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MIF #: 07789.AD0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 07789
Ministry Name Covenant Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 2845 Parliament Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Phone (719) 598-0800
Fax (719) 598-7780
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 1%
Asian 3%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 95%
Average Worship Attendance 188
Church School Attendance 58
Curriculum Spark House
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:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
To invite people into a caring church family, introduce them into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ, and inspire them to follow him with wholehearted devotion, empowered by His Spirit and guided by His word.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Covenant Presbyterian Church’s (CPC) vision is to understand and practice Christ’s love, bringing that love to a hungering world. We draw life and power from corporate worship, desiring to bring hope and healing to each other and our surrounding community. Relying on the Trinity, we seek to live worshipful lives informed and empowered by intergenerational worship. Through the sacraments and the rhythms of the church year, we give contemporary expression to the reality that Jesus’ birth, death, resurrection, and ascension is the epicenter of our shared faith. We uphold the authority of Scripture, relying on it as the revelation of God’s “big story” through Christ, as well as our role in that story.
The CPC flock longs for a pastoral shepherd who values relationships, pursues unity, and embodies the practices of the faith. Together, we desire to live out our vision in ways that model the love of Christ to our congregation and beyond. We welcome differing perspectives and partner with others for the sake of the gospel.
We are equipped and encouraged through corporate worship to live our faith at home, at work, and in our community. Because of our identity in Christ, we each fulfill our unique role within CPC and in outreach to those in need of hope and healing. Our love for God is vibrant and contagious, nurturing healthy relationships. Thus, we desire to be a safe place for those encountering the vagaries of life in a fallen world.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
CPC believes deeply in building bridges of inclusion (not walls of exclusion) inside and outside our church, reflecting an orientation toward Jesus Christ’s love and desire for our lives. Our congregation, though moderate in size, is active and diverse. We aspire to an abundant life, expressed through a multitude of ministries related to outreach, children and youth, Christian education, fellowship, “help” ministries, and worship services.
As a recognized pillar of the community in a highly visible Briargate location, CPC hosts activities nearly every day. Students from neighboring Rampart HS know CPC for grilled cheese sandwiches on Thursdays throughout the school year. Our annual Easter Egg Hunt, Trunk-or-Treat, and Vacation Bible School reach many outside of the church. Extending further, CPC’s impact extends to 51 nations, including support to orphans in Kostroma and Pokrov, Russia, as well as missionaries around the world. Mercy’s Gate (food pantry), Operation Christmas Child, Angel Tree, Feed My Starving Children, Blessing Bags for the homeless, and more—CPC members are actively and outwardly focused on helping a hurting world. Internally, various discipleship activities support many within this multi-generational church. However, the church has identified its need to better serve young adults and new members. CPC seeks a Pastor, guided by the Holy Spirit, who will connect CPC in unity with PCUSA and the larger holy apostolic church body in advancing God’s kingdom.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
This position will help us reach our vision and mission goals by inspiring, teaching, coordinating, and encouraging our congregation. Our church is a ship at sea that needs a captain to lead its crew.
We desire a pastor that inspires us collectively when our vision extends over the horizon but is not yet visible. This inspiration must also extend to the individual, calling each of us to grow beyond where we are currently. This growth takes place in the context of various teaching opportunities, including Sunday sermons, but also with the understanding that learning is best achieved in dialogue, using a variety of venues and modalities.
Our vision and mission goals are multi-faceted and require someone at the helm to coordinate the congregation and staff, insuring that we are all sailing in the same direction. This will require a person whose presence is felt and trusted as they guide and align ministry activities with CPC’s broader goals. We recognize this person will not be able to accomplish everything on their own, but must coordinate others to maintain their health, long-term.
CPC is encountering head-winds from declining membership experienced across PCUSA, as well as a significant mortgage burden from years ago. It will be essential to meet these challenges with creativity to unite the congregation. We believe this leadership position will unlock and multiply the time, talent, and treasure of our congregation to accomplish our mission and vision 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 leader of integrity who authentically nurtures their own spiritual life; thus, inspiring our CPC family to follow the example of walking by faith. Our pastor will articulate a clear and consistent theology, guided by wisdom from the Holy Spirit and godly mentors. Possessing biblical and theological expertise, this individual will provide thought-provoking, challenging, and effective scriptural insights within CPC’s relaxed, but engaged, worship environment.
Our pastor has a heart of compassion that supports CPC’s vision for building bridges of hope and healing within our body, our community, and across the world. Guided by this vision, our pastor sees the possibilities and possesses the energy, as well as enthusiasm, to inspire congregational collaboration in revealing God’s kingdom within a rapidly changing world. CPC’s pastor works with the session to implement effective financial strategies to strategically allocate and manage limited resources. This person will seek ways to inspire and motivate the CPC family to generously contribute to God’s work at CPC through gifts of time, talent, and treasure. Possessing the ability and willingness to effectively communicate, the pastor engages conflict as an opportunity for growth by listening, finding common ground, and seeking solutions. Our pastor builds solid relationships of trust inside and outside our church family; thereby contributing to an atmosphere of care and belonging
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Our pastor oversees and intentionally integrates all aspects of worship, always focusing on Jesus Christ. This person will be responsible for conducting Sunday morning worship services, as well as other special services as needed or required. Reliant on the Trinity, the pastor possesses a high view of Scripture and is recognized for excellent teaching skills informed by strong biblical knowledge. These strengths enable he or she to resource a variety of educational programs, serving as moderator for session and as Head of Staff. The pastor guides, mentors, and supports staff, using a relational and collaborative leadership style. This person directs and coordinates CPC’s weekly communications—including emails and Sunday announcements—so that the most important communications are emphasized in a timely manner. In concert with session, the pastor serves as a financial manager of a very constrained budget.
A “ministry of presence” is essential and is achieved through regular office hours as well as involvement in numerous programs and ministries. The pastor engages broadly with people, encouraging relationships and trust. The pastor supports CPC’s vision, motivating the congregation to reach and live out that vision in our quest to be fruitful and compassionate disciples of Christ.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Strategy and Vision
Financial Manager
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $50,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Bruce and Cathy Eskew
1365 Oakhills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Long-term members; Cathy—former associate pastor;
Bob Leivers
61 North Aspen, Unit 10, Show Low, AZ 85901
(719) 351-2403
Gateway Presbyterian Interim Pastor
Steve and Kim Nofel
3268 Blackwood Pl., Colorado Springs, 80920
(402) 202-2381
Interim Pastor at CPC
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   2/27/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  (719)250-2856 Office Phone  (719) 542-1013
Fax  (719) 545-7956 Email
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Daytime Phone  719-217-9947 Office Phone 
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PNC:  Chris Nelson Address  510 Anaconda Dr
Daytime Phone  (719) 235-3711 Office Phone 
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