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MIF #: 20136.AJ0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 20136
Ministry Name Riverside Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 849 Park Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Phone 904-355-4585
WWW Address
Ministry Size 651 - 1000 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 96%
Other 1%
Average Worship Attendance 253
Church School Attendance 150
Curriculum Godly Play, Dwell, Reform, Connect, The Bible Project, Faith Questions
Yoked Church False
Community Type Urban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Youth)
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:   Associate Pastor for Youth and Families
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   No
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

We rejoice that we are reconciled with God and embrace our mission statement, “Riverside: A Movement for Reconciliation.” Our ministry, mission, and purpose are to become people who work toward reconciliation with our neighbors and ourselves. As servants shaped by hope, we commit to faithfully living out this mission through our values, as follows:

Searching Thoughtfully by glorifying God through reverent, creative, and imaginative worship. We engage in study, knowing that exercising spiritual discipline results in thoughtful, powerful, and diverse expressions of God's work in our lives and in the lives of those with whom we witness.

Serving Passionately through community and global missions to serve and love others in Jesus' name and work toward justice and peace among ourselves, our neighbors, and throughout the world.

Living Joyfully by sharing the love of Christ, nurturing a welcoming community with ourselves and neighbors, valuing diversity (ethnic, political, socio-economic, and sexual orientation), and knowing that Christ binds our differing opinions, talents, and backgrounds into one community of faith.

Following Christ by seeking deeply to know, trust, and embody the transforming love of Jesus Christ.

Riverside is looking to the future with eager expectation. Thanks to our location in a flourishing neighborhood, the plentiful assets of our school and campus, and a vibrant staff, Riverside is poised for an exciting future of ministry in Christ’s name and for God’s glory.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Founded in 1910, RPC is a vibrant, historic district church. We know that the joyous energy of worship, music, and congregational life means little unless we extend them into the world. We hope to build on what we do best to continue to proclaim the love of God and the good news of Jesus Christ through the following:
  • Meaningful, authentic worship with challenging, thoughtful preaching, which is both theologically sound and welcoming to inquirers who don’t share our traditions;
  • Outstanding music;
  • Thriving educational and recreational programs for youth, adults, and children, which attract youth and young families;
  • A community of care that supports and sustains developing friendships, intergenerational fellowship, and meets the needs of older members;
  • Social outreach ministries to local and global neighbors, which address and help remediate issues of poverty and injustice; and
  • Growing a culture of gratitude, which is reflected in stewardship, financial resources, and care for our excellent staff.

We anticipate growing our ministries for children and young families through additional Sunday School and weekday programs, supporting middle and high school students, and recruiting strong groups of adult volunteers to lead youth ministry and build excitement about the programs. We hope to plan and lead more youth trips, including weekend retreats, mission trips, and summer programs, and develop comprehensive children’s ministry programs from birth through high school graduation. 
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
RPC has always addressed neighborhood, regional, and world issues and concerns. We provided respite for WWII sailors, supported desegregation in Jacksonville during the Civil Rights movement, built affordable senior housing, established recovery homes for addicted men and women, embraced LGBTQ individuals, created enrichment and sports programs for Jacksonville children regardless of ethnicity or income, started a day school rooted in faith, partnered with nonprofits to support the homeless and struggling, championed economic programs for Haiti, tackled citywide social justice issues with area churches, and set aside a mission fund.

Today, we remain a mission-oriented church that seeks to show Christ’s love in the broken, bewildering world around us. Our gifted members—teachers, musicians, cooks, artists, homemakers, builders, caregivers, nonprofit leaders, medical and business professionals, and energetic youth—relish hands-on volunteering in over 15 programs serving the homeless, hungry, recovering alcoholics, elderly, disabled, children, and Haiti missions.

