Sabbatical Minister - Chelmsford, MA

Sabbatical Minister - Chelmsford, MA


We are seeking a sabbatical minister who will serve our church for 8 weeks in the summer of 2021 from June 7 - July 31.  The ideal candidate will be friendly and dynamic and interested in continuing in our mutual ministry to the members and friends of our church but also to extend their own personal ministry into the community. We are looking for someone who can help us to apply and share our faith with others. We desire someone who has interest in the individual and collective faith journey of our community and who will engage in our current ministries and help us to recognize ongoing needs for love and service to all.
This position is half time (approximately 6.5 units per week- one unit equals 3-4 hours) and is encompasses the following activities:

  • Worship preparation for a weekly service on Sunday mornings. Due to COVID restrictions our weekly service is currently conducted live in the sanctuary, but attendance is limited to minister, essential staff/musicians, 1-2 Deacons and tech support for video and audio upload to online platforms (FACEBOOK LIVE and YouTube).  We also have held services in a DRIVE -IN format in our large parking lot. Until COVID restrictions change we anticipate that the candidate for this position will be conducting services either in LIVESTREAM or DRIVE IN format or a combination of both.
  • Collaboration with our Director of Music, Diaconate, Christian education committee and others on aspects of the weekly service and Christian education for the youth.
  • Visitation and or pastoral care to those in need such as hospital, nursing home and homes. Will coordinate with Diaconate for assistance with some of those tasks
  • Meetings with selected church committees (minimal during the summer months)
  • Administrative tasks include coordination of weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter and weekly email announcements with Administrative Assistant and other church leaders
  • Assist the church with community outreach activities and encourage ongoing lay support of some of our ongoing social actions and missions
  • Meet with prospective new members along with Diaconate support
  • Weddings and Funerals of members and non-members (as a separate payment and not required but available)
  • Other opportunities for face to face or remote (via ZOOM) for social as well as ministerial activities with members and friends of the church.
  • Additional activities as schedule permits to be considered such as special musical or family events in Carson Park.
  • Ordained minister with work experience in a similar size church
  • Seminarian students with preaching experience will be considered.
  • Excellent organizational and communications skills.
  • Energy and excitement about working with an active church that values community, helping others and relating to each other in loving and kind manner.
  • Ability to identify gifts of staff, clergy and lay leaders and invite their participation in the aspects of our church’s mission
  • Unbenefited position- Does not include health insurance or housing. Salary per conference guidelines.
  • Mileage (for visitation etc.) and other approved expenses will be reimbursed per church guidelines.

About Our Church

Central Congregational Church is located in the center of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  The surrounding towns from which the church draws members include Tyngsboro, Tewksbury, Westford, Billerica, Groton, Lowell, and some in southern New Hampshire. Chelmsford is located adjacent to the city of Lowell, 40 minutes northwest of Boston and 10 minutes south of the city of Nashua, NH. Many CCC members and friends live and work in these communities.

Central Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation and is a very kindhearted and active Christian community, which is often described as having the feeling of an extended family.  We provide a strong Sunday School program for children and teens and offer many different types of Adult Christian Education. Our church as approximately 267 active members. 
Mission work is particularly important to the life here at Central Congregational Church and includes many opportunities for giving of time and talent by both the adults and the youth of the church, which is one way we extend the loving hand of Christian compassion and acceptance to all.  CCC inter-generational groups volunteer at a local soup kitchen and support local food pantries. Each December the congregation organizes a Secret Santa program to provide presents for children in need.  In the summertime we team with other local churches to send youth and adults from our congregations to West Virginia and to Downeast Maine. Both groups work at various construction and painting projects to make homes safe, warm, and dry while getting to know the homeowners they serve. In the spring, fall, and July we organize Make A Difference Days to perform outside service projects in Chelmsford and surrounding communities.

During the past year Central Congregational Church has developed more flexible worship options to enable us to meet and worship during COVID-19. From late spring through the fall of 2020, we held weekly Drive-In services in our large parking lot or worship services in our adjoining Carson Park. In late November 2020 we moved inside and started providing live streaming of Sunday services on Facebook Live and YouTube. Throughout this time, we have also stayed connected via Zoom. This has included frequent Movie Nights, Lunches with the Pastor, Bible Study meetings, Book Clubs, and Sacred Conversations. In addition, leadership and committee groups have also met regularly via Zoom to keep the church maintained and running smoothly.

At this time, it's difficult to say what our format will be for worship the summer of 2021. We may continue live-streaming from the sanctuary and even allowing in-person worship. On the other hand, we may decide that it's more prudent to worship outside whether it be drive-in service or in Carson Park. Thus, the need for flexibility.
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Submit resumes or letters of interest to: Valerie King, Senior Deacon

Location: Central Congregational Church

Contact: Valerie King

Address: 1 Worthen St. Chelmsford MA 01824-2609


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