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Tabor United Church of Christ

Lead Pastor

Tabor United Church of Christ
Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States

Date Posted: 02/20/2012
Categories: Other - Worship Pastor
Church Size: 101 to 150
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Tabor Church is a historic congregation located in a culturally diverse neighborhood in downtown Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Tabor’s congregation has just recently celebrated its 250th Anniversary. Tabor currently has two worship services. A traditional UCC service is held at 10:30 am on Sunday mornings in the second floor sanctuary. This service is currently led by a supply minister who has been working with us for approximately one year. An alternative worship service, held at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings, is led by congregational volunteers. This service is held in the first floor “Sunday school space”. We believe this space to be a very attractive area for an alternative service. An engineering firm has completed a study with recommendations to upgrade the aesthetics of the space and also install an AV system to provide multimedia capabilities for the alternative service. Implementation of the recommendations in the study is currently on hold until a leader is found to help us with this process. Tabor’s membership has been declining over the past few years resulting in an older congregation with few remaining children and youth. The members that remain active are very open with each other. We feel that we have overcome the issues that have resulted in the declining membership. We feel the group is ready and willing to move forward and spread the word of Christ within Tabor and throughout the community.

Candidates are asked to contact Bryan Haag at (267)253-2923 with questions and submit resumes to Tabor Church, 124 South 10th St, Lebanon, Pa 17042 to the attention of Bryan Haag. Tabor’s website can be found at Resumes can be emailed to to the attention of Bryan.

Position: “Lead” Pastor
Reports to: Church Council
Main Purpose: Oversee and Direct Alternative Worship Experience
Hours: Fulltime

Personal Qualifications:
-Called by God with a strong personal faith.
-A life characterized by the fruit of the Spirit and qualities of life defined in Scripture for
spiritual leadership.
-Lives out a pattern of spiritual development characterized by prayer, Bible study and
-Shows a desire to grow, develop, and mature, both spiritually and professionally.
-Demonstrates commitment to ministry and encouragement of others toward the same.
-Displays spirit of cooperation and willingness to serve.
-A dynamic speaker who can relate the scripture to daily life.
-Supports Tabor Church’s purpose, mission, priorities, and ministry.

Preferred Education/Experience:
-Master’s Degree in theology or Bible.
-Minimum of 2-4 years in leadership in a growing and vibrant ministry.
-Experience in ministry transition towards an Alternative Worship format.
-Experience in organizing and leading volunteer efforts both in the church and in the local
-Experience with social media and worship technology.
-Experience creating environments for people to connect with God and each other.

-Develop and effectively communicate the new mission and vision of Tabor Church.
-Lead the expansion and enhancement of the alternative worship service.
-Develop the elements of the service to include the blending of music, video,
teaching, and sacraments into a unified experience.
-Help create the physical environment (look and feel), through upgrading room
cosmetics and audio/lighting technology.
-Bring new and creative ideas that will energize worship and ministries.
-Emphasize personal spiritual growth and commitment among current members.
-Promote a growth mindset throughout Tabor Church.
-Emphasizing evangelism to attract new attendees.
-Reconnecting with inactive members.
-Inspire people to become actively involved in the work of the church both in attendance
and service.
-Organize and lead volunteer efforts,within Tabor Church and in the local community.
-Maintain a healthy sense of humor.
-Take a very organized approach to gathering new ideas and follow through on ideas that
are worthy of further consideration and implementation.
-Exercise ability to relate to young families, 20somethings, youth, and children.
-Reenergize youth ministries and promote youth activities inside and outside the church.
-Provide Care, visitation of sick and elderly with compassion.
-Promote mission work to the community and the world.
-Develop paths to enhance fellowship and individual connectedness within the church.