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Church/Organization General Information

Church/Organization Number 05985
Church/Organization Name Brunswick
Mailing Address 42 White Church Lane
Troy, NY 12180
Phone (518) 279-3792
Fax (518) 279-0669
WWW Address
Church/Organization Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition African American 1%
Caucasian 96%
Chinese 1%
Korean 1%
Other Asian 1%
Average Worship Attendance 450
Church School Attendance 125
Curriculum Midweek program uses Group's FW Friends and the Sunday program is self-written
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor (Head of Staff)
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

ADORE the living God
“O come, let us worship . . . the Lord our Creator.” Psalm 95:6-7
In our worship together we joyfully offer God our praises and gifts, and we receive guidance for living out our faith. (John 4:24, Romans 12:1-2)

BELONG to the family of God
“You are the body of Christ and each one of you a member.” (I Corinthians 12:27)
In our life together we are a fellowship of faith in which each person’s gifts are identified and used.
(Acts 4:32-33, Colossians 3:1-17)

COMMIT ourselves to knowing God
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching.” (Acts 2:42)
In our journey together we learn the truths of God’s revelation in the Scriptures, and seek to apply them to our lives. (Deuteronomy 5:1, Colossians 2:6-7)

DEMONSTRATE God’s concern for all
“Let us . . . spur one another on to love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24)
In our service together we show God’s love in practical ways, responding to the hurts and hopes of all.
(Micah 6:8, I Peter 4:10-11)

EXTEND the Good News of Jesus Christ to all
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
In our witness together we declare Jesus as Savior and Lord, using our spiritual and material resources in global ministry. (Isaiah 40:3-5, 2 Corinthians5:17-21)

“We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that we may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
I Peter 2:9.

Brief description of the church/organization's programs or accomplishments:

Worship is central to BC. We offer contemporary and traditional worship on Sunday and Thursday evenings along with many services for Holy Week, Easter, Christmas Eve, and Pentecost, each one a unique expression of love for God. Youth lead a contemporary worship service monthly, while multi-generational bands and choirs reflect our passion for encouraging all to glorify God in worship.

Adults of all ages grow and serve in a variety of ministries, small groups, Bible studies, and a Sunday Growing Community class. Our Youth and Children’s Ministries serve a vital and growing population. Each Sunday, 50+ children gather to learn and worship. Our mid-week AWANA program continues to grow, and VBS welcomes 190+ children each summer. More than 50 youth serve, worship, and fellowship through Sunday small groups, mid-week Youth Group, and events such as confirmation class, conferences, and summer camping trips.

We mobilize faith through service and missions, supporting many local and global mission partners and regularly sending short-term teams to serve where called. Teams have supported hurricane relief, orphanages in Bangladesh and Kenya, and a medical clinic in Kenya. BC supports and houses a food pantry, nursery school, daycare, and counseling center. BC deacons serve any who need assistance. Other ministries include the Prayer Chain, Women’s and Men’s breakfasts, Senior luncheons, the Pastoral Care Team, and an annual International Student Picnic for two of the local colleges.

Gifts, Skills and Experiences the congregation possesses to fulfill its mission:

Brunswick Church possesses a unique evangelical Christian culture. We embrace the Bible as the written word of God, and Jesus Christ as our only true leader. We believe each Christian is a minister, called to servant leadership within and beyond our church walls. Members share their gifts generously as preachers, missionaries, teachers, caregivers, and leaders. We accept that we are flawed, but pursue excellence through fellowship, accountability, communication, and forgiveness. We relentlessly desire to welcome all, regardless of age, gender, race, finances, or personal circumstances. We are willing to confront cultural issues, but do not endorse political persuasion, compete with Christian churches, or pretend we have a monopoly on philosophical perfection. We pray faithfully and give generously. We exult in worship of all styles and celebrate Communion weekly. We love God and all of His people.

We have been blessed with one head pastor for the past 35 years and associate pastors who led us for 25 and 10 years, respectively. During this period, we grew from a church of 85 worshipers to welcoming over 400 each weekend. We expanded our building three times, most recently with a $4M building campaign. We have come to understand that we grow through both mistakes and success. We have also learned to remain true to our core values, to be flexible on issues that do not affect our core beliefs; and to prayerfully pursue consensus rather than compromise.

Key theological issues of the church and society that are reflected in the ministry of the congregation/organization:

Our vision is to be a growing community of people being transformed by the Good News of Jesus.

