Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 03811.AA4

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 03811
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address P.O. Box 692
Winnebago, MN 56098
Phone (507) 893-3197
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 5%
White 94%
Average Worship Attendance 50
Church School Attendance 0
Yoked Church False
Presbytery Minnesota Valleys
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor (for a designated term)
Experience Required:   0 to 2 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:
Called by Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit, working together, using our time and talents to serve our church family and our greater community.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Our vision is to build upon the experience of our 152 years as a congregation to have a thriving multi-generational church with diverse members who are energized and enthusiastic to do God's work impacting our church, community, and world.  We envision our congregation as the moderate, go-to church of the community where people are excited to worship and find inclusion.  Our Main Street location is handicapped-accessibleto any one in need.  We see our church as a place of hope, love, and support for any and all along their personal journeys.  
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Several unique programs in our congregation emphasize involvement in the surrounding area:
  • A 52-year-old legacy, of Next-to-New, a thrift shop located in a separate building on our property which serves communities throughout southern MN.  
  • A strong Christian Education program provides Sunday School for all ages, Adult Bible Study, Youth Club, Vacation Bible School, Ladies' Circle, and Confirmation classes.
  • Our very active Men's Club grills and serves burgers and brats every Wednesday noon during the summer; proceeds support various community missions, individuals in financial need, and help augment the church's general fund.
  • Our Women's Association staffs the Next-to-New as well as helping with other community, state, and international missions.
  • Church members have traveled to Guatemala to work collaboratively with congregations of Occidente Presbytery, providing finacial support, prayer, quilting classes, and helping construct a church and home.  
  • Our quilting group meets regularly to create beautiful handmade quilts for brides in our congregation, nursing home residents of all denominations, and others in need.
  • First Presbyterian houses the local Food Shelf and works with the ecumenical Ministerial Association to serve the needs of the hungry in western Faribault County.
  • Members started the Backpack Program, which has now become an ecumenical effort that supplies backpacks on a regular basis to local school children that aren't able to have healthy meals at home.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
We seek an energetic, innovative leader to come alongside us and help apply the heritage and lessons of our past as we look toward the challenges that the future holds for ministry in a small, agriculturally-based community.  Our ideal candidate will bring their own unique life experiences, ministry training, and vision to work with our congregation to create new ministries and meet any challenges.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
  • Tie scripture to everyday life with everyday language
  • Work ecumenically with other pastors and organizations; be community focused and willing to reach outside our congregation
  • Willing to work with all age groups
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Flexible to adjust schedule as needed
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  • Prepare and lead worship
  • Moderate Session meetings
  • Administer sacraments
  • Provide pastoral care to the sick and home-bound
  • Officiate at funerals and weddings
  • Confer with committees as needed
  • Participate in meetings and activities of Presbytery
  • Facilitate the Christian Education programs of the church
  • Actively participate in the local Ministerial Association
  • Prepare and deliver sermons or services per local nursing home requests
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $55,720   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Cory Germain
202 W. Belle Wue Rd, Fairmont, MN 556031
Previous member
Dan Rynearson
33497 175th St, Winnebago, MN 56098
Community member
Jacqui Dikken
605 N. Main St, Blue Earth, MN 56013
Previous member
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   10/19/2021

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Beth Buckwalter Miller Address  PO Box 431, Kerkhoven, MN, 56252
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  320-235-7910
Fax  Email
PNC:  Paul Snyder Address  P.O. Box 274, 201 Birch Ave.; Ashby, MN 56309
Daytime Phone  (218)-230-4081 Office Phone 
Fax  Email