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Mayflower Congregational Church

Senior Pastor

Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Denomination: Congregational

Weekly Attendance: 200 +

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Role: Senior Pastor

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Meet Mayflower Congregational Church:

For wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Matthew 18:20).

The faithful of Mayflower Congregational Church are indebted to the brave and bold spirit of its founding members who embarked on a journey to found a new congregation in 1958. The first service in the beautiful new building was held three years later in 1961 when 297 founding members gathered for the Christmas Eve service at 2345 Robinson Road.

Over sixty years later we are blessed to worship in the same building made possible by our founders. We are a vital and growing congregation of approximately 1,000 members from a wide variety of denominations and traditions. We are grounded in Reformed theology, honor our congregational church heritage, and are innovative in our approach to mission and ministry.

About the Senior Pastor:

The Mayflower Congregational Church Senior Pastor will serve as pastor and teacher of the congregation to build up and equip Mayflower for its ministry in the world. With spiritual leadership and a shepherd’s heart, the Senior Pastor will preach the Word of God, administer the sacraments, share responsibility with the members of the congregation for their mutual Christian growth, exercise Christian love, and will ensure that everything in the church is done in a proper and orderly way. Embracing the Congregational Way, the Senior Pastor also serves and lives among the congregation, encouraging others to become wholly devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ in the service of the church for the world.


The Senior Pastor will: 

  • Lead and direct the staff, made up of full-time and part-time employees.

  • Plan, coordinate, and facilitate all worship services in conjunction with the Worship and Music Committee.

  • Work collaboratively with the church Moderator to plan and coordinate the overall strategic church planning process.

  • Work collaboratively with the Moderator to coordinate all meetings of the Executive Committee and Church Council.

  • Strategically works with Lay Leadership on the Annual Fund/Stewardship Drive.

  • Coordinate the fiscal and budgetary life of the congregation with the Church Treasurer and Finance Committee.

  • Coordinate all strategic communications of the congregation in collaboration with the Communication Director.

  • Work collaboratively with the Communication Director and the building staff to effectively live stream worship each week.

  • Provide oversight and effectively administer weddings, funerals, and special services.

  • Collaboratively work with the Church Council to effectively coordinate Search Committees for major staff positions.

  • Preach 40+ Sundays per year. 

  • In collaboration with the Personnel Committee, effectively hire and onboard new church staff members.

  • Be an effective Committee Liaison to:

    • Church Council

    • Executive Committee

    • Personnel Committee

    • Nominating Committee

    • Finance Committee

    • House and Grounds Committee

    • Worship and Music Committee

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What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • A seminary degree is required.

  • Preference will be given to candidates with a doctoral degree.

  • Candidates should be ordained.

  • Preference will be given to candidates with a minimum of seven (7) years of commensurate experience.

Personal Characteristics

  • Personable and approachable. 

  • Energetically engages others on an individual basis as well as in group settings.

  • Understands cross-generational leadership and relates well to all age groups.

  • Possesses a good sense of humor and doesn’t take themselves too seriously.

  • Has a compassionate and servant-hearted attitude.

  • Understands team building and is able to lead and equip others. 

  • Has a good work ethic and is passionate about God and serving others.

  • Has a deep understanding of the Word of God and has the ability to communicate its truths to others.

  • Supports church Outreach and Missions.

  • A good communicator and listener.

  • Open to new ideas.

  • Has the ability to communicate faith and beliefs through inspirational speaking skills.

  • Demonstrates solid management skills.

  • Promotes democratic leadership in the church.

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What it's Like to Live in Grand Rapids, Michigan: 

The Grand Rapids area is considered a great place to live and raise a family with a cost of living that is very reasonable.  We are the second-largest city in Michigan, with extraordinary cultural offerings, including the nationally recognized Grand Rapids Symphony, Michigan’s only professional ballet company, and Broadway Grand Rapids. Sports-wise, we have the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team and the Detroit Tigers-affiliated West Michigan White Caps baseball team. 

Grand Rapids is only an hour away from Lake Michigan and some of the most beautiful sand beaches, boating, camping, fishing, and recreational activities in the Midwest. There are several pretty lakes and rivers in and around the Grand Rapids area, and numerous local parks which offer opportunities for hiking and biking during all four seasons. With an abundance of snow, winter sports include downhill or cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Chicago and Detroit are only a few hours away, with all they have to offer.

Our medical facilities are many and excellent, including the nationally-ranked Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Two of our medical leaders; Spectrum Health and Mercy Health are in the top ten largest employers in Kent County. Other top employers are Meijer; a Midwest supermarket chain with 253 stores, Steelcase; an office furniture manufacturer, and Amazon has recently become a presence in the Grand Rapids area, providing over 1,000 jobs in the last year. 

Throughout the community, there are several colleges and universities, including the largest; Grand Valley State University, a public university, constantly ranked as one of the top colleges in the country, as well as one of the top employers in the area. The elementary and high schools in East Grand Rapids and Forest Hills districts, which are the closest to Mayflower church, are excellent, with many other high-performing public, Christian, and charter schools located throughout Kent County.

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