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MIF #: 06350.AA0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 06350
Ministry Name East Side Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 3440 Edgewood Drive
Ashtabula, OH 44004-5967
Phone 440-993-7546
Fax 440-992-7366
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 50
Church School Attendance 1
Curriculum Union Gospel Press
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor (for a designated term)
Experience Required:   First Ordained Call
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   No
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:   Ordained by Presbyterian Church
Brief Church Mission Statement:
past ourselves to those whom God has
placed around us, 
them into the adventure of the Christian faith,
together to follow Jesus Christ with joyful devotion, and
Go Out
as changed people, enriching our world for him. 
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
ESPC Church’s Vision Statement
                                             Called by God and led by the Holy Spirit we:
                                             Evangelize through teaching about God’s love,
                                             Serve by ministering to the needs of others,
                                             Praise God through worship and prayer, and
                                             Celebrate by spreading the Good News.

A Vision Encourages Unity and A Vision Provides Purpose.
A common vision indicates that we are working together toward the same goal (1 Corinthians 1:10).  God says to perform as if we are working for him (Eph. 6:5-8; Col. 3:23-24).
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
We feel that it is our calling to support the various needs of our community, including, but not limited to:  Home Safe, Faith Lutheran Food Pantry, Samaritan House, Catholic Charities (in the form of adopting twenty to thirty families at Christmas), Peacemaking Program and One Great Hour of Sharing, Bible School (currently inactive), Shoebox Ministry, and Concerts in the Park. These acts of kindness serve as a reminder of God’s amazing love.
         Our community faces economic challenges. To ensure children are fed over the weekend, ESPC collaborated with other churches within our community to provide Brown Bag lunches (sponsored through G.O. Ministries). On Mother’s Day, graciously donated carnations are distributed in support of breast cancer awareness. Visitors to our church are offered stuffed animals and pocket crosses. Cookies and prayer shawls are prepared and delivered to shut-ins. We have a strong sense of family and community, coming together to seek Christian fellowship and support.
         When we reach out to others, we are reaching out to God (Matthew 25:40 NIV).
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
We are a church, 98 years strong, full of energy and compassion for God, each other, our friends, and our neighbors. As a mature congregation with a young heart, we still acknowledge that change is needed in order to grow. Many individuals actively pursue the hands-on work of the church or volunteer in our community. We have a great facility and music resources for worship services and fellowship opportunities. We are spiritually motivated and committed to grow our vision and mission goals.
         As we continue in our journey to serve God’s vision, ESPC is seeking an energetic, vibrant pastor who will lead us in faith and spiritual growth, and be an inspirational motivator. One who can engage people, execute our vision, show compassion, and be empathetic to those in need. We would like a minister who is aware and sensitive to the economic downturn in our community, as well as national and world events. We would like a pastor who hears and understands the needs of our congregation, who accepts our limitations, but also presents a positive, faithful outlook. We prayerfully seek a leader who can open new doors, create curiosity, spark interest and determination within each of us.      “God…is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask….” (Ephesians 3:20 TLB).
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
The verb form of “pastor” means “to shepherd,” and besides Christ as the Great Shepherd (John 10) and literal shepherds, pastors are elders who shepherd the church. Our pastor should be a loving, caring, sincere person while performing all job duties. 
         As we seek direction for our congregation, we look for a minister with good listening skills, who is approachable and compassionate.  As we challenge ourselves to use our God-given talents to grow, we look to our pastor to model integrity, to become more Christ-like and to challenge our own spiritual growth.  Through biblically-based teaching techniques and prayer, we seek to become more faithful and committed to attracting new members, and to embrace ever-changing technology.  We seek a pastor who will provide grace, direction, and humor.
         “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV).
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
“Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock” (1 Peter 5: 2-3 ESV).
Administrative Responsibilities - When we think of our Pastor’s busy life, we understand his or her tasks and responsibilities are a shared collaboration with the congregation.  We seek a pastor who will work with our congregation to 1) follow the Book of Order, 2) moderate session and direct supervision of staff, and 3) establish office hours as agreed by Session.
Spiritual Responsibilities – We envision a Pastor who will 1) proclaim the Word of God, 2) lead and guide our congregation, 3) prepare Sunday and holiday worship sermons, including children’s sermons, 4) administer sacraments (monthly), and 5) teach communicant and new member classes.
Pastoral Responsibilities - In times of personal need, we look for our Pastor to 1) provide spiritual guidance and direction to church members and committees, and 2) provide guidance, counsel, and comfort to the poor, sick, troubled or dying through prayer, home visits, or hospital visits.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $67,256   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Manse
Name Relation
Reverend Mark Mong
1342 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
Area Pastor
Reverend Jessica MacMillan
2800 Euclid Avenue, Suite 500, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Stated Clerk
Ed Pawlowski
PO Box 325, Orwell, OH 44076
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   5/10/2017

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev. Sharon Core Address  2800 EUCLID AVENUE, SUITE 500 CLEVELAND OH 44115-2431
Daytime Phone  (216) 241-3966 Office Phone  (216) 241-3966
Fax  (216) 241-3969 Email
PNC:  East Side Presbyterian Church Address  3440 Edgewood Drive, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004-5967
Daytime Phone  440-993-7546 Office Phone 
Fax  440-992-7366 Email