Lytton Zion United Church of Christ

Pastor

Lytton Zion United Church of Christ
Delta, Ohio, United States


Date Posted: 02/28/2017
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Church of Christ
Church Size: 50 to 100
Job Type: Part-Time

Job Description:

     We are a small family church, moderately conservative, located in the heart of four small villages, Delta, Lyons, Metamora and Swanton.  Our weekly attendance averages 30-40, including a diverse age group between 3 - 87 years of age.  Official membership is 119.  We strive, with the help of God, to serve our congregation, and community through mission and the relationship with other local congregations.  While we are small insize, our mission program is very strong, supporting 30+ missions throughout the year.

     We welcome a pastor who is enthusiastic with a warm and nurturing heart, and with a desire to guide Lytton Zion along paths of spiritual growth and beneficial change.  In reviewing other statements on leadership – many churches seem to have sugar coated their church and congregational status.  Let’s be honest – all churches have their ‘ups and downs’.

 

 

COORDINATION WITH THE CONGREGATION:  We have very strong lay leadership involvement and have had very supportive, cooperative relationships in the past with the church’s pastors.  Within the worship service, we have lay volunteers that do a Children’s Sermon weekly, lead Announcements, Call to Worship, and Openings, Prayers, and Psalter Readings.  We are willing to work with a Pastor’s desire to use his/her strengths in ways they desire.  Typically, our pastor will lead Sharing of Joys and Concerns, followed by Morning Prayer, the Offering Invitation and Prayer of Dedication, their choice of Scripture to support their message and a Benediction.  We hope that an incoming Pastor will value the partnership in conducting the worship service and involvement of others, and yet not be afraid to switch things up a bit and makes changes.

 

We purchased New Hymnals in 2016 to include many of our Praise Hymns that we previously had a folder with over 75 songs in.  We try to blend both, our beloved Hymns with Praise Hymns, in our weekly services.

 

Our parishioners vary from knowing their Bibles extremely well to those that are learning to find things and many of the “Bible” stories that some believe everyone has heard, they will not know.  They are coming to learn as Adults, about Jesus love and stories. 

Traditionally the Council takes the lead in most aspects of the church including taking care of the finances.  When our Council addresses Pastoral Finances, we ask the Pastor to step out, whether for Budget purposes or otherwise.  In the past, our Pastor has seen a need to speak to church financial needs, but normally we expect the pastor to be focused on “spiritual matters”.  The men act more in “hands on” aspect, while the council is made up of a majority of women.  The youth gladly pitch in to help in the church and assist gladly with various services.  Worship Service, Sacraments and Confirmation are the main aspects were the main emphasis of our pastors.

 

We have a good number of professional people and dedicated persons to help with the operating of the church and business.  Much of the business of the church is done voluntarily, from weekly flowers, a monthly Newsletter, Bulletins, church maintenance, changing up banners frequently, cleaning altar hardware, setting up annual Nativity scene and caring for the figurines, weekly cleaning, organist and pianists to leading the Confirmation Class.  

 

We also have a good number of persons with strong personalities and feelings.  It can be difficult to tackle some areas that are special to various areas they feel strongly about.  There are multiple family ties within the church.  In a time of distress, the church pulls together like few others. 

 

MISSIONS:  We are strongly committed to missions, local and afar, but mostly within the United States.  We have Missions that we have been supporting with taking items from the area to doing work trips at for over 30 years.  We have been focusing on more local missions recently attempting to help our communities and neighbors within 30 miles or so.  We assist in food, clothing and daily needs as well as other missions.  Mission endeavors have helped us to work together while serving others in need.  We would like our pastor to share our passion and work with us in these areas.

 

COMMUNITY:  We have a strong history of community involvement, so we would like a pastor who can work together with other clergy in the community, creating an ever presence in the area.  The Evergreen area clergy meet on a monthly basis addressing ecumenical programs, mission concerns, and offer assistance with school related guidance. 

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