What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
The living Word of Christ is a treasured part of our life. We have a rich history of prominent preachers who have inspired us to think more deeply about God’s word and apply it to our everyday lives.
Worship, including strong biblically-based preaching, Scripture, prayer, celebration of the sacraments and inspirational sacred music is foundational at MAPC. Our intellectually vibrant community seeks a conversation with our preacher to enable us to more effectively witness Christ’s Word in the world and to evolve a faith that is an essential part of contemporary life and our modern economy.
Worship includes inspiring and beautiful sacred music. Hymns and anthems are chosen to enrich the preaching and Scripture readings. The Saint Andrew Music Society (SAMS), featuring a series of sacred music concerts annually, and The New York City Children’s Chorus (NYCCC), an acclaimed children’s music program, help us reach out to the larger community.
We are developing innovative programs to engage children and youth as essential parts of our worship and church. Adult Christian Education explores Scripture and new ways to understand Christianity in the world today. Our Deacons’ caregiving reaches from newborns to the elderly, whom they regularly visit and assist.
MAPC is the spiritual home and a source of Christian fellowship for our congregation. We provide fellowship and nurturing programs for members of all ages and seek to bring Jesus Christ’s transforming presence into all lives.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
From the early years of the 20th century when Dr. Henry Sloane Coffin reached out to the city’s immigrant community to the present, outreach has been integral to MAPC. We have tried to shape it to the changing needs of our city and the world, and are open to further evolution of outreach programs. Local, national and international outreach includes:
- Thursday evening Shelter Dinner in our Parish Hall
- An overnight homeless shelter (in partnership with other congregations)
- English as a Second Language classes
- Youth Programs supporting our homeless shelter and relief missions
- NYCCC performances in local nursing homes and senior centers
- Financial grants to local and national organizations
- A ten- year partnership with Christians in Zimbabwe
- Support for the Theological Education by Extension in Zambia (TEEZ) program
- Music on Madison concert series
We also reach out through our Day School, a highly regarded pre-school. Pastors participate in school chapels and read in classrooms; we invite all families to participate in church programs.
In our secular city many have minimal or no religious affiliation. Through our service programs, music, NYCCC and the Day School, several hundred people pass through our doors each day. We need to more effectively invite people into the transforming presence of Jesus Christ.
We strive to fully develop outreach both within the church and community and work to bridge the gap between all ages in our congregation.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
For over 100 years, MAPC has been gifted by the leadership of strong senior pastors. We value our senior pastor as a leader, teacher and theologian.
Our pastor will support staff and lay-led initiatives to bring all worshippers into closer communion with Christ. Such initiatives include children’s programs that enable them to get to know the pastors, fellowship programs to attract and retain middle and high school involvement, service opportunities, partnerships with other churches, and church retreats for all ages.
Working with Session and Trustees, the new pastor will also need to address operating budget issues. With the recent investment of over $25 million in our physical plant, our infrastructure is in adequate shape. A gradually declining membership coupled with increased operating expenses (often city- mandated), has created excessive reliance on our endowment.
We seek leadership that will inspire us to grow into an openly-affirming congregation that welcomes people of different faith backgrounds, races, ethnicities, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Just as our Lord reached out to and welcomed everyone, we must continue to diversify our congregation.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
Our pastor will combine an exceptional ability to lead worship and preach with the capability to manage a multi-faceted urban ministry.
Worship leadership is essential. Based on the Word of Christ, this needs to be scripturally rigorous and responsive to our changing world. Through preaching and worship leadership, Christian education, discussion and active listening, as well as a sense of the congregation, our pastor should lead and be part of a conversation within our congregation—ideally extending beyond ourselves, enabling more effective witness to Christ’s Word.
Our pastor is ultimately responsible for overseeing a complex with a $7 million budget and 67 full- and part-time employees. The pastor needs to provide administrative leadership and understand the operations and finances of our ministries. The pastor should be a strong fundraiser able to inspire the congregation’s engagement in stewardship and other fundraising initiatives. The pastor must be able to delegate as MAPC has a well-organized staff and lay leadership.
We are a congregation open to change, to better share our faith in a secular society in which many pass by our doors without a focus on faith. We seek to share the beauty and mystery of our faith with a much larger community. We would like a pastor who can be a leader for change, an inspiration for thought and conversation within our community, and a guide for a church that engages with the world.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Deliver sermons that are engaging, scripturally grounded and exegetically sound, touching both heart and mind and challenging and encouraging us to more faithfully live out Jesus Christ's Great Commandment to love God and neighbor.
Collaborate with the Director of Music and other pastoral staff in planning worship services. Work with the Worship and Music Committee to discuss with and recommend to Session any changes to the liturgy or worship services.
Ensure the Church’s financial stability by leading annual stewardship initiatives and other fundraising activities. Lead the annual budgeting process.
Ensure smooth, efficient and timely execution of administrative functions. Supervise, organize and support the professional and supervisory clerical and building staff. Chair weekly staff meetings and the annual calendar-planning meeting.
Rotate with staff, members and outside guests in teaching adult education on Sunday mornings. Lead other Bible studies as appropriate.
Moderate Session meetings and participate actively and regularly in the Presbytery of New York City.
Staff the Board of Trustees and various committees.