Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 03709.AB1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 03709
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Lake Crystal
Mailing Address 302 Prince St. PO Box 420
Lake Crystal, MN 56055
Phone (507) 726-2877
Fax
E-Mail lakecrystalkasota@gmail.com
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 44
Church School Attendance 27
Curriculum Power Express, Collaborate, Group
Yoked Church True
Presbytery MINNESOTA VALLEYS PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF LAKES AND PRAIRIES
Community Type Town
Last Information from Statistics of the Church  * (  Show Statistics  )
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor, yoked/parish
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:

Lake Crystal Presbyterian Church Mission:

As the beloved family of God we joyfully:
Seek God, Praise the Lord, Live as examples of Christ and utilize our gifts and talents to Love and Serve in the Church and Community.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Continue to witness the Good News of salvation in Christ in the face of changing challenges. 
Providing a place where hope is preached, where we are challenged, encourage, supported and loved.  
Being an inviting presence in our congregations and our communities through worship, fellowship, and service.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

Ways we feel called to reach out are: 

  • Deliver Meals on Wheels
  • Presbyterian Women
  • Operation Christmas Child (Shoebox Ministries)
  • Annual Bake Potato Buffet/Holiday Bake Sales/Silent Auction
  • Host an annual summer community Ice Cream Social and Supper with Community Band concert
  • Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign
  • Monetary Contributions to LCWM School, CADA House, and other non-profit organizations
  • Working with other organizations to support our local food shelves, Vacation Bible School, Habitat for Humanity, Back Pack Program, Angel Tree

We intend to seek new ways of working together and growing in our faith and missions. As our communities grow, we strive to reach out to new members that are not affiliated with a church. We want to reach out to the wider community and welcome them to join us in faith. We are also working at keeping our current members involved in our missions and activities.

We have come to realize that, separately, our churches cannot provide for a full-time pastor.

So, together, we want to pursue a new venture for both our small-town congregations to be yoked, sharing in the pastor position and missions that we can do together.  We feel we are alive and vital and have a purpose to continue providing a place where hope is preached, where we are challenged, encouraged, supported, and loved.  We look forward to working together to provide a ministry that will benefit both congregations and communities by broadening our outreach within our communities.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
We are seeking a full-time pastor who is willing to help lead, share directions and guidance.
Helping us to carry out our vision and ministry.  Participating with us to be visible in local events and the broader church community.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
We are looking for a pastor who:
can be a leader and an advisor; isn't afraid to present new ideas to reach out and expand in our communities;
is willing to lead and learn along the way as we pursue our yoked ministry;
is hopeful, compassionate, and enthusiastic; and communicates and connects effectively in a variety of settings to a variety of ages. 
Small church ministry also requires skills such as: good collaborator, flexibility, an initiator, and good interpersonal skills.
We seek a pastor who is willing to work together with us.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
The pastor will:
provide spiritual and administrative leadership to our congregations, church staff, and our communities; 
lead worship that is relevant and meaningful and leaves members of the congregations encouraged and enlightened;
administer the sacraments; officiate at weddings, funerals, and special services;
provide pastoral care for members of our congregations and communities such as counseling or referrals, as appropriate, and visiting the sick and homebound on a regular basis or as requested;
serve as moderator to the Sessions; help plan the work of Christian education; confer with other committees within the churches;
lead congregational meetings and participate in Presbytery;
attend church activities and events and community functions as time allows (appreciated but not always required).
Optional Links
City of Lake Crystal, MN  -  www.lakecrystalmn.org
Lake Crystal Presbyterian Facebook - www.facebook.com/lakecrystalpresbyterian
City of Kasota, MN - kasotamn.govoffice2.com/
City of Mankato, MN - www.mankatomn.gov/
City of St. Peter, MN - www.saintpetermn.gov/
Leadership Competencies:
Compassionate
Hopeful
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Public Communicator
Advisor
Strategy and Vision
Collaboration
Interpersonal Engagement
Motivator
Flexibility
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $53,190   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Open to Manse/Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
Rev. Dawn Carder
413 E. Mulberry Mankato, MN 56001
507-381-6514
Pulpit Supply & Past Moderatorat both churches
Rev. Bob Maharry
805 W. Madison St. St. Peter, MN 56082
507-317-7627
Pulpit Supply & Past Moderatorat both churches
John McKay
500 W. Jackson St. St. Peter, MN 56082
507-934-6176
Pulpit Supply to both churches – Friend of both
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Yes
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   2/20/2020


Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev. SanDawna Gaulman Ashley Address  4055 Abbott Drive SE, Willmar, MN 56201-9510
Daytime Phone  (320) 235-7910 Office Phone  (320) 235-7910
Fax  (320) 235-7539 Email  sandawna@minnesotavalleys.org
PNC:  Co-Chairs Annette Farrell and Dan Honetschlager Address  Lake Crystal Presbyterian Church 302 E. Prince St. PO Box 420 Lake Crystal MN 56055
Daytime Phone  Dan 507-317-0345 Office Phone  Annette 507-380-4789
Fax  Email  lakecrystalkasota@gmail.com

