Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 20979.AA1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 20979
Ministry Name United Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 415 Pennell Street, NE
Lenoir , NC 28645
Phone 828-758-4694
Fax
E-Mail unitedpresbyterianlenoir@gmail.com
WWW Address unitedpclenoirnet.ipage.com
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 28
Church School Attendance 14
Curriculum Present Word, online resources from “The Thoughtful Christian”
Yoked Church True
Presbytery WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF MID-ATLANTIC
Community Type Town
Last Information from Statistics of the Church  * (  Show Statistics  )
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:   Pastor
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:
Reaching our community with the love of Christ.

 
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Our goal for future ministry is to join volunteer efforts and neighborhood outreach into a cohesive ministry. United will present to the local community and world a loving and welcoming missional church that Christ wishes us to become.

Mission work is integral to the life of our congregation. We are located in the city of Lenoir, NC and serve central Lenoir. Our congregation is located on 11 acres adjacent to the city’s Greenway. We engage our neighbors using the trail in a variety of ministries including providing space for community gardening. In addition to PCUSA special offerings, our church is directly involved in a variety of missions including: Pay It Forward Pantry, Caldwell County Hospice, Helping Hands, Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts, Tranquility Threadworks, KOINONIA low cost housing ministry, and Robin’s Nest counseling services for abused children.
 
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
In the past year, both United and Fairview churches engaged in a consultation with PnueMatrix in conjunction with our Presbytery. Through this process, we identified the following: In the past ten years, the population of Lenoir has changed little. Median Household income ($40,735) is below the national average ($61,937). In the course of ten years, local furniture production facilities have closed and moved overseas. Many families whose livelihoods were dependent upon this manufacturing base have found themselves needing assistance for food, clothing, and medical needs. Our congregations have met these needs by creating Pay It Forward Food Pantry, currently serving over 1,000 people per month. To encourage healthy lifestyles, the city has created a greenway that is adjacent to the congregation of United and future expansions will connect it to our neighboring congregation, Fairview. We have capitalized on the Greenway to engage the public in a variety of ministries. In addition, United has used part of their land for a community garden which contributes to the Pay It Forward Pantry.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

Both United Presbyterian Church and Fairview have missions that address some of the issues our community is currently facing. It is critical the pastor be fully involved in Pay It Forward Panty, Inc., a mission of both congregations, and Koinonia, a joint venture between the Lenoir PCUSA. Because we both have small congregations, we often feel that do not have enough members to accomplish ambitions missional projects in our community.  Our next pastor will not only need to recognize and encourage the smaller missions unique to each church, but also help us identify community needs and find resources to meet those needs.

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

Our next pastor will share our commitment to Reformed theology and appreciation for the polity of the PCUSA.Strong communication skills across a variety of situations and constituencies: not only design and deliver well-crafted inspiring sermons and worship experiences, but also compassionate inter-personal communications are necessary. Our pastor will be well served by being personally organized and will maintain the organization of our congregations.He/she should be an energetic visionary who not only discerns new ways of ministry and mission, but can also communicate that vision and inspire others to implement that vision.Acting as a team builder who is able to work with a variety of ages, cultural, economic, and theological perspectives and backgrounds and engage all peoples in meaningful Christian pursuit.A supportive, patient, and compassionate leader who enjoys visiting in hospitals, continuing care facilities, and members’ homes.

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

Our pastor will help us become a stronger missional church both locally and globally. They will actively support Pay it Forward Food Pantry, serving as the ex officio, will serves on the Koinonia Board. They must be firmly rooted in the polity of the PCUSA and serving the yoked congregations of United and Fairview Presbyterian Churches and maintain a strong relationship between the two. We believe it is important for our next pastor to be proficient in designing and delivering worship that is both meaningful and inspiring. The pastor along with the worship team will design and provide inspirational, imaginative and creative worship, assisting with VBS, and other church events. Pastoral care is an important strength of our next pastor, including home visits, both social and caring, we feel that crisis and hospital visitations are critical to the needs of our membership. We need a pastor who can help us build on our strengths and help us improve. These are important questions for us. Our pastor must be a collegial leader who understands the need of inclusive decision making. As the moderator of our sessions, he/she needs to be a strong leader and a visionary who can help us realize becoming missional churches. As pastor, they will serve as moderator of the Session. Communicating. He/she should nurture spiritual development among the congregation and be willing to conduct bible studies.

