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MIF #: 09437.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 09437
Ministry Name Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 2366 North 80th Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Phone (414) 774-5005
Fax (414) 774-5320
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 1%
Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 2%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 2%
White 94%
Average Worship Attendance 178
Church School Attendance 60
Curriculum Holy Moly/Connect (Augsburg Fortress, 3K-middle school
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Presbytery MILWAUKEE
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Co- Pastor
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:   We look for >5 yrs experience in ministry, not nec
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

​Our Mission Statement:  We believe that “there is one body and one Spirit …but each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift... to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:4, 7, 12) At Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church we respond with joy to the gift of God's grace expressed through Jesus Christ, who fulfills the spiritual and human needs of all people.  We believe that each person is called to ministry, so that together we seek to become church, a community which shows love as Jesus taught us; for God, for each other, for the world and for self.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

By the grace of God, Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church (WPC) is an inclusive congregation. We strive to be “COMMUNITY THROUGH CHRIST AND IN CHRIST,” conveying warmth, welcome, and the unity of Spirit. We fulfill this vision for ministry when we strengthen our congregants’ spiritual development with substantive programming and empower them as directed by Word and Spirit to serve within our local fellowship and in the community beyond our walls. This vision enables us to draw closer to Christ and to profoundly know God’s love, see it manifested in the lives of all in the congregation, and share God’s light and love – planting seeds of faith, nurturing the growing souls, supporting from the tempests, healing the wounded, and comforting the weary.

At WPC we live out this vision individually and through organized events, such as:

  • Sunday worship that offers intellectually challenging, scripturally sound, and personally motivating sermons.

  • A powerful music ministry – choral, handbell, individual and group voice, and instrumental which support regular worship and engage in concert programs extending the Light beyond our doors.

  • Christian Education – a wide-ranging program: Children & Teens; Adult; VBS, Nursery School

  • Connect – Women’s/Men’s groups; New Parent; Caregiver Support; Craft groups

  • Outreach – Local mission events; adult mission trip; Habitat for Humanity, etc.

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

WPC reaches out to the homeless through meal preparation and underwear and quilt donations. On Communion Sunday, we extend Christ’s table with donations to our local Food Pantry. Many of us are willing to be social activists – to use the confidence of our faith to take God’s righteousness, love, and justice, and encourage their application in the community. Examples include cross-demographic Sacred Conversations: Racism; Special Gun Violence Conversations – including a mail campaign to elected officials; support of Latin American immigrants through citizenship training.

While the pastor is attentive to the needs of our congregation, we need to work harder at learning, understanding and practicing that each member has a role in pastoral care. An example of an emerging congregational need that was wonderfully and recently addressed by a member was the creation of the Itty Bitty Committee – offering support and fellowship to our growing group of new parents.

We strive to be inclusive and welcoming, but our demographics do not yet represent our hearts’ desires to reflect and connect with our broader community. We fervently wish to learn from others in awareness that we are all God’s people. We have been an open congregation, for example we proclaimed openness to LGBT individuals in the 1990s, but we know opportunities exist to become a more diverse congregation in all respects and we seek a leader to join with us to see that goal realized.

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

At WPC  we respond with joy to the gift of God’s grace expressed through Jesus Christ who fulfills the spiritual and human needs of all people. We believe that each person is called to ministry, so that together we seek to become a church which shows love as Jesus taught us; for God, for each other, for the world and for self.  We seek a co-pastor who will fully partner with, and share the responsibilities of, the current pastor, who will retire in 3-4 years.

In a recent ‘Holy Cow!’ survey (see attached links), our congregation registered solidly in the Transformation quadrant, reporting both high energy and high satisfaction.  Specifically, the survey showed that WPC members want to pursue four priorities:

1) Growth: developing and implementing strategy to reach new people and integrate them and their experiences into our congregation;

2) Growth: Making necessary changes to attract families with young children and youth;

3) Ministry: developing ministries that work towards healing those broken by life circumstances. This includes restoration of light and wholeness to congregants as well as community outreach so that society might better reflect the values of the Kingdom of God; and

4) Engagement: Strengthening the process by which ALL members are called and equipped for ministry leadership.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
Our co-pastor will be: a leader of people, and a dutiful follower of Christ; well-prepared but with a learning spirit; ready to guide the spiritual growth of the congregants, yet ready to grow from the Spirit’s touch that may come from the most senior to the tiniest of the congregants.  Our co-pastor will initiate change where needed, yet will also recognize and support successful ministries.  The co-pastor will have a high emotional intelligence and a peaceful spirit built upon a deep relationship with the Lord.  The co-pastor will radiate God’s love and peace, a true servant of God, yet will stand strong for righteousness, addressing conflict where it may arise - to bring the balm of grace. Our co-pastor will bring excitement and energy to tasks, yet quietly listen to that ‘still small voice’ for guidance on what those tasks should be. As Christ shows God’s love to all of us, the co-pastor will be a joyful and consistent channel of that love for every congregant and beyond to the community.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

We are in the unique position of calling someone to walk alongside our pastor of 21+ years who will retire in 3-4 years. This is a permanent position that will continue even after the retirement of our current pastor.

Expectations are that a co-pastor candidate is generally capable of handling all the responsibilities of a solo-pastor.

During the next 3-4 years, the co-pastors will be absolute allies for one another, presenting a unified ministry. There are some non-negotiable duties. These include fully sharing responsibility and involvement for worship leadership, pastoral care, and moderating Session, as well as preaching at 50% of the worship services.

It is expected that the CPNC or Personnel Committee will work with the co-pastors to negotiate an equitable division of labor with respect to the remaining pastoral responsibilities.  Some may be shared and some may not.  That will depend on the particular passions and strengths of the co-pastors.

Additional pastoral duties include but are not limited to:

  • Christian Education for all ages

  • Small Group Development

  • Budgeting

  • Mission

  • Strategic Planning

  • Facilitating Volunteer Leadership

  • Involvement at the Presbytery level

  • Involvement in the Community

  • Staff Administration

Optional Links  (Holy Cow Survey summary)​ (Newsletter article on copastor search)
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Change Agent
Organizational Agility
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $75,190   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Transitional Presbytery Leader, Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, 2236 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis MO 63110
314-772-2395 x110
Immediate past Executive Director of Strategic Par
Rev. Laura Loving
518 Old Sante Fe Trail #580, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Immediate past Associate Pastor at Wauwatosa (thro
Rev. Mary Carlin
6155 North Kent Avenue, Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
Presytery COM Liaison to Wauwatosa Presbyterian
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   4/3/2017

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (414) 292-2740
Fax  (414) 292-2750 Email
Daytime Phone  (414)292-2740 Office Phone  (414)292-2740
Fax  Email
PNC:  Paul Bargren (co-chair and contact) Address  1941 Church Street, Wauwatosa WI 53213
Daytime Phone  414-915-8735 Office Phone  414-453-2394
Fax  Email