Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 08640.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 08640
Mailing Address 300 BUSHNELL
Phone (210) 732-9927
Fax (210) 734-6354
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 3%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 4%
White 92%
Average Worship Attendance 125
Church School Attendance 62
Curriculum Book Study, "Living Our Faith", Bible, Growing in Grace and Gratitude (children/youth)
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Urban
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:  
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:
As a community of faith in Jesus Christ, we believe we are called to a reconciling relationship with God, with one another, and with the world beyond our walls. We welcome all people, wherever they are in their journey of faith; we strive to be a community where honest questions are valued and where faith is considered a process, not an arrival; and we invite all who join us to engage in the adventure of serving Jesus Christ in a challenging world.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
In seeking to make our existing programs more vital and developing others for living out our faith more fully, we have turned often to the writings of Robert Schnase, who defines the five practices of a fruitful congregation as: Radical Hospitality, Intentional Faith Development, Passionate Worship, Risk-taking Mission and Service, and Extravagant Generosity.
In our worship, we:
     -Value excellent preaching and music which engage people spiritually, intellectually and emotionally.
     -Project the message of the gospel as a healing and empowering force in the world.
     -Celebrate our roots in the Reformed tradition, remaining open to the reforming process so that the core truths remain relevant in our time and place.
     -Seek to integrate Biblical scholarship, sound contemporary reference, traditional and contemporary music, and liturgical expression in a Reformed order of worship. 
As a congregation, we:
     -Believe that Christ calls us to be part of a community of faith.
     -Welcome diversity, attempting to be inclusive and compassionate.
     -Seek to nurture and support one another through life’s trials and triumphs.
     -Seek to deepen our faith through service. 
We believe our mission is to:
     -Minister to the brokenness in the world.
     -Be an expression of Christ’s love in the world by seeking diverse opportunities to serve others.
     -Build bridges between various faith groups in our community.   
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
UPC places a high value on nurturing & caring for one another & those outside the church in our local & global communities. We believe in the outward focus of the Missional Church as a people sent by God into the world as gospel witnesses.
              We use a mission focused process to develop strategies that will further support strong community involvement. Our congregation is quick to support the many sponsored mission and community based activities throughout the year, not only with financial support, but also with an eager devotion of personal time and energy. Members regularly join other city-wide volunteers for official programs & ad-hoc needs (such as the current Interfaith Welcome Coalition tending to the needs of Central American refugees).              
             Our campus provides an environment of openness & inclusion across a wide variety of community activities such as support groups, SoL Center classes & other needs that arise from time to time.
Local Community---Interfaith Convening Group, Coalition Against Genocide, Christian Assistance Ministry, House of Neighborly Service, Habitat for Humanity, Beacon Hill Elementary mentoring, Sponsoring Committee, Chrysalis Ministries, GEO Bible study for inmates
Global Focus--Immigration Reform & Interfaith Welcome Coalition, Alternative Gift Market, Mission Trips
Welcoming Efforts--LGBTQ Community: More Light Presbyterians, Fiesta Youth, PFLAG, Pride Band
Hosting Groups --Crystal Meth Anon, Alcoholics Anon, Gambler’s Anon
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
In active collaboration with the congregation in pursuance of our vision of mission, the pastor will lead us as we continue to absorb, implement and use Robert Schnase’s five practices of fruitful congregations.  Our pastor will help to guide us in maintaining a balance between our external mission and our internal spiritual needs.  Our pastor will nurture and promote the reality that our spiritual well-being is integrally linked to our efforts of embodying the Kingdom of God in the active pursuit of inclusivity and social justice.  More specifically, this means that our pastor will work collaboratively with the session, the board of deacons, the SoL Center and the UPC Children’s Center in striving to ensure that a healthy balance between our internal and external perspectives/focus is affirmed and maintained.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
This person will need the ability and temperament to:
* Maintain a personal spiritual groundedness & to help us stay grounded in our faith & resolute in our mission despite troubling times in our nation & world.
* Love people of all ages & interact with them with warmth, energy, a good sense of humor, & a collaborative spirit, acknowledging & drawing on the talents, insights & skills of others.
* Be flexible, creative, an out-of-the-box thinker, community-oriented, able to organize others while working in a collegial manner.
* Provide direction to staff & congregants & participate in all aspects of church education with both vision & the ability to affirm those traditions which are meaningful to us.
* Bring carefully crafted sermons which incorporate a wide range of knowledge and awareness of a range of literature, both Biblical & contemporary, thus engaging the young & the old, the long-churched and the newly-churched.

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Leadership duties
· Plan & lead worship in collaboration with appropriate staff & lay leaders
· Officiate at weddings, funerals & baptisms, & conduct pre-counseling typically associated with these major events.
· Attend Presbytery meetings, leading a delegation of elders.
· Serve as moderator of the session & congregation 
· Learn about & understand the history & priorities of UPC, providing continued support, vision & guidance by:
- Meeting regularly & work closely with the Session, Board of Deacons, & committees to understand the issues they are encountering.
- Attending meetings of UPC’s community-based connections.
· Develop & lead Newcomer retreats.
· Train new elders & deacons in the spring before they are ordained.
· Help UPC maintain ties with presbytery, synod & general assembly.
Pastoral Duties
· Call on those who are sick, in hospitals & homebound.
· Work closely with the Deacons to ensure appropriate pastoral care for UPC members & their families during times of emergency or loss.
Administrative Duties & Responsibilities
· Serve as head of staff of UPC (which includes UPCC and the SoL Center directors), mindful of current procedures & open to more efficient processes.
· Provide visionary leadership & support to the Director of the SoL Center in concert with the SoL Center board.
· Be accessible to staff during stated work days/times & be reachable after hours to tend to emergency needs of UPC members & their families.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Externally Aware
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $41,633   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev Frank Seaman (HR)
7307 Thrush Garden
(210) 240-8160
UPC Parish Associate / 7 yrs
Rev Elizabeth "Lib" McGregor Simmons
Davidson College Presbyterian Church P.O. Box 337 Davidson NC 28036
(704) 965-8566
UPC Pastor 1993-2008
Rabbi Samuel M Stahl, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Beth El, San Antonio
95 Longsford, San Antonio TX 78209
(210) 378-8328 preferred
Former Board Member of the SoL Center @ UPC
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   5/8/2017

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