Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 20235.AA2

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 20235
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 206 E. Washington St.
Jackson, MO 63755
Phone 573-243-4265
WWW Address Presbyterian Church Jackson, MO
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 80
Church School Attendance 20
Curriculum varies by need; currently “Draw the Circle” by Mark Batterson
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:   Installed Pastor
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   No
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

We gather to celebrate and act upon our privilege and responsibility of bringing people closer to Jesus Christ.

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

We are known as the church with the red doors and the warm hearts.  As you enter the sanctuary, you feel the welcome of a diverse congregation with a variety of skills, talents, and experiences.  We recognize the importance of ministering to each other within our church family, and to love our neighbors with that same intensity.

We are a seasoned congregation, familiar with the inequities of life.  We draw strength from the foundation of our old hymns and traditions: our Christmas Eve candlelight service, our first Sunday meals, and our Easter sunrise service at Pleasant Hill.  That said, we are prepared to rise to the challenges of a changing culture.  We welcome new programs and ideas, especially those that would be attractive to youth and young children and would help us expand our missions.

We are an outgoing bunch, known in the area for our friendliness, and active both within our church and within the community.  We love to laugh, but are serious about our mission, “to celebrate and act upon our privilege and responsibility of bringing people closer to Jesus Christ.”

We are very outreach oriented, with programs and projects geared toward ministry to people in our community as well as throughout the world. These include collecting food for the local food pantry, contributing to the Heifer Project, and donating to our Mitten Tree at Christmas time. We host many organizations, such as writers and artists groups, and a local beekeepers organization.

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

Our new pastor will have the opportunity to share God’s message in a lovely, growing, small town of friendly people.  Jackson is a great place to raise a family with an excellent school system founded on a strong sense of family values and community pride.  Options for spousal employment are also available.    Jackson is right next door to Cape Girardeau and situated between St Louis and Memphis.  There is ample opportunity to pursue personal enrichment, hobbies and cultural interests.

We love our community and have partnered with the schools to help young adults with special needs to develop and hone important life skills. In addition, we host a meal for these students on prom night. During Jackson’s annual Homecomers Weekend, we provide a meal that brings church members together with carnival workers and city officials.

A widow left us her residence in her will, conveniently located adjacent to the church.  The Steck House has been used to implement a collaborative venture with Young Life, as well as other outreach programs such as SEMO Prom Mothers, Welcome Wednesdays, and meals for members of the high school football team, many of whom have no other exposure to church/faith.

Over the course of the past 25 years, our former pastor did a fabulous job of encouraging us to expand our vision of what is possible with God’s empowerment.   We are looking for someone to help us continue to forge ahead into new territory, striving to dream new dreams and explore new possibilities. 

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

Our congregants are proud of and enjoy our traditions, but we also realize that all living things need to grow in order to thrive. Building on our heritage, we are also open to, even enthusiastic about, creating new and exciting programs for the church.

Our pastor must have a heart for all people and a willingness to serve where needed. The pastor must be able to equip, empower, and energize, while working with us to increase our missions in the church, the community, and the world.

We feel it’s important to grow our Christian Education programs and to find creative ways to attract and minister to young families and to help young people grow into active vibrant Christians.

Many of our members are stepping into caregiver roles. We want to support these members by helping prepare them for this difficult position. The new pastor will also reach out to those less active and infirmed with expected hindrances in the later years of life. 

Our pastor must have a good rapport with, and enjoy, all kinds of people and be able to deliver a meaningful, biblically-based message in a way that is easily understood and inspirational to everyone. This minister should be flexible, encouraging and supportive, with an openness that includes reaching out to the unchurched in their times of need, and with an awareness for what is going on locally and with the world.

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

We are looking for a pastor who respects the sovereignty of God, exemplifies the grace-filled compassion of Jesus, and boldly steps out in faith while following the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  We want a leader who is comfortable when the way becomes uncomfortable, to challenge us to draw closer God and to run our race with perseverance.

We are seeking someone with fresh eyes who can see the possibilities and is ready and equipped to help us be ready and equipped.  This minister should be energetic, flexible and caring as well as able to recruit new families so the church can grow.

The pastor should be quietly spiritual with a strong core of faith, able to lead by example, and accepting and adaptable with a wide variety of people in various settings.

We want someone who is a thinking person, who will share our creative insights and willingness to be open to new ideas.  We want someone able to speak God’s word in a way that is biblically sound and easy for us to understand, remember, and relate to.

Our new pastor should be available to both active and inactive members, should know when to offer advice, and when to keep quiet. With the knowledge that a leader is a part of the team and realizing that being the boss doesn’t mean you have to be bossy, this minister should be able to lead with energy, intelligence, imagination and, most of all, love.  Leaping tall buildings in a single bound is optional, though obviously a bonus.

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

This pastor will be responsible for conducting worship services, making home and hospital visits and helping us to reach out to inactive members, and attract new members, by building on the programs we already have in place, as well as by creating new programs.

We want our pastor to recognize that we are a family and help each of us to see where our own unique talents and gifts fit in with this church body, and where this church family fits in with the larger, ecumenical, body of Christ.

The other clergy members in this area are very cooperative and supportive of each other.  Our pastor should fit in well with the Jackson Ministerial Alliance, be open to and accepting of other churches and missions, supporting local outreach, as well as the church’s outreach in faraway places.

This pastor should be “out among the people,” loving and supporting church and community, and inspiring us to follow God’s way both inside and outside of the church building. In addition, the pastor should maintain connections with the Presbytery and help us to develop our uniquely Presbyterian strengths.

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Change Agent
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Financial Manager
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $35,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Sam Roethemeyer
707 Aspen, Jackson, MO 63755
Local retired pastor
Rev. Grant F. C. Gillard
1259 SW 600th Rd, Holden, MO 64040-9103
Former pastor
John Rawlings
700 Havenwood Circle, Warson Woods, MO 63122
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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   5/15/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Craig Howard Address  2236 Tower Grove Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (314) 772-2395 x110
Fax  (314) 772-2309 Email
PNC:  Dan Brown Address  429 Goodson Drive, Jackson, MO 63755
Daytime Phone  573-579-1023 Office Phone 
Fax  Email