Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 08559.AE0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 08559
Ministry Name Olive Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 501 E. First Street, P.O. Box 575
Platte, SD 57369
Phone 605-337-3891
Fax
E-Mail presbyterian@midstatesd.net
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 79
Church School Attendance 20
Curriculum Spark Bible
Yoked Church True
Presbytery SOUTH DAKOTA PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF LAKES AND PRAIRIES
Community Type Rural
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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:
We are a congregation looking to discover new ways to take advantage of our existing cooperation, leadership, and open communication.  We work together, witnessing to God's saving grace in our lives and sharing it with others. We seek His will, both for our own lives and the life of the church.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

Ministry has a two-fold purpose.  One is to provide spiritual guidance and support for the members of the congregations.  This aspect will help members grow in their personal convictions and their relationship with God.  This congregational aspect will take patience and persistence.  A second purpose of ministry is to share personal convictions with others, helping them to find their own relationship with God.

This vision is reinforced in a warm and welcoming fellowship within the church, strengthened by uplifting worship services in a comfortable environment. This will provide opportunities for members to share their faith and encourage others who may be struggling.

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

We have felt called to reach the changing needs of the congregations by implementing several changes over the last few years. Congregational members serve as Liturgist at both churches. In Platte, Adult and Youth Praise Teams frequently share music, and offering plates are available at the entrances to the sanctuary. The Christian Education Coordinator helps to reach primary and elementary age children. Providing a children’s time during the worship services, along with music presentations from the Youth Praise Team, helps provide younger members a sense of importance and belonging. The congregations support the non-denominational Community Youth Group and its pastor, including both high school and junior high youth. There is active non-denominational participation in the community Awana program, including pre-school through 5th grade children.  

Supported by the Presbyterian Women, we provide Christmas food gift bags for older members of the church, and send Valentine gift boxes to members who are unable to attend church or who are away attending college. The PW quilting group presents a hand-made quilt to each high school graduate from our congregation. While the Academy congregation is more focused on mission work, many members of both congregations actively volunteer in a variety of community organizations. The churches  support the local Food Pantry, and work with the Platte Ministerial Association to assist those who need help paying to heat their homes.

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

Having a full-time permanent pastor will provide the congregations with appropriate guidance and support to maximize the leadership roles in our congregations and in our services, maintaining traditions while appealing to younger members.  The pastor will be able to provide inspiration and guidance in helping us to increase our witnessing opportunities and sharing those experiences with others.  All of this will help to strengthen the faith of each member of the congregations, and help to make the congregations even stronger and more dynamic.

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 being called to these congregations will be viewed as friendly and grace-filled.  He/she should be able to connect with, and interact positively with, a diverse congregational age range, from children and youth, to senior citizens and retirees.  We seek a pastor who is able to converse comfortably with members of this hard-working rural community. This individual will recognize, appreciate and celebrate the long-term familial attachment to our congregations and community.  Both the country church at Academy and the small town church in Platte have some families who have been members for generations.

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

The pastor is responsible for preparing and presenting sermons to both congregations each week.  It is important to work with the Christian Education Coordinator and provide support for the Christian education program.  

We would like to see the development of Bible study programs, as desired by both congregations, which they can attend jointly.    

Visits to members of both congregations who are hospitalized or residents of care centers or are confined to their homes are included.  

There is a congregational expectation that the pastor will get involved in the community by attending community events and social activities.  It is expected that the pastor will participate in the Platte Ministerial Association, which is a unique opportunity to work  with other ministers from our community.  

In addition to being the Moderator for Session, the pastor will work with members of Session and church groups in order to maintain a cohesive relationship with the congregation. 

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Leadership Competencies:
Compassionate
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Public Communicator
Advisor
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Collaboration
Interpersonal Engagement
Initiative
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $40,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Manse
References:
Name Relation
Rev. Dr. Carolyn Visser
26751 449th Ave., Monroe, SD 57047
605-321-0052
cjvisser@hotmail.com
Session Moderator
Rev. Regan Beauchamp
45794 266th Street, Humboldt, SD 57035
605-553-5631
prisonchurch@svtv.com
Interim pastor for both congregations
Rev. Mike De Jager
101 N. Main Street, Platte, SD 57369
605-337-3251
mdejager@midstatesd.net
Associate Pastor, First Reformed Church, Platte, S
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   10/18/2021


Self-referral Contact Information

COM:   Ruth Clendenin Address 
Daytime Phone  806-893-4261 Office Phone 
Fax  Email  clendeninruth@gmail.com
PNC:  Joel Hefling Address  420 East 2nd Street, Platte, SD 57369-2050
Daytime Phone  605-690-1284 Office Phone  605-337-2127
Fax  Email  retprof@midstatesd.net

Yoke Position Information - Academy UCC

Church ID 90040
Church Name Academy UCC
Total Distance Between All Churches (in Miles) 18
Total Driving Time Between All Churches (in Minutes) 20
What is the membership size of the yoked congregation? 45
What is the worship time of each congregation?

OPC  11 AM  Weekly      Holiday worship time may vary
AUCC    9AM  Weekly       Each church requires weekly worship times

Provide the schedule for each church school.

OPC     9:45-10:45 am  Weekly from September –Early May  No summer Sunday School
AUCC-no Sunday School Program at this time

Describe the schedule for any other regular activities such as choir, youth groups, committees and outreach activities.
OPC:  Praise Team Practice 5:45-6:45 pm weekly on Wednesday night at OPC
OPC:  Jr. High Youth Group 7:00-9:00 pm weekly on Wednesday night at selected site
OPC:  Sr. High Youth Group 7:00-9:00pm weekly on Wednesday night at selected site
OPC:  Session Meeting  Monthly 7:00 pm second Tuesday of the month
OPC:  Annual Meeting  Yearly in January
OPC:  PW  Monthly Sept.-June 2:00pm-6:00pm
AUCC:  Annual Deacons Trustee Meeting Second week in December
AUCC: Annual Church Meeting yearly second Sunday of January
Outreach:  OPC  AA Meeting Weekly
                          Al-Anon Meeting Weekly
Mission Statement (of yoked church).

OPC and AUCC have a yoked mission statement.

1. What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Narrative questions of OPC and AUCC are yoked.
2. How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Narrative questions of OPC and AUCC are yoked.
3. How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
Narrative questions of OPC and AUCC are yoked.
4. Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
Narrative questions of OPC and AUCC are yoked.
5. What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Narrative questions of OPC and AUCC are  yoked