Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 09543.AH0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 09543
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 403 Washingon Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone 315-782-1750
Fax 315-782-2360
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 2%
White 98%
Average Worship Attendance 120
Church School Attendance 25
Curriculum Currently we are using resources for multiple grades which we have found at . We have a well-used Nursery, and anticipate
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor Interim
Experience Required:   0 to 2 Years
Specific Title:   Transitional Pastor
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
Seeking God's help, we will pursue growth and renewal as a united Christian body. We will nurture people within our church and provide Christian leadership and care throughout our community.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

Our vision is to be a congregation that meets the needs of its members so that together we can meet the needs of our community and world. Our life is led by the example and teachings of Jesus the Christ through the Holy Spirit.      

             We offer a public testimony by providing live-streaming and radio broadcasting of our services every week. We provide space for a stringed instrument group that enhances our worship service and also performs at other events in the region. Many groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous meet at our church as does a weekly session led by a Catholic nun who provides a time of reflection and meditation for those who are disabled.

            In our history Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Dwight Eisenhower each named a Secretary of State who grew up in our congregation. Recently we have sponsored three students to Princeton Seminary. Two have been ordained in the last three years and the third will graduate in June 2019.

             Fifty years ago we collaborated with two area churches to establish the Watertown Urban Mission. Five years ago we led a capital campaign that raised more than $2 million to refurbish the Mission’s facilities. For the last three years we have provided a companion church service for Fort Drum soldiers and their families who are natives of African nations.

            We strive to be a unique place of dialogue. In a world of competing monologues, we believe our church can be a place for unity.

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

All communities endure social, economic, physical, emotional and spiritual chaos. To help mitigate such crises, our congregation rolls up its sleeves in volunteer service and annually donates $70,000 for Christian efforts here and elsewhere.

            While we have given building reconstruction assistance to two churches in our presbytery, our congregation also partners with local nonprofits, such as the Urban Mission, YMCA and Hospice, which mirror our desire to address the physical and spiritual needs of others.

            We have sent adult and teen reconstruction teams to the region battered by Hurricane Katrina, and to build houses in Tijuana and renovate houses here in Watertown. More than 20 of our members have traveled to Malawi to create relationships and projects. Our “Women of Grace” program creates micro-loans for widows, which is so successful it received a $34,000 grant from the Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Offering. We have members who have installed equipment for shallow wells for villages. One of our members developed a sewing program that allows village women to produce reusable feminine hygiene products so teenagers do not miss a week of school every month. Members of our church created an early literacy program that was sanctioned by the Malawi government for use in schools nationwide.

             We believe that you only keep what you give away and we all find how close God truly is by reaching out to neighbors near and far.

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

The transitional pastor will help us reach our vision and mission goals by assisting in the congregation’s growth and introducing her/his personal understanding of theology through teachings in Sunday school and Bible study, as well as through weekly sermons.

The transitional pastor will:

  • Provide Christian leadership by living as Christ did and treating others in the congregation and community with respect, consideration and care.
  • Nurture the church and community by holding and participating in meetings and programs. The transitional pastor will be ambitious and creative in constructing sermons, lesson plans and program enhancement or creation.
  • Establish relationships in the Watertown community and abroad and help us maintain those relationships.
  • Guide the session, congregation, and its elected PNC through the transitional process leading to the calling of an installed senior pastor.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

The transitional pastor will have devoted her/his life to Christ, while striving to embody the infinite love of God. In everything the transitional pastor does and communicates during worship, meetings and to the community, it will be evident that this person has a calling to serve the church and God’s people with love, grace, acceptance, enthusiasm, creativity, initiative, determination and a deep understanding of theology.

The transitional pastor’s sermons will provide clear and consistent messages that inspire our congregation. We expect spiritual maturity that stems from a depth of theological knowledge and experiences in ministering to church members through times of joy and sorrow.

Because we live-stream our services on Facebook and our website, and provides radio worship services, the transitional pastor will need technological expertise to enhance what we are already doing.

The transitional pastor will be a shepherd to all members, the staff and especially the associate pastor as he grows spiritually and in experience. The transitional pastor who has great organizational skills, flexibility, task-manager experience and the ability to collaborate with many groups will be successful at First Presbyterian Church of Watertown.

Our congregation is known for providing financial support and leadership to our community. Thus, the transitional pastor must maintain our community engagement.

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

The transitional pastor will:

  • Establish a preaching schedule with the associate pastor. The transitional pastor will ensure that additional worship services are created for Easter, Christmas, Maundy Thursday, Kirkin O’ the Tartan, etc.
  • Work with the associate pastor in his specific duties: to assist in all worship services, assist with the work of the Board of Deacons, oversee the activities of the youth group, provide outreach to Fort Drum families.
  • Lead the congregation in its spiritual life while working with the choir director and organist in preparing our worship services. This will ensure our church also provides inspiring weddings and funerals that recognize the work of God in all our lives.
  • Train, ordain and/or install officers.
  • Act as the head of staff and seek Session approval before staffing changes are made.
  • Moderate session meetings and ensure church committees are completing their tasks efficiently and properly.
  • Visit the sick and shut-ins in conjunction with activities already being performed by the church’s officers.
  • Ensure the continuation of programs and use creativity and imagination as to how they can be enhanced.
  • Be a church liaison to the community, with particular regards to the Watertown Urban Mission and Dollar Dinners.
  • Own a passport to take advantage of our proximity to Canada, and potentially participate in our mission projects.
Optional Links

Malawi missions:

Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Technologically Savvy
Task Manager
Organizational Agility
Interpersonal Engagement
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $80,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Drew Mangione
221 W Church St. Absecon NJ 08201
315 778 8049
Sponsored by WFPC for ministry
Rev. Julia Sprague
163 Stormont St. New Concord OH, 43762
(315) 408-7784
Sponsored by WFPC for ministry
Fr. Steve Murray
129 Winthrop Street Watertown, NY 13601
He's Catholic. He knows us.
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   12/19/2018

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev. David Bennett Address  21 Nolan Rd Ballston Lake, NY 12019
Daytime Phone  (518) 930-8182 Office Phone  (518) 288-5356
Fax  Email
COM:   Don Haight Address  731 Calkins Rd Peru, NY 12972
Daytime Phone  (518) 643-9338 Office Phone  (518) 420-8811
Fax  Email
PNC:  Phil Sprague Address  1308 Sunset Ridge, Watertown, NY 13601
Daytime Phone  315-788-5119 Office Phone  315-788-1237
Fax  Email