Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 20150.AE0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 20150
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church of Ocala, Florida
Mailing Address 511 S. E. 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471
Phone 352-629-7561
Fax 352-629-8066
WWW Address
Ministry Size 651 - 1000 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 98%
Average Worship Attendance 350
Church School Attendance 50
Curriculum Growing in Grace and Gratitude (children), Real and Relevant (youth), Disciples (adult)
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Head of Staff (who supervised one teaching elder and other staff)
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:
Vision Statement
To spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to our community and the world
Mission Statement
To be an inclusive downtown community of faith that seeks to embrace everyone in growing spirituality
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
First Presbyterian Church of Ocala is a large vibrant church located strategically in historical downtown Ocala.  The city offers many opportunities for ministry, such as Interfaith and Habitat (see links).  We strive to live out God’s call on our lives by worshiping, learning, serving, loving and giving. 
Seeking to realize God’s vision in the world, our church supports:
1.Three Sunday services with Sunday school classes as well as Bible study groups and a weekly fellowship meal.
2.A vision to continue and expand our support for multiple local charity organizations through our Christian Outreach budget and with volunteers.  Our community initiatives meet a host of needs, including housing for AA, NA, Boy Scouts, and a pre-school. 
3.Mission co-workers, as well as member mission trips to Jamaica and Mexico.
4.An active music program with an excellent choir, including an adult choir, a bell choir, a contemporary music group and a vision for a youth and children’s musical ministry.  It is important that our pastor appreciate our church’s love for music.
We gather in the strength of the Holy Spirit, we teach the gospel, minister to the needs of those in our community and seek to transform people’s lives. Being Christ’s disciples, we believe God is always using our hands and hearts to deliver Jesus’ message and to be faithful witnesses to the gospel.  
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
             First Presbyterian Church has been blessed in a multitude of ways with many talents that are important to meeting emerging needs and fulfilling its mission.  FPC has a strong commitment to reach out into Marion County to share God’s love and serve God’s people. We seek new ways to include people of diversity, in race, gender, and culture.  We would like to reach young adults and families by welcoming them and sharing the importance of faith and participation in church activities.
            Our county has a large retirement population.  We should continue to focus on ways to attract this population as members of our church; they are a valuable source for membership.  We find the more people are involved in church, the more they feel a sense of community.  While we minister to the people in our church, we also feel the need to reach outside the walls to share the Good News of the Gospel.
            Marion County is growing rapidly which has brought an increase of people living with homelessness and families in need of assistance.  FPC needs new ways to reach out, meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our community.
We have a Long Range Planning Committee working on strategies to reach our large retirement population, assisting the many families who live in poverty, and bringing God’s word to our community.  We have a long history of providing both monetary support and volunteers to non-profit agencies.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
          Mainline denominations are diminishing and it will take strong efforts to grow in all areas of ministry.  Our pastor needs to collaborate with the session and congregation in formulating strategies to meet these challenges.  Our new leader should study carefully who we are, what we do, and help devise ways to worship and serve to better build our faith for the years ahead.  This should create new vitality and enthusiasm in our congregation.  Visible mission activities in Marion County help our church stand out and are attractive to the community.
          A pastor who is accessible to all our members and has a willingness to be active in the community is important.  Leadership is important as is working with our committed staff and volunteers.  There are less active, but talented members who, with encouragement, would come forward to participate more in church ministries.
          We want to remain a viable, visible member of our downtown community. Some in our congregation cannot physically engage in some activities as they did years ago.  We need fresh ideas, younger members, and someone to help members identify their spiritual gifts.
          We can expand, repurpose our facilities, and develop the three empty blocks of land with a Head of Staff that has a vision for implementing Christ’s work in our community.  We stand ready for the challenge. Come join us.
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 leads and inspires us to grow in God’s word.  Bible based preaching and teachings are important to deal with the issues in today’s world.  We need to increase our Sunday school programs.  Our new pastor should understand the church’s commitment to the many ongoing outreach programs, local and foreign. 
          We need to increase our active number of disciples.  We must also focus on our children’s and youth programs while engaging our adult congregation.  Our other priorities should be helping people living with poverty and homelessness, and the less educated in our community.
          This is an older membership and we need leaders who will appeal to all ages.  Changes in society challenge us to meet needs of younger adults by keeping them active and continuing their membership in this church.   Our new pastor should be a person of commitment and vision. 
          Our pastor needs to be compassionate yet strong enough to guide the congregation and open enough to engage and collaborate with others in the church and community.  We are searching for a pastor with spiritual maturity who communicates well and has a sense of humor. He or she should be organized and ready to engage with others.  Our Head of Staff should be a minister as well as a manager.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
The Head of Staff should be a visionary who will provide energetic and spiritual leadership for the church. The pastor should develop ties to other pastors/churches to help enlarge our footprint in the community, and develop new ideas and ways of service.
Other responsibilities include, but are not confined to:
  • following the Book of Order and being committed to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denomination;
  • following our Policies and Procedures Manual;
  • supervising and evaluating staff;
  • orientation of all employees and volunteers as necessary;
  • monitoring and planning for all aspects of financial development and the budget process;
  • conducting leadership training;
  • encouraging continuing education for staff.
We want someone who understands the importance of pastoral care.  This is necessary for the individual church members as well as the congregation in its entirety.
We want a Head of Staff who will manage, encourage and appreciate our professionals, lay leaders and volunteers.
Optional Links
Happy Hearts:
Habitat for Humanity:
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Task Manager
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Organizational Agility
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $94,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
The Rev. Gary Marshall
2880 S. E. 37th St., Ocala, FL 34471
352-895-9574 (cell)
COM Liaison
The Rev. Andy Gans
Pines PC 12751 Kimberley Lane,Houston, TX 77024
713.823.2083 (cell)
Former neighboring pastor
Kenneth H. “Buddy” MacKay, Jr.
12050 East CR25, Ocklawaha, FL 32179
352-288-2333 (Home)
Former member
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   7/11/2017

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