Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 09425.AC0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 09425
Ministry Name North Shore Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 4048 N. Bartlett Avenue
Shorewood, WI 53211
Phone 414-332-8130
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition White 98%
Other 2%
Average Worship Attendance 142
Church School Attendance 0
Yoked Church False
Presbytery MILWAUKEE
Community Type Suburban
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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:   No
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
On our journey of faith, NSPC is committed to worshipping God, serving others, and transforming relationships.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount He tells the disciples, “You are the light of the world.” North Shore Presbyterian Church's vision is that we are the light of Christ in the world today. Our values are comprised of five “flames” that come together and are found in each of us:

  • The Flame of Christian Love
  • The Flame of Christian Hospitality
  • The Flame of Christian Formation
  • The Flame of Christian Service
  • The Flame of Christian Worship

The flames provide the priority structure of our ministry. The Commissions and Committees work to further these priorities.

NSPC is a long-established church, and we are planning our upcoming 100-year anniversary. We honor our 50+ year members with an annual celebration. We also prioritize our young children's ministry and work to attract and grow our number of young families.

To support the local community, we open the church building for additional uses. It is the local district polling place, the emergency muster location for the local elementary schools, and a meeting place for other organizations.

Within the last two years we had the unexpected departure of our two pastors and the COVID-19 pandemic. The Interim Pastor will serve as the spiritual leader to guide us through the process to reinvigorate our ministry as we recover from these losses, and to help us transition back to in-person worship when it is safe to do so.

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

We seek to address needs in the community with agencies with expertise in specific challenges. Four partnerships have been sustained over decades. The Peace Learning Center is supported financially and through the in-kind donation of their office space within our building. We partner with Interchange Food Pantry through financial support, organized congregational volunteering and board representation. We volunteer monthly at The Gathering, a meal site for people in need. We support Eras Senior Network financially, through board membership, mission activity, and by many individual congregant volunteers. This year we began forging bonds with Pathfinders, a Milwaukee youth service organization. Our Interim Pastor will help us determine whether this approach should continue as our ties to some organizations have weakened.

Within our own congregation, the Deacons provide home communion and care visits to those unable to worship in person, maintain fellowship with college students living away from home and support funeral receptions and other special occasion needs. Mission efforts, weekly Bible Study and special services also nourish our congregation. The Choral Scholars program augments our own adult Chancel Choir.

Many service opportunities connect us to each other and the broader community. In all things, the covenant family strives to share, serve, and live as disciples of Jesus.

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

In 2016, we updated our vision and mission statements. We then began an effort to formulate objectives, strategies, and action plans to help us realize our vision and mission. We struggled and did not achieve the level of success for which we had hoped. This was not due to a lack of desire or passion. We were challenged by both external and internal factors that created speed bumps that prevented us from moving forward.

Externally, we are dealing with the same influences afflicting many denominations, including changing demographics and societal attitudes towards organized religion. Internally, we continue to experience disagreement on staffing levels (one pastor or two), budget (running a deficit budget, reduced funding levels) and how to use our Legacy Fund monetary assets (fund the budget deficits, use in Mission, create a legacy/endowment).

This position will first help us discern and strengthen our vision and mission. The Interim Pastor will then help us to translate and develop action plans necessary for us to realize our vision and mission. Finally, the Interim Pastor will also help us create the appropriate organizational structure necessary for us to live out our chosen vision and mission.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

We are seeking a hopeful and compassionate leader to guide our congregation through a time of reflection, discernment, and reinvigoration. The ideal candidate will be able to balance the need to maintain our congregation’s most honored traditions as a covenant family, while facilitating rich dialogue about our future mission and helping us call a Pastor to lead us in achieving that mission.

Our congregational traditions include a rich music ministry and a continuing focus on the support and encouragement of our youngest members. We have long-standing and cherished ties with several non-profit mission partners and with Congregation Shalom, with whom we celebrate our Thanksgiving services. Successful recent leadership of our church has been characterized by approachability and personal connection, with sermons preached both from the pulpit and the floor. Many of our most treasured annual events are beloved because they welcome both congregants and non-members of all ages and abilities.

We are proud of our nearly 100 years and our beautiful church building and sanctuary, but we value our worship more as a time of connectedness and celebration within the covenant family rather than as a time to passively receive the sermon. Our Interim Pastor will need to support these values and priorities while also guiding us to build on them, as we launch into our next hundred years with a revitalized vision and mission.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

The Interim Pastor will be the head of staff and will work closely with the other NSPC staff members. Our staffing structure includes a full-time Office Administrator, and the following part-time staff: Facility Manager, Director of Music, Organist, Children’s Choir Director, and the Director of Youth Ministry.

Along with leading worship, the Interim Pastor will be closely connected to the work of the individual commissions and committees, including Building and Grounds, Christian Education, Worship and Congregational Life, Mission, Personnel, COVID Advisory Committee, Finance Committee, Stewardship, Nominating, NSPC Legacy Committee and the Board of Deacons. The Interim Pastor will also work with the appropriate committees and the congregation to formulate a current mission and vision for NSPC and to prepare the congregation to call and install a pastor.

This individual will be engaged with and be aware of the work of these entities and will attend some, but not necessarily all, meetings of each group on a regular basis. When at the meetings, the Interim Pastor should be an active participant, offering their insight and guidance.

In 2022, NSPC will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of our church. We would expect the Interim Pastor to work closely with the 100th Anniversary Celebration Committee to recognize this significant event in the life of our church.

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $62,400   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
JP Kastner
Phone preferred
Congregation of Ministry, Former Congregant, IFP
George Neureuther
Phone preferred
Executive Director of partner organization
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   4/20/2021

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