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MIF #: 09581.AD0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 09581
Ministry Name Westminster Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 32111 Watergate Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Phone (818) 889-1491
Fax (818) 859-7132
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 98%
Average Worship Attendance 270
Church School Attendance 15
Curriculum SparkHouse
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Head of Staff (who supervised one teaching elder and other staff)
Experience Required:   5 to 10 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:

Westminster Presbyterian Church is a gathering place, filled with God’s grace, helping us become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC) structures its ministry from five core values which include: WPC as an inviting church, a worshiping church, a caring church, a learning church, and a gift evoking church. As an inviting church, WPC strives for inclusivity by welcoming newcomers and diversity as all are one in Christ. As a worshiping church, we encourage sermons to be intellectually engaging, to have a strong focus on relating Scripture to contemporary issues and also to include humor. The congregation looks to the weekly sermons to be emotionally engaging, provocative, challenging, comforting, and assuring. WPC is a caring church where relationships grow into friendships that encourage its worshiping community to lean on each other and our faith in Jesus Christ. As a learning church, WPC inspires a deeper understanding of Christ’s promise and call on one’s life. WPC offers opportunities for Christian education across the spectrum of ages and in a variety of formats. WPC strives to be a gift evoking church, helping each one discover his or her unique gifts and calling to ministry. Both the community and mission projects in local, national and international settings are opportunities for gift evoking through the church. The five core values adopted to navigate our vision of ministry are a guide to the future of serving Christ.

How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Two WPC core values highlight our emphasis of care for local and worldwide communities.
1.WPC as a Caring Church –where each one is connected and cared for: "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another." (John 13: 34)
2.WPC as a Gift Evoking Church –where each one is a missionary, discovering and using his or her unique gifts in ministry to others: "To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good."(1 Corinthians 12: 7)
These values have led WPC to support many missions, including:
Local examples
WPC Shelter –hosting dinner and overnight winter shelter one night each week.
Westminster Free Clinic –providing healthcare to the low-income and uninsured.
Manna Food Bank –providing food donations weekly.
Bethlehem Experience –reenactment of life the night Jesus was born.
Souper Bowl of Caring.
Community use of facilities: Boy Scouts, Alcoholics Anonymous, Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra
Other examples: Action Serve Day, Habitat for Humanity, Lutheran Social Services, World Impact Los Angeles Christian School
Worldwide examples
Haiti HealthCare Partners –medical clinic serving 4,000 patients annually.
Baraka Foundation/Makobe Education Fund –housing and education for at-risk Kenyan youth.
Operation Christmas Child –providing Christmas gift shoeboxes.
Ideas for new mission projects are brought forward from members. A heart for service and social justice is a proud hallmark of WPC.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
The vision statement of WPC is “Westminster Presbyterian Church is a gathering place, filled with God’s grace, helping us become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.” Members feel this vision statement informs our search in calling a new Pastor/Head of Staff. Congregants agree that God is leading WPC to come together in the common cause of serving Christ. WPC has come through adversity, has become more transparent in its decision making processes and has greater respect for theological diversity.  WPC is looking for a leader to continue it's journey to a new chapter in the life of the church.  We will look to the new Pastor to assist in leading its members to live our faith, embrace change, be a loving and inclusive church, have growth in prayer and spiritual disciplines, and to be a community of individuals that develop and nurture their relationship with Christ. Included in the visionary goals of WPC is a desire to incorporate a Pastor with the ability to continue to unify the congregation, embrace transparency in church polity, welcome diversity, meet the spiritual needs of the congregational members, attract more young families, and welcome new ideas and approaches. Consistent with its vision, the new Pastor will have strong communication skills, relate to people and families of all ages, offer meaningful and thought provoking sermons, and relate Scripture to our world today.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
WPC is looking to call a Pastor/Head of Staff to be a forward looking leader to take WPC into its next chapter. He or she is outgoing and
friendly, yet humble and compassionate, and can relate to people of all ages. The sermons are meaningful, thought provoking, and relate to our world today. The Pastor is energetic and invested in the congregation by attending and interacting in WPC functions on Sundays, as well as those during the week. He or she promotes spiritual growth within the congregation and provides spiritual support when a member is in need. It is also important that the pastor can educate and teach the congregation leading to development of spiritual life for the congregants, lead in worship in both formal and informal settings, give Biblically-based sermons with meaningful application to contemporary life and be comfortable with a range of worship traditions and styles. With regards to church management, he or she should be able to effectively manage and lead the staff, have a strong concern for the financial stability and actively participate in the strategic planning and vision setting for the church. Also of high importance is for the Pastor to share transparent decision making with lay leaders and the congregation. The new Pastor should be comforting, assuring and have a good sense of humor.  He or she should recognize opportunities to expand WPC’s presence in the community.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
The Pastor/Head of Staff reports to the Personnel Committee.
Specific responsibilities include:
To develop a ministry of Biblical preaching and teaching which will encourage and deepen the spiritual life of the congregation. The Pastor/Head of Staff will also work with program staff members and the Worship Committee to explore, develop and implement new opportunities for worship.
To actively provide and participate in strategic planning and vision casting with the Session, staff and congregation.
Demonstrate a strong concern for the financial stability of the church. Work with the Stewardship Committee to guide the planning and implementation of a comprehensive process of stewardship education.
Work with the Lay Ministry and Nominating Committees to oversee a process of leadership discovery, recruitment, training and mobilization.
Demonstrate a strong presence in our community.
Direct the overall care ministry of the church for those in crisis. This would include hospital calling, wedding oversight, baptisms, memorial services and guiding the programs of compassion and Christian care including the Board of Deacons and Stephen Ministry.
Direct and oversee the church staff in fulfilling the mission of the church.
Be moderator of the Westminster Presbyterian Church Session and serve as a participating member of the Presbytery of San Fernando.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Change Agent
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $80,122   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Reverend Ken Baker
Executive Presbyter, San Fernando Presbytery
Reverend Jennifer Witten
former Parish Associate
Rob Douglas
former Director of Student Ministries
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   1/26/2017

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