Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 20478.AD0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 20478
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 1573 N. Highland Ave.
Jackson, TN 38301
Phone 731 422-1591
Fax 731 427-2321
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 180
Church School Attendance 133
Curriculum Junior/Sr. Highs:Wednesday night program: "APP-Lead Small Group"; Sunday School-"Topics"; Youth Connection-"A Content Heart". K-5th grade: Rotation M
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Youth)
Experience Required:   First Ordained Call
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

First Presbyterian Church seeks to provide opportunities for people to encounter the life changing presence of Christ through preaching, the study of scripture, engagement in worship, faithful stewardship and service to others in the church and community.

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

FPC strives to be a loving community that supports our members through every season of their lives. We seek to provide numerous opportunities to encounter & reflect the life changing presence of Christ. Sunday worship is traditional with a strong music program including adult, children, & hand bell choirs. We believe the study of the scriptures is essential to every Christian’s spiritual growth. We offer a variety of Sunday school classes and Wednesday night programs with several small group studies, so we can meet people where they are on their Christian journey.

We strive to provide exciting & innovative Children and Youth Programs. Rotational Sunday school teaches the bible stories through drama, art, games, movies, & cooking. Wednesday BLAST offers music, bible stories, games, crafts & fun. Children participate in worship through children’s moments, choir, Children’s Sabbath, & Youth Sunday.

Our Ministry of Service encourages all members to participate actively in joyful & loving service to God’s people. Service opportunities include Soup Kitchen, Backpack Program, Meals on Wheels & Room at the Inn and more. PW women provide food for receptions, ill members, Soup Kitchen & have sewing ministries. Mission work is an important part of our outreach, sponsoring domestic & international mission trips & supporting overseas missionaries. We offer many fellowship opportunities- Wednesday dinners, family camp, men’s coffee group, Cornerstone Group for seniors, sports, & cookouts.

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

Our church is multi-generational, and open to all persons of different races and cultures, different voices and expressions. We belong to a community and constituency that is even more diverse than the group within our walls. Our hope is to be able to reach each person within our church congregation and as many as possible in our wider society. The fastest growing group within our congregation is our young children. We have an obligation to provide the needed skills and information to these young minds to become passionate for Christ and exemplify Christian faith in activities that assist in meeting the needs in our community. We also need to provide continued spiritual knowledge to our young adults and older persons. As we reach out to persons in need in our community, through our outreach projects, such as RIFA, Area Relief Ministries, Community Café, Arise Jackson, our intent is to provide a service, help fulfill basic needs, and allow persons to see hope in Christ, amidst and despite any situation. We need to continue our ongoing Christian outreach efforts, while exploring and identifying additional opportunities to meet the emerging needs of our community and constituency.

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

The focus of this position is twofold; first, to develop, nurture and grow the youth ministry at FPC into an active, stable, spiritual and vibrant program. And second, to prepare FPC youth to go out into the ever-changing world following high school graduation with a solid Christian foundation based on a real and living relationship with Jesus Christ. Our vision is for this position to foster all children’s programs to create an integrated, imaginative and cohesive inclusion of our children from nursery to college. This position will help our youth program thrive with constant engagement with all youth ages and their families. This position will help us reach our mission goals by providing our youth with opportunities to encounter the life changing presence of Christ through engaging all youth ages in study of scripture, being involved in worship, service in our church family and community.

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

This person will have a Bachelor’s Degree with a Masters Degree preferred, and a passion for working with children and youth. The candidate must have a strong personal faith in Jesus Christ and the ability to articulate that faith to children, youth, and adults. An engaging and youthful personality that facilitates positive and encouraging interaction with the youth and development of personal relationships with youth, combined with the ability to counsel and/or direct them in their personal concerns, is an important qualification for this position. Must possess good organization, communication, interpersonal and leadership skills and be highly motivating. 1-3 years recent experience guiding youth programs, either in a full capacity or while serving in an internship at a church or with summer youth camp programs is desirable. This person should be personable and have a passion for working with youth and enjoy working and collaborating with parents and staff. He/she should also enjoy and be skilled in leading Bible studies, as well as teaching in general. This person should be able to work effectively and cooperatively with the church staff.

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

The person will be responsible for the development, growth, and ministry of the Junior and Senior High programs and, working through others, provide oversight for all children’s programs at Sunday School, Sunday & Wednesday night programs, and other church activities to create an integrated, imaginative and cohesive inclusion of our church children, from nursery to college. This position will also assist with the Church’s various recreational activities, Vacation Bible School, Family Camp and with the Church’s Community Service Ministries. Organize, implement, and guide youth programs, retreats, and mission trips. The person may be asked occasionally to deliver Sunday Worship Sermon.

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Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Task Manager
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $41,500   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Dr. Will Jones, Sr. Pastor
2363 Germantown Rd., Germantown, TN 38138
901 754-5795
Local Pastor
Margret Harrison
200 S. Church St., Jackson, TN 38301
731 616-7804
Former Dir. of Music at FPC
Dr. Don Thrasher, Sr. Pastor
2571 N. Highland Ave., Jackson, TN 38305
731 668-0617
Local Pastor
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   5/15/2017

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Vacant Address  449 Patterson St, Memphis, TN 38111
Daytime Phone  (901) 383-0768 Office Phone  (901) 324-7701
Fax  (901) 324-7750 Email
Daytime Phone  (901) 485-6247 Office Phone  (901) 324-7701
Fax  Email
PNC:  Steve Spurlin Address  132 Redfield Drive, Jackson, TN 38305
Daytime Phone  731 394-8996 Office Phone  731 512-1925
Fax  Email