Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 09379.AA3

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 09379
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 17 North Jackson Street
Janesville, WI 53548
Phone 608-752-1433
WWW Address
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 40
Church School Attendance 0
Curriculum N/A
Yoked Church False
Presbytery MILWAUKEE
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor Interim
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
God calls us to strengthen our faith while we share with others the transforming power and love of Jesus Christ as guided by the Holy Spirit.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Our mission statement is lived out through the following:
Worship We gather weekly and for special occasions to connect with God and fellow Christians on a shared faith journey to grow our faith and serve others.
Education This strengthens us to mature into faithful Christian disciples through Bible studies, devotional reading and prayer time. By providing study opportunities for children, youth and adults as needed.
Fellowship-Member Care Deacons and the minister visit homebound members and those in the hospital. Holiday greetings are sent to those who cannot attend services. Through social times we strengthen the bonds of friendship and welcome new members.
Mission As a faith community united in Christ we are personally involved in local missions through hands on activity in the congregation, support for national mission initiatives in special offerings, participation in the local food bank (ECHO), Bike and Build (Habitat for Humanity), and our own paper pantry as well as delivering Meals on Wheels. 
Outreach Following Jesus' "Great Commission" we reach out to our neighbors and spread the Good News by using media to promote FPC ministry and missions. Updating our website and encouraging our members to share life with friends and neighbors.
Our traditional form of worship, our relationships with each other and our sense of community are important to us.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Our church recognizes the "Great Ends of the Church." Because of this recognition, we attempt, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to make ourselves aware of the needs within our community. This requires us to be alert to opportunities to interact with neighbors and to be of service as needed. In addition to the activities identified in the answer to question 1, our church is part of the Crop Walk program. We collect winter clothing by using a "mitten tree." These are given to needy school children. We provide Christmas gifts to several local families. We have made changes with respect to the COVID19 pandemic. These include worship capacity, use of sanitizer, entrance procedures, social distancing, masks, discontinued use of hymnals and not passing the offering plate, additional sanitizing by the custodian, and communion procedures.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
We have worked extensively to develop a vision and goals but we need a leader to energize and shepherd us to these goals.  As a small congregation, we have tried to call a half-time minister for five years without success. At this time, the session has determined we have funding for a full time interim pastor. We are looking for an interim pastor who can help us meet our goals which correlate with the vision statement. This pastor would help develop action plans to realize these goals. As our guide, the pastor would help enable us to make changes that attract new members, including families with children, and incorporate them into the life of the church.

As we entered the period of transition to needing a new pastor, we participated in a professional congregational assessment administered by Holy Cow. This assessment confirmed that we are theologically conservative with a willingness and flexibility to make changes in our worship and programs to achieve our goals.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
The congregation favors a pastor who has skill in delivering sermons that are relevant and inspiring, with substance, clarity and humor. He/she must be "down to Earth" and able to personally relate to and respect all walks of life and ages. Our pastor must be able to see existing and potential talents and gifts in our members and lead us to actively participate in the life of the church. We value a calm, confident, energetic and enthusiastic attitude. We look for an interim pastor skilled in revitalization and the ability to lead the change process.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
The pastor will be responsible for:
     Worship - Planning and leading services with the assistance of lay leaders.
     Session - Work with elders to discern values and beliefs of this congregation.  Look at our heritage, where we are now, and where we feel we're being called in order to be a vital congregation.
     Pastoral Care - Visiting homebound and those in the hospital, with deacon support.
     Outreach - Planning and guiding the congregation in reaching the community with the Gospel and working with the session to fulfill our vision and mission statement.
     We need more than just a great preacher. We need a leader to keep our vision moving. 

Optional Links is our website
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Technologically Savvy
Strategy and Vision
Financial Manager
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $51,305   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Lee Meissner
3332 Westminster Road, Janesville, WI 53546-9651
previous interim pastor
Dave Ewing
1650 Sun Valley Drive, Beloit WI 53511
neighboring pastor
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   5/25/2022

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (414) 292-2740
Fax  (414) 292-2750 Email
COM:   Elder Rachel Yates Address  6767 W GREENFIELD AVE, MILWAUKEE WI 53214
Daytime Phone  (414)292-2740 Office Phone  (414)292-2740
Fax  Email
PNC:  Marilyn Leach Address  3634 S. VanAllen Rd., Janesville, WI
Daytime Phone  608-728-1865 Office Phone  608-756-1860
Fax  Email