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MIF #: 05281.AD0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 05281
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills
Mailing Address 70-35 112th St.
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Phone 718 268-4036
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Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 17%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 37%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 9%
White 21%
Other 16%
Average Worship Attendance 50
Church School Attendance 0
Curriculum Deep Blue
Yoked Church False
Community Type Urban
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:   Designated Pastor
Employment Status:   Open to both
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:   Administrative experience preferred, certified Christian educator
Brief Church Mission Statement:
Building a community of faith, hope and love.

The First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills is a community that demonstrates its deep belief in the saving grace of God’s love by:

  • Welcoming all people into our diverse family of Christian faith and fellowship, regardless of where they were born, how old they are, or who they love

  • Committing to joy by celebrating God’s gifts of creativity through worship, performance, and teaching

  • Reaching out to those in physical or spiritual need in our neighborhood, our borough, our city, and our world

  • Creating and sharing a safe space in an often cruel world

  • Fostering personal spiritual growth that enables us to discover Christ in ourselves and our neighbors.

  • Proclaiming by word and deed the radical love possible through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

The Vision Statement adopted by the church as part of the Mission Review process spells out a series of actions essential to achieving our church’s overall mission. Verbs such as “welcoming,” “celebrating,” “reaching out” describe not only our commitment to our faith, but also to the people outside our walls that God calls on us to love and nurture. Over the past few years, we have proven how much we believe in this commitment through programs that use our creativity and compassion. In 2016, we declared our solidarity to immigrants and refugees, and in 2020 we became a More Light church. We have partnered with neighborhood congregations, particularly the Reformed Temple of Forest Hills, with community groups like Queens Community House, and with national and international organizations like International Rescue Committee and Parity on a number of hands-on projects. Our response to the following question describes these initially in more detail.

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

We keep listening to God's Spirit and continue to explore our call in our community. Through the gift of music, we hold annual summer concerts with open invitations and we visit a nearby nursing home several times a year to share songs of the season with them.

We strongly believe in dialogue with other faith groups and have contacts with a Muslim group in Queens as well as with our Jewish neighbors at the Reformed Temple.

Our designation as a More Light Church affirms our commitment to the LGBTQIA community. We have also worked with Parity to create clean-up kits for their outreach initiatives to homeless LGBTQIA youth.

We have installed a small outdoor food pantry where people can drop off or take items as needed.

During the worst of the pandemic, we supplied food to the ElmCor pantry and continue to deliver food when needed to new immigrant arrivals to our area via our partnership with International Rescue Committee.

Using the talents of our musicians, we hosted a benefit for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship in honor of its 75th Anniversary.

In 2021, we collected almost $6,000.00 ABOVE our budgeted mission funds to send to relief efforts around the world.

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

We envision that our Designated pastor will challenge and encourage us in our faith journey through her or his leadership and spiritual guidance. We are looking for someone who is a bridge-builder who can help us build local networks with other organizations and congregations, and thus raise our profile within the community. We want someone open to new ideas of how to channel the substantial artistic talents of our congregation. Lastly, we hope the candidate we choose can help us re-think how we use our building in order to make our church a vital component of our neighborhood

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

In addition to the qualities mentioned in the job description, we are looking for a leader who has experience in the administrative aspects of a congregation, who is comfortable with technology, and who perhaps has some familiarity with fundraising through grant writing. Through her or his leadership, we expect that we will not only maintain existing relationships within the church but also develop new ones which will enable us to become more involved and engaged within our community and within our city. Since we are a diverse congregation and live in a city of great diversity, our pastor must embrace and value those of different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

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

Helping us bring new members to our congregation is probably the most significant task we would place on our new pastor. Thus, we envision he or she will be front and center in outreach events, whether it’s our family friendly Easter Egg hunts, or coordinating food deliveries through one of our local partners. We also expect that they will be involved in seeking new revenue sources through more effective utilization of our building, through grants, and through encouraging stewardship initiatives.

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Technologically Savvy
Culturally Proficient
Organizational Agility
Funds Developer
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $48,926   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Manse
Name Relation
Mark Kaiserman
Rabbi - Reform Temple Forest Hills
Rev Anne Conroy
Church Interim Moderator and COM Liason
Lydia Tembo
Ex Church Member
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   7/8/2022

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  (212) 432-0408 Office Phone  (212) 870-2221 EXT. 1
Fax  (212) 870-2737 Email
COM:   Ruling Elder David Richardson Address  475 Riverside Drive
Daytime Phone  (212) 870-2221 Ext. 4 Office Phone  914-262-4757
Fax  (212) 870-2737 Email
PNC:  John Biswas Address  1430 Midland Avenue Apt 4B
Daytime Phone  646 577 7967 Office Phone 
Fax  Email