Maine Conference UCC — Churches in Transition

MAINE CHURCHES IN PASTORAL TRANSITION

NEW UCC ResourceGuide to Pastoral Search and Call: Notes for the Minister in Search

Auburn – High Street Congregational Church UCC – Interim Pastor (full time)
An announced pastoral retirement, effective in January, 2020. Qualified and interested Intentional Interim Ministers should contact the Maine Conference.
Staff consultant: Rev. Darren L. Morgan

Bangor – All Souls Congregational Church UCC – Associate Pastor: Minister of Christian Nurture (full time)
Position will be posted soon. Watch for updates.
Staff consultant: Rev. Darren L. Morgan

Blue Hill – First Congregational Church UCC – Pastor (full time)
The church is currently served by a Bridge Minister. Qualified and interested Intentional Interim Ministers should contact the Maine Conference.
Staff consultant: Rev. Darren L. Morgan

Boothbay Harbor – The Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor UCC – Interim Pastor (full time)
An announced pastoral retirement, effective 10/31/2019. Qualified and interested Intentional Interim Ministers should contact the Maine Conference.
Staff consultant:  Rev. Darren L. Morgan

Buxton – First Congregational Church UCC – Pastor (part-time)
The search committee is accepting ministerial profiles. “Filled with the love of God, how can we not turn, humbly, and share that love as well as we are able? Within this spirit of love, we are a church with a passion for mission. The First Congregational Church of Buxton, also known locally as the Tory Hill Meetinghouse, seeks a pastoral leader to guide our ministry. We may be small in numbers, but we are blessed to be part of a community where neighbors reach out to each other in many caring ways. We seek a caring minister to lead and preach in the congregation’s worship services, work with our governing body and its program committees, and to help us expand our presence in the community. If you have an interest in rural ministry, we want to hear from you.” Qualified candidates interested in small church ministry should contact the Maine Conference.
Staff consultant: Rev. Darren L. Morgan

Cranberry Isles – Cranberry Isles Congregational Church UCC – Pastor (part-time)
Qualified candidates interested in island ministry should contact the Maine Conference.
Staff consultant: Rev. Darren L. Morgan

Ellsworth – First Congregational Church UCC – Pastor (full time)
The search committee is accepting ministerial profiles. “Our church family consists of 120 members plus a radio audience. It reflects the traditional Maine culture. Over the past several decades the median age of our congregation has risen, therefore there are fewer young families and children. We are an aging but energetic congregation that is passionately committed to seeing our church not just survive in the community but thrive in the world. Our highest priority is a strong faith-filled leader for our weekly Sunday worship service and someone who will help the church find its meaning and purpose in the world today. A pastor who will deliver meaningful sermons that are inspirational, motivational and have real life application. We are looking for someone who can and will enthusiastically encourage local outreach and mission work through active participation with our church community. Our new pastor will support and build on our strong musical tradition and exhibit strong leadership skills with enthusiasm. We are looking for leadership that can promote growth for our church and diversify our membership as expressed in our church’s Statement of Purpose: “To strive to build on commonalities while seeking to understand, accept and celebrate our differences.” Our hope is that our congregation will partner with our new pastor to promote the Word of God and a sense of Love within ourselves and the greater community.” View church prospectus HERE.
Staff consultant: Rev. Darren L. Morgan

Fort Fairfield – United Parish Church (part-time)
An announced pastoral resignation, effective 12/31/2019. Qualified candidates interested in rural ministry should contact the Maine Conference.
Staff consultant: Rev. Darren L. Morgan

Isle Au Haut – Union Congregational Church – Pastor (seasonal part-time)
Qualified candidates interested in island ministry should contact the Maine Conference.
Staff consultant: Rev. Darren L. Morgan

Kennebunkport – South Congregational Church UCC – Pastor (full time)
The church is currently served by an Interim Minister. Watch for updates.
Staff consultant: Rev. Deborah J. Blood

Lincoln – First Congregational Church UCC – Pastor (half-time)
The church is currently served by an Interim Minister. Watch for updates.
Staff consultant: Rev. Darren L. Morgan

Mt. Desert – Somesville Union Meeting House UCC – Interim Pastor (full time)
ON-HOLD. View Prospectus HERE
Staff consultant: Rev. Darren L. Morgan

North Saco – North Saco Congregational Church UCC – Pastor (part-time)
Qualified candidates interested in small church ministry should contact the Maine Conference.
Staff consultant: Rev. Deborah J. Blood

Portland – State Street Church UCC – Pastor (full time)
The church is served by an Interim Minister. Watch for updates.
Staff consultant: Rev. Deborah J. Blood

