Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 03781.AD0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 03781
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church of Edgerton, MN
Mailing Address 501 7th Ave W
Edgerton, MN 56128
Phone 507-442-3121
Fax
E-Mail firstpresbyterianusa@hotmail.com
WWW Address www.firstpresbyterianedgerton.com
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 55
Church School Attendance 20
Curriculum Gospel Light
Yoked Church True
Presbytery Minnesota Valleys
Synod SYNOD OF LAKES AND PRAIRIES
Community Type Rural
Last Information from Statistics of the Church  * (  Show Statistics  )
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor, yoked/parish
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:

To provide a spiritual base for a congregation of friends and fellow believers that worship, encourage, educate, and support one another in Christian fellowship.

To administer to each other in love, concern and compassion by providing a worthy example of Christian living reaching out to serve the needs of the community.

To witness the good news of the gospel in our communities and graciously support our local and global missions.

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

The First Presbyterian Church of Edgerton is a yoked parish with First Presbyterian Church of Lismore. The First Presbyterian Church of Edgerton exists to provide a spiritual base for our congregation, to minister to each other, and to witness the gospel in our communities. Edgerton is home to many churches that have “Reformed” in the name of the church; we are the only church in town without the word “Reformed” in our name and, because of our welcoming atmosphere, have become home to many people with diverse spiritual backgrounds. We are a small, unique congregation that provides strong youth programs, adult Bible studies, fellowship and service opportunities. Our members provide a spiritual base for each other by sharing our talents such as special music, baking, cleaning, teaching, and praying for each other. We have a young, growing youth program that we have made a commitment to through a remodel and addition to our church in 2011. We stay up to date through new technology such as a video and sound system for online streaming services, a projection screen in the sanctuary for Sunday services, as well as smart TV’s in our Sunday School classrooms.

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

Our congregation understands that we are all part of the Family of God. We are a diverse mix of youth and age, a congregation of teachers, students, farmers, business owners, leaders, retirees, etc. We are a nonjudgmental congregation that exhibits compassion, strong financial support, and community involvement. Our congregation shows a lot of cooperation and intergenerational caring with an ecumenical outlook due to our diverse backgrounds.

Our wide scope of experiences includes community involvement, social interaction, stewardship, mission giving and ministry to God’s people. A partial list of programs and events includes:

  • Operation Christmas Child - mission boxes for children abroad
  • Sponsoring and serving community meals
  • Drive thru nativity
  • Annual participation in the community Vacation Bible School
  • Local youth community projects
  • Nursing home services, music and visitations
  • Staff and contribute to local and county food shelf
  • Host the bloodmobile
  • Serve breakfast to graduating seniors
  • Coffee fellowship after worship service
  • Circle gatherings
  • Outreach to home-bound/members in need with meals, gift cards, etc
  • Digital road sign with daily uplifting messages
  • Livestream weekly worship services
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

We are seeking a minister that is willing to try new ideas and has the motivation, enthusiasm, and leadership to work with the many different types of personalities in the church. We are seeking a community-minded person who will develop upcoming opportunities for the youth in the congregation. We long to find a shepherd to lead us and to draw out the many talents that lay within our congregation. The candidate should also be willing to look for opportunities for development within the profession of being a minister. We want to be partners in faith to help develop our church family with a pastor that cares for us, and whom we care for.

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

We are seeking an ordained Presbyterian minister who has the energy, time and enthusiasm to serve two active congregations, First Presbyterian Church of Edgerton and First Presbyterian Church of Lismore. This person must be a good listener and have strong communication skills. We seek a pastor who has Bible-based contemporary social witness, experience leading worship and the ability to work with youth. We are looking for a person who can encourage people to resolve conflict and work together to bring people back into the church. An individual that comfortably enjoys people, a good laugh, and has a forgiving demeanor would be the successful candidate, and whom we would like to know and call “friend.”

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
    • Conduct worship service on Sunday morning
    • Conduct weddings, funerals and special worship services
    • Administer the Sacraments
    • Guide and assist the Christian Education Program
    • Conduct occasional services at local care centers
    • Conduct pastoral visitation to members of both congregations, including hospital and home visitations
    • Moderate the Sessions of both churches
    • Counsel members in times of personal crisis
    • Become an advocate for our congregation in our communities by your presence, involvement and support
    • Aid and support our outreach programs as our congregation attracts new members and brings current members back to church after COVID
    • Actively participate in the presbytery and give regular reports from presbytery meetings
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Communicator
Advisor
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Decision Making
Funds Developer
Collaboration
Interpersonal Engagement
Flexibility
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $54,720   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Manse
References:
Name Relation
Pastor Tom Voigt
3040 E Shea Blvd, Unit 2027, Phoenix, AZ 85028
612-875-6398
tvland900@gmail.com
Former Pastor
Gloria VandeBrakke
271 Lakeshore Estates, Big Lake, MN 55309
218-820-4197
Pulpit supply, former member
Pastor Mark Groen
230 W Maple St, Edgerton, MN 56128
605-214-1765
Pastor of local Reformed Church
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   11/24/2021


Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Elder Kathy Terpstra Address  PO Box 431, Kerkhoven, MN, 56252
Daytime Phone  Office Phone 
Fax  Email  kterp101@yahoo.com
PNC:  Dave Hulstein Address  200 Trosky Rd, Edgeron, MN 56128
Daytime Phone  507-828-5977 Office Phone 
Fax  Email  hulexinc@yahoo.com

Yoke Position Information - First Presbyterian Church

Church ID 03789
Church Name First Presbyterian Church
Total Distance Between All Churches (in Miles) 18
Total Driving Time Between All Churches (in Minutes) 25
What is the membership size of the yoked congregation? 40
What is the worship time of each congregation?

