Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 20989.AD1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 20989
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church Marion
Mailing Address 79 Academy St
Marion, NC 28752
Phone 828-652-5717
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 2%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 85
Church School Attendance 45
Curriculum Wired Word, Standard Lesson Uniform Series, Theocademy, various PCUSA resources
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:  
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:

The First Presbyterian Church of Marion is called by God to discipleship, Christian education, and participation in the redemptive ministry of Jesus Christ in the world. We are a body of believers called to spread the Good News, serving as Christ’s voice, hands and heart in ourcommunity and beyond.

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

As First Presbyterian Church of Marion begins its 175th year, we celebrate a rich legacy in ministry and mission. We understand our mission is to be Christ’s voice, hands and heart in our community and beyond.  Toward that end, we strive to teach with passion and meaning in preparation and support for serving.

First Presbyterian is the second oldest church in Marion, North Carolina, established in 1845. Weekly we assemble to honor God through worship, witnessing, studying, preaching and teaching the Word of God as put forth in scripture.

We are a welcoming community of faith, inclusive, open to all, and centered on Jesus Christ. We experience Christ’s presence in our lives and through our service together. We value preached messages that teach biblical lessons and guide us in our journey of faith. We are community-oriented and perform a variety of outreach and mission services as living examples of the compassion of Christ. Our personal gratitude to God is expressed through relationships, faith and mission. We warmly welcome our neighbors and invite all to experience the gospel.

We nurture those who are in need; we enjoy life together as God’s disciples; and we strive to serve our community and the world as we have been commanded. We are committed to the reformed theology as expressed in the Confessions of the PC (USA).

We realize the First Presbyterian of the future will look different from the church of the past, but we are ready to be Christ’s body in the world of today.

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

Our church has always been active in the community. Our location, “Where Main Street Meets the Mountains,” is convenient to the general population of the County. Our facility allows for growth of church programs as well as outreach programs. We are open to new ministries and missions to reach all generations. We feel called to address emerging needs through these ways:

Mission: We reach out in mission through the Corpening Foundation, monthly hunger offerings, youth scholarships, Angel Tree gifts, schools support. We have mission trips with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.  Local partnerships include McDowell Missions,Women’s Shelter, Centro Unido, Carenet Counseling, A Caring Alternative.

Worship and Outreach: We welcome all generations, long-time members of the community, individuals relocated here in retirement, & those who worship while spending weekends in vacation homes.

Christian Nurture: We have 2 adult Sunday school classes & an emerging young adult class who study the Bible & how it speaks to today’s issues. We offer children & youth activities on Wednesday nights & Sunday mornings, confirmation class and Summer Bible School. Our Session has times of study & devotion.

Relationships: We interact with each other through Wednesday night activities and after-worship luncheons. Our shepherd ministry has 18 groups for compassionate and caring connections.We reach out to the community though events such as July 4 Ice Cream Social, Trunk or Treat, & town festivals and community events.

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

The pastor called to First Presbyterian Church of Marion will be the integral leader of the church. This leadership role should help us focus on "loving our neighbor as ourselves.”

A leader who has initiative to inspire and ignite both the congregation and the community. We desire an individual who can be pastor to all members and guests. An individual who knows how to apply her or his strengths toward mission goals.

The next pastor will help us recruit volunteers and increase participation in programs for Christian nurture. He/she will help us strengthen programming for all generations, including children, youth and young families.  The pastor will do this while engaging with the current congregation and fostering involvement of the membership.

The individual called will help us organize opportunities for worship, fellowship and mission throughout our community, our region and beyond. She/he will help us continue to grow current mission projects and discover innovative ways to support the community through mission.

Being the pastor called to lead means not only being the leader of the congregation but also a leader within the community. The pastor will build relationships with other organizations, congregations, and mission projects to help the community serve and be served.

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
  • Proven leadership for instilling confidence and establishing and developing positive relationships.
  • Ability to impact decision-making process with thoughtful participation by promoting ideas and utilizing experience
  • Resourcing and mentoring that includes coaching and leadership training, management and communication skills
  • Sharing of compassion and care for others
  • Excellent communication that is sincere, candid, and transparent
  • Resourcing leadership with a vision for future progress and collaboration with both members of the church and community
  • Fostering of a culture of belonging within our congregation and community.
  • High standards of personal integrity
  • Ongoing focus on professional development of both self and congregational leaders

Compassionate, Preaching and Worship leader, Public Communicator, Decision Making, Interpersonal Engagement, Motivator, Communicator, Collaboration, Flexibility, Initiative

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

The pastor will support our congregation in leading worship services including regular and special seasonal, weddings, funerals. Other primary duties include:

Administer the sacraments, promote spiritual growth of the congregation, strengthen existing programs and develop new programs for outreach in and beyond local community.

Share the Gospel with believers and non-believers

Work to maintain peace, unity and purity within the church.

Specific Tasks and Program Areas:
Working Relationships:
Moderate session meetings, periodically visit church groups, including youth, Sunday school classes, etc.
Administrative Duties: Supervise church administrator, provide leadership for other church employees
Visitation: Visit sick and bereaved members promptly. Visit shut-ins on a regular basis. Visit with all members in homes when possible.
Counseling: Counsel individuals and families on as-needed basis.
Communications: Work with church administrator to provide and approve worship bulletins and weekly email updates.
Property Supervision: Observe buildings, grounds and equipment and report needs for maintenance and improvements.
Other Responsibilities: Work with session to implement any needed changes in programs, worship format (including music ministry) and worship schedules. Work to increase involvement of all members.
Community: Work with other in-town congregations and PCUSA congregations. The pastor is required to serve as a trustee of the Corpening Foundation (private charitable foundation).

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Public Communicator
Technologically Savvy
Change Agent
Organizational Agility
Interpersonal Engagement
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $45,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Manse
Name Relation
Reverend Barbara (“Bobbi”) White
109 Woodsway Lane, Morganton NC 29655
Former General Presbyter
Reverend Robert (“Bob”) Tuttle
102 Dogwood Drive, Black Mountain NC 29711
Former Transitional Pastor
Rev. Dr. Wanda S. Neely
PO Box 125, Montreat NC 28757
828-929-5001, 828-652-571
Transitional 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   8/18/2020

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
PNC:  Derrick Garrou Address  79 Academy St, Marion NC, 28752
Daytime Phone  828-317-1482 Office Phone 
Fax  Email