Pastoral Candidate Profile Overview
Calvary Church is a multi-generational, ethnically-diverse, Christ-centered, Evangelical Free Church of about 600 located in the New England town of Trumbull, CT. Calvary envisions an outwardly-focused ministry centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ to families of various generational stages in the greater Trumbull area and beyond.
The next Senior Pastor should be able to relate to those in their 30’s and 40’s and have proven pastoral leadership. He should be a seminary graduate and have strong teaching and preaching skills. He should be a visionary leader and a team builder, seeking to train, empower, equip and release the staff and congregants to do the work of the ministry.
The next Senior Pastor will be responsible to lead our staff and implement the vision developed by the Overseeing Board. All boards, committees, organizations and ministries will be accountable (directly or indirectly) to the Senior Pastor, who is accountable to the Overseeing Board of which he will be a voting member.
The Senior Pastor should have a strong commitment to the Word of God and to seeing non-believers come to know and grow in Christ. He should be articulate with strong interpersonal skills and a passion for learning.
Calvary Evangelical Free Church
Church and Community Profile
Evangelical Free Church Doctrinal Statement
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God; without error in the original writings; the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men; and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
We believe in One God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14)
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Majesty on High. He now is our High Priest and Advocate. (John 1:1; Hebrews 8:1; I Corinthians 15:3, 4)
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age to convict men; regenerate the believing sinner; indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for Godly living and service. (John 15:26; John 16:8)
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. (Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:12)
We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only those who receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become believers. (John 3:3; John 1:12; John 3:16)
We believe that water baptism for the believer and the Lord's Supper (Communion) for the believer
are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation nor as a requirement for membership. (Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 11:23-26)
We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been born anew by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. (I Corinthians 12:12-14)
We believe that only those who are thus members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church. (Acts 2:47)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs. (Colossians 1:18)
We believe in the personal and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this "blessed hope" has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment. (I Corinthians 15:51-54)
Calvary Church began as a public meeting of the newly formed Scandinavian Mission in Bridgeport on Thanksgiving Day on 1889. Its members were immigrants from Norway, Sweden and Denmark who desired to fellowship with one another and worship God in their native tongue. The fellowship became affiliated with what is now known as the Evangelical Free Church of America in 1918, and held its first service in its present location in January 1957. Calvary has had number of faithful Senior Pastors in its 120 year history. Most recently we’ve enjoyed long tenured Senior Pastors Paul Anderson from 1948-1985, and David McIntyre from 1985-2011. In addition, Calvary has a history of long tenured associate pastors, often serving more than 10 or 15 years.
Vision and Future
The vision of Calvary Church is to make, to encourage, and to equip believers to share God’s grace and love demonstrated through Christ to families and the community through authentic relationships, loving service and outwardly focused ministries.
The pursuit of God—we value delighting in God and in celebrating his grace filled redemptive work through acts of worship and prayer. We will seek to be led by the Spirit as we consider all facets of our church life both as we relate to those inside the church community and those outside. For this reason, since the Spirit moves in mysterious ways, we’ll be open to innovation and risk taking as we consider the life of our church.
Mission and Service—we value mission, service, and the declaration of Gods worth to those who have yet to experience the grace of God. We are especially concerned to share the gospel with those for whom religion is an outward duty devoid of joy and life. We value moving out of our building and into our community through a variety of acts of service, generosity, and kindness. This would include how we work in business, education, law, sport, and neighborhood life.
Spiritual maturity—we value discipleship, spiritual formation, and the maturity that flows out of a clear sense of the gospel’s work in all facets of our lives. This includes a commitment to the great doctrines of the Christian faith and in particular to the gospel of grace demonstrated in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Authentic community—we value authentic relationships where Christian community is built as we walk in brokenness and vulnerability before God and each other. As such we will be radically committed to community and relational reconciliation. We will seek to resist the temptation to live under the yoke of American individualism and the selfish distrust engendered by it. For that reason, we are committed to the whole deploying the entire body in various acts of service and ministry to those both inside and outside the church body.
Calvary added its current building in 1987. It is an excellent facility with a multi-purpose room capable of either holding 500 people for worship services, or being a full-service gym, or a full-service banquet hall with a commercial kitchen. We also have a mid-sized fellowship hall, a library, numerous classrooms, numerous offices, and a beautiful sanctuary that holds 200 people. We have no debt on the current property. We have a building plan to add a new foyer, new office suite, and additional classrooms. Timing for this project is yet to be determined. We also own 2 single family houses and a duplex on campus for optional pastoral/missionary housing.
The congregation is generationally diverse in age, economic status, and stage of life. The peak attendance was in the mid-1990’s with approximately 800 people attending on any given Sunday. Current attendance averages around 600 between 2 different services on Sunday morning. We are predominantly a Caucasian congregation over the age of 40, however we have many families with children and youth. As in many congregations today, there is a void in the 20’s and early 30’s age range.
Calvary is located in a diverse and relatively affluent community. Our community is buoyant compared to the US average with between 3.2% and 5.2% growth in Trumbull. In addition, we are a relatively affluent community. The median average income range for Trumbull is greater than $100K in Trumbull. However, our neighboring city, Bridgeport, has a median average income of less than $45K. We currently have 7.4% unemployment in our surrounding communities. In addition, we are a relatively stable community with over 80% of households having lived in the same house from 2006-2010. We have a median home value of $305K. Ninety percent (90%) of Trumbull residents own a home. We are primarily Caucasian overall.
We are a relatively young community, with 23% of our population under 18 Yrs of age, and only 14% over 65 years. We are densely populated at over 5,000 people / Sq mile. Over 60% of households are married couples with families. About 8% of households include someone other than a spouse or child in the home.
In Trumbull, less than 30% of the population has graduated from a 4 year college (Bachelor’s degree or higher). Nearly half of college graduates have gone on to obtain a Graduate or professional degree.
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