Western PA District C&MA
Tionesta Alliance Church is seeking a solo pastor. Nestled along the Allegheny River in the Allegheny National Forest is picturesque Tionesta, a charming and friendly town of approximately 700 people. Home to the Sherman Lighthouse on Lighthouse Island, Tionesta boasts exquisite landscapes and scenery, outdoor activities, a small Victorian style market village filled with shops, and a touristy atmosphere. Located at the heart of the forest region, Tionesta is every outdoorsperson’s dream. Here you can explore the Allegheny National Forest, kayak, canoe, and float the Allegheny River, hunt and fish, hike, bike, walk and run the forest trails, take advantage of the many camping sites, golf, and enjoy winter sports such as ice fishing and snowmobiling. CHURCH HISTORY Tionesta Christian and Missionary Alliance Church started in 1978 as a Bible Study in an attendees home. From there, it moved to the basement of the Tionesta Public Library where Sunday morning worship services took place. The Tionesta C&MA purchased the Free Methodist Church in Tionesta in June of 1983 where they operated until 1999 when the current building was constructed. Tionesta C&MA has had 8 pastors. We’ve never had an extremely large congregation, ranging from35-60 people, for Sunday morning service. Tionesta Christian and Missionary Alliance Church used to be a church of snow birds who would leave in the winter for their second home in a warmer climate. Campers in the area would fill the pews in the summer, but we are noticing a change in this trend with fewer snow birds leaving. However, we still have the summer influx of area campers. Tionesta C&MA Church ministers monthly to the residents at the Tionesta Manor providing a meal and message. We host numerous community concerts and runs the Good News through child evangelism fellowship at the local school. Tionesta C&MA Church’s current regular meetings include: • Sunday Service at 10:45 a.m. with Children’s Church • Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. year-round • Bible Reading Group every other Friday at 6:00 p.m. TC&MA’s Priorities: 1. Bible-based preaching and teaching 2. Missions 3. Community outreach 4. Discipleship 5. The children TC&MA’s Strengths: 1. Loving, caring, friendly congregation 2. Loyalty 3. Generous 4. No debt 5. Newer facility & lots of land for growth 6. Parsonage 7. Hymn and Contemporary praise and worship The Leadership Would Like To ACHIEVE: 1. Spiritual and numerical growth 2. Increase in small group participation 3. Increase in activities and outings 4. Strong prayer ministry The Leadership Would Like To PRESERVE: 1. Bible-based preaching and teaching 2. Mixture of hymns and contemporary praise and worship 3. Welcoming and friendly atmosphere 4. Community outreach Worship Services are currently approximately one hour long and include a welcome, prayer, Children’s Sermon, music—both hymns and contemporary— and a Bible based sermon message. The current style of preaching is bible based application and exposition. The Vision of the Church is evangelism and discipleship of both children and adults though church ministries and outreach. The Vision for the Church Over the Next 5 Years is to see people disciple in the Lord and raised up to leadership. We also want to see an increase in church membership. PROPERTY/FACILITIES Sitting on 20 acres, Tionesta C&MA has room for expansion. The church building itself has two offices, two classrooms, a nursery, and a Fellowship Center. The Fellowship Center is perfect for Sunday School, small groups, dinners and community luncheons. The church building is also air conditioned. The church was constructed in 1999 and has a capacity of approximately 150. The overall condition of the facility is great as the trustees and governing board keep up with repairs. The property contains a large parking lot sufficient for congregation and public events. A lighted sign can be seen from the main Route 36. Tionesta Christian and Missionary Alliance Church has a debt of $0. The parsonage is located in town, within walking distance to the Tionesta Market Village and the Allegheny River. An older home that has two floors, a basement, and an attic. The first floor includes the living room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, and half bathroom. On the second floor there are 3 bedrooms and 1 full bathroom. There is a garage on the property as well. The condition of the parsonage is good, as the trustees and governing board keep up with repairs. Our Pastor’s Emphasis Should Be On: • Invest in personal relationships • Evangelism and discipleship • Developing leadership within the church • Biblical preaching • Prayer • Understands the importance of spiritual warfare
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