Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 03792.AE0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 03792
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 220 East Hickory Street
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone 507-387-2160
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 98%
Average Worship Attendance 125
Church School Attendance 30
Curriculum Workshop rotation model. Scope and sequence designed by Christian Education Committee
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
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:
The FPC of Mankato has been called by God and organized to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, to minister to the needs of the members of the congregation and residents of the community and to promote peace and justice in 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 for saints and seekers; for individuals and families; for those more or less fortunate; for young and old; for people of all races and colors; for blue collars, white collars, and no collars; for Mankato locals and immigrants. At First Presbyterian Church Mankato, the good news is for all people. We seek to live out this vision through worship, mission, education and fellowship. Our worship services include traditional elements with emphasis on biblical based preaching, strong music programming with vocal and bell choirs and time for children. In addition to supporting the missions of our presbytery and the PC/USA, we extend our mission reach into the community by supporting Salvation Army, Partners for Affordable Housing, ECHO food shelf, VINE Faith in Action, Habitat for Humanity and the Mankato Free Trade Initiative. We have a strong commitment to educating our children in Sunday school and children’s church. We support our youth in their mission trips. We have PWC, an adult Sunday school group and a monthly book club. After services, we gather for Coffee Hour and from time to time, we share meals in our fellowship hall.  

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

First Presbyterian Church has been a part of the “downtown” Mankato community since 1858. We are an inclusive congregation and a leader in promoting social justice in our community. Our local community has an ever changing and evolving population with challenging needs. The needs we are facing include a lack of affordable housing, an increasing homeless population, and cultural diversity integration. We give financial support to several local nonprofits, devote hundreds of hours of volunteer support, and provide meeting space for various organizations. We provide community-wide access to our church for First Fridays at First Church, a program that brings compelling speakers who consider key issues from an ethical and spiritual perspective. We as a congregation would like to focus on reaching out to people in our immediate neighborhood, the local college communities, and ensuring that those in our congregation are given the concern, resources, and pastoral care that they need. As our
community continues to grow, change and support our community and constituency through outreach and mission opportunities

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

It is expected that our leader will inspire our congregation to advance towards our vision and mission goals.  Our pastor will not only lead us through Sunday services, but will provide a sense of stability, unity, and leadership to our congregation.  By interacting with and getting to know our congregation, our pastor will recognize the talents of our congregation and help us to see that even the most insignificant talents have a place to be used in carrying out our mission and purpose.  Through involvement in our community, our pastor will recognize where there is a need for those talents to be used.  Our new pastor will also help us discern which needs and causes in our community may or may not be in God’s will for us to pursue.

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

As the head of staff, our pastor will work closely with individual staff members to ensure their success. It is critical that they lead and mentor church personnel to support their work in the areas of Christian education, our beloved music program, and the upkeep of our historic building. Our congregation has come to expect a warm and caring style of leadership and our new pastor will be someone who will continue to provide the spiritual and emotional support needed by our congregants. Our new pastor will be positive, energetic, motivating, patient, compassionate, and relatable. They will be an articulate communicator, spiritual advisor, and mentor who is passionate, forward thinking, and will engage with all age levels. In short, our new pastor must be involved, engaged, and always looking to the future and health of our congregation. 

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

Our new pastor will perform all duties as head of staff. He/she will moderate the session and attend committee meetings as advised in order to provide insight, wisdom, and direction as needed. Our new pastor will be the head of worship and must have command of the pulpit while delivering articulate, well thought out, and relatable sermons. This person must be an excellent public communicator but also be comfortable with one on one settings including home visits, hospital visits, and general pastoral care needs. 

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Public Communicator
Change Agent
Culturally Proficient
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $80,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Andrew Davis
730 South 3rd St, St. Peter, MN 55812
PNC Mentor, Pastor at Union Presbyterian in St. Pe
Steve Boots
6106 Shamrock Dr. Madison Lake, MN 56063
Pulpit Supply
Doug Otopalik
4463 Bayshore Dr. Sturgeon Bay WI, 52435
former member of congregation
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   7/18/2018

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
PNC:  April R. Austin Address  101 Chancery Lane, Mankato, MN 56001
Daytime Phone  763-300-8692 Office Phone  507-387-4964
Fax  Email