Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 21113.AF0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 21113
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 102 Ann Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Phone (910) 483-0121
Fax (910) 483-3975
E-Mail admin@firstprez.com
WWW Address www.firstprez.com
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 2%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 96%
Other 1%
Average Worship Attendance 214
Church School Attendance 119
Curriculum Various
Yoked Church False
Presbytery COASTAL CAROLINA PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF MID-ATLANTIC
Community Type Small City
Last Information from Statistics of the Church  * (  Show Statistics  )
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Christian Education)
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:   Associate Pastor
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Clinical Pastoral Education Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

Our Mission at First Presbyterian Church is to serve Jesus Christ and share his Gospel through

  • meaningful worship,
  • loving fellowship,
  • spiritual growth, and
  • compassionate outreach

within our community and throughout the world.

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

First Presbyterian Church has been at the geographic center of our community for more than 200 years. Our recent strategic envisioning process identified the core values of deep significance to our congregation. These values communicate how we define ourselves as a church:

  • compassionate relationships, within and beyond the church;
  • sustain current mission outreach and seek more opportunities to serve;
  • a biblical, scriptural foundation, developed through teaching and discipleship in worship, bible study, classes, youth, and children’s programming;
  • community and fellowship to strengthen the ties of the body of Christ;
  • continual learning, nurturing faithful disciples of our risen Lord; and
  • worship and music ministry, connecting, celebrating, and renewing each other as the people of God.

We also refocused our mission and vision. Our mission is on the previous page; our vision is:

We will be an open and vibrant vessel of Christ grounded in God’s love, equipping and providing opportunities for our congregation to serve and share God in our community and world.

We seek to create and nourish disciples: committed followers of one teacher, Jesus. Through our visible activities of serve and share, we seek to create irresistible interest, leading people to a deep desire, to find out more about God, and to come to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through us.

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

Strong community starts within the church. Building compassionate relationships through small groups, we seek to foster community and fellowship, and to strengthen our ties to each other. Gathering for meaningful worship and music ministry refreshes and renews us, and draws us closer. Equipping the saints with a biblical, scriptural foundation through continual learning and spiritual leadership development prepares us for service and sharing beyond the walls of the church.

As a downtown church located at the heart of one of the nation’s largest military communities, we have a history of supporting local and international missions, and our active military and families, both financially and in person. We now have a renewed commitment to engage with our immediate neighbors through collaborations with other community organizations. Rather than seeking to invent something new, we are building networks and partnerships to empower and support broader efforts in the community.

Through compassionate relationships beyond the church, we embody what discipleship looks like. Through mission outreach, engaging directly in volunteer and community involvement, we show our neighbors God’s love, as we help them help themselves.  We share with those we serve, letting them know that we are with them because of God’s love for all of us, and demonstrating directly that God loves them.

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

The Associate Pastor is a called and installed pastoral position responsible for leading the church in becoming better disciples of Jesus Christ, individually and collectively. As Jesus charged Peter in John 21, this pastor will “feed my lambs”, “tend my sheep,” and “feed my sheep.” This pastor will evaluate the needs of the church in fostering discipleship, and then lead the church in developing and organizing programs to meet these needs, with a particular focus on our lambs—youth and new members—shepherding young Christians from adolescence to adulthood, attracting new Christians and guiding them as they develop their faith.

This pastor will actively foster compassionate relationships within and beyond the church to create opportunities for developing discipleship. Their leadership in worship will feed and guide growing disciples. Creating opportunities for continual learning and spiritual leadership development will equip members to serve and share. Identifying and cultivating avenues for volunteering and community involvement, with our civilian and military neighbors, will give members real-world experience discipling to others.

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

First Presbyterian Church is a church in transformation. We seek to be a light for our neighbors and our community, pointing towards the glory of our Lord through our lived values. We have identified our top 10 leadership competencies in the pages below.

We know that God has already chosen the right person to join us in this work. This person will have unique skills and background, but will share our values.  We seek:

  • a compassionate relationship-builder, able to bring together diverse people both within and beyond the church;
  • a firm scripturally founded faith that they can share with others;
  • the heart of a teacher—whether preaching, teaching, or leading—dedicated  to fostering others’ growth as disciples;
  • a trusted spiritual advisor and friend, to youth and adults alike, both new believers and experienced Christians;
  • a commitment to the church’s missional outreach, demonstrating God’s love to our neighbors locally and globally;
  • a vision to develop discipleship and spiritual growth in this church, especially in youth, new believers, active military and their families
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

A detailed job description is available on request. Key responsibilities include:

  • provide entrepreneurial leadership to developing discipleship within the church, including Christian education, youth programs, bible study, small groups, community service opportunities, collaborations, and other avenues yet to be discerned;
  • preach the word and lead God’s people in worship as part of the pastoral team;
  • carry a share of the pastoral team’s load in providing pastoral care to members in need, and in covering weddings and funerals as required;
  • foster and sustain a committed team of church members to ensure ongoing quality youth programming throughout the year;
  • build compassionate relationships with visitors and potential members, helping them to explore opportunities for community and fellowship with the church;
  • provide leadership to Session committees and other staff members to develop and organize Christian education programs for adults of all ages;
  • provide support to existing Sunday school and Wednesday programming;
  • explore opportunities for members and partners to engage in mission outreach as spiritual development;
  • collaborate closely with staff, officers, and volunteers to discern new ways to foster continuous learning, spiritual leadership development, and discipleship in the church.
Optional Links

Official Website:  www.firstprez.com

“First Press” official newsletter of First Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville NC:  http://www.firstprez.com/newsletter/

Social Media Platforms

facebook.com/1stprez
twitter.com/firstprezfay
instagram.com/firstprezfay

Historic Downtown Fayetteville, NC:  https://visitdowntownfayetteville.com

Leadership Competencies:
Compassionate
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Teacher
Communicator
Advisor
Collaboration
Motivator
Initiative
Flexibility
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $43,329   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
Ms. Erin Wehrmeister
807 W. King St., Elizabethtown, NC 28337
(910) 578-7724
presbyccyouth@presbycc.org
Associate for Youth Ministry, Coastal Carolina
Mr. Johnny Wilson
701 Whitfield St,, Fayetteville, NC 28302
(910) 483-5944 Ext. 201
JohnnyWilson@fayurban.org
Director, Fayetteville Urban Ministry
Rev. Rob James
201 Anderson St., Fayetteville, NC 28301
(910) 728-6880
rev.rob.james@gmail.com
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Fayetteville
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   10/2/2019


Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Jerrod Belton Lowry Address  807 W King St, Elizabethtown, NC, 28337
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (910) 862-8300
Fax  Email  jerrodlowry@presbycc.org
COM:   JAY BENDER Address  PO BOX 70, POLLOCKSVILLE NC 28573
Daytime Phone  (252) 636-9131 Office Phone 
Fax  Email  jaybender@ec.rr.com
PNC:  Bud Lafferty Address  205 Grey Fox Lane
Daytime Phone  (910) 728-2909 Office Phone 
Fax  Email  bud.lafferty@outlook.com