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First Presbyterian Church of Livermore

Position Title: Tentmaking Pastor 
Position Reports to: Head of Staff 
Time Commitment: 15 hrs/wk
Date of Position Description: 06/08/2017

Brief Description of the Church:
First Presbyterian Church of Livermore, California is an active, multigenerational, and diverse church of about 650 members. The Program Staff currently consists of a Head of Staff, Associate Pastor, Director of Music, Director of Church Operations, Director of Children’s Ministry. More about the staff and ministry of the church can be found on our website:

Brief Description of the Position:
The Tentmaker will work collaboratively with the staff, session, deacons, members and friends of FPCL. This person will be central to the pastoral care of church members, as well as for leading and developing ministry with older adults of the church. The Tentmaker will also participate other ministry areas as mutually discerned in order to best utilize the gifts and passion of the candidate that we will call.

The Tentmaker will be an active part of worship and will eagerly and intentionally develop relationships with the congregation. The Tentmaker will also contribute to the spiritual growth of members and friends of the congregation. The Tentmaker will serve as an integral part of the church community and should consider pastoral care as a primary component to their position.

The Tentmaker should be able to work effectively and harmoniously with the church staff and serve as a staff team member by sharing ideas and accepting ideas as the team works collaboratively with one another. Additionally, the Tentmaker should be self- motivated, and a reliable member of the church staff.

The Tentmaker will be supervised by the Head of Staff. In consultation with the Personnel Committee, the Head of Staff will review annually the work of the Tentmaker.

Essential Functions of the Position:

  • Oversee, coordinate and be a part of the care-giving ministry of our church focused on older adults.
  • Participate in the planning and leading of worship as requested

Desired Qualifications of the Position:

  • Deep, growing and active faith in Jesus
  • Ordained/ordainable in the PC(USA)
  • Able to embrace people and perspectives regardless of where they are in life or in faith
  • Has a passion for connecting people to the church and connecting with people in the church
  • Collaborative leadership style that thrives in a team environment
  • Self-motivated, nurturing, and highly adaptive
  • Has a desire to be a part of the greater Tri-Valley community
  • Effective communicator both verbally and written
  • Interest in all aspects of the church’s ministry but focused in pastoral care of older adults
  • Ability to utilize and embrace new and emerging forms of communication
  • Has a developed understanding and passion for God’s justice to be realized in our community

Church Information for Our Tentmaking Pastor Search

About our church
First Presbyterian Church (FPCL) is a 146-year old church of 545 members with a strong sense of history and community. We value our times of worship with thoughtful preaching, excellent music, prayer, scripture reading, and the celebration of sacraments. On any given Sunday, we have around 300 people in worship. We are a largely Caucasian congregation but pursue and celebrate diversity in all respects. Our mission statement declares,

"We are a community of Christians who trust in the power of God's love with voices that welcome and sing God's praises, minds that seek God through study and worship, hands that comfort and serve, and hearts that love God, our neighbors, and all God's creation."

Our two Sunday morning worship services (and a contemporary service once a month) include childcare and church school for all ages, with children beginning worship in the sanctuary. Our congregation enjoys thought-provoking adult education events and we host community forums to discuss social issues. Seasonal programs are offered throughout the year. The church also hosts a preschool on-site.
Weekly meditation groups, Bible study groups, support fellowships, mom’s groups, men's studies and the Presbyterian women meet in the church. The labyrinth in our courtyard has enhanced the spiritual life of the church and community. Our modern fellowship hall and kitchen attract many groups in our church and city and help to further our ministry.

About our people
Our strong lay leadership is committed to serving the church and its mission with their skills and gifts as officers, leaders in worship, and as members of committees and ministry teams. Our gifted musical staff lead the choirs and the congregation in praising God. Our worship is enhanced with a wide variety of music including a pipe organ, contemporary instruments at our Sunday@5 service, hand bells, choirs, talented musicians from the congregation, and special concerts. Our members volunteer their gifts in our many and varied programs and ministries.

We believe in sharing God's love by taking our faith out into the community. Members of our congregation participate in youth mission trips as well as other travel/discovery journeys that teach us more about our world and our place in it. We also participate locally in several missions including an intergenerational bagging of beans and rice, hosting a homeless refuge on cold weekends, running a bicycle ministry for kids, a Neighbor2Neighbor outreach and service day in our community, and other robust ministries. People with varied experiences and perspectives of God are welcome and encouraged to share their gifts with us.

About our beliefs
We want the world to know that we believe in the reality, power, and love of a personal God. We have a firm commitment to follow God in the way that Jesus has shown us in his life, death, and resurrection. We see Jesus as the revelation of the living God who enables a reconciliation within ourselves, with one another, with our environment, with our world and, of course, with our God. Though we stand firmly in the reformed tradition we welcome the opportunity to dialogue and work with people of other perspectives, faith traditions, and cultures. We take the Bible seriously and we value an educated, intellectual, scholarly approach to theology as we seek to discern God's will and way for our lives and our church.

In following our commitment to Christ, we relate to pressing social issues of the day, participating in feeding the hungry, sheltering the abused, and providing a place of home and hospitality for the needy. We seek interfaith dialogue and cooperation and have established relationships with the local Hindu temple, mosque, and synagogue, as well as Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and other Protestant churches. We believe in acting on a personal level to bring the peace of Christ to our neighbors, both near and far. We affirm the church’s historic, progressive vision, and work for a fully inclusive church, accepting all persons, irrespective of race, gender, and sexual orientation.

About our Tentmaking position
Like many churches, FPCL is currently focused on and living within the tension of two realities: an established and aging congregation with a history of church whose ministry is faithful, strong and traditional; and a church that is challenged to reflect the changing demographics and needs of our larger community. In response to this tension FPCL has been extremely committed over the last several years to pursue and work for change in ways that honor those who have been a part of the church for many years and for whom our current expression and experience of church is very valued. We find ourselves in a season of ministry that is healthy and stable and we feel we are now ready for a more intentional effort to connect with those in our community for whom our church is not a desirable or sought after experience. Our intention is to expand the margins of our ministry as we imagine church in some ways that engage and connect with those for whom the traditional/established model of church does not resonate.

To accomplish this goal, we need to direct resources to the growing pastoral needs of our existing congregation, so that the communal and organizational anxiety is minimized and people are cared for well. This tentmaker position will allow us to increase pastoral resources of staff in the area of pastoral care so that we can direct other resources and energy to areas focused on re-imagining ministry in the areas of youth, families, small groups and congregational engagement. The tentmaker position will focus on pastoral care, work with our deacons and helping to oversee and develop a new ministry we have started for older adults in our congregation called New Horizons. The person who fills this position will also share in worship leadership and preaching.

We believe this tentmaker position is a perfect fit for our congregation because it allows us to have another ordained person on staff -- something of high value and need for older, more traditional Presbyterians – without requiring the financial resources that are needed for a full time associate pastor.

This will be a 15 hour a week position serving under the supervision of the Head of Staff. The compensation will be $1585 a month which is consistent with our Presbytery guidelines. By the very nature of a tentmaking position (filled by a person who is primarily supported in another vocation) there are no medical or pension benefits attached to

this position. However, there is vacation, study leave and reimbursable accounts available to this position in accord with the church's policy. Consistent with our Presbytery guidelines, this will be a non-installed position with the possibility of a three-year renewable agreement (though the exact term of this position has not yet been defined).

As stated above, the person filling this role will have responsibilities in pastoral care and will work with our deacons; to further develop and support our senior's ministry (in conjunction with other staff and team members); and to participate in worship leadership. We believe that these areas can be adequately staffed – and significantly helped – with the hours allocated within the parameters of the job description.

The person filling this position will have gifts and skills in pastoral care, compassion, organization, and communication. He or she will be a person of strong faith in Christ with a desire to be a part of a collegial and supportive staff team. We expect the person filling this role to be able to initiate ministry, serve with humor and humility, and nurture a teachable spirit. And he or she will find here a supportive staff, an encouraging congregation, and a lively ministry.

Who to contact
Resumes and PIFs can be sent to the church care of Fred Bahr or Steve Harrington at 2020 Fifth St., Livermore, CA 94550. 

The church’s phone is 925.447.2078

Fred Bahr
Rev. Dr. Steve Harrington Rev.