Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 11320.AE0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 11320
Ministry Name Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 4140 Hodges Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Phone 904-223-6922
Fax 904-337-4341
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 2%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 2%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 95%
Average Worship Attendance 170
Church School Attendance 70
Curriculum Present Word Right Now Media Deep Blue Learn and Serve Other Topical
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Clinical Pastoral Education Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church is a diverse congregation united by the love of Jesus Christ, passionately committed to spiritual growth through preaching, teaching, and Christ-centered worship, and specifically aimed toward equipping believers for service that reflects the grace of God to all people.

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

Since the organization of Hodges Boulevard Church in 1991, we have felt called to start a congregation that was extremely welcoming of all people. Our goals to nurture a close-knit congregation and share the love of Jesus Christ and our Christian faith to the community have prevailed through the years. We sincerely live our vision, both reaching and surpassing our goals. We are prayerfully embarking towards the call of our next pastor.

Because of the love of Jesus Christ, our church is a congregation which:

● Implements and embodies our mission statement

● Appreciates a variety of music and worship styles

● Is inclusive and accepting

● Is sensitive to religious, social, cultural, and racial issues

● Voluntarily provides care for others

● Actively supports local, national, and international missions

● Participates in lifelong learning


We hope to broaden our vision by increasing:

● The number of fellowship events

● Our number of volunteers

● Support in our youth/young adult ministry

● Our physical plant, as needed


This vision is lived out through:

● Meaningful traditional/contemporary worship

● An active Sunday School program for all ages

● A caring, diverse congregation, responding to immediate needs within our congregation, community, and beyond, including participation in Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

● Small groups for prayer, study, and support

● A well-functioning session and diaconate

● A successful pre-school

● Fellowship events

● Financial support and participation in youth ministry

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

The needs of most communities change and evolve. Ours is no exception. With God’s direction, we are constantly looking towards the future and earnestly trying to prepare and respond to both expected and unexpected changes and situations.

To address the emerging needs of our community, our church reaches out to:

● Unconditionally invite, welcome, and include all people to our worship services and activities

● Emphasize that our congregation cares for each other by providing needed services and random acts of kindness

● Provide educational opportunities for all ages

● Expand our participation in local missions

● Promote national and international mission projects through financial gifts and mission trips

● Offer Wednesday night dinners and engaging programs

● Offer opportunities for local groups to use our facilities

● Provide information about existing, local social services (i.e., Hubbard House, Arlington Community Services, etc.)

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

A church grows through God’s grace and our faithfulness to God’s call in our lives. It also grows because of purposeful commitments by the congregation and pastor. When the pastor and the congregants have a mutual God-driven vision of living their faith, amazing results occur. Therefore, this position is of paramount importance to reach our vision and mission goals.

We pray the pastor who is called to this position will:

● Be inviting and welcoming to people of all backgrounds

● Offer wisdom and compassionate pastoral care to all

● Enjoy planning and implementing creative worship services that use a variety of musical instruments and styles

● Be a support to the youth ministry

● Be a dynamic and innovative speaker and educator to energize our members to more active service

● Actively participate in our outreach programs (i.e., Family Promise, Mission House, etc.)

● Be a realistic, organized, and effective leader and trainer

● Delegate appropriate responsibilities to staff and expect accountability from them

● Use a variety of methods to communicate with members

● Have respect and appreciation for individual’s contributions

● Assist with identifying members’ gifts and incorporating their gifts into service

● Actively promote ecumenical and interfaith missions

● Help us adjust to changes as they occur

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

While a dynamic preacher makes a memorable first impression, a pastor who has a healthy balance of energy, intelligence, imagination, and love often proves to be a motivating and lasting force for a congregation. We pray that our next pastor has this balance.

More specifically, we feel that the person called to this position needs to be:

● Joyful in serving, by the power of the Holy Spirit

● A faithful, obedient disciple of Christ

● An excellent preacher, leader, teacher, and inspirer

● Honest, sincere, humble, and an effective listener

● Confident, insightful, perceptive, energetic, and courageous

● An enthusiastic communicator

● Organized and self-motivated

● One who appreciates and relates to all ages

● Willing to address social justice issues

● A person with high integrity and a strong work ethic

● Committed to PCUSA, including being involved in the Presbytery of St. Augustine

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

There are many tasks, responsibilities, and program areas that compose the work of a congregation. One person cannot single-handedly accomplish all of these. However, with leadership delegation and cooperative assistance from church members, our church can soar to new heights.

We pray our next pastor, with help from God and our membership, will accept the following responsibilities:

● Organize and lead worship services with help from the worship mission team

● Prepare and preach sermons that challenge, encourage, uplift, inspire, and are applicable and relevant

● Support youth leaders

● Provide pastoral care

● Help new members to become involved in church mission teams

● Moderate session meetings

● Attend diaconate meetings as needed

● Support and participate in fellowship events

● Support mission endeavors

● Understand and respect church budgets and financial matters, and help generate a budget that fulfills all of the ministries we are called by God to accomplish

● Advocate for diversity and inclusion

● Manage church staff

● Help facilitate capital campaigns, when the needs arise

● Meet, interact, and collaborate with our Preschool Director

● Not be Superman or Superwoman

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Lifelong Learner
Change Agent
Task Manager
Decision Making
Strategy and Vision
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $77,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Stephen N. Benz
4498 Summer Haven Blvd. S. Jacksonville, FL 32258
(904) 608-0948
Former Presbytery Executive and Church Member
Rev. Dr. Holly Inglis
3410 Third St. S Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
(904) 246-6427
Pastor of Neighboring PCUSA Church
Hope Henry
211 Autumn Springs Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32225
Director of HBPC Preschool
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   7/27/2018

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  (904) 608-0948 (C) Office Phone  (904) 733-8277 x125
Fax  (904) 737-6658 Email
COM:   Rev. Craig Davies Address  11337 Water Spring Circle, Jakcosnville FL 32256
Daytime Phone  352-212-3065 Office Phone 
Fax  Email
PNC:  Christine A. Gesdorf Address  43 Little Bay Harbor Dr, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Daytime Phone  (904)-686-2123 Office Phone 
Fax  Email