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MIF #: 01297.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 01297
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 7 Poncha Blvd.
Salida, CO 81201
Phone (719) 539-6422
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 2%
White 95%
Other 1%
Average Worship Attendance 171
Church School Attendance 121
Curriculum 20 3yr-5th grade: DIG IN from, 51 6th grade - high school: various curricula, 50 adults: various curricula. Classes throughout the week.
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Head of Staff (who supervised one teaching elder and other staff)
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:   Senior 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:
Growing disciples of Jesus Christ through knowing God, loving each other, and serving the world.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Our vision is to be an inclusive, Christ-centered congregation that shares the good news of God’s love in Jesus and welcomes all people into the Body of Christ, equipping and supporting them to serve our community and the wider world in practical compassion, addressing issues of personal need as well as social justice, local and beyond. We support this vision through our worship, education, exploration, Bible Study, small group ministries, fellowship opportunities, service outreach, and faithful stewardship.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
We recently added a new sanctuary, offices and fellowship hall. Our guiding principle was “more room to serve”. The new space offers a variety of welcoming venues for community groups and our church outreach activities.

We hear God’s call to move beyond our church walls and share God’s grace and love in broader and deeper relationships; to know and love individuals as they are; to be the hands and feet of Jesus in new ways.

With new leadership, thoughtful prayer and an increasing understanding of our community, we seek to equip ourselves to practice “radical hospitality” beyond our church doors. We sponsor numerous community outreach projects (Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen, Free Showers, Energy Outreach and Benevolent Funds) and our church hosts many community groups and events. We want to expand our efforts to the wide emerging needs of our community which range from disenfranchisement, homelessness and transiency, affordable housing, and substance abuse all the way to religious preconceptions, youth mentoring and infant/toddler childcare shortages.

In short, we want our relationship with God, each other and the community to be irresistible, engaging young and old alike.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
We want our pastor to articulate in preaching, teaching, and in daily life, the loving vision of God for all people, as seen in Scripture, in the life of the Church, and in human experience. We want a shepherd to help us grow through worship, fellowship, education, prayer, and lay involvement. While respecting the diversity of experience and belief within our fellowship, we want to use the gifts God has given us and be transformed to the image of Christ so that all people and communities will know to whom we belong.

Our community and world are changing, and we need to change with them. Salida and Chaffee County share the common wounds of 21st century American life: social and political divisions and insecurities, environmental challenges, income disparity, and the impact of illicit drug use. The challenges and opportunities of our mountain valley reflect reality around the globe.

We are looking for a pastor who can be comfortable with change, embracing challenges and helping us to walk together into the future. We will confront opportunities ahead, and we want to nurture both our young and our older family members in that process. We desire to forge bonds and serve as agents of change with other faith traditions and to serve people of no articulated faith. And we pray to continue to be a spring where fellow travelers of diverse backgrounds, faiths and experience will drink deeply of the grace and love of Jesus.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
We seek a leader to serve people within our church and the wider community. We want someone whom God has prepared with spiritual gifts as well as through the abrasions of life. Humor, humility, authenticity and genuineness rank high with us.

We like a communicator who blends study and stories. We desire a person captured by God’s grace and eager to shout, “Wow, check this out!”, yet able to gently suggest, “Have you thought about this?” or perhaps even admit, “I’m not sure, but let’s keep talking”. We seek a man or woman who values relationships as much as “being right”, able to engage personal, cultural and theological differences in shared pursuit of God. In other words, someone who is willing to embrace and wrestle with difficult questions.

We need a bold leader who inspires and equips us for service, steps back and declares, “Look what we did”! We desire someone familiar with budgets and accounts to help us see the implications of how we use our money. We want to tackle the challenges of living out divine love daily and proclaim that God changes lives, working within to make us willing and able to live lives of love, justice and peace.

We are a mountain community, familiar with winding trails, long ascents and sudden descents, dry stretches and hidden streams. We seek a life-long learner to share our journey, with its joys, pain, doubt and discoveries. In tough times we will lean on our shepherd, but we expect them to lean on us when she or he needs support as well.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
We expect our pastor to:
  • Preach and guide the congregation toward spiritual growth, reflection and action within our immediate and greater community. Organize and lead worship services in coordination with Associate pastor and leadership.
  • Encourage spiritual development within and beyond the church. Teach and oversee within the Christian Education Program.
  • Build internal capacities and deeper community by empowering individuals and developing their capacity to serve and lead within and beyond the congregation. Maintain communication and relationships with appropriate service and leadership teams and supervise those activities.
  • Supervise full and part time staff. Moderate session and congregational meetings. Working with session, implement vision, values, objectives and strategies of the church, which includes its financial health. Participate in Presbytery.
  • Administer the sacraments. Officiate weddings, funerals, memorials and baptisms in coordination with Associate Pastor.
  • Facilitate meaningful interactions with others who use our facilities.
  • Conduct and/or delegate a ministry of visitation and care.
  • Promote a culture of hospitality, inclusivity and outreach to the community.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Decision Making
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $60,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Calob Rundell
310 Wellington Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Pastor, Father Dyer Methodist Church
Charley Blom
7 Poncha Blvd, Salida, CO 81201
Interim Pastor
Ron Anderson
220 W 10th St, Pueblo, CO 81023
Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of Pueblo
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:  1/29/2019
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   1/29/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  (719)250-2856 Office Phone  (719) 542-1013
Fax  (719) 545-7956 Email
COM:   Rev. Susan Hartley Address  810 Bayfield Way, Apt. 102, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Daytime Phone  585-755-4486 Office Phone 
Fax  Email
PNC:  Phil Maes Address  PO Box 1015, Salida, CO 81201
Daytime Phone  719.530.1224 Office Phone  719.221.4554
Fax  Email