Korean-American Ministry Resources

Assistant or Associate Pastor for San Jose Emmanuel Presbyterian Church

San Jose Emmanuel Presbyterian Church (EPC) English Ministry Position: Assistant or Associate Pastor (Full-time)

Size: 150-200

EPC Background

San Jose Emmanuel Presbyterian Church English Ministry is a growing Reformed church located in the heart of Silicon Valley. EPC EM is in an interdependent relationship with the EPC Korean Ministry (KM | 1200 congregants). EPC EM is made up of 150-200 members and we have had strong growth over the past year and we are looking to expand our pastoral staff to serve, lead and grow the church in faithfulness to the Gospel. We are a member of the KAPC (Korean-American Presbyterian Church) and reformed in our theology. For more information, please refer to our website at: “epcministry.org”.

EPC Core Values

  • Love God, love people, make disciples of Christ.
  • The Gospel is at the heart of all things in who we are and what we are called to do.
  • Worship in all things, both formal and informal.
  • We seek to live and serve out of devoted surrender to Christ rather than mere duty and execution.
  • The Church is meant to “go out” and proclaim the Good News rather than seeking comfort within our own huddles.
  • Disciples of Christ are those who mature in the knowledge and love of Christ and strive to encourage others in making disciples themselves.
  • Prayer is the lifeblood by which we gather, grow and go.

Role & Responsibilities of Pastoral Position

  • Primary: Oversee TWO (2) ministry areas: Worship & Praise, Young Adults, Adults/Families
  • Lead in two primary ministries overseeing: discipleship, organization, helping to set vision & mission of ministry, life groups for relevant ministry (i.e. Young Adults and/or Adults/Families), pastoral care, weekly/monthly meetings for ministry areas etc.
  • Secondary Responsibilities:
    • Attend staff meetings, lead a Bible study (as needed), oversee lay ministry teams (depending on gifting), basic admin duties, preach on a rotational basis (depending on role and ability), preside for Sunday worship, prayer meetings and other ministry duties as assigned.
    • A primary vision and goal for the lead EM Pastor is to develop a team-driven model where healthy relationships and a committed Gospel perspective unite the pastors to serve after faithful excellence. This includes open and honest communication, mentorship, accountability and a genuine concern for the well-being and personhood of the pastor etc. It is the desire of the church and leadership to put God’s servants in a position to thrive, mature and succeed in what God has called them to do.

Expectations of Pastoral Candidate

  • Trustworthiness and integrity in character.
  • Humble in attitude and service.
  • Open and honest communication and participation in the life of the church and pastoral staff.
  • Faithful to God’s calling to love and serve the church.
  • Teachable and willing to genuinely listen and mature as a person and pastor.
  • Seek towards faithful excellence in all things.
  • To be a part of the life of the church and be present at all worship services and church events (excluding excused absences and vacation time).
  • To be sensitive, wise and pastoral in serving and growing with the church.
  • To practice good judgment and discernment in confidentiality with sensitive church information.
  • To contribute to the practical life of the church through tithing and giving.
  • Capable in relevant ministry software and programs (MS Office, Slack etc).
  • Able to submit to church leadership and the by-laws, pastoral policies, theological positions and direction of EPC.


  • Graduated from an accredited seminary with at least an M.A. (M.Div strongly preferred).
  • At least 2-3 years of full-time ministry experience. Candidates with less experience may still be considered depending on giftedness and fit.
  • Above reproach and able to exhibit the Gospel in life and character (Titus 1:6-9; 1 Timothy 3:2).
  • Character, Competence and a clear Calling for ministry.
  • Good fit with the pastoral staff and culture of EPC (Must be fluent in English as a first language).
  • Ordination is a plus, but not required.

Pastoral Compensation

  • Package starting at $75,000 (depending on experience)
    • Compensation package includes healthcare, cell phone, continuing education, conferences, study break, sabbatical, housing allowance (if ordained), life insurance etc.
  • PTO (paid time off) for the first year is 1 week (to be taken after the first 6 months at EPC).  This will increase to 2 weeks after the first year of employment.

How to Apply

  • Prepare and send the following information in one email to: “emoffice@epcsj.org”:
    • Cover letter (brief self introduction and which ministry areas you are interested in)
      • Please include the results for the following to help us get to know you better:
      • StrengthsFinder: https://high5test.com/test/
      • MBTI: https://www.truity.com/test/type-finder-personality-test-new
      • Enneagram: https://www.truity.com/test/enneagram-personality-test
    • Resume or CV
    • Copy of Seminary diploma(s) and Ordination Certification (if applicable)
    • 3 References (Have them emailed to “emoffice@epcsj.org” with your name in the subject line)
      • 1 each from a fellow pastor, someone you worked under in ministry and a lay member.
    • 2 Sermon samples (within the past 1-2 years; video link is highly recommended)
    • (If interested in Worship): 3 examples of leading worship (video required)
    • Personal Testimony and Faith Statement (1-2 pages)
    • Personal Vision and Philosophy for Ministry (1-2 pages)
  • Incomplete application packages will not be accepted.

To apply for this job email your details to emoffice@epcsj.org