Senior Pastor Opening — Faith Reformed PCA

(Posted by Paige Britton)

On behalf of the pulpit committee at Faith Reformed Church (PCA), I’m pleased to announce that we are now  accepting application materials from those interested in our Senior Pastor position.  We are a nearly 500-member church located in the southern part of Lancaster County, PA, a rural/small town setting that also serves as a bedroom community for many who work in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and even NYC.  Eligible applicants (who are ordained by, or are ordainable by, the PCA) should seek more information and instructions at our web portal, http://faithprespastorsearch.com/. Our current plan is to hold the position open to applicants until mid-October.

If you have any make-or-break questions that I can answer quickly, you are welcome to contact me OFFLINE. I would be happy to speak to you in person or by email about this (but not in the comments below).  My addy is paige, then a dot, then britton, and it’s a gmail address.  Our pulpit committee team is committed to the considerate and confidential care of all applicants.  Hope to hear from some of you, one way or another!

We’re excited to see God’s leading and provision in this process as it unfolds. 

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17 Comments

  1. August 27, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Only about 1/2 hour from where I was born & raised. Absolutely beautiful area. Still miss it.

  2. tominaz said,

    August 28, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Grew up in Philly and have known of Faith and the Quarryville community most of my life. My Dad resided in the retirement community until the Lord called him home and was a member at Faith. When visiting him we often stayed with the late Leonard (Sr.) Brown and his wife Margie.Fond memories.

  3. paigebritton said,

    August 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Oh, neat. Len Brown III (grandson of above) is our pulpit committee chairman. :)

  4. andrew said,

    August 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    As a matter of interest, is this how most vacancies in the PCA are filled? When was this? Not being critical at all – I am used to what I presume is the older method of congregations just calling a minister of their choosing and hoping for the best (it might be put more spiritually than that, I dare say).

  5. paigebritton said,

    August 28, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    From what I’ve been instructed to expect, it seems now to be a matter of finding a match between the churches and the TEs who are looking for each other at the same time, and that begins by finding out who is looking. But eventually our congregation will call one man from among those we hear from, and hope for the best. :)

  6. Reed Here said,

    August 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Andrew: very normal process. Very effective for determining the Lord’s call.

  7. Brad B said,

    August 28, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I was recently on a pulpit search committee, we followed prescribed steps from a document called “Manual for Calling a Pastor, it opened with this:

    “The Thirteenth General Assembly of the Presbyterian Chruch in America adopted a motion which directed the Stated Clerk’s Office to prepare a manual for those congregations that are in search of a pastor. The following is based on The Book of Church Order….”snipped

    Also, the PCA Stated Clerk’s Office had a listing of candidates with confidential information for the purpose of previewing prior to contact to save time/effort by prescreening. Anyway, the process was interesting and inspiring to see the high standard required and the quality of individuals that God is preparing as shepherds.

  8. paigebritton said,

    August 29, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Yep, that’s part of the Yellow Brick Road here too. We’re just getting started!

  9. andrew said,

    August 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Reed,

    Yes, it seems efficient – not being critical. I am more acquainted with the Scottish/Irish Presbyterian way of doing things – in fact we have just went through the process ourselves – hence my curiousity.

  10. Reed Here said,

    August 30, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Thought nothing untoward in your question Andrew. Peace.

  11. August 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    OK, I’ll take the position. I expect a salary of $200,000 per year, with a book allowance of $4,000,000 per annum, limo service to and from church each Sunday, a lavish manse, vacation homes in Malibu and the Hamptons, 12 secretaries, 12 personal assistants, both a Jacuzzi and a hot tub in my study and a professional theologian/Bible scholar to prepare my weekly sermons for me. I think this is eminently reasonable (insert maniacal laugh here)…

  12. greenbaggins said,

    August 30, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Mr. Osteen, you forgot the professional basketball stadium to use as your personal advertising forum.

  13. paigebritton said,

    August 30, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Probably not in humble Quarryville. (Slight clash with the Amish ambiance.)

  14. Brad B said,

    August 30, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Re: #11 As one Maxwell Smart used to say “missed it by that much”, holding his thumb and finger a millimeter apart.

  15. locirari said,

    August 31, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Lane, how could you? Just one more quip at Osteen’s expense will do irreparable harm to Dr. Frame’s nerves! ;)

  16. Jason Loh said,

    September 1, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Hahaha!

  17. Stephen said,

    September 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Richard has already raised one of my concerns.

    As to the other, Paige, would there be interest in ‘this guy I know’ who no longer affirms the Covenant of Works, any part of Chapter 19 of the WCF, inerrancy, and so on? I know these are minor points, but wanted to do my due diligence here… ;)


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