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Invitation to Apply for Position of BRIDGE PASTOR

The Congregational Church of Birmingham, UCC is actively seeking to fill the position of BRIDGE PASTOR. The church is looking for individuals to begin January 1, 2022.

After 11 years with the church, the senior pastor is retiring at the end of this year. It is anticipated that the Bridge Pastor will serve from four up to approximately nine months. This will be a full-time position to tend to the congregation, especially in worship and

pastoral care.

We are looking for a caring person with strong preaching skills, supportive of our ONA and social justice programs, familiar with digital media and the realities of the post-covid church, and with interest in nurturing people in difficult times.

The Bridge Pastor position will have the following responsibilities and work schedule: Responsibilities:

Plan and lead a meaningful Sunday Worship Experience by coordinating:

  • Music offerings with the Choir Director and the Accompanist

  • The participation of children in worship with the Christian Education (CE) Director

  • Visual themes with the worship design team of the Worship Ministry

  • Preparation of bulletins for each service with the church Administrative Assistant

  • Work in this endeavor with the Worship Ministry

Meet with and counsel Congregation members in need of pastoral care and support:

  • Be accessible to Congregation members in their spiritual needs.

  • Visit those in hospitals and those homebound or in nursing homes

  • Work with the Community Caring for Current Members Ministry to coordinate care in the Congregation

Communicate with the Congregation (e.g., email/Mail Chimps, social media, livestreaming, website, etc.), with the assistance of the Media & Communications Specialist as needed

Meet regularly with and supervise the hired and contracted staff

Participate with members of the Vision Circle and Leadershi p Assembly in their meetings, and other teams as requested

Assist the Congregation through a healthy pastoral change process

Counsel with the family members and plan/officiate at funerals/memorial services

Counsel with wedding partners and plan/officiate at weddings

Work with the Community Welcoming for Future Members Ministry to reach out to

prospective members

Represent CCB at local and regional UCC and other appropriate community meetings

Support Stephen Ministry

Support youth confirmation programs, in cooperation with the CE Director

Support Adult Christian Education, in cooperation with the CE Director

Perform such duties as shall arise from time to time that are appropriate to this position

Work Schedule:

This is a full-time salaried position that will require an estimated 40 hours a week with one full day off and two half days per week. This includes a mandatory requirement of leading the worship program and participating each Sunday, but with one week with a Sunday off every three months. Reasonable absences are expected. Notice must be given to the Moderator and Worship Ministry Coordinator seven days in advance except in case of illness or family emergency.

The appointment will have a competitive compensation package and will begin 1 January 2022 to run until the settled pastor starts work, probably in three to nine months. The Bridge Pastor is not required to counsel the Settled Pastor Search Committee and is not eligible to apply for the Settled Pastor position.

Please send candidate profiles and address questions to: and

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