Associate Pastor for Programs and Engagement

Churches supporting LGBTQ

Located at the center of a thriving university town, Davis Community Church seeks to offer a true “commons” for people from all walks of life—a faith community that brings together the spiritual and the material, the religious and the non-religious. As we seek to remain alive and relevant in today’s rapidly changing world, our congregation of nearly 600 people has taken bold steps to shape a vision and strategy to become a robust center for spiritual formation, human transformation, and contemplative activism.

We seek a pastoral partner who will work alongside our talented leaders and staff, helping us increase diversity, foster new avenues of access for culturally non-dominant peoples, and embody the ways Jesus challenged the assumptions, structures, and systems of power and privilege that create injustice, oppression, and abuse.

Committed to full inclusion, we are eager to receive applications for people drawn to ministry within a dynamic downtown and university setting, and we invite conversations with LGBTQ individuals, women, and people of color. For more information, our Mission Study is available HERE and our MIF is available on the CLC website (as well as below).

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Ministry ID                                                                                                             00727

Ministry Name ___________________________________ Davis Community Church

Mailing Address _________________________________ 412 C St, Davis, CA 95616

Telephone Number__________________________________________ 530.753.2894

Fax Number _______________________________________________ 530.753.0182

Email _______________________________________________

Web site ______________________________________________________


Congregation or Organization Size (Select one)

                       Under 100 members

       101 – 250 members

       251 – 400 members

    X   401 – 650 members

       651 – 1000 members

       1001 – 1500 members

       More than 1500 members



Average Worship Attendance          277                 

Church School Attendance  51 total children. On any given Sunday, we see 30-50 adult participants; our 2018 participation for Adult Christian Formation combined with Integrated Spirituality offerings was 1210.           

Church School Curriculum. 252 Basics (4-and 5-year olds); First Look (1st-3rd grades); Sparkhouse (4th-6th grades)


Check if certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program


Ethnic Composition Of Congregation (in whole %):

Enter the percentage of each racial ethnic component of your congregation.

      0     American Indian or Alaska Native

      4     Asian

      1     Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean)

__<1_ Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish

__<1_ Middle Eastern

     0      Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

     77      White 

Other __17% multiracial__


Presbytery                   Sacramento                               Synod                        Pacific                        

Community Type (select one)

        X     College                                   Rural                                      Suburban

                Small City                             Town                                      Urban

                Village                    _______Recreation            _______Retirement



Clerk of Session Contact Information:

Name     Betty Lou Schultz                                                                                                                                                              

Address    412 C St.                                                                                                                                            

City    Davis                                                                          State       CA          Zip Code      95616             

Preferred Phone   530.753.2894                       Alternate Phone                                                 

E-mail                                                       FAX                        530.753.0182      

*Select below the position to be filled and the minimal number of years of experience required (e.g. no experience, first ordained call, up to 2 years, 2-5 years, 5-10 years, or above 10 years)

Years of Experience Position Type Years of Experience Position Type
  Solo Pastor   General Assembly Staff
  Head of Staff (Multi-staff Pastor, who supervised two teaching elders and other staff)   Church Business Administrator
  Head of Staff (supervised one teaching elder and other staff)   Executive Director
  Associate Pastor (Christian Education)   Director of Music (non-ordained)
  Associate Pastor (Youth)   Minister of Music (ordained)

2-5 years

Associate Pastor (Other)

  Mission Co-worker (International)
  Pastor (Church Planter, New Worshipping Community)   Christian Educator (Certified)
  Pastor (Transformation/Redevelopment)   Christian Educator (non-certified)
  Pastor Interim   Administrator
  Pastor ( for a designated term)   Funds Developer
  Pastor (Other Temporary i.e., Supply, Student)   Finance Manager
  Pastor, yoked/parish   Media Specialist
  Co-pastor   Communicator
  Executive Pastor Coordinator
  Evangelist or Mission Pastor   Youth Director (non-ordained)
  Bi-vocational/Tentmaker   Other
  Pastoral Counselor  
  College/Seminary Faculty  
  Seminary Staff  
  Campus Ministry  
  General Presbyter/Executive Presbyter

Presbytery Leader

  Stated Clerk (Presbytery)  
  Synod Executive  
  Mid-Council Program Staff  

You may also specify the position title (if appropriate)                                            _____

*Employment Status

___X__Full Time                                Part Time                                              Open to Either

_______ Bi-vocational (able to provide employment through outside partnership)


Is this a yoked congregation?  __X__No                 Yes

(If yes, please complete the Yoked Congregation Detail Form.)


