Pastoral Search

First Congregational Church Logo: Mountains, northern lights, and church building

Ministry under the Northern Lights:

Largest Congregational Church in the largest state seeking an interim

First Congregational Church of Anchorage, Alaska is looking for an ordained minister with intentional interim training to spend about a year with us as we seek a new senior minister. We are a church of 75 active members located in the U-Med district of Alaska’s largest city. We have a vibrant music program, and we are developing an edible landscape program in conjunction with King Technical High School and the University of Alaska Anchorage. We are an open and affirming church, and we have acknowledged that we are living on indigenous lands. We are very active members of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC) and the Interfaith Council of Anchorage. FCC is an equal opportunity employer.

To learn more about FCC Anchorage, explore the other pages on this website. The Who We Are page includes our church covenant, open and affirming covenant, and indigenous land acknowledgement. If this sounds like your calling, contact us at fccpastorsearch2022@gmail.com for more information.

Worship with us under the Northern Lights!

The people of First Congregational Church are opening their hearts and spiritual home to an ordained minister who hears the call to join us here in Anchorage, Alaska.  The following are some of the duties we expect our Senior Minister to carry out although their ministry will be responsive to their unique talents as well as their personal and spiritual journey.

The First Congregational Church Senior Minister – Responsibilities & Tasks

Conducts religious worship and performs other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith as authorized and provides spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members. Represents The First Congregational Church of Anchorage in our City, our State and in the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches.

Tasks:
•Lead the congregation in worship services.
•Prepare and deliver sermons and other talks.
•Help people explore their own understanding of faith.
•Instruct people who seek membership.
•Conduct wedding and funeral services.
•Be part of church service activities in the community.
•Actively participate on the Interfaith Council of Anchorage as well as other interfaith gatherings and events.
•Administer Baptism and Holy Communion.
•Visit sick, shut-ins; maintain a relationship with those who are worshiping online, e.g., for health reasons during the pandemic.
•Counsel those in spiritual need and comfort those who are grieving.
•Support religious education programs and the edible landscape project.
•Be involved in youth and adult fellowship.
•Work with FCC ministries and committees as an ex-officio member.
•Serve as a liaison to the Dancing Owls Learning Center, an afterschool program for children of University of Alaska Anchorage students.
•Supervise Church Staff.

A Unified Theory of Congregationalism – Embracing Congregational Diversity

Embracing a shared love of God and a commitment to Christ’s teaching, the Congregational Way brings a 1st century Christian belief system into a 21st century world.

By choosing to covenant together around a shared value system, while recognizing and appreciating individual differences, congregations within the Congregational Way adopt a church polity where all votes are equal and the decision making process belongs to the congregation as a whole. No one person has greater sway in making decisions within the church or determining the direction the congregation should go. This equality of church governance levels the playing field for all church members and exemplifies our Congregational heritage as ‘the Lord’s free people.’

The members of the congregation, in recognition of their shared commitment, adopt a covenant that bonds them to one another, around that commitment to God and Christ. This shared covenant defines the congregation’s commitments and values and is determined by the congregational body.

Recognizing the diversity of beliefs that rest within each individual person and valuing the priesthood of all believers, the Congregational Way encompasses a broad range of theological thought, always centered on love of God and a commitment to follow Christ. The Congregational Way values this diversity in each church member, each congregation and our association and embraces these differences without being threatened by them, knowing that we stand firm in our faith while valuing our differences to mutually care for one another and reach out to the world in the name of Christ.

If this opportunity to worship appeals to you, here are some next steps for you to take:

•Explore our website.  This will give you a good general impression of who we are and what we value.
•Contact the FCC Search Committee by emailing fccpastorsearch@gmail.com  The Corresponding Secretary, Kate O’Dell, will answer your questions and, if you wish to move forward in your application, provide guidance for doing that.
•We require all applicants to register with the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches.  If you wish to apply, therefore, go to the website for the NACCC (https://www.naccc.org) for information about the process for registering with the NACCC.  When you have completed this process, you will have access to their support services.

We’re looking forward to sharing more about our vibrant church and fascinating community.