Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 20669.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 20669
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address P.O. Box 9681
Columbus, MS 39705
Phone 662-328-5992
Fax 662-329-2990
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 2%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 96
Church School Attendance 51
Curriculum Preschool and Elementary: Deep Blue Kids Youth and Adult Classes: Book and Bible Study
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
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:

We are a group of people being changed by God into a loving, accepting, and obedient part of God’s family, dedicating ourselves to growing spiritually through worship and study, serving openly through work and sacrifice, and striving together to realize God’s will for our lives.

We believe that the door to salvation is always open and so are the doors to our church. Our mission is to be fully devoted to Jesus by opening our arms to those in search of the truth. We show God’s love and concern for our fellow human beings at every opportunity. Through works of charity and opening our doors to listen and love, we feel that we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

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

First Presbyterian Church, Columbus is a friendly group that welcomes visitors from all walks of life. Worship, service, and fellowship are at the heart of ministry at FPC.

We support our church family through traditional worship each Sunday. We also offer special worship opportunities, such as Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Christmas Eve Communion. Worship incorporates scripture readings, sermons, prayer, and music.

Members have regular opportunities to grow closer to God through participation in Sunday School, youth group, and Brothers and Sisters in Christ (BASIC), our children's ministry group. The children and youth of FPC are active with Camp Hopewell and Montreat Youth Conference. Organizations such as Presbyterian Women and Men of the Church provide other opportunities to grow in Christian faith. Members of FPC Columbus are quick to minister to fellow members through prayer and support in times of need. We communicate outside of church via the First Word newsletter, Prayer Group, and our Facebook page.

FPC Columbus stays active in our presbytery by participating in presbytery meetings, serving on presbytery committees, and hosting presbytery meetings.

Our members support missions through our gifts to the presbytery, Two Cents-a-Meal, The Joy Gift and One Great Hour of Sharing. Presbyterian Women's projects include the birthday offering, Salvation Army Christmas Family, and the Thank Offering.

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

Although our congregation is small, we are a dynamic group that welcomes veteran church members, as well as newcomers, with open arms and loving hearts, encouraging participation in various programs and ministries throughout the church. Members of our congregation give of their time and show their love for others within the church through various activities, such as our praying together, writing greeting cards, providing meals to families who have lost loved ones, and volunteering in all areas of the church.  To serve our community and the wider world, we offer the use of our facilities to Boy Scouts, Alcoholics Anonymous, AL-Anon, and other groups. The church supports Helping Hands Ministry, which provides mortgage, rent, prescription medication, utility, and food assistance based on emergency needs. We continue to provide support through Living Waters for the World to our sister church, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, in Campeche, Mexico, by helping to maintain their water purification system through education and funding. FPC partners with Loaves and Fishes Community Soup Kitchen to help feed hungry families in our community. Our church school, First Presbyterian Child Development Program (PCDP), strives to provide children in our community with a high-quality academic education integrated with a Christian environment of love, support, and acceptance. We hope to continue to grow as a church to fulfill our potential to help as many others as possible.

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

We are seeking a pastor with passion and energy who can lead, guide, and nurture our congregation. We would like to find a pastor willing to help us discern the effectiveness of our current programs and willing to find the best way to adapt our methods to the current times while remaining faithful to God’s word.  The members of FPC Columbus believe it is important to have a pastor who can help us relate to people of all ages and ethnicities and become more visible in our community. Our new pastor would build on and continue present ministries while moving forward with new ways to benefit the church and the community.

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

Our minister should be able to work collaboratively with a dedicated group of church officers and a small but strong congregation composed of both active and retired professionals.  Desired characteristics include:

  • Ability and willingness to build relationships based on trust, respect, and understanding congregation and community needs
  • Skill in communicating God's word through solid message/sermon preparation and engaging delivery during worship service
  • Authenticity in commitment to providing guidance and demonstrating compassion, care, and advocacy for others; understanding their pain, suffering, and personal challenges
  • Ability to understand the spiritual perspectives and needs of a diverse population, ranging from the community members who benefit from ministries such as the Loaves and Fishes Community Soup Kitchen and Helping Hands to the longstanding members of our congregation with a variety of professional backgrounds and needs
  • Energy, motivation, and dedication to working collaboratively with the church leadership and congregation members to improve the level of engagement and participation of all current members while actively pursuing a plan for healthy growth of church membership to ensure long-term survival
  • A lifelong learner,  one who pursues continuing education
  • Ability to balance church leadership, attention, and commitment to the First Presbyterian Columbus congregation with leadership and commitment to the Columbus and Lowndes County Community.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  • Lead the congregation, elders, deacons, and staff, to follow and implement the vision & mission
  • Develop and focus the church ministries to fulfill the vision & mission
  • Plan and lead all worship services in consultation with Worship & Music Committee
  • Teach Wednesday Bible Study
  • Stay involved with youth activities
  • Preach at most worship services and identify guest preachers when appropriate
  • Conduct all weddings and funerals that are held in the church and provide premarital counseling in preparation for weddings
  • Provide pastoral care and visitation to the sick and shut-ins
  • Prepare parents for infant baptism and prepare children, with their parents, for Confirmation and membership in the church
  • Make visits to prospective church members and help new members find connections
  • Conduct officer training
  • Moderate Session meetings and administrate the policies and directives of Session
  • Attend Presbyterian Child Development Program board meetings
  • Conduct Preschool Chapel once weekly
  • As Head of Staff, supervise Secretary, Director of Buildings and Grounds, Choir Director, and Program Director
  • Attend Presbytery meetings
  • Oversee communications to the congregation: weekly bulletins and monthly newsletter, website, contributing a monthly pastor article
  • Effectively manage administrative procedures
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Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Decision Making
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $45,660   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Greg Goodwiller
24 CR 231, Oxford, MS 38655
662-234-6069 ext 111
Executive Presbyter
Tom Bryson
1715 Southpointe Dr, Hoover AL 35244
Previous pastor of FPC Columbus
Nancy Guerry
223 22nd Street North, Columbus MS, 39701
Directory of Helping Hands Ministry
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   11/7/2018

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   REV. DR. GREGORY A. GOODWILLER Address  24 CR #231, OXFORD MS 38655
Daytime Phone  (662) 816-5518 Office Phone  (662) 234-6069
Fax  (662) 234-4150 Email
PNC:  Lezli Waits Address  420 Crosby Ln, Columbus MS 39701
Daytime Phone  662-425-8808 Office Phone 
Fax  Email