Yoke Position Information - First

Church ID 03787
Church Name First
Total Distance Between All Churches (in Miles) 28
Total Driving Time Between All Churches (in Minutes) 35
What is the membership size of the yoked congregation? 116
What is the worship time of each congregation?
First Presbyterian Church of Kasota and First Presbyterian Church of Lake Crystal have reset thier worship time in preparation for a new minister.
The first service will be at 8:30am finishing at 9:30am. Allowing for 45 minutes to travel and begin the second service at 10:30am.
The start times will be rotated between the two churches on an annual 4 month rotation basis. (i.e.: Jan-April, May-Aug., Sept-Dec.)
Provide the schedule for each church school.
The first service will be at 8:30am, with Coffee/Fellowship and Christian Education activities to follow at 9:30am.
The second service will be at 10:30am, with Coffee/Fellowship and Christian Education activities at 9:30am, before the Church service.
This schedule will rotate between the two churches every four months.
Describe the schedule for any other regular activities such as choir, youth groups, committees and outreach activities.
The Sessions will remain unique for each church and will meet monthly.
Church committees generally meet monthly in the evenings.
The Church Calendar is prepared at the February Work Session Meeting. Newly elected elders receive training about the session and the Presbyterian ‘Book of Order’.
   
    Kasota has outreach activities such as:
- Summer Vacation Bible School. – Held one week in July/Aug in the evening.
    - Host and Donate to Christmas Adopt a Family
    - Churchwide Rummage Sale
    - Annual Bazaar, Pancake Supper, Ice Cream Social and Hayride
    - Collection for the Local Food Shelf twice a year
    - Special Holiday Services: Lenten Soup & Story, Easter Sunrise, Christmas Eve.
Mission Statement (of yoked church).
We are the church of Kasota; embracing God and God's word through worship, fellowship, service and helping our community. 
We welcome all!
1. What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
- We feel we are alive and vital and need to continue providing a place in our community to be voices proclaiming God's love and acceptance. 
    - We are the only church left in Kasota and have been in ministry for over 100 years. We look forward to continue providing a place of worship and fellowship to our members and our community. 
We realize there are challenges and struggles in small community churches; therefore, we are choosing to yoke with Lake Crystal so that we can continue to fulfill our calling to share pastoral leadership, witness the good news of salvation in Christ in the face of this changing reality.
2. How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

Some ways we are reaching out include: 

  • Holding a Vacation Bible School
  • Special Holiday Services: Lenten Soup & Story, Easter Sunrise Service and Breakfast, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
  • Sunday Fellowship Coffee Hour
  • Host and Donate to Christmas Adopt A Family
  • Church Wide Rummage Sale
  • Annual Bazaar, Pancake Supper, Ice Cream Social and Hayride
  • Donate to Habitat for Humanity, Local Food Shelf two times a year, Drug Awareness for Le Sueur County Program, assistance to people when requested for Heat, Gas, Groceries or other needs.
  • Flowers for Mother's Day and Father's Day Picnic in the Park
Although Kasota has a lot of similarities with Lake Crystal; both churches intend to retain our unique identities in our communities but also seek new ways of working together in order to build each other and grow in our faith and missions.
Participating in mission giving, each church has their programs but are willing and ready to do programs cooperatively that will promote fellowship between the two congregations and within the communities.
Both Churches have Outreach events that happen throughout the year and times will be allotted and negotiated as needed—doing the events jointly if possible or working to accommodate each other’s activities as needed. 
We want to work at keeping our participating members involved in our church and reaching out to those non-participating people within the church and community as well.
3. How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

We are seeking a full-time pastor who is willing to help:

  • Lead/Share directions and guidance
  • Carry out visions and ministry
  • Participating with us to be visible in local events and the broader community
4. Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

Some of the characteristics would be:

  • Leader/Advisor who isn't afraid to present new ideas, reaching out and expanding into the community. Learn along the way as we pursue our yoked ministry.
  • Hopeful, Compassionate, Enthusiastic
  • Can communicate and connect in a variety of settings to variety of ages. 
  • Good collaborator, initiator - willing to work together with us.
  • Flexible
  • Good Interpersonal Skills
5. What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

The pastor will:

  • Provide spiritual and administrative leadership to our congregations, church staff, and our communities
  • Lead worship that is relevant and meaningful - leaving members of the congregations encouraged and enlightened
  • Administer the sacraments
  • Officiate at weddings, funerals, and special services
  • Provide pastoral care for members of our congregations and communities such as counseling or referrals, as appropriate
  • Visit the sick and homebound on a regular basis or as requested
  • Serve as moderator for Session and Congregational meeting. Help plan the work of Christian education and conferring with other committees within the church
  • Participate in Presbytery
  • Attend church and community activities, events and functions as time allows (appreciated but not always required).