| t/m 23 juni 2024

Associate Pastor of Discipleship, Formation and Mission

The American Protestant Church of The Hague (APCH) is looking for an ASSOCIATE PASTOR of Discipleship, Formation and Mission (fulltime).

General Background 
For over 50 years the American Protestant Church of The Hague (APCH) has been a "home away from home" for both expatriate and resident English-speaking Christians residing in the communities of the greater The Hague area. Our 300 regularly attending congregants from over 45 countries, represent a richness of both nationality and denominational diversity. Our mission is to be "A home for the global community, growing in the love of Jesus." APCH seeks to grow in becoming a missional church that engages all of the congregation in the activity that God has for them in the world.

Role Description
The Associate Pastor of Discipleship, Formation and Mission works alongside the Lead Pastor/Head of Staff to carry out APCH's mission by actively developing and nurturing specific ministry areas. The Associate Pastor's primary and supporting areas of responsibility include:

Primary Responsibilities

1. Discipleship and Spiritual Formation
The Associate Pastor plays a primary role in leading, developing and nurturing the church's discipleship ministries that are charged with teaching, encouraging and fostering Christian maturity and discipleship.

The Associate Pastor will work to refresh and/or recast an overall vision and clear implementation path for discipleship and spiritual formation at APCH.

The Associate Pastor oversees, provides leadership to, develops and works closely with the four Ministry Team Leaders (MTL) responsible for discipleship and spiritual formation in all phases of life, specifically,

  • Adult Formation
  • Young Adult Discipleship
  • Youth Discipleship
  • Children's Discipleship

2. Missional Living
The Associate Pastor will work with the Missional Living Ministry Team Leader (MTL) to guide and support the team's priorities "to equip and to serve, both locally and abroad to carry out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ." This includes reimagining innovative ways for APCH to engage, partner and serve locally (being missional) as well as actively engaging with ministry partners abroad (missions).

Supporting Responsibilities

3. Pastoral Care
Partnering with the pastoral staff and pastoral care team, the Associate Pastor engages in the pastor's craft of congregational care, including home and hospital visitations, helping to support those in need (whether spiritually, physically or financially), and assisting in managing conflict or crisis situations that may arise.

4. Preaching and Teaching
The Associate Pastor provides pulpit support, preaching 6-8 times over the course of the calendar year. Additionally, the Associate Pastor may regularly lead aspects of the Sunday worship service as well as lead or co-lead the administration of the Sacraments (communion and baptism) to the congregation.

5. Worship Planning, Communications and Digital Ministries
The Associate Pastor may join the staff in planning Sunday Worship services to include music selection, liturgy, and audio visual complements. Also, the Associate Pastor will provide periodic support to the Communications MT and, ideally, will be
energized by the opportunity to guide, support and enrich APCH's digital capabilities.

APCH seeks an individual with a clear call to be a pastor in an international, intergenerational and interdenominational context. The ideal candidate is likely in the early years of pastoral ministry, and on a vocational path of being shaped and formed for an eventual Lead Pastor role.

Ministerial Qualifications

  • Minimum of three to four years of relevant Christian ministry experience, preferably currently fulfilling a pastoral role
  • Master's-level seminary degree from an accredited institution rooted in the Protestant tradition
  • Preferred but not essential: ordination or ordination candidacy in a Protestant denomination
  • Significant competence in spiritual formation and related practices
  • Strengths in the knowledge of liturgy and global worship desirable
  • Fully embrace the APCH Mission, Values, Covenant and Statement on Challenging and Divisive Issues (apch.nl/explore-our-beliefs)
  • Demonstrable living faith, grounded in Christ and the core tenants of the Reformation and the Christian church
  • Proven ability to work in an international, cross-cultural context
  • Native or near-native English-speaking fluency with evidence of excellent communication and writing skills
  • "Digital Native," demonstrated comfort with utilizing and adapting to all things media and technology.

Personal Characteristics and Qualifications

  • Demonstrating strong character, integrity; emotionally and spiritually healthy
  • Mature professionally, recognizing the gifts and the imperfections of the church, energized by the call of renewal to God's people and church
  • Solid ministerial preparedness and credentials
  • A servant leader who is curious, vibrant, energetic, open to learning and seeks to grow in the craft of pastoring Christ's church
  • Reflects Christ's heart

Application Process
Qualified candidates are encouraged to carefully review the role description for genuine giftedness and fit" and to prayerfully consider a potential call to serve at APCH.

Applicants are kindly requested to submit the following three items:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Detailed personal CV/resume
  3. Short written response, not to exceed 250 words, to the following:
    "Describe your spiritual gifts and how these have been specifically used in various areas of ministry to further the mission of the local church."

Please send a single PDF file containing only these three items to: callcommittee@apch.nl.

The application submission window will close on Sunday, June 23, 2024 at 23:59 CET.

Bron/bron: APCH

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