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MIF #: 00284.AA1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 00284
Ministry Name Faith Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 5400 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21239
Phone 410-435-4330
Fax 410-435-8449
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 31%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 68%
Average Worship Attendance 70
Church School Attendance 12
Curriculum Whole People of God
Yoked Church False
Community Type Urban
Last Information from Statistics of the Church  * (  Show Statistics  )
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:   Pastor
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

Faith Church is a multicultural, multiracial congregation, with people of every age, race, economic status, gender or sexual orientation, compelled by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the tradition of reformed theology, and our experiences of God’s grace, we boldly and publicly proclaim: We are committed to a circle that is wide and unbroken, and declare that all who desire to join with us will be welcomed and respected. We wrestle with and nurture the tensions that arise from our differences, and we celebrate our shared faith.  We support each other in our struggles to learn and practice what it means to live the Gospel in our individual and collective lives. We are open to the moving of the Spirit and open to change in ourselves and in our community.
Seeking - As a community, we recognize that reading, hearing, and preaching of the Word and confessing is central to our quest to understand what it means to live out our faith. We see doubt and honest questions as part of the process of spiritual growth.
Standing - We try to reflect Christ’s example of perfect love by working for peace and justice and by tearing down barriers, erected by society and the church, that exclude rather than include. 
Serving - We see service to the community and to the world as an essential part of the life of the church. Missions at home and abroad provide rewarding opportunities for Faith members to live Christ’s teachings, from our back door to the heart of our country and the world beyond our geographic boundaries.

What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

We believe in living boldly our mission to seek, stand, and serve. We focus our vision of what it means to follow Christ around these three imperatives. While we relish worshipping in faithful community, we are motivated to put faith into action. That begins with education and learning.
We welcome challenging sermons that provoke deep thinking about the meaning of Biblical texts and their contemporary implications. We seek knowledge through our Adult Forums and Book Club where we confront religious and social concerns. We encourage young people through Christian Education to let values guide the way they treat others.
We consider it to be part of our church’s mission to stand up for causes that reflect Christ’s teachings. Our church, for example, was an early advocate for the Presbyterian Church to recognize equality of all persons regardless of sexual orientation. We welcome the stranger and believe that “Hate Has No Home Here.” Our very active Social and Environmental Justice Council gives us a mechanism for developing strategies, prioritizing concerns, and targeting resources so that we make our voices heard.
We measure ourselves by how well we are serving those in need. Our Deacons are especially active; they take as their charge to be ministers of service, compassion, and witness. It helps our understanding that Faith has significant socio-economic diversity, so we see our mission calling up close and personal, as well as to the larger community.

How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

Faith Church actively participates in efforts to address issues of race, class, and poverty in our community and to advocate for social justice through increasing awareness of legislative issues facing our city and state. Faith has partnered with area churches and community organizations to host community discussions about ways to move toward greater equity and fairness in our society. We are a More Light congregation and participate actively in efforts to advance equality for all. Our Social Justice Council has marshaled support for such issues as Fair Housing and paid family leave. We find ways to support our public schools and promote safety in our neighborhoods, and witness on behalf of victims of gun violence.
As a certified Earth Care Church, Faith is committed to practicing what is preached through the ways that we manage our physical plant and property. We have installed energy efficient lighting, built a rain garden and are diligent about recycling. We have partnered with Blue Water Baltimore to increase our tree planting.
We share our church building with a Day Care Center and act as a distribution center for Meals on Wheels. We also house the Baltimore Presbytery offices and denominational and community organizations whose missions we support.
Faith is a Sanctuary Church, which means that we are committed to providing safety and support to undocumented persons in danger of being apprehended. We partner with other stakeholders to advocate for immigrants and their families.

How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

The Pastor will be a spark, inspiring the congregation to live out its collective mission even more fully. The Pastor will nudge us out of our comfort zone and bring creative ideas that will strengthen further our commitment to social and economic justice. By embodying the values of Christian charity and service, and by thought-provoking and stimulating preaching and teaching of Christ’s lessons, the Pastor will encourage individuals to deepen their own faith and their resolve to lead lives of compassion and consequence. By embracing Faith’s culture of inclusion, hospitality, and welcome, the Pastor will help us sustain our positive traditions while finding new ways to carry our message of hope so that we become an even stronger force for good.

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

Faith Presbyterian Church seeks a dynamic pastor who will inspire the congregation in personal and communal growth. The successful candidate is a warm, open, caring and wise counselor who relates to people of all ages and backgrounds on a personal basis. We especially value the ability to connect with children and families.
Our next pastor displays the qualities of flexibility and humility, and will bring enthusiasm and diverse life experiences to learning and teaching. The pastor will lead us to grow spiritually and programmatically in our engagement in the life of the neighborhoods and city in which we live.
This will require creativity and vision as well as the ability to mobilize the talents and energy that exist in the congregation, while challenging us to continually evolve. The pastor will be an individual who enjoys outreach and has the ability to be an effective spokesperson on community issues.
This leader is a secure individual who welcomes input and is open to different points of view. An effective listener, the pastor will respect confidences and exercise discretion in the daily conduct of congregational life. The pastor has an ability to develop consensus as new ideas are discussed and implemented.

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

The Pastor provides a balanced ministry of preaching excellence, teaching, pastoral care, and organizational leadership. The Pastor works with the Worship and Arts Committee to develop creative, inspirational worship services. The Pastor cares for the congregation by fostering the spiritual growth of members, by providing pastoral services in times of need, by visiting our elderly and homebound members, and by participating in congregational activities that strengthen the sense of community.
The Pastor oversees Faith's programs and the administrative and financial affairs of the church. The Pastor leads church staff including a part-time Minister of Music and a Parish Administrator, and has the support of two retired clergy, volunteering as Parish Associates. The Pastor provides support and guidance tothe Christian Education program and takes special interest in encouraging our children and youth. The Pastor inspires the congregation in active outreach to our neighbors and helps develop ways to further our commitment to social and economic justice. The Pastor establishes relationships with key clergy networks and community organizations. The Pastor moderates Session and serves ex officio on other committees. 

Optional Links

Faith Presbyterian Church website:

2019 Annual Report:

Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Culturally Proficient
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $73,765   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. David C. Harris
5898 York Rd. Baltimore, MD 21212
Retired Pastor, Baltimore Presbytery
Dr. Arthur Sutherland
Loyola University Maryland, 4501 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21210
Professor Loyola University, contributor to Adult
Ms. Gwen Brown
5610 Govans Ave Baltimore, MD 21212
Community Organizer, BUILD Baltimore
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   10/21/2019

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