Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 09782.AE0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 09782
Ministry Name Grace Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 9301 N Rodney Parham Rd
Little Rock, AR 72227-6203
Phone 501-225-3274
Fax 501-227-6304
WWW Address
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 2%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 2%
White 96%
Average Worship Attendance 38
Church School Attendance 16
Curriculum Various
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

“The purpose of Grace Presbyterian Church is to passionately serve Jesus Christ by reaching out, welcoming and nurturing ALL people through God’s love!”.

What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

Grace Presbyterian Church (GPC) is a small congregation which practices following and living out our mission statement which is: “The purpose of Grace Presbyterian Church is to passionately serve Jesus Christ by reaching out, welcoming and nurturing ALL people through God’s love!”. We are a Matthew 25 Congregation devoted to compassionate outreach, including alleviating food insecurity and other symptoms of poverty and alienation; to inclusively embrace all persons of color; and to build the vitality and commitment of the congregation to fulfill the missions and teachings of Jesus Christ. Our congregation is a diverse, inclusive community comprised of various educational, economic, ethnic and denominational backgrounds. We are a warm, welcoming, and generous group that tries to engage with the community in which we live. This vision is lived out through an emphasis on multiple missions and community outreach, including offering a newly expanded semi-monthly Food Pantry in partnership with 2nd Presbyterian Church; partnering with McDermott Elementary School of the LRSD; participating in Stew Pot, a daily lunch program for the hungry hosted by 1st Presbyterian Church; partnering with the nearby Presbyterian Village Retirement Community; supporting Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center; supporting the Kairos prison ministry and participating in and supporting other area ministries which can be found on our website at

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

When GPC was founded in 1961, the church membership was comprised of many young and growing families from the newly developing surrounding neighborhoods. GPC has always been a friendly and sociable congregation but our membership has decreased and our median age has increased. Even so, we are committed to staying in touch with each other, reaching out in friendship and support in good times and bad. The life of the church remains important as we foster fellowship by offering Sunday School, Sunday “coffee and donuts” fellowship in the recently refurbished church parlor, Sunday pot-luck luncheons, book studies, special classes, quarterly “Movies with a Message”, fellowship outings, and regular communications through the monthly newsletter, weekly e-mails, social media and an interactive website. GPC is situated on a major four-lane retail business artery in the mid-town area and is surrounded by many neighborhoods of single-family homes and apartment complexes. The neighborhoods are ethnically and economically diverse. We reach out to our community by partnering with the local public school; by offering our facility for school, worship and community activity, by being a voting precinct; by sponsoring a newly expanded semi-monthly food pantry which helps feed 40 to 50 families; and by offering community garden plots on our premises. We have raised funds to install a digital sign to keep our community informed of the many Worship opportunities, activities and missions of Grace.

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

Our new pastor will be committed to supporting and advancing the existing ministries and missions of this church. We desire an encourager and motivator who will provide innovative and creative direction and leadership while considering the congregation’s unique character. This person will work closely with the session and committees in planning the future of the church while working to buttress the financial foundation through financial management, funds development, grant writing and developing and implementing fundraisers. In the last 15 years, Grace has gone through challenging times. Several pastoral changes have occurred because of spouse job relocation, personal family problems, and other unforeseeable situations resulting in a lack of stability which caused insecurity about this church’s future. Our current retiring Pastor has been able to provide a consistent, hopeful vision, keeping us focused on our ministry while nurturing a stable, positive and inclusive fellowship among our members. There is a high proportion of volunteerism in the church participating in church ministry and mission. We seek someone who can continue to nurture this environment. We look for an inspiring leader with strong skills in pastoral care, the ability to build solid relationships of trust and respect, a bridge and consensus builder, and last but not least, a teacher of Christ’s life to help each of us strengthen our resolve to do what Christ would have us do in our church and community.

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

We seek a leader with spiritual maturity, who “walks the walk”, a lifelong learner who can lead us to deeper understanding and commitment to Christ’s message. The candidate will be an effective Worship leader, reflecting a strong understanding of Presbyterian theology and skillful in the inspirational delivery of Christ’s message. They will have the ability to organize and lead a vibrant and meaningful Worship service. Strong pastoral skills will be needed in order to connect and engage with all members of our small congregation, helping to foster inclusiveness and a sense of belonging. A compassionate person is needed who will recognize the attributes and needs of the people within the congregation and help them feel they are important to the success and future of the church. It is desirable that the person can act as an advisor/counselor to whom people may seek guidance and counsel. They will need good administrative, organizational and time management skills. A good candidate will inspire and motivate as they work with the session and committees. They will be willing to nurture our education and spirituality by periodically teaching or organizing classes around a topic or book. It is hoped they will be committed to supporting and advancing our ministries and missions, assisting and supporting church volunteers in their efforts. Experience with various media communications would be desirable--written communications for newsletters, web site information, social media, etc.

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

The candidate will be devoted to the missions, ministries, outreach efforts, congregational and pastoral care and other core objectives and the overall vision contained in all areas of this form;

  1. To plan and lead worship, administer sacraments, orchestrate special observances (e.g. Maundy Thursday, Ash Wednesday, etc.) and fellowship activities;
  2. To preside over other ceremonies involving the congregation, the community and beyond, including weddings, funerals, memorial services, baptisms, etc.;
  3. To strive to deepen the connections between Grace and other churches in the Presbytery, as well as the institutions they support;
  4. To effectively manage the daily operations of the church, including supervising and encouraging a staff of three (the administrative assistant, music director and financial secretary);
  5. To forward and augment the vision of the church through proclaiming the Word of God and developing Christian growth;
  6. To visit and otherwise care for those in need, to provide counseling for those in pain (in all of its iterations) and crisis, to pray with and for the congregation, the community and those beyond, regardless of residence.

A robust sense of humor would certainly be a bonus.

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Organizational Agility
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $43,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev Karen Akin
14605 Woodcreek Drive, little Rock, AR 72211
(501) 993-3694
retiring pastor
Cyril Hollingsworth
5509 Edgewood Rd., Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 690-3897
COM liaison
David Gill
24925 Almeta Loop, Little Rock, AR 72223
(501) 416-8946
former moderator of session
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   9/17/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

COM:   Elder Cyril Hollingsworth Address  5509 Edgewood Rd., Little Rock, AR 72207
Daytime Phone  501-978-9917 Office Phone 
Fax  Email
PNC:  Jerry Herbert Address  14 Arrow Ridge Court Little Rock, AR 72205
Daytime Phone  501-258-5754 Office Phone 
Fax  Email