Interim Senior Pastor

Southern New England Conference for Saugatuck Congregational Church

Westport, CT 06880

Denomination: Congregational

Category: Senior Pastor, Lead Pastor

Church Size: 100 - 250

Salary: $100,000+

Posted on: November 04, 2023

Time Type: Interim


Job Description:

Saugatuck Congregational Church (SCC) is a vibrant, active community of people who gather to worship, learn, work, and play together. Our doors, congregation, and communion table are open to all. Our vision is to be a community of Christ, welcoming all people, learning to love and serve God and neighbor. We believe that God loves everyone unconditionally and is present with and through us. Saugatuck is proud to be an Open and Affirming congregation.

Our congregation consists of approximately 180 members, 40% of whom attend services actively and participate in the life of the church. We have begun rebuilding after Covid and welcomed 8 new members in 2023, with more families pending the next Member Sunday. We are known for our inclusive, welcoming environment, our love for children that extends beyond our congregation, our passion for social and environmental justice, our celebration of music and fine arts, and our active engagement in missions.

We are looking for a compassionate, experienced, and skilled interim pastor to help us grieve, reflect, and discern who we have been, who we are now, and who God is calling us to be. The successful candidate will be called to help us navigate the challenges and opportunities that come with pastoral transition.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate spiritual leadership and pastoral care, the ability to build bridges and heal conflict, knowledge of governance and lay leader best practices, a fierce commitment to inclusivity, and keen observational skills to help us see ourselves and our mission with fresh eyes. We offer a dedicated congregation, a beautiful and well-maintained church facility equipped with modern technology for worship services and events, competitive total compensation package commensurate with experience, and the opportunity to make a significant impact on a faith community dedicated to growing in grace and love.

About Southern New England Conference for Saugatuck Congregational Church:

According to UCC Constitution and Bylaws 150-151, vacancies within the Conference are reported to the administrative offices of the denomination. An authorized minister may confer with the Conference concerning a pastoral vacancy. At the request of any UCC Ordained Minister or Ordained Ministerial Partner, the conference shall submit a current and validated profile to the Local Church. Please see contact information for the Southern New England United Church of Christ Search and Call Associate below. Further information about Saugatuck Church is provided in the attachment. 

Job Qualifications:

Spiritual Leadership: A nurturing spiritual leader who can provide pastoral care, preach
inspiring sermons, and guide us in our faith journey during this transitional period
Bridge Builder: A compassionate leader with a deep understanding of congregational
dynamics and skilled in conflict resolution who can promote transparency, courage, healing,
and reconciliation
Support for Lay Leadership: Someone who can mentor our lay leaders and
volunteers to ensure the smooth continuation of church activities and ministries, including
assessing our current governance and recommending areas for improvement
Commitment to Inclusivity: A pastor who delights in diversity and seeks ways to help us
live out our commitment to open and affirming community
Observer and Advisor: Someone who can help us see with fresh eyes how we function as a

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Interim Senior Pastor
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100 - 250

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Jill Ford
245 Post Road East
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