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MIF #: 04541.AD0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 04541
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church St. Paul Nebraska
Mailing Address 816 Indian St.
St. Paul, NE 68873
Phone 308 754-4258
Fax None
WWW Address None
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 25
Church School Attendance 5
Curriculum We Believe
Yoked Church False
Community Type Rural
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Part-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
The Church that feeds people: Body, Mind and Soul.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

The First Presbyterian Church of St. Paul is a historical landmark in the heartland of central Nebraska. Surrounded by rural farms and communities, the church is very friendly and welcoming place to worship. Our message is a scripture-based message that reflects the message of God. We seek a pastor who is strong in their faith and continues to present the word of God in a way that is moving and driving people forward within their faith. Will provide leadership within the Presbyterian Church and is familiar with the teaching and policies of the church. Our church believes that strong outreach programs to the surrounding communities is a vital part of our church. We are always seeking new ways to make bridges into our community. These rural outreach programs have helped to draw people into the church from all over central Nebraska.

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

Our outreach programs includes programs like our annual community Thanksgiving dinner, Soup Supper, casual Sunday, youth mission’s spaghetti feed, and quilting classes for all ages. Our church has a very strong passion towards ministry within our community. For example, our Thanksgiving program alone provides a free meal to anyone who walks in our doors and draws over 250 people into our church on an annual basis. This program also provides in home deliveries to shut-ins, local business employees and community members who wish to celebrate at home. Volunteers are drawn from all over central Nebraska. Our annual summer sewing program draws individuals annually who participate in either a beginner sewing course or an advanced sewing course. These courses provide teaching to a new generation, techniques and ideals that would long since be forgotten without the strong volunteers who put it on. And our sewing opportunities don’t stop there. Monthly our ladies have a sewing circle in which they provide opportunity and fellowship to anyone willing to come in and work. Through this sewing program many beautiful quits have been made and outfits mailed through our mission programs to other countries. Soup Supper and Spaghetti feed provide opportunities for our Presbyterian Women’s program and our youth ministries to raise funds. Both these programs draw good crowds and are strongly supported by our communities.

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

With the aging of our congregation, outreach and mission to the community has become more difficult. We are looking towards ways to strategize and develop new ways to do our outreach programs. We also are looking at ways to stay in contact and worship with our shut-ins. We need to update our current technology to a more modern system. By developing technology, we can strengthen our weekly worship services, our casual Sundays, and develop a youth program to help provide to all members and youth. Growing our membership and finances and bringing in a younger population of people is important to everyone in our church. We have struggled, like most churches, in developing ways to bring in the next generation of members. Our hope is by bringing a new pastor with fresh ideas and a new perspective that God will answer our prayers and provide a light to answer this need.

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

The characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation needs to be willing to understand that coming to small town Nebraska can not only be an adjustment but very rewarding. St. Paul is located near some major populated centers. We have the greatest people in and around the church. And when you hear that there is “No place like Nebraska”, we truly mean it. Living in central Nebraska can change your life. We also seek a caring, compassionate individual who is a good listener and strong leader. Someone who is understanding, flexible, kind and willing to help. It is important that this person has knowledge of policies and procedures of the Presbytery. We look for someone who is technology savvy and can help us develop our technology. This person must be able to work with many groups within our church. This person must be able to accept constructive criticism and be open minded but willing to delegate items that need to be completed when their Knowledge is limited in an area.

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

The assignments, tasks, and programs that this person will be responsible to do would include, checking the mail, and responding to important mail, Sunday worships, seasonal studies, baptisms, marriages, visiting shut-ins, incorporating the youth into the church, and assisting with youth activities, as well as getting involved in the Presbytery, Rotary, and Ministerial Association. If this sounds like you, then let us know because there truly is “No place like Nebraska”.

Optional Links
St. Paul Nebraska website: htps://
St. Paul Nebraska Chamber of Commerce: www.stpaulnechamber,org
Central Nebraska Presbytery:
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Technologically Savvy
Task Manager
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $22,750   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Open to Manse/Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev.Polly Deppen-Willams
4111 4th Ave Suite 28, Kearney, Ne 68845
308 520-8216
Executive Presbyter and State Clerk
Phylis Petersen
1310 Kendal St., St. Paul, Ne 68873
(Home) 308 754-4576, (Cel
Community member
Kaye Tomlinson
421 8th St., St. Paul, Ne 68873
308 754-5483
Friend of the church, Rotary member, former EMT
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   7/13/2018

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:  Janet Gericke Address  1308 Sherman St., St. Paul, Ne 68873
Daytime Phone  308 650-5539 Office Phone 
Fax  None Email