Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 07501.AB3

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 07501
Ministry Name Cochranton Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 109 Smith St.
Cochranton, PA 16314
Phone 814-425-3764
Fax NA
E-Mail cochrantonpresby@yahoo.com
WWW Address Put this in your browser Cochranton Presbyterian Church on Facebook
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 25
Church School Attendance 3
Curriculum Lectionary children’s message during nursery
Yoked Church False
Presbytery LAKE ERIE PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF THE TRINITY
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor, yoked/parish
Experience Required:   No Experience
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:
Cochranton Presbyterian Church is a family following Christ’s commands by finding and feeding God’s people.
 
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
                 We prayerfully attempt to live our Mission Statement: “Cochranton Presbyterian Church is a family following Christ’s commands by finding and feeding God’s people.”
                We are a multi-talented family of loving Christians living a Bible-based theology based on Christ’s commands. We reach out to our local community as well as regionally and worldwide,  to find God’s people and provide for unmet needs.
                After our pastor retired, the numerous missional programs in place continued including a monthly community tureen dinner, Samaritan Purse’s Operation Christmas Child, a twice-annual highway cleanup program, operating our church food booth during fair week,
                working monthly at   the local soup kitchen, and sponsoring a joint Vacation Bible School for a second year with another church.          
                We worship outside at our pavilion during the summer season praying for peace at our own “peace tree.” We celebrate “The Hanging of the Greens”, offer pancake breakfasts twice yearly, snacks after worship, and religious instruction nursery. Members also participate
                in the community ministerial association and on three presbytery committees.
                Recently, we extended the presence of our church within the community by making our otherwise unused church space available for a number of community organizations.
               With limited pastoral leadership, we believe we are still faithfully living out our church’s vision.
 
            
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Living in a small community allows our church family members to be involved in most
community organizations. Through those connections, we are generally aware of emerging needs.  We search for ways our members or committees can fulfill these needs. Most recently, this has included helping our community library with new construction. We also provide meeting space, at no charge, for several community organizations including senior citizens,
Bible study, prayer groups, 4-H, Brownies, a school-release program, YMCA, and weight loss groups.
We feel we are responsive to community needs through our Christian actions. There is a natural flow of our beliefs that God has called us to bloom where we’re planted.
We always continue to look for unmet needs, especially those of unchurched children and adults. Through trying to fulfill those needs, we pray they will see us as a church whose members are filled with the Holy Spirit and living Christ’s commands, and will feel called to join us.
 
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
We know we’re strengthened with leadership and guidance from a Teaching Elder. With present conditions for churches and society in general, we realize we must share a pastor. We’re encouraged by recent discussions with nearby Hartstown Presbyterian Church (20 miles away), and feel we are a good match. We are similarly quite conservative theologically.
You should know: After a year of urging from our former pastor, who retired at the end of 2014, followed by a year of surveys and discussions, we took a congregational vote with three choices: leave the denomination,
find a new pastor or dissolve the church.
The overwhelming vote was to find a new pastor. Most of those who cannot live with the
present PC(USA) have left, which was about 25% of our membership – from 125 to about 80.
Those of us who remain are united in the belief that we must continue to stay true to our mission and follow God’s plan.
We’re content for now as part of PC (USA) but the issue of leaving may not be resolved, even though most members with objections have gone.
Session voted that no same-sex weddings will be performed on church property, and all prospective pastors would be questioned on this issue.
 
