Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 06075.AJ0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 06075
Ministry Name Rye Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 882 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY 10580
Phone 914-967-0842
Fax 914-967-0267
WWW Address
Ministry Size 1001 - 1500 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 2%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 96%
Average Worship Attendance 256
Church School Attendance 190
Curriculum Seasons of the Spirit
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Christian Education)
Experience Required:   First Ordained Call
Specific Title:   Open to Assoc Pastor for Youth
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:
By the Grace of God, Rye Presbyterian Church strives to be a caring, welcoming community of followers of Christ, doing his work in the world. 
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Rye Presbyterian Church (RPC) lives its vision by actively engaging in worship and outreach activities, supporting the journey of faith of young and old, training its members in the discipleship of Christ, and serving the spiritual, intellectual, and human needs of the congregation and its local and global communities.  More specifically,
  1. We are a body of Christian believers where pastor and lay leaders collaborate and share responsibility for the faith community;
  2. We believe children are integral to the life of RPC. Our vibrant, intergenerational congregation supports parents in their efforts to build a spiritual foundation and encourages families to engage in all areas of congregational life;
  3. We believe corporate worship is paramount to RPC’s spiritual well-being, glorifying God and edifying all;
  4. We have, and encourage, a wide diversity of beliefs, welcoming all those who wish to share in this spiritual journey with us;
  5. We are committed to serving the diverse needs of Rye and the surrounding communities through a breadth of established outreach programs, ever seeking to develop new ministries in response to emerging needs;
  6. We are, and will remain, deeply and actively engaged in Christ’s work in the world;
  7. We seek spiritual nourishment from our church and are eagerly searching for ways to engage one another at a spiritual level.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Our areas of focus include youth ministry, essential human needs such as hunger and homelessness, and restorative justice through prison ministry and re-entry. We contribute over $250,000 a year to 60 local, national and international groups. As we engage in mission, we believe that children and youth are not simply the church of the future, but are the church of today. With a steady influx of young families, we seek sustained efforts to engage these members and their children in the life of faith and the ministry of the church. We have an outstanding preschool with 300 children, a thriving Sunday School and fellowship groups for our middle and high school youth. As they grow in their understanding of and connection with God, our children and adolescents address the needs of our community and beyond by participating in Stop Hunger Now, Dinner at Noon, Empty Bowls (fundraiser for food bank), mission trips to New Orleans rebuilding homes, collecting and sorting clothes for those in need, and other outreach activities.

Compassionate mission and outreach is one of our highest priorities. A proposed vision statement from the 2017 RPC Mission Task Force reads in part: “RPC aspires to transform lives, as Christ teaches, by service with others through mutual partnerships. We seek to deepen the personal engagement of our congregation through service and reflective learning opportunities as we are all engaged with others in our church and broader communities.”
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
The Associate Pastor for Christian Education (APCE) will be instrumental in RPC’s efforts to continue as the actively caring, openhearted and mission-focused Christian community we strive to be. Through worship and pastoral care, we count on the APCE to inspire and thus further engage our diverse congregation, ranging from toddlers to adolescents, from young adults to seniors.  RPC believes that youth are integral to the life of the church, which is why we seek to support parents as they lay the foundation for strong, spiritually-vibrant human beings within the church and beyond. The responsibilities of the APCE are central to this vision. He/She will assist in the sacraments and coordinate Sunday School, family fellowship events and the Middle School and High School Youth Groups. Through the APCE’s attentive and dynamic engagement with these groups, as well as with RPC Co-pastors and lay leaders, he/she will quickly gain an understanding of the church and its environs, which will in turn allow for the kind of spiritually-driven, “out-of-the-box” resourcefulness and responsiveness that is essential to who we are. Just as RPC is dedicated both to its congregation and surrounding communities in the name of God, so, too, must the APCE be dedicated.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
Candidates for our position must be engaging, creative, enthusiastic and compassionate in their work with children and youth. We need an innovative, authentic and faith-filled presence who leads by example to keep younger congregants active and growing in their faith through worship, youth groups, mission trips and attending or teaching in our vibrant Sunday School. The APCE will be encouraged to initiate new educational programs and be responsible for organizing family fellowship activities to bring all children and parishioners together for spiritual nurture, fun, fellowship and community service.  Candidates must see this truly as a calling, not simply a job.  We seek someone who lives and models a vibrant, curious and growing faith grounded in the Reformed tradition.  We seek someone who is willing to immerse themselves in the community, yet who realizes the unique nature of the pastoral call and role.  We seek someone who has a healthy sense of themselves – in their calling from God, as well as their strengths and their areas of growth.  He/She should recognize the dignity and equality of all people.  The APCE must be motivated and able to work as a part of a larger team – with the Co-Pastors, other staff and lay leadership.    Strong organizational and communication skills, along with a good sense of humor, are also essential. 
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  1. Lead the RPC Sunday School Program including:
    1. Recruit, train and support teachers and teen assistant teachers
    2. Develop and coordinate the curriculum
    3. Coordinate registration, attendance and communication with families
    4. Oversee child care for children from birth to three years old
  2. Collaborate with the Christian Education committee to plan:
    1. Family fellowship events throughout the year
    2. Annual Sunday School picnic
    3. Mission projects and special events
  3. Coordinate with Co-Pastors and Music Directors to:
    1. Provide leadership in our three worship services, including sacraments, preaching and offering the children’s message
    2. Plan regular meetings and activities with Middle School and High School youth groups
    3. Plan and oversee Mission Trips for High School youth group, including fundraising and recruiting chaperones
    4. Plan regular enrichment activities and “Singing Our Faith”
    5. Provide pastoral care to children, youth and families
    6. Reach out to new families and help them become involved
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Interpersonal Engagement
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $70,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. David Harkness
Irvington Presbyterian Church 25 North Broadway Irvington, NY 10533
Pastor of a Neighboring Church
Rev. Dr. Susan Andrews
4501 Lindell Blvd. 6B St Louis, MO 63108
Former General Presbyter for the Hudson River Pres
Mr. Jim Howland
349 Locust Avenue Rye, NY 10580
Current RPC Member
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   7/19/2017

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev. Gavin Meek Address  655 Scarborough Road, Scarborough NY 10510-2021
Daytime Phone  (914) 941-2100 x 14 Office Phone  (914) 941-2100
Fax  (914) 941-2263 Email
COM:   Lisa Niven Address  81 Walgrove Avenue, Dobbs Ferry NY 10522
Daytime Phone  914-380-0717 Office Phone 
Fax  914-941-2263 Email
PNC:  Co-Chairs Doug DeStaebler and Sarah Snell Address  c/o RPC 882 Boston Post Road Rye, NY 10580
Daytime Phone  914-305-5509 (Doug) Office Phone  914-921-1190 (Sarah)
Fax  914-967-0267 Email