Full-Time Temporary Supply Pastor, Head of Staff - Detroit, MI


Listed 08-21-2018
Calvary Presbyterian Church, 19125 Greenview, Detroit, Michigan 48219 | 313-537-2590 | www.calvarypresbyofdet.net/
Detroit, MI
Start Date
Full Time

Background Information

Calvary Presbyterian Church is a member of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., located within the Synod of the Covenant.  A good part of Calvary’s mission is to Live as Ambassadors of Christ and serve the needs of our Multicultural / Racial Ethnic community.

Calvary is an urban, inner city church of approximately  115 active members located on the northwest side of the City of Detroit.  Calvary began as a Mission Sunday School in May of 1868.  In 1872 it was officially organized by the Presbytery of Detroit.  During its history Calvary moved locations on several occasions.  Calvary moved to its present location in September of 1991. 

Calvary is in an economically disadvantaged community of Detroit.  The County of Wayne has estimated that 46% of the households in Calvary’s service area are either near or below the poverty level. Poverty invariably subjects a population to injustice, discrimination and the need for hands-on services.

Calvary puts forth an effort to maintain a Christian presence by addressing the needs of the community through supportive services in addition to regular church responsibilities.  The neighborhood where Calvary is located has largely transitioned from one of predominately home owners to one of predominately renters.  Calvary is committed to its mission to serve, which means to provide building space to the community for meetings, services and activities.  Utility costs have become a factor in allowing building use for community support programming and Evangelism.

Purpose of the Position

The Temporary Supply Pastor will be responsible for moderating the Session and for providing pastoral leadership and administrative oversight of the church’s ministries including worship, music, preaching, teaching, mission service, stewardship and fellowship.  He/she will work with the Session and the Church staff to provide opportunities for members to participate in worship, discipleship and mission.  He/she will use their developed temporary supply-specialist skills to assess the congregation’s current and long-term needs.  He/she will provide inspiring counsel and leadership to help the Church identify what it is called to be in the future.  The Temporary Supply Pastor will support the congregation so that it can continue to identify its mission and purpose during the time between installed pastors.  He/she will assist in preparing the congregation for new pastoral leadership.


This is a full-time position.  The Temporary Supply Pastor / Head of Staff is accountable directly to the Session, and through the Committee on Ministry (COM) to the Presbytery of Detroit.   There will be scheduled performance reviews by the Session and the Presbytery’s COM.

Primary Responsibilities



  • To provide a biblically based preaching and teaching ministry to a church in transition.  Plan and lead all worship services in consultation with the Music & Worship Committee.
  • To administer the sacraments of communion and baptism in addition to officiating weddings and funeral services for members of the congregation and by others approved by the Session.  
  • To moderate Session meetings and meet with church committees, constituents and stake holders monthly or as needed.
  • Teach Bible and related study programs


  • Serve as Head of Staff, as such, strive to maintain a collegial atmosphere with each of the ministries and programs of the church.
  • Conduct staff meetings with Church staff and standing Church committees as needed.
  • Communicate with Church staff daily to ensure that specific needs are addressed immediately.

Session Support

  • Support and assist the Stewardship Committee in the design and implementation of the annual stewardship campaign.
  • Work diligently with the Finance Committee and assist in developing endowment gifts and bequests.
  • Serve as Moderator of Session.
  • Expedite and facilitates the self-study process.
  • Interact with the Personnel Committee to address staff issues in a timely manner.

Pastoral Care

  • To provide pastoral services for those in crisis situations, visit church members, provide counseling and support as needed.
  • Meet with congregation members and constituents to design and develop personalized care and to support them through baptism, funeral and wedding services. 

Presbytery Support

  • Attend Presbytery meetings and report significant developments to the Session.
  • Encourage elders and members to support and participate in Presbytery and denominational programs.

Additional Responsibilities


  • Help the congregation and Session come to terms with Calvary’s history, including understanding and valuing where the congregation has been.
  • Facilitate the congregation and Session to discover a new identity, congruent with, but no longer defined by, the past.
  • Support the congregation in building commitment to new leadership and to a new future, developing a shared vision and working relationships with each other and with new leadership.
  • Expedite and facilitate the self-study process by securing leadership, resources and support.

Mutual Expectations of the Temporary Supply Pastor and Session

  • Both parties understand that the Temporary Supply Pastor will not participate in, or influence the work of, the Pastor Nominating Committee but will ensure cooperation for requests from the committee.
  • The Temporary Supply Pastor and Session will work in a collegial manner to establish goals for the future, provide prayer and spiritual support to one another and to the congregation for the building of the Body of Christ.
  • The Temporary Supply Pastor and Session affirm that invitations to a former pastor for pastoral care, weddings, funerals or other pastoral care or services will come only from the Temporary Supply Pastor when he/she deems it appropriate.

Principal Terms of Contract

  • The contract will be for a twelve-month term, subject to renewal two times, for a maximum of three years’ service, with the approval of the Session and the Presbytery’s COM.
  • The Temporary Supply Pastor may apply and be considered for the position of Called Pastor.
  • Either party may terminate said contract with 30-days prior notification along with the consent of the Presbytery’s COM.

Qualifications and Experience

  • PC(U.S.A.) Teaching Elder
  • Completion of Week 1 of the interim Ministry Training program required;  completion of Week 2 desired.

Calvary Presbyterian Church is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Respond to:

Lorn Coleman, Elder & Member of Temporary Pastor Search Committee


please write “Pastor Search Committee” in subject line

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