Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 05381.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 05381
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 128 East Main Street
Lebanon, IN 46052
Phone (765) 482-5959
Fax (765) 482-7550
E-Mail office@lebanonfpc.org
WWW Address lebanonfpc.org
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 65
Church School Attendance 0
Curriculum During COVID months, we have offered intermittent Bible and Book studies on Zoom. However, regular Sunday morning education for any/all ages has been
Yoked Church False
Presbytery WABASH VALLEY PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF LINCOLN TRAILS
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:   Pastor
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:

 It is FPC Lebanon’s mission to learn continually, love abundantly, and live faithfully so that all may know and be transformed by God’s perfect love.

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

FPC Lebanon is a gathering of imperfect people who worship and serve the God of perfect love. We believe God’s love creates and welcomes, forgives sin, heals the wounds that separate us and offers hope for peace in a broken world. To be faithful to Christ, FPC must use our spiritual gifts and resources to glorify God, boldly following the Holy Spirit into an ever-changing world through our mission to learn continually, love abundantly and live faithfully so that all may know and be transformed by God’s love. This vision is lived out through our commitment to learn continually through spiritually-challenging sermons and education grounded in the Word of God and our tradition of worship that invites the sharing of our members’ talents in music, art, drama and visual arts. FPC’s vision is dedicated to loving abundantly as members and visitors come alongside each other and the community in service, encouraging healing and growth. Recent service opportunities include community dinners, assisting the Caring Center, Meals on Wheels and other outreach events. Finally, FPC lives out its vision for ministry and mission to the world by staying connected to our global mission, the Lebanon High School chapter of The Thirst Project, and by listening to the needs around us and letting the Holy Spirit guide us in our giving. We care for our building, not extravagantly, but faithfully, so it may continue to serve as a spiritual home for the congregation and our Presbyterian Preschool Ministry.

How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
We are aware of many troubling issues in our community. Drug abuse, poverty, lack of affordable housing and increasing violence are just a few of the challenges facing the community of Lebanon today. We are committed to our downtown location and look for creative ways to serve our neighbors. We desire to be a welcoming presence to those in need of spiritual and practical guidance and hope to learn from others of their needs and perspectives of life in our community – perspectives which may be very different from our own. We find, however, that the pandemic has created a dichotomy that is difficult to overcome. While many of our members feel an increasing urgency in the call to aid the community, the fact is that with our older, more-vulnerable congregation many traditional avenues of service are simply not safe at the present time. We have made an initial response to the pandemic by embracing and enhancing our technology to livestream our services, making them accessible to our congregation but also to anyone who seeks us out on the Internet. At the same time, we recognize that mission and ministry involve reaching out to others and that serving together strengthens bonds, both among our members and between our members and Christ. As we seek rebirth with a new pastor, we are also searching for innovative ways to serve our neighbors in these difficult times.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

The space between where we are and where we want to be is a difficult place to be. FPC Lebanon is currently engaged in a time of transition. During this interim period, we have examined ourselves and found a declining (death, loss to other churches) and aging congregation. We have come to grips with the idea that smaller does not mean less dedicated and that as a congregation we can live into our calling no matter our size. Fear of change, losing our identity in the community, and facing old wounds are all obstacles to fully leaning into our vision and mission in Lebanon.  We yearn for a pastor who will work with us to reach our vision and mission goals. We seek a shepherd who will come alongside us, who will join us in cultivating the courage to envision a new way of doing “church.”  We pray for a partner in ministry who will support our vision to transform and be transformed by God’s perfect love through learning continually, loving abundantly, and living faithfully.

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

We seek a leader, guided by the word of God, who will encourage and inspire us to use our gifts to share Jesus both inside the church walls and beyond its front steps. We hope for a pastor who will join us in loving and supporting our community. FPC Lebanon is ready for a ministry partner who will encourage collaboration among staff, session, and members, while walking with us into new ways of life together as a congregation and renewed commitment to ministry in the community. We do not expect our next pastor to have all the answers. Our hope is for someone who will pray with us and struggle with us to discern the next steps in becoming the followers and congregation God is calling us to be.

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

We seek a pastor who will work with us to:

  • Plan and lead worship – utilizing the gifts of church members.
  • Preach biblically based sermons that equip us to live in the world.
  • Encourage and offer Bible Studies and other educational opportunities.
  • Coordinate and provide pastoral care.
  • Moderate the Session and nurture Session committees and teams to lead the ministry of the congregation
  • Participate in the life of the Lebanon community and in the work of the larger Presbyterian Church (USA.)
  • Provide oversight to all employed by the church (Administrative Assistant, Financial Secretary and IT advisor, Custodian, etc.)
  • Provide support and guidance for the Presbyterian Pre-School Ministry, including support of its Executive Director.
  • Encourage, invite, and equip the members – of all ages -- of First Presbyterian Church to share in the ministry of learning continually, loving abundantly, and living faithfully.
Optional Links

Boone County Chamber of Commerce – boonechamber.org     

City of Lebanon – lebanon.in.gov   

Lebanon, IN on Facebook  

The Lebanon Reporter  reporter.net 

Leadership Competencies:
Compassionate
Hopeful
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Communicator
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Motivator
Flexibility
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $50,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
The Rev. Carol McDonald
5437 Spindle Tree Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268
317-502-2969
carol@lincolntrails.org
Committee on Ministry Advocate and long-time frien
The Rev. Nathan (Nate) Kibler
Central Christian Church, 311 East Main Street, Lebanon, IN 46052
765-482-1888
natekibler@gmail.com
Pastor at neighboring church
Baili Hart
5803 Waterstone Way, Whitestown, IN 46075
317-403-4416
Bailijfrench@gmail.com
BOard member for Presbyterian Pre-School Ministry
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   3/16/2021


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