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MIF #: 20864.AF0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 20864
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church Asheville
Mailing Address 40 Church Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone 828-253-1431
WWW Address
Ministry Size 651 - 1000 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 280
Church School Attendance 80
Curriculum Various
Yoked Church False
Community Type Urban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Other)
Experience Required:   0 to 2 Years
Specific Title:   Associate Pastor
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:
Claimed by the One Triune God, we worship only God and are called by the Holy Spirit to share the boundary-breaking love of Christ in our life together, in the heart of Asheville, and in the whole world.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
FPCA warmly welcomes all. We honor and celebrate diversity and unity that God gives us in Christ. We believe differing perspectives, theological discussion and exploration enrich our spiritual growth paths.
Our vision is to be a community that: encounters God through dynamic worship; joins God in mission to serve the vulnerable; seeks diversity and celebrates the rich variety of God’s Creation; forms relationships marked by generous support and care.
The new ”Worship + 2” strategy is our guide for living into the vision, promoting that life in Christian community should be life-giving, not just one more thing to do.
This concept means: Worship plus 1) Breathe In, and 2) Breathe Out
“Worship” at church and in our daily lives, continually renews us in the good news of God’s grace and equips us to live faithfully. “Breathe In” encourages every member to participate in at least one activity that breathes in the love of God. “Breathe Out” encourages every member to participate in at least one activity that breathes out the love of God.
Our strategy is rooted in the balance of growing a healthy spiritual life of giving and receiving, while continually renewed in God’s faithful love. We seek to increase the momentum and rhythm of church life, particularly in education and fellowship, and rebuild the paradigm of interconnection. Intentional radical hospitality, deep relationships and shared ministry permeate our life together as we live into this vision.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
FPCA is a thriving downtown congregation that welcomes all who desire to join on the spiritual journey. It is this spirit of inclusivity which calls us to share the boundary breaking love of Christ locally and globally. As we aspire to encounter God through dynamic worship we seek diversity and rich relationships both internal and external to our congregation. Our core value of radical hospitality guides our “Worship +2” vision, enabling our growing congregation to “breathe in/ breathe out”.

“Breathing-in” includes opportunities for study, exploration, and dialogue such as Godly Play for children, small discussion groups and youth retreats. Members receive visitation, communion, grief care and practical help from our newly created Congregational Care Teams.  Fellowship such as women’s dinners, Bible studies and men’s breakfast occur regularly. We continue to seek creative ways to draw our members downtown to engage in our active church life throughout the week.

“Breathing-out” involves membership engagement in several outreach ministries such as Saturday Sanctuary, Pritchard Park, Room In The Inn, and Habitat for Humanity.
Increasingly finding both micro- and macro- opportunities for joining this work will serve to bring servant leadership to the young, time-constrained family and to the person looking to devote significant time. Bringing in new energy and eyes to some of our traditional partnerships is an untapped well.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
The Associate Pastor (AP) will be responsible for the theological implications of extending Sunday worship into daily life of the FPCA congregation. This position will invigorate directors and other key leaders by developing a vision for Christian formation at FPCA and creating innovative opportunities for the whole congregation.

With theological vision and direction the AP will:
-Attend to emerging spiritual needs in the congregation and community, with a special focus on educational needs at each age and stage of life and mission opportunities where the service or help of the church may make a positive difference.
-Develop and communicate a comprehensive program of opportunities and events for adult, youth, and children, that connects study, service, and fellowship.
-Inspire and guide lay leaders to participate in mission and social justice ministries through hands-on service.

While the key responsibility areas for this position are education, mission, and fellowship, they are not intended to be separate “silos” or isolated programs. The responsibilities of this position are rooted in a belief that Christian formation happens synergistically, when study, service, and Christian relationships are interlocking in a life of discipleship.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
Important characteristics for this position include an ability to:
-think theologically and articulate a clear theological perspective
-articulate a personal faith and commitment to Jesus Christ
-inspire, lead, and grow our life of mission
-be emotionally present with others, including providing pastoral care
-affirm the radically inclusive nature of God’s unconditional love
-plan creative programming that supports the process of Christian formation
-make wise decisions and seek help when needed
-organize the wide variety of programs, classes, and groups
-communicate with and build positive relationships with a wide variety of people, both congregants, staff, and community
-communicate persuasively in speaking and writing, including preaching and teaching
-create and sustain a positive managerial working relationship with supervisees
-recruit and train lay leadership
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
The AP will supervise and direct the work of the full-time Director of Christian Education and the part-time Director of Youth Ministry. The AP will also coordinate and oversee the Mission and Outreach efforts of the church community.
Additionally, the AP will:
-Provide and communicate theological vision and programmatic direction to the children and youth ministries.
-Incorporate emerging trends in the wider church into the ministry of FPCA.
-Build positive relationships with mission partners locally, regionally, and internationally.
-Participate regularly in the teaching ministry of the church, both on Sunday and throughout the week.
-Participate in regular worship leadership, develop assigned parts of liturgy, and preach approximately 8-10 times per year.
-Support the Christian Education, Mission, and Congregational Life Committees, as well as other  steering committees.
-Assist with providing pastoral care to the congregation.
-Participate as a colleague in ministry in the Presbytery of Western North Carolina and with other faith leaders in the community.
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Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $51,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Marge Marsh
129 Strawbridge Court, Asheville NC 28803
Clergy Affiliate at FPCA
Shannon Spencer
40 Church St., Asheville NC 28801
Adjunct Pastor for Mission Engagement
Cam Murchison
37 Wood Robin Lane Black Mountain, NC 28711
COM Liaison, Clergy Affiliate at FPCA
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   6/21/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev D Cameron Murchison Address  114 Silver Creek Rd, Morganton, NC, 28655
Daytime Phone  404-556-8041 Office Phone  404-556-8041
Fax  828-437-8655 Email
PNC:  Debbie Duncan & Todd Oldenberg Address  40 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Daytime Phone  828-243-4641 Office Phone  n/a
Fax  n/a Email