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MIF #: 04265.AI2

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 04265
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 324 Madison St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone 573-636-2149
Fax 573-634-4528
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 6%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 3%
White 91%
Average Worship Attendance 215
Church School Attendance 60
Curriculum Children: Growing in Grace & Gratitude. Adults: Thoughtful Christian & Varied
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Other)
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:   Interim Associate Pastor
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

First Presbyterian Church is a vibrant, spirit-filled community of disciples who participate in the love of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ through worship, fellowship and service in mission.

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

First Presbyterian Church (FPC) is a vibrant, spirit-filled community where faith is reflected through worship, fellowship, education, and mission. We recognize that as a Christ-centered church we must continue our congregational efforts at evangelism focusing on youth and young adults. Our vision for ministry is to grow in faith through connecting with others, and to serve those in need. Our strategic plan (2016) helps guide our actions. Worship is at the heart of our church life. We are an intergenerational congregation steeped in tradition. We have two Sunday worship gatherings, including an informal Sunday evening service with a meal, and weekly communion services during Advent and Lent. FPC is a leader in community ecumenical outreach and worship. We sponsor Boy Scout Troop 2, have an active Stephen Ministry team, and support a variety of other sponsored activities. Mission is a priority. Volunteers of all ages participate in service and work projects locally and nationally. We have international missions in Malawi, Hungary/Ukraine, Peru, and Nepal. We have a strong commitment to Christian Education. We value our children, as they are our future in life and in the church. We strive to expand youth fellowship through Sunday School/Confirmation classes, youth retreats and conferences, mission trips, and Vacation Bible School. Adult Bible studies and fellowship opportunities are offered year-round.

How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
FPC identifies local and international mission support as one of its top priorities. As examples of our work in this area, we prepare bags of food from our food pantry for those in need, provide a meal for our community neighbors as part of our Sunday evening informal worship, and coordinate a free summer lunch program for school age children in cooperation with the regional food bank. We created a Pre-K education program for lower income families, support a local Boy Scout troop, and have an active Stephen Ministry. The congregation partners with Habitat for Humanity, supports several local inter-faith community service organizations, provides lunches to a senior housing complex twice a month, and prepares and serves meals four times a month at the local Salvation Army. We participate in a community ministerial interfaith alliance and partner with Living Hope Church of Jefferson City to occasionally provide the Sunday Night worship service. Twice a year we share the pulpit and a meal with Second Baptist Church. We partner with missionary programs in Malawi, Hungary/Ukraine, Peru and Nepal through financial support, spiritual commitment, and volunteer projects. Our Presbyterian Women’s Group is very active with projects within the congregation and with community-based activities.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

This position will help our congregation develop a shared vision of our future, where congregants are excited to work with a new installed associate pastor. We are a Faith Family that has a rich history, a relevant present, and a bright future. With joy we seek to: 1. CELEBRATE where we have been and where God wants us to go as a Faith Family. 2. DREAM a new dream about what the Faith Family can be when joined with a new Associate Pastor’s gifts, vision, and leadership. 3. PAUSE and allow time for renewal and reimagining roles. We want to create space for existing leaders to renew their commitment in their current positions or find new paths for leadership. Similarly, we are building a culture that encourages new leaders and those who have taken time away from leadership to step up within our congregation. 4. RE-ENERGIZE youth and young families, and contribute to a congregation-wide commitment to new directions in ministry. This is a season for embracing new technologies and forms of evangelism in ways we have not yet known.

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

Provide Interim Associate Pastor leadership and support for the congregation’s mission and ministry, in conjunction with the Pastor, Session, and Staff. The Interim Associate will serve after a 21-year installed Associate Pastor, and will provide pastoral, programmatic, church growth, evangelism, and ministerial leadership during a transition.

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister or recognized COCU denomination. 2. Trained/Certified Interim. 3. Strength in church systems. 4. Passion for evangelism and youth/children of all ages. 5. Willingness to work as a team with other staff. 6. Strong leadership as a team member.

CORE COMPETENCIES: 1. Christian maturity. Exhibits a strong moral character. Dedicates time to worship, prayer, Christian service. Holds to an ecumenical Christian faith and theological views compatible with the Reformed tradition. 2. Compassion. Demonstrates genuine care for other people by sympathizing with their sufferings and rejoicing with their successes. Offers to help others. Is polite and considerate to people of all ages and with a particular energy and heart for youth. 3. Collaboration. Seeks input from the staff/ministry teams to develop events and programs that foster increased generosity, inter-generational fellowship, spiritual and intellectual growth, and better cooperation and communication. 4. Communication. Strong interpersonal skills with proactive gifts/ability to embrace new technologies and other communication tools.

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

A. MEMBER CARE 1. Provide care to the Faith Family including hospital/home visitation and pastoral counseling. 2. Provide leadership to the Deacons, including staffing the Deacons Board. Coordinate with the Deacon Moderator to make flock assignments, develop the capacity of Deacons to care for members of the congregation by arranging for educational and spiritual enrichment opportunities for the Deacons.

B. MISSION 1. Serve on the Missions Committee. 2. Coordinate mission trips for adults/youth. 3. Serve as the primary staff member to assist those who call in or walk-in needing assistance. 4. Work with and support volunteers to provide assistance via Food Pantry and other benevolent ministries. 5. Staff the Social Justice Ministry Team and assist with the volunteer led programs and activities of the Social Justice Ministry Team.

C. CHURCH GROWTH AND EVANGELISM 1. Provide youth programming during the interim period and work with the Youth Ministry Team to recruit volunteers. 2. Church Growth initiatives (in conjunction with head of staff/Church Growth and Evangelism team). 3. Preparing the membership to invite/share in the ministries. 4. Staff the Church Growth and Evangelism Committee with the head of staff. 5. Guide and mentor College Interns.

D. MINISTERIAL 1. Preach and lead Sunday morning worship at the invitation of the head of staff (12-15 times annually). 2. Coordinate Sunday evening worship. 3. Facilitate Bible Study groups/small group ministries.

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Leadership Competencies:
Media Communicator
Change Agent
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Organizational Agility
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $65,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Dr. Deborah Boucher-Payne
Missouri Union Presbytery, 3236 Emerald Ln, Suite 500, Jefferson City, MO 65109
General Presbyter/Stated Clerk
Rev. Michael Stanfield
Columbia-Trinity Presbyterian Church 3009 Skylark, Columbia, MO 65203
573-445-4469, 865-660-920
Rev. Mark Kiekhaefer
Living Hope Church, 3011 S. Ten Mile Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109
Local Pastor
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   6/2/2021

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev. Dr. Deborah Boucher-Payne Address  915 A LESLIE BLVD, JEFFERSON CITY MO 65101
Daytime Phone  712-310-1549 (cell) Office Phone  (573) 635-9221
Fax  (573) 635-9222 Email
COM:   Rev. Michael Stanfield Address  1600 W. Rollins Road Columbia, MO 65203
Daytime Phone  (573) 445-4469 Office Phone 
Fax  Email
PNC:  Jack Pletz Address  619 Hobbs Ct., Unit F, Jefferson City, MO 65109
Daytime Phone  573-893-6871 Office Phone  573-230-5862
Fax  Email