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Deep River Friends Meeting is a Christ-centered faith community gathered around the leadership of the Living Christ. We seek to live in the way of Jesus through our faithfulness to his leadings and our Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. We have no greater allegiance than to the kingdom of God. We have no greater privilege than serving our community and making God’s love real.

Deep River Friends welcomes all who seek faith, hope, and love, and for whom Christ is the Lord of Life. Deep River’s history dates from 1754, and Friends have been worshiping in our Meeting House since it was erected in 1875. Find here an accepting, caring, non-judgemental spirit where lives are transformed, faith is renewed, and power for positive living is found. God loves you and so do we! There are no strangers at Deep River Friends…just friends we haven’t met yet.

Pastoral Minister

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Deep River Friends Meeting is a welcoming, inclusive Friends Meeting seeking a full-time pastoral minister. Deep River Friends Meeting is a programmed Meeting serving a small congregation of 160 members with approximately 50 attending regularly in High Point, North Carolina. As we seek a new pastoral minister, we understand that we are all called to minister according to the gifts we have received. Deep River seeks a pastoral minister who will guide and grow the Meeting in areas of worship, ministry, and fellowship in collaboration with all members of the Meeting. Deep River’s congregation is theologically diverse in thought and varies in degree of activism toward issues involving social justice. However, given the blended opinions within the congregation, we are all in agreement about the Quaker testimonies, and each individual is working on their own personal journey toward living up to the ideals of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. We value the diversity within the community, and there is genuine care and love for one another.

Deep River Friends desires to integrate the minister into the life of the Meeting. The congregation is mission-driven and stewardship-focused. Quaker Men and Women’s groups, along with other committees, are very active within the Meeting. Quaker Men hold an annual BBQ fundraiser, while the Quaker Women offer homemade chicken-pies for their annual fundraiser. The funds raised for initiatives like these help the Meeting give back to communities in need, both locally and internationally. In addition, these fundraisers and the financial health of the Meeting allow us to keep well-maintained facilities and grounds. Deep River is proud to be a financially stable Meeting with no debts.

Deep River wants to reach as many seekers of God’s word and disciples of the Quaker faith. To do so, we are intentionally working on utilizing technological resources to include people in person and online. This has been imperative as we shifted to online worship during the pandemic and continues to be a priority to reach members who are unable to physically attend services and those who are curious to learn more about the wonderful things that Deep River Friends Meeting has to offer. Our goal is to be adaptable and respond to the needs of the congregation. Currently, Deep River services are recorded and uploaded to the Deep River website and Facebook page. We are seeking a minister who is experienced in using tools to reach both an in-person and a virtual congregation or at minimum show a willingness to learn how to utilize these tools.

Desired Qualifications

  • A spiritual relationship with God
  • Active listening skills, prioritizing listening to God’s leadings
  • Identification with the Religious Society of Friends, including knowledge and experience in Quaker faith and practices
  • Compassion for pastoral care or willingness to learn Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
  • A college degree required; advanced degree in seminary studies preferred
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Proficient technology skills (email, social media, live streaming, website content development, word processing, spreadsheets, etc.)

Work Environment

The normal work week for the minister is 40 hours with 2 days off per week. The minister is expected to keep regular office hours 10-15 hours per week with some flexibility as needed for weeks in which special activities at church require attendance.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. Salary package is negotiable, and benefits for the minister could include paid time off (including vacation, paid holidays, and sick leave), health insurance, retirement plan contributions, and travel expenses. The meeting can offer up to ten paid holidays with the stipulation that if a holiday falls on a typical day of worship, another day will be taken in its place. The minister may take up to four weeks vacation and ten days of annual sick leave. On months when there are five Sundays, the pastor will not be required to deliver a prepared message. Deep River will offer opportunities for professional and spiritual development through mission trips, annual retreats, and/or pastoral studies with approval by Ministry and Counsel. The minister will work in partnership with a Meeting staff of a music director, treasurer, website developer, and a part-time secretary.

Application Procedure

Deep River Friends Meeting welcomes all who feel called to apply to send any inquiries, a resume and cover letter or curriculum vitae, a narrative describing your spiritual journey as well a list of references with contact information to Barbara Bell [email protected].

Deep River Friends Meeting
c/o Barbara Bell, Clerk
Pastoral Search Committee
3653 Cherry Hill Drive
Greensboro, NC 27410

Deep River Friends Meeting is an equal opportunity employer.

Responsibilities of the Pastoral Minister

The pastoral minister is responsible for the care of the Meeting as a spiritual leader, public Friend, and Meeting coordinator. Below are examples of ways in which the pastoral minister may serve the Meeting in each of these areas:

Spiritual Leader

  • Prepares and delivers a short message during Meeting for Worship (15-20 minutes) while also devoting time for silent, open worship.
  • Collaborates with Ministry and Counsel on appropriate content and format for Meeting for Worship and helps arrange for someone to give prepared vocal ministry during absences.
  • Instructs and encourages members and attenders to develop their understanding of Quaker faith and practice, including an introduction to Quakerism for new members as needed and supporting the religious education needs of the Meeting.
  • Fosters spiritual growth of members and attenders, encouraging individuals to become more involved in the life of the Meeting where appropriate (educational activities, spiritual nurture groups, retreats, workshops, etc.).
  • Exhibits a passion for pastoral care or willingness to learn Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).
  • Makes hospital and home visits and offers counsel, guidance, comfort, and resources for more in-depth or long-term needs.
  • Provides pre-marital counseling for those wishing to be married at the Meeting house and officiates weddings if requested.
  • Coordinates funeral or memorial arrangements, planning services with families and officiating, if requested.
  • Cultivates bible studies for various callings of the Meeting.
  • Nurtures collaborative leadership for the growth of the children and youth ministries.

Friend

  • Serves as a moderator and contact point for Meeting communications, including emails, website content, and social media (Facebook).
  • Represents Deep River Friends Meeting in the wider community, attending local and regional inter-denominational and civic events as well as local, regional, and national Quaker events.
  • Nurtures the Meeting’s relationships with other Quaker organizations [Friends United Meeting (FUM), North Carolina Fellowship of Friends (NCFF), Quaker Lake, etc.].
  • Supports the Meeting’s social outreach projects and coordinates new initiatives upon direction of the Meeting (Serving/preparing meals for Open Door Ministries and Leslie’s House; Campout for Hunger; Missions Committee; CROP Walk; etc.).
  • Nurtures collaborative leadership to continue the growth of the children and youth ministries.
  • Cultivates Bible studies for various groups and interests within the Meeting.

Meeting Coordinator

  • Supports the clerk and recording clerk of the Meeting; serves as a resource, helps prepare information for Monthly Meeting, and upholds business meetings following Quaker practices.
  • Assists and supports committees as needed and encourages inter-committee communication.
  • Collaborates with administrative staff the communication needs of the Meeting (Meeting for Worship bulletin agenda and announcements, weekly email content, website content development, social media posts, etc.)
  • Offers ease and accessibility in communication with those within the Meeting.

Accountability
The minister is accountable to Ministry and Counsel and will attend all meetings of Ministry and Counsel to report activities done in the name of and for the Meeting. The minister will confer with Ministry and Counsel about policies, questions, or difficulties. Ministry and Counsel will support and encourage the minister. At least once a year, Ministry and Counsel and the minister will conduct an assessment of the minister’s work.

Additional responsibilities will be determined in collaboration with the pastoral minister and the Ministry and Counsel that align with the specific skills and gifts the minister possesses.