Open Ministry Opportunities

Ministry Opportunity Details

  Expiration Date: 12/31/2014

Name of Church or Agency:   First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak
529 Hendrie Blvd 
Royal Oak,  MI  48067
Denomination:   PC (USA)
Governing Body:   Presbytery: Detroit, Synod: Covenant
Phone:   248-541-0108
Available Position:   Assistant Pastor or Interim Associate Pastor
Position Type:   Ordained
Position Focus:   youth and young adult ministries
Ministry Experience:   Not Applicable
Employment Status:   Full Time

Contact Information

Contact Name:   Rev. Dr. Thomas F. Rice, Pastor
Contact Phone:   248-541-0108
Contact Address:   529 Hendrie Blvd
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Contact Email:
Role in Position Search:   Head of Staff

Ministry Opportunity Description

The First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak is seeking a Christ-centered candidate who is prepared to be a vital member of our community. The ideal candidate would nurture and promote the mission and vision of the church to all members with a specific emphasis on youth and young adult ministry.

Youth Ministry: (65%)

--Nurtures, encourages and teaches youth about worship and membership in the church community.

--Guides and further develops the mid- and senior-high youth ministry programs of the church through educational offerings, worship opportunities and fellowship activities including but not limited to recruiting, training and partnering with teachers and advisors, and selecting curriculum.

--Plans and coordinates with volunteers and staff special events for mid-and senior-highs. This includes retreats and mission trips that encourage spiritual growth through worship, fellowship, service, learning, and recreation.

--Publicizes the programs for mid- and senior-high youth programs through newsletters, bulletins, mailings, e-mails, Facebook, and other social media.

--Coordinates with other members of the staff, the Christian Education Committee, the Loft Ministry Team, and youth ministry volunteers to provide Christ-centered programming for mid- and senior-high youth.

--Participates in providing pastoral care, counsel and support for youth.

--Leads confirmation class and guides confirmands and mentors through the confirmation/commissioning process.

--Assists with Vacation Bible School in cooperation with the Director of Christian Education.

Young Adult Ministry: (20%)

-- Nurtures, encourages and teaches young adults about worship and membership in the church community.

--Advocates for and develops young adult ministry (ministry to 18-35 year-olds) at FPCRO.

--Coordinates young adult ministry (ministry to 18-35 year-olds) by planning and coordinating programming that nurtures spiritual growth through educational offerings, worship opportunities and fellowship activities for young adult members and friends.

--Publicizes the programs for young adults through newsletters, bulletins, mailings, e-mails, Facebook, and other social media.

--Participates in providing pastoral care, counsel and support for young adults.

Congregational Care: (occasional)

--Visits members in hospitals if Pastor/Head of Staff and Parish Associate are unavailable.

Other Pastoral Responsibilities: (15%)

--Assists in worship and celebration of the sacraments.

--Preaches approximately once every 6 weeks according to a lectionary preaching

schedule worked out with the Head of Staff. When preaching, prepares the bulletin for that Sunday.

--Works collaboratively with the staff team in planning and developing worship opportunities.

--Occasionally moderates Session and staff meetings when requested to do so by the Head of Staff and regularly participates in Session and staff meetings.

--Conducts weddings and funerals when the Head of Staff is away or unavailable.

--Participates as a member of Detroit Presbytery and participates in continuing education events annually.

--Additional duties as assigned by Head of Staff.

What is the congregation's vision for ministry? Additionally, describe how this vision is lived out.

The vision of FPCRO is to be “always growing as a community of believers, reaching out in love to the world.” Fed in worship, Christian education, spiritual formation, fellowship and mission, we joyfully are sent out to feed others. In these ways we grow as disciples, and as a community built upon life-giving relationships. We focus on the practice of hospitality—welcoming and accepting all—just as we all are uniquely valued as children of God. We feel God’s call to reach out locally to the abundance of youth and young adults in our area, to build warm and respectful relationships with neighbors of all religions and beliefs, to welcome the LGBTQ community seeking a safe and affirming congregation, to minister to the staggering poverty in our urban center and in so many parts of our world, and to celebrate God’s gifts of art and creativity. This ministry is intergenerational, blessing and being blessed in the process. This vision is lived out in transformative traditional Reformed worship with all generations leading, with music, drama and proclamation bringing the Word to life. We discern and are empowered to do things like: hosting our Muslim neighbors in a vespers service and feast; learning about an area elementary school without a library and carrying out a book drive to meet that need; and having our mission co-workers from Haiti and South Sudan connect us to their ministries through teaching and preaching.

