Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 07937.AD0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 07937
Ministry Name Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 1680 Aquetong Road
New Hope, PA 18938
Phone (215) 862-2440
Fax (215) 862-9046
E-Mail office@tmpc.org
WWW Address tmpc.org
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition White 99%
Other 1%
Average Worship Attendance 140
Church School Attendance 23
Curriculum Dwell Curriculum for pre-K through middle school. Various books and video series for high schoolers and adults.
Yoked Church False
Presbytery PHILADELPHIA 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:   Head of Staff (who supervised one teaching elder and other staff)
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:   Pastor and Head of Staff
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:

We are a joyful family called by God through Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to: welcome all, share our faith, love each other, serve the world and glorify God.

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

TMPC has a rich history that dates back to 1811 and continues to evolve and progress with time. It has the properties of a mid-sized church but the atmosphere of a small one. Our mission statement has been testified through decades and again validated in our recent survey.

The church values its sense of having a caring, family feel and being a warm, close-knit community; helping members deepen their personal, spiritual relationship with God; and its dedication to mission and service.

Strong Relationships: TMPC is intentional about providing opportunities for personal relationships to grow so that all who participate in the life of the church feel supported by and connected to others. The people of TMPC have a strong sense of belonging to this congregation.

Spiritual Formation: We seek to be warm caring disciples of Christ who honor tradition, welcome diversity and seek God’s guidance through a reformed understanding of scripture.

Community Impact: TMPC’s passion for community work extends to many projects, including The Church Has Left the Building, Community Meal, Urban Promise and Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.

We believe our vision is to glorify God, live our values, and further our efforts in serving the world.

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

We believe mission and service are part of our core values. We believe that we are called by God to welcome all, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation or economic status to share our faith, serve the world and glorify God. Time, talent and treasures are shared generously.  Deeply committed volunteers of all ages believe in faith through action. 

God is calling us to serve within the church and beyond.  Locally, we engage in issues of addiction, hunger and poverty.  Internationally, we support missions such as Conexion Mosaico, Samaritan’s Purse, and One Great Hour of Sharing.

Our recent church-wide survey indicates a majority of the congregation looks forward to new opportunities for all ages to serve God and the community.

Due to our proximity to New York City and Philadelphia, a diverse population, including LGBTQ and visiting ethnic minorities, are drawn to New Hope’s art and culture.  Such diversity provides an opportunity to grow our Christian community.

TMPC offers both traditional and contemporary worship to engage both the aging population as well as younger members and families.

In addition, we are searching for an opportunity to speak effectively to community members who feel no religious identity or affiliation.

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

The pastor called to serve at TMPC will help our congregation realize our vision in the areas of Spiritual Formation, Strong Relationships and Community Impact.

Spiritual Formation: Help grow our faith in Jesus Christ by delivering sermons which deepen our understanding of the Bible and offer thought-provoking and challenging application to our lives. Support additional opportunities for adult biblical education. Enrich and deepen the Christian education programs for children and youth, which are vital to attract and retain young families and support a vibrant congregation.

Strong Relationships: Encourage the formal ministries and informal culture by which our members support one another in times of need. Support our Deacons, Membership Development Committee, and small groups to provide a variety of opportunities for our members to serve each other and deepen Christian friendships. Build strong relationships of trust and respect with the congregation.

Community Impact: Nurture existing groups to continue their outreach to help our neighbors, such as providing meals through Aid for Friends and TASK, supporting urban youth through Urban Promise, and addiction recovery through Good News Home for Women. Inspire the church to deepen involvement in our ministries, formalize grass-roots efforts and explore new ministries.

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

Thompson Church desires to nurture the growth of its members’ faith in Jesus Christ. TMPC seeks to accomplish this through meaningful worship, studying God’s Word, and encouraging daily individual devotions and prayer. 

Our new pastor should be a creative Minister of the Word and a motivational Bible teacher who will challenge the congregation to grow in its relationship with Jesus Christ.  We expect our pastor to adhere to the highest level of integrity and authenticity, thereby earning the trust of the congregation.

Our congregation welcomes everyone and believes we are all created in God’s image to love one another.  We hope our new pastor would be supportive of same gender weddings.   We expect our new pastor will encourage new approaches to community outreach. 

TMPC seeks a new pastor who is:

  • A dynamic and emotional speaker
  • Outgoing and socially engaging
  • Enriched by sharing God’s love in home and hospital visitations
  • Spiritually mature and wise in pastoral counseling
  • Active in mission work
  • Bold and willing to challenge the status quo
  • Technologically savvy in using social media
  • An effective facilitator who encourages lay leadership 

Our new pastor will enjoy living in a small town with a diverse community serving as our spiritual guide and fellow traveler.  We believe TMPC has a bigger role in God’s plan and our new pastor will help us pursue that vision together.

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

Regularly deliver challenging, inspiring sermons, during both traditional and contemporary services. Help the congregation grow spiritually through worship, with an emphasis on scripture, as well as the inclusion of contemporary issues. Administer the sacraments of baptism and communion and officiate at weddings and funerals of members.

Aid in developing and supporting education programs for children and adults, as well as a program for new member recruitment. Occasionally lead Bible study groups during education hour, an annual confirmation class and new member classes.

Provide pastoral care, including visitation to the sick, shut-in and bereaved, as well as counseling, when requested by members of the congregation.

Provide administrative leadership to a staff of nine and manage the operations of the church, ensuring the budget reflects TMPC’s values and priorities.

Help create a vision for TMPC, by directly involving church members in the planning and leadership of church programs and events. Welcome new approaches and new ideas in support of shaping TMPC’s vision and implement an ongoing evaluation process to ensure our goals are being met.

Generate conversation, facilitate communication and encourage decision-making among staff members, elders and deacons to help lead the congregation to more fully develop and fulfill its vision for ministry.

Optional Links

Church Websites: tmpc.org, facebook.com/tmpc.org

Bucks County: buckscounty.org, visitbuckscounty.com, landtrustbuckscounty.org

Solebury Township: soleburytwp.org, nhsd.org

New Hope Borough: visitnewhope.com, newhopeborough.org,

    nhslibrary.org

Buckingham Township: buckinghampa.org, cbsd.org

Newtown Borough & Township: boroughofnewtown.com, newtownpa.gov, crsd.org

Upper Makefield Township: uppermakefield.org

Lambertville, NJ: lambertvillenj.org, lps.shrsd.org, delawarerivertowns.com

Leadership Competencies:
Compassionate
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Communicator
Technologically Savvy
Change Agent
Risk Taker
Collaboration
Interpersonal Engagement
Motivator
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $70,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
Debbie Heffernan, Transitional Pastor & Head of Staff, First Presbyter
5918 Bristol Emilie Road Levittown, PA 19057
(215) 945-8550
revdebbie@comcast.net
Former Director of Adult Education at Thompson Mem
Larry Davis
414 Byerly Drive New Hope, PA 18938
(215) 534-8930
davfam@comcast.net
Former Business Manager of the Presbytery of Phila
Kelly LePenske, Assistant Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Moore
101 Bridgeboro Road Moorestown, NJ 08057
(206) 484-6758
kellylepenske@gmail.com
Former Seminary Intern at Thompson Memorial Presby
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   9/9/2019


Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   REV RUTH SANTANA-GRACE Address  915 E. GOWEN AVENUE, PHILADELPHIA PA 19150
Daytime Phone  (215) 242-1400 Office Phone  (215) 242-1400
Fax  (215) 242-1444 Email  rfsantana-grace@presbyphl.org
COM:   SAMANTHA HUDSON Address  946 HURBERT ST. PHILADELPHIA PA 19124
Daytime Phone  919-360-1446 Office Phone 
Fax  (215) 242-1444 Email  samanthasale@gmail.com
PNC:  Jennifer E Haubrich Address  3795 Morrison Way Doylestown, PA 18902
Daytime Phone  (215) 272-9868 Office Phone  (215) 230-0445
Fax  Email  tmpc2020@gmail.com