Portland – Woodfords Congregational Church UCC – Designated Term Pastor (full time)
The search committee is accepting ministerial profiles. “As we gather on the shores of our future, Woodfords Congregational Church, UCC is seeking a three-year Designated Term Pastor, not to part the waters for us, but to join us and walk our path together. In the past year, Woodfords has entered into a time of discernment, working with the Center for Progressive Renewal to clarify how the next season of our story will develop. Our ideal candidate will desire to both lead and partner with us as we transition from what we are to what we can be as a vibrant church community, as civic leaders in caring, and as spirit-filled individuals. We seek an “adaptable apostle,” with the flexibility to incorporate and support new and creative ideas in building our church into the future. We require a pastor who can appreciate and nurture us when our desire for familiarity creates appropriate tension with our desire to grow and become our future selves. Woodfords is a church with a history of serving as a beacon in our community. Our commitment to social justice remains evident in our current programs. We desire a pastor who can provide guidance on how best to muster our energy and other resources to continue to serve our community effectively, as well as a soulful pastor who is an enabler of lay leadership. We are a spirit-filled, loving, and supportive group with a notable dedication to each other and the world around us. We seek a pastor who can continue to energize and nurture our dedication; one who is a clear communicator, has a strong sense of administrative organization and follow through, and can help us to craft new and creative paths into living God’s call. The image of “gathering on the shore” is familiar for us. We smell the tang of the air and feel the push of the wind – sometimes at our backs, and sometimes in our faces. Looking out at the vastness of the ocean of our possibilities, we listen for God’s voice, because we know that God is, indeed, Still Speaking.” View Prospectus HERE
Staff consultant: Rev. Deborah J. Blood

Rangeley – Rangeley Congregational Church UCC – Pastor (3/5 time)
The search committee is accepting ministerial profiles. “We are a faithful, God-seeking, hard-working congregation looking for our next minister to walk with us on our faith journey. We are looking for a person filled with joy, seeking to serve others as we do. We need someone who is comfortable with collaborative decision-making and work. We look forward to sharing with you the areas of service in which we are involved and serving. We are a very diverse congregation, theologically, professionally, economically and politically. Having spent this past year with our Interim Minister working to understand, appreciate, respect and value these differences, we seek a minister who will do the same; unifying us in our love of Christ. Biblically-based sermons should be relevant and applicable to our daily lives, helping us to grow in our faith while nourishing us spiritually. Are you looking for schedule flexibility? Would you enjoy living in an outdoor mecca where people will greet you by name in the grocery store, post office or fitness center? Would you like a supportive congregation with a well-organized Church Council and Boards? Please contact us to discuss the opportunity that may await you as the new Minister of Rangeley Congregational Church UCC.” View prospectus HERE
Staff consultant: Rev. Darren L. Morgan

Wells – Congregational Church of Wells UCC – Pastor (full time)
The church is currently served by an Interim Minister. Watch for updates.
Staff consultant: Rev. Deborah J. Blood

Westbrook – Prides Corner Congregational Church UCC – Pastor (part-time)
The search committee is accepting ministerial profiles. “Prides Corner Congregational Church in Westbrook, Maine is seeking a part-time, settled pastor. We seek a high energy leader who will help us grow our community, lead us spiritually, educate and inspire our adults and children, and help us to do the work as Jesus intended. We seek an individual who is not afraid to laugh with us, think outside of the box, and who will guide us as we bring our loving church to its next level for generations to come.  We are an eclectic group of people with varied religious beginnings, who have come together as a community of faith, seeking to grow in our discipleship. As a collaborative, hard-working group, we share the work of the pastoral leadership. Our strengths include a vibrant music ministry, feeding those in need in multiple ways (not to mention our “Legendary Bean Suppers”), and being devoted to our community and each other. As an Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation, God is calling us to be in community with one another, to lift one another up, and to help each other grow as we walk along our individual spiritual paths. We are called to recognize our abundant gifts of talent and treasure and to give of our hearts and hands to share what we have with each other and those in need. Our seeds are planted, come grow with us.” View  prospectus HERE
Staff consultant: Rev. Deborah J. Blood

Westbrook – Westbrook-Warren Congregational Church UCC – Pastor (full time)
The church is currently served by a Transitional Minister. Watch for updates.
Staff consultant: Rev. Deborah J. Blood

Woolwich – Day’s Ferry Congregational Church UCC – Pastor (half-time)
The search committee is accepting ministerial profiles. “The Day’s Ferry Congregational Church (DFCC) is seeking a part-time settled pastor to join with us to grow spiritually and expand our service to others as followers of Christ. If you join us, you will be enveloped by our “extravagant hospitality” and presented with an intellectually curious congregation committed to making a difference in our community. Our worship is traditional, and we have an exceptional music program led by Dr. Paul Althouse, including an enthusiastic choir, three fine instruments and special musical events through the year. Our budget, supported by a trust fund, has been stable for many years without a deficit. We contribute close to 15% of our budget to community outreach efforts.” View church prospectus HERE
Staff consultant: Rev. Deborah J. Blood

Yarmouth – First Parish Congregational Church UCC – Associate Pastor (full time)
The search committee is accepting ministerial profiles. “We, at First Parish Church of Yarmouth, Maine, strive to be a welcoming center for our community. We seek to provide spaces where people of all ages, sexes, genders and orientations can deepen their relationships with God and one another. We worship in traditional ways and we explore new ways to journey together. We believe in flexibility, a willingness to adapt to needs as they arise, and that humor is a key component of our interactions with each other.  We are searching for an Associate Pastor to join our team. We are searching for someone who is comfortable reaching out to a wide range of people; someone who sees possibilities in  unlikely places. We are searching for someone who is searching for us. Come join our team.” View church profile HERE
Staff consultant: Rev. Deborah J. Blood

York – First Parish Church UCC – Senior Pastor (full time)
The church is currently served by an Interim Senior Minister. Watch for updates.
Staff consultant: Rev. Deborah J. Blood

*If you have a particular interest in part-time ministry, bridge interim ministry, sabbatical coverage, long-term stated supply, or pulpit supply please be in touch with Rev. Darren L. Morgan as many of these positions are not always listed on our website.

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