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
A church survey produced the following ten desired characteristics, in order of importance: Preaching and worship, collaboration, communicator, flexibility, initiative, strategy and vision, advisor, financial manager and public communicator, and task manager.
Our pastor should be an excellent preacher whose perception and understanding help us understand the word of God as presented through scripture and life. He or she should be adept at working with our leadership to continue to enhance our vision and carry out our missions. Our pastor should be a communicator and teacher who is able to aid in forming and implementing the strategy and vision of the church leadership. They should be willing to visit members and to counsel when necessary.
Of course, our pastor should be skilled at handling any conflict that arises. They should also be willing to represent our church in the community and with Presbytery.
We do not expect or want a pastor to “take over” or shoulder all the leadership roles. We’re grateful for our capable and experienced leadership team, and the team is eager to collaborate with a new pastor.
Add to all that, our ideal pastor would be willing to pitch in and help when and where necessary. These characteristics would help us be better able to move toward reaching our vision and missional goals, and enhancing our credibility in the community.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
It’s quite a list, but we’re experienced helpers.
In addition to preaching and leading worship on Sundays and heading a staff of three, our pastor would hold regular office hours, provide administrative leadership, visit the sick and homebound and those facing special challenges, help us understand and carry out our annual budget, provide oversight to committees, officiate at weddings and funerals, serve on the local ministerial committee and represent the church to the community and presbytery.
We’d also like our pastor to reestablish Sunday school for both adults and children. Like every other church seeking a new pastor, we would appreciate help bringing new people through the doors and growing our congregation, but realize we must do much of the heavy lifting to make that happen. Please pray with us as we further explore God’s growing intended purposes for our congregation.  This would be a shared position as we would be partnering with the Hartstown Presbyterian Church sharing the time and salary at 50% for each church.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Communicator
Public Communicator
Advisor
Collaboration
Interpersonal Engagement
Motivator
Initiative
Flexibility
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $47,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
Rev. David Oyler
2816 Elmwood Ave. Erie, PA 16508
814-868-4891
david@pbylakeerie.org
General Presbyter
Rev. John McGarvey
PO Box 553, Cochranton, PA 16314
814-720-5378
jbmcgarvey63@gmail.com
Cochranton CMA Minister
Rose Hiiliard
214 Spring Street Meadville, PA 16335
814-795-1277
rosemaries@windstream.net
member HPC, Commissioned Ruling Elder
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Yes
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   11/14/2018


Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   REV DAVID S OYLER Address  2816 ELMWOOD AVENUE, ERIE PA 16508
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (814) 868-4891
Fax  (814) 866-0856 Email  david@pbylakeerie.org
COM:   Ruling Elder Don Worthington Address  7290 Tulip Drive, Erie, PA 16415
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  814-474-3192
Fax  Email  d.worthington1@twc.com
PNC:  Estella Hyde Address  14176 Townline Rd., Linesville, PA 16424
Daytime Phone  814-683-5664 Office Phone  814-439-5002
Fax  NA Email  kjohnston192@yahoo.com

Yoke Position Information - Hartstown Presbyterian Church

Church ID 03493
Church Name Hartstown Presbyterian Church
Total Distance Between All Churches (in Miles) 20
Total Driving Time Between All Churches (in Minutes) 45
What is the membership size of the yoked congregation? 51
What is the worship time of each congregation?
Cochranton Presbyterian Church - Worship 9:30 am to 10:30 am.   Each Sunday.  Seasonal variations will be determined as needed by the Pastor, Contact church and Yoked church.
Hartstown Presbyterian Church - Worship 11:15 am to 12:15 pm.    Each Sunday.  Seasonal variations will be determined as needed by the Pastor, Yoked church and Contact church.
 
Provide the schedule for each church school.
Cochranton Presbyterian Church -  Church School- we do not  have at this time however if we did the time would be 10:45 am to 11:30 am.  Each Sunday.  Seasonal variations will be determined as needed by the Pastor, Contact church and Yoked church.
Hartstown Presbyterian Church - Church School - 10:00 am.  Each Sunday.  Seasonal variations will be determined as needed by the Pastor, Yoked church and Contact church.
 
Describe the schedule for any other regular activities such as choir, youth groups, committees and outreach activities.
Cochranton Presbyterian Church- Session meets the  first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm; Chimes and Choir meet on Thursdays, Chimes at 5:30 pm and Choir at 6:15 pm.  Committee meetings; Worship and Music, Christian Life and Education, Outreach, Building and Grounds and Deacons meet at various times during the month.  Women's Association meets yearly.  Meeting days and times are determined in September.  Community Tureen dinners are held  the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm from September though May.  Pancake breakfasts are held two times a year son the Saturday of Memorial Day and Saturday prior to Thanksgiving (7-11 am). The Fair Booth is open the first full week in August at the Cochranton Fair and at other times during the year as determined by the Outreach committee.
Hartstown Presbyterian Church -  Session meets the third Monday,  the children's  choir meets the first Sunday and   "Coins for Kids" meets the first Sunday of the month.  Four community dinners are held each year.  Our committees – Christian Education, Worship and Music, and Trustees - meet as needed,
 
Mission Statement (of yoked church).
We are a Christian family of Faith, empowered by the Holy Spirit to glorify God, to proclaim His Word, and to grow together in Christ.
 
