Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church – 6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, MD, 20817

The Position
Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church (BHPC), a thriving congregation of 680 members located in Bethesda, Maryland, is seeking an Interim Associate Pastor to partner with our congregation and staff in ministry. Responsibilities include helping lead or strengthen small group and connectional ministries, providing pastoral care, supporting and occasionally leading worship, including proclaiming the Word and administering Sacraments, working with Deacons, helping support the education of youth, supporting congregational involvement in mission, developing, enhancing a sense of belonging and involvement in the congregation, working with interfaith partners, supporting a seminary intern, and carrying out general ministry in our diverse and active community.

We are looking for someone to begin around September 1, 2020, and be available to work through at least April 2021 and possibly through June 2021 depending on our search for a long-term Associate Pastor.

We are open to full-time or part-time candidates.

The Church
BHPC is a welcoming, growing, 63-year-old, 680 member congregation located in Bethesda, Maryland with an active pastoral team (Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor, Director of Christian Education, Director of Music, Coordinator of Spiritual Life, Parish Nurse, Parish Associates) and administrative team in place, a strong tradition of worship, education and music and a calling to be involved with a mission in the world. We have active partners on-site (including Bethesda Jewish Congregation, Bradley Hills Nursery School, music therapy groups, pastoral counselor, and Friends’ Club – an Alzheimer’s care and support group). We enjoy being in ministry with each other and seek a stated supply Associate Pastor who wants to be in ministry with us.

Worship and Mission
Our core values include hospitality (we welcome others and embrace our differences), community (we seek to be a loving and caring Christian family), compassion (we respond to the pain and needs of others), joy (we celebrate the abundance of God’s grace in our lives), beauty (we discover God with our eyes, our ears, and our hearts), honesty (we seek and share the truth), integrity (we strive to live in accordance with Christ’s teachings), open-mindedness (we explore a diversity of ideas on our journeys of faith), and stewardship (we share our time, talents, and financial resources). We actively seek to embrace and nurture the faith journeys of our members and of those who come to join with us. Our charges are to grow the church by fostering relationships and building community; be disciples by pouring our lives into others throughout our community and the world; make our church a space for spiritual nurturance, reconciliation, interfaith dialogue and engagement; celebrate in worship through preaching, music, drama, poetry, and visual arts; strive to understand and address the theological, ethical, and social issues we face in the world today; learn through listening, studying the Word, and sharing in intergenerational small groups; and be a church where everyone has a deep sense of commitment and belonging. Creative worship, education for faithful living, and mission outreach are essential and integral parts of our life together. We enjoy a long tradition of strong music and preaching and a variety of worship experiences: our members participate in a choir for children, adult chancel choir, a bell choir, instrumentalists, and a dramatic reading group. Our education program provides spiritual nourishment and growth opportunities for young children, youth and adults, incorporating diverse teaching styles and content levels tailored to the particular age group.

Our greater sense of community, compassion and social justice is evidenced by the level of financial support and the number of church members who staff local projects, and the scores of full-time and part-time volunteers for 22 local and 15 globally-based non-profit social service organizations. These organizations provide meals for the hungry, formal education, tutoring, training in job skills, counseling, health screening, medical care, home construction and repair, employment, and advocate for social justice issues.

The Congregation
Our congregation brings together a variety of ages, professions, interests and backgrounds to fulfill the church’s mission. Approximately fifty-four percent of the congregation is female and forty-six percent male. Sixty-eight percent of the congregation is married, eighteen percent single, and fourteen percent other (widowed, divorced, separated, partnered or unspecified). Vocationally, the congregation is diverse. Predominantly professionals, we have many members from the medical and scientific communities, and teachers from all levels – nursery school through university – both public and private. Other vocations include artists, non-profit and community leaders, journalists, CEOs, engineers, attorneys, consultants, and stay-at-home moms and dads. We have many families with young children, dual-income families who appreciate BHPC as a place to get their spiritual batteries recharged, and many members who are retired and bring considerable experience and insights to the church. Though leading busy lives, our search for greater spiritual connections and our strong intellectual curiosity drives us to participate actively in the life and work of the church (including music, drama, teaching, flower arranging, and hospitality and community service). This highly educated congregation seeks intellectual engagement, and appreciates opportunities to explore faith issues or current issues through adult education, off-site book clubs and spiritual groups, daybreak prayer circles, Bible studies and active involvement in programs of the wider church, among other forums.

Additional Information
Salary per Presbytery Guidelines
If interested, e-mail resume and/or PIF and references to address below:
APSC Chairperson: Joel Fickett
Daytime Phone: 301-365-2850