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Community Pastor for Addiction & the Arts

Posted by: Jeremy D. Scott

Posted date: Nov-24-2016

Location: Hingham, MA, USA

(Please visit www.northst.org/hullpastor for the full ministry job description.)


Community Pastor for Addiction & the Arts


North Street Community Church of the Nazarene is seeking an individual to serve as a full-time pastor to our neighboring town of Hull, MA. This new ministry is being established through the key identifying factors of Addiction Recovery & Prevention and the Arts as we follow the call to establish a center for ministry in Hull.


Contact Pastor Jeremy D. Scott with questions. Send a cover letter, resume, three references, and a philosophy of ministry to st3w@northst.org.



The person who will be successful in this ministry role will be someone who can catch on to the early vision we believe that God has given us, while having the passion and energy to lead in its further development. This vision is calling us to enter into a community in which we have seen people who need the love of Christ. We have been led in a growing concern in particular regarding those addicted and their families. We believe that Christ - in his deep concern for the whole person - will have us meet people whatever their situation. The person who fulfills this role will join us in striving to be knowledgeable but unassuming about the things of addiction. We believe that a significant part of ministry to and with those addicted will involve helping the greater community reject prejudiced stigmas about the source of addiction. Please see our earlier vision regarding this ministry (if you are reading this on paper, visit northst.org/hullpastor for active links) .


At the same time, this person will be leading us in establishing an ecclesial community in the town of Hull as a derivative of the North Street Community.  While we have discerned the vision to this point, we are looking for someone who can come and lead in developing this ministry in Hull. We believe that while addiction recovery has a better chance with the help of medical and clinical professionals, human beings require deep holes to be fulfilled with healthy passions. This begins with life in Christ, but can be fleshed out through participation in a wide variety of the arts, giving healthy replacement value. Our context is one in which the arts are rich, societally-valued, and can be a vessel through which the Church is vibrantly active in the community while pointing people to God the Creator.


A final ministry/job description will be adapted and specified to the person we bring to fulfill the role.



  • The pastor will demonstrate knowledge of and concern for addiction, with an emphasis on opiates but also with attention given to a variety of unhealthy attachments (alcohol, pornography, technology, food, media, etc.). Clinical and/or medical experience is not necessary, though a knowledgeable respect for such things will be important in partnering with local efforts.

  • While it is not necessary that the pastor be a trained artist, s/he should have a deep appreciation for the arts (visual, music, film, etc.) as a major part of the vision is that success in addiction recovery requires replacement value to fulfill the image of God the Creator in every person.

  • As a part of the pastoral ministry and staff of North Street, the pastor should look forward to being a part of the North Street Community and helping to lead us alongside the other pastoral staff in the things of sacramental and intergenerational community.

  • The pastor should expect to become part of the greater Hull & Hingham communities,  an advocate for the addicted and their families, and a participant in community conversations of compassion and justice.

  • The pastor needs to be an organizer, leader, and demonstrate a propensity for working with a wide cross-section of people.

  • The funding for this pastor is subject to goals made in commitment to grant funding that has already been obtained. The individual will lead us in fulfilling these measurable goals we’ve committed to in the grant that relate to substance abuse prevention & awareness and our Christian response.



  • Education: Ideally an M.Div, MSW, or similar degree would be preferred, but significant addiction recovery and treatment experience coupled with a strong focus and experience in ministry would be strongly considered in lieu of formal education.

  • The pastor should be ordained or seeking ordination in the Church of the Nazarene.

  • Any individual who is selected to interview is subject to background checks and approval of the New England District Church of the Nazarene.



The pastor shall be compensated for full-time commitment, including health insurance. The North Street Finance Committee will parcel compensation to benefit the pastor’s situation.



North Street Community Church of the Nazarene serves, worships, and fellowships on the south shore of Boston in Hingham, MA. Our church community is characterized by dedication to the way of Christ through compassion, proclamation of the Word, and the Sacraments. We endeavor to frame our own contextual call to the mission of Christ’s Church through three identifying questions that we use to shape who we are:

  • How can we partner locally and globally in what God is doing?

  • How can we be good neighbors?

  • How can we provide space where artists can practice their art?


    We appreciate intergenerational interaction in worship, fellowship, & discipleship. We greatly value being together through shared tables as we seek to celebrate the goodness of God’s creation and Kingdom even now. We are not afraid of having conversations around situations of justice and suffering, noting the roles that the Church plays in the lives of those marginalized or disenfranchised.


    If the description of this vision and ministry is appealing to you, please pray about your application and then send along a cover letter, resume, at least three references who can speak to your ability pertaining to this ministerial role, and a philosophy of ministry (st3w@northst.org). We are already praying for you and we look forward to hearing from you.


    Position Information
    Organization Name Only members can view this field.
    Location Hingham, MA, USA
    District New England
    State/Province Massachusetts
    Position Title Community Pastor for Addiction & the Arts
    Position Classification Compassionate Ministries
    PositionType Full-time
    Deadline for Applications
    Contact Information
    Contact Preference Send resumes by Email only.
    First & Last Name Jeremy D. Scott
    Title Pastor
    Email pastor@northst.org