Please review Kirkwood's MIF #10126.AB0 at clc.pcusa.org for additional information and self-referral instructions. This position is suitable for a first call or an experienced pastor. Open to manse or housing allowance.
Kirkwood Presbyterian Church of Springfield, Virginia is seeking a part time solo pastor who can joyfully join our community of faith in seeking, serving and sharing Jesus Christ. We welcome a pastor to grow outwardly through mission, to cherish the diversity of our members, and to provide energy to everyone. As a church relying on a pastor to provide leadership, guidance and inspiration, we are looking for someone who has a nurturing personality, good humor, and enthusiasm.
As a church started over 50 years ago, the demographics of the West Springfield area in which we are located have changed immensely. However, the heart of our congregation has stayed the same even as our makeup starts to change to reflect our community. By sharing our faith through worship, stewardship, Christian education, mission and outreach, we spread the good news of Jesus Christ. We strive with God’s help to provide a haven for all who are seeking a church home. With a smaller membership, our congregation continues to be a generous church. Members donate to Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO), make hundreds of sandwiches each month for So Others May Eat (SOME), and support many other ministries for members and the local community. Volunteers assist the small church staff in making Kirkwood a welcoming, family-centered church whose small size allows members to truly feel like a family.
We are dedicated to fulfilling the goals of time, talent and financial resources in keeping Kirkwood a living font of Christ’s love.
With scriptures to guide us, prayers to sustain us and the Holy Spirit to direct us, our congregation willfully works to address the various spiritual and economic needs of the surrounding community. Leaning on the words of Christ’s great commission, we provide opportunities for all ages to participate in activities to show God’s love. Our Community and Volunteerism are a big part of Kirkwood. Called upon to share God’s love with our neighbors; inside the church and the neighborhood as a whole, we share God’s love by:
- Making sandwiches for SOME
- Food pantry for ECHO
- Kids Helping Kids
- Crop Walk
- Thanksgiving Baskets for the needy
- Angel tree
- Trunk or Treat
- Provide facilities for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, AA, and a substance abuse group
- Share our sanctuary with the Washington Mission Church, a Korean congregation
- Concerts at Kirkwood, a series of church sponsored professional concerts
We address the needs of our congregation both spiritually and socially. We foster spiritual growth through programs such as:
- Bible studies
- Guest speakers
- Sunday school
- Wednesday Evening Bible Study (WEBS)
We build a sense of community and well-being by organizing events like:
- Book Club
- Monthly Men’s Breakfast Group
- Chili cookoff and potlucks
- Veteran’s Day Breakfast
We want to grow outwardly through mission and expanded community presence, while maintaining our warm, tight bond caring for each other. We shall succeed in growing our church with your leadership by accomplishing the following:
- Provide our congregation and the community with thoughtful and energizing Bible centered sermons to refresh and renew our spirits on Sunday morning
- Cherish our political and theological diversity that welcomes all and is prepared for lively conversations
- Interact with our youth through engaging and exciting children sermons, relationships, and being a positive presence
- Shepherd our congregation through strong and decisive leadership to develop our own talents
- Become an asset to our community by exploring new initiatives for outreach to make Kirkwood more visible
- Share and implement innovative and thought provoking ideas (this may be redundant from the #1 growth)
- Continue to walk with God and follow the example and teachings of Christ
- Keep the Session focused and accountable to our future goals on behalf of the congregation
- Lovingly work through conflict if any arise when it arises
The pastor’s leadership should be an inspiration and energizer to the congregation. Our membership has decreased over the past (10) years, and we desire a pastor who has experience and skills to recharge us in our efforts to become a larger beacon of light to the community through mission and outreach. The pastor should be able to provide an innovative vision for the future and growth of the church. Accordingly, the pastor should have a youthful heart who can engage the children and support the education committee in creating more opportunities for young families to join Kirkwood. As a church in a large metropolitan area with a theologically and politically diverse congregation, we hope the pastor can relate sermons that are Biblically strong and are inclusive to all; challenging but not polarizing. Someone who is cautious and precise in the language he/she chooses to use. The pastor should enjoy preaching from a scholarly approach and be able to use ancient Greek, Latin and Hebrew text. The pastor should possess a nurturing and warm personality who is comfortable with all age groups and particularly caring for the sick and shut-ins.