Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 05610.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 05610
Ministry Name Second Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 3 West 95th Street
New York, NY 10025
Phone 212-749-1700
WWW Address
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 12%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 20%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 3%
White 58%
Other 7%
Average Worship Attendance 25
Church School Attendance 3
Curriculum n/a
Yoked Church False
Community Type Urban
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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:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
We seek God in this time and place.
We practice a welcoming faith, work for peace and justice, and care for one another.
We are becoming the people God calls us to be.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Our vision for ministry is to grow as people and as a community in faith, and to work for goodness and
justice in the world around us. As we move into the future, we wish to honor our 260-year history and
the foundation it has given us while moving forward to serve the world we encounter today. In general,
we would like to turn our vision outward and deepen our connections with the larger community and
other churches.
The core of our ministry is worship that teaches and uplifts, including making the teachings of the
Scripture real and relevant to our everyday lives. Music also plays an important role in bringing us
closer to God. We look to music to move and transport us.
Another critical aspect of our ministry is ministering to each other. We look to the pastor to provide
pastoral care to our members; we also look to each other for comfort and aid as we encounter change
and major life events. Our ability to minister to each other is a strong and powerful part of our life
We also hope to find our footing and place as a voice for social justice, particularly racial justice. In
2020, we developed an antiracism group, to reflect on and learn about the history and lingering effects
of racism in our country, as well as how antiracism fits into our spiritual life. Racial justice has played a
role in our church’s history, and social justice has moved us to serve in different ways.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
There is strong desire among our members to find ways to deepen and address issues confronting
vulnerable communities. Over the past 5-7 years, our actions have been somewhat scattershot, as we
participated in existing programs run by other churches. We wish to continue to partner with churches
since we are a small church, while also seeking to define our own vision.
In terms of our concrete work, with the Church of Gethsemane (Brooklyn), members have made
Saturday visits to Bedford Hills Correctional Facility to meet with women in prison. Church members
have also written letters to incarcerated individuals and unaccompanied minors held in detention
The church has also contributed to projects led by West End Presbyterian Church and Rutgers
Presbyterian Church on ending homelessness and assisting in resettlement of refugees, respectively.
Food insecurity has been a rising concern. On Sundays pre-pandemic, we collected non-perishable food
items for local food programs. In 2020 we made benevolence donations to several organizations serving
local/NYC populations experiencing these issues. We also give benevolence grants to organizations
doing good in the city and the world.
Until 2020, the church’s primary mission was its support of the Alexander Robertson School, a small,
non-sectarian elementary school co-located in part of our building and founded by church members in
1789. We are looking for ways to continue to partner with ARS in service to the community.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
We appreciate a pastor who is warm and caring, and is devoted to pastoral care. The pastor would also
provide the tools to allow church members to grow as they offer compassion and caring to each other.
We look to our pastor for strong, thoughtful preaching and teaching on living ethically and morally.
Along those lines, we hope the pastor can reinvigorate, and the congregation will participate in,
Christian adult education, to allow for greater and thoughtful reflection on the Bible and other writings.
For the youth, we would like to ensure ongoing education and activities, which has been limited as we
have a small number of families. We are interested in creative ideas, such as possibly connecting with
other churches.
In social justice, it has been helpful for the pastor to stay connected to community-wide organizing, joint
actions and other public activities to help the congregation mobilize and participate. The pastor has also
been part of an informal lectionary group of pastors mainly on the Upper West Side to reflect on the
texts of the week and to discuss other ways churches can work together.
Our historic relationship with the Alexander Robertson School is in the midst of change as the school
forms its own independent entity. The church and school will work together to discern the pastor’s role
vis-a-vis the school, for example by teaching ethics, offering prayer and guidance, or participating in
other ways.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
Spiritually and professionally mature, trained and well-versed as a Presbyterian (or affiliated
denomination) with deep faith, who models Christian values; *an excellent preacher:, delivers engaging
sermons that interpret scripture textually, intellectually and infused with a historical context that can
speak to current challenges faced by members and spiritually uplift us; comfortable in our “dogma-free
zone”; *theologically and socially progressive, committed to ministries of compassion, diversity,
equality, social justice and anti-racism; *a flexible, collaborative leader who encourages dialogue and
can connect with, and unify, people of different ages (including children and teens), ethnicities, sexual
orientations and opinions; *good listener who is able to offer caring presence in pastoral care;
*cognizant of, and capable with, challenges facing small, urban churches (especially working with
modest financial resources and limited support staff); *proficient in, or willing to learn, technological
skills necessary to be a pastor and administrator in person and remotely. Notes: church practice has
been to use the Revised Common Lectionary; the pastor’s office is up 2 flights of stairs, no elevator.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Worship Leader & Preacher: Preach on Sundays for Worship and Children’s Sermon; collaborate with
Minister of Music on worship planning; produce Order of Worship with office mgr; oversee Sunday
School curriculum; other services, sacraments, and Christian Education functions as needed, such as
prayer group;
Provide pastoral care of members;
Take active & regular role in fellowship incl. coffee hour and events;
Cultivate relationships with guests and potential new members;
Support stewardship;
Moderate session and congregational meetings; attend other committee mtgs ex officio as needed;
Administrative & Building: Oversee & coordinate work of part-time church staff (Min. of Music, office
mgr, bookkeeper, sexton, Sunday school teacher); stay abreast of financial issues; stay abreast of
building renovations, coordinate communication with relevant parties; support office manager re: space
use rentals; maintain relationship with Chinese Community Church, which shares our space; handle own
correspondence, day-to-day writing tasks, etc.; write or coordinate newsletter;
Community Outreach and Events: Connect with neighboring congregations and community
organizations to collaborate in social justice, education, events; and
The Pastor’s role in and relationship with the School still needs to be determined; prior involvement
included co-leading ethics classes, assemblies, and service projects for Jr-K to 5th grade students from
diverse religious traditions.
Optional Links

Facebook: Second Presbyterian Church NYC
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Change Agent
Organizational Agility
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $80,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Open to Manse/Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Stephen H. Phelps
25 W 81 St No. 16B, New York, NY 10024
Transitional Pastor, September 2017 to March 2018
Paul Sanner
31 Yale Terrace, West Orange, NJ 07052
Minister of Music, from early 2000s to 2016
Mel Lehman
310 Riverside Drive, #511, New York, NY 10025
Leader of partnering organization
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   5/13/2021

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:  Elaine Song Address  116 Pinehurst Ave. Apt. D4
Daytime Phone  646-241-2259 Office Phone  212-717-5095
Fax  Email