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MIF #: 10870.AD0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 10870
Ministry Name Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista
Mailing Address 1880 Forest Hills Blvd.
Bella Vista, AR 72715
Phone 479-855-2390
Fax 479-855-6105
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 156
Church School Attendance 18
Curriculum Connections
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   No Experience
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:

With the continuous guidance of the Holy Spirit and following the instructions of our Lord Jesus Christ, we preach and teach the Good News. Our community of faith, with God’s help, strives to be accepting of all of God’s children.  We commit to providing programs that will reflect our changing world with the focus on God’s abiding love.

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

Established in 1985, the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista (PCBV) is a friendly and welcoming congregation of mostly active, involved senior citizens. Bella Vista, a community of over 30,000 people located in the scenic Ozarks, is part of a fast-growing metropolitan area commonly referred to as Northwest Arkansas (NWA). With a total population exceeding 500,000, NWA is home of three Fortune 500 companies and has a multitude of amenities to offer residents and visitors alike. Bella Vista, with its seven lakes, golf courses and biking and hiking trails, offers a wide variety of social and recreational activities.

As more young and diverse families are moving into the area, we recognize the need to reach that population and others in the community. Having Jesus Christ in our hearts allows us to extend love to others and lead them to Christ. We are a nurturing and loving congregation and continue to reach out to provide God’s love to our neighbors, near and far, but we must continue the bold steps the founders of PCBV took as we address the wants and needs of our current congregation as well as those of our changing community and society. We want to practice spiritual growth without judgment and without sectarian or political partisanship and continue to be a welcoming body of believers to others in our midst.

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

PCBV is well-known in our community and Presbytery. Outreach and missions are an integral part of our congregation’s life, and we are actively involved in both local and state mission projects. This is evident in support of local schools and nonprofits, roadside trash pickup, blood drives and many other local organizations. State and nationwide mission efforts include significant support of our Presbytery, women’s and children’s shelters, Presbyterian Disaster Relief, multiple colleges and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. International aid is given through support of missionaries and mission trips.

Our congregation’s support and involvement in missions have evolved over the years as needs have changed. We recognize the necessity to broaden our approach to missions as our community and the world continue to evolve and change. Service through missions has always played a vital role in who we are as disciples of Christ.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

Our pastor plays a crucial part in the life of our church. We are seeking someone who will guide our congregation as we strive to fulfill our Mission Statement. In addition to strong preaching and teaching abilities, our pastor should have the vision to guide us as we continue to aspire to be a true body of Christ. Through preaching and teaching, the pastor will help us to continue to mature in our discipleship. Our pastor should demonstrate an appropriate balance between long-term and short-term vision. A forward-thinking mindset will enable our pastor to inspire and motivate us to increase our presence as a vital and welcoming body of believers that better reflects our community’s growing diversity.

Our church mission study recognizes the need to improve our communication and social media presence, and we are seeking someone with ideas and the knowledge to help facilitate this goal. In addition, having strong interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate us in the life of our church would be important. Our mission study also revealed a significant concern about our music ministry. Our pastor will need to collaborate with our music director to improve music selection and presentation to better suit the wishes of our congregation and attract those in our changing community.

Lastly, though not required, our congregation would prefer to have a young pastor with a family. This could encourage the growth of our church by hopefully adding other young families.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

Our congregation seeks a pastor who, actively seeking God’s guidance, preaches theologically sound and insightful sermons that guide us in these challenging times and inspire us to turn outward to serve others in Jesus’ name. His or her sermons should be delivered in a manner that comes naturally without direct reading of the entire sermon.

Compassion, pastoral care, interpersonal skills, and a sense of humor are also important. The person we call will need to be approachable, patient, and supportive; someone who will encourage us in illness and adversity, particularly since we have many older members in our church.

Our congregation comes from different backgrounds and denominations. Therefore, our pastor needs to promote cooperation among all as common ground and as God’s will is sought. As a bridge-builder, our pastor would help to create a safe and comfortable environment for the expression of differing views. He or she would encourage our members to serve and would lead with confidence, in accordance with their God-given spiritual gifts.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

The pastor called to this position will fulfill the functions as set forth in the Book of Order G 2.0501 and will be expected to:

  • Oversee and enhance worship services and ministries
  • Encourage spiritual growth of members
  • Together with our deacons and shepherd groups, participate in pastoral care for all members, especially in times of special needs
  • Provide strategic leadership of all staff, Session, committees, and the congregation
  • Work with Session to manage the resources of the church in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Lead in the development and implementation of short and long-term goals
  • Administer the sacraments and conduct weddings and funerals or memorial services as needed
  • Support the Presbytery of Arkansas and PCUSA
  • Moderate Session and congregational meetings
  • Assist with improving our communication and social media presence
  • Act as an ambassador for PCBV as we seek to expand our congregation
  • As appropriate, support and participate in local community agencies and activities
  • Maintain a healthy work-home balance

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $58,500   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Wm. Dennis Ritchie
74 Bassingham Dr., Bella Vista, AR 72715
Former Pastor, retired
Rev. Laura Fleetwood
3900 SW Ridgeway St., Bentonville, AR 72713
Former Parish Associate, retired
Rev. Leslie Belden
504 E. Lafayette St., Fayetteville, AR 72701
Stated Clerk, Arkansas Presbytery
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   3/23/2021

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 Don Eilbott Address  P.O. Box 23870
Daytime Phone  501.749.7000 (cell) Office Phone  501.225.2885
Fax  501.421.5653 Email
PNC:  Bud Clark Address  PO Box 3282, Bella Vista, AR 72715
Daytime Phone  417-291-2377 Office Phone 
Fax  Email