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Medford UCC is Seeking a Designated-term Pastor

Medford Congregational UCC is now accepting applications for our full-time pastor position. On May 4, 2023 the Central Pacific Conference posted the ministry opportunity Click here for a link.

Ministry Description:

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ is an Open and Affirming congregation. We are designated a Just Peace and Creation Justice Church.

Our goal is to serve those in need while offering meaningful outreach and worship. We are a community grounded in Progressive Christian Theology and believe we are called to define and discern our ministry for the future.

Our pastor retired in June 2022 and we most recently had an intentional interim pastor who left before the end of her one-year term. We are currently using pulpit preachers to lead Sunday worship, and retired clergy from within the congregation are providing pastoral care to members.

We are a healthy congregation and dedicated to being a valuable support system for our pastor. We work closely with many charities and nonprofits in our area, and several use our facility regularly for meetings and special events.

We are seeking a designated-term pastor (with the option to extend or transition to settled status) who will work in partnership with the Church Council and church staff, who will provide quality pastoral care, and who is a good communicator with strong organizational skills.

The primary concerns of the congregation are the desire to return to regular use of our beautiful but aging sanctuary and extended use of technology for live-streaming and social media.

Currently, a Sanctuary Heating Research Team (SHRT) is exploring a path forward for replacing the inoperable heating system in the sanctuary, along with funding options, so we can return to the use of our sanctuary, which has been unusable for three years.

A pastor who understands and promotes good financial stewardship will be important as we look to our future.

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