About the job
Denomination: Presbyterian - PCUSA
Weekly Attendance: 100
Location: Coshocton, Ohio
The Role: Senior Pastor
Meet The Presbyterian Church of Coshocton:
The Presbyterian Church of Coshocton was founded in 1818 in Keene, Ohio, and met in private homes for several years. The congregation erected the first church building in Coshocton proper in 1834, and the current facility hosted its first service in 1905. During its over 200-year lifespan, the members of the congregation have been active not only within the church walls but also in the local community. The church services follow The Service for the Lord's Day of the Book of Common Worship, but also include more recent understandings of ways to worship: children's moments, sermons in music, skits and puppets, Powerpoint and video presentations, candle-lighting ceremonies, and many others. The Presbyterian Church of Coshocton is honored to host ecumenical activities open to folks in the community, such as Lenten Luncheons, Vacation Bible School, community dinners, and a monthly worship service at a local assisted living community. Presbyterian members are active in outreach and have continued to offer service to the area with monetary donations as well as in-person ministry, such as hosting summer activities with children at a local low-income housing development. Offerings of music in many genres have been a staple of this congregation for decades, hosting as many as 8 different choirs rehearsing weekly, as well as being the home of the Coshocton Community Choir and its offshoots until 2021. For many years, the building and facilities have been shared with the Coshocton Montessori Preschool, and after a recent fire, Grace United Methodist Church members relocated to this building while they work to rebuild. Due to the recent pandemic, services became available to view online for the congregation at home, and continue to be either streamed or uploaded for members to enjoy from the comfort of their homes. As the Coshocton area moves forward from this challenging time, the Presbyterian Church of Coshocton hopes to continue to minister to its members and the community and find new ways to bring God's Love and Word to others.
About the Senior Pastor:
Coshocton Presbyterian Church is seeking a Senior Pastor who has a deep passion for the Lord, for the Bible, and views consistent with those of the Presbyterian Church USA. The Senior Pastor, as a minister of the Gospel, shall be devoted to the service of Christ and the Church through preaching and teaching the Word of God. The Senior Pastor shall lead the church to fulfill its mission statement: “God’s Love is Here for You.”
The Senior Pastor's Responsibilities Include:
Accountable to the Presbytery and to the congregation through the Session, the Senior Pastor will be expected to exercise pastoral, administrative, and leadership skills within the church organization.
Word and Sacrament
Collaboratively plan and lead the various worship services of the church.
Preach the Word of God, lead in worship, read and teach the Scriptures, and engage the people in study and witness.
Work with others to find meaningful ways of worship that allow both members and the community to participate.
Administer the sacraments of baptism and the Supper of the Lord according to Christ’s ordinance.
Visit in the homes of the church and the community, especially among the sick, aged, imprisoned, and others in need.
Counsel families and individuals of the church and refer people to professional counselors when needed.
Officiate funeral and memorial services.
Officiate at weddings and provide the couple with pre-marital counseling.
Prepare congregants for membership in the church, including leading membership preparation class.
Guide the spiritual development of the staff and the lay leadership.
Lead the congregation in living out their vision and values both within the membership and among their neighbors.
Create a church culture that increasingly embodies Christ’s example of servant leadership to all congregational leaders and the congregation as a whole.
Teach young people in the church to grow in their relationship with the Lord, preparing them to serve Christ in all they do.
Provide an outstanding preaching and transformative worship ministry that will invite others into the church to live out their discipleship, and that will continue to attract new members.
Provide active leadership to the session as Moderator, the congregation, and its organizations in maintaining and developing programs that will enable the church to grow in mission to the community, the region, the nation, and the world.
Administer the church program by leading, directing, and supervising the other church staff as Head of Staff with the assistance of the personnel committee.
Encourage the partnership of the whole church with the mission and ministry of the PCUSA and the Muskingum Valley Presbytery.
To be involved in ecumenical relationships in the community.
What You Bring:
Education & Experience
5+ years of experience
Seminary Degree/Ordained through PCUSA
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Strong leadership abilities
Exceptional communication skills
Marketing skills preferred
Personal Characteristics & Qualifications
Teachable and self-aware
Strong and gracious
Organized and intuitive
What It's Like to Live in Coshocton, Ohio:
Coshocton, Ohio, is a 200-year-old community with a rich history of manufacturing and retail businesses that all proudly focus on creating and promoting “Made in the USA” products.
Coshocton is an hour away from Columbus, Ohio, and is nestled in the rolling hills of East Central Ohio, where the Tuscarawas and Walhonding Rivers meet to form the Muskingum River. Home of the Historic Roscoe Village, Coshocton offers unique retail shops, enriching recreational opportunities, and an abounding artistic environment that includes the Center for the Arts, Footlight Players Theater, and Community Choirs. In Coshocton, you can enjoy the safety and friendliness of a “small town” atmosphere, with big city conveniences just a short drive away. Coshocton is known for its affordability, making it a desirable destination for families and entrepreneurs alike.