Lismore: Sunday, 8:45 a.m.
Edgerton: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

See our "website":http://www.lismore.presbychurch.org for more information!

Provide the schedule for each church school.

Lismore: NA
Edgerton: Sunday, 9:30 a.m.September-May

Describe the schedule for any other regular activities such as choir, youth groups, committees and outreach activities.

Lismore: Choir-Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. Other committees such as building and groups, worship, Christain education and mission outreach & fellowship meet on an as needed basis. There is fellowship time after the worship service at 10am at the Legion Hall over coffee and lunch. Children are welcome but there are no organized activities for them. If Sunday School starts up again, this would be when the children are there. Session meets montly at a time and date to be determined monthly. 

Edgerton: Youth group 1st Sunday of the month;worship committee meets as needed; Session meets monthly at a time determined by all

Mission Statement (of yoked church).

In a world drifting away from God, we seek to provide a positive influence by living lives that represent Christ.  Through worship, prayer, teaching and outreach our congregation will support, encourage and develop disciples of Christ using the gifts that the Holy Spirit has given us.  We exist to reach the lost, build community and serve our neighbors so that in everything we worship God and advance his Kingdom.





 

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

  1. We will uphold a focus on preaching and teaching that relate to everyday life by clearly and effectively communicating biblical truths that help believers mature in the faith.
  2. We will promote the worship of God through services that are reverent and joyful using words and music to execute a plan of action enabling believers to work together for the Lord.
  3. We will rely on God and participate in His work through intercession to pray faithfully and effectively for others.
  4. We will love and care for each church member and extend hospitality to welcome and serve guests so they feel at home.
  5. We recognize a need to be creative as we struggle to keep members involved, increase participation of inactive members, and reach out to potential members.
  6. We will advance the mission work of the church locally and in the world using evangelism to present the Gospel in meaningful ways to lead the uncommitted to Christ.
  7. We will serve the church and community through ministries of assistance, caring for members of Christ’s body, guiding them toward spiritual maturity.
2. How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Our Congregation realizes that we all part of the Body of Christ and belong to God's family. As a small Church in Rural America in a predominantly Catholic community, our Church has a vibrant and dynamic ministry.  Our varying religious backgrounds and occupations offer a unique insight as to how we can be the hands and feet of Jesus in our area. We work well with our Catholic brothers and sisters and offer support and love to each other. We have fundraisers that are supported by our Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ in addition to ecumenical services.  Even though our denominations are different,  we recognize one goal to love and serve the neighbors God has placed in our community and reach out to them to share the good news of God's love.







Our Congregation realizes that we are all part of the Body of Christ and belong to God's family. As a small Church in Rural America in a predominantly Catholic community, our Church has a vibrant and dynamic ministry.  Our varying religious backgrounds and occupations offer a unique insight as to how we can be the hands and feet of Jesus in our area.  We work well with our Catholic brothers and sisters and offer support and love to each other.  We have fundraisers that are supported by our Catholic brothers and sisters in addition to ecumenical services. Even though our denominations are different, we recognize one goal to love and serve the neighbors God has placed in our community and reach out to them to share the good news of God's love.


 
3. How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
A minister is given a special spirit given gift for leadership enabling him or her to lead others by seeing and casting a vision, setting and communicating goals and inspiring and directing people to work together towards those goals.  The minister is not working on goals alone, but walking alongside the congregation offering prayer, encouragement and love. The members will pray along with the Pastor and God's strength will enable them to complete the goals together.   The Pastor also uses spirit given gifts to help the congregation develop a vision and translate this vision into reality out in the World.
4. Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
The Pastor should have an ability to inspire from the pulpit, communicate and be a good listener.  He or she should exhibit strong personal depth and spiritual grounding and be someone people can turn to  for counsel and guidance.  He or she should be able to use conflict as an opportunity to find common ground and elicit cooperation to work out a solution.  He or she should have a natural way of getting people to work together and foster open dialogue and make decisions using experience and wisdom. He or she should have the ability to build relationships and trust in community and be flexible enough to adapt to changing conditions or unexpected obstacles.
5. What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
The Pastor is responsible for: 
  • Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Using skills in administration leadership
  • Engaging in pastoral care to meet the needs of the people in the Church and community
  • Administering the Lord's Supper to those unable to attend worship on a regular basis
  • Visiting members and prospective members
  • Officiating at weddings, funerals, and baptisms when necessary
  • Working with the Session
  • Keeping the Church informed of developments within the denomination
  • Attending Presbytery meetings
  • Being present at Church sponsored events
  • Acting as moderator for session and congregational meetings
  • Making regular monthly reports of activity and mileage
  • Educating the youth of Confirmation age with training leading them to profession of faith
  • Collaborating with the local priest to plan ecumenical services
  • Being a source of outreach to the community