Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 03878.AA0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 03878
Ministry Name HARRISON COMMUNITY
Mailing Address 14031 1ST AVE E PO box 814
Spicer, MN 56288
Phone (320) 235-5925
Fax
E-Mail
WWW Address
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 22
Church School Attendance 6
Curriculum
Yoked Church True
Presbytery MINNESOTA VALLEYS PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF LAKES AND PRAIRIES
Community Type Rural
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor, yoked/parish
Experience Required:   0 to 2 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Part-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 growing from the past and reaching to the future by teaching and witnessing the Word, with God watching over us.”
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Harrison Community Presbyterian Church is a small, rural church in a farming community which has been in existence for 150+ years. Our vision for ministry is to be a viable, strong, pillar in our community where people feel comfortable and welcomed. Our church with its rich traditions want to remain in our community for another 150+ years. We want to be a ministry for ages 0-100. We help support our community by giving to our local food shelf and donating to different organizations; have held fundraisers to help those in need, both in our congregation and in the community. Have a Prayer Chain that is used. We have remained supportive to our members and others during this time of Covid-19 by having a daily devotion emailed, and held a couple services during Advent on our Facebook page.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Following Covid-19 guidelines, we have opened our doors to hold in person worship services; and when we couldn’t be indoors, we held worship services outdoors. We listened to the needs of our church members who stated they were missing our worship time together, and of being together as a church family. We are a congregation that is willing to go that extra mile and help those in need. We have been in a yoked ministry for 45 years and work well together; we do different services together during the year and have a summer service together at the park followed by a delicious potluck.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
The successful candidate will assist us in remaining a strong bonded congregation. Stability and longevity in this position would be a plus to give us continuity. Membership growth and attracting families with children and youth would be great to build our church and to provide activities for all different ages.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
Our successful candidate should possess leadership skills that can help our congregation stay strong in theological and spiritual practices according to our Presbyterian beliefs. One who will acknowledge and appreciate our rich traditions of worship style, special services. Appreciate the make-up of our age group of members ranging from middle age to older age, and being in a rural area where diversity has not been a part of our church family. One who will encourage and help us to discern and use our God given talents and skills. A strong personality but at the same time has a good sense of humor and not “uppity” and can relate well; easy to talk to and good listening ear. Flexible and can get the “job” done
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Our Pastor will: lead worship, administer the Sacraments, coordinate and lead midweek Lenten Services, lead Holy Week Services, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Service. Conduct baptisms, funerals, weddings, nursing home services (rotating schedule) and home visitations as needed and or requested. Participate in congregational celebrations, attend Presbytery/Synod meetings as deemed appropriate and other duties as assigned by Session.
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Leadership Competencies:
Compassionate
Hopeful
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Public Communicator
Collaboration
Interpersonal Engagement
Motivator
Flexibility
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $23,360   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
Kathy Terpstra
13735 CORD 8 Brooten MN 56316
320-8158
kterp101@yahoo.com _
former pastor
Gordon Pennertz
703 West Crescent Lane Litchfield MN 55355
320-693-3437
gpennertz@nutelecom.net __
former paster
Marlys Pearson
s 722 Alldon Park Drive Paynesville MN 56362 ________
320-243-4133
Lay Pastor
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   5/3/2021


Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Elder Kathy Terpstra Address  4055 Abbott Dr, Wilmar, MN, 56201-9510
Daytime Phone  320-815-8158 Office Phone  320-346-4158
Fax  Email  kterp101@yahoo.com
PNC:  James Nelson Address  133 3RD St N Kandiyohi MN 26251
Daytime Phone  320-894-1201 Office Phone 
Fax  Email  jamesn55329@hotmail.com

Yoke Position Information - Zion Irving Lutheran Church ELCA

Church ID 50092
Church Name Zion Irving Lutheran Church ELCA
Total Distance Between All Churches (in Miles) 12
Total Driving Time Between All Churches (in Minutes) 15
What is the membership size of the yoked congregation? 100
What is the worship time of each congregation?

Harrison-9:00 a.m. December-March;  10:30 a.m. April-July;   9:00 a.m. August-November   

Zion-10:30 December-March;  9:00 a.m. April-July;  10:30 a.m. August-November

Provide the schedule for each church school (hour, times per month, seasonal variations).

Harrison currently does not have church school
Zion has church school every other Sunday either before worship or following worship depending on schedule

Provide the schedule for each church school.
Harrison currently does not have church school
Zion has church school every other Sunday either before worship or following worship depending on schedule
Describe the schedule for any other regular activities such as choir, youth groups, committees and outreach activities.
Harrison currently does not have church school
Zion has church school every other Sunday either before worship or following worship depending on schedule
Mission Statement (of yoked church).

Together, our vision is to make an impact for God by helping our congregations and communities understand the enriching messages of eternal hope given to us by Jesus Christ through His words and deeds.

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

Zion Irving Lutheran Church is a country church serving the farming community in rural Paynesville for over 100 years. Our vision is to be a strong church in our community where everyone is welcome and the church will help where needed. We have an active Ladies group that does missionary work through the local food shelves, schools and hospitals in the surrounding communities. Any and all visitors are warmly greeted and welcomed in our church famil

2. How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
During COVID-19 pandemic we opened our doors as soon as we could to in person services before that there were daily email devotions. We have been in a yoked ministry for 45 years and it’s worked very well for both of us. During the church year we share Lenten services which include Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve services. There is also a joint summer service with a picnic lunch and fellowship at a local park
3. How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

A successful candidate will assist in the strong parish bond and to help grow each congregation. We each are very small churches that would love to grow. Families with younger children are a very small portion of our church and our Sunday School is very small now.
 

4. 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 candidate that will honor our traditions and work with those who help within the church. We have awesome lay people that lead the services and Confirmation classes, but they also have full time jobs. Most of our members are middle age to senior citizens with a few families with kids from quite young through teenagers. We’d like someone who will work with us and understand that change while can be good it will be hard to make lots of changes. Humor and flexibility are a must as well as being relatable to all.
 

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

The minister leads Sunday services and monthly Communion. There are also all the holiday services as mentioned above and services for nursing homes, this is a rotation schedule. Home and hospital visits as needed or requested. The minister also attends all Synod/Presbytery meetings as required by both churches.