Senior Pastor

Presbyterian Church of the Atonement
June 27, 2019
Job Type
Salary Units
Street Address
10613 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902


The Presbyterian Church of the Atonement in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area is searching for a Senior Pastor to lead our diverse, urban church.

We seek a pastor with a deepening love for Christ, a strong sense of calling to pastoral ministry, a compassionate heart, and the wisdom and gifts necessary to lead us and to preach God’s Word. We hope for a man who wants to invest many years of his life serving Christ through our church. In the same way, we desire to invest our lives in him and in the welfare of his family.

Atonement is a 316-member church in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) denomination. For the church and position profile and application process, please see


  • Vibrant faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
  • Vitality, warmth and joy.
  • A Reformed commitment to preach and teach the Scriptures.
  • Confidence in the truth, humility in all things.
  • Transparency and honesty.
  • Strength to confront and correct.
  • A collegial approach in working with ordained officers, leaders, and staff; and the willingness to learn as well as to teach.
  • Ability to convey vision, to think and plan strategically, and to initiate and develop ministry alongside others.
  • Ability to recruit, equip, and support volunteer ministry leaders.
  • Emotional intelligence and administrative skills.
  • Thoughtful preparation of sermons and biblical instruction.
  • Communication and teaching skills that not merely inform but serve to transform others.
  • A lifestyle commitment to share the Gospel.
  • Personal involvement to support the expansion and protection of the global Church.

Educational Requirements

Eligibility to serve as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, including appropriate educational credentials, typically including a Master of Divinity degree.


We expect the next Senior Pastor to assume substantial responsibility in five areas: Preaching and Teaching; Vision Casting, Planning, and Ministry Development; Personal Ministry; Staff Supervision; and Administration. He will enjoy the support of the church’s Associate Pastor, staff, and officers. Details of his job description within these five areas will be developed in consultation with him.

Experience Requirements

A minimum of five years’ experience as an ordained pastor or equivalent ministerial position.

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