Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 05868.AA1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 05868
Ministry Name United Presbyterian Church of Sackets Harbor
Mailing Address PO Box 138
Sackets Harbor, NY 13685
Phone 315-646-2077
WWW Address
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 40
Church School Attendance 6
Curriculum Seasonally appropriate, self developed by educators.
Yoked Church False
Community Type Village
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   0 to 2 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:
“Called by God and organized to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, the United Presbyterian Church of Sackets Harbor is a communion, strengthened by diversity and dedicated to ministering to members, friends and local and world community.”
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

The congregation of the United Presbyterian Church of Sackets Harbor endeavors to live its vision through faith by following its mission statement and by calling witness of our good deeds. We hope to demonstrate our commitment to serving others and set a good example for others to do the same.
Our Jubilee Shop managed by our own Deacons is an ecumenical effort that solicits contributions from the community to provide for a gift filled Christmas for the children of local families in need. This effort also offers camperships that allow children who are less fortunate to participate in rewarding summer camp experiences.
Annually, our church participates in the backpack program and provides clothing for local school children in need of assistance. We support local food pantries with our time, money, food, household goods and hygiene products. We are one of the founding churches of the Watertown Urban Mission that provides critical needs, addiction counseling and Christian care in Jefferson County for thousands in need.
On a broader scale we support refugees by providing needed support to Interfaith Works of Syracuse, a resettlement service to help refugee families reestablish their lives and overcome barriers to successful integration into their new communities. In addition we donate annually to PCUSA’s 4 special offerings and to other mission projects managed by PCUSA and the Presbytery of Northern New York.
For us, to experience joy is to serve God by serving others.

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

Christ did not hide behind closed doors but became involved in the communities that he and his disciples visited. The camaraderie, strength, security, comfort, care, and love that a church family such as ours provides is an asset to our community. With the challenges of today being enhanced by a significant amount of turmoil, confusion, and stress, the importance of having the opportunity to be part of a church family such as ours cannot be overemphasized.
When community needs are identified our congregation responds by being pro-active with developing and initiating solutions. Over the past several years we have worked to increase the use of our church building by our community. We offer the use of our facilities every day of the week for any variety of activities that might enhance village life. The sharing of our facilities gives us greater exposure to our community. As an example we host: weekly yoga classes, Friday night movies, Wednesday night pot luck suppers, an annual auction, summer and seasonal choral and instrumental concerts. We are a stop on the school music department’s annual “Haunted Walk” and the village’s “Whoville in the Harbor”. We also host historical bus tours and offer our facilities for use by area not-for-profits.
We see all opportunities for exposure as positive. Ultimately we hope to influence more people in our community to consider becoming members of our church family thereby strengthening our potential to increase our ability to serve.

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

With God’s help our search for the new leader of our church will attract an individual with healthy enthusiasm that will inject our congregation with renewed energy to carry us forward into a new and exciting chapter in the history of our congregation.
We seek a leader who will deliver a clear, relevant and inspiring Sunday service message that will provide us with the wherewithal to carry that message forward out into our homes and our community, a message that will revitalize us in our faith and help us and others face life’s challenges with renewed strength, a message that will inspire us to better serve others and experience an improvement in the quality of our lives.
We hope to find an individual who will recognize all that is good about our past and will use that as a foundation for the development of new and exciting ideas; an individual who will take those new ideas and turn them into improved programs and activities to the benefit of our congregation and our community; a leader who will set realistic goals and establish a clear vision for our short and long term future.
We are looking for a leader who will be regularly available, approachable and visible, a person who will take interest and participate in the life of our congregation and our community, someone who will be recognized as a liaison between our congregation and our community and will strengthen existing relationships as well as create new ones. 

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

Whether interacting with the members of our congregation or our community, we would like our church leader to demonstrate that he/she is:
•    Appreciative of the 200+ year-old congregation, its history and fortitude
•    Our shepherd and the leader of our flock who leads by example
•    Self-reliant, able to work in a village without professional colleagues nearby
•    Willing to take on tasks that a colleague with a paid staff may not be required to do
•    Self-disciplined and organized to accomplish tasks without an imposed schedule.
•    A good listener, open minded, patient, tolerant
•    One who maintains and demonstrates a positive outlook, is fun-loving
•    A strong worship leader who is creative, inspiring, visionary 
•    Understanding, able to comfort those who grieve, and to facilitate the respectful passing of traditions that have outlived their usefulness
•    A team leader, a skilled delegator of responsibility, a collaborator
Our church leader must always emphasize that all are welcome and safe in our house of worship without judgment and are encouraged to participate as a member of our family.

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

Our Pastor first needs to clearly distinguish him/herself as our congregation’s spiritual leader. We also require an individual who can maintain our enthusiasm, inspire and motivate us to not only care for one another but to serve our community both near and far and to encourage and support the congregation as we move forward with a capital campaign to restore our church clock tower.  We wish to elevate the visibility of our church in our community and develop programs and activities that will encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to join our church family and round out our congregation’s profile.
More specific duties and responsibilities may include:
•    Conduct regular Sunday services as well as special services and participate in ecumenical services
•    Offer opportunities for laity to participate in church services as well as the community
•    Be a resource of successful ideas and programs from similar congregations
•    Facilitate Christian Education opportunities
•    Maintain regularly scheduled office hours at the church
•    Visit homes, long term care facilities and hospitals
•    Moderate Session meetings
•    Participate as ex-officio at Deacons’ meetings
•    Actively participate in and contribute to the quality of life in our community
•    Develop strategies for improving programs and activities
Our Pastor needs to be clearly identified both internally and externally as the face of our church and to exemplify and promote all that is good about the UPCSH.

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Technologically Savvy
Risk Taker
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $47,800   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Stephanie Elliott
348 Main St. Sackets Harbor, NY 13685
Friend of congregation, local bank branch manger,
Carol McCoy
14331 Therault Rd. Sackets Harbor, NY 13685
Friend of congregation, retired president of Jeffe
John Deans
PO Box 77 Sackets Harbor, NY 13685
Member of congregation, retired JCC President, for
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   2/7/2020

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev David Bennett Address  21 Nolan Rd, Ballston Lake, NY, 12019
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (518) 288-5356
Fax  Email
COM:   Don Haight Address  731 Calkins Rd Peru, NY 12972
Daytime Phone  (518) 643-9338 Office Phone  (518) 420-8811
Fax  Email
PNC:  Richard Stephens Address  PO Box 354, 301 North Borad St., Sackets Harbor, NY 13685
Daytime Phone  315-783-8883 Office Phone  315-646-2195
Fax  Email