Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 21035.AD0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 21035
Ministry Name Shelby Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 226 East Graham Street
Shelby, NC 28150
Phone 704-487-8503
Fax 704-487-8504
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition White 99%
Other 1%
Average Worship Attendance 160
Church School Attendance 80
Curriculum 3 years-Grade 5: “Augsbergs Fortress’s Spark”; Middle and High School: “Faith Questions”; Young Adults: various book & video studies; Middle Adults: v
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   5 to 10 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:

To Glorify God and share Christ together through Word and Deed.

Jesus Christ is our host, who loves us into his family of faith, who challenges us to become a community of service, who encourages us to welcome the stranger in His name.

The symbols of the SPC logo- including the Celtic cross, dove, fish , flame, uplifted hands, and leaves – reflect our church’s Presbyterian heritage and our place in the wider body of Christ. These symbols are also reminders of the promises and hope of our faith in Christ proclaimed in our vision statement: Growing as disciples and serving the World’s needs for the Glory of God

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

Our mission is to glorify God and share Christ together through Word and Deed. Our vision is to be a place where people love to come to worship, to give their time in mission and service, to share their financial resources, to study and proclaim the Word of God, to spend time together as the body of Christ, to love each other and to welcome all in Christ’s name.

Our church is affected by shifts in culture and society, as reflected by differing styles of worship, a majority of members not attending regularly and a growing part of our community that is not involved in any church. We seek to follow where God leads in meeting these challenges as we embrace change, connecting with all of our members and attracting spiritually hungry people from our community, while honoring the traditions of our past.

We look forward eagerly to new pastoral leadership, one that will not just embrace this vision, but will help open our eyes to new opportunities.

God has blessed Shelby Presbyterian Church with a history of strong pastoral and congregational leadership, and we have responded by creating community-oriented programs that include Rainbow Connection (our preschool), a Food Ministry and purposeful local and global missions.

We seek to continue these programs and look for further opportunities to reach people in our community and the world at large as we practice our vision statement: “GPS (Growing, Praising, Serving):  Growing as disciples and serving the world’s needs for the Glory of God.”

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

Ideally located between Charlotte and Asheville, Shelby is known as the City of Pleasant Living. Our community is blessed with natural beauty of the South Mountains, nearby Moss Lake, a thriving uptown and scenic countryside. We have transitioned from a textile-based economy to a more diversified economic base.

Shelby Presbyterian is a vibrant place of faith and worship that respects the traditions of our past but recognizes that we are facing dynamic change during the new decade. We are prepared to follow where God leads as we face these challenges.

Our church has long been a leader in developing programs that address local needs, including:

· Founded Food Ministry in 1985

· Supported creation of an adult day care organization in 1980

· Established the first Winter Night Shelter in 1985

· Sponsored the first Boy Scout Troop in Cleveland County in 1923

· Hosted one of the first local AA chapters in 1942.

We remain active in local missions today with a Backpack Ministry and financial support to numerous local agencies. Our building hosts Blood Drives, AA meetings and the Rainbow Connection child care, while we continue to support world missions in Guatemala, Kenya, Taiwan, Malawi and the Caribbean with money and prayers.

As our community grows and prospers, we have many neighbors still in need. We hope to continue our tradition of outreach ministry and welcome the fresh perspective of a new pastor to help us identify mission opportunities and meet them.

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

Shelby Presbyterian is at a crossroads:
· Our last senior pastor retired after 20 years at SPC
· We face similar retirements with other longstanding staff members in coming years
· Some local churches are shrinking while others are growing
· Societal and cultural changes trend toward more contemporary worship formats.

Our next pastor comes at a time of great opportunity:
· To embrace dynamic change while respecting our traditions
· To balance competing desires for contemporary and traditional worship services
· To connect with all generations and
· To help us reach out to members (and potential members) not attending church now.

We seek an energetic person who can:
· Lead by offering inspiring sermons
· Communicate with younger members and unchurched neighbors
· Share our vision and help us sharpen that vision
· Motivate us to serve God’s will in our community and the world, and
· To do so with innovation, foresight and respect for our heritage.

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

Shelby Presbyterian Church seeks an energetic pastor whose sermons inspire and make us excited about coming to church, then resonate with us as we go into the world. We desire a spiritual leader who helps us grow in faith and in number.

We seek a people person having a strong ability to connect with every age group and to listen carefully and express opinions honestly with compassion for others. Our minister should be flexible enough to adapt when necessary, demonstrating interpersonal skills of diplomacy, self-awareness, confidence and a good sense of humor.

We want a minister with an open mind, willing to engage in diverse dialogue without judgment and who will be actively involved in the lives of individual members and the community at large. This person motivates and challenges others with new ideas, shepherding from the pulpit and through action.

This minister will serve as Head of Staff to further our church vision, collaborate with staff to maximize their talents, serve as an effective motivator, show courage to recognize new opportunities, make changes where needed and lead us in a sustainable future.

Our next minister feels God’s call to join our church family and is excited and moved by that call!

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  • Plan and lead meaningful worship
  • Coordinate and participate in pastoral care and visitation
  • Serve as Head of Staff
  • Plan and lead new member recruitment and orientation
  • Offer guidance and education during Sunday School and Bible studies
  • Support programming for church-wide events, including:
    • Wednesday night suppers
    • Annual church retreat in Montreat
    • Heritage Sunday
    • Consecration Sunday/Annual Church Picnic
  • Attend various committee meetings
  • Serve as Moderator of Session
  • Support and participate in Missions and Outreach
  • Lead Confirmation program
  • Participate in new officer training
  • Conduct funerals and weddings
  • 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
Change Agent
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. Dr. Cameron Murchison, Jr.
37 Wood Robin Ct. Black Mountain, NC 28711
(404) 556-8041
Acting General Presbyter & Head of Staff / Stated
Rev. Dr. Joan Martin
2509 Firethorn Court Gastonia, NC 28056
(704) 860-7755
Chaplain, Covenant Village
Rev. David Garnett
226 East Graham Street Shelby, NC 28150
(704) 487-8503
Interim 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   4/20/2020

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Byron Wade Address  114 Silver Creek Rd., Morganton, NC, 28655
Daytime Phone  ‭(828) 430-1515‬ Office Phone  828-438-4217
Fax  828-437-8655 Email
PNC:  Don Bridges Address  131 Appian Way Shelby, NC 28150
Daytime Phone  (704) 472- 1861 Office Phone  (704) 476- 7878
Fax  Email