October 2017

October 2017

With humble and grateful hearts, the Session of Grace Presbyterian Church is
excited to announce a plan to search for two called Associate Pastors.  This
bold step supports goals and strategies in our ReVision Plan.

We have already been planning to call an Associate Pastor to provide spiritual
and organizational leadership for Grace’s evangelism initiatives, for the Board
of Deacons and its various ministries, and for Adult Education. This Associate
Pastor will also be responsible for continued growth in church-wide fellowship
and intergenerational activities and will engage in pastoral care.  This is an
outgrowth of the position Pastor Judy Dwyer currently fills on an interim basis.

Today, Session proposes to turn the existing position for Director of Student
Ministry into an Associate Pastor position.   Over the past few years, two
search committees have worked hard to find a Director of Student Ministry, but
we have been disappointed with the number and the quality of applicatants. 
However, creating and sustaining a vital Youth and Young Adult Ministry at
Grace stands as a top priority in our ReVision Plan.  Session has wrestled with
the gap between our vision and goals and our inability to fill our Director of
Student Ministry position.  Through prayer, conversation, and discernment we
feel called to change the position from Director of Student Ministry to Associate
Pastor.  This will both increase the applicant pool and give us applicants with
greater maturity and training. Adding support for Mission to the duties of this
position will provide support for a ministry area that has been understaffed as
well as a vital link between our youth ministries and our mission efforts.

The position of Associate Pastor will require higher compensation than an
unordained youth director.  We are blessed to have already received a
generous gift that covers the difference in salary for several years between a
Director of Student Ministry (unordained) and a called Associate Pastor.  (Our
current budget includes salary for a Director of Student Ministry.)  This gift
enables us to call and install an Associate Pastor for Youth, Young Adults, and
Mission without adding that salary difference to our budget immediately.

The staffing model needed to fulfill the ReVision Plan will still require us to grow
in generosity, as it includes the newly-filled part-time positions of Director of
Children’s Ministry and Communications Coordinator. For our vision to become
a reality your faithful prayer and generous giving are needed so that we can
fulfill our Mission: To Know Christ and Make Him Known.

Following the 10:30 AM Service on November 19, Session members will
be available for a Q&A in the Chapel.
A Congregational Meeting has been called for December 3rd following
the10:30 AM Service to elect the two search teams.

Together in Christ’s service, 

Mimi Satterthwaite, Clerk      Tom Erwine           Kathryn Limmer
Judy Alexander                     Doug Geer            Don Pizer
Andrew Barnett                     Rob Hudson          Darlene Reeves
Susan Dorshimer                  Philip Kuhl             John Van Buren


Michaela Payne