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Teacher
Communicator
Change Agent
Strategy and Vision
Collaboration
Interpersonal Engagement
Motivator
Initiative
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $35,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
Rev. Dr. William K. Neely
P.O.Box 125, Montreat NC 28757
828-929-5000
willkneely@aol.com
Former General Presbyter PWNC
Rev. Bobbi White
109 Woodsway Lane Morganton, NC 29655
828-674-8671
bobbiwhite02@gmail.com
Former General Presbyter PWNC
Rev Beth Ann Miller
107 Apple Blossom Drive, Morganton, NC 28655
828-403-5669
bethannmillervinay@gmail.com
Pastor First Presbyterian Church, Lenoir, NC
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Yes
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   6/26/2020


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  cmurc1@gmail.com
PNC:  Tom Gibson Address  3105 Mountail Laurel Drive
Daytime Phone  828-310-6542 Office Phone 
Fax  Email  tgibson@cmfurniture.com

Yoke Position Information - FAIRVIEW

Church ID 20976
Church Name FAIRVIEW
Total Distance Between All Churches (in Miles) 0
Total Driving Time Between All Churches (in Minutes) 9
What is the membership size of the yoked congregation? 63
What is the worship time of each congregation?

Fairview worships at 11:30AM-12:30AM

United worships at 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Provide the schedule for each church school.

Fairview’s Church school meets from 10:15-11:00 every Sunday

United Church School meets from 11:00 – 12:00 every Sunday
Describe the schedule for any other regular activities such as choir, youth groups, committees and outreach activities.

Fairview’s Session meets on the third Sunday of each month after worship.

United Session meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 1:00pm
Mission Statement (of yoked church).
“An inclusive community of Faith, Hope, and Love seeking to serve Christ in our daily lives.”
1. What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
  1. What is the congregation’s vision for ministry? Additionally, describe how this vision is lived out.

Our vision for future ministry is to continue and expand.Because Fairview is located in an area which many would consider economically disadvantaged (statistics bear this out), there are mission opportunities that are unique to this area. The Pay It Forward Food Pantry had its beginning in the basement of Fairview starting in 2004. This was a response to job losses in the furniture industry. The pantry has since become a 501 c3 nonprofit but is still a primary mission of Fairview. We provide space for the pantry to operate from a house that the church owns through a $1.00 per year lease. Additionally, we support Caldwell House (a drug and alcohol rehab facility), Helping Hands Clinic (a free medical & pharmacy clinic), Leo’s Place (a homeless shelter), and several other nonprofits. In the wider world, we have formed a partnership with a sister church in Guatemala where we provide scholarships so that children may attend public school.

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

Fairview’s history of being actively involved in the community and supporting organizations outside the church will continue. We realize that the needs are many and we are small, but, as a dedicated, mission-oriented church, we will strive to further identify and address the needs of our neighbors. At present, we feel that hunger and lack of affordable medical care are the primary needs. Fairview’s Presbyterian Woman are actively involved in the school backpack program, providing 30 packs each month to a local elementary school. Pay It Forward Food Pantry provides much needed nutrition for 1,000 individuals each month. Additionally, we know that the issues of substance abuse and mental disabilities are huge problems in our community. We would like to find ways of helping with this problem. Currently, our Young at Hearts senior group is working on a project to provide “blessing bags” to hand out to the homeless people that they encounter.

3. How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
Our next pastor will be actively involved in the missions described above, especially in the Pay It Forward Food Pantry. Our pastor will help us identify other needs in the community and assist in finding the resources to address these needs. Our pastor will encourage our congregation to intentionally care for one another.
4. Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

Both Fairview and United Presbyterian Church have missions that address some of the issues our community is currently facing. It is critical the pastor be fully involved in Pay It Forward Panty, Inc., a mission of both congregations, and Koinonia, a joint venture between the Lenoir PCUSA. Because we both have small congregations, we often feel that do not have enough members to accomplish ambitions missional projects in our community. Our next pastor will not only need to recognize and encourage the smaller missions unique to each church, but also help us identify community needs and find resources to meet those needs.

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

The pastor of Fairview Presbyterian Church will be responsible for planning worship in collaboration with the music team and Session, specifically the Worship Committee. It is important that this person be both engaged and imaginative in worship planning. He/she should encourage spiritual development among the congregation and be willing to conduct special bible studies (Lent and Advent).The pastor should be committed to the mission of the church. Most importantly, he/she should be actively involved in the everyday operation of the Pay It Forward Food Pantry, giving guidance and insight into the best operation. This person should also help us to identify other areas of need, both locally and in the greater world, and find ways to address those needs. Our next pastor will help us find creative ways to reach out to the Habitat for Humanity community across the street from our church. We realize that they may never join us in worship but might benefit form ministries of the church. He/she will nurture our strong commitment to our sister church in Guatemala and will find ways to encourage the congregation to not only support the scholarship program but also encourage them to go and be engaged with the people of our sister church. Because Fairview is an aging congregation, it is important that our new pastor be one who is, not only willing, but also enjoys visiting and engaging with homebound folks who are unable to attend worship.Finally, we expect a person to have a strong commitment to visit the sick and homebound in our community of faith.