Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 04535.AC1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 04535
Ministry Name The First Presbyterian Church of North Platte
Mailing Address 1901 West Leota Street
North Platte, NE 69101
Phone 308-532-1083
Fax 308-532-2968
WWW Address www,
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 103
Church School Attendance 35
Curriculum Curriculum written by previous pastor
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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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:
 Boldly with Christ, we belong, believe, grow and reach out
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

We, as God's children, come together to grow spiritually as individuals and as a congregation. Worship is central to expressing our belief, to being spiritually nurtured, and to praising and thanking God. We realize it is important to stay centered on God's word, incorporating His teachings into our daily lives. Growing in Christ is a joyful, rewarding; and lifelong journey. Our worship service is mostly traditional but contemporary elements are welcome. We recently completed the installation of technology into our worship space allowing an expanded worship experience. Our worship is enhanced by a vocal choir, a bell choir and an organist/pianist.

Our commitment to carrying out God's word is evident and present in our education and mission. We strive to foster a strong sense of belonging and fellowship among our members. We have had a variety of monthly all church fellowship gatherings. Our men have a Wednesday morning coffee time. Our women meet on the first Wednesday of each month for lunch. Our Care Network sends cards in times of need and celebration. Communion is taken to members in care centers and at home.

Our children (FPC and ME) and youth program for grades K – 12 meet on Wednesday evening. During the summer we have VBS for grades K-5. We have two groups of women who gather monthly for the PW Bible study. Other members have welcomed a Saturday Bible study and a weekly book study. Guests are always welcome and we have non members that participate.

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

We reach out to spread Christ's message through action. We have committed elders and deacons, competent office staff, and many generous, willing workers.

The church donates to many community organizations that work to meet the needs of people in our community and beyond. A quilting group meets weekly, gifting their quilts and profits.

The church has oversight of the Grace Ministries Food Pantry supported with volunteers from our church and others in the community. This program has led to establishing satellite pantries in two neighboring communities. The church is the regular distribution site for the Commodities Food Service Program.

Our Deacons prepare and serve a monthly meal at the Salvation Army. A Deacons' Closet is stocked with items of immediate need for families following a local/personal disaster.

The church streams the Sunday worship service on its website.

Our debt-free 17-year-old facility is well suited for a myriad of activities. The church supports and houses Scout
Troop 291. Numerous community groups hold meetings and activities.

Members are fulfilling their call to discipleship and responding to Christ’s message to care for the poor, work for justice and live righteous lives in their work place, their families and neighborhoods, their volunteer commitments and their elected offices.

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

The person filling this position will help us reach our mission goals by keeping us grounded in God's word and faithful to our call to discipleship. Good preaching is a key component. We need to hear what the Word is, what it meant at the time of its writing, and most importantly what it means for us today. We need a teacher. We want the person to be visible and active in the community.

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

The person needs to be passionate in his/her own faith; eager to share the journey and grow right along with us; respect our traditions, but is able to evaluate and is not hesitant to lead with creativity and energy for new ideas/ways. We welcome expanding the vision for our church. Although all would benefit, some need a supporter/nurturer for what they are doing; others need a motivator, an advocate; all need a compassionate counselor. As a church, we need a leader able to carry out the administrative tasks.

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

This person will be responsible for the Sunday worship service. This person will also be a resource and support for the Deacons, the education teachers and leaders, and the session committees. Tasks will include moderating session and congregational meetings, supervising staff, training incoming elders and deacons, providing pastoral care along with the deacons, preparing learning and growth opportunities members.

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Technologically Savvy
Organizational Agility
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $55,150   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Linda Nelson
4809 Parklane Dr, Kearney Ne 68847
former member
Bonnie Bucklund
17340 Jackson Plaza, Omaha, NE 68118
former member
Pastor Steve Nofel
2845 Parliment, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920
former minister
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   2/8/2018

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
Fax  Email
COM:   Joyce Dean Address  PO Box 155, Fairfield, NE 68938-0155
Daytime Phone  308-655-0689 Office Phone  402-726-2493
Fax  Email
PNC:  Scott Baker Address  914 Russian Olive, North Platte, NE, 69101
Daytime Phone  308-530-9920 Office Phone  308-534-7771
Fax  308-532-2968 Email  FPCNPNPNC@GMAIL.COM