Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 04526.AC0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 04526
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 801 North Lincoln
Lexington, NE 68850
Phone 308 324-5507
Fax 308 324-5508
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 98
Church School Attendance 43
Curriculum Deep Blue
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
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:
Our congregation is a family of believers created to offer spiritual inspiration and guidance. Together we worship God and use our talents to share the love of Jesus Christ. Our members take an active roll in church decisions and work together to make a difference. All are welcome.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

Our church family is dedicated to inspirational worship, active mission, loving outreach, spiritual nurture and committed stewardship. Our vision is to put emphasis on meaningful worship, expanding programs for youth and young adults, and supporting, visiting and caring for the entire church family.

First Presbyterian Church lives out our vision by taking seriously Christ’s call to care for the members of our church and our community. We are blessed with dedicated lay leadership that forms a strong foundation of faith. The musical and creative talents of our congregation accentuate worship and provide special programs and events. Sunday school and youth programs are staffed by enthusiastic and committed volunteers.

Our youth programs go beyond Sunday School. The LOGOS program includes a meal, bible study, recreation, and worship skills. LOGOS reaches out to the youth of our members and many non-members. Many of these youth participate in worship services and remain in contact with our church after graduation. The past three years have seen renewed success of our Vacation Bible School activities in partnership with other churches in the community.

We strive to build relationships among believers through prayer and support, small groups for study and other activities. Our members are committed to stewardship of the church by funding improvements to our facilities or devoting time and talents to missions and church activities.

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

We are an inter-generational, agricultural based community of believers who seek to welcome, love, respect, and provide for all who want to be a part of our church family.

We feel called to welcome children, and communicate faith traditions to them; to support youth and young adults, addressing the perspectives they bring and challenges they face; to provide educational opportunities for adults that feed the spirit and challenge the mind. We feel called to embrace families of all types, providing opportunities for parents to play a significant role in the spiritual formation of their children. We feel called to broaden our reach to singles, the elderly and other groups. We want to be a congregation that invests in mission outreach providing for the immediate needs of the community.

Over the last 20 years our community has experienced a major cultural change with an influx of immigrants. Our schools have children from 40+ countries of origin and half of our population is of Hispanic descent. Our diverse ethnic population has brought challenges but is also regarded as a unique strength in a small central Nebraska town. We feel a calling to engage these neighbors in our ministry but don’t yet know how to make that happen.

We are called to be a congregation whose building welcomes people and is used to grow disciples, to meet the needs of the community, and sends us out to accomplish the work of Jesus Christ.

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

We recognize the need to reach out more effectively to grow our congregation, not only in numbers but also in engagement, in diversity and in our service to our community and the world. Our pastor will lead and collaborate with the Session and congregation in formulating strategies to meet our vision and goals. First Presbyterian Church has a tradition of strong and committed lay leadership, while respecting the pastor’s prerogatives and independence. We welcome the challenge to grow together and develop new visions for our future work in the service of Christ. We need a leader who will carefully learn who we are and what we do; then articulate thoughtful ways for us to worship, serve and better build our faith in the years ahead. We expect that our new pastor will lead us at First Presbyterian Church, as we strive to renew and revitalize our congregation in our vision, mission and witness to God’s kingdom of peace and justice. We look for a leader who will challenge us to do this together.

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

Our pastor should be Christ-focused and possess the theological background, training, experience and faith to enable him/her to serve all segments of our congregation. Our church seeks a pastor who will provide a nurturing and connecting presence, one who builds trust and respect. We are looking for a grounding presence to steer us forward with confidence. Our church has a desire to invigorate and renew. With that in mind, we are looking for a creative and energetic person to inspire and motivate us with new ideas and ways of doing things, while still respecting traditions. We are looking for a pastor who will listen to us, work with us and then coach and collaborate with us. We have members that are of a more progressive nature as well as traditionalists, so it’s important to be able to connect with all members of the congregation. Finally, we know that for a pastor to be effective, this person needs to strike a balance in many areas: leadership, interpersonal skills, organization and preaching.

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

The Pastor will provide energetic leadership for the church to motivate, challenge, and inspire the congregation to new levels of excitement and service to God in realizing our mission and ministry. The Pastor should:

  • Articulate the faith through compelling, biblical preaching and relevant worship experiences.
  • Administer the sacraments and involve the congregation in worship.  
  • Work with and through the staff and laity to put the church’s mission and vision into faithful action
  • Develop, with the worship committee and music coordinator, a worship service that is meaningful to all.
  • Be a Teacher and a Spiritual Developer.
  • Give guidance for Bible study and Christian education of our children, youth, and adults. 
  • Nurture the church’s prayer life and foster greater participation in our faith community.
  • Be a Leader and Administrator who is an ex-officio member of all committees.
  • Mentor volunteers and staff.
  • Work collaboratively with Session, Presbytery and adhere to the Book of Order.
  • Be active in the community.
  • Have clear ideas and be capable of devising strategies to help the congregation to fulfill its desire to grow our congregation, in particular with young adults/young families as well as within Lexington's diverse population.
  • Inspire and challenge the congregation to be faithful stewards of their time, talents, and financial resources.
  • Provide pastoral care and counseling.
  • Perform other duties for the good of the church, as assigned.
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Lexington Public Schools
Chamber of Commerce
Lexington Community Foundation
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Culturally Proficient
Externally Aware
Personal Resilience
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $50,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Polly Deppen-Williams
801 North Lincoln Lexington, NE 68850
current interim pastor
Chuck Olsen
34 East Shore, Drive 1A Elwood, Ne 68937
retired pastor and member of Presbytery
Nick Reynolds
106 W 8th St, Lexington, NE 68850
(308) 324-2221
Local funeral director
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   5/22/2017

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
Fax  Email
COM:   Rev. Kirwin Stewart Address  1103 Sheridan St, Holdrege, NE 68949
Daytime Phone  308-991-5481 Office Phone  308995-4068
Fax  Email
PNC:  Curt Rickertsen Address  75852 Road 436, Lexington, NE 68850
Daytime Phone  (308) 325-4712 Office Phone 
Fax  Email