Senior Pastor Calling
Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (Cornerstone hereafter) was officially chartered on September 12, 2001 as an independent church. Cornerstone began as Zion EM (English Ministry) on February 1998 before the church received its independence from Zion Presbyterian Church and began its ministry in September 2001 as Cornerstone. In February 2006 Cornerstone became a particularized church in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), our affiliate denomination. By establishing a governmental and structural independence, Cornerstone has had a great deal of freedom to exercise multifaceted areas of ministries reaching beyond the confines of specific language and cultural boundaries.
Our Local Community
According to the 2010 census Montgomery County has a population of 799,874 of whom 79% are white, 6.4% are Asian, 8.7% are Black or African American, 4.3% are Hispanic and 1.6% are other. Montgomery County is home to large and growing African American, Korean American, Puerto-Rican American, Mexican American, and Indian American populations. The county has the second –largest foreign-born population in the region. Of the 286,098 households, 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were not families. About 25.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the county, the population was distributed as 24.10% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. The median income for a household in the county was $60,829, and for a family was $72,183 (these figures had risen to $73,701 and $89,219, respectively, as of a 2007 estimate).
The median resident age is 38.1 years and the median income is $54,397. Owner occupation has substantially increased in recent years
We have a membership of 62 members at present (though approximately another 54 individuals who are regular attenders.) There are slightly more women than men, and about 94% of the fellowship are Korean Americans. All candidates for membership attend a short course and are interviewed by elders of the church to establish their faith in Christ; Membership courses are run regularly throughout the year.
We have a Leadership Team comprised of two elders and four deacons.
The Leadership Team are the trustees of the church, and are formally "responsible for the pastoral care of the members, the oversight and direction of ministry, worship, teaching, membership, fellowship, evangelism, finance, premises, all organizations and matters of policy, programme and leadership".
Cornerstone is a maturing family church that exists to bring the good news of Jesus to our diverse community in Lansdale and the greater Philadelphia area. Our aim is to grow as followers of Jesus in our diverse culture.
This vision grows out of the application of Ephesians 4:11-16. The text teaches what the church must look like as a response to God’s loving grace (Ephesians 2:8, 9). God established leaders with various gifts and talents for building up the church for these purposes:
1. To equip the saints for the work of ministry
2. To build up the body of Christ
3. To bring unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God
4. To stand firm in the faith and against false doctrines and religious manipulations
To attain the purposes of what God intends for the church, the redeemed people of God must grow. Ephesians tells us to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ (v. 15); and when the church is working properly, then God makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love (v. 16).
For Cornerstone the term grow is used in a technical sense as we pursue the realization of the vision personally and corporately. It is expressed in three ways:
- To grow with God through worship
- To grow in Faith through the power of the gospel
- To grow with Community through deeds of mercy and service.
Our Religious Beliefs
Cornerstone was founded upon Reformed principles because we believe that the Reformed world-view presents a consistent teaching in line with the historical Christian faith. It is a deep and rich foundation that has been proven throughout centuries that whoever stands upon the solid rock will stand against all storms of heresy, false teaching, and hypocrisy.
Worship Services and Programs
Cornerstone currently has one service on Sundays at 1pm. We have large group fellowship, small group, youth group, and weekly prayer meetings. All worship services, fellowship and prayer meetings are done in English. The large group meets on a monthly basis as a way to facilitate a sense of community with our members. Bible trivia games are also used as a way to encourage members to read the bible. Small groups meet once a month in a more intimate setting to study the bible and to share openly with each member about one’s faith and struggles. Youth group meets once a week to study the Word and to share about struggles and obstacles they face in the world.
Cornerstone currently has 8 committees: worship, finance, missions, mercy/outreach, fellowship, administration, facility and education.
Pulpit Search Committee
The pulpit search committee consists of five members: one elder, two deacons and two laypersons. There are three officers: chairman, vice chairman and secretary.
- Duties of chairman – chairs all meetings, provides leadership and direction, makes assignments of specific tasks, keeps process moving, makes progress reports to the congregation, insures prospects are advised of their status in a timely way
- Duties of vice chairman – chairs meetings in chairman’s absence, maintains records of all names submitted to the committee, contacts prospects to determine interest and request MDF and sermon tape
- Duties of secretary – keeps minutes of all meetings, provides committee members with copies of minutes, types correspondence for chairman and vice chairman, as required
Cornerstone operates within an annual budget that is to break-even to profitable, with revenues averaging approximately $180,000.
Pastor’s Job Description
Cornerstone Presbyterian Church seeks a Pastor to work alongside with the Session to encourage the maturation and growth of Cornerstone. He needs to be an ordained minister in the PCA church and have a passion for the lost souls, the teaching and preaching of God’s Word, administering of the sacraments, raising up lay leaders to be salt and light in their community and leading in regular corporate worship. He needs to have knowledge and/or experience working with Korean American culture. The man that we seek will shepherd the congregation along with the Session, calling on his assigned members and attendees to encourage and pray with them on a regular basis. He will be asked, as a member of the Korean Eastern Presbytery, to attend all
Presbytery meetings as able and to communicate with the national General Assembly. While the session seeks to work as a plurality and as a team (bearing one another’s burdens), it will be the responsibility of the Pastor to:
- Lead the session in the role of moderator. Administration and workflow of the church.
- Provide management of and support for the paid and volunteer staff.
- Develop the fledgling ministries and raise up lay leaders to join in the work of Christ’s Kingdom that is “already but not yet.”
Essential functions of the job will be to prepare and preach approximately 50 sermons per year and plan liturgy for most Sunday services and special Holiday services as well. Cornerstone has a tradition of monthly communion and it is expected that he will administer monthly communion or make plans for it in his absence. In order to meet the short-term goals set out by the session, it is expected for the pastor to help in expanding the community group ministry, provide discipleship within the church, equip lay leaders and help to solidify the youth and children’s ministries. In regards to pastoral care, it is expected that the pastor will work with the elders and deacons in coordination of congregational care. It is also expected that he will fulfill the need for officiating baptisms, weddings and funerals.
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To apply for this job opening, please first post your resume.
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