Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 20997.AC1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 20997
Ministry Name First
Mailing Address 100 Silver Creek Rd.
Morganton, NC 28655
Phone 828-437-1811
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 189
Church School Attendance 218
Curriculum Children: Deep Blue, & Submerge (Deep Blue for Tweens) Youth: Sparkhouse re:form, re:form ancestors, & re:form traditions Adults: The Present Word
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Head of Staff (who supervised one teaching elder and other staff)
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:   Head of Staff (who supervises one teaching elder a
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:
"Growing and Going Deeper in Faith" is our mission statement.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

1st Presbyterian Church Morganton envisions our ministry as “growing and going deeper in faith” in all aspects of our community life. We believe that such faith is not an end itself but sends us out into the world to live out our faith as a sign of God’s love and mercy.


In worship, while leaning towards a more traditional format we value exploring new ways to grow in faith. Our robust music program is one of our most vital ministries. We also feel called to worship outside our sanctuary walls with our local community.


Christian education is another critical pathway for growing in faith.  We value Bible study. In addition to Sunday school classes, we offer a variety of weekday Bible study opportunities. We also reach out to non-church members. Our weekly Backyard Bible Kids and annual summer Bible Camp pull in around 100 nonmembers. We have a vibrant youth program that attracts local teens.


We see ourselves as a church family not mere congregants, and as such we value our fellowship time together. Congregational Care is one of our most active ministries, reaching out to our members in need in a variety of ways.


We live out our faith in our Mission Outreach programs both in the local and global arena. We work with over 20 local charities and allow use of our building by many outside groups. Internationally we have partnered with our mission in Malawi for many years sending mission teams there annually and our youth go on annual mission trips at home and abroad.

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

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, our community has been transforming from a furniture, textile based region to one where its diversity and economy come from three NC institutions, schools, medical, manufacturing and agribusinesses. An upcoming NC School of Science and Mathematics will bring new ideas and talented people. Nearby state parks and Lake James with recreation and retirement opportunities, along with the growing presence of artisans (beer to pottery,) help us anticipate a bright future.  


Our church desires to remain a congregation who holds fast to the tenets of the Presbyterian faith, continuing to recognize and respect differences in viewpoints in our personal faith, interpretation of scripture, and on social and political issues. We believe that only God is all knowing and education is key to our understanding and tolerance of others’ thoughts and opinions.


Our congregation has an optimistic outlook. We celebrate a strong history of global and local mission outreach, which we wish to expand. We have the heritage (and maintenance challenge) of a generous building which we see as a tool for further outreach. As we address the future needs of our church and community, we seek to be more inclusive in our socioeconomic and ethnic footprints and to support and honor differences in abilities and perspectives. We desire a leader for our congregation who aligns with our non-polarizing approach to issues that arise in our denomination and our society.

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

We give thanks for a history of healthy church leadership. We desire pastoral leadership with energy to challenge and lead us to continue growing and going in faith.  Looking to support spiritual development for all ages, we seek a leader who will be a teacher, friend, fellow traveler and spiritual guide.  


The person in this position should lead by offering inspiring sermons and enabling worship both intellectually challenging and emotionally moving for meaningful experiences of God and the Christian faith. We value worship leadership that expresses the Gospel with vibrancy and clarity while at the same time recognizes and respects our denominational heritage and tradition. We seek assistance in growing more opportunities in worship leadership for children, youth, and adults.


Church family and relationships are important parts of our congregation, and we look for someone to shepherd us while teaching us to shepherd others. We have recently started a “Welcome the Child” campaign reaching out to young families and addressing their spiritual needs.  We are hearing requests for more Bible study and small group opportunities, so we are reorganizing our Christian Education ministry around a small groups model. While we work at educational, spiritual and mission responses, we also enjoy times of fellowship and hope to increase such opportunities. The person in this position will help us address these visions and goals.

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
  • Effective, personable preacher and worship leader

  • Strong and deep spiritual grounding with emphasis on spiritual development

  • Orientation toward getting people to work together

  • Vision and strategy skills for looking ahead and keeping focused on a larger picture

  • Skills for listening as well as presenting information, orally and written

  • Ability to create and sustain an organizational culture that facilitates positive and meaningful experiences for staff and volunteers

  • Ability to journey with others in the critical passages of life, including loss and grief, and to model this shepherding for lay leaders

  • Capability to build relationships of trust and respect within the congregation and community

  • Understanding of how congregations work and how to get things done through formal as well as informal channels

  • Decision-making skills reflecting capability to balance analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  • Take lead in preaching and planning worship

  • Coordinate and participate in pastoral care and visitation in conjunction with other pastoral staff

  • Plan and lead new member recruitment and orientation

  • Teach church school classes and/or bible studies frequently

  • Participate in Wednesday programming for both adults and children

  • Serve with other ministerial staff as support to church committees

  • Support and participate in Missions and Outreach

  • Serve as Head of Staff

  • Moderate Session

  • Assist with Confirmation program

  • Conduct funerals and weddings in coordination with other pastoral leadership

  • Offer pastoral counseling

  • Participate as a member of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $75,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Bobbi White
114 Silver Creek Road • Morganton, NC 28655
(828) 438-4217
General Presbyter
Rev. Michael Bailey
900 Greensboro Avenue Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 758-3531
Former Pastor
Rev. Dr. Tom Bland
502 West Union Street • Morganton, North Carolina 28680
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:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   8/7/2018

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  (828) 438-4217 Office Phone 
Fax  (828) 437-8655 Email
PNC:  John Wilson Address  116 Creekside Drive, Morganton, NC 28655
Daytime Phone  (828) 433-0846 Office Phone  n/a
Fax  n/a Email