Weekly Attendance: 200
Location: Easton, MA
About the Organization:
From its 1977 founding by a group of 40 local believers meeting in a Grange Hall, The Fellowship has developed into an established regional church drawing from several surrounding communities. While 180-200 people gather weekly for worship, a higher number of individuals (estimated at about 400-450) are actively involved in the church.
Located on the South Shore, in the town of Easton (about 20 miles southwest of Boston), The Fellowship has had only two pastors in its 40-year history. The most recent Senior Pastor (of 23 years) retired on October 1, 2017; thus, a search process is underway.
As the church anticipates the next stage of their life under new pastoral leadership, they are also taking this opportunity to take an in-depth look at their strengths, their challenges, and their areas of opportunity. To that end, they invited The Malphurs Group to walk with them through this process.
As they move through this strategic re-visioning work, they are excited about what the Lord is doing in their midst and what He has in store for The Fellowship, as well as for their next Senior Pastor, in the future!
About the Position:
The Fellowship is looking for a servant leader to be our next Pastor. The church is “Elder led” and the Senior Pastor would join a group of 6 other, current Elders as the church leaders. The Fellowship is eager to welcome this man chosen by God into the church family, to support and follow his leadership, and to worship and minister together for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. A candidate who has the passion and skills to reach across multiple generations and to create common ground across those lines would be much desired.
What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:
The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Senior Pastor:
A bachelor’s degree in the fields of Bible, theology or Christian ministry, or an undergraduate degree from an accredited Bible college is minimally required for this position. A seminary degree or further theological training is strongly preferred.
Ten years or more of experiences, as a senior pastor, as an associate pastor at a large church, in a comparable leadership role at a multi-site church, or a combination of these roles, is required. The candidate for Senior Pastor may also have directly related experience indicating a career path working towards a senior pastor position is also acceptable.
The candidate for senior pastor will also be ordained or willing to be ordained, with a sound doctrinal understanding and a fit with the theology of The Fellowship.
- A sensitivity and adeptness to relate to multi-generational needs and dynamics
- A genuinely warm, relational, caring heart for people
- An ability and track record of establishing healthy and growing relationships in Christ
- A desire to find the pulse and heartbeat of The Fellowship
- The ability / skill of maintaining a wide web of relationships both inside and outside the church
- Demonstrated work ethic and excellence in previous work / volunteer environments
- Skilled at mobilizing members and executing strategy
- Gifted communicator in oral, written and digital contexts
- Experience and expertise in utilizing social media for communication and furtherance of The Kingdom of God
- Ability to think through critical issues and develop a plan of action / problem solving
- Able to embrace and support The Fellowship’s Statement of Faith (http://www.thefellowshiponline.org/our-statement-faith)
- Demonstrate a heart for missions and evangelism (including embracing the local community)
About the Location:
Easton, MA and surrounding suburbs
Incorporated in 1725, the Town of Easton is located 30 minutes from Boston, 45 minutes from Cape Cod, and 45 minutes from Providence. The community is approximately 29 square miles in area and has an estimated 2010 population of 23,357. Easton is located close to or bordered by several affordable suburbs, including Norton, Brockton, West Bridgewater, Taunton, Raynham, Mansfield, Sharon, and Stoughton.
Easton and the surrounding suburbs in southeastern Massachusetts outside of Boston are primarily residential communities, and have experienced rapid and positive growth over the last decade. Recent development in Easton includes two major shopping plazas and provides residents with the convenience of shopping at major retailers. There are three supermarkets, easily accessible from any part of Town. The Easton Industrial Park is located just off Route 24. Easton also has an active and vibrant small business community, and the Easton Chamber of Commerce provides services and support to its members. There are various restaurants; both large scale and family style, offering the residents not only fine dining options, but different ethnic traditions as well.
Southeastern Massachusetts citizens have a long history of supporting an excellent school system. The renovation and expansion of the Oliver Ames High School and the Easton Middle School was completed in October 2008, providing students with modern, state-of-the-art facilities and a showcase 1200-seat auditorium. Oliver Ames is a comprehensive high school designed to meet the educational needs of all students and offers various honors and advanced placement courses. 2008 MCAS scores placed Oliver Ames students in the top 10% in the state in English/language arts and the top 25% in mathematics. The high school has received recognition and awards for its music programs: jazz band, marching band, chamber orchestra, and show choir. There is a tradition of achievement in girls’ and boys’ sports with many championships over the years. Construction on a new high school stadium began in December 2008.
For Norton especially, excellent educational systems are a draw to the suburb. It is home to Wheaton College as well as its own public school system and several other private schools. Each of these suburbs make excellent options for families or professionals, with proximity to Easton and Boston and affordable housing and good educational opportunities.
Easton is also home to Southeastern Regional Vocational Tech, offering secondary school students an alternative to a traditional high school curriculum. Stonehill College, a private Roman Catholic College founded in 1948, is a nationally-renowned baccalaureate institution. The College offers its 2347 undergraduates a choice in over 70 academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional fields.
The area offers its citizens the enjoyment of the Natural Resource Trust “Sheep Pasture” and Borderland State Park. Approximately 15% of the community is dedicated conservation land. The Town is a participant in the state matching Community Preservation Act program and recently voted to purchase a $1.3 million parcel adjacent to Wheaton Farm, continuing a long-standing commitment to preserve open space.
Nestled in the scenic state of Massachusetts just outside of the bustling city of Boston, Easton and the surrounding neighborhoods are a favorite for all ages, for its family friendly atmosphere, rich history, and modern vision for growth with new businesses, education and more.
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