Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 00385.AF0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 00385
Ministry Name Westminster Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 1502 W. 13th Street
Wilmington, DE 19806
Phone 302-654-5214
Fax 302-654-5706
E-Mail apply@wpc.org
WWW Address www.wpc.org
Ministry Size 651 - 1000 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 315
Church School Attendance 213
Curriculum Deep Blue; Godly Play; Confirm Not Conform
Yoked Church False
Presbytery NEW CASTLE PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF MID-ATLANTIC
Community Type Urban
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Information about the position

Position:   Christian Educator (non-certified)
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:   Church Educator
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:
Westminster seeks to embody God's boundless love by embracing, liberating and empowering people- whoever they are and wherever they may be on their faith journeys- to realize the tansforming power of Christ in our congregation, community and the world beyond. 
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
We strive to realize the transforming power of Christ in our congregation, community and the world beyond, building and strengthening a community of believers. Our vision is for ministry that welcomes all people, celebrating, teaching, demonstrating and sharing the love of God made known in Jesus Christ.  Our mission encourages the discovery and enrichment of personal faith through education for all ages, reaching out to service others as a church without walls, and working for God's justice in the world.

To this end, we endeavor to uphold one another as we practice Christ's generous hospitality, encouraging all to worship, serve and pursue their spiritual journeys  We center ourselves in worship, offering inspiration, transformation and strength through a diversity of worship, music and education.  We are called upon to care for one another, recognizing that we are all one body in Christ, reaching out to share burdens and celebrate joys.  At Westminster, ours is a faith in action.  We care for God's creation and respond to the needs of others both in our community and around the globe.  We lift our hearts, hands and voices, honoring God and God's gifts to us through generosity of our time, talent and treasure.  We celebrate the richness of our 129-year history, but also strive to build upon the legacy for Christ in our congregation's future. 

 
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
At Westminster, education plays a critical role.  We believe education should be a continuous process from cradle to grave helping us along our spiritual journeys, informing us, challenging us and guiding us to do God’s work in a broken world.  It is through education that we are able to grow and change and be the people God has called us to be. To that end, our adult education programs include traditional Bible study, parenting classes, as well as classes on issues facing our community and country, and how we, as Christians, respond to those issues. For example, we are currently running programs on race and combating violence in Wilmington.  

Our education for children focuses on teaching them, through Godly Play, the Bible stories of our faith. Vacation Bible School, Middle School and Confirmation classes build on those stories, and help children grow in their faith by putting it into action. Our 180 Youth Ministry program is geared towards mission. A second youth trip to Guatemala is scheduled for June 2019. The purpose of such trips is to form relationships across cultures, not to just “do a task”.

We bring our congregation together through hands-on volunteer service sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry, mentoring youth and supporting local mission such as Family Promise, Friendship House, Habitat for Humanity and Urban Promise. Global ministries in the Congo and Guatemala fund medical clinics, women's micro-loan programs, schools and the purchase of water filters and latrines.



 
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
The goal of Church Education at Westminister is to enhance members’ faith and growth as disciples of Christ wherever they may find themselves on their faith journey. That is achieved through strong education opportunities for all ages, including a vital Youth Ministry program.                               

A new Church Educator will help assess and enhance our offerings, and explore new paths for spiritual growth.

A typical Sunday morning includes volunteers teaching Sunday School for Preschoolers (ages 2 to 4 using the “Deep Blue” curriculum); two sessions of Godly Play (Kindergarten-Grade 2 and Grades 3- 5): a Middle School Class, and, in alternate years, a Confirmation class. This year the Confirmation class curriculum is “Confirm, Not Conform”.

Westminster has an engaged and intellectually curious congregation. Adult education classes are provided between the two Sunday morning services covering a range of subjects from traditional Bible study to classes on interfaith peacekeeping, race relations, parenting and social justice issues.

The 180 Youth Ministry Program for middle and high school youth meets Sunday nights. 180 Youth participate in a variety of activities and events throughout the year including retreats, the Souper Bowl of Caring, and interfaith and mission opportunities. Mission trips have gone to New York City, South Carolina, Appalachia, and Guatemala, with local mission opportunities at the Food Bank of Delaware, the Clothing Bank, Urban Promise, and Habitat for Humanity.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
The position of Church Educator requires someone with personal depth and spiritual grounding, someone who has a good sense of who they are and can also appreciate the experiences and authentic style and beliefs of others. This individual will care deeply about their continued personal development –spiritually and emotionally, and that of their congregants.

Our Church Educator will be a compassionate individual who will work well with a variety of age groups, nurture their spiritual journeys and support their volunteer efforts to provide teaching to the many who worship with us. They will show respect and handle confidences well, work well with others and help others work well together.

A leader who is also a good manager is necessary as there are numerous programs led by volunteers and staff taking place on Sunday morning and throughout the week that require organization and committed resources. Someone who can monitor and track participation and influence and make decisions with data as well as spiritual insight is a must.

In the last several years we have become aware of the need for someone who can balance skills in the technology necessary for today’s world along with the relational aspects that enable true connection and meaningful relationships.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
The Church Educator:
* coordinates all Education programs in consultation  with the  Christian Education Committee, the Adult Education Sub Committee, and the Pre School Director.  
* participates in the work of the Youth Ministry Team to develop and run the Youth Ministry Program.
* periodically teaches Sunday, and/or mid-week classes of interest.
* assists in implementing Children’s Time during Sunday Worship.
* oversees the recruitment and development of teachers and leaders and provides curriculum and resources.  
* works with the Christian Education Committee to develop inter-generational activities and to also prepare and administer the Christian Education budget.
* provides compassionate care and guidance for parents, youth and volunteers.
Optional Links
wpc.org
Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Lifelong Learner
Teacher
Communicator
Technologically Savvy
Task Manager
Organizational Agility
Collaboration
Interpersonal Engagement
Flexibility
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $42,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: N/A
References:
Name Relation
Rev. Randall Clayton
Red Clay Presbyterian Church, 500 McKennans Church Road, Wilmington, DE 19808
302-998-0434
randy@rrpc.org
Former Interim Pastor
Rev. Anne Ledbetter
632 Garden Gate Drive, Middletown, DE 19709
302-521-9616
annerledbetter@gmail.com
Former Associate Pastor
Dr. Susan Moseley
470 Brightwaters Drive, White Stone, VA 22578
302-373-6757
susan.moseley52@gmail.com
Former Church Educator
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Yes
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   10/22/2018


Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   The Rev. Jessica MacMillan Address  1102 W Church Road, Newark, DE 19711
Daytime Phone  (302) 518-0097 Office Phone  (302) 366-0595
Fax  (302) 366-0714 Email  jmacmillan@ncpresbytery.org
COM:   Elder Marlene Quinn Address  1102 W CHURCH ROAD, NEWARK DE 19711
Daytime Phone  (302) 537-1523 Office Phone 
Fax  (302) 366-0714 Email  mquinnx2@verizon.net
PNC:  Janet Steinwedel Address  c/o Wesminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 West 13th Street, Wilmington, DE
Daytime Phone  302- 690-5207 Office Phone  302-654-5214
Fax  302-654-5706 Email  apply@wpc.org