Half-time ministerial vacancy at Te Aroha Co-operating

Te Aroha Cooperating Parish (Presbyterian/Methodist), is seeking an ordained minister to become part of the ministry leadership team on a half time basis.

Responsibilities would include preaching, visiting, taking communion to shut ins and generally providing leadership for the parish; involvement with an active Ministers’ Association (The Minister’s Association organises combined services five times a year including an annual Good Friday March and an Advent Service in the Domain); and taking an interest in the activities of the Community Trust which operates from St David’s.

There are two worship centres, Te Aroha and Waitoa.   A Deacon focuses on ministry in the Waitoa area and is involved in the activities of the Ministers’ Association.

We are mainly an older congregation who are active, welcoming and community focussed, always looking for new ways to serve Jesus Christ.   Mission Statement:  We worship God, follow Jesus and serve our community.   Trust activities are supported by church members and include a weekly Music and Movement group, a weekly Care & Craft group, a weekly Community Lunch, a fortnightly shopping bus service, and an annual Day camp during the October school holidays. A Toy Library also operates from our premises under the umbrella of the Trust.

The parish has a team of competent and experienced lay preachers who lead worship services, including taking a turn on the rosters at the two rest homes.   There is also a team of experienced and faithful people who manage the parish and contribute to spiritual and practical activities.   An office administrator is employed for 8 hours a week.

Remuneration, hours and tenure for this position will be by negotiation. The way in which the 50% time is worked is negotiable to suit the applicant.   A church house is available (could be partly furnished) and is up to standard.  The position is available at the end of March 2022.

Expressions of interest are to be sent by email to Parish Council member, Tom Luxton, tomraewynluxton@gmail.com