Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 10263.AE1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 10263
Ministry Name Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 403 E. Dillard Ave
Forrest City, AR 72335
Phone 870-633-4424
Fax 870-633-8422
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 5%
White 95%
Average Worship Attendance 41
Church School Attendance 15
Curriculum Joy Class- Present Word Baby Boomer Class- various book studies
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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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:
We, the members of Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, seek to glorify God and Christ Jesus through our inclusive worship, through our mission work to our neighbors in need, and through our daily lives.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Graham Memorial's mission is to seek to glorify God and Christ Jesus through our mission work to our neighbors in need. GMPC is a friendly church that welcomes visitors from all walks of life. We support our church family through traditional worship each Sunday as well as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and our traditional Christmas Eve communion service. We have a strong choir and church members share the role of layreader.

Members also have opportunities to grow closer to God through participation in Sunday School each week.  We communicate outside of church via the Graham Quacker newsletter, the Grahamlist internet prayer list, and our Facebook page. Organizations such as Presbyterian Women and Men of the Church provide other opportunities to grow in Christian faith. Members of GMPC are quick to minister to fellow members through prayer and support in times of need.

Members of GMPC participate in presbytery meetings and serve on presbytery committees. We have hosted meetings of presbytery on several occasions.

GMPC members support mission through our gifts to the presbytery, The Joy gift and Great Hour of Sharing. Our church has opened its doors to house families in need of shelter after hurricanes Katrina and Irma. Presbyterian Women's projects include the birthday offering, Vera Lloyd Home, scholarships to Haiti, Valentine boxes for college students, school supplies for local students, and items for the Disaster Center
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
The members of GMPC are committed to community outreach. We fulfill the mission of our church by putting our faith in action.
Each Monday GMPC hosts the Community Soup Kitchen. Church members lead the effort with volunteers from other churches and community members. We provide a weekly noon-day meal to anyone who comes through the doors, serving as many as 375 meals in one day.

In addition to the soup kitchen, we serve our community in the following ways:
  • Backpacks filled with food are distributed to students in need in area schools
  • Our youth basketball ministry, led by a church member, utilizes the gym year-round for practice, competitive games and Midnight Basketball, which provides community youth of all ages an opportunity to participate in a positive activity on weekend evenings.
  • The church building is utilized by The Humane Society and Little Theater for special events
  • Mission groups and bicycle groups have used the gym overnight during the summer months
  • Families lived in our building following hurricanes Katrina and Irma
  • Shop with a cop pairs youth with a police officer to purchase and wrap Christmas gifts for family members
GMC has partnered with other churches by participation in Christmas cantatas, Lenten Lunches, and the women's Valentine Banquet.  We have participated in trunk-or-treat, community prayer walks, and health fairs. Our live nativity scene is a popular holiday event.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
Graham Memorial is in search of a caring full-time minister who will work alongside our members as we seek to glorify God and Christ Jesus through our mission work to our neighbors in need.This person would build on and continue present ministries while moving forward with new ways to benefit the church and the community.

We would like to continue our traditional formal worship service with well thought-out-sermons based on scripture.

Our new pastor will be expected to support our members through prayer, counseling, and visitation. GMPC needs a leader who can help us bring some of our absent members back to church and attract young people and new members.

The members of GMPC do not expect our new minister to bear the load of work alone, but we do want someone who will work as hard as we do to continue our missions of the soup kitchen, youth sports programs, community work, and support for members in need.

Graham Memorial is a church family that is recovering after the death of a beloved pastor.  We are looking forward to working with a new pastor as we enter a new and exciting
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
Our minister should be able to work collaboratively with a dedicated group of church officers and a small but strong congregation composed of both active and retired professionals.  Desired characteristics include:
  • Ability and willingness to build relationships based on trust, respect, and understanding congregation and community needs
  • Skill in communicating God's word through solid message/sermon preparation and engaging delivery during worship service
  • Authenticity in commitment to providing guidance and demonstrating compassion, caring, and advocacy for others; understanding their pain, suffering, and personal challenges
  • Ability to understand the spiritual perspectives and needs of a diverse population, ranging from the community poor who participate in our Soup Kitchen and youth basketball ministry to the longstanding members of our congregation with a variety of professional backgrounds and needs
  • Interest and dedication to working collaboratively with the church leadership and congregation members to improve the level of engagement and participation of all current members while actively pursuing a plan for healthy growth of church membership to ensure long-term survival
  • Ability to balance church leadership, attention, and commitment to the Graham memorial congregation with leadership and commitment to the Forrest City and St. Francis County community
  • A healthy sense of humor
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Congregation members look to enhance our spiritual growth as well as a growth in membership. A recent survey of our members indicated a desire to continue our traditional Sunday morning worship service, which include a strong music component; and (2) supporting, encouraging, and moving forward our current community ministries/missions (Soup Kitchen and community youth sports program). Administration of Graham Memorial finances has been traditionally handled primarily by the Session.
We look forward to new leadership in all areas of Church ministry.
Other responsibilities include:
  • Collaborating with the congregation and our community in finding additional ways for engagement that might also lead to increased membership growth
  • Relating to our congregation, including visiting members and families when sick, experiencing personal and spiritual challenges, or in need of counseling
  • Leading the Christian Education program, including initiating Bible study and other opportunities for teaching the congregation
  • Participating in social activities
  • Coordinating with the Session, the secretary, and the church sexton.
Optional Links
Facebook page:  Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Forrest City, AR
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Decision Making
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $40,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Dr. Bill Branch
15 Poydras Dr, Little Rock, AR 72211
Former General Presbyter of Presbytery of Arkansas
Rev. Lisa Anderson
1790 Faxon Ave; Memphis, TN 38112
Former interim minister
Mrs. Janice Mitchell
610 Knight Street; Forrest City, AR 72335
Widow of former pastor, Dr. Larry Mitchell
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:  Nancy Dunaway Address  85 SFC 310; Forrest City, AR 72335
Daytime Phone  870-261-3330 Office Phone  870-633-2324
Fax  870-238-5053 Email