Clergy Couple (Are you open to a clergy couple?) Yes ______        No __X___


Certification/Training (check below the desired certification or training needed for the position):


Interim/Transitional Ministry Training     _______                                Interim Executive Presbyter Training         _______

Certified Christian Educator                          _______                                Certified Business Administrator                  _______

Certified Conflict Mediator                            _______                                Clinical Pastoral Education Training          _______

Other ____________________________________________


Language Requirements

__X_ English               _____Spanish              _____Korean               _____French

_____Arabic                _____Armenian           _____Creole                _____Portuguese

_____Japanese            _____Russian              _____Swahili               _____Burmese

_____Cambodian        _____Indonesian         _____Laotian              _____Thai

_____Vietnamese        _____Taiwanese          _____Cantonese          _____ Mandarin Chinese

_____Twi                    _____ Sign Language  _______________ Other



Statement of Faith Required   __X____ Yes                      ______ No



What is your congregation’s or organization’s Mission Statement?


We seek to tend the wellbeing of the place and people around us. We help people thrive—body, mind, and soul. We will grow in gratitude and generosity, offering a sense of belonging, meaning, and engagement.


We will be focused by our anchoring strategies for becoming more diverse, cultivating spiritual practices, leveraging new economic practices, broadening active participation, recovering and extending the moral actions of Jesus, and stewarding our land and buildings responsibly.





(For each narrative question, please limit your responses to no more than 1500 characters including spaces and punctuation.)



  1. What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.


As a progressive Christian community, blending tradition and the vision of Jesus in ways relevant to contemporary society, we seek “to tend the wellbeing of the place and people around us” (from Jeremiah 29.7) by actively pursuing human wholeness, environmental justice, spiritual growth, equality, liberty, and opportunity for all, so that people can thrive—body, mind, and soul. Over the next 10 years, we will strive to grow in gratitude and generosity, offering a sense of belonging, meaning, and engagement, in order to love God and our neighbors more fully and freely. To live out our vision (VISION2028, see attached), we will aim to:

  1. Become more diverse as an embodiment of God’s dream for the world.
  2. Cultivate spiritual practices that promote experiences of soulful flourishing and grounding in the Spirit.
  3. Leverage practices that foster sustainability, resilience, and involvement.
  4. Broaden active participation through a myriad of pathways to community.
  5. Recover and extend the moral actions of Jesus in ways that shape a better world.
  6. Steward our land and buildings responsibly for the sake of the future.



  1. How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?


As a university town, the Davis community is increasingly and necessarily diverse and pluralistic. There also exists a growing ambivalence toward organized religion, consistent with the national trend of decreasing church attendance and affiliation. To remain alive and relevant in our rapidly changing community, DCC seeks to become a true “commons” for all people—a community that brings together the spiritual and the material, the religious and the non-religious. Situated in the heart of downtown Davis, near the UC Davis campus, we envision becoming a center for spiritual formation, human transformation, and contemplative activism.


As DCC strives to increase our diversity and foster new avenues of access for culturally non-dominant peoples, we aim to embody the ways Jesus challenged the assumptions, structures, and systems of power that create injustice and oppression. We seek to follow the way of Divine Love, not only outside the congregation, but inside as well—facing our complicity with injustice and our blindness to its effects.


