Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 04809.AA0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 04809
Ministry Name The Presbyterian Church of Willingboro
Mailing Address 494 Beverly Rancocas Rd
Willingboro, NJ 08046
Phone 609-877-7131
Fax
E-Mail wbpresbychurch@gmail.com
WWW Address www.presbychurchwillingboro.org
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 2%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 58%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 4%
White 31%
Other 5%
Average Worship Attendance 51
Church School Attendance 18
Curriculum David C Cook for children/youth. Seasons of the Spirit for adults
Yoked Church False
Presbytery WEST JERSEY PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF THE NORTHEAST
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:
We are the church that inspires massive transformation from chaos to salvation through the powerful blood of Christ.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Willingboro Presbyterian Church’s vision for ministry includes transforming lives by spreading the good news of Christ through meaningful worship, sermons, fellowship, vibrant music and active youth programs. This vision of ministry demonstrates God’s love in the world by promoting spiritual growth, training, and equipping lay leaders, and encouraging members to get involved in mission and community outreach. Our church lives out its vision by encouraging strong fellowship among members, maintaining a robust and active Sunday School which provides Christ centered teaching to young children, the Youth, and adults. Further, our church serves the community through out-reach programs including donation of clothing and other goods to the less fortunate, visiting and ministering to men in transition housing, corresponding with prisoners, and providing basic screening services to the public at our Annual Health Fair.  Our congregation is arguably the most diverse in the West Jersey Presbytery.  It is made up of different ethnic and racial groups. Keenly aware of our diversity, our church is looking for a leader who will help us maintain and continue to celebrate our culturally diverse congregation as we strive for more involvement in the life of our community. In addition, we expect such a leader to help bring us to a deeper relationship with God, one another, and our community.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

 Our church is called to reach out and address emerging community needs by networking with other organizations active in providing essential services. Our mission outreach programs include Camden Men’s Shelter, Parkway Baptist Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, Providence House, Women Business Suits Drive, Prison Penpal, The Pilgrimage, and Annual Community Health Fair. We highlight 2 of these programs. With the Men’s Shelter, we visit the Shelter in Camden, NJ monthly to serve healthy food, spread God’s news of saving grace and hope for the future. Glorifying God through service to those in need helps us grow spiritually in the love and knowledge of our Redeemer. As Hebrews 13:16 says, “…And do not forget to do well and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” The Health Fair is a vibrant and engaging event started 2 years ago. It provides our members and the community services and assistance.  These include free hearing, lung function, and blood pressure screenings, real estate counseling, Zumba, fitness lessons, and information on assisted living and elderly services, college programs, financial aid, meditation, and need-based government programs.  It provides our members, visitors, organizations and businesses an informative networking environment. At the last Fair, we observed that many visitors do not currently belong to a church. This provides an opportunity to follow up and give information that may help them decide to join our church.

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

Our pastor will help us with short and long term strategic planning, and provide leadership to help the church articulate and achieve its vision for community outreach and mission goals.  Our mission includes, but is not limited to attracting and retaining young families, retaining our current members, and aiming to increase our overall membership.  We seek a pastor who can balance flexibility of vision while holding to our core values; one who can motivate and encourage members to better serve the church and community.  Cognizant of the fact that God has blessed each one of its members with unique gifts and abilities, our Church is seeking a pastor who will use his or her skills to encourage a more robust individual and group membership participation and involvement in the spiritual and financial well-being of our church and its various committees.  In addition, it is our fervent hope that the new pastor will enthusiastically assist our Church in its ongoing efforts, through the Session and the Board of Deacons, to strengthen the bonds of Christian fellowship, unity, and empathy within our membership, and help us harness the benefits thereof in service to the surrounding communities, particularly, the Willingboro community.

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

The qualities we need in a pastor include: spiritual maturity, being compassionate, leading by example, being collaborative, focused, optimistic, engaging, outgoing, encourager of members’ involvement in mission and community outreach, and a strategic thinker. While we have just named many important qualities, it is important to acknowledge that no person could have all of them.  However, we hope to find a pastor whose values are consistent with our members’ values; a person with the ability to plan and articulate a vision for growth of our church both spiritually and numerically.   We desire a pastor who applies biblical concepts to contemporary issues in sermons   We expect sermons to be interactive and engaging, with themes that strengthen and unify our diverse membership. Pastoral interactions in the past with the congregation during services have included engaging in dialogues, and getting off the lectern and walking down the aisle while preaching.  Such interactions have been well-received by our congregation.   It is our hope that each sermon delivered will be a blessing and spiritually uplifting for each congregant.

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

The specific tasks of the new pastor will include, but are not limited to: 
•    In conjunction with the Session, developing a strategic and long term plan for our Church.  Because we value strategic and longterm planning very much, we will look to the Session and the pastor to help determine how to effectively manage some of the hours and activities typically required of the pastor. 
•     Supporting/training the Session and Deacons.
•     Working with the Church to grow the membership. Because our congregation is aging, it is important to attract and retain new members, particularly young couples with children, who will continue the vitality of our church.  
•    Training and equipping lay leaders-examples include providing quarterly training on duties and responsibilities stated in the Book of Order, biblical foundations, and mission perspectives,
•     Spiritual counseling and teaching.
•     Pastoral care-examples include supporting and encouraging members, and others in their moments of pain, losses, anxiety, triumphs, joy, and victories.
•     Visiting members unable to attend services, and new members.
•     Performing meaningful worship services, and related services including communion, baptisms, weddings and funerals.
•     Encouraging members of the Church to get involved in mission and community outreach; and
•     Balancing office hours with congregational and community needs.

Optional Links
https://www.willingboronj.gov
 
Leadership Competencies:
Compassionate
Hopeful
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Culturally Proficient
Strategy and Vision
Collaboration
Interpersonal Engagement
Motivator
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $52,712   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
Rev. Dr. Deborah Brincivalli
1701 Sycamore Street, Haddon Heights NJ 08035
856-547-5100
revdeb@wjpres.org
Executive Presbyter of West Jersey Presbytery
Rev. Keith Reed
19 Meadow Drive, Mt. Laurel NJ 08054
609-969-2217
revkreed@gmail.com
COM Liaison
Rev. Eloise Cowherd
32 Narberth Place, Southhampton NJ 08088
609-859-1182 (home); 609-
ecowherd@comcast.net
Has served mult. times as guest preacher
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Yes
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   7/15/2018


Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Deborah Brincivalli Address  1701 Sycamore St, Haddon Heights NJ 08035
Daytime Phone  (856) 547-5100 Office Phone  (856) 547-5100
Fax  (856) 547-3260 Email  revdeb@wjpres.net
COM:   Wendy Frisby Address  80359 Westwind Way Westampton, NJ 08060
Daytime Phone  609-556-2493 Office Phone  856-547-5100
Fax  856-547-3260 Email  wendyhfrisby@gmail.com
PNC:  Emmanuel O. Iheukwumere, Esquire Address  34 Rolling Glen Court, Mt. Laurel NJ 08054
Daytime Phone  856-520-2556 (cell) Office Phone  856-866-3585 (home)
Fax  Email  lawyer@emmanuellawfirm.com