Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 10673.AD0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 10673
Ministry Name Covenant Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 816 Olive Street
Scranton, PA 18510
Phone 570-346-6400
Fax N/A
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Middle Eastern 2%
White 96%
Average Worship Attendance 125
Church School Attendance 20
Curriculum Godly Play and lectionary based instruction
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Urban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Christian Education)
Experience Required:   First Ordained Call
Specific Title:   Associate Pastor of Christian Education and Family
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
The mission of Covenant Presbyterian Church is to be an instrument for God’s transformation of individuals and society by:
Welcoming – all who come our way;
Seeking – those who have not come;
Teaching – the message of Christ’s love in word and deed;
Expressing gratitude – to God through stewardship and worship; and
Caring for and praying for – those in need of emotional and spiritual support, direct service or partners in their struggle for justice both locally and throughout the world.

What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Our Mission Statement is the foundation of our vision for ministry. It begins with welcoming all who come our way who seek to know Jesus Christ. Covenant Church fosters a practice of reformed worship which expresses through liturgy, sacraments, music, praise and prayer, our thanks to God. We strive to increase our knowledge of God’s love and work through study, prayer and sharing our faith. Covenant is a church whose ministry of the Word maintains the highest standards of proclamation and instruction in the Holy Scripture serving the congregation, the neighborhood, the city and the world around us. Covenant has a liturgical Sunday morning service, which follows the lectionary calendar of readings, supplemented by children’s meditation, prayer and reflection, and monthly celebration of communion. Music ministry is an integral part of our church. We have an outstanding music program led by a full time, doctoral level Director of Music, including a vocal and hand bell choir and children’s choir. The Christian Education department focuses on the diverse faith journey of all members of various ages including Godly Play, youth ministry and adult bible study. We have a Covenant Public Concert series, and a Covenant’s Women’s Association.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Covenant supports many community and international programs. We support through direct mission funding the Women’s Resource Center, the McCauley House, Employment Opportunity & Training Center, American Lung Association, Saint Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen, the Edward Leahy Free Medical Clinic, and our Presbytery’s Camp and Conference center. We support eight PCUSA mission partners around the globe. Through hands on ministry, our youth have served on various mission trips including storm ravaged communities after hurricane Sandy, feeding the poor of inner city Washington, DC and helping the poor in Appalachia. Our deacons serve members of the church and community through service projects along with local social service agencies.  Our neo-gothic cathedral style church provides space for many community organizations – Infant Day Care Program, Alcoholics Anonymous, ALANON, Safety Net, Breadbasket, Habitat for Humanity, and the offices of the Presbytery of Lackawanna. Covenant’s stewardship mission includes Advent and Easter workshops, mid-week worship during Advent and Lent, and a labyrinth meditation and discipline. Covenant is experiencing a renaissance of growth in new members, young adults and families who express a desire to grow in their relationships with each other and with Christ. It is our belief that we are in a position to expand upon that growth by bolstering the sound history and heritage of Christian education, by creating this role of Associate Pastor. 
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
Our vision is to be a congregation leading the way in Christian Education regionally. Of the forty-six churches in the seven counties of the Presbytery of Lackawanna we will be the only church with a full time Associate Pastor dedicated to Christian Education and family ministry. We consider it our mission to have an ordained minister lead our growing congregation with educational programs and minister to children, youth, young adults and families. An Associate Pastor will allow everyone, from toddlers to adults, the opportunity to be nurtured on their faith journey and be led in a new depth of faith. Our church is in the heart of a culturally diverse and revitalized city only blocks away from the University of Scranton and a short distance from major metropolitan areas such as New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Outreach to the community is vital so that we can teach and reach those within our walls and extend a hand to others who are looking for Christ outside of our church. Having a full time Associate Pastor also gives us the opportunity to open up and explore alternative worship services which may better serve the young and young at heart.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
Show enthusiasm and energy in teaching the foundations of the Christian faith with a strong desire to nurture young people about the love of Jesus Christ. Must be an ordained minister or on a path toward ordination. Have experience and/or training in leading and directing a Christian Education program with a background in family and youth ministry. Have knowledge of God’s word and the PCUSA doctrine. Exude passion about his or her relationship with Jesus. Have an unwavering thirst for spiritual growth. Generate new ideas and programs with an infectious ability to encourage others to continually learn. Be self-motivated. Have a good sense of humor. Work in tandem with the current leadership and who values a team concept of ministry with a united vision for the church and its work. Have the ability to work with any age group, listening with compassion and guiding with care. Good organizational and communication skills. Navigate the platforms of technology, social media, and multimedia as a useful tool for ministry. Possess “the fruit of the spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” “You shall love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
We search for a pastor who will participate fully in the life of this church, motivating member involvement by the example of his or her own passionate faith in Jesus Christ. She or he will serve to direct and lead Christian Education along with programming for family and young adults, early childhood, elementary, middle school and high school age youth. Recruit, train and equip volunteers in the various ministries of Christian Education. Assist in activities, faith integration, and education during the week between our Sunday worship services. Develop relationships with and among our youth and lead youth fellowship. Provide direct pastoral care to youth and young adults as they walk their faith journey and face societal pressures. Seek to foster Christian community through building relationships with families and young people and provide opportunities for them to engage with each other that strengthens their commitment to the church and growth of faith in Jesus Christ. Explore and develop alternative worship opportunities that will provide spiritual leadership to our young adults and outreach to the community. Organize summer programs, camps and mission trips. Direct our youth in leading worship services. Encourage them to participate in music ministry, and other aspects of the church’s mission. 
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Leadership Competencies:
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $52,627   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Reverend Virginia Miner
Olive Street, Scranton, PA 18510
Transitional Presbyter of Lackawanna Presbytery
Reverend James Thyren
454 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, PA 18644
Lackawanna Presbytery COM
Dr. Timothy Smith
16 N. Briar Hill, Lakeville, PA 18438
Director of Music, Covenant Presbyterian Church
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   2/16/2017

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