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 PASTORAL CANDIDATE APPLICATION

Echo Valley Grace Church

46 Tremont Road

Tremont PA 17981

570-695-2136

www. echovalleygracechurch.com

[email protected]

 

INTRODUCTION

Echo Valley Grace Church is looking for a full-time pastor.  For the past three years, we have been using an Interim Pastor and pulpit supply after the passing of our long-term Pastor.  As you can see from the description below of our church and community, our church is small, but eager to serve.

OUR CHURCH

Upon entering our church, you will find a close-knit congregation filled with the sense of love and family atmosphere which is extended to everyone who walks through our doors.  We are an Elder-led church, united in our love for each other, our love for God, and our love in serving and worshipping God.  Our teaching is centered on God’s truth, directly from the Bible.  We are not afraid to roll up our sleeves and get dirty in our service to the church.  We are faithful people who love sharing with each other and are committed to the work of the body.  We have Sunday School for all ages, a Prayer Service on Tuesday evenings and a Youth Group on Wednesday evenings.  In the past, prior to the pandemic, we were conducting AWANA and Vacation Bible School.  We are looking for ways to grow through new outreach ideas.  We are a small church with a big heart, but there are plenty of opportunities for growth.  We are able to work through diversity and look ahead.  You are part of that plan.  Our property and building are well maintained which shows good stewardship of all God has given us. 

 

OUR COMMUNITY

We are located in a rural, mountainous area, but within an hour of Harrisburg, Reading, Allentown and Philadelphia, a little further.  Hershey Park and Dorney Park are close by, as well as PA state game lands for hunting, plenty of fishing, camping, hiking and off-road trails.  The Appalachian Trail is within 10 miles of our church.  We are a small, working-class community with changes to our area coming through distribution and industrial centers being built nearby as we are very close to Rt. 81, heading both north and south for industries.  In addition, hospitals are within a half hour north and south of us, the VA Hospital is in Lebanon, a half-hour away and cultural activities and museums are within an hour’s drive.  We are governed by small local governments, consisting of townships and boroughs.  This is a conservative area with a lower cost of living, lower taxes and a lower crime rate! The schools are close by and Christian schools are within a half-hour’s drive.  There are airports in Allentown, Harrisburg and Philadelphia.  We have many colleges nearby including several branches of PennState, as well as community colleges.  You will be able to find what you are looking for, both for entertainment, education and growth within 60 miles of us, in every direction.  If you’re looking for “quiet” but sensational, this is us!

Please complete the Pastoral Candidate Application at your convenience and return it to [email protected] to be considered for this open position.

 

 

 

 

 

 PERSONAL INFORMATION

 

Candidate: Please include a letter of interest with your application.

 

Name:_________________________________  Single____  Married____   Divorced____ Widowed____

Present Address:_____________________________________ City__________ State____ Zip_________

Date of Birth_______________________ Social Security Number________________________________

Phone Number: (Home)__________________   (Cell)________________ (Work)____________________

Email:__________________________

Name of Spouse: (If Married)_____________________________Wife’s Occupation_________________

Names and Ages of Children:_____________________________________________________________

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PERSONAL CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE:

 

Have you been baptized by trine immersion?  _____Yes    _____ No

If yes, please provide the date and church name and address.

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Please give a brief summary of your conversion experience:

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**For the following sections, please write in “NA” if not applicable.

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP HISTORY

 

Church:  ___________________________ Phone:___________________ Address__________________

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Positions Held:___________________ Dates__________________ Responsibilities_________________

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Church:  ___________________________ Phone:___________________ Address__________________

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Positions Held:___________________ Dates__________________ Responsibilities_________________

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Church:  ___________________________ Phone:___________________ Address__________________

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Positions Held:___________________ Dates__________________ Responsibilities_________________

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May we contact your previous church(s)/employers for a reference?  ______Yes   ______ No

 

ORDINATION:

 

Name of Ordaining Body:_______________________________________ Date_____________________

 

Ordained by:_________________________________________________ Telephone________________

 

PASTORAL EXPERIENCE:

 

Name of Church                              Address                # Members          Dates             Reason for Leaving

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Name of Church                              Title              Major Responsibilities

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WORK HISTORY:   (Other than Pastoral)    Are you presently employed _____Yes   _____No

 

Employer                            Address                                             Dates                  Reason for Leaving

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U.S. MILITARY SERVICES:

 

Are you a veteran of the Armed Services?  _____ Yes  ______No   If yes, which branch?__________

 

If yes, what type of training or education did you receive while in the military?

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REFERENCES: (Pastoral and Professional)   Three pastoral references and two personal references.

  

       NAME AND OCCUPATION                RELATIONSHIP                       PHONE NUMBER & EMAIL

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  2. ______________________________________________________________________________
  3. ______________________________________________________________________________
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May we contact your references? ______Yes   ______ No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATIONAL PREPARATION:  List in chronological order the names and addresses of undergraduate and graduate institutions that you have attended.  Please attach copies of degrees to this application.

 

Name                                  Address                               Dates of Attendance                Degree Earned

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MEMBERSHIP AND PARTICIPATION IN CHURCH ASSOCIATIONS  Include local, state, regional and national associations.

 

1.   ______________________________________________________________________________

2.  _______________________________________________________________________________

  1. ______________________________________________________________________________

 

MEMBERSHIP AND PARTICIPATION IN EDUCATIONAL AND CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS

 

  1. ______________________________________________________________________________
  2. ______________________________________________________________________________
  3. ______________________________________________________________________________

 

What is your definition of missions and how is it accomplished?

 

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Please describe your administrative and leadership style and how this philosophy influences your administrative style.  Please include concrete examples from your experience as an administrator.

 

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PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY:  Please describe your view of how a pastor should function in regard to:

 

  1.  Church Finances_________________________________________________________________

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  1. Relationship with Church Elders/Deacons_____________________________________________

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  1.  Relationship with Church Staff (custodian, secretary, etc.)_______________________________

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  1. Hospital visitation/sick and shut-ins__________________________________________________

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  Please share with us how you stay sharp in your vocation:

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ISSUES:  Please briefly describe your position on the following social, theological and ethical issues:

Abortion_________________________________________________________________________

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Addictions_______________________________________________________________________

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Trine Immersion___________________________________________________________________

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Homosexuality____________________________________________________________________

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Holy Spirit________________________________________________________________________

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Marriage/Divorce/Remarriage________________________________________________________

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Women in Church Leadership________________________________________________________

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FAMILY/PERSONAL/CIVIC ACTIVITIES:

 

If married, how does your wife enhance your ministry?

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How do you make family a priority?

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What are your special interests and hobbies?

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PERSONAL INFORMATION:  Is there anything in your past or present that we should be aware of and discuss before we consider you as a candidate for Pastor of this Church?

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Our constitution is available by email upon request.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTHORIZATION TO RELEASE INFORMATION

 

FROM_______________________________

 

TO__________________________________

 

I have applied for a position as Senior Pastor with Echo Valley Grace Church.

 

I have been requested to provide information for their use in reviewing my background and qualifications.  Therefore, I hereby authorize the investigation of my past and present work, character, education, military and employment qualifications.

 

The release in any manner of all information by you is hereby authorized whether such information is of record or not, and I do hereby release all persons, agencies, firms, companies, etc., from any damages resulting from providing such information.

 

This authorization is valid for ___________  days from the date below.

 

Please keep this copy of my release request for your files.  Thank you.

 

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Signature                                                              Date

 

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Witness                                                                Date

Listing Expires: 08-Nov-22