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

We feel called to reach out to felt needs with hands-on mission in Royal Oak and areas beyond. When the school district canceled its early 5s program, our Christian Preschool created a program to meet this need. We are partnering with area churches to meet the needs of an elementary school decimated by budget problems. Intergenerational mission Saturdays include World Medical Relief, Gleaners Food Bank, and other Detroit area ministries. Annually, we host a local shelter for one week providing food, transportation and housing to homeless. God is calling us to provide opportunities for young adults to gather for fellowship in a relaxed setting. Ideas have included “theology on tap”—young adults meeting at local “hot spots” for faith-centered discussions. FPCRO youth and adult advisors are going to South Dakota this summer to help with home repairs on a Native American reservation. At the same time, we strive to meet the needs of our congregation itself. “Longest Night” services minister to those who are struggling during the holidays. Small groups bring people together in homes for Bible study and table fellowship. A lectionary Bible study, a midweek gathering for a meal and Christian nurture, and the Stephen Ministry Program (Christian-centered care for hurting people) all help to address our faith community’s needs. In these and many other ways we open ourselves to how our God-given passions and talents can meet the emerging needs of our community and constituency.

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

Our new staff member will be an assistant pastor or interim associate pastor. Our Presbytery has found the assistant pastor position to be a wonderful way for an effective discernment process, confirming a strong match between servant of God and congregation, and then by God’s grace leading to installation as an associate pastor. This position will partner in our youth (mid and senior high) and young adult (ages 18 to 35) ministries to reach out in worship, mission and education, and to build intergenerational relationships. It is not a “lone ranger” position, but one that supports where our congregation is already called and headed. The individual will be part of a multi-staff team, experiencing and participating in the synergy of acceptance and sharing gifts and seeing them multiplied in collaborative relationships. We look forward to welcoming this new staff member with an open mind to their fresh-thinking, creativity and new ideas. He or she will help all generations to experience and participate in worship that energizes and equips, exemplifying the best elements of Reformed worship and theology. Through worship, music and Christian education this person will help to ensure that the congregation is strengthened and sent out to daily experience and partner with God in the world, embodying God’s hospitality to everyone—including the youth, young adults, interfaith neighbors, and LGBTQ individuals who are part of our beloved metropolitan community.

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation.

We are seeking someone who loves God—passionately—and who lives and leads and preaches and teaches out of that Center and Source of Love. Our new staff member will be someone who embraces the Reformed tradition and knows the transformative power of mission and the gift of intergenerational relationships. He or she will reach out with the Good News of Jesus Christ in creative ways to youth and young adults in our area and will empower others to reach out, too. We seek a good communicator—both in worship leadership and in teaching and coordinating programs. Our partner in ministry will: work well in collaboration with gifted staff members and lay leaders; nurture, encourage and teach youth and young adults about worship, membership in the church community, and our Reformed theology; be open to God’s leading through the Holy Spirit and through partners in ministry; and embody the practice of Christian hospitality and welcome.

For what specific tasks, assignments and program areas will this person have responsibility?

Youth and young adult ministries will be the primary responsibilities of our new staff member. He or she will report directly to our Pastor/Head of Staff, and will work closely with our Christian Education Committee and Youth Ministry Team. This teaching elder will nurture spiritual growth in youth and young adults in a variety of ways, including Reformed worship—by participating in our corporate worship as well as in other worship opportunities; Christian Education, which includes confirmation class with a variety of adult mentors helping; and time together building relationships in fellowship, mission and the sheer joy of following Jesus together. Preaching opportunities will be about once every six weeks, using the lectionary. Secondary responsibilities are providing pastoral care—focusing again on youth and young adults, but also providing care and support for all ages when the Pastor/Head of Staff is away; working collaboratively with the staff team to plan and develop worship opportunities; and participating in our tremendous Vacation Bible School program.


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