Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 20269.AC1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 20269
Ministry Name Southminster Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 1124 Montgomery Hwy
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
Phone 205-822-1124
Fax 205-822-6739
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 128
Church School Attendance 144
Curriculum Adult: Present Word, Feasting on the Word, and various Bible study materials. Children: PC(USA) Grace and Gratitude, Feasting on the Word
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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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:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, Southminster Presbyterian Church: values worship and education, develops Christian leaders, and empowers everyone to welcome, care for, and serve the local and global community and the larger church.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
SPC’s vision for ministry is praising God, caring for each other and our neighbors, welcoming all in the name of Christ and sharing God’s grace with the world. SPC praises God through traditional, lectionary‐based worship with regular Holy Communion and traditional music. Sunday school and Bible study equip members to understand and share the faith. SPC cares for one another through lay and pastoral congregational care. A strong intercessory prayer ministry not only addresses the needs of our membership but extends our caring into the entire community. Also, a strong lay involvement in the leadership and hands‐on activity in ministries extends the caring attitude into both SPC and the larger church. This welcoming and inclusive Church not only greets all visitors, it also invites non‐members to use its facilities. Keenly aware of its role in the sharing of God’s grace, SPC has established its Foundation for Ministry to direct funds to local and global missions. Other directed efforts extend God’s grace to both local and world missions. SPC is especially proud of its fine Day School, which is celebrating its 50 years of serving the community through grace‐filled quality education.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
SPC offers a welcoming, inter‐generational community that strives to connect with each individual as a child of God. We honor Christ by enabling our people to form strong personal bonds with each other in Jesus’ name. Specifically, SPC is concerned with providing care and support for the particular needs of older members and with engaging and supporting young families in the spiritual formation of their children. The Church reaches out to the larger community by nurturing its Day School, which provides quality education to 220 children. Additionally, we work ecumenically with other organizations to support local and global ministries, including food distribution, medical care and homeless shelters. We support programs such as the Presbyterian Home for Children and Matthew 28 mission to Haiti. We partner with our Presbytery to extend ministry opportunities for children, youth and adults.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

The pastor will serve as a leader, facilitator and moderator in collaboration with the Session and congregational ministry units to determine our needs and create effective programs that will positively impact the church and community in the areas of worship, Christian education, benevolent stewardship and community ministry.  The pastor will foster a welcoming and appreciative atmosphere where members and visitors alike feel comfortable and confident participating in their individual calling to God’s ministry at and through SPC.  The pastor will be active in the community to communicate and share the vision of SPC and to help enable the congregation to “live” out its mission.

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

The pastor will be a warm, welcoming, social and compassionate person who is committed to building relationships with the members of the Church and who will be available to care for and comfort hurting and grieving members or to counsel them through the seasons of life.

She will be an articulate preacher who speaks effectively and bases sermons on scripture and its application to everyday life.

He will be a teacher who will inspire members and visitors toward spiritual growth and mature discipleship.

She will be well-grounded in theology and strongly connected to the PCUSA.

He will be a skilled servant leader with the confidence and skills to guide staff, Church leaders and the congregation to meet Church goals.

She will feel comfortable being visible in the community as an advocate for SPC.

He will bring energy and renewal that would result in growth, especially among younger worshipers.

As an integral member of the SPC community, the pastor will have and share opinions and effectively and confidently articulate them in casual and formal settings.  The pastor will be a passionate advocate of the mission of SPC while practicing the humility of one who understands that all good word and deed is of God.

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

The pastor’s responsibilities will include the following:

  • plan and lead worship services, including weddings, funerals, etc.    

  • moderate the Session and assist the Session in planning and accomplishing the work of the Church through coordination of volunteers and staff

  • serve as head of staff

  • work with the Personnel Committee to supervise, equip and encourage staff for the well-being of the Church’s ministries

  • visit the sick, homebound and grieving members

  • maintain contact with members on the fringe

  • pre-marital counseling and short-term crisis counseling

  • lead classes such as Bible study or Sunday School, confirmation, new member and officer training

  • engage with the community

  • reach out to non-members in the area

  • actively serve in the larger church

  • support the ministry of the Day School

  • support staff and families in the Day School community

Optional Links
Our church website -
Southminster Day School -
Southminster Foundation for Ministry -
Presbytery of Sheppards & Lapsley -
City of Vestavia Hills -
City of Birmingham -
Jefferson County, Alabama -
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Risk Taker
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $55,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Dr. Charlie Durham
1124 Montgomery Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35216
Current Transitional Pastor
Rev. Sid Burgess
515 Edgeland Place, Homewood, AL 35209
COM Liaison
Rev. Nick Reed
143 E Thach Ave, Auburn, AL 36830
Former member/Current pastor 1st Pres Auburn
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   6/19/2017

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  Office Phone  205-978-0320
Fax  Email
PNC:  Janet Nebrig Address  5740 Chestnut Trace, Hoover, AL 35244
Daytime Phone  205-223-1045 Office Phone 
Fax  Email