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Lead Pastor – Covington, OH
FRIENDSHIP COMMUNITY CHURCH, COVINGTON, OH
Friendship Community Church (Friendship) was established in 1946 and is affiliated with The Charis Fellowship of Churches. We are committed to understanding the Word of God (Biblical truth), to living as the People of God (Biblical relationships), and to fulfilling the Purposes of God (Biblical mission).
The church is located in a rural setting along a state highway and sits directly between Covington and Troy Ohio with the town of Pleasant Hill just 5 miles south, all three towns are located in Miami County, Ohio. This country setting is on 4 acres of ground surrounded on two sides by farmland and the other two sides by a small group of homes. In addition to the main house of worship there is a large yard and picnic shelter that have been used for small festivals, camping, picnics, games and other activities. Our most recent pastor who was loved by all resigned in late September of 2018 on good terms. A well respected semi-retired pastor is now serving the Lord and the congregation as an interim pastor during this period of transition.
We are seeking a Lead Pastor willing to live in the area (if necessary, we are open to a bi-vocational arrangement).
The man called to this ministry will first and foremost be a servant of Christ. Doing so in part by serving with the Leadership Team and the congregation. He will assume the responsibilities of building and providing leadership to the vision, pulpit ministries and the care and training of the Leadership Team and congregation. The Pastor will work with the Leadership Team and lead according to the Word of God, the church Constitution and By-Laws. Additionally, a written commitment will be required stating belief in and agreement to preach, teach and counsel in accordance with the Charis Identity Statement held to by this church and the Charis Fellowship.
The Lead Pastor shall have charge of the spiritual welfare of the congregation. He shall preach the Word and have in his care the stated services of public worship and with the assistance of the Deacons shall administer the Communion. He shall preside at all church services and be responsible for its content and quality. He shall be an ex-officio member of all boards and committees in all organizations of the Church and present written reports at annual business meetings & quarterly Leadership meetings. The nature and content of the reports to be determined by the Leadership Team.
A prerequisite for Commissioning to Pastoral Ministry at Friendship Community Church will be to complete a resume and application for submittal to our Leadership Team. If affirmed and hired into the position, intentions of the parties will be that over a course of time an undertaking of the Charis Ordination process will begin with the ultimate goal being to see it through to a successful completion.
Preaching, Teaching, Prayer, Bible Study, Obedience & Discipling
Gifted in preaching and teaching the Word of God with clarity and inclined to primarily do so through exegetical study with the end result of shaping a message or teaching in such a way that people can understand the biblical truth for themselves, recognize how it applies to their own lives and are inspired/challenged to so apply it.
A person dedicated to bible study and prayer who is committed to the lifelong journey of better knowing God. One who is obedient to what he scripturally knows God’s will to be even as he is open to and diligently seeking the leading of the Holy Spirit in search of God’s specific will for his own life. And through that refinement is a man who draws on the experience to mentor and intentionally disciple others to greater intimacy and service to God.
Shepherd & Leader
Has the heart of a shepherd and demonstrates the ability to walk according to the fruits of the Spirit as established in Galatians 5 verses 22-23; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. And therefore, consistently leads by Godly example.
Loves and cares for all people but has a strong passion and ability to reach today’s young families and youth helping them to develop their spiritual life rooted in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as their redeemer and savior.
Lives the gospel every day with the goal of sharing it with someone in hope of that person coming to a faith in Jesus Christ. Thus, by example inspiring the rest of the body of Christ to be a witness in their own spheres of influence. Also, an incorporator of planned training and discipling to enable lay persons to witness and do missions work.
Has exhibited strong leadership and visionary skills in past experiences or undoubtedly shows strong potential in these areas;
Capable of being the Shepherd of Vision at Friendship (acting as the primary cultivator and communicator of the ongoing vision).
Ability to work with the Leadership Team through prayerful decision making to create, implement, achieve and maintain consensus on a planned approach for how this church works together as a body.
Encouraging the body to be active, glorifying God by spreading the Good News of the Gospel, meeting the needs (spiritual and otherwise) of this congregation, even as the congregation is reaching out to support the local and worldwide communities.
Developing and championing a vison accomplishing plan that by design has built-in processes, measurable objectives and targets ensuring that it remains effective. Fluid and changing as necessary but always clear to everyone so that each person has a strong sense of mission and purpose.
- Capable of being the Shepherd of Vision at Friendship (acting as the primary cultivator and communicator of the ongoing vision).
Experience in Ministry
Experience in ministry is considered a plus but a man without past experience who vets well and shows strong potential may be considered.
Some seminary training is preferred but a man with no formal education who has other applicable qualifications and is steeped in God’s Word may be considered.
In 1946 the church was started in Covington, Ohio. In 1981 the present-day facility was built and moved into, it is located outside of Covington at 5850 State Route 41. In 1998 the Troy Grace Brethren Church congregation joined Friendship in membership, worship and service to our Lord. Friendship has had five pastors from 1983 to present.
