Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 00392.AC0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 00392
Ministry Name First PC of Arlington
Mailing Address 601 N Vermont St.
Arlington, VA 22203
Phone (703) 527-4766
Fax (703) 527-2262
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 1%
Asian 5%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 10%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 6%
White 78%
Average Worship Attendance 120
Church School Attendance 62
Curriculum PK-6: rotational workshop model Whirl); Mid-HS: Seasons of the Spirit & We Believ
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   0 to 2 Years
Specific Title:  
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:

First Presbyterian Church of Arlington strives to be a welcoming and inclusive fellowship of believers

and questioners united by our love of God and service to the needs of the world.

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

We seek to live out our ministry of inviting the world, empowering the people, and embodying

God’s grace through meaningful service, engaging worship, and thought-provoking education.

Influenced by an ever-evolving understanding of God's purpose for us, we seek to be a visible

salve to a hurting world. Our building and green space sit in the midst of a thriving urban setting

and present opportunities for not only our congregation but also our wider community. By loving

our neighbor, we bring God’s children closer together in a world that seems to be ever trying to

separate and isolate us.

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

We have a terrific opportunity as we look ahead to think about how we can better meet the

emerging needs of both our community and congregation – and how we create connections

between those groups. Before Covid, we were building those connections with Trunk or Treat,

Friday night concert on our lawn and Blessings of the Animals.

Our physical space is a jewel in the heart of a busy, diverse and active community and is in

constant use outside of core Sunday offerings. Our building is home to Head Start, AA and Al

Anon meetings, ESL classes, Aikido, Meals on Wheels, Iglesia Cristiana Libertad Sin Fronteras,

and the office of a local nonprofit. Our surrounding green space and playground attract families,

dog walkers and sunbathers and was where we worshiped in-person in summer 2021. It offers

endless potential for further community engagement.

We have been experimenting with new ways to engage our congregation and wider community:

 We created a Youth Mission Committee during the pandemic in response to our Youth’s

desire to learn from and support organizations aligned with their interests.

 We are partnering with other local churches to staff a Mission Coordinator who is helping

us understand the needs of our local community and figure out how we can be most

effective in addressing them.

Help us discover what else we can do together!

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

Strengthened by the Holy Spirit, you will shepherd us into the future to reach our ministry goals


Nudging or, when necessary, pushing us beyond our comfortable routines into new unfamiliar

paths to loving and serving all of Creation;

Guiding us in rekindling and fueling the fiery focus of a few devoted and determined women

who founded our faith community 150 years ago;

Nurturing us as we continue to reflect and share the love and grace of Christ in the heart of

Arlington; and

Challenging us to stretch and grow in new ways to nourish the minds, bodies and spirits of our

neighbors and one another.

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

We need a leader who is ready to roll up their sleeves and will be invested in the success of our

church – not just “success” in terms of bottoms in seats and dollars in plates, but creating new

ways to quantify “success” in terms of:

1) Inspiring our members and friends in sermons, worship and beyond to help us unlock our

potential to grow, thrive and change

2) Holding us accountable to each other as we fulfill our vision and mission – as they are now

and as they evolve

3) Fostering a caring and supportive environment that ministers to all with kindness, generosity

of spirit and wisdom

4) Accompanying us on our spiritual paths toward clarifying and living out our personal


5) Creating an environment where our staff are supported and see paths for professional

development and growth

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


Guide us to discover who we want to be in the next 5-10 years; identify tools / resources to aid

this journey

Preaching, Administering Sacraments

Inspire, nourish and engage congregation through impactful sermons and worship services

Pastoral care

Be a consistent, engaged presence to the flock, whether they are experiencing challenges or joys,

planning for life events, or church rites


Oversee and help teach Christian Education programs, ensure they are Biblically and

theologically consistent

Provide training for incoming elders, deacons, and trustees

Moderating Session, Ministry Teams

Take responsibility for agenda and preside over meetings of Session/Congregation

Actively engage with ministry teams

Regularly participate with Presbytery


Welcome visitors and strangers; help plan and carry out new member classes


Oversee staff onboarding and training

Provide engaged, regular management

Encourage professional development

Address and resolve performance issues


Prepare weekly e-mail, both in terms of content and events, monthly article for church newsletter
Contribute content for church website and social media accounts


Be accountable to the Session through Personnel Team and subject to all Church policies

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Lifelong Learner
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $75,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Dr. David Ensign
2017 S. Randolph St Arlington, VA 22204
Temporary Pastor during transition vacancy
Rev. Karen Hernandez
1521 S. George Mason Dr. Apt 23 Arlington, VA 22204
703- 501-7599
Co-Pastor of Iglesia Cristiana Liberdad sin Fronte
Midge Curry
8809 Side Saddle Rd Springfield, VA 22152
Long time member and former Clerk of Session
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   9/7/2022

Self-referral Contact Information

PNC:  Joan M Koenig Address  1600 N. Oak St # 915, Arlington, VA 22209
Daytime Phone  (914) 274-0026 Office Phone 
Fax  Email