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Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church (WPC) is an inclusive congregation. We strive to be “COMMUNITY THROUGH CHRIST AND IN CHRIST,” conveying warmth, welcome, and the unity of Spirit. We fulfill this vision for ministry when we strengthen our congregants’ spiritual development with substantive programming and empower them as directed by Word and Spirit to serve within our local fellowship and in the community beyond our walls. This vision enables us to draw closer to Christ and to profoundly know God’s love, see it manifested in the lives of all in the congregation, and share God’s light and love – planting seeds of faith, nurturing the growing souls, supporting from the tempests, healing the wounded, and comforting the weary.
We are seeking a co-pastor who will be a leader of people, and a dutiful follower of Christ; well-prepared but with a learning spirit; ready to guide the spiritual growth of the congregants, yet ready to grow from the Spirit’s touch that may come from the most senior to the tiniest of the congregants. Our co-pastor will initiate change where needed, yet will also recognize and support successful ministries. The co-pastor will have a high emotional intelligence and a peaceful spirit built upon a deep relationship with the Lord. The co-pastor will radiate God’s love and peace, a true servant of God, yet will stand strong for righteousness, addressing conflict where it may arise - to bring the balm of grace. Our co-pastor will bring excitement and energy to tasks, yet quietly listen to that ‘still small voice’ for guidance on what those tasks should be. As Christ shows God’s love to all of us, the co-pastor will be a joyful and consistent channel of that love for every congregant and beyond to the community.
We are in the unique position of calling someone to walk alongside our pastor of 21+ years who will retire in 3-4 years. This is a permanent position that will continue even after the retirement of our current pastor. Expectations are that a co-pastor candidate is generally capable of handling all the responsibilities of a solo-pastor. During the next 3-4 years, the co-pastors will be absolute allies for one another, presenting a unified ministry. There are some non-negotiable duties. These include fully sharing responsibility and involvement for worship leadership, pastoral care, and moderating Session, as well as preaching at 50% of the worship services.
It is expected that the CPNC or Personnel Committee will work with the co-pastors to negotiate an equitable division of labor with respect to the remaining pastoral responsibilities. Some may be shared and some may not. That will depend on the particular passions and strengths of the co-pastors.