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First Presbyterian Church

Minister for College and University

First Presbyterian Church
Berkeley, California, United States

Date Posted: 07/31/2014
Categories: College Pastor
Denominations: Presbyterian -- PCUSA
Church Size: 1501 to 2000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley

Position Description – Exempt, Full Time, Benefits

Minister for College and University

Deadline to Apply:  August 15, 2014




Ministry Description

Just two blocks from the University of California Berkeley, First Pres is committed to engage the campus community with the gospel of Jesus Christ through a variety of existing, emerging, and potential initiatives.  Through our Fellowship of College and University Students, or FoCUS, we seek to encourage students from Cal and other nearby colleges to explore and integrate Christian faith and life in ways that deepen personal discipleship, strengthen relationships, and enlarge their vision of vocation.



To faithfully promote and develop a Christ-centered, church-based, and holistic ministry to the College and University community.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Christian Formation
  • Develop and execute the overall teaching curriculum for FoCUS, working with the coordinator and other guest teachers to ensure continuity and quality
  • Meet weekly in large and small group gatherings, as well as one-on-one to support ongoing discipleship and student development efforts
  • Create content and spiritual guidance for the intentional Christian community that lives in the 242 House on the First Pres campus
  • Plan for and lead various retreats to promote focused attention on student’s life in Christ
  • Equip FoCUS partners and student leaders to effectively encourage the integration of Christian faith and life through teaching and mentoring


  • Missional Engagement
  • Design and lead various opportunities for students to connect faith and action through our local and global mission partnerships, including but not limited to the Berkeley Project, Do Justice Day(s), and an annual international mission/transformation experience
  • Share and interpret these experiences to the larger church community and its partners through a variety of creative means
  • Help to inspire, equip, and mobilize the church to meaningfully serve in the College and University context
  • Liaison to the Veritas Graduate Student Fellowship (currently student-led) and assist wherever possible
  • Explore other ways to reach out to the University, its faculty, staff, graduate, and international communities, forging meaningful partnerships with other campus ministries, initiatives, and efforts wherever possible and appropriate


  • Community Life
  • Plan for the regular worship of FoCUS, as well as other special events throughout the year to encourage faith and deepen relationships within the College and University community
  • Provide regular and emergency pastoral care and counseling for students and others within the College and University community, partnering with colleagues and the Berkeley Christian Counseling Center as necessary
  • Provide for general oversight and supervision of the 242 House community, meeting weekly for a meal, fellowship, and group discussion
  • Encourage and facilitate opportunities for intergenerational relationships between students, children, families, and older adults within the church, including the annual All Church Conference


  • Other
  • Represent College and University Ministry at the senior staff level
  • Work with key staff, FoCUS partners, student leaders, and other volunteers to develop a vision for College and University Ministries that is commensurate with larger First Pres values and aspirations 
  • Ensure the visibility of College and University Ministries in Sunday Worship, including periodic preaching and worship leadership responsibilities
  • Regularly pray for local Colleges and the University, the City of Berkeley, the local Christian Community, and the particular witness of First Pres
  • Manifest healthy attention to family, work, personal spiritual practices, and times of rest recreation
  • Other Duties as Assigned


Desired Background and Skill Set:

  • Growing and deepening faith in Jesus Christ
  • At least four years of prior experience leading college or university ministry, including curriculum and event planning, speaking, and supervising other staff and volunteers
  • Possess a solid theology and philosophy of college and university ministry and how it fits into the larger life of the church
  • Clear passion to engage students and the academy
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Experience managing people, teams, and group process with an demonstrated ability to motivate others and delegate responsibility
  • Enthusiastic supporter of the larger ministry of First Pres and its mission and vision statements, as well as its core values and aspirations
  • Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Divinity or Higher


Reports to: Senior Pastor

Direct Reports:  College and University Coordinator; College and University Intern (TBH)

To apply, find our application form at . Return this form with your cover letter and resume to Sue H. Burger at or Sue H. Burger, First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley, CA 94704.