Pastor Characteristics GBF is seeking:
Age: Any is okay, but the board feels a younger pastor may be able to attract younger families, which our church is currently lacking.
However, we will be happy to find any pastor that is willing to serve and has a heart for reaching the lost.
Gifts and ministry skills: Evangelism, a desire to see the lost come to Christ, a desire to see the scriptures taught correctly.
Job description: the church constitution is attached, it contains pastoral duties expected, specifically Article VIII and Article IX.
Church’s expectations for time spent in ministry. Currently the expectations are to give the Sunday sermon and lead the Wednesday night Bible study. Duties could possibly include teaching the adult Sunday School class, and a Tuesday night home Bible study, but these last two are optional.
Use the church as a parsonage to help defer expenses? Yes, a room is available at the church, with a shower, and full kitchen. This room would be very suitable to a young single person just getting started. We have had people stay at the church for several months up to a year.
Secular employment to help defer employment. The Winchester/Frederick County area boasts a very low unemployment rate, with light industry a big employer. There are jobs to be found in the area.
Information on church size: average attendance is between 15-25 weekly.
It is a small church but can afford to pay $100.00 per week. We would like to be able to increase this amount as the church size increases.
Internet service would also be provided for any pastor staying at the church.
demographics of the area: These can best be found at the following
websites: http://www.regionalchamber.biz/ http://winva.com/ http://www.winchesterva.gov/economic-development Population
(approximate): Winchester City – 25,000, Frederick County – 78,000. The church is located very near the Virginia/West Virginia border, so many members are from West Virginia. Congregation’s history: Although the church was founded in 1955 and had several pastors serve over the decades, the congregation has changed much over the last 5 to 10 years.
New members have come seeking to learn the Bible, something most new members say they did not find in their former churches. There are a few members that were around when the church was founded. The majority of members are currently retired. The ladies group (Grace Women’sFellowship) raises money through a church yard sale twice a year to help the community with many items, as well as helping with Samaritans Purse and other charitable help such as blanket and clothing drives. The church has a great facility. It has a half-court gymnasium that has held AWANA in the past. We would love to see the facility used for leading young people to Christ.