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MIF #: 00604.AB1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 00604
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church of San Pedro
Mailing Address 731 S. Averill Ave.
San Pedro, CA 90732
Phone 310-832-7597
Fax 310-832-6645
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 6%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 2%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 3%
White 89%
Average Worship Attendance 55
Church School Attendance 3
Curriculum None Currently
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:
Bring the Love for Christ to our Community through relationships of EMPATHY, INTEGRITY & GRACE
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

First Presbyterian Church of San Pedro (FPSP) holds to a vision that as a church family we will worship God together; that we embrace nurturing others, discipleship, family, diversity, inclusion, outreach to both members and the local community, and to unselfishly meet the needs of others. To achieve this, we look to a future that includes sustainability through intentional prayer, planning, and commitment of our financial and human resources. In addition, Session worked to create Seven Strategic Promises which outline our commitment to ministry. 

Promise #1: We commit, as a church family, to worship God together. Promise #2: We commit to being a community that cares for each other. Promise #3: We commit, as a community, to Christian discipleship. Promise #4: We commit to fostering a community that embraces family, diversity, and inclusion. Promise #5: We commit to furthering the growth of our church family by reaching out to our community.Promise #6: We commit to nurturing our church community to reach out unselfishly to meet the needs of others.Promise #7: We commit to the sustainability of First Presbyterian Church.

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

San Pedro is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational community with a village-like atmosphere. It is situated on the edge of the busiest port in the US and one of the largest cities in the world, Los Angeles. San Pedro has a long history as a union town with many families drawn to the needs of the port. The community is diverse economically; both poor and affluent families are within 2-3 miles of the church. We have been called to help lower income families of San Pedro. We are working to help those experiencing homelessness through our Blessing Bags initiative, Laundry Love, and partnering with other faith based organizations to host families experiencing homelessness (Family Promise). There is a large Spanish speaking community in San Pedro, as well as many other cultural groups, that we feel called to serve. A bilingual pastor, while not a necessity, would assist us in reaching out to our community. 
San Pedro also has a long history of a military town and there are still military housing facilities close to the church. There are significant family challenges with the frequent moving required. We feel we’ve lost touch with this community and would like to strengthen that relationship as well as with the other groups who are underserved. We feel called to care for our congregation which is aging with very few young families. We must find ways to support our longest attending membership, but also address the middle tier while appealing to newer members (young and older).

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

Our pastor will help us achieve our mission and vision both internally and externally. We have been unbalanced and too inwardly focused. Our pastor must encourage and show us how to achieve balance. We know we must change and we seek your help. We want a pastor who will innovate and create solutions. We want a church environment that has us looking beyond ourselves and past conflicts. Don’t come save us; help us save ourselves. They will help us apply God’s word to today’s world. They must be an effective preacher and spiritual leader who is able to inspire from the pulpit and one on one. We seek a pastor who will share who they are, demonstrate personal depth, be spiritually grounded, and be open to learn and grow. We seek a pastor who helps the congregants recognize and use their spiritual gifts in ALL seasons of life. Our pastor needs to challenge us to build new and reinforce existing relationships. Our mission calls us to build relationships in the community. When our new pastor develops relationships and embodies the stated virtues, our mission will have a hopeful new beginning. Our pastor will be comfortable being the face of FPSP. Our pastor needs to be able to say no when necessary and have a life outside of the church so that work is not the only thing in their life. Our vitality has diminished and we ache for spiritual motivation. We seek a pastor who will share who they are and have an openness to learn and grow.

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

The person who is open to being called to FPSP has a welcoming demeanor and takes actions which demonstrate a love of God, is mindful of the Holy Spirit’s constant guidance, and will be a bold and caring Christ-like shepherd of our congregation. The characteristics of personal resilience, a “thick skin”, a good sense of humor, high emotional intelligence, courageous honesty, plus a deep faith in our Triune God are needed for the special person who is open to being called to FPSP. They will most certainly be an agent of change, who will assist us to actuate our Mission and Vision. They will be someone who can work in synergy with, and gain energy from, those of us who are committed to change, but will also empathetically calm those who fear change. Additionally, that person needs to be creative and innovative; we need new ideas to work through our internal challenges as well as reach out into the community in new ways. Correspondingly, we feel that a pastoral call at FPSP can be a fulfilling experience for a lifelong learner. We believe that our church can be a dynamic learning laboratory for a pastor, e.g. we would be supportive of our pastor using this work as a Doctor of Ministry project. 
We want someone attentive to their own total well-being, so we will encourage them to actively enjoy the resources of San Pedro. We have God’s beauty here at the ocean and we are close to a great variety of beautiful natural resources and activities.

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

This list is from the current job description of the Pastor position. It can and will change to accommodate our need to change, innovate, and be inspired. Whatever changes are made will be done through collaboration between the new Pastor and Session.

  1. Worship and Service Leadership : Conducts worship and deliver sermons on Sunday and other seasonal services. Officiates at baptisms, communions, ordination of new Session members and deacons, membership classes and introduction of new members, funerals, memorial services, and weddings.
  2. Administration: Moderates Session and congregational meetings.  Supervises church staff and holds staff meetings on a regular basis. Acts as a resource person at monthly Deacon and commission meetings. Facilitates communication between members, staff and lay leaders.          Participates in the Presbytery, as appropriate. Demonstrates computer skills and uses information technology as a resource.
  3. Teaching : Encourages spiritual development. Supports improvement of Christian education. Emphasizes discipleship. Conducts new member orientations and new elders and deacons training. Displays enthusiasm and passion toward youth and children’s ministries.
  4. Pastoral Care: Counsels, mentors, and nurtures when needed. Visits the sick and injured in hospitals and at their place of residence.
  5. Outreach: Recognizes, participates in, and motivates community outreach. Seeks to maintain positive working relationships with leaders of other denominations in the area.
Optional Links

FPSP website: 
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Ministry Priorities Information Report for Immediate Area: 
San Pedro Bay Historical Society: 
Tripsavvy: Things to See and Do in San Pedro: 
Presbytery 2018 FPSP Statistics Report:

Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Public Communicator
Risk Taker
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $80,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Linda Culbertson
6323 W. 80th Street Los Angeles, CA 90045
General Presbyter- Pacific Presbytery
Rev. Tim Avazian
731 S. Averill Ave. San Pedro, CA 90732
Interim Pastor- FPSP
Rev. Lisa Williams
580 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA
Neighboring Pastor
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   1/13/2020

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  (310) 670-5076 Office Phone  (310) 670-5076
Fax  (310) 670-2006 Email
COM:   REV. Paula Mann Address  6323 W 80TH STREET, LOS ANGELES CA 90045-1499
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (310) 670-5076
Fax  310-670-2006 Email
PNC:  Carmella (Cam) Beck Address  2222 S. Mesa Street #33, San Pedro, CA 90731
Daytime Phone  310-930-3313 Office Phone  310-833-0828
Fax  Email