Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 20873.AH0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 20873
Ministry Name Black Mountain PC
Mailing Address PO Box 39
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Phone (828) 669-2725
Fax (828) 669-2727
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 2%
White 98%
Average Worship Attendance 300
Church School Attendance 150
Curriculum Children and Youth: WEE Believe; Frolic Preschool; God Loves Me, The Bible in 52 Storybooks; Holy Moly- Sparkhouse: Power Xpress! Bible Experience S
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Other)
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:   AssociatePastor for Congregational Faith Formation
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Clinical Pastoral Education Training
Other Training:   Christian Education Training preferred
Brief Church Mission Statement:

Mission Statement for Black Mountain Presbyterian Church

Our Mission is to be:

Inspiring through Christ centered worship and faith formation for all ages and stages with an emphasis on our children and youth.

Nurturing through fellowship, engaging in authentic relationships, connecting the generations as a family of faith and supporting each other in life and faith journeys.

Equipping through our faith put into action to serve Black Mountain and the world, taking risks to work for justice and continuing our legacy of generosity.

Welcoming to all as we actively embrace the lost, broken and doubting in our community and world.   

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

Vision: Embodying the love of Christ, we are joyfully called to be a church in the heart of Black Mountain where the welcome to all never ends.

Our vision is implemented through strong pastoral preaching, parish visitation, excellent music and worship arts, as well as in Christian Education programs appropriate for the ages and interests of the groups based on knowledge of development, best practices, and awareness of various learning styles. Black Mountain Presbyterian Church (BMPC) is excited about new, creative models of education and faith formation that engage people of all ages to participate and grow. BMPC has a deep and supportive commitment to children and youth ministries and welcomes young members as full participants in church life. The church has a vibrant weekday preschool, youth ministry, and new engaging programs for families. Mission flows naturally from effective faith formation and includes the whole congregation regardless of age. We provide church wide events such as our mid-week fellowship study and dinner entitled “Family ‘round the Table." We also have young adult dinner groups engaging the 25-45 year olds.  Our mission team seeks to engage folks in a variety of local, national, and international mission projects. This congregation takes seriously the commandment Jesus taught “You shall Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself.”

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

BMPC members are involved in outreach throughout the community. Service includes meeting needs for food, clothing, housing, utilities, education and health through monetary, volunteer, and leadership support for Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry (SVCM).  As a designated Hunger Action Congregation, we address concerns for food insecurity by having space for Bounty and Soul, a local distributor of fresh food and education for healthy living, Rise Against Hunger, donations to the local food pantry, and leadership and volunteers for Open Table, a weekly community meal.  Our Weekday school instills care for others by collecting and delivering canned goods to SVCM, and the youth group provides Thanksgiving meals for families in the community.

Commitment to God’s creation has led to installation of solar panels to power the church, sanctuary and fellowship lighting has been converted to eco-friendly low voltage systems and light switches, new efficient HVAC has been installed. The Earth Care team encourages recycling, paperless record keeping and mailings, and the decrease of disposable tableware use.  

To respond to homelessness in the larger Asheville community, BMPC supports and participates in the winter homeless shelter, Hope for Tomorrow housing,  Room in the Inn, and Homeward Bound. We regularly participate and support Habitat for Humanity and are currently working on the 26th Presbyterian/Methodist House.

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

In addition to the new part time staff members in Christian Education and Youth Ministry, we look forward to a full-time Associate Pastor (AP) for Congregational Faith Formation to all ages. We envision this AP working to:

  • Enable us to expand our spiritual growth and nurture with opportunities for contemplative worship and silent reflection with also incorporating our strong music program.

  • Empower staff and the congregation to broaden children’s ministry, exploring creative practices for Christian formation for children and ways to deepen their understanding of the Bible and discipleship.  

  • Maintain our strong, vibrant youth ministry. Youth participation in worship, mission, music, and the community is valued throughout the congregation. Maintaining strong adult leadership for the program is essential as well as encouraging unchurched youth from the community.

  • Build stronger relationships in our congregation through small groups and intergenerational activities.  Because of two unique worship services on Sunday morning, many members do not know each other. We look forward to more opportunities to bring generations together in work and fellowship with small group ministries.

  • Support BMPC’s integral identity to mission, envisioning new local mission opportunities for all members, continuing the mission focus with our Guatemalan sister church, and initiating new intergenerational opportunities for service.

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

BMPC is seeking an Associate Pastor who is grounded in the Reformed Faith and cares deeply about enriching the faith formation of all our members: young children, elementary age children, youth, young adults, and all adults. We seek a person with the ability to collaborate, oversee, delegate and problem solve.

The AP will work with our Pastor and Head of Staff, Director of Music and Worship Arts, Parish Associate and Director of Young Children’s Ministries while supervising part-time staff in Christian Education and Director of Youth Ministry. We are looking for someone with the heart of a pastor who will engage in planning and implementing worship as well as pastoral care and visitations.

BMPC is excited about new, creative models of education and faith formation that engage people of all ages to participate and grow.

We have a history of a strong commitment to children and youth ministries and welcome our young members as full participants in church life. We hope to develop small group opportunities for our college students and continue support for young adult small groups.

Our commitment to mission stems from the missionaries and retired church professionals that gather in our area due to the proximity to Montreat Conference Center. The AP will be the staff representative on our Outreach and Global Mission team.

We covet an AP who will take our creative, loving folks and inspire them in way yet to be discovered to grow in faith and to live out that faith as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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

Theological/Spiritual Interpreter

  • Visit and care for the congregation

  • Collaborate to plan and lead worship

  • Preach once per month and be a vibrant presence in worship

Faith Development

  • Share knowledge of child and youth development and best, new teaching and learning practices for all ages

  • Work with staff and ministry teams to identify, recruit, train and nurture volunteers and to implement creative and meaningful Christian Education for all ages

  • Support ministry to children, middle, high school youth, adults and families
  • Facilitate programming, worship, service, fellowship, mission


  • Provide leadership and training to equip and encourage member abilities to serve in and outside the church

  • Maintain local and global mission, leading new and ongoing mission opportunities for all ages

  • Liaise to Mission Team


  • Initiate and encourage intergenerational congregational experiences

  • Build active communication

  • Respond to changing population, ages, interests and abilities

Supervision and Professional Expectations

  • Oversee Christian Education and Youth staff

  • Lead paid and volunteer workers with knowledge, compassion, tact, and patience

  • Strategize personal and church-wide growth, understanding, and faith

  • Evaluate programs, leadership, and needs for best use of resources

Preferred Experience

  • Service in multi-staff environment

  • Ability to collaborate, oversee, delegate and problem solve

  • Competence in worship leadership and preaching, planning mission opportunities, leadership development

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $47,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
The Rev. Bobbi White
114 Silver Creek Road, Morganton, NC 28655
(Work) 828-438-4217; (Mob
General Presbyter
Dr. Heath Rada
219 Valley Ridge Lane, Black Mountain, NC 28711
(Home) 828-669-0070; (Mob
Former Moderator of PC(USA), Friend of Church
The Rev. Keith Grogg
P.O. Box 446, Montreat, NC 28757
Neighboring 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:  5/1/2019
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   5/22/2019

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:  Margo Smith Address  P.O. Box 163, Montreat, NC 28757
Daytime Phone  828-669-8511 Office Phone  201-679-6641
Fax  Email