 
1. What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
We are unique in our presbytery in two major ways – about 90% of our congregation belongs to two families who have comprised the backbone of the church for generations, and we wouldn’t argue with being described as one of the most “evangelical” churches in our presbytery. Those factors bring both blessings and challenges.
We are a vibrant, welcoming, helpful faith family that reaches into our community, and we would appreciate help in communicating that image, especially to the immediate community. We all work together as one big family, and our efforts do not slack off when we do not have a regular pastor.  We welcome our pastors in as another member of the family, and several of the people who fill our pulpit from time to time have practically joined the family as well.  Having a pastor is not just a familiar face in the pulpit every week; he/she is a unifying presence that helps to represent HPC in the community.
We have no trouble describing ourselves as very conservative. We yearn for a pastor who would challenge us with the Bible and who would join us in sharing the Word and serving others. We want a pastor called to tend our flock not only with care but with tough love if needed.
      We’re aware of changing demographics that likely require us to share a pastor with another nearby church. Our discussions about sharing a pastor with Cochranton seem to be bearing fruit, and we appreciate the opportunity to travel with them on this path.
 
2. How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Community dinners are held at our church four times per year, with the profits going to our general fund. We have an ongoing collection of supplies for a local women’s shelter.
We have Sunday school classes for all ages, and on the first Sunday of each month, the Children’s Choir performs and collects a “Coins for Kids” offering.  The funds go towards various projects each quarter, including school supplies, a local charity’s Christmas program, and most recently Heifer International.
We have learned to lead ourselves during periods over the last two generations of members when we were without steady pastoral leadership.  Our committees – Christian Education, Worship and Music, and Trustees - meet as needed, and while a pastor is more than welcome to attend, they are formed such that the business of the church continues to be completed even if we do not have regular pastoral leadership.  Each committee includes at least one Session member, so there is coordination between all of the groups.  Regular attendance at committee meetings and chairing of committees would not be expected of a pastor, but some degree of pastoral involvement and participation would be welcomed and appreciated.
Also, here’s some great news for a prospective pastor. There will be no need to raise funds for church repair! Our building is in good shape. In the spring of 2015, we dedicated our remodeled and redecorated air-conditioned sanctuary, complete with new hymnals and Bibles.
 
3. How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
We are motivated by the love of God and love of our church and consider ourselves quite well-organized. However, we fully realize we very much need a Teaching Elder in order for us to grow spiritually. However, lack of a pastor has never stopped us from spreading the word of God.
      We believe in two very important values:  Salvation is only possible through Jesus Christ our Lord, and we firmly believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.
We highly value the steady leadership a Teaching Elder brings. We equally value a Teaching Elder who provides emotional support and guidance for church projects as well as for individual church members
4. Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
Get ready to join another family!  A sense of humor is required. We laugh a lot and find joy in our worship.  We do not see a pastor as someone taking a job or filling a position but as someone installed into a family with all the love, relationships, and peculiarities that involves.  Our congregation is blessed with many children, their parents, their grandparents, and even some great-grandparents. 
Our pastor must be well organized with time management skills, especially if we share that person with another church.  In order to minister to two congregations effectively, the applicant must have these skills to prevent burn-out.  They must have rest and time for reflection to help nourish the soul.
      We think people are attracted because we have principles based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, instead of varying interests that can change like the wind.
      If our pastor has a spouse, who would like to seek employment, there are a variety of opportunities in industry, healthcare, and education including colleges.  Nestled between Pymatuning Reservoir and Conneaut Lake, there is always something to see or do; it is up to you!  More than one person has stated that this is God’s country, and we couldn’t agree more because it is also home. 
      We highly value a pastor who visits, especially for homebound and hospitalized members of the congregation and those living in nursing homes. We are willing to share the visiting duties, especially if we share a pastor.
 
5. What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
We are seeking a pastor who preaches challenging, Bible-based sermons on Sundays and for special services and who can lead engaging, inspiring worship. We want our pastor to participate in all church activities, but we understand and accept that this will be done as time permits.
Our pastor needs to have “visiting skills” that can bring the love of God and our close church family to those who can’t receive it face-to-face in worship.
Our church family is not limited to our active members or those who attend worship regularly.  There are many more people who are vibrant participants in our church life, and although they do not worship with us regularly every week, they have the love of our Lord in their hearts, and we all work together to show that love to our community.  Perhaps having a regular pastor would encourage them to regularly worship with us. 
Our pastor needs to be a good communicator verbally and through technology, and we highly value lifelong learners.
If you need more specifics, please come and visit us!