Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 04504.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 04504
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address PO Box 37
Axtell, NE 68924
Phone 308-743-2427
WWW Address
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 5%
White 95%
Average Worship Attendance 38
Church School Attendance 10
Curriculum Seasons of the Spirit
Yoked Church False
Community Type Village
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   No Experience
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:
Guided by the Holy Spirit, we seek to present the love of God to the Axtell Community and beyond.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Axtell First Presbyterian Church is called to grow in relationship with God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit and through that close relationship, to grow in wisdom, faith and devotion.  We are further led to share our maturing wisdom, faith and devotion with our families, our neighbors, and our world as we encourage others to explore their own relationships with God.  We are committed to continue to care for the needs of our neighbors, expand our education offerings and incorporate more styles of music in worship to reach all ages while remaining focused on God.  We are implementing new methods of communication to involve our congregation and community.  We are trying to strengthen relationships among current members and with newcomers; and building on our willingness to work together and appreciate one another.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
We envision First Presbyterian Church as a powerful, spiritual influence in our community, honoring Christ through worship, service and fellowship.  We carry the church into our neighborhood as we strive to serve as positive role models and open our hand and hearts to people in need.  We value being an intergenerational congregation and seek opportunities for all to grow in faith and discipleship.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
This position will become a leader for the congregation.  We want to be known in the community as a congregation that is full of outreach to the community and is willing to accept everyone into our church family.  We need new, creative ideas.  There will need to be communication with other area churches.  This position will need to work with the elders and deacons so that we can be able to reach out to those in the community and show them the love we have for God.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
We would like to see this person as an outgoing, integral part of the community.  We need someone that is fun, loves youth, energetic, social, caring and empathetic.  This person must be able to inspire from the pulpit.  We are looking for someone that has different ideas for an engaging worship service.  This person must be computer and technologically inclined.  We will expect this person to be able to visit the elderly in nursing homes as well as visit the personal homes of the congregation and newcomers to the community.  
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Tasks and assignments will include preaching, funerals, baptisms, communion, and visiting shut-ins.  We will need them to be a part of the community as well as our church.  They will attend school functions and support the community as a whole.  This person will lead or attend committee meetings.  They will be required to counsel, perform weddings, negotiate conflict and moderate the session.  We will need confirmation classes as the youth become that age.  We expect them to do hospital visits as well as nursing home visits.
Optional Links
Axtell School Website is  
Village of Axtell is
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Technologically Savvy
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $45,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Steve Deines
76195 RD 429, Lexington, NE 68850
Interim Pastor
Brad Fahrenbruch
919 Sherman, Holdrege, NE 68949
Pulpit Supply
Kirwin Stewart
1103 Sheridan St., Holdrege, NE 68949
308-991-5481; 308-995-406
Past Moderator of Session
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   7/19/2018

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev. Polly K. Deppen-Williams Address  4111 4th Ave, Suite 28
Daytime Phone  308-520-8216 Office Phone  308-236-6996
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COM:   Joyce Dean Address  PO Box 155, Fairfield, NE 68938-0155
Daytime Phone  308-655-0689 Office Phone  402-726-2493
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PNC:  Karen Myers Address  209 Anderson Drive, Axtell, NE 68924
Daytime Phone  308-830-1991 Office Phone 
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