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MIF #: 06026.AC0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 06026
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church of Rome New York
Mailing Address 108 West Court Street
Rome, NY 13440
Phone 315-336-1380
Fax 315-336-1381
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 2%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 4%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 93%
Average Worship Attendance 88
Church School Attendance 25
Curriculum Chosen by Teachers
Yoked Church False
Presbytery Utica
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
We gather as God's people to deepen our understanding of Christ; to spread His word and teachings; and to reach out to our church family, our community, and the world through acts of compassion, kindness, and love
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

We seek to deepen our understanding of and relationship with God and live out Jesus’ teachings. A consultant led us through the Congregation Assessment Tool process. We scored High Satisfaction-Low Energy so we have begun a journey of self-discovery, experimenting with new opportunities, and opening ourselves to change and growth. We recognize the need for evangelism and the need to become more open to diversity, welcoming a broad spectrum of lifestyles, theology and world views. We strive for closer relationships with each other and our community in fellowship, service, and missions.

Our church family presently enjoys a traditional form of worship, music, and Christian education in a changing economic township. Our music director and our organist complement the tremendous talent of our choirs (adult, children and bell).  We are growing closer to each other through intergenerational events, and fellowship deeds to help us welcome new members. We seek to expand our continued education offerings and encourage more small-group mission projects.

Outside groups use our facilities, and we host ecumenical community programs in music, healing, and worship as well as a neighborhood picnic. During Lent we partner with Rome congregations for distinctive worship services. We support several community mission projects and searching and prospecting with new ones.

We need to discover how to fit and what our purposes and mission can be in our community for the future
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

Serenity Circle welcomes all to explore healing body, mind and soul and to deepen connection with the Holy Spirit. Our youth group goes to Delaware Work Camp each summer. We pack kits for a woman’s shelter and CWS projects and, with Trinity UCC, pack weekend food for Blessings in a Backpack for 100 students at Gansevoort Elementary School. Prayer shawl ministry and prayer chain support those in difficult times. Our annual rummage sale and Country Fair support local and world mission projects. We have an on-site Nursery School for children 3-4 years old. The annual neighborhood picnic provides an afternoon of food, games, and fellowship. Twice each month we cook for Rescue Mission. We raise funds for Relay for Life and the Hunger Walk, ring bells and provide gifts for the Salvation Army Angel Tree, and partner with First United Methodist Church for Vacation Bible School. We host Unity in Our Community events to educate with topics like the opioid epidemic in our area, local migrant workers, and voters’ rights. Our pastor and Deacons bring worship services to area nursing homes. Our website has audio recordings of our Sunday services, and our Facebook page promotes local fundraising and fellowship events. NA, AA, Girls Scouts and other groups use our facilities. We sell Fair Trade & Café Justo coffee. We’re starting a Turquoise Table project on our front lawn to reach out to passersby.

We’re busy, but are these the missions we should undertake and is it all we can do?
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
We believe that we are called to be here in this place and have a purpose. We need to change some things and keep others and need leadership to help us navigate new paths for growth with its stress, trial and error, and successes. We need new eyes and ideas to help us see beyond us as we are to what we might become. We need to try and even fail in efforts to create new paths of worship and service in a climate of uncertainty for the future of church as we know it, knowing change will cause division. We need leadership to challenge us and help us learn who and what we are and what we can dream and do. We need leadership in evangelism, as we are called to open our doors, our minds, and our hearts and be willing to be transformed by the experience of embracing strangers. We need empowering education opportunities for our church members. We need to connect further with our community, churches, and organizations. We need to expand our social media presence to provide more opportunities to access “church” through more formats for unchurched and non-attending members. We need a leader to grow and change with us and help us to discern God’s will even when we may be distracted by fears and uncertainty. We need leadership to remind us that God is good all the time and we are in God’s hands.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

We desire a leader to route us toward change. We need a pastor gifted to navigate through the good and bad and bring us out the other side reasonably intact with her or him. We need a pastor who’s sturdy enough, flexible, patient, builds trust, has a good shoulder to cry on, is a good listener and good communicator, can help us find common ground and bring balance in the face of disagreement, and use social media. Change is never easy, but we’ll all work at it.

Our pastor should facilitate communication and cooperation with the church family, staff, and the community. The pastor needs to become involved in the life of Rome. We need the pastor to keep looking outward to focus us on evangelism, mission, and the future. The pastor should be able to delegate (we don’t want the pastor to burn out and we need to work in the vineyard), recognize and utilize our gifts and talents, encourage and support experiments, steer us back on track when we drift off, and help us keep the vision.

In worship, our pastor should be a teacher, giving meaningful, relatable sermons delivered like a storyteller. We need to explore traditional and progressive beliefs and worship, so the pastor needs to be open to and knowledgeable about that as well as be able to negotiate that area. Our pastor needs to be spiritually mature, open to the promptings of the Spirit, and is eager to lead us where it calls us to go. Love us, and we will love you back.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
The pastor will be responsible for moving us through change, focusing us on evangelism, and keeping us in tune with our vision and mission. Social media savvy is a definite plus. In addition, there are administrative, pastoral, and civic responsibilities. The pastor oversees a staff of five (church secretary, financial secretary, music director, organist, and custodian). S/he will moderate Session, advise the Deacons and other committees such as Worship and Music, Christian Education, Stewardship and Nominating. The pastor coordinates Adult Christian Education classes and may be asked to develop youth education curricula as well. Pastoral duties include planning weekly worship services with sermon and every other week a children’s talk, conducting funerals, weddings, and baptisms. Our pastor should also find ways to involve children, teens and college students in weekly worship in addition to occasional lay reading and ushering. On a rotational basis with other clergy, the pastor conducts worship at area nursing homes.    Our pastor will be asked to provide counseling and conflict resolution as needed and to provide training for mentors and volunteers. Our church is motivated by the concerns of our members so pastoral visitation of those who are ill, healing, or spiritually in need is vitally important. Our pastor needs to connect with the Rome Clergy Association as well as other local organizations to help keep our focus outward.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $52,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
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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   7/30/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  (419) 450-1048 Office Phone  (315) 732-5111
Fax  Email
PNC:  Michelle Dolan Address  533 West Thomas Street Rome NY 13440
Daytime Phone  315-886-9456 Office Phone 
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