Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 20155.AA0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 20155
Mailing Address PO BOX 837
PERRY, FL 32348
Phone (850) 584-3826
Fax (850) 584-3826
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 65
Church School Attendance 25
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
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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:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

The Mission Statement of the First Presbyterian Church of Perry is based on Luke 4:8, "Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him." We seek to SERVE God by:

S-upporting one another in FELLOWHIP E-ncouraging one another through DISCIPLESHIP R-joicing together in WORSHIP
V-aluing every Christian's Ministry
E-ngaging the world through EVANGELISM

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

First Presbyterian Church wishes to be a viable force in the greater Taylor County community and beyond. Our vision for ministry is to be thankful for our salvation through grace and to S.E.R.V.E others to display that thankfulness. To accomplish this goal, the church longs to have compassionate, creative and dedicated leadership that honors Jesus Christ and is based upon the principles he taught.

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

Our chosen ministries show our love for our community, and the God we serve. Locally, we are longtime sponsors of the Needy School Children’s Fund, Refuge House (for battered women and children), Special Olympics, community food pantries, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Lighthouse Children’s Home, the Salvation Army and senior high mission trips, while partnering with other churches in the community to Elevate Taylor, an ecumenical clearinghouse which seeks to meet the physical needs of clothing, shelter and utility costs in our community while pointing recipients to God's love and provision.

When our sanctuary was built, we pledged a third of funds raised through our building campaign to Habitat for Humanity so that we were building homes as we were building a church. Additionally, on our church campus, we house Rooms-To-Grow Pre-School, a ministry which reaches young children from various areas of our community, some through scholarships.

We are involved in the greater church through donations to Duvall House, Heifer International, FSU Ukirk, Thornwell Children’s Home and Montgomery Conference Center, as well as sponsorship of a Presbyterian missionary in Haiti, supplying medical missionaries for the Jamaican Ecumenical Mutual Mission and participating in frequent building projects.

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

At First Presbyterian Church, we desire a compassionate leader who cares about each of us—no matter how lovable or unlovable we are at the moment. We seek a leader who recognizes the good work Jesus did in small towns and, thus, doesn’t consider us less worthy than churches in cities which boast a shopping mall or fine arts schools.

We hope for thoughtful sermons which prompt us to action, inspire us to be better and challenge us to consider the answers to difficult questions of faith. We need a pastor who can navigate a wide range of opinions and values.

We desperately wish to grow our youth programs so the church’s future is more secure. We wish to attract young families and work to find ways to make this church a “forever home” for them. At the same time, we recognize the loyalty our older members deserve for their long service.

We need a leader who can bridge the gap which sometimes emerges in a session meeting or a divisive church issue. We need someone who understands the importance of preserving this family of faith and keeping our conversations in the strictest confidentiality.

Members have left our church who need to be reclaimed; the un-churched in our community need to be reached; our youth need someone who is “relevant” to their day; our elderly need to find a new friend in this new pastor.

We are confident that God has already chosen a pastor for us. We trust God to put the correct emphasis on financial management, forward-thinking strategies and member motivation.

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

The pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Perry would come to us with an open and understanding heart and love for Jesus Christ. This individual would be open to new ideas to bring in a new generation of Christians while also keeping traditions of the church and valuing our elderly and homebound, visiting as needed. The pastor will keep his/her sermon biblically based, messaging the love of our Lord. In addition our pastor will be approachable and have skills in conflict resolution. He/she will understand the importance of recognizing the talents of all members of the church and encourage stewardship amongst all of the congregants.

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

In addition to the traditional tasks of leading worship, preparing meaningful sermons and teaching from the scriptures, we look for a minister who can engage our church members in study and witness; an ambassador who will share the story of First Presbyterian Church as we intentionally seek to expand our diversity and welcome to all; a minister who will recruit in the community and prepare congregants for membership in the church. We recognize that an ordained minister is responsible for administering the sacraments of baptism and communion, and officiates weddings and funerals, but we long for a pastor who will visit in the homes of the church and the community; one who will support and engage in children and youth activities; a pastor who regularly visits with the children, parents and staff of Rooms to Grow Preschool; and seeks to become involved in ecumenical relationships in the community. While moderating Session meetings is critical to church business, we would also value a pastor who is willing to counsel families and individuals of the church; and, in general, administer the church program by leading, directing and supervising the other church staff as head of staff.

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Decision Making
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $60,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
John K. Fish
106 Crest Drive, Perry, FL. 32348
Friend of the church
Rev. James Taylor
302 N. Jefferson St., Perry FL. 32347
Friend of the church
Dave Fraser
318 Saddlebrook Plantation, Thomasville, GA. 31757
Previous 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   5/9/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

COM:   Rev. Craig Davies Address  11337 Water Spring Circle, Jakcosnville FL 32256
Daytime Phone  352-212-3065 Office Phone 
Fax  Email
PNC:  Susan H. Lincoln Address  P. O. Box 837, Perry, FL. 32348
Daytime Phone  850-843-2905 Office Phone  850-584-3826
Fax  Email