As a church we are called to take part in the Mission of God. We want to show all people a picture of the love that Jesus has shown us and offers to the entire world. The following is a summary of our annual mission involvement –
- Monthly Community Dinner (serving 40 to 60 meals)
- March & October Food Pantry
- Food donation to the Covington Thanksgiving Celebration
- AWANA Youth Program for children 3 years through 6th grade every Monday night October through March
- Samaritans Purse Christmas Boxes
- Month of October - Donations to Urban Hope Inter-City Missions, Philadelphia
- Support for Kairos Prison Ministry
Annual Missions Support
Through Charis Encompass World Partners
- Wayne & Ellen Patton, Brazil
- Hibali, Africa
- Craig & Jackie Palmer, Chad
Akli & Melody Arab, France
Local Area Missions
- Steve Schenk, AWANA Missionary
- The Barn Outreach – Pleasant Hill
- Child Evangelism Fellowship – Miami County
Youth Missions (to help our own youth participate in mission projects)
The purpose of our ministries is to offer, extend and amplify a heart of service in our congregation and to provide opportunities to serve one another and the local communities. We strive to make all feel welcomed, informed and included in worship and all other church activities.
Some of our ministries include –
- Social Committee
- Beautification Committee
- Mission Committee
- Communion (Easter and Thanksgiving)
- Hospitality Committee
- Kitchen Committee
- Lawn, Grounds & Building Maintenance
Bereavement (provide meals to members at passing of loved one)
The Open Door - Casual weekly gathering open to all. Each Thursday evening 6:30-7:00 relationship & sharing time, 7:00-8:00 Bible Study. Periodic outreach and missions such as onsite dinner at Buckeye House Men’s Shelter, participate in meal prep & serving with Dayton Homeless program, raised funds for a room addition to an African home allowing a couple to take in a family of orphaned children.
Women of Grace – Monthly Bible study program March thru November, all ladies welcome.
- Wednesday evening Discipleship, in process April through September
Our Membership & Attendance
Friendship currently has approximately 62 active members with an average Sunday worship attendance of 50 people. Our church family is conservative with Bible-based values. Our culture is predominately made up of Caucasian, rural and towns people with livelihoods coming from a blend of clerical, blue collar, farming, professional & small business endeavors. There is a strong work ethic throughout our congregation and communities.
The demography of the church:
- 18 and under 10%
- 18 - 24 8%
25 – 40 7%
- 41 – 54 23%
55 and over 50%
As a congregation we desire growth of the Friendship church body with a simultaneous lowering of the average age of our demographic.
Description of Property
The church is located on approximately 4 acres of land. The main building all sits on one level and is approximately 7,800 square feet. It houses a sanctuary capable of comfortably seating 85 and can easily overflow into a multipurpose area. This multipurpose area is used as classroom, for meals (directly adjacent to kitchen), youth activities including AWANA game time, weekly Miami County Home School Social and more…. Additionally, there are 6 individual classrooms, a nursery, 2 bathrooms, 2 offices & various storage areas.
Outside there is one small storage building strategically located immediately at a rear exit to the main building. There is a nice roofed pavilion & picnic area with attached storage/garage conveniently located in the backyard area that is used to support numerous activities such as those mentioned in the introduction. There is paved parking for the main building and plenty of nice outside yard area to support times of fellowship and games as well as outreach project gatherings.
Our church is located on State Route 41 between Covington and Troy and also within 5 miles of Pleasant Hill, Ohio. This primary state route results in a high daily traffic count past our front door. Our membership lives in and about these same communities. Here is some demographic info for the area;
Covington, Ohio (2.8 miles from church)
- Population in 2014 - 2,616
- Median resident age - 37.2 years
- Zip code - 45318
- Estimated median household income in 2016 - $47,988
- Estimated median house or condo value in 2016 - $99,039
Race Data from 2010
- White - 97.9%
- Mixed Races - 1%
- Hispanic - 0.6%
- Black - 0.3% Source http://www.city-data.com/city/Covington-Ohio.html
Troy, Ohio (7 miles from church)
- Population in 2014 - 25,564
- Median resident age - 40.7 years
- Zip codes - 45373
- Estimated median household income in 2016 - $53,764
- Estimated median house or condo value in 2016 - $133,713
Race Data from 2016
- White - 87.7%
- Mixed Races - 3.1%
- Hispanic - 1.8%
- Black - 4.1%
- Asian - 2.8% Source http://www.city-data.com/city/Troy-Ohio.html
Each of these communities is located in Miami County, with 105,122 people it is the 25th most populated county in the state of Ohio out of 88 counties. The largest Miami County racial/ethnic groups are White (93.0%) followed by Two or More (2.1%) and Black (2.0%).
Person’s interested in discussing this position can initiate the process by emailing a request for an Application form to Russ Kimmel the Friendship Search Committee Chairman via firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon receipt please complete and submit the application, along with a resume back to email@example.com.