Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 07754.AA0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 07754
Ministry Name First United Presbyterian Church of West Pittston
Mailing Address 40 Institute Street
Wyoming, PA 18644
Phone (570) 609-5410
Fax
E-Mail presbywp@aol.com
WWW Address presbywp.org
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 98%
Average Worship Attendance 62
Church School Attendance 16
Curriculum Feasting on the Word, Dig In by Group Publishing, Other Self-Developed
Yoked Church False
Presbytery LACKAWANNA PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF THE TRINITY
Community Type Town
Last Information from Statistics of the Church  * (  Show Statistics  )
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor Interim
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:   Transitional Pastor
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

The purpose of the First United Presbyterian Church of West Pittston, Pennsylvania is to proclaim the Good News of a Gracious God and to form a community of Christians to be Christ’s hands and feet in daily life.

What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

Our vision for ministry begins with living out the part of our mission statement that calls us “to be Christ’s hands and feet in daily life.”

We believe that all members of our church are ministers, and have the privilege and responsibility to live out their faith in their homes and in their communities.

A devastating flood in 2011 forced us to leave our building of 140 years.  Through much prayer and discernment, and the help of the New Beginnings mission study process, five years ago we put down new roots 3 miles away in the facilities of the Wyoming Presbyterian Church.  We have emerged from this process with a renewed energy for ministry and mission and have become more outward focused in our program planning and execution. 

We believe in putting our faith to work in ways that benefit the lives of the people in our community.  We are a group of Christ-followers whose calling is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the sick, and love one another.

We live out our ministry and mission by participating in programs such as Meals on Wheels, food pantry collections and distribution, Deacon’s caring ministries, free tutoring program for elementary students, free monthly Community Connections events, Suicide Prevention Walk, weekly Sunday School program, Women’s Association, free community carnival, Christmas caroling to homebound members, and benevolence giving in excess of 10% of our operating budget.

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

We are a church that puts its faith into action, and regularly asks itself if it is relevant in today’s world and making a difference in the lives of the people in our community.

Two years ago, we began holding monthly “Community Connections” events.  These events are free and have covered topics such as:  Healthy Eating on a Budget, First Aid and CPR/AED Training, Composting, Free Hearing Screening, Winning the War Against Hunger, Opioid Addiction and NARCAN Administration, and a Free Community Carnival.  We have learned to listen to the needs of those who attend and have used these ideas in creating the next year’s events.

During this past school year, we learned that our local school district had numerous families whose children were struggling in school but could not afford private tutoring.  Since our congregation has current and retired school teachers among its members, we saw an opportunity to meet this need.  We launched a twice-per-month “Tutoring Table” program that begins with a free dinner meal for the children and their families and then provides free tutoring in math and reading for elementary school students.  We feed as many as 70 people at these gatherings and have added a small food pantry and clothes closet, as we found out that these were needed as well.   

Our Tutoring Table program was recently awarded a grant by the Synod of The Trinity and was recognized for the impact it is having on the lives of the children and families in our community.

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

The Transitional Pastor will help us reach our vision and mission goals by:

  • Supporting the work of the Session, Deacons, Transition Team, and paid and volunteer staff.  
  • Providing Bible-based teaching through weekly sermons, Sunday School participation, and seasonal Bible studies.
  • Developing the spiritual maturity and leadership skills of the Session, Deacons, and other church leaders to best equip them for leading the programs and activities of the church.
  • Assisting the church leadership in listening to the needs of the community around us and providing spiritual leadership as we seek to offer programs and activities to best meet these needs.
  • Participating in ecumenical ministerial groups and activities with neighboring pastors and congregations.  We have a history of partnering with nearby congregations for seasonal worship, community service, and Bible study activities.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
  • Spiritual maturity, along with a love for Jesus and his teachings.  One whose life is grounded in his or her faith and in the scriptures.
  • Creativity in living out his or her faith, and will challenge us to be continually adapting to the changing needs of our congregation and our community.  
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • A compassionate spirit for people who are hurting physically or mentally.
  • Effective communication skills with people of all ages and walks of life.
  • Passion for mission, ecumenism, and caring for all in need.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  • Lead weekly worship services, administering the sacraments as required.
  • Provide Bible teaching through weekly sermons, Sunday School, and seasonal Bible studies.
  • Moderate the Session and provide support to the work of the Deacons.
  • Support the music ministries of the congregation.
  • Provide support and guidance to the work of the Transition Team.
  • Visit members who are homebound and/or in the hospital.  Administer the sacraments as required.
  • Serve as head of staff.
  • Provide Pastoral care through other visitation, counseling, and other ministries of caring.
  • Be present at the major programs, events, and activities held by the congregation.
  • Participate in the work of the Lackawanna Presbytery.
Optional Links
Church website:  http://www.presbywp.org/
Lackawanna Presbytery website:  https://www.lackawannapresby.org/
Discover Northeastern Pennsylvania:  https://www.discovernepa.com/live-in-nepa/regional-resources/
Visit Luzerne County Pennsylvania:  https://www.visitluzernecounty.com/
Leadership Competencies:
Compassionate
Hopeful
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Communicator
Advisor
Change Agent
Interpersonal Engagement
Motivator
Flexibility
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $52,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Open to Manse/Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
Rev. Bill Carter
300 School Street, Clarks Summit, PA 18411
(570) 586-6306
pastor@fpccs.org
Moderator of Session, Presbytery Liaison
Laura Lewis, CP
17 Fordham Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
(570) 430-1695
harpist375@gmail.com
Neighboring Pastor, Pulpit Supply
Rev. David Brague
108 Florida Avenue, West Wyoming, PA 18644
(570) 332-4510
revdsb2nd@yahoo.com
Neighboring Pastor
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   9/6/2019


Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   REV BRENT EELMAN Address  816 OLIVE STREET, SCRANTON PA 18510
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (570) 348-0643
Fax  Email  POLackawanna.actinggp@gmail.com
PNC:  Daniel Klaproth Address  First United Presbyterian Church, Search Committee, 40 Institute Street, Wyoming, PA 18644
Daytime Phone  (570) 290-2930 Office Phone  (570) 609-5410
Fax  Email  personnel.presbywp@gmail.com