Given our central location, DCC is in a unique position to help shape a vision for building community that promotes the common good. Indeed, due to a high cost of living in Davis, many individuals and families are vulnerable to housing insecurity and homelessness. As we partner with the city of Davis and other civic groups, we are committed to utilizing our resources, energy, and imagination to live into God’s dream of shalom and justice for all.



  1. How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?


Our current pastor excels as DCC’s visionary, spiritual leader, and teacher; his primary calling is to cultivate a deep soulfulness that helps us all thrive—body, mind, and soul. As we live into VISION2028, our new pastoral partner will use her/his creative, organizational, collaborative, and relational skills to complement our current pastor’s roles. Implementing our vision may provide opportunities for our pastoral partner to help us explore varied configurations of staffing, the development of new programs and offerings, and perhaps the shedding of other programs—”mid-wifing” the dreams emerging among us. As we deepen our engagement with VISION2028, our pastoral partner will have the passion to inspire DCC to live out the gospel in fresh ways; help develop the spiritual lives of others, nurturing their inner calling as they grow in their discipleship; advance our commitment to diversity and multiculturalism; identify, motivate, and support volunteers toward actualizing God’s dream; create opportunities that involve and nurture families and young adults; and lead us into new and creative ways of building human community.



  1. Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and/or organization.


The person called to serve our congregation will have attributes including:


  • Progressive, fully-inclusive, ecumenical, and missional perspectives.
  • Vibrant inner life supported by psychological awareness, wisdom, and spiritual practices.
  • Awareness of changing perspectives, habits, and needs of emerging generations and changing demographics as well as ways religious communities must adjust to address them (through the use of technology and other means).
  • Relational, collaborative, collegial, warm, and personally engaging; ability to guide, support, supervise, and evaluate lay and professional staff; ability to recruit, inspire and organize lay people for ministry.
  • Proven capacity to turn vision into reality; ability to set goals, develop structures and programs for ministry.
  • Cross-cultural competence and experience; sensitivity to diverse and vulnerable populations; multi-lingual (preferred).
  • Technologically adept, and able to lead us into new, relevant applications of technology.
  • Capacity for deep listening.



  1. For what specific tasks, assignments, and programs areas will this person have responsibility?


Our new pastoral partner’s responsibilities include the following:


  1. Maintain an active study, devotional, and spiritual life to serve God and the church with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love.
  2. Create programs, opportunities, and systems of belonging, engagement, and service to integrate individuals and families into the life of DCC.
  3. Enhance outreach opportunities that integrate DCC into the life of the community.
  4. Collaborate in the re-imagining and expanding of the children’s and youth ministry; this would include direct supervision of the Minister of Children and Youth and oversight of all outreach related to children, youth, and families.
  5. Preach an average of once per month and participate in worship weekly.
  6. Teach regularly, emphasizing the progressive Christian perspective.
  7. Work alongside other staff to provide pastoral care in and beyond the congregation and assist with contacts with our homeless guests.
  8. Participate alongside other staff in weddings, funerals, and other life transition rituals as requested.
  9. Provide staff support to the Children and Youth, Adult Formation, New Expressions, Congregational Care, and Community Life ministries and regularly mentor the ministry leaders.
  10. Provide strategic leadership for DCC’s use of technology (including resourcing for DCC’s social media presence).
  11. Provide resourcing for partnerships with groups like CA House, DCC Nursery School, and other groups with whom we have a Memo of Understanding.













(Select 10 leadership competencies from the list below that are required for the position.)



Compassionate – having the ability to suffer with others; being motivated by others pain and is called into action as advocate; is motivated by caring for others while concurrently keeping the organizational goals clearly in focus. Hopeful – maintains stability in the moment and hope for the future; provides direction, guidance, and faith when describing basic needs; and helps followers to see a way through chaos and complexity.


Preaching and Worship Leadership: Is a consistently effective preacher and worship leader; is able to inspire from the pulpit; communicates a clear and consistent message through sermons that are carefully prepared and artfully delivered; projects the identity and character of the congregation through worship leadership presence.




