Purpose and Scope: With God's inspiration will provide vision, spiritual leadership and direction for the overall ministry, mission and programs of the church, ensuring a standard of excellence commensurate with a high expectation church.
Strategic Vision: Lead the development, communication and implementation of strategic plans and major initiatives, including meaningful goals.
Spiritual Development: Envision and coordinate integrated plans for a comprehensive worship program, leading a dynamic preaching ministry encompassing a variety of services and worship styles. Provide vision and oversight for programs of church-wide education and discipleship, evangelism, mission, fellowship and congregational care.
Outreach and Evangelism: Provide leadership to create programs serving those in need and fostering welcoming the un-churched in our community.
Faith-giving Stewardship: Provide vision and leadership to experience a deeper commitment to the faith-giving ministry.
Organization Development: Provide spiritual direction, support and mentoring for the clergy and leadership team for spiritual growth and discipleship nurturing a philosophy of functioning as equippers.
Administration: Work with the Elders in the governance of Valley's affairs serving as Moderator of the Session and Congregation. Oversee and motivate all leadership and ministry areas in accomplishing the initiatives of the church. Initiate organizational plans for clergy, staff and volunteer groups to reach our goals.
Description of Characteristics and Qualifications:
We need a visionary leader, one who can help us understand and execute God's plan for Valley Presbyterian Church. One who can communicate well, can excite and motivate our leaders and congregation to pursue and achieve our strategic goals and initiatives. Our new leader will be young in thought, vigorous and energetic. Our need is for a knowledgeable and gifted, biblically based preacher who is committed to the Reformed tradition, who can challenge us, who can give us daily life application and Christian response to social issues. We are seeking a spiritual leader who lives a life demonstrating enthusiasm for Jesus Christ and the values of a committed Christian. One who is well grounded in the understanding and spiritual practices of the Reformed and Presbyterian faith. Our need is for a leader who is effective with interpersonal relationships, who connects well inter-generationally. In administrative aspects the Senior Pastor as head of staff must be a leader, one who balances empowerment and involvement, be adept at conflict resolution, ensure timely decision-making and guide the achievement of meaningful results. Leading by example, our new Head of Staff will be compassionate, objective and supportive of our clergy and staff development.
Church Mission Statement:
The purpose of Valley Presbyterian Church is to be “a Community Where Jesus Christ Transforms Lives.” We seek to bring members of our congregation and the community at large into a growing relationship with our Lord. Our programs and ministries are defined by our four spiritual convictions: Belonging, Attracting, Serving and Equipping and we will live out these spiritual convictions through our five strategic initiatives; Worship, Servant Ministry, Community Groups, Family & Children’s Ministry and Encore University. We seek to provide dynamic worship as the first priority in church life. We have always been well known for the excellence of our preaching, music and liturgy. We have committed ourselves to be a center for biblical learning and discipleship for adults, children and youth. Our clergy, staff and members strive to be a source of compassionate healing and caring for all. We minister and serve others through our mission and evangelism programs. We expect to bring individuals, couples and families to Christ through our outreach, the promotion of our programs, the warmth of our welcome, and the education and nurture of our members and non-members. In our Christian mission, we seek to identify and support those in need in the local, national and international community, and to encourage our members to serve as volunteers in mission. We see the life and teaching of Jesus in servant leadership as lighting the path for Valley’s growing mission.
Church Programs or Accomplishments:
Our members expect and thrive upon an excellent pulpit ministry in both our traditional and contemporary services. Our highly regarded music ministry includes an excellent chancel choir, bell choir and our contemporary worship praise team. We enhance our music program with accompanists, soloists and special classical programs for the general public. Our Children and Student Ministries offer programs from preschool through high school, including Sunday School, midweek meetings, social events, Bible study, retreats, camps and service opportunities. We have a strong, well-developed caring ministry, including our Deacon and Stephen ministries which provide services to our members in need. Our Divorce Recovery program reaches individuals inside and outside the church. Age based community groups are an integral part of church life. The groups are engaged in Bible study, community volunteer projects and friendship gatherings. We take seriously our charge to be “Serving with Selfless Loving.” We support many worthy missions, locally and internationally. We regularly hold Days of Service and call upon our members to turn out for community service work. The Valley Day School has offered preschool classes since 1962, with a full enrollment of 125. Our Sports Ministry offers basketball, gymnastics, dancing and exercise. Our Presbyterian Women have a major mission fundraising event known as Cook’s Tour. We constantly strive to be “a Community Where Jesus Christ Transforms Lives.”
The Gifts, Skills and Experiences Your Congregation Possesses to Fulfill its Mission:
The greatest asset of Valley Presbyterian Church is its congregation. As a larger church, we have the ability to offer a wide breadth and depth of programs and mission opportunities both from a volunteer perspective as well as providing financial aid to strengthen the communities where we are engaged. Our ten acre campus includes a variety of facilities to serve our members and house various ministries. In January, our Session unanimously approved the newest outreach ministry of the church with the development of a senior-university program called Encore University. Encore University was created to address our senior members: their spiritual, social, cultural and physical needs, by building new relationships (Attracting), fostering a sense of community (Belonging), studying scripture and other life learning experiences (Equipping), and living enriched lives and faith via action (Serving). The Congregational Care and Fellowship Committee of the church have approximately 30 separate care ministries serving our church family and surrounding community. Valley Church is fiscally sound. Recognizing that our church needs to have financial security for the future, Valley Presbyterian Foundation contributes annually towards the financial support of the church and its ministries. We rejoice as we look forward to our future. We are confident that our membership is a vast reservoir of talent that will respond to our church’s vision.
Key Theological Issues of Our Church and Society:
There are several theological issues at the intersection of our church and our society that find expression throughout Valley Presbyterian Church. Our responses to these issues create an identity for VPC, and our ministries seek to create environments and opportunities where Jesus Christ can transform lives.
The message of Christ calls us to be in mission to people locally and around the globe. VPC meets this call locally through partnerships with churches and community centers in the Downtown Phoenix area, through the proceeds generated during the Cook’s Tour, and with food donations to ICM. Globally, through work in Malawi, the church provides a daily meal to several thousand orphan children.
The compassion of Christ calls us to be a place where all are welcome. VPC uses several approaches; giving visitors a warm welcome as they arrive on campus; opening our hearts and minds to help them become members; assisting engagement into worship services and small groups; nurturing them as they continue in active involvement; and guiding them as they witness and reach others in our community.
The example of Christ calls us to speak to individuals in a way that is relevant. VPC strives to create worship experiences that are applicable, inspiring, engaging, and glorify our God. We live in a constantly evolving world, and seek to remain faithful to the Gospel amid changing ideas about formality, affiliation, and engagement as it relates to the congregation.