.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
    • Lead Sunday worship and special services
    • Provide pastoral care, especially focused on the needs of aging members. Challenge the myths of aging when we think of ourselves as non-viable.
    • Provide leadership in furthering our Vision to be a Beloved Community and our commitment to be a “Matthew 25” church.
    • Provide ongoing assessment and strategic direction in developing a way forward
    • Be the face of CCP for other faith communities, our city, and the clergy of St Paul’s Cathedral (the providers of our space).
    • Provide input to our youth and adult study program.
    • Moderate Session.
    • Represent CCP in the Presbytery of Northern New England.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Media Communicator
Risk Taker
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $30,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Dr. Lawrence Jones
98 Lafayette Rd. Bristol, VT 05443
Session Moderator and past Presbytery Moderator
Rev. Debbie Ingram
2120 South Road, Williston, VT 05495
Executive Director, Vermont Interfaith Action
Rev. Carl Hilton VanOsdall
First Presbyterian Church, 19 Seminary St. Barre, VT 05461
Clergy friend and past Presbytery Moderator
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   7/15/2020

Self-referral Contact Information

COM:   Diane Nichols-Fleming Address 
Daytime Phone  Office Phone 
Fax  Email
PNC:  David Boedy Address  601 Brand Farm Rd. South Burlington, VT 05403
Daytime Phone  802-324-1266 Office Phone 
Fax  Email