Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 02172.AD0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 02172
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church - Valparaiso
Mailing Address 3401 N. Valparaiso Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone 219-464-4985
Fax N/A
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 2%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 158
Church School Attendance 50
Curriculum Sparkhouse Lectionary Connect GenOn Ministries Resources
Yoked Church False
Community Type College
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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:  
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:

We are a Presbyterian Church (USA) of Purpose, Prayer, Presence, Power, and People. We know that the church’s ministry is not about us, but about God working through us so that we can

  • Teach as Jesus taught; Pray as Jesus prayed; Serve as Jesus served; Love as Jesus loves.

We are here for the strong and the sturdy, the lost and the lonely, the battered and the bored, as well as the bruised and the broken. At First Presbyterian Church, you will be cared for, and you will be called upon to care for others.

God does not call the equipped, but God equips the called.

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

Our vision is “to walk as Jesus walked, teach as Jesus taught, serve as Jesus served, and love as Jesus loves.” Living out our vision means that we are called to be Christ’s Church as we seek to build disciples, grow in faith, and serve in Christ’s name. We are committed to being a caring congregation where people heal and faith is nurtured. When we “walk as Jesus walked,” we strive to live and pray for one another as Jesus did, loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves. We “serve as Jesus served” and “love as Jesus loves” in relationship with one another as we worship together and serve the larger community. When we “teach as Jesus taught,” through the power of the Holy Spirit we strive to show who Jesus is and to meet people where they are in their walk, recognizing their relationship with Him. Teaching starts with young children becoming acquainted with the age-old stories from the Bible, young adults developing and confirming their faith in a loving community, and adult members sharing in small groups and engaging in Bible study sessions. We believe that a hopeful message, inspired by the gifts of the Spirit that illuminates scripture by a strong and effective communicator from the pulpit, is vital to living our vision.

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

Our congregation feels called by the Holy Spirit to provide mutual support as we walk with Christ. We are intentional about serving both within the church and outside our walls. We are called to address the needs of the aging and to build relationships across generations to make our church an open community where all are accepted. We grow in our faith through worship, Christian education, music ministries, Bible study groups, prayer tree ministry, community pre-school, VBS, and our Deacon and Stephen ministries. We are the hands and feet of Christ together with other congregations to feed the hungry through the Christian food pantry and to give seasonal shelter and food through the PADS ministry for homeless men. Our Presbyterian Resale Shop has served our city for over 75 years and donates its proceeds to mission. We initiated the Shoe Fund for children, providing a voucher for shoes and socks. A monthly lunch–and–learn is the heart of the Saint’s program. Many of our members engage in the Great Banquet and the Awakening to show our love and support for people’s spiritual journey. Our newest ministry is the First Friday Friends evening for community children K-6. Other outreach includes Kairos Ministries, Boy Scouts, prayer shawls, Trunk-or-Treat, local and foreign mission trips and more! Our Mission Team distributes our mission offerings, including a tithe of our church budget, locally and globally. We seek a leader who can take us places we haven’t been.

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

Our pastor will shepherd the congregation to grow in faith and speak of our relationship with Christ. The pastor will have the spiritual maturity and communication skills to keep us focused on living as Christ’s church. The pastor will encourage creativity and innovation for being Christ’s church in our culture. With consistent focus on seeking the will of the Holy Spirit, the pastor will lead us to grow the church spiritually and in personal generosity and stewardship. The pastor will listen and respond to the needs of the breadth of our church family, will encourage deeper involvement in mission-related activities, and will facilitate meaningful, multi-generational worship. Our pastor will lead and foster discipleship through engaging worship services, educational programs for all ages, and encouragement for our daily walk. We know that one person alone cannot fulfill the church’s vision. Instead, our pastor will motivate and cultivate our church members’ spiritual gifts and empower staff to succeed in their various roles. Together we will foster changes where necessary and encourage our members to reach out to those around us for the glory of God. This will build collaboration with people of different generations, cultures, world views, theological positions, and strengthening us through cross-cultural development and programs.

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

We desire an enthusiastic pastor who is an energized worship leader. The message will be Christ-focused, well-prepared, and encourage us to share the Gospel with words and actions. Our pastor will be comfortable leading diverse worship experiences that encompass the characteristics and needs of the entire congregation. Our pastor will have strong spiritual maturity that teaches the nexus between Scripture and life experiences. The leader will preach from a deep understanding of reformed theology. Our pastor will be able to communicate via preaching, teaching, pastoral visitation, and mission activities. The pastor will seek to accurately assess the context, environment, history, relationships, and uniqueness of our dynamic congregation. The individual will be adept in working with organizations, know how they function, lead by example and delegate duties as required. Our pastor will demonstrate a strong sense of fiscal responsibility, initiating and implementing strategies that teach stewardship and generosity. The pastor will be a visionary who focuses on the big picture and anticipates future trends and consequences. The pastor will serve as a spiritual counselor, offering guidance to those in the congregation who are hurting and seek spiritual healing. The pastor will be a bridge to the community to reach those who want a personal relationship with Christ.

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

Our pastor will engage in conversation and relationships with the congregation and the larger community, including our presbytery and synod. One high priority is delivering an engaging sermon that connects God’s Word with our daily lives. Our worship will be planned with purpose, to convey the message and express the Christian mission. The pastor will work with our Director of Christian Education regarding youth education and development programs. We seek a head of staff who supervises the employees, and provides support and direction consistent with our vision. With others, the pastor will provide pastoral care through personal visits, counseling, and office hours. Other important responsibilities include preparing families for baptisms, weddings, funerals, and memorial services. Our pastor will teach classes, seminars and/or study groups, and help teach others to teach. This will involve empowering congregational leaders in their roles, encouraging them to engage others, and inspiring support to strengthen church programs. Our pastor will collaborate and guide various ministry teams including our Endowment Committee. The pastor will engage with neighboring congregations in ministry. The head pastor will coordinate the service of Deacons and facilitate the Session in its responsibility to govern the congregation and guide its witness. With our pastor, we intend to live as a community of “faith, love, hope and witness”.

Optional Links

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Task Manager
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $65,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Pastor Nancy Becker
3215 Milestone Creek Ct. Valparaiso, IN 46385-6161
(219) 464-9364
Parish Associate
Pastor Victoria Ubben
P.O> Box 434 Wanatah, IN 46390
(219) 299-4572
Pulpit Supply 4 months
Rev. Canon Robert Jennings
237 W. 100 South Valparaios, IN 46385
(219) 781-0460
Organizer/Leader Dunes Great Banquet, Inc.
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   3/18/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   JENNIFER BURNS LEWIS Address  PO Box 225, Rochester, IN 46975
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (574) 653-1003
Fax  (574) 223-3545 Email
PNC:  James Hubbard - Co-Moderator Address  2206 Nottingham Drive Valparaiso, IN 46383 166 Rock Creek Road Valparaiso, IN 46383
Daytime Phone  (219) 464-4788 Jim Office Phone  (219) 216-4555 Vic
Fax  na Email