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MIF #: 21174.AB1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 21174
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church of Rockingham
Mailing Address 904 Fayetteville Road
Rockingham, NC 28379
Phone (910) 895-6335
Fax (910) 895-0195
WWW Address N/A
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 79
Church School Attendance 37
Curriculum Present Word, Deep Blue, Andy Stanley Videos, Andy Griffith Bible Study, other miscellaneous curriculum and video series
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   First Ordained Call
Specific Title:   Pastor (solo)
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:
The First Presbyterian Church of Rockingham believes its mission is to be a family under the Lordship of Jesus Christ for the sake of loving relationships and mutual support and to show Christ’s healing love beyond our family through words and deeds, to the glory of God.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
First Presbyterian Church of Rockingham has a vision of growth: growth in our knowledge and understanding of God’s word, growth in our community involvement, and growth in our membership. We have a loving, supportive congregation, but we have become complacent in recent years. Our vision is for our congregation to have a renewed sense of what it means to live our lives as Christians. We aspire to help our community feel hopeful for the future of Christ’s church that will add joy, love and a place of purpose to our lives. As we move from one era of our church into another, we desire to educate one another through Sunday school, bible study, and worship to become God’s hands and feet within our community to an even greater extent than we currently are. Presently, we have 5 adult, 1 youth, and 1 children’s Sunday school classes. We use the Present Word and Andy Stanley Videos for our adult classes. We meet on Wednesday nights for supper and choir practice and frequently invite guest speakers to these evenings. Our choir and handbell group meet weekly so that their offerings on Sunday minister to our congregation. Our support of local missions such as the Hamlet Soup Kitchen, Our Daily Bread, New Shoes for Christmas, Backpack Pals, Dried Beans/Ramen Noodles Ministry, Habitat, and local blood drives is appreciated and representative of our love for others. The vision of FPC is to continue these programs and expand what we can do as witnesses of Christ’s love in our world today.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Rockingham has changed drastically in the last 20 to 25 years. The loss of business and industry have affected the socio-economics of our entire county. We have more blue-collar workers, and as a “first church,” we may not always appear to be a fit for what they are looking for in a home church. Also, more families are participating in outside activities like travel ball and competitive cheerleading; these activities may take families away from church on Sunday morning. In order to reach the emerging needs of our community, FPC desires to better understand who we are as a church and what we need to do as THAT church in this changing culture. We must evolve to become a beacon of spiritual support through inspirational services and other programming; we  will have to consider how we meet the needs of our congregants from birth to senior citizens.  This will take some changes to the way that we do some things. Recognizing our strong heritage (founded in 1870), we need to contemplate how we may grow with and support our community.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

Our prospective minister will

  • provide guidance and model faithful discipleship through all stages and phases of life.
  • excel as a preacher from the pulpit with sermons not only fully grounded in the Bible but which show a personal connection for all age groups. 
  • build relationships through trust and collaboration.
  • guide us, organize us, and empower us to act and follow through.
  • pull us together to achieve our common goals.
  • see the importance of our youngest and oldest members and will help us care for their needs, both physical and spiritual.
  • minister with compassion to all members in need of counseling and care for our sick and elderly members and other members facing difficult times.
  • express excitement about our strong foundations as well as the possibilities for our future.
  • communicate God’s teachings and how His teachings fit into this community of believers and our community at-large.
  • help us adapt to become a more significant presence in our Richmond County community.
  • communicate not only with all groups within our congregation but also with our community-at-large beyond our church.
  • become a change agent where needed and inspire us to remain hopeful and optimistic.
  • provide technology expertise in the age of digital learning and the use of social media platforms to support and grow our congregation.
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 of Rockingham seeks

  • a bridge builder who can help us expand our vision from what was to what can be.
  • a minister who will inspire us from the pulpit with a clear and consistent message that provides guidance and hope for our future and the future of Christ’s church.
  • a motivator, an energizer, who can with optimism present challenges to our members and guide and instruct us towards our shared vision for the church of 2020+.
  • a collaborator who will equip us to come together as servants of Christ to engage our active and inactive members so that we can better serve our community.
  • a unifier who will strengthen our close, family atmosphere and help us to welcome others into our “home” church.
  • a counsellor who is loving and enthusiastic, who will get to know our families beyond just their names and help us move to where we want to be.
  • a visionary who can help us see the strengths lying in our midst and help us utilize those strengths to become the church that others see as living out the Word of God in our interactions with each other.
  • a revitalizer who cares about our youth and who will help us restore our once vibrant children and youth programs.
  • a communicator who will unite our congregation through a shared commitment of becoming a Christian pillar of our community.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

Our full-time pastor will

  • exhibit energy and interest in all church organizations and towards all age groups.  
  • become an integral part of the lives of our members.
  • lead services with knowledge in the Word of God and confidence in God’s promises.
  • participate in special services.
  • train our deacons and elders according to the Book of Order and will consistently challenge our officers to do their jobs. 
  • help us communicate better via our monthly newsletter, our phone tree, Facebook and perhaps develop a web site.   
  • assist us in fulfilling our short-term goals on a consistent basis and will help us strive to accomplish our long-term goals.
  • Our short term goals include
    • involving inactive members in the life of our church and providing pastoral care to all members.
    • encouraging officers to perform their shepherding duties;
    • helping minister recruit prospective members.
    • planning and conducting church events which involve members and helping them with their spiritual lives.
    • arranging transportation for senior citizens not only to church events, but to medical appointments, etc.
  • As long range goals include
    • increasing membership, enabling us to once again hire additional staff to our ministry.
    • Motivating members in their pledges during annual stewardship drive, special projects, and also Endowment Fund, the latter of which will help immensely with maintenance projects and special needs projects outside the scope of our annual budget.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Public Communicator
Change Agent
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $47,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Mr. Steve Morris
813 Williamsburg Drive Rockingham, NC 28379
(910) 997-3895 (
Mayor of City of Rockingham
Ms. Belinda Rice
200 Rice Street Hamlet, NC 28345
(704) 891-5633
Pastor of Hamlet First Presbyterian Church
Mr. Wayne O. “Butch” Farrah, III
310 Hylan Avenue Hamlet, NC 28345
(910) 410-1687
Former member of our church (he is now an ordained
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   2/17/2021

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Jan Edmiston Address  2831 N. Sharon Amity Rd, Suite A, Charlotte, NC 28205
Daytime Phone  (980) 207-5216 Office Phone  980-207-5216
Fax  (704) 537-3476 Email
COM:   Georgia Pressly Address  2831 N. Sharon Amity Rd, Suite A, Charlotte, NC 28205
Daytime Phone  704-516-6276 Office Phone  704-535-9999
Fax  704-537-3476 Email
PNC:  Todd Barnes Address  159 Beane Run Rockingham, NC 28379
Daytime Phone  (910) 995-8356 Office Phone  N/A
Fax  N/A Email