Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 21209.AD0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 21209
Ministry Name Avondale Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 2821 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
Phone 704-333-6194
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
White 98%
Average Worship Attendance 156
Church School Attendance 130
Curriculum Lectionary Sermon for Children, Jesus Storybook Bible, Guest Speakers & Various
Yoked Church False
Community Type Urban
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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:   Senior Pastor/Head of Staff
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:

Called to love God, love one another and serve community.

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

Avondale is a dynamic, forward-looking church that nourishes faith at every stage. Among our congregation are new Christians, those who have long felt God’s call, those with questions and those assured in their convictions.  We try to understand God’s plan for our daily lives, find comfort in God’s grace, and celebrate the joy of God’s love. We are eager to grow our faith spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually.  To us that means fostering close relationships within Avondale, often across generations, and reaching out to our neighbors to understand how best to serve this changing area. Here are the strategies the congregation has embraced to do this:

•Prepare the hearts of children, youth, individuals and families to abide in Christ
•Develop and demonstrate a sustaining faith that is centered in the wonder and truth of God’s creation
•Not only serve our neighbors but know them personally
•Reduce economic inequities by breaking down barriers to education

We also envision new and updated spaces for worship and work to better serve our neighbors and members.  A task force is working on these plans for our future.

We invite and nurture all to develop a faith that is joyful, enduring and authentic.

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

Avondale was founded as a neighborhood church 75 years ago. However, our community now looks very different than it did then. We are located just outside the city center in a neighborhood where house values are climbing, while neighborhoods nearby continue to struggle. We are trying to bridge this divide by widening our welcome and deepening relationships with shared experiences of faith.

Through our partnership with Bethlehem Center, we are strengthening our commitment to children and families in these low-income areas. An after-school program is offered for middle/high school students on our campus daily. Our community garden serves neighbors, including those in need. 

We continue our domestic and international missions through youth/adult work camps and the building of a Haiti mission house. Room in the Inn, Connect Camps, and a strong basketball ministry are also part of our outreach.

We encourage members, visitors, and neighbors to use our Sacred Garden for reflection, and prayer.  Our Children’s Center and Joyful Noise ministries currently serves more neighbors than members.

Avondale feels called to build a foundation of faith from infancy through youth and to cultivate spiritual growth through the adult years.  Our intergenerational music ministry, with 85 members, is a vibrant part of our church.  Programs for children and youth are active and rich.  Members come together frequently through retreats, special services (Taizé), luncheons, and service opportunities.

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

Our session has taken a great deal of time to examine our strengths and challenges and guide our congregation in a clear vision moving forward.  We are excited about a pastor coming along beside us to help us activate our gifts and talents to build the Kingdom of Christ.  The person will lead in the following ways:

• Preaching and teaching messages, that inspire our members to deepen their relationship to Jesus, and challenge them to grapple with their faith and understand its call on their lives
• Working to clarify and communicate the congregation’s identity and role in the community and the world
• Leading the session and congregation in implementation of our long-term goals through the work of four gathering groups:  discipleship (education), mission, congregational care and worship
• Strengthening the cohesiveness of the current staff by leading by example, building trust, and serving with both confidence and humility
• Building relationships with members—listening, advising, and supporting
• Collaborating with the church and our expanding neighborhood community to create and strengthen partnerships and fellowship
• Seeking to stay abreast of the current developments in ministry through regular study, conferences and workshops

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

• Embodies a love for Jesus Christ and is committed to living a life fully focusing his/her time and talents to serve Him

• Brings joy, energy and vibrancy to the work of the church

• Is fully invested in the different aspects of the church—involved, dedicated, and visible

• Understands the importance of actively nurturing children’s, youth and family ministries

• Is appreciative of Avondale’s history and is able to help us embrace change

• Celebrates and builds on the strengths of the church while also directing work to address challenges and needs

• Brings creativity and innovation to worship services and learning opportunities

• Is trustworthy, encouraging, and authentic in all interactions with others

• Takes initiative to get things done with and through other people

• Is a confident communicator who is outgoing, personable and comfortable in a variety of settings

• Understands how to get things done through both formal and informal channels in the church and community

• Values diversity and works to bring people of different ages, race, spiritual backgrounds, life experiences, and personal opinions together

• Displays flexibility and adaptability when faced with changing conditions, obstacles or ambiguity

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

This person will be our Senior Minister and will be expected to serve with a second leadership position which the church plans to fill once this position is hired.  Specific job responsibilities will be shared based on individual strengths and needs of the church.

  • Spiritual Leadership
    • Creates sermons that are thought-provoking, inspiring, based in scripture, and relatable.
    • Consistently models a spiritual maturity that seeks to be led by God’s grace
    • Ensures opportunities for building faith are available to all generations in the church
    • Motivate members to practice stewardship of their money, time and talents.
  • Head of Staff
    • Ensures that all members know the shared vision of the church, its goals and direction for the future, and their role in fulfilling this mission
    • Lead the staff to ensure communication is clear and timely to the congregation and those beyond our walls.
    • Moderates the session as it strives to place priorities on work within the church and to discern God’s will for us
    • Able to energize the congregation, as we complete renovations to church facilities
  • Congregational Leadership
    • High engagement with individuals, families, and newcomers, ministering to their needs and facilitating connections with members across the church
    • Builds unity and finds common ground within the congregation while understanding and respecting our differences
    • Provides timely, compassionate, and responsive pastoral care for all members at times of crises and special needs
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Risk Taker
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $70,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Dale Mullennix
3200 Pendleton Ave Charlotte, NC 28210
Director of Urban Ministries (Charlotte)
Charles and Nancy Favor
2306 Rosalind Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA 24014
704- 451-0101 ;
Former member (Roanoke, Va)
Jered Keaton
2702 Norfolk Ave Charlotte, NC 28203
COO of the Bethlehem Center (Charlotte)
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   12/17/2018

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:   Tim Bostick Address  2831 N. Sharon Amity Rd, Suite A, Charlotte, NC 28205
Daytime Phone  704-421-5470 Office Phone  704-535-9999
Fax  704-537-3476 Email
PNC:  Mary Martin Address  10224 Hanover Glen Rd. Charlotte, NC 28210
Daytime Phone  704-258-2585 Office Phone 
Fax  Email