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MIF #: 21210.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 21210
Ministry Name Caldwell Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 1609 East 5th Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone 704-334-0825
Fax 704-334-7294
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 20%
White 79%
Average Worship Attendance 175
Church School Attendance 40
Curriculum Varied. We use Godly Play for our preschool class and Deep Blue in the older children’s class. Adult classes use various curricula and commentaries.
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Urban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Other)
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:  
Other Training:   Master of Divinity, Ordination as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC/USA
Brief Church Mission Statement:
We seek to build a diverse, intentional, affirming community animated by joyful worship and called forth into social action for service to the greater good.
We seek to hear God’s call not only as individuals but also as a progressive, missional community striving to reflect the Kingdom of God in the here and now.
We embrace the rich history of the Reformed Tradition and the storied past of our once-prominent, center-city church, as we welcome a diverse, urban community of seekers – young and old, gay and straight, rich and poor, of all races and ethnicities.
We are called in to meaningful, transformative community that values the unique blessings and perspectives of each member and offers a place of welcome and healing to weary souls.
We seek dynamic servant leaders who serve humbly, embrace change, and boldly challenge injustices in the wider community.
Most important, we seek to proclaim the Gospel in both word and deed, following the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
God is doing a “new thing” at one of Charlotte’s historic urban churches.
Established in 1912, Caldwell Presbyterian Church has embraced its call to be a diverse, progressive, and missional congregation centered on community, social justice and advocacy. After dwindling to the point of voting to close its doors in 2006, Caldwell experienced a rebirth as a warm, diverse, vibrant, and spirited community of over 350. We love joyful worship. We love being the hands and feet of Christ in our community. We seek to “look at what breaks God’s heart in our neighborhood and city, and then act.” And we welcome all – young and old, gay and straight, rich and poor, believers and seekers from many faith backgrounds and of all races and ethnicities.
We minister to our congregation through fellowship opportunities such as adult and children Sunday School, a women’s retreat, Pints and Paths discussion groups, Bible study groups, our choir and mission trips for adults and youth. We have formed community partnerships such as the establishment of a coffee shop with QC Family Tree and Enderly Coffee to provide opportunities for marginalized youth. We participate in interfaith groups such a Mecklenburg Ministries, Charlotte Coalition for Justice and Elizabeth Communities of Faith. We also strive to be effective stewards of our building. Formerly we hosted a women’s homeless shelter and a bilingual preschool. Our campus is now home to Hager International, End Slavery Charlotte and the 24/7 Prayer Room.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Caldwell is an urban church, reborn in 2006. We serve 280 adult members, 50 youth/children and 50 active “friends.” It is a multicultural community of believers who intentionally seek ways to be a church community of faith, hope, love, and justice. As the body of Christ, we bear witness in the community through outreach that includes Habitat for Humanity; Buddy/Mentor; McCreesh Place; participation in Charlotte PRIDE and MLK parades. Recