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MIF #: 01049.AA0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 01049
Ministry Name Mount Olive Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 5125 Mt. Olive Church Road
Charlotte, NC 28278
Phone 704-394-8814
Fax 704-395-1677
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 99%
Average Worship Attendance 150
Church School Attendance 20
Curriculum Urban Ministries Perceptions
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Rural
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:   Permanent Pastor
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
Mount Olive Presbyterian Church is a caring and family oriented church striving to become more spiritually involved.  Our mission is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in accordance with Ephesians 4:11-13; nurture and strengthen the spiritual lives of humankind; equip the membership with knowledge and understanding of God’s word through worship, study , prayer, music and dance; and enable our congregation to seize every opportunity to ease spiritual, social, and political hurts of all people through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

“Equip the membership with knowledge and understanding of God’s word through worship, study, prayer, music and dance; and enable our congregation to seize every opportunity to ease spiritual, social, and political hurts of all people through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” (An excerpt from our Mission Statement).

To unite together as extended family to gain a greater understanding of God’s word and express that through worship, and to then spread that knowledge throughout the community and all humankind, while providing an array of opportunities to be closer to Jesus Christ.

The church’s vision is lived out through the following ways: we have a 66,000 square feet family life center through a gracious gift from the Claudia McFadden endowment and the benevolence and dedication of our congregation that we used for a summer program, vacation bible school, family night, open gym for the members and community. We are blessed with devoted a Minister of Music and drummers who avails themselves to practice and play each Sunday. We have built partnerships with area Presbyterian churches for joint fellowship services such as Watch Night, Ash Wednesday, Independence Day, Lenten, Easter Sunrise, and Thanksgiving. The church supports a variety of local and international mission opportunities through donations and financial contributions. We have regular bible study classes with our Senior Citizens and Presbyterian Women.

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

Mount Olive Presbyterian Church rises to the need with enthusiasm of a giving spirit.  As a portion of our mission we seize the opportunity to ease the hurt of all people. Remembering Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

The Church spirit elevates to the necessity of others. We embrace the request to be a pillar of Christ to the community or constituency. Hebrews 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

We strive to execute God’s instructions, though the giving of our time, finances, strengths and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Numerous programs have been established and supported to foster the needs of the community and mankind, (ex. Food Closet, support to Crisis Ministry, 10 cents per meal, Room in the Inn, etc…)

We implement Acts 20:35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.

1 John 3:17

But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

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

Mt. Olive Presbyterian church is a family oriented church whereby we strive to strengthen the spiritual lives of humankind and our congregation through dance, music, prayer, study and worship. The minister selected will value teaching the word and worship as the two principle influences that shapes our faith. The minister will challenge the congregation and staff to walk in love and strive to do as God has called us to do.

The selected minister will engage and support our children and youth and young adult ministries. The minister will concentrate on reaching out to these vital groups of the church through improved communications by interacting through social media. Social activities and small group interactions will be essential in engaging them spiritually.

The congregation as a whole feels strongly that more communication is needed to publicize church activities to the surrounding communities, growth in membership, providing more opportunities for youth and young adult involvement and becoming more advanced with programs and technology therefore the selected minister will also focus on developing these areas. The minister will support and care for the entire church family through counseling, emergencies and visitation of the sick and hurting members as well.

In partnership with the leadership and congregation, the minister will develop a diverse worship style in order that all generations are satisfied in worship service through contemporary, hymns, prayer, meditation and corporate prayer.

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
The potential candidate called to serve must be a servant of the Church as Paul said in Colossians 1:25, "I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness."  We are looking for a dynamic preacher and teach who loves Jesus Christ, is a strong leader who has a heart for local and international missions, someone who is compassionate in their support to the lost, sick and prospective new members.  The potential candidate should be an effective administrator and planner who is transparent and can articulate well and possess great communication skills.  We need a pastor that will spend time in prayer, who reserves time for sermon preparation to help make the scriptures relevant to today, to minister to the senior adults and to the youth to bridge that gap, someone that will partner with the leadership to us reach our mission and vision.  The candidate should also have the skills to provide pastoral counseling to help members and families deal with personal problems.  We are looking for a bridge builder in our church and growing river district community, someone who possess a clear discernment into life and its struggles. Our ideal candidate should be passionate about sharing and spreading the Gospel.     
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

Worship Leadership - Plan, oversee and participate in weekly worship services. Administer the sacraments.

Lead Session in developing goals for our church. Encourage, support and affirm members lay ministries. Conduct training for new officers along with Clerk of Session. Lead New Members Class and visit prospective members.

Pastoral Care - Provide pastoral care and counseling to congregation. Visit those in hospitals, nursing facilities, members in mourning and work along with Congregational Care Ministry. Preside over weddings, memorial services and funerals. Moderate Session and all meetings of the congregation. Serve as ex officious on Personnel Committee. Be active listener with meaningful oral and written presentations.

Should have the leadership skills to lead the worship service.

Should know how to administer sacraments. Should be able to work with Minister of Music for the different styles of music in which each Choir sings.

Should be able to understand each generation knowing they are different.

Should work in partnership with the leadership to minister and visit the sick. 

Able to comfort the bereaved and officiate funerals. Be inspiring when speaking the word and allow all expressions of how people worship Jesus Christ, in praise, song and dance.

Be creative on how we can better use the facilities that we have.

Have the ability to bring lost souls to Christ.

Be transparent and attentive to the needs of the congregation and community.

Optional Links
Mt. Olive Website
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Decision Making
Strategy and Vision
Funds Developer
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $50,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Stephen Ratliff
3015 Arundel Drive, Charlotte, NC 28209
COM Liaison
Rev. Dr. Larry Hill
PO Box 948 Paw Creek, NC 28130-0948
Former Moderator
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   7/27/2017

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Jan Edmiston Address  2831 N. Sharon Amity Rd, Suite A, Charlotte, NC 28205
Daytime Phone  (980) 207-5216 Office Phone  980-207-5216
Fax  (704) 537-3476 Email
COM:   Tim Bostick Address  2831 N. Sharon Amity Rd, Suite A, Charlotte, NC 28205
Daytime Phone  704-421-5470 Office Phone  704-535-9999
Fax  704-537-3476 Email
PNC:  Ann Coleman Address  5426 Mount Olive Church Road, Charlotte, NC 28278
Daytime Phone  980-200-5260 Office Phone  704-393-2019
Fax  Email