Pastor of Care and Connecting at First Reformed Church (Zeeland, MI)


We are seeking to hire a part time Pastor of Care and Connecting at First Reformed Church in Zeeland, MI. 

First Reformed Church is a 173 year old institution that was founded by a Dutch community that banded together in order to create a new church in the United States. Since then we, as a community, have weathered a variety of storms and yet continue in the same mission of our predecessors: that everyone may come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ by making disciples who make disciples. 

First Reformed has a strong culture, staff team, and membership. We are filled with good and faithful people who are looking to represent Christ in all we do and to help our neighbors find the love and grace of Christ. We long to see West Michigan transformed into a place that more fully represents the kingdom and that works collaboratively to see everyone live into their unique call, be it to a ministry, and mission field, or a marketplace.

We are looking to fill a highly important position and long to find someone who will help us care for one another better as well as help us stay connected in this season and seasons to come. We are seeking an ordained pastor (as either a Commissioned Pastor or Minister of Word and Sacrament) or someone who is able to become ordained/commissioned. 

The Pastor of Care and Connecting will be the primary leader in pastoral care and connecting at First Reformed. However, we do not expect this person to be the sole carer/connector; instead, we want them to build and equip teams of impassioned individuals who carry out the work. As Ephesians 4:12 reminds us, the role of a pastor is ‘to equip the saints for ministry.’

In regards to care, we want someone to spur and empower pastoral care and our pastoral care system within the church. We have a network of Pastoral Elders and Care Shepherds who we want fully equipped and mobilized for ministry. A successful candidate will be able to build teams, have a pastoral heart, and equip others to join them in ministering to those around them.  

In regards to connecting, we are looking for someone who can help all members feel accepted and engaged into the life of the community at First Church.  This person will help champion how we ‘enfold’ guests, newcomers, and seasoned members into the life and rhythms at First, as well as help build teams and processes that enable us to more fully create hospitable spaces that engage with those outside the church.

If you are interested in applying for this position or finding out more information, please contact Marcia Walters for a copy of our church profile or submit your application and cover letter to [email protected] by October 12. You may view the full job description at

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