Brunswick Church believes in the priesthood of all believers, that God has gifted each of his children for amazing works both within and outside the church. We help people discover and use their gifts regardless of where they are in their personal walk with Christ, education, or background. We desire for all to know Jesus and to serve him in glorifying ways (1 Pet. 2:9).

We also embrace the work of the Holy Spirit in our planning, service and worship. Pentecost is the third most attended worship day of the year, and we fully believe that if we listen to the Spirit’s leading, we will see our numbers increase daily. (Acts 2)

We highly value corporate worship, encouraging all to join together each week as one body to lift praises to God and celebrate communion. (Luke 22:19)

We seek to be good stewards of all our resources and encourage tithing as a joyful act of obedience. We open our building for community use (AA meetings, recitals, etc.) and to serve the community (food pantry, VBS, AWANA), and we send both financial resources and people into the community close to home and abroad, to show the love of Christ in both word and deed. Jesus commanded all of us to take the “Good News” to all people. (Matthew 28).

Position Description

A. Major Responsibilities:

The call of Pastor, Head of Staff for Brunswick Church, is for a servant of God who will work with an Associate Pastor as part of a two-person pastoral team. The pastors will discern their particular responsibilities based upon their gifting and the needs of the church and coordinate their work activities with those of the eight person staff. Some of the expected responsibilities include preaching, leading and mediating staff work, teaching, casting and pursuing a vision, actively developing leaders within the congregation, coordinating spiritual development and pastoral care for a church of 400+ members, moderating Session, and working fluidly with the Session and staff to guide and lead BC’s growth and faith in service. We expect this pastor to help identify gifting in others and assist them to use their gifts in service, at BC or within the marketplace locally, or globally. The pastors are also expected to lead dynamic gathered worship weekly and more frequently throughout Holy Week, Advent and Pentecost.

BC is located in a mostly rural suburb of NY’s Capital District. BC worshipers possess a wide range of church experience and live in urban, suburban and rural areas. The pastor will help the church’s “voice,” as expressed through worship, ministry and service, to reflect the rich diversity of God’s family. We desire pastoral guidance in growing the church of Jesus in Brunswick and around the world by engaging the many varied gifts of the congregation and staff.

B.  Characteristics and qualifications needed

(In no particular order)

  • Able to lead others by authentic example grounded in strong biblical values.
  • Gifted and passionate about preaching and corporate worship.
  • Able to interpret and communicate scripture in vibrant ways which inspire, challenge, and encourage all to live Christian lives, share Christian values, and grow towards spiritual maturity.
  • Able to discern, with others, God’s vision for this congregation, articulate that vision, and facilitate its transition to reality.
  • Able to make sometimes tough decisions clearly, while exhibiting servant leadership and strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Skilled at managing and harmonizing the diversity of thoughts and opinions held at BC.
  • Committed to compassionately ministering to the ongoing pastoral needs of individuals and families in the life of the congregation.
  • A role model for all ages promoting growth, discipleship, and fellowship.
  • Proficient in teaching.
  • Proficient and effective as a head leader and administrator of staff and /or volunteers.
  • Possessing of a sense of humor.
  • Passionate about helping others to recognize and use their gifts and talents.
  • Comfortable with technology.
  • Willing to explore and embrace new ways to worship, utilizing the gifts of staff and volunteers.
  • Approachable and welcoming to people of all ages.

Primary Skill Choices:
Conflict Management/Mediation Skills
Involvement in Mission Beyond the Local Church
Leadership Development
Leadership of Staff / Volunteers
Pastoral Care
Stewardship and Commitment Program
Strategic Planning
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $42,432   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Address Phone Numbers Relation Email
Cass Shaw 1915 Fifth Avenue, Troy, NY 12180 518-273-4991 General Presbyter
Kate Kotfila 51 View Way, Cambridge, NY 12816 518-677-5964 Former pastor. Kate knows the congregation well
Paul Detterman Presbyterians for Renewal, 8134 New LaGrange Road, Suite 22, Louisville, KY 40222 W: 502-425-4630 Friend of the congregation through PFR. 2 Current
Geographic Choices:   Unlimited
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   8/10/2011

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (518) 273-3390
Fax  (518) 273-9938 Email
PNC:  Niki Campbell Address  42 White Church Lane, Troy, NY 12180
Daytime Phone  W: 518-279-3792 Office Phone  C: 518-435-5034
Fax  518-279-0669 Email