Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 08756.AC0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 08756
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 1302 N. Harbin
Stephenville, TX 76401
Phone 254-968-3770
WWW Address
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 30
Church School Attendance 0
Curriculum We do not currently have an active church school program.
Yoked Church False
Community Type Rural
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   0 to 2 Years
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:
Glorifying God by making disciples and reflecting God's love in service to others. 

First Presbyterian Church, Stephenville is a welcoming community of believers dedicated to the proclamation and demonstration of God's love. Established in 1860, we have had a prescence in Stephenville for more than 150 years, first as Cumberland Presbyterian Church and then as a congregation within the PC (USA). Our original church building is now part of the Stephenville Hisotrical House Museum. 

Our members are faithful, compassionate individuals who work to fulfill our mission. Our cohesive congregation is inclusive and caring, slow to judge and quick to love. We seek to make our community of faith a "second family" in which every person is valued and respected. 

A predominantly rural community, Stephenville is the county seat of Erath County and home to Tarleton State University.  
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

Through our worship, education, fellowship and service we strive to show God’s love in our lives and share His love with others. As we consider our future, our goal is to focus our ministry and outreach efforts on both the student and staff/faculty populations of Tarleton State University (TSU). While we don’t have a large presence on campus, we have made inroads over the last several years with the implementation of our music scholarship program. The program currently provides financial assistance to students in exchange for their participation in the church choir. These students are beloved by the congregation and bring joy to the life of the church. Members of the congregation share in efforts to feed the students on Wednesday evenings and after worship on Sundays. Of many different faith backgrounds, these students have adopted First, Stephenville as their church home and we’ve all benefited from their youthfulness and vitality.

After much prayer and study, we’ve identified TSU as an outlet and opportunity for our ministry. We would like to build on the relationships we’ve started within the university and expand our outreach to Tarleton staff and faculty. We’ve discussed specific ways to get involved on campus, as well as opportunities to invite the Tarleton populations into existing efforts into discipleship and ministry with us, such as, such as collecting for the TSU foodbank and participating in Stephenville’s annual community school supply project.

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

We are fortunate to be located in a compassionate, caring community rooted by a growing academic institution. Like other similar communities, ours is not without the unchurched, those in need (spiritually, financially, etc.) or those who are vulnerable or live in the margins.

We choose to live by and focus on our mission within the church, community and beyond. Our congregation is comprised of predominantly middle-aged to older adults, many with active professional and family lives. Our members give in community to local programs such as H.O.P.E., a private, non-profit organization designed to assist low-income residents with food, clothing, and medical assistance; Meals on Wheels; Grace Place, a local ministry led by the First Baptist Church that provides financial assistance as well as food, clothing and other basic-need items; Habitat for Humanity; and the Stephenville Public Library.

As the only Presbyterian church in Stephenville, we recognize the importance of welcoming all members of the community to join with us in worship, fellowship and service. While our vision leans to strengthening ties with the university community, we must also look to the broader community and continue to nurture our congregation and engage members in executing our mission in ways that they are comfortable and capable. Our calling is to build bridges between our current congregation and the congregation of the future – working in community to create bonds that do not yet exist and strengthening those that do.

How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
This position will be a leader of leaders. We need a pastor that shares our vision and has the ability to focus the efforts of the congregation in achieving it (James 2:14 What good is it… if someone claims to have faith, but has no deeds.) The church will look to this position for guidance and organizing the talents of the congregation to create and strengthen bonds with the Tarleton community.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

As a traditional church in a predominantly Baptist community where more informal churches are          growing, our church is confronted with remaining faithful to our Reformed traditions while navigating modern society. We seek a pastor who can lead change while recognizing and respecting the diverse needs of our congregation. How do we do new things without forsaking the old? How do we balance attracting new members with ministry to our existing congregation? How do we construct a worship service and educational program that meets the needs of all members?

The following pastoral characteristics are critical:

  • Possesses a strong faith and dedicated discipleship to God 
  • Exhibits a love for preaching and leading in worship
  • Communicates effectively. Comfortable using social media platforms.  
  • Comfortable with and can effectively promote change
  • Can lead effort to increase the visibility of the church
  • Can lead effort to establish and nurture relationship with Tarleton State University
  • Able to build teams to execute the mission of our church
  • Relates well to a variety of age groups
  • Can manage church staff and resources
  • A self-starter, who demonstrates self-awareness and works to continuously improve
  • Skilled at counseling and providing guidance beyond areas of expertise
  • Problem solver
  • Values cooperation and encourages consensus building
  • Possesses personal and professional integrity
  • Utilizes time effectively
  • Enjoys fellowship with congregation
  • Sense of humor   
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  • Plan and lead worship services that ar theologically sound, intellectually stimulating and relatable to a diverse congregation
  • Administer the sacraments
  • Moderate the Session  
  • Lead and assist the session in articulating the church vision and help engage the congregation in working toward it.
  • Provide regular, meaningful communication to the congregation
  • Officiate weddings, baptisms, funerals and other special services
  • Provide pastoral care including hospital visits and regular home visits
  • Assist the session in developing an effective educational program for all ages
  • Guide, develop and supervise staff. Ensure expectations are defined and met. Assist in annual review process.
  • Encourage stewardship of time, talent and money
  • Lead community outreach efforts
  • Work with the session to help formulate mission goals and expectations and regularly review progress
  • Oversee and ensure that programs are planned, advertised and implemented with respect to our mission
  • Provide personal spiritual care, resources and leadership. Counsel as appropriate and as skills allow
  • Actively participate in Grace Presbytery

Optional Links (First Presbyterian, Stephenville)

Facebook @ First Presbyterian Church, Stephenville (Tarleton State University) (Stephenville Independent School District) (City of Stephenville) (Erath County)

Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Technologically Savvy
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $47,300   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
The Rev. Dr. Don Hogg
7001 Trail Lake Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76133
COM Liaison (Pastor/Head of Staff at Westminster P
Joyce Williams
1705 Mims St., Fort Worth, TX 76112
Previous COM Liaison and friend of the church
Brenda Van Amburgh
4609 Fieldcrest Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76109
Previous COM Liaison and friend of the church
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   5/29/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Michael Thompson Address  6100 Colwell Blvd #100, Irving, TX, 75039
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (214) 630-4502
Fax  Email
COM:   Michael Waschevski Address  1000 Penn St Ft. Worth, TX 76102
Daytime Phone  817-335-1231 Office Phone  214-393-5607
Fax  214-637-6324 Email
PNC:  Russell Bowden Address  2110 Crestridge St.
Daytime Phone  254-413-0496 Office Phone  254-968-6880
Fax  Email