Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 07083.AI2

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 07083
Ministry Name St. Mark Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 601 Claymont Drive
Ballwin, MO 63011
Phone 636-394-2233
Fax 636-394-2257
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
White 98%
Average Worship Attendance 289
Church School Attendance 85
Curriculum Preschool-5th Grade: Growing in Grace & Gratitude, PCUSA, Mid/Sr High & Adult Ed: Feasting on the Word, Westminster-John Knox Pres, Confirmation: Fait
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Other)
Experience Required:   First Ordained Call
Specific Title:   Associate 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:
God calls St. Mark Presbyterian Church to transform lives in Jesus Christ. Relying on the Holy Spirit, we create a caring community through worship that inspires, learning that leads to responsible living and service that meets the needs of others. We commit ourselves to Christ’s Great Commission “…to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded” (Matthew 28:19-20). Rejoicing in our faith we invite everyone to share in Christ’s ministry of hope.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

God calls St Mark Presbyterian Church to be a vibrant, open, diverse community of faithful, active believers. Through Spirit-filled worship, passion for God’s Word, and joyful work in service to others, we demonstrate the new life given in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • We are passionate about God, anchored in God’s Word, and go to God in prayer
  • God calls St. Mark Presbyterian Church to include all people in our Fellowship
  • We believe in treating everyone in love as Christ taught with openness and respect, emphasizing God’s love and forgiveness
  • We expect everyone to grow in their faith in the life of this congregation through worship, education, and service, locally and beyond our community
  • We invite people of all ages to share their talents, financial support, and time
  • We are committed to excellence in Christian worship & education
  • We are committed to a strong, meaningful, and joyful Sunday school and fellowship experience for all ages
  • Guided by the Holy Spirit, we believe in being open, candid, and constructive with each other about the church communicating with grace and love and showing respect for differing opinions and ideas

We live out this mission through joyful worship, fellowship and mission-driven work with one another. We actively care for one another and are dedicated to financial and hands-on mission for our church, local community and the world.

How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

A Mission Study completed in 2016 identified four core values that shape our identity: traditional, friendly, caring, active. The study also identified our hopes and dreams for the future that compel us to expand our focus outward, not inward; external, not internal; serving, not being served.

St. Mark is known for outstanding traditional worship, preaching and music. We envision enhancing our Chancel Choir, building up children and family programs, and bringing in more guest speakers to address current issues in church and society.

The heart of our church is in its friendly people. We cultivate our relationship with God as we cultivate our relationships with each other. We envision inviting more people to worship through advertising and special services; greater involvement of new and existing members; new opportunities for fellowship.

Our faith calls us to be known by our actions as well as our convictions. We serve generously with our time, talents, and treasures. We envision providing more opportunities for hands on mission locally; increasing our percentage of mission giving; dedicating staffing for older adult ministries/programming; strengthening care and support ministries that are available through St. Mark.

St. Mark is a busy center of activity for members and the community. We envision upgrading facilities to be more accessible to church members and community groups, building up small group ministries, and enhancing technology to reach home bound church members.

How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

With a rich history of over 50 years, we now face important changes and exciting opportunities to meet our mission goal of more focused ministry to families with children and youth.

Our Senior Pastor is leading us as we strive to make church relevant to all our members, including our youth.  We have a Director of Children’s ministry, and we are seeking to fill an open Non-Ordained Youth Ministry Associate position.  We are looking for an Associate Pastor, who will share the hope and encouragement of our Christian faith by serving the entire congregation but primarily our youth and children.

Consistent with many churches, we face challenges to grow membership. We look to this new Associate Pastor to collaborate with us in improving and enhancing our efforts in this important area.  Our church is located in the middle of a large subdivision.  We are intentional in reaching out to our neighbors in the subdivision, as well as the community at large.  A family ministry is a focus in this outreach.  As a relational congregation, we seek to meet the worship, spiritual, and mission needs of our community.

The Associate Pastor will oversee and supervise our children’s ministry, and along with the Non-Ordained Youth Ministry Associate, will lead our youth ministry (i.e., Middle School & Senior High) and their families.  This position will provide active leadership and planning of youth programs and worship services, service projects, work trips, confirmation classes, and Bible classes.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

We seek an Associate Pastor who is able to inspire, motivate and lead our youth and relate to their families. It is important that the Associate Pastor be approachable, be an excellent communicator, possess a good sense of humor, and be an involved participant in church and community life.

The Associate Pastor should be relational - generating conversation and facilitating communication to build trust, help people arrive at consensus, and motivate congregants to follow through on projects and ideas.  We seek someone with the ability to relate to youth, children, and their families.  It is especially important that this individual be able to develop close relationships with the youth by providing Christian guidance, taking an interest in their passions, extending the ministry to their families, and connecting the youth with caring adults.

The Associate Pastor should have skills to communicate a vision for youth and children’s ministries and to equip the congregation in fulfilling the vision. To work well with staff and lay leaders, communication skills are essential, including the use of social media.

The Associate Pastor should have organizational skills, including the ability to plan and organize children and youth programs and worship services, service projects, work trips, confirmation classes and bible classes.

We seek to reach-out and minister to the needs of our neighbors and community while building membership.

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

Provide additional pastoral depth to support the mission of the Church and the needs of the congregation.  Give direction and leadership in Family Ministry and Community Building, including the areas of Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Adult Christian Education.

  • Along with an incoming Non-Ordained Youth Ministry Associate, provide active leadership and planning for the Middle School and Senior High Youth Program and their families, so the youth have a particular pastor to whom to relate.
  • Provide oversight and supervision of the Director of Children’s Ministry and the Youth Ministry Associate.
  • Plan, coordinate, and participate in youth worship services and service projects, work trips, special trips, and activities away from the church.
  • Oversee all communications regarding Middle School and Senior High youth.
  • Provide staff support for the Youth Committee, including participation at its meetings and related meetings.
  • Lead and facilitate Confirmation Classes.
  • Work with youth and build community with an emphasis on family ministry.
  • Provide active pastoral leadership to the boards, committees, and groups of the church.
  • Participate in membership visitation.
  • Coordinate with head of staff and Stephen Ministry to provide pastoral care and counseling.
  • Coordinate intergenerational church interaction.
  • Preach on a predetermined schedule.
Perform other appropriate duties as assigned by the Head of Staff.
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Leadership Competencies:
Technologically Savvy
Organizational Agility
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $50,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Dr. Gary Ferbet
15200 Cambridge Terrace Court, Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
The Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery, Former Associate
Stacey Caplinger
510 Redondo Drive, Chesterfield, MO 63017
SMPC member, heavily involved with the youth
Jerie Lukfahr
1015 Magnolia, Fernandia Beach, FL 32034
Former Member of St. Mark
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   4/29/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Craig Howard Address  2236 Tower Grove Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (314) 772-2395 x110
Fax  (314) 772-2309 Email
PNC:  Clayton Douglas, Acting Secretary, Associate Pastor Nominating Committ Address  601 Claymont Drive, Ballwin, MO 63011
Daytime Phone  636.236.7194 Office Phone 
Fax  Email