Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 21310.AD1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 21310
Ministry Name Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 1902 Perry Street
Durham, NC 27705
Phone 919-286-5586
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 4%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
Middle Eastern 1%
White 93%
Average Worship Attendance 444
Church School Attendance 582
Curriculum Multiple/various
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor Interim
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church is called to glorify the Triune God, to make known the crucified and risen Christ, and to advance the Kingdom that God is building in us, in Durham, and around the world.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Blacknall is called to glorify the Triune God, to make known the crucified and risen Christ, and to advance the Kingdom. We are distinctly not our own. Our lives have been interrupted by the grace of God. We have come to see that we are both loved and flawed. We recognize our sin and gratefully accept God’s grace. We trust in God’s promise of forgiveness and renewal through the Holy Spirit.
We identify as:
1. Christians. Jesus Christ is our Savior. Our call is to know Him, love Him, and follow Him. Together.
2. Reformed. We are shaped by a theological tradition that emphasizes the unique authority of Scripture, the sovereign grace of God, and the recognition of the Lordship of Christ over all.
3. Evangelical. We are committed to the centrality of the atoning death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, who is alive today to be encountered by the power of the Holy Spirit. (We resist the current attempt to co-opt the term as a descriptor of some allegiance within the framework of US politics.)
4. Thoughtful. We enjoy thinking deeply about what we believe. We recognize doubt as a part of faith.
5. Neighbors. We pursue partnerships with churches and other organizations that share the concerns of the Kingdom of God. We recognize that to serve the Lord is to seek the welfare of the city.
6. Mission-oriented. We have a long history of sending missionaries abroad and supporting local missions. We are personally involved in a wide range of ministries and are committed to working for justice.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Given the uncharted terrain of emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and finding ourselves still in the midst of this season of racial reckoning/associated political activity in the US/North Carolina/Durham, it is difficult to discern the needs of our community and congregation right now. With these realities as our backdrop/context, we mainly feel called to proactively and persistently listen, be curious, and pay attention in the months and year ahead. We feel called to investigate congregational needs, engage fellow churches and other community partners to understand their needs, and pray the Holy Spirit will lead us in responding wisely and generously on all fronts. We feel called to continue building capacity in our local and international ministry teams for listening, strengthening relationships, and organizing resource allocation. And, we eagerly await the start date of our new Director of Congregation Care who will work with the rest of the staff and various committees in facilitating members’ care of one another.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
We see the interim pastor position as mission-critical for a variety of reasons right now. We want to promote a workable workload/quality of work life for our current staff, not only in terms of the amount of work, but in terms of the tone/joy/unity of the work. We see the interim as a support to the ongoing health of the congregation, and also as an objective participant-observer who will reflect back to us who we are and where we might have room to grow. We are not looking for a placeholder; we earnestly seek someone who will be engaged in our transformation even as we continue seeking and supporting disciples of Christ and serving others. We are also clear that this is a unique season in which to enter any congregation, as we are just now slowly returning from more than a year of not worshipping together in person, as we are negotiating new routines (Celebration Cups!) and almost constant change in guidelines for safe gathering. The interim pastor, along with the rest of the staff and church leadership, will need a Spirit-sized dose of patience, empathy, sense of humor and sense of adventure as we keep the congregation moving forward in care for one another and Durham.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
  • Committed to lordship of Jesus Christ
  • Faithful, prayerful and working in service to others
  • Patient; willing to bear with and host diverse viewpoints
  • Committed to the proclamation of the Word; strong preacher
  • Willing to listen
  • Compassionate, gentle, and loving
  • Strong understanding of the PCUSA/Book of Order/Book of Confessions
  • Knowledgeable about the transition process; keeps us focused on the transition process
  • Has a clear sense of the interim nature of their work
  • Bridge person; baton-passer
  • Leverages unique objectivity of role to helps us see/name our blind spots/name our biases
  • Delightfully provocative, winsome and free
  • Guide in choppy waters/uncertain times
  • Supporter of congregation’s health and readiness for new senior pastor/page in our history
  • Supporter and thought partner with staff
  • Supporter of our theological perspective
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
● Plan and lead worship in coordination with pastoral staff and Director of Music & Worship
● Provide leadership to staff, including planning and overseeing staff meetings
● Plan/moderate Session meetings in collaboration with Clerk of Session
● Provide pastoral care for Blacknall community
● Work with Personnel Committee to update job descriptions, compensation goals, and staff supervision and development
● Work with Pastoral Transition Team to:
• Oversee transition process
• Ensure effective communication with congregation and other stakeholders
• Develop the Mission study
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Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $74,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Robert L. Daniels, Senior Pastor
St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 917 Onslow St., Durham, NC
Neighboring Church
Griff Gatewood, Pastor
First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Airy, PO Box 1286, Mt. Airy, NC
919 806 7223
Former member
John Inazu, Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Relig
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Former Member and staff member
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   6/15/2021

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Vanessa Hawkins Address  2022 McDonald Lane, Raleigh, NC, 27613
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  919-322-0143
Fax  Email
PNC:  Stephanie Wheatley Address  1902 Perry St., Durham NC 27705
Daytime Phone  919.256.5586 Office Phone 
Fax  Email