Spiritual Maturity: Shows strong personal depth and spiritual grounding; demonstrates integrity by walking the talk and by responding with faithfulness of purpose; is seen by others as trustworthy and authentic; nurtures a rich spiritual life; seeks the wisdom and guidance of appropriate mentors; is able to articulate a clear and consistent theology.
Lifelong Learner – individuals who use every experience in life as a potential tool for growth; one who pursues continuing education; and those who build on strengths and seek assistance to improve weaknesses.


Teacher creates learning environments where students are active participants as individuals and as members of collaborative groups; designs lesson plans that teach concepts, facts, and theology; effectively uses multiple learning tools to reach a wide variety of learners; revises instructional strategies based upon ministry/organization context.


Communicator – Advances the abilities of individuals and the organizations through active listening supported with meaningful oral and written presentation of information.


Bilingual – having the ability to use two languages, especially with equal or nearly equal fluency; able to use multiple languages in communication.




Public Communicator – Demonstrates a comfortable ease when speaking in a variety of settings (both small and large groups); is effective at addressing a variety of topics; can get messages across with the desired effect.


Media Communicator: Has experience developing materials for a variety of written or multimedia forms of communications (print, Internet-based, social media, etc.)




Technologically Savvy – the ability to navigate successfully the world of technology using software, blogging, multi-media, and websites as tools for ministry.


Advisor – an individual others turn to for counsel and guidance; provides coaching; expertise for congregations or other organizations. Change Agent – having the ability to lead the change process successfully; anchoring the change in the congregation’s/organization’s vision and mission.


Contextualization – the ability to assess accurately the context, environment, history, relationships and uniqueness of a congregation or organization.  


Culturally Proficient – having solid understanding of the norms, values and common behaviors of various peoples, including direct experience working in multiple cultural and cross-cultural settings.
Externally Aware – identifies and keeps informed of the polity of the church and/or the organization; maintains current with laws, regulations, policies, procedures, trends, and developments both internally and in the larger society. Entrepreneurialleaders that are creative in using resources; identifies opportunities to develop; is willing to take risks, initiates actions that involve a deliberate risk to achieve a recognized benefit or advantage.


Risk Taker – persons with the ability to take appropriate risk to accomplish needed goals; one who thinks outside the box and who is not afraid of challenging the status-quo. Task Manager – Assures that effective controls are developed and maintained to ensure the integrity of the organization; holds self and others accountable for rules and responsibilities; can be relied upon to ensure that projects within areas of specific responsibility are completed in a timely manner and within budget; and monitors and evaluates plans, focuses on results and measuring attainment of outcomes.
Willingness to Engage Conflict: Steps up to conflicts, seeing them as opportunities; reads situations quickly; good at focused listening; can identify common ground and elicit cooperation from others in crafting mutual solutions. Decision Making: Makes effective decisions, balancing analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; is aware of the long term implications of choices made; is generally regarded as offering solutions and suggestions that are correct and effective.


Organizational Agility: Is astute about how congregations and/or organizations work; knows how to get things done through formal and informal channels; understands the importance of supporting good policy, practice, and procedure; appreciates the power in the culture of a congregation; is politically savvy. Strategy and Vision: Sees ahead clearly, keeping focused on the larger picture; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; is future oriented; casts a compelling and inspired vision for a preferred future; sees possibility; crafts breakthrough strategies.
Financial Manager – deliver results by maximizing organizational effectiveness and sustainability through the best use of available financial resources; allocates and manages finances transparently; implements strategies to achieve operational efficiencies and value for money; puts in place rigorous and comprehensive financial accountability systems. Funds Developer – maintains the ability to solicit donations used to fund the budget of the organization; effectively expresses the needs for funds to potential donors; responsible for adding new potential donors to the organization’s contact list; prepares statement of planned activities and enlists support for mission initiatives.
Collaboration: Has a natural orientation toward getting people to work together; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; creates strong feelings of belonging among group members; is a good judge of talent and can accurately assess the strengths and limitations of others.  


Interpersonal Engagement – Displays a consistent ability to build solid relationships of trust and respect inside and outside of the organization; engage people, organizations, and partners in developing goals, executing plans, and delivering results; use negotiation skills and adaptability to encourage recognition of joint concerns, collaboration, and to influence the success of outcomes.  


Bridge Builder – possessing a certain responsibility for the unity of the congregation and or organization; works to connect people of different cultures, worldviews, and theological positions.


Motivator – Creates and sustains an organizational culture which permits others to provide the quality of service essential to high performance. Enables others to acquire the tools and support they need to perform well; and influences others toward a spirit of service and meaningful contributions to mission accomplishment. Personal Resilience: Learns from adversity and failure; picks up on the need to change personal, interpersonal, and leadership behaviors; deals well with ambiguity; copes effectively with change; can decide and act without having the total picture; comfortably handles risk and uncertainty; seeks feedback; expresses personal regret when appropriate
Initiative: Demonstrates ambition is highly motivated; is action oriented and full of energy for things seen as challenging; seizes opportunity; pushes self and others to achieve desired results.  


Flexibility – Adapts behavior and work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, unexpected obstacles, or ambiguity; remains open to new ideas and approaches; and works concurrently on related and conflicting priorities without losing focus or attention.
Self Differentiation: Demonstrates strong and appropriate personal boundaries in relationships; has a healthy appreciation of self, without being egotistical; is emotionally mature; can maintain a less- anxious presence in the midst of turmoil; is not overly dependent upon outside affirmation; works to build a strong personal support system.



*COMPENSATION AND HOUSING:  A range is needed for matching purposes. The maximum salary is not published anywhere.  Effective salary is cash salary plus housing allowance or manse value and other compensation considered “effective salary” by the Board of Pensions of the PC (U.S.A.)


See Effective Salary Definition at Board of Pensions.


Minimum Effective Salary $             60,000                                   Maximum Effective Salary               75,000  

Housing Type                                   Manse

       X      Housing Allowance

                Open To Either (Manse or Housing Allowance)

                Not Applicable (For Non-pastoral Positions Only)




The unity of believers in Christ is reflected in the rich diversity of the Church’s membership.  In Christ, by the power of the Spirit, God unites persons through baptism regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, disability, geography, or theological conviction.  There is therefore, no place in the life of the Church for discrimination against any person.  The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) shall guarantee full participation and representation in its worship, governance, and emerging life to all persons or groups within its membership.  No member shall be denied participation or representation for any reason other than stated in this Constitution. (F-1.0403)


Each Pastor Nominating committee and Search committee is expected to undertake its search for a Teaching Elder in a manner consistent with the good news that in the church “….as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”


Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search Committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?



____ No



Below, please list three persons who know your congregation. You might list your Presbytery leadership, a neighboring pastor, or other persons whom you believe can give a clear and accurate reference for your congregation.


Name:  Jim Kitchens

Address:  download pdf for contact information

Phone Number:  download pdf for contact information

Relation:   Former Co-pastor

E-mail:  download pdf for contact information


Name:  Joe Yun

Address:  download pdf for contact information

Phone Number:  download pdf for contact information

Relation:   Church Member and Session Elder

E-mail:  download pdf for contact information


Name:   Janet Mukai

Address:  download pdf for contact information

Phone Number:  download pdf for contact information

Relation:   Church Member and Session Elder

E-mail  download pdf for contact information


*Pastor Nominating Committee/Search Committee Chairperson/Mid-council Search Committee Chairperson:


Name     Jennifer Begun and Carl Vandagriff, co-chairs                                                                            

Address  412 C St.                                                                                                                                                              

City        Davis                                                                      State      CA     Zip Code    95616   

Preferred Phone                 download pdf for contact information (Jennifer)                                                                                                   

Alternate Phone                   download pdf for contact information (Carl)                                                                                                          

E-mail Address for PNC Communications (required):                                      



Pastor Nominating Committee/

Search Committee                                                                                                                              Date                      



Clerk of Session                                                                                                                   Date                      



Presbytery                                                                                                                             Date                      


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