Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 06236.AB1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 06236
Ministry Name Center United Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 110 Washington Avenue
Midway, PA 15060
Phone (724) 796-3351
WWW Address
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 37
Church School Attendance 25
Curriculum David C. Cook, Varied
Yoked Church False
Presbytery Washington
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:   Pastor
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, we will fulfill the mission of the Center United Presbyterian Church when we: worship God to enrich believers and inspire others to believe; develop Christians through the Word to live in obedience to Jesus Christ; serve the community, nation and world; connect all members with a focus on the mission of a thriving church; and provide resources of time, talent and treasure to accomplish the goals of Christ.

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

Center United Presbyterian Church of Midway’s (CUP) ministry consists of providing opportunities for fellowship, worship and mission.  Our vision for ministry is that our church will draw in the members of our community, through the delivery of God’s Word, with the congregation serving as living examples.  CUP’s goal is to serve our community in the name of Jesus Christ.

We live our vision through our scripture-based worship that promotes the Message of God. We seek a pastor who is strong in their faith and continues to present the Word of God in a way that is moving and drives people forward within their faith.

The pastor will be called upon to lead the congregation in the following ways to fulfill that vision:

  1. Worship: Plan and lead a traditional worship service, guided by the infallible Word of God. 
  2. Develop: Provide guidance and encouragement to the congregation, enabling them to develop a deeper faith.
  3. Serve: Be the teaching elder and provide care to meet the pastoral needs of the church members as well as members of the community.
  4. Connect: Be the communication link within the church and also the link between the church and the community.
  5. Provide: Use one’s gifts and skills to enable the church to live out its vision in serving Jesus Christ.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

Center United Presbyterian Church of Midway has community outreach through the following channels:

  1. Initiate and offer emergency and continuing financial help to needy members and non-members
  2. Host Shrove/Pancake Dinner, Steak Dinner and Breakfast with Santa for members of the community at large
  3. Provide funeral dinners for the families of our members and community people whose loved ones have died
  4. An annual recognition service for local volunteer first responders and fire fighters
  5. Sponsor service and fiscal giving opportunities for the congregation
  6. Outreach programs for local, Presbytery, Synod, Denominational and other international mission – including the McDonald Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Washington City Mission, MAMA, Pine Springs Christian Summer Camp, Fort Cherry Helping Hands, Souper Bowl Missions, Angel Tree, Domestic Violence, Shoebox Samaritan Purse, Veterans Recognition, Narcotics Anonymous host site
  7. Identify and encourage participation in community events
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

By growing the church and ministering to the needs of the community, this position will play into our vision and goal of leading others to Christ and helping those less fortunate, while expanding our membership 

Center Church is looking for a pastor with strong leadership skills.  A leader who will share the same vision and mission as the church and have the ability to lead the church in this direction.  This ‘leader’ will need to bridge differences, negotiate through stumbling blocks and provide the strategy that the congregation will follow so that the church can continue to develop, both spiritually and financially, and provide further outreach to the community.

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

The congregation is looking for a Pastor who will serve as a spiritual guide, witness/evangelist and minister of the Word and Sacraments.  The Pastor’s preaching will emphasize the Bible, while providing a timely message to energize and invigorate lay involvement in ministry, as well as build congregational involvement.  The Pastor needs to be outgoing and willing to minister to not just our needs but to the community and especially the youth of the community, while being grounded in the Word of the Lord.  This leader needs to be inclusive and encouraging to all members to further our mission within CUP and Midway and surrounding areas.

Other desired traits of a Pastor include: 

  1. one who exhibits deep faith in God and demonstrates that faith
  2. a strong view of the authority of Scripture
  3. a strong understanding of the Bible and the ability to convey the Word
  4. is inspirational from the pulpit
  5. good listening and speaking skills
  6. an ability to convey that he/she cares about people
  7. an ability to build solid relationships of trust and respect
  8. the capacity to unite people and mesh ideas toward a common purpose
  9. energetic and action oriented
  10. an ability to provide counsel and guidance
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

The Pastor’s main responsibility is to proclaim the Word of God and encourage the spiritual well- being of the members of the congregation.  We need a pastor who can work well in sharing responsibilities with various groups by introducing new ideas and sustaining existing programs.  With guidance of the pastor, the congregation should focus on meeting the needs of the community by reaching out and inviting them into the circle of the church.

  1. Center Church’s corporate worship centers around a traditional service that is led by the pastor with strong support from the organist and choir.  Worshippers are welcomed by a member of the Session, Deacons or Trustees.  Children’s sermons are also a part of the worship service.  Members of the congregation volunteer to read the Scripture lesson.  Lenten services are led by our local Ministerium and hosted at all churches in the area.
  2. Our Sunday School is a strong base for children beginning at age 3.  We have 2 adult classes, one of which is usually led by the pastor.  Our education wing provides individual classrooms for all ages.
  3. Our Youth Group meets once a week for fellowship.
  4. Reinstate annual summer Bible School
  5. Work with the Session in addressing the church's spiritual and material needs.
  6. Visitation of elderly, shut-ins and those unable to attend worship service.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Public Communicator
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $44,500   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Manse
Name Relation
Craig Kephart
Washington Presbytery, PO Box 146
(724) 222-1500
Familiar with CUP
Rev. Ben Robinson
210 Front Street PO Box 545 Midway, PA 15060
(724) 225-1695
Familiar with the Midway Community
Rev. Justin Amsler
119 Station Street McDonald, PA 15057
(724) 926-8561
Familiar with CUP
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   3/6/2022

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   CRAIG KEPHART Address  P.O. BOX 146, EIGHTY FOUR, PA 15330
Daytime Phone  724.747.5525 Office Phone  724.222.1500
Fax  no fax Email
PNC:  Judi Bayer & Logan Bayer Address  380 Washington Avenue
Daytime Phone  (412) 997-2464 Office Phone  (724) 884-6145
Fax  Email