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Rev. Shea Fitzgibbons at KFCC

 

Rev. Shea Fitzgibbons,

 

What does the Associate Pastor do at KFCC?

  I take seriously the biblical charge given to pastors, “to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). Therefore, my kingdom contribution at First Congregational Church of Kingston as the Associate Pastor is to use my gifts and abilities to help others heal and grow spiritually, emotionally and relationally, thereby equipping them for works of service that Proclaim Christ, Teach his ways, and Reach a lost and hurting world.

Below are areas of ministry and specific tasks and responsibilities related to my role:

HEALING

> Caring Ministry

  • Collaborating with the Pastoral Care Team
    • Visitation at nursing homes, hospitals, and homes
  • Fostering a “Caring Culture” across the entire church in partnership with CareMinistry.com
  • Stephen Ministry Leader
  • Informal Christian counseling of  individuals and couples
  • Crisis Care
    • On-call pastoral emergencies
    • Hospital & Hospice
    • End-of-Life
  • Funeral officiating
  • Bereavement care, including leadership at GriefShare, a 13-week Christ-centered grief support group for those grieving the death of a loved one

GROWING

> Preaching and Teaching

  • Preach at FCC’s three weekend services during the Lead Pastor’s absence
  • Evangelism & Discipleship Classes (basics of Christianity, leader development and spiritual growth, bible study, et al.)

> Membership & FCC Community

  • Collaborate with Elders, Deacons and Ministry Teams to coordinate programs creating a discipleship path from welcomed visitor to engaged member

> Pre-marital counseling & wedding    officiating

> Community Pastor Groups

  • Participate in local pastoral networks to pursue personal spiritual growth, collegial accountability and mutual encouragement

Shea's Conversion Testimony

Shea kayakingMuch like my conversion experience was less of a “Damascus Road” revelation and more of a progressive journey into the faith, so has been my call to Christian Ministry.  As one who used to enjoy whitewater kayaking, I have found this image serves as a visual reminder of my role in ministry.  As a pastor/shepherd, I am both a spiritual guide and companion. Whereas others have come alongside me during my journey “downriver”, so am I a help and fellow paddler with others on their journey.  The gospel is my foundation for ministry -- from it I learn of God's love for me through Christ Jesus, the love I in turn have for him and others, and the mission I share in to extend this gospel throughout the earth.  "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV)