The Reverend Steven Alspach
Interim Ministry Experience and Training
Reverend Steven Alspach has been an Intentional Interim Minister since 1993. As an Interim, he has served nine churches of various sizes connected to the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. He has served churches in Athol, Holden, Sudbury, Worcester, Needham, Norfolk and North Adams. His two most recent churches were program size - Maple Street UCC of Danvers, and First Congregational Church of Falmouth, UCC. He trained with the Interim Ministry Network, and has supplemented his training with Continuing Education work in many different dimensions of Interim Ministry work, such as: Pastoral/Program size transitioning, creating and Implementing a Vision, and Conflict Leadership and Peace-making.
Ministry as a Settled Pastor
Steven is a graduate of Muhlenberg College and Duke University Divinity School. From 1982 - 1993 he served as a United Methodist Minister in two churches, Glastonbury United Methodist Church, (CT) and Wesley United Methodist (Worcester, MA). Most recently, in the summer of 2012 he began serving as the Pastor of First Congregational Church of Sharon, UCC (MA) and will be concluding his ministry there in January of 2017. During that time Steve used his Interim Ministry skills and experience to lead the church through three phases of church development: Phase One - Completing the Open and Affirming process that had begun during the Interim time; Phase Two - Focusing on applying the Church Covenant and core Christian values of Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy to worship life and to the functioning of church life; Phase Three - Creating a Vision Statement as an updating of the Church Covenant, "Expanding in Service, Light, and Table." and implementing it in church life. Some of the results of the new vision were: Weekly Simple Suppers/Picnics - especially for seniors; two Mission Trips to the Pine Ridge (Lakota) Indian Reservation; Revitalized Sunday School program oriented to Scripture lived out in Service, such as with Heifer International; Pastoral Outreach working with growing Prayer Shawl ministry; and two U2charists.