Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 01765.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 01765
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church of Woodstock
Mailing Address 2018 North IL Rt 47
Woodstock, IL 60098-8522
Phone (815) 338-2627
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 80
Church School Attendance 36
Curriculum Growing in Grace and Gratitude
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor Interim
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

Mission Statement:

A family of Faith Praising God and Serving Others.

Vision Statement

Loving the Lord Our God

    with all our hearts, through fellowship and hospitality;
    with all our souls, through prayer and celebratory worship;
    with all our strength, through missions near and far;
    and with all our minds, through Christian education and leadership development;
    and loving our neighbors as ourselves.           

                                                       adapted from Luke 10:27

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

Our church is “A Family of Faith, Praising God and Serving others.” We follow the two great commandments.

We affirm the belief in the Trinity. We believe that God can bring good out of everything; that God deals with us through love; love which brought Jesus to our world to live, die and live again.

We believe that brokenness and alienation is a part of life that we cannot escape. We affirm the doctrine of grace. God does not abandon us, but reaches out to call us, help us, inspire us, save us, and love us.

The Church is the place where we gather together for encouragement, fellowship, learning, guidance and fun. We become family together; children of God, brothers and sisters of Christ, sisters and brothers of each other.

We affirm the practice of two Sacraments: Baptism and Communion. We believe that all persons who are baptized are invited to participate in Communion.

The Bible is a guidebook for our lives, our Church, and our world and the Holy Spirit inspires us as we listen for God’s Word in our lives.       

The world is created by God, and we are called to be stewards of its resources.

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

We seek to bring connectedness and belonging to a faith community to others. We offer aninclusive, welcoming, and nurturing spiritual home to current and prospective members and friends, We wish to attract youth who need a spiritual base and to serve the area’s Hispanic population as part of our Mission.

FPC does hands on participation, coordinates with other churches, provides space, and financial support., Small groups have a mission aspect as part of their regular activities.

Nurturing on Wednesday (N.O.W.) Dinner: Weekly buffet style dinners in Spring and Fall.

Meals on Wheels: Monthly delivery to homebound adults.

Woodstock Area Community Ministries (WACM): Supports the homeless and needy in crisis . FPC provides financial support; .our members serve on the Board of Directors.

December Alternative Gift Fair:  Stocks fair trade items, and supports Heifer Project International in partnership with the Just Goods shop in Rockford.

Denominational Offerings: One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost Offering, Peacemaking Offering and the Christmas Joy Offering..

Mission Trailer: Provides repair services to homeowners unable to do so themselves.

Saturday Men’s Bible Study:  Creates sanitation kits, school backpacks, and other hygiene items for PDA.

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

We seek an Interim Pastor who can help us revisit and refresh our identity and mission in our community and the world. We seek to be a “destination for the community” where community members can be spiritually nourished and supported. We are anxious to serve youth and to teach them Christian principles of love and inclusion. We need a strong, creative, energetic pastor who is passionate about these same issues and who can lead and inspire the congregation to do God’s work in more ways than writing a check.

Our interim pastor will be skilled in leading us in the Mission Study, someone who can spiritually guide us to discern where God is calling our church at this time.  The ideal candidate will have completed Interim Ministry training, and have served as interim pastor to multiple congregations.  The interim pastor will help us do a substantive self-evaluation and challenge us to embrace the needed changes while simultaneously permitting us to retain the church life elements that have enhanced our relationship to God.

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
Creative, energetic, spiritually grounded, educated, articulate, knowledgeable of change strategies, compassionate, youth and family oriented.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

As a solo Pastor with a small staff, this position is responsible for all aspects of church life from weekly worship to daily operations and church administration. There is a strong Session with dedicated Elders who take on management tasks of the various commissions. Deacons assist with pastoral care of members and the congregation as a whole. The Worship Team ably coordinates weekly and special worship to support the Pastor and there is a very strong music program. Church staff are all part time or volunteers but do provide clerical, technical, financial, and maintenance support for the operation of the church, so although the Pastor is “solo”, there are strong supports in place.

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Technologically Savvy
Change Agent
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $63,425   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
John Rickard
1922 N. IL Rte. 2, P.O. Box 199, Oregon, IL 61061
815.732.6111 x603
Executive Presbyter of Blackhawk Presbytery
Jeffrey R. Borgerson
39862 N Stonebridge Court, Antioch, IL, 60002-2342
(815) 355-9091 (cell)
Retired Presbyterian minister
Thomas E. Rogers Jr.
Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church, 404 N. Green Street, McHenry, IL 60050
(815) 236-9411‬ (cell)
Local Lutheran minister
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   4/24/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   REV DR JOHN RICKARD Address  1922 NORTH IL RT 2, PO BOX 199, OREGON IL 61061
Daytime Phone  815 732 6111 Office Phone  (815) 732-6111
Fax  (815) 732-7325 Email
PNC:  Mark B Bundick Address  10412 Lucas Road
Daytime Phone  224-242-2451 Office Phone  815-337-9068
Fax  Email