Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 00725.AA0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 00725
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church of Colusa
Mailing Address P.O. Box 623
Colusa, CA 95932
Phone (530)458-2802
Fax NA
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
White 96%
Average Worship Attendance 67
Church School Attendance 20
Curriculum Christian Ed Commission created the program for evening groups. About 20 are in our K-5, 6-8, and HS groups, fewer in Children's church on Sunday.
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   First Ordained Call
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:
The mission of our church is to know Jesus Christ as the Savior and to make him known to the world as we walk alongside one another in truth and love.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

Our vision is to follow Christ by being a congregation united by the Spirit, a congregation that values people above all. We seek to be a congregation that is equipped and empowered to reach out to our community in ways that are only possible through the love and power of Christ.

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

We feel called to show the love of Jesus to our community. We do this by hosting the Hand Up meals to the hungry and homeless, offering the Celebrate Recovery Program, and providing midweek programs for children and youth. Our church family has traditionally been a very caring and loving church. We pray for each other; we make meals for each other; we drive people to medical appointments; we provide funds to people in times of need; we fellowship together in Bible studies and small groups; and we have a fellowship gathering following each worship service.

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

We seek a pastor who can lead our congregation to a deeper understanding of Scripture through Biblical teaching that applies to our lives, while personally growing spiritually. We want someone who can connect with our congregation, regardless of member’s age or life situation. Goals we need help with include further developing our children’s and youth programs, small group Bible studies, and making Jesus known in our community. Pastoral counseling and ministry to those who are ill or imprisoned is important. If married, we hope the spouse will be involved with the church. We have experienced discord in the past, and if future disagreements arise we need someone who can guide us in maintaining harmony while resolving issues.

Our mission statement calls us to be an open, inclusive church, welcoming to everyone and we want them to know our church as a place they are welcome to come to seek God or spiritual guidance. Colusa is a small city, so it is important for a pastor to live here and get to know the community, not just the congregation. Our pastor should be able to meet needs that arise in the community, as during past traumatic events. We want to foster ecumenical ties with the other churches.

We seek a pastor who will work collaboratively with Session, in partnership, but who recognizes Session’s role as a decision-making body.  We are open to new ideas and seek pastoral leadership and guidance, but we want to maintain the authority of Session to govern the church.


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

We desire a pastor who shows faithfulness of purpose and spiritual grounding. One who demonstrates integrity by walking the walk, not just talking the talk. Someone who is led by Jesus Christ, who is seen as trustworthy and authentic. A person who nurtures a rich spiritual life. A consistently effective preacher and worship leader with the ability to inspire from the pulpit who is also at ease when speaking in a variety of settings and on a variety of topics. A pastor who is approachable and has a sense of humor. Someone who is willing to turn to others for counsel and guidance when needed. One who is willing and able to coach others. An individual who has genuine empathy for others’ situations, pain, and sorrow while keeping the congregational goals clearly in focus. Someone who has the desire and ability to build authentic relationships, inside and outside the church. Someone who engages people, executes plans and delivers results. Someone who leads the church toward unity, who works to connect people of different cultures, worldviews and theological positions. Someone who can also help people to see a way through the chaos and the complexity of life. An individual that has the ability to adapt behavior and work methods to new information, changing conditions, and unexpected obstacles. A Pastor who also remains open to new ideas and approaches. Someone who can thrive in a rural farming community and will take advantage of the many unique opportunities available here.

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

As a solo pastor, this person would be responsible for leading worship, preaching, and nurturing our congregation.

This person will be expected to collaborate with staff, Elders, Deacons and commissions for planning and organizing activities which will help our church thrive.

The pastor will nurture and care for the congregation through counseling individuals and visiting members of the congregation. This pastor will support the congregation with existing programs and activities and be a part of developing, and creating new opportunities for children, youth and adults.

With sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leading, this person will recognize the gifts of our congregation and be able to inspire us to share the love of Christ within our community.

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $54,492   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Ron McHattie
3031 Crestwood Way Rocklin, CA 95765
Transitioal Pastor
Rev. Rick Hull
7508 Chatsworth Circle Elk Grove, CA 95757
Presbytery Liason
Pastor John Vafis
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church P.O. Box 1044 Colusa, CA 95932
Pastor of St. Stephen's Epicopal Church
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   1/17/2020

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Mary Westfall Address  9983 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA, 95827
Daytime Phone  (603) 969-4764 Office Phone  (916) 414-2080
Fax  (916) 414-2087 Email
PNC:  Robert Harper Address  P. O. Box 856 Colusa, CA 95932
Daytime Phone  (530)624-5098 Office Phone 
Fax  Email