While we are deeply committed to our city-wide youth athletic and poverty programs, we also feel called to outreach that addresses diversity, intolerance, and additional social justice issues. We dream of new opportunities that will spark deep connections to RPC among non-members, Nones, our youth, and community; align with today’s volunteer capacity; and expand member involvement.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
We look forward to our new associate pastor collaborating with our thoughtful, faithful, and dynamic congregation as we bring our dreams for Riverside to fruition. Our strengths lie in our communal worship and music, our care for our church family, and our community outreach. We hope to sustain these and our vibrant Christian education offerings, while growing our family and youth ministries. We hope to strengthen the church's relationship with Riverside Presbyterian Day School (RPDS), the accredited independent day school and ministry of RPC since 1948.

We welcome an associate pastor who will guide us in growing our congregation to include --- young families who will call RPC their home for generations.

Our new pastor will need to be able to communicate the importance of stewardship and giving to younger members, who are not as familiar with institutional giving.

Our new pastor will need to be sensitive to the significant political and theological diversity in our congregation. Despite this, we have worked together on matters of common concern so that we have a strong and cohesive community. We have deep respect for each other and still welcome challenges to go beyond our comfort zone. 
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
  • Displays a genuine love for children of all backgrounds and an understanding of and experience in children’s ministry
  • Displays a genuine love for older youth and an attentiveness to the challenges of adolescence
  • Integrates a holistic view of family ministries, and ministers to both youth and their parents
  • Places high value on safety and boundaries for minors; familiar with child protection policies
  • Incorporates youth participation into all aspects of the church’s ministries

We seek an associate pastor who will embrace our energetic, sometimes exhausting, and always faithful youth, and work to grow our programs to attract new young members and their parents, and remind existing members why they first came to Riverside. We value our vacation bible school, with tiny people shouting songs of praise and wiggling their little hearts out, and enthusiastically presenting finger paintings of pink Jesus to their parents. We pride ourselves on our Summer in the City and Appalachian service project trips, where our adolescent youth can come out of their shells and feel comfortable in their own skin. We love our youth basketball league, where boys and girls learn good sportsmanship and feel valued by the many congregation members who show up every week to coach, referee, and cheer them on. Most importantly, we cherish our chaotic Christmas Eve children’s service with too many shepherds, deafening baby angels, the occasional small fire, and nothing resembling a silent night.

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  • Youth Ministry Leader: plan and lead youth ministry programs, such as Sunday School, small groups, and youth group; coordinate support for middle and high school students at school events; recruit, equip, and minister to adult volunteers in youth ministry; build excitement about youth ministry in the church; plan and lead youth trips, including weekend retreats, mission trips, summer programs; supervise children’s ministry; develop a comprehensive program from birth through high school graduation; develop a young adult ministry in conjunction with other pastors
  • Occasional Preaching and Worship Leader: lead Sunday services (preaching and liturgy) ⁓8x/year and assist with other pastoral duties
  • Pastoral Support: provide pastoral care for parents of choristers when needed, some of whom may not be church members; build connections with and provide pastoral support for parents of children ages 0-18; develop ministries relevant for parents of teens
  • Additional Service: teach Sunday School or Bible study classes occasionally; maintain connection with college students; support youth and children’s ministry committees; attend, and if necessary, lead meetings, including presbytery, session, and staff meetings; supervise youth interns, especially during summer; maintain and strengthen the church’s connection with RPDS, coordinate activities with it and participate periodically in weekly chapel service; serve as liaison between chorister programs and children’s ministries
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Leadership Competencies:
Public Communicator
Risk Taker
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $50,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Bill Scheu
s P.O. Box 696, Montreat, NC 28757
Elder and Trustee
Reverend Michelle Thomas-Bush
2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207
704-376-3695 (O); 704-927
Former RPC Associate Pastor
Katherine Cooke Kerr
1000 East Moorehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
Guest Preacher, former member
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   8/27/2021

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Holly Inglis Address  1937 W University Blvd, Jacksonville, FL, 32217
Daytime Phone  (904) 238-6950 Office Phone  (904) 733-8277
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COM:   Joy Laughridge Address  2001 University Boulevard W., Jacksonville, FL 32217
Daytime Phone  904-318-7073 Office Phone 
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PNC:  Katie Fackler Address  1913 Greenwood Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Daytime Phone  904-704-6162 (C) Office Phone  904-355-4585 (Church)
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