Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 09787.AD2

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 09787
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 105 West Church Street
Morrilton, AR 72110
Phone (501) 354-2187
Fax (501) 354-2187
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 2%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 70
Church School Attendance 35
Curriculum Cokesbury: Proclaim Serve The Thoughtful Christian Videos or studies on current events and books The Bible
Yoked Church False
Community Type College
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Open to both
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

Our mission is to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God.

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

Everything about the ministry of First Presbyterian Church, Morrilton, grows out of our mission statement. In attempting to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God, we believe that we act as the hands of God as we live the great commandment to make disciples of all and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Through our church’s programs, we celebrate the grace and peace we experience in Jesus Christ and express the love of God in our actions in the community. When we see a need expressed, we look for ways to address it. It is in working for others that we have met the risen Christ.

We are an open, friendly congregation, lovingly welcoming and accepting both visitors to our church and new members to our congregation. Our church family is just that—family. We worship together, we pray together, we celebrate together, and when we mourn together, we share the peace of a risen savior who comforts us together. Worship, Sunday school, Bible study, and other corporate activities encourage us and strengthen us in our attempt to live out our mission.

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

As the hands of God, FPC, Morrilton, reaches out to those in our world and in our community to help them as we believe Jesus would have us do. We give of both our time and our substance. Leadership from within our congregation has led to the development of

  • The Ministerial Alliance (Not functioning)

  • The Conway County Care Center

  • The Conway County Christian Clinic (No longer in operation due to ACA)

  • A summer program to feed hungry children during the summer when school is out (Need being met by local school district)

  • A relationship with Heifer Project International

  • A working/support relationship with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Center at Ferncliff

  • A relationship with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

  • Support for AFS (foreign exchange students) families

  • Ministering to area youth who have no church youth group

  • A coordinated effort on behalf of the sick and grieving

  • Conway County Foster Care Coalition

  • Support for Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services

  • Support of the community’s Angel Tree program

  • Room 29:11 (Supports foster and guardianship families)

Our congregation feels called to live out our vision by reaching out and addressing the emerging needs of our community.

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

As the leader of FPC, Morrilton, our new pastor should embrace our mission and guide us toward fulfilling it. We see our pastor as a leader in action, a teacher who demonstrates Christ's love and compassion in everyday life as well as in the pulpit. We see the pastor as involved in our community, but chiefly as helping us achieve our mission. A couple of former pastors were so involved in the community that they also did some adjunct teaching at our community college.

The job description for Pastor varies from church to church. Some ask the pastor to do everything. Some ask the pastor only to preach. We ask our pastor to help us complete our mission. To do this job as described in Micah, we need to be encouraged, we need to be taught, we need to be counseled, occasionally we need to be exhorted, and we need to be loved.

Our pastor must lead, guide, and shepherd our congregation. He or she should be a part of the community and work with other community leaders. The pastor should show us how we can use our talents and resources to fulfill our vision and goals.

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

The competencies we checked in the Leadership Competencies section of our MIF fairly well reflect the characteristics we seek in a new pastor. Energy for ministry is a key element in being a successful pastor. We seek a pastor who displays spiritual maturity of thought and yet also possesses a genuine interest in and affinity for youth work. We seek someone who, while interested in our youth, can also relate well to our older members and who will visit them regularly. In short, we wish for our pastor to be a people person, a good communicator both in our congregation and within the community at large, a person who is approachable, understanding, and compassionate.

Because the mission of FPC, Morrilton, calls us to work with others in our community and in the world, we desire that our pastor be able to operate and think in an ecumenical manner, helping us to bridge the gap that sometimes exists between different bodies of Christ’s church.

In small-town churches with solo pastors, the pastor is the leader in the office, in worship, in the church school program, and in Session. In this situation our pastor will find organizational skills to be a great asset. We pray for a pastor who can teach us, motivate us, encourage us, and guide us along the path Christ has chosen for us, using his/her strategy and vision to shepherd us toward the fulfillment of our mission.

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

Our church seeks a pastor who will guide us with sound, thought-provoking preaching, encourage us toward spiritual growth, provide us with loving pastoral care, and lead us in involvement in the community through service to others. As a congregation we encompass all ages and experiences, and our pastor will relate to and engage us in all of our stages of life. We especially look to a person who will reach out to our youth, developing programs that nurture their gifts and energy and make them a vital part of our worship and mission.

We seek a pastor who will be a calm, rational voice in leading our Session, who will be a participant in the larger church, who will be a teacher of engaging Bible study, who might even be a leader of mission trips, and whose example will encourage us in our spiritual growth.

Our church has a history of ecumenical leadership within our community, and we search for a pastor who can continue that tradition, showing that Christ’s love and grace are not limited to a select segment of our population.

Our new pastor will have a busy job, but he or she will also have the support of a loving, helpful congregation. We want a pastor who will help us seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Technologically Savvy
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $36,500   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Linda Whitworth-Reed
11 Smoking Oaks Rd., Conway, AR 72034
(501) 539-0409
Transitional Pastor
Carol Clark
12706 Meadows Edge Lane, Little Rock AR 72211
501-725-4601 (H), 501-563
Presbytery Liaison
Frank LeBlanc
104 Cambridge Place Dr., Little Rock AR 72227
Former 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   9/19/2018

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Stewart Smith Address  9221 N. Rodney Parham Rd. Little Rock AR 72227
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (501) 663-2424
Fax  (501) 224-2429 Email
COM:   Elder Cyril Hollingsworth Address  5509 Edgewood Rd., Little Rock, AR 72207
Daytime Phone  501-978-9917 Office Phone 
Fax  Email
PNC:  Todd Rasmussen Address  26 Bluebird Lane, Morrilton, AR 72110
Daytime Phone  (501) 354-8102 (h) Office Phone  (501) 477-7328
Fax  Email