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MIF #: 04585.AD0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 04585
Ministry Name Westminster Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 2080 Boulevard
West Hartford, CT 06107
Phone 860-521-6240
Fax 860-521-5733
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 2%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 96%
Other 1%
Average Worship Attendance 156
Church School Attendance 40
Curriculum Seasons Of The Spirit
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:   Head of Staff (who supervised one teaching elder and other staff)
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Clinical Pastoral Education Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
Westminster Presbyterian Church seeks to be a vital, engaging and inclusive family of faith that serves God by supporting each other on our spiritual journeys, sharing the gifts we have been given and demonstrating the love and justice of Christ in our community and world.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Westminster Presbyterian Church helps people on their Christian journey by:
- Providing a meaningful worship and learning environment;
- Supporting social service outreach and social justice issues within and beyond our community; and
- Being welcoming, accepting and supportive to all.
- Worship is the focal point of our spiritual time together.  We provide a traditional worship service in the sanctuary and a smaller, non-traditional service in the chapel using the same sermon, which is Bible-based and speaks to everyday living. A children’s choir, bell choir, numerous instrumentalists, and chancel choir enhance the sanctuary service.  A musically talented couple leads music at the chapel service.  Worship and education continue throughout the week in small settings such as men’s prayer breakfast and bible study groups.
- Christian education includes Sunday School for all ages, pre-K to adult, plus middle and high school youth groups.
- We serve meals at shelters, assist refugees in transition, participate in mission trips, care for those with AIDS, provide financial support to numerous social service agencies, partner with a neighborhood homework center, and support families in distress.
- We welcome all into fellowship through programs such as church-wide meals, musical events, dinner groups, women’s circles, and a monthly senior program.
- We care for those in crisis led by our Stephen Ministers and emphasize prayer concerns in worship and through weekly updates.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
We pledge to be the hands, eyes, ears, and feet of Christ both inside and outside of Westminster. We pledge to support each other and Westminster on our faith journey. To that end, we support families and individuals in crisis within our church and community by meeting needs, e.g. providing/serving meals for soup kitchens and individuals, and providing clothing, food, furniture, school supplies, etc. through our social worker liaison and town social services department. Youth and adults have gone on many local, national and international mission trips. Most recently, we co-sponsored the relocation effort of an African refugee family with another local church. For broader social issues, we host forums and educational programs on issues such as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, gun control and bullying. We welcome into full membership persons of every race, culture, economic status, age, ability, gender, and sexual orientation.  Increasing diversity in our church family is an identified goal. We continue to support our long-time Boy Scout Troop. With changing societal priorities, we are looking at innovative ways to redesign Christian Education programs for children and adults. Prayer is an important component of our faith journey and we support one another through prayer, Stephen Ministers and a Prayer Shawl ministry. Plans are under development for keeping our older members connected and involved and for strengthening the connection between members at our two services.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
We expect the Pastor to embrace our vision and mission goals, guiding us as we move forward on our Christian journey together.  The Pastor will be our coach, energizing and inspiring us along the way as a preacher, model Christian and facilitator.  The Pastor will be comfortable relating to all ages and traditions in our congregation and community of diverse faith backgrounds.
We live in a post-Christian era in which the traditional church culture is largely irrelevant to our Greater Hartford community.  The ministers (i.e. the entire congregation) will look to the Pastor for innovative and imaginative leadership as we seek to live out the Gospel.  We expect Westminster Presbyterian Church to be attractive to our members and to our local community, so that we grow in numbers under our new Pastor’s leadership.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
Westminster is seeking the following characteristics and qualifications in our new Pastor:

Christ-centered personal depth and spiritual grounding
Warm and engaging
Energetic presence with all ages
Experienced in Leadership, Worship and Ministry

Spiritual leader
Compassionate pastoral skills
Serves & relates to all ages & constituencies

Inspiring, servant leader
Vision for church growth in a changing society

Enthusiasm for church stewardship and mission
Involved in social justice, including outreach

Skilled in being a program development resource for all ages
Creativity in working with youth
Dynamic, inspirational, biblically oriented, practical preaching
Appreciates the integral role of music in worship
Ability to blend traditional worship with creative approaches that encourage lay participation

Strong organizational skills including management of budgets and fund-raising
Focused on church goals
Ability to manage staff through clear direction, strong decision making
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
The Pastor will have primary responsibility for leading worship, including administration of sacraments, sharing these functions with the Associate Pastor. The Pastor will act as a resource, with the Associate Pastor, for committees and boards. Pastoral Care responsibilities will be shared between the Pastor and the Associate Pastor. The Pastor will provide feedback, leadership, and counsel on improvements to programs and activities which strengthen the church and its lay leadership. A focus on membership growth, retention, and stewardship will be required of the Pastor.  As the teaching elder, the Pastor will promote an environment of constant learning by finding unique opportunities for Christian education.
Approximate allocation of time (annually):
Worship and Preaching (preach 30-35 Sundays per year plus special services - two services each Sunday) - 30%
Mission, Outreach, and Church Growth - 15%
Pastoral Care - 15%
Organizational / Administration - 15%
Leadership of Staff/Volunteers - 15%
Christian Education - 5%
Other - 5%
Optional Links  (this is a link to the report from the Bridging Team, completed Spring 2013)   
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Change Agent
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Funds Developer
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $65,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Address Phone Numbers Relation Email
Rev. Tracy Mehr-Muska 244 North Quaker Ln, West Hartford, CT, 06119 860-685-2277 Ministry Associate at Westminster
Rev. John Merz CT AIDS Coalition, 20-28 Sargent St, Hartford, CT, 06105 860-761-6699 Ministry Associate at Westminster
Rev. Thomas G. Speers, III 230 Bushy Hill Rd, Simsbury, CT, 06070 860-817-1847 Co-Chair, Committee on Ministry, and COM Liaison
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   9/18/2013

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (860) 388-0874
Fax  (860) 581-4023 Email
PNC:  Barbara Riihimaki & Christian Cobaugh, Co-Chairs Address  65 Brookmoor Rd, West Hartford, CT, 06107
Daytime Phone  860-561-1174 / Barbara Office Phone  860-681-4488 / Christian
Fax  Email