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The Reformed Church of Bronxville - Senior Minister

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Bronxville, New York, United States

Date Posted: 04/13/2018
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:



About the Organization:

The Reformed Church of Bronxville (RCB) dates to April 9, 1850. On that day, the founders gathered on the hill above what is now the corner of Pondfield Road and Midland Avenue in Bronxville (then Underhill’s Crossing) to dedicate their first church building. It was a small, New England-style clapboard structure that remained until 1926, when the present sanctuary was completed.

A local expression of the Reformed Church in America (the former Dutch Reformed Church), RCB’s pre-history dates even further back—to 1628—when Dutch settlers held their first worship service above a grist mill at the southern tip of New Amsterdam. Services have continued uninterrupted since then, so RCB is part of the oldest Protestant church with a continuing ministry in North America.


In recent years, the Reformed Church of Bronxville has grown from a village-centered parish to a thriving house of worship that draws visitors from throughout Westchester County and the entire tri-state area.

During our visit, our Vanderbloemen team found RCB to be a mix of deep history and high-impact local ministry. It is located in the heart of a village that is as picturesque as it is influential. The opportunity to provide meaningful ministry to some of New York City’s brightest minds cannot be understated.

This is a vibrant church. There are signs of life at every level, and transformation stories happening in the building, in the community, and around the world through the people of this amazing community of faith.



About the Position:

The Senior Minister is a strong leader and visionary. He or she is able to cast a clear vision for the future while being fully respectful of the tremendous legacy of RCB. The Senior Minister is a particularly effective preacher who is called to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the congregation. He/she is able to capitalize on some of the tremendous missional programs of RCB, and create a path toward expanding their impact.

The qualified candidate will be adept at working with high-caliber staff and a sophisticated congregation. They will be a collaborator and team-builder. Through his/her energy, ideas, motivational and vision-casting skills, and compelling preaching--the attendance will increase and missional impact will continue to grow.

What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Senior Minister:


A candidate with extensive theological training is ideal for this role. A great fit for the Senior Minister would be someone with an advanced degree, a master’s degree or a doctorate degree in religious studies or a related field of study.


The candidate we are seeking has likely been a Senior Minister with a large and capable staff, and has led an organization that is somewhat complex. They are accustomed to working and leading type-A, driven, executive men and women. 

Personal Characteristics

  • A person of deep and dynamic faith with a strong belief in the power of prayer.
  • Emotionally healthy, open-minded and self-aware.
  • He/she must be able to appreciate and tap into a variety of spiritual views and traditions.
  • The Senior Minister is expected to be scholarly, yet accessible; challenging, yet realistic and practical. His/her preaching should address current and present realities with the wisdom of scripture and Christian tradition.
  • The Senior Minister embodies the Christian virtues of kindness, patience, thoughtfulness and service.
  • The Senior Minister is expected to engage in regular self-care, retreat time and continuing education.
  • The Senior Minister’s family (if applicable) will be supportive participants in his/her ministry.
  • The Senior Minister is personally committed to lifelong learning and reflects his/her commitment in preaching, teaching, and the professional development of staff members.
  • He or she is community-minded, investing time and energy into life in the village and surrounding neighborhoods, connecting through the schools, clubs, events, and government.