Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 21040.AC1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 21040
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church of Spruce Pine
Mailing Address PO Box 764
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Phone 828-765-4036
Fax 828-765-4036
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 73
Church School Attendance 35
Curriculum The Present Word, Other
Yoked Church False
Community Type Rural
Last Information from Statistics of the Church  * (  Show Statistics  )
* Data availability is not guaranteed

Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
Our mission is to lift others in love, to serve others with selflessness, and to build our community
with Biblical teachings so that we honor and glorify Jesus Christ in all of our endeavors.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Our vision as a congregation is to represent a strong body of Christ. We strive to create a
positive impact throughout our community, in our service projects, community involvement, and
daily interactions with our neighbors. As we continue to grow, we desire to minister to those who
are pursuing membership in a congregation, unable to attend service, and are in declining health.
We desire to continue building the youth program, strengthen the present youth group, and to
seek out new members from the community who would benefit from the fellowship and
interaction with their peers.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
We reach out to our congregation by offering care and support during difficult times,
through our Stephen’s ministry, and by addressing the needs of our youth. We organize and
provide meals for the sick and shut-in. We build ramps for members with mobility issues and
help with household chores that they can no longer do on their own. We address the needs of our
youth by providing opportunities for fellowship and connection in a positive, safe Christian

We minister to our community by donating food, meeting the people who reside there,
opening our church to organizations, and being a part of community events. We provide food for
the hungry through our monthly food donation to Shepherd’s Staff. We step out in faith to meet
the members of our community by attending community events including festivals that occur
downtown. Our youth engage with the community by selling baked goods at festivals or handing
out candy on Halloween. We open our church to the community by providing meeting space for
the Aktion club, homeschool co-op, Rotary club, and the Community Partnership for Children.
We have a long history of education in our community, dating back to the first school being
opened in Mitchell County by the Presbyterians. We encourage parenting and nutrition
education, as well as childhood education. We provide nightly meals and transportation for the
children of our community to participate in Vacation Bible School.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
The new pastor will provide leadership, delegate responsibilities, and provide spiritual
growth and development of the congregation. This congregation is passionate to continue
mission work that is ongoing locally and regionally. We would desire for our new pastor to
enhance our relationship with Presbytery by offering new opportunities to connect to other
Presbyterians in our region and state.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
Our pastor would have integrity and high ethical standards.
This person would be people oriented.
He or she would interact and communicate with all age groups well. She or he would
be outgoing, approachable, and have an optimistic attitude.
This person would excel at sermon planning and delivery. The sermon would be fully
grounded in the Bible. We expect our pastor to have extensive Biblical knowledge and
theological soundness. He or she would always be open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
Our pastor would have a clear vision for the church. She or he would be task oriented,
focused during meetings, and in the completion of projects. He or she would be a strong leader
and delegate responsibilities.
We expect our pastor to show care and concern for our congregation. Our pastor would
provide counseling or be capable of connecting with an expert who could address the counseling
need. Our pastor would care for our sick and elderly members. Our pastor would demonstrate
strength when interacting with church members in difficult situations and resolve conflicts while
keeping personal feelings from getting involved in church matters. The pastor would be a bridge
builder for our church by unifying the congregation, working to connect people with different
ideas, beliefs, and backgrounds.
This person would love our children and youth. Our pastor would oversee the youth
ministry with love and enthusiasm. He or she would desire to see this group grow in faith and
flourish in number.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
We seek a Pastor who is an energetic personality and who will be a member of the community.
This is best achieved by living in the county and participating in local organizations, fellowship,
worship, and church activities. We also believe in promoting a vibrant youth program; building a
strong foundation from which to grow their faith and instilling a commitment to outreach in local
and non-local missions is a critical step in the teaching of our youth. Ideally, the Pastor will
possess dynamic pulpit skills which can entice new membership but be caring of the elderly
members in times of need. We would expect that the Pastor would administer the sacraments and
also remain faithful to the Reformed traditions of the PCUSA while complying with the
Constitution of the PCUSA.
Optional Links

Altapass Apple Orchard
AMY Library
Bare Dark Sky Observatory
Blue Ridge Parkway
Chamber of Commerce (Tourism)
Mayland Community College
Mitchell County Schools
Mitchell County Website
Mitchell News Journal
NC Mineral Museum
Spruce Pine-Asheville Tourism Guide
Spruce Pine Montessori
Town Of Spruce Pine


Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Public Communicator
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Strategy and Vision
Financial Manager
Interpersonal Engagement
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $45,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Reverend Barbara White
114 Silver Creek Road Morganton, NC 28655
(828) 438-4217
General Presbyter
Reverend Donald Price
Givens Estates 400 Wesley Drive Apt. 066 Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 285-2368
Former Interim Pastor
Rev. Jeff Coffey
P.O. Box 8041, Ocean Isle, North Carolina 28469
(910) 713-4111
Former Assistant 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   2/3/2020

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:  Eric Nutter Address  48 Hillcrest Circle
Daytime Phone  Spruce Pine, NC 28777 Office Phone  (828) 467-3563
Fax  Email