Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 08427.AA0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 08427
Ministry Name FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Mailing Address 212 E MERRILL ST
CASTLEWOOD, SD 57223
Phone (605) 793-2414
Fax
E-Mail fpccastlewood@gmail.com
WWW Address https://www.castlewoodfirstpresbyterianchurch.com
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 70
Church School Attendance 13
Curriculum Varies each year, but Group Publishing materials are often chosen
Yoked Church True
Presbytery SOUTH DAKOTA PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF LAKES AND PRAIRIES
Community Type Rural
Last Information from Statistics of the Church  * (  Show Statistics  )
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Open to both
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

Our mission is to have hearts and minds which are open toward God, as well as hearts and hands which are open to those God puts in our lives.

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

We are a young-at-heart church well known in the area for our youth groups and Christian education programs. We care about kids. We are an ecumenical church valuing our sisters and brothers regardless of church background. Our Sunday School, youth groups and Vacation Bible school are available to all in the community regardless of church affiliation. We affirm that all who receive and believe in Jesus are God's children. (John 1:12) We are an historic congregation, formed when early settlers banded together to worship God at the time of S.D. statehood circa 1889. We minister together with our sister church, Bemis Holland Presbyterian Church of rural Clear Lake. We desire to be a faithful church. We believe God is revealed in the Bible, which we call God's Word. We strive to apply the Bible's teachings to our daily lives. We do not claim to know all things or have all wisdom. We struggle with the issues of our times. Where the church and Sunday worship were once the major events that brought people and families together, we now see that people and families have a plethora of activities that tend to impinge on church attendance and involvement. Above all we cling to the good news of our salvation through Jesus, and endeavor to follow His command to love God and one another. 

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

We desire to meet the needs of those in our community who cannot attend public worship (e.g., shut-ins), new people in the community, those with young children, and the elderly. We hope to build commitment in parents and children to set examples of being Christians in our community and the world. We will encourage involvement, more participation, and cooperation of members in the life of the church. 
We will encourage our members to support the church both spiritually and financially so we can continue to sustain our church and assist local, state, and world missions. Our congregation strives to work for peace, justice, equality, freedom, and human fulfillment in the world through this means. 

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

Our main priority is to find a pastor who will lead us and inspire us in attaining Christ’s goals for the Church. We hope our pastor will guide us and support the work of our committees and other activities of our church.  

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

Our ideal pastor is one with strong leadership and organizational skills.  We would like a person who is personable and involved in our church and community. We are looking for a pastor who will teach us the word of God, lead the worship service and provide an inspiring sermon, engage members, youth, and non-members to pursue a relationship with Christ.

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

Leading worship on Sunday mornings and teaching God’s word through engaging sermons and other methods.

Facilitating the committee work and other activities of the congregation including assisting with the youth activities sponsored by our church.

Directing the activities of the church secretary and janitors.

Visitation of the sick and shut-ins and nursing home residents as needed or requested.

Guiding and directing the session and the various committees (each chaired by a session member).

Actively promote the church through community involvement.

Working with the session to increase attendance and membership.

Continuing the support of our yoked congregation’s cooperative endeavors.

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Leadership Competencies:
Compassionate
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Communicator
Public Communicator
Advisor
Strategy and Vision
Motivator
Initiative
Flexibility
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $54,326   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Manse
References:
Name Relation
April Brouwer
18154 463rd Ave. Castlewood SD 57223
605-880-5403
brouwer5@itctel.com
member of Hamlin Reformed Church; community member
Jenna Aderhold
18507 458th Ave. Castlewood, SD 57223
605-881-8661
jenna.aderhold@gmail.com
member of the Catholic Church; community member an
Richard Poppen
19739 429th Ave., DeSmet, SD 57231
605-520-3098
richardpoppen1@gmail.com
pastor of nearby Presbyterian churches; member of
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   10/15/2021


Self-referral Contact Information

COM:   Ruth Clendenin Address 
Daytime Phone  806-893-4261 Office Phone 
Fax  Email  clendeninruth@gmail.com
PNC:  Ron Gleysteen Address  45641 Sd Hwy 22, Castlewwod, SD 57223
Daytime Phone  605-881-9570 Office Phone  605-793-2125
Fax  Email  rgleysteen50@gmail.com

Yoke Position Information - BEMIS HOLLAND

Church ID 08424
Church Name BEMIS HOLLAND
Total Distance Between All Churches (in Miles) 12
Total Driving Time Between All Churches (in Minutes) 15
What is the membership size of the yoked congregation? 26
What is the worship time of each congregation?

FPC: 9:30-10:30 AM worship every Sunday of the month
Bemis Holland: 11 AM-12 PM worship every Sunday of the month

Provide the schedule for each church school.

Bemis Holland: Sunday school is held from 10-11 AM.
FPC: Sunday school classes are held each Sunday during the school year except Easter and Christmas. Classes are 10:30-11:15 AM.

Vacation Bible School is held each summer (typically the first week in August) at First Presbyterian Church and St. John’s Catholic Church. VBS is also sponsored (teachers provided and children attend) by Bemis Holland Presbyterian and Hamlin Reformed churches.

Describe the schedule for any other regular activities such as choir, youth groups, committees and outreach activities.

First Presbyterian Church

Choirs : We have an adult/HS Choir and a Children’s Choir. They both sing during the service at least once a month during the school year and for other special worship services or programs.

Youth Groups: We have an active Junior High and Senior High Youth Group. The Jr. High group meets monthly. The HS Youth Group meets approximately twice a month on Sunday evenings with an average attendance of 25 members. The HS group is a “community” in that any HS student can participate.

Committees: The Session is currently made up of nine members and six committees. The committees are Building/Grounds/Technology; Christian Education; Fellowship/Missions/Evangelism; Finances/Stewardship; and Worship/Membership.

Presbyterian Women: E leven monthly meetings during the year.

Bemis Holland Presbyterian Church:

Choirs: We have no choir but we have several individuals who share their musical talents for special occasions or programs.

Committees: The Session is composed of six members who address church activities and needs. Both churches support local ministries in the community such as the Blessings Center in Castlewood and other local food pantries and the Beacon Center in Watertown (Domestic Violence Center). We jointly serve a meal at the Watertown Banquet annually.

Mission Statement (of yoked church).

Our mission is to have hearts and minds which are open toward God, as well as hearts and hands which are open to those God puts in our lives.

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

We believe that every member has a purpose in the Church and that we, the church, the body of Christ, have the commitment to pray for the help of the Spirit to enable us to love each other, help and sustain each other, and teach, through action, word, and deed, the Word of God to the world.

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

All congregational members are very active, as with a small congregation it is crucial for everyone to assist for success in all Church endeavors. The church supports local ministries in the community (food pantries, etc.), the joint Vacation Bible School, educational activities (Sunday school, youth group, and missions.
Each year we have an oyster stew supper in October to raise our mission pledge. We have had these suppers for the past 135 years. The entire church works to support this mission.

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

We would like a pastor who cares about the people in the church and the community.

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

We would like a pastor who is personable and compassionate; one who preaches Bible-oriented sermons, which are easily understood by all members of the congregation.

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

1. Leading worship on Sunday mornings and teaching God’s word through engaging sermons and other methods.
2. Continuing the support of our yoked congregation’s cooperative endeavors. 3. Working with the session to increase attendance and membership.
4. Facilitating the committee work and other activities of the congregation.
5. Visitation of the sick and shut-ins and nursing home residents as needed or requested.
6. Guiding and directing the session and the various committees.

7. Actively promote the church through community involvement.