Interim Pastor Position – First Presbyterian Rockaway
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Interim or Transitional Pastor Position Description

First Presbyterian Church of Rockaway
35 Church Street, Rockaway, NJ
Newton Presbytery


The full time Interim/Transitional pastor will fulfill the following specific responsibilities:

  • Plan, lead and deliver a sermon and a children’s message during one worship service each week. Additional services are required during Lent, Thanksgiving, and Advent seasons
  • Administer the sacraments. This includes pre-baptismal counseling meetings.
  • Officiate at weddings and funerals. This includes pre-wedding counseling meetings and meeting with family members making funeral arrangements.
  • Support and be a resource person for the churches programs and ministries.
  • Provide pastoral care for the congregation and for all who seek comfort and guidance through the church.
  • Work collaboratively with Congregational Care/Deacons visiting hospitalized members and shut-ins.
  • Serve as Moderator of the Session.
  • Serve as Head of Staff.
  • Assist boards and committees of the church in their ministry as needed. Initially meet with every committee.
  • Attend Presbytery meetings and keep COM informed on the health of the congregation.
  • Train newly elected officers
  • Lead new members’ class as needed.
  • Be available in the office a minimum of 4 days and 20 hours per week and be available by phone, text or email during business hours.
  • Come to a mutually agreed upon emergency procedure for after hours.
  • Work to promote reconciliation within the congregation.
  • Lead the Congregation through a Discernment Study, following the process approved by the Missional Ministry Team, which will lead to election of the Pastor Nominating Committee and the Mission Information Form (MIF).



The position will initially be for 12 months and can be extended with mutual agreement.  Minimum compensation and benefits shall be paid through the sixty-day notice period.  It can be cancelled by either party with two months’ notice and COM concurrence.


The interim pastor may use the manse or be provided with a housing allowance.

If you are interested in the position please send your PIF to Rev. Jeanne Radak, Presbytery Leader,  [email protected]

Rockaway Interim Pastor Position Nov 2018