Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 09976.AC0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 09976
Ministry Name Hunter Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 109 Rosemont Garden
Lexington, KY 40503
Phone 859-277-5126
Fax none
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 3%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 63
Church School Attendance 51
Curriculum We Believe, and then additional locally developed classes
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:   Pastor
Employment Status:   Open to both
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:   (This range is for a full-time position. Compensation will be negotiated based
Brief Church Mission Statement:

“Loving each other, we will work, study and worship together, using our diverse gifts and talents, within the framework of the PC(USA), to serve the larger community and each other.”

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

God has called Hunter to be an open and affirming, Earth Care congregation deeply interested in social justice. Excellence in music is an integral part of our worship experience, with robust congregational singing of hymns and psalms. Members enjoy a strong sense of family within the congregation, despite differences in theological and political inclinations. We are service-oriented both within the congregation and in the wider community. We are among the top givers in our Presbytery to denominational Unified Mission Giving, but our outreach also includes: teaching ESL at a local library, involvement in the Jackson Store (gifts for Appalachian children); Blessings in a Backpack (weekend food supplies for local schoolchildren); and support of God’s Pantry (local food bank). We engage with our community through the Christian-Muslim Dialogue founded by Hunter; a community garden and outdoor labyrinth recently established on our property; and parking for football games (funds raised thereby currently go to Unified Mission). Through our annual Alternative Gift Fair we assist non-profit organizations (e. g., Heifer Project, fair trade merchants, et al.) whose missions harmonize with our own.

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

When we see a need in the community, we try to find ways to address it. Through B.U.I.L.D. (Building a Unified Interfaith Lexington through Direct action) we join with other congregations in addressing Lexington’s serious challenges such as the opiate crisis and the need for affordable housing. We support The Well and The Nest (assisting and empowering victims of sex trafficking, and children and mothers affected by domestic violence). Many of our members engage in ministry outside of the church. Sometimes it is their advocacy for a project that gets it onto our radar and into our mission budget (this has happened in recent memory with The Well; one of our members serves on its board). Our building is in regular use by many community groups such as AA, Scouts, a home-schooling association, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, neighborhood associations, and others. In March 2019 we opened our building to Nehemiah’s Cry for Development, a non-profit founded and run by members of the Congolese immigrant community to serve members of that community through classes, mentoring sessions, assistance with paperwork, etc.

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

With membership dwindling as members die or move away, those who remain can be overwhelmed by all the opportunities for service. Our youth members are aging into college, and our birth-to-5th grade group is depleted. We need to find new members—including youth and young adults whose presence will enable Hunter’s future—who share our passion for service and can share the load. The person we call will be a spiritual mentor, inspiring us and leading our efforts to expand our membership, increase our diversity, and grow our Children’s Education mission—but in the meantime, if necessary, lovingly and wisely guiding us in prioritizing our activities and resources in order to gather strength for new activities that will help us attract and nurture new members.

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

The person we call must have an open mind and a high level of energy and approachability. Their preaching will be theologically knowledgeable and reflective, challenging us all intellectually, and enabling spiritual growth. They should be skilled at sharing the Gospel in a variety of formats both inside and outside the walls of the church, and able to guide us in doing so as well.

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

Beyond regular preaching, creative worship leading, pastoral care (especially for our aging members) and normal head-of-staff administrative duties, this person will inspire, lead, and facilitate community outreach, enhancing membership growth while balancing the interests of all constituents. Two areas identified as having potential for growth are 1) worship and 2) community use of our building. In worship, in addition to seeking fine preaching and continued excellence in music, we want to explore different styles (e. g., lectio divina, Quaker meeting, Taizé service; inclusion of additional arts such as drama, painting, liturgical dance, etc.); in building use, we would like to attract non-profits and other organizations whose interests align with ours. Many other ideas have been lifted up during the interim process; our new pastor will help us prioritize and initiate the best of them.

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Church website:
Results of membership survey:
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Change Agent
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $45,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Lynn Davis
109 Rosemont Garden, Lexington, KY 40503
Administrative Assistant, member of another church
SinHyung Seo
Korean Church of Manhattan,511 Westview Dr., Manhattan, KS 66502
859-351-1338 (cell)
husband of former organist, father of two former S
Richard Weis
2522 Southview Drive; Lexington, KY 40503
Seminary dean/professor emeritus; PCUSA teaching e
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   6/22/2020

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  Office Phone  502-938-2707
Fax  (859) 264-8869 Email
COM:   Lisa Eye Address  601 Master Street, Corbin, KY 40701
Daytime Phone  859-329-9026 Office Phone  606-528-1444
Fax  606-526-9065 Email
PNC:  Catherine A. Martin Woodring Address  336 Arcadia Park, Lexington, KY 40503
Daytime Phone  cell (859) 494-8712 Office Phone  landline (859) 277-5927
Fax  None Email