Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 07406.AE1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 07406
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 700 Wood Street
Clarion, PA 16214
Phone (814) 226-8145
Fax N/A
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition White 99%
Other 1%
Average Worship Attendance 80
Church School Attendance 12
Curriculum Follow Me: Biblical Practice for Faithful Living
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:

We come together to worship, grow, and serve as disciples of Christ. 

What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
We strive to be a passionate, dedicated and collaborative community of Christ followers. We are always looking to live out God’s word through service to one another, the local community and the world. Currently, we live out our commitment to God’s calling primarily through addressing our area's food insecurity.

For years we hosted a weekly free dinner prepared by rotating community groups. During the recent pandemic we have had to reimagine and adapt this ministry. Our food ministry evolved into monthly distribution of staples, meats, dairy products and fresh fruits and vegetables. The food bag team also adds fun surprises: corn dogs, school supplies, pet food. Young people stand by ready to carry bags to cars. Our congregation has been energized and blessed by recognizing needs in the community and responding to those needs.

Our Men’s Fellowship raises thousands of dollars yearly by bringing together the church and community for a common goal of providing Christmas to needy families. Despite the pandemic impacting the normal collection, the members of our congregation answered the call and donated more money towards this ministry than usual.

We are open and excited to explore new ways of outreach to demonstrate our love of Christ and Christ’s children through fellowship, worship and service.

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

In addition to our food distribution, and our desire to resume our free community dinners, our location near to Clarion University serves as a potent opportunity for outreach and engagement. We look to more intentionally welcome students into our church family and show them God’s love and support during their college experience.

Our building houses a Head Start program, which serves as another opportunity to engage with our community.

We would like to expand our Vacation Bible School and continue to be intentional about meeting the needs of local children. A Girls Youth Group for young teenagers is a new ministry that is exciting and open for growth.

We are open to thinking outside of the box and trying new things. Old programs done the same way will not get the same results in this ever changing world. We seek a leader who will help us to envision new and different opportunities to grow, worship and serve.

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

We seek a pastor who brings us together to hear and study the Word of God and shows us how to live out our faith in our daily lives. We are looking for a leader who helps us identify our gifts, equips and enables us to exercise those gifts and sends us out with God’s blessing to share those gifts; to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We are looking for a pastor who will be in partnership with us in ministry.

We seek a pastor who is excited to reach out to families and university students. We look for a leader who can help us identify new outreach opportunities to address our community's needs.

We are hungry for a pastor who can lead us in new ways of nourishing spirits as well as bodies.

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

The person who is open to a call from this congregation must be a passionate child of God and demonstrate an enthusiasm for sharing God’s love and grace. The pastor should be a strong worship leader, sharing dynamic and engaging messages. We seek a pastor who has a teacher’s heart and is able to guide people of all ages on their own faith journey; who recognizes our strengths as individuals and as a congregation and equips us to do outreach. We believe that if we focus on our strengths we can accomplish the unique tasks God has called us to do. We seek a pastor who will help us grow, through prayer and study; to worship together in fellowship and to serve through our mission efforts.

We are looking for a leader who will engage with us interpersonally, someone who can build relationships of trust and respect with individuals of all ages in the congregation and the community. The person should be able to communicate well and motivate others to step forward in faith to serve. This pastor will be someone who can: adapt to our ever-changing world, respond to the needs of our congregation and community, and move us forward as a faithful community of believers.

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

The pastor at First Presbyterian Church will be responsible for leading worship, preaching, and providing pastoral care to the congregation.

We want the pastor to help us recognize our own gifts of ministry, who will teach, encourage and inspire us to use those gifts, and share the love of Christ within the church and our community.

This person will collaborate with staff, Elders, Deacons, and ministry teams to help our church grow, worship, and serve. The staff includes a Music Director, Organist, Sound Engineer, Video Engineer, Custodian, Treasurer, and Secretary.

The pastor will support existing programs and outreach, and help us develop and implement new opportunities for children, youth, families, college students, and adults.

Other expected responsibilities include moderating Session meetings, baptisms, weddings, funerals, and a written message in the newsletter.

Optional Links
Facebook: @clarionfirstpresby
                  First Presbyterian Church of Clarion 
www.   Clarion University of Pennsylvania 
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Public Communicator
Technologically Savvy
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Decision Making
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $50,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Manse
Name Relation
Rev Gary Lyon
271 Main St. Leechburg, PA 15656
Presbytery liaison
Rev James Dietrich
5 Walnut St. Brookville, PA 15825
Retired Presbyterian minister in Kiski Presbytery
Rev Edd Myers
41 Meyers Rd Shippenville, PA 16254
Pulpit supply, retired Methodist minister, friend
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   5/19/2022

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   The Rev. Dr. Donald R. Wilson Address  P.O. Box 339, 71 West Main St., Yatesboro, PA 16263
Daytime Phone  724-783-7196 Office Phone  (724) 783-7196
Fax  (724) 783-7198 Email
COM:   Rev. Gary Lyon Address  100 Willow Drive, Kittanning, PA
Daytime Phone  (724) 845-1901 Office Phone  (724) 783-7196
Fax  (724) 783-7198 Email
PNC:  Suellen Gourley Address  877 Lawrence Road, Clarion, PA 16214
Daytime Phone  814-745-2727 Office Phone  914-227-8514
Fax  N/A Email