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First Friends Meeting (Richmond, Indiana) is calling for applications for the position of pastor. We seek a spiritually mature person ready to lead a congregation of about 100 people. The ideal pastor should be a member of a Quaker congregation, have a degree from a recognized seminary, and have experience working with groups who hold a wide variety of beliefs. For more information, visit us at

To apply, please email cover letter, resume and  sample sermon to, or mail materials to: First Friends Meeting, Pastoral Search, 2010 Chester Blvd, Richmond, IN 47374.

We believe that First Friends is a place for each person to grow as led by the light within and by a nurturing community. We are a semi-programmed Meeting with a diversity of theological views that values open worship while retaining a commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. We are an open and affirming Meeting.

Position: Pastor                                                                               Classification: Exempt

Supervisor: Clerk of the Monthly Meeting                                     Status: Full-time

Position Description

The pastor of the Whitewater Monthly Meeting will oversee the spiritual lives of those who are affiliated, seeking to do so by providing inspired worship and preaching, as well as compassionate pastoral care to members and friends, and by coordinating the administrative functions of the meeting.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Preaching and Teaching

  • Deliver educational and inspirational sermons on an agreed upon schedule each Sunday morning, leaving at least 10-15 minutes of time in the service for open worship.
  • Coordinate with the Worship Team for the planning of Sunday morning worship, including selecting songs, scriptures, worship leaders, special music, and those offering a children’s message, etc.
  • Coordinate the planning of special worship services, as requested by the Monthly Meeting, for holidays, such as Christmas Eve, Easter, Thanksgiving, etc.

Caring for members and friends of the Meeting

  • Work closely with the Care Team and Amaryllis to coordinate care for members and friends of the Meeting, especially for those in need of support and encouragement, and to offer pastoral care and spiritual guidance as appropriate.
  • Visit those who are hospitalized, offering pastoral care and spiritual guidance as appropriate.
  • Welcome and encourage new attenders to the Meeting.
  • Provide pastoral counseling on a short-term basis or refer individuals to appropriate professional services.
  • Help with special events, such as weddings, funerals or memorial services, etc.

Meeting Administration

  • Work closely with the Meeting clerk to oversee the smooth administration of the Meeting, by coordinating responsibilities of the office staff and commission clerks to be sure everything is in order.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of Ministry and Oversight commission, meeting with the commission as requested, supporting their efforts to accomplish various tasks.
  • Provide a monthly report to Monthly Meeting for business of recent work and activities.
  • Organize the monthly calendar, working with the office staff to assure appropriate information is shared with the Meeting and that scheduling conflicts are avoided or appropriately addressed.
  • Familiarize oneself with the Meeting’s financial reports and share any concerns with appropriate staff.
  • Attend occasional commission meetings to be informed of the work of these groups.

Perform other duties as may reasonably be assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A Master of Divinity from an accredited theological school or seminary is preferred; a bachelor’s degree in a related field is required.
  • Evidence of pastoral experience.
  • Recorded ministry in the Religious Society of Friends, or willingness to be recorded.
  • Strength in at least two of the three following areas of ministry is required: preaching/teaching, pastoral care, administration
  • Good communicator in spoken and written word.
  • Good moral character.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality.
  • A commitment to the mission and goals of the Meeting.
  • Knowledge and use of typical office equipment such as a computer, copier, etc.

Job Environment

  • The pastor will maintain an office at First Friends Meeting, keeping regular office hours in coordination with other office staff. Office hours should be posted.
  • Working on Sundays is required. Another day off will be provided during the week to be arranged with their supervisor (Monthly Meeting Clerk).
  • Attendance at some evening meetings and events will be expected.
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