Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 07053.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 07053
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 201 SW Dorion Ave
Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone 541-276-7681
Fax 541-276-7682
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 67
Church School Attendance 45
Curriculum One Room Sunday School (Deep Blue Kids) God's Promise (Presbyterian Women)
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:  
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:
With the help of the Holy Spirit, our mission is to build and nurture our congregation, whether members, friends or strangers:
   ~to accept the gift of God's love,
   ~to be the body of Christ,
   ~to grow in faith, unconditional love and grace as demonstrated in the life of Jesus Christ.
With God's guidance we strive to understand the differences that separate people and work to fill the void left by intolerance, misunderstanding, and injustice.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
As a church of more than 125 years, our congregation has obviously changed. Currently, we believe our ministry should focus on three goals:
1. To guide and nurture the spiritual development and growth of members. We need to experience group Bible study, theological discussion and lessons grounded in both traditional and contemporary Christian faith. We need to create intentional times and spaces for growing our individual faith within the context of our congregational spirituality and foundation. We want to re-energize our passion for studying God’s word and actively apply it to our everyday lives.
2. Invite and engage new members. Our congregation is aging and we must find ways to attract new people, especially families raising children. We seek different ways to engage people, outside of traditional worship and events. We need to be open to different formats of worship and study and intentionally invite others to worship.
3. Continue to make a difference in our community. We will adjust to the societal changes that affect our church and still make a difference. We actively serve our community in many ways, but must be aware of the limitations of our members’ hours and energy, which may require revising current mission endeavors.
Our congregation will live out our vision for ministry by finding ways to grow, inviting others to grow with us and finding ways to serve together with the Holy Spirit leading us in community.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
"For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land’.” Deuteronomy 15:11
The First Presbyterian Church has a long history of serving others. Our members have been active volunteers and leaders within the church and our community.
Locally, we help to improve the lives of those around by serving the homeless population (Hope4Home, Pendleton Warming Station, Helping Hand) and trying to eradicate hunger (“Souper” Bowl, Salvation Army lunches and our Deacon’s Pantry). We work with other local churches to continue to understand the unmet needs and conditions in our community.
Internationally, our congregation gives four times annually to projects including, One great hour of Sharing, Pentecost, Peacemaking, and Christmas Joy.
FPC is the largest church in the Eastern Oregon Presbytery. Several serve on Presbytery and Synod committees. A large percentage of Pendleton “First Citizens” are Presbyterians. Our members are involved with community service organizations (Altrusa, Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs).
Because our congregation is small, we know each other well and are in a better position to identify members who need extra help or prayers. We recognize that our congregation is aging and will have different challenges in the years to come. Our members are open and caring and will continue to support each other in our walk with Christ.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
The person whom God calls will lead us in worship, biblical study and spiritual growth.  The pastor will be someone who wants to join us to make a difference in our community as we share the gift of God’s love.  The pastor will endeavor to build a strong and trusting relationship with our members to ensure a stable environment for the spiritual and physical growth of our congregation.  The pastor will assist us in engaging newcomers and strengthening new relationships.  We seek a leader who will provide vision and guidance in serving children and young families to build the future of the church.  We are a loving and faithful congregation who will support, encourage and guide our pastor as we work together to be the body of Christ.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
The Pastor will:
…effectively lead in the pulpit, offering engaging, thought-provoking sermons and Biblical lessons; effectively lead worship, projecting the identity of the congregation through meaningful worship.
…possess a strong spiritual grounding, be trustworthy and authentic while nurturing spiritual growth of members; articulate a clear and consistent theology.
…create a positive, active learning environment that teaches the Bible and theology through multiple tools to reach a wide variety of learners.
…actively listen and adeptly communicate with a situational awareness of the congregation’s needs.
…successfully assess the climate of the congregation and respond accordingly; with confidence and resiliency, successfully lead change, anchoring it in the congregation’s vision and mission.
…demonstrate strong leadership and experience in building positive relationships with congregation members, with a friendly demeanor, compassion and empathy.
…accurately assess talents, strengths and limitations of others and skillfully connect people through shared work with a collegial and collaborative attitude.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
• Worship/Teaching: Provide spiritual leadership by planning, coordinating, and leading worship services. Preach biblically-based sermons with relevance, clarity, and depth. Teach confirmation classes and guide small group classes as needed.
• Pastoral Care:  Support and encourage the ministry of compassion of the deacons, commissions, and individuals.  Provide pastoral, hospital, home visits and counseling as needed. Our new pastor needs to be confident, resilient, compassionate, flexible, and friendly.  The role includes engaging newcomers and developing relationships within the church and without.
• A Coach: To help grow the congregation, we need a progressive pastor who will actively lead us, coach and encourage us reach out to others. The pastor should be able to guide and nurture us as we adjust to the societal changes that affect our church.
• Management:  Oversee the staff and the overall work of the congregation, including the Presbyterian Preschool and Westminster Woods Camp and Conference Center.
• A Leader Beside Us: Our new pastor will participate in community activities beyond the church, including participation in Presbytery, ecumenical and community activities.
• Leadership Development:  Educate and nurture the session, the deacons, and individuals in effective leadership and Presbyterian polity. Develop lay leadership within the church.
Optional Links  (Children's Museum)
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Organizational Agility
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $55,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Charlotte Wells
SE 2nd St. Pendleton, OR 97801
Pastor of Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
Ann Marie Hardin
45270 Stewart Creek Rd. Pilot Rock, OR 97868
Engineering Instructor at BMCC, candidate for Epis
Gary Zimmerman, DC
72474 Hwy 395 S Pendleton OR 97801
Long term member and current clerk of session
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   12/12/2018

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Linda Toth Address  1358 SW 11th St, Ontariao, OR, 97914
Daytime Phone  541-212-1480 Office Phone 
Fax  Email
COM:   Keith Hudson Address  1308 Washington Ave, La Grande, OR 97850
Daytime Phone  (541) 963-5114 Office Phone  (541) 963-5114
Fax  Email
PNC:  Lori Powell Address  756 NW 23rd St. Pendleton, OR 97801
Daytime Phone  541-278-6738 Office Phone  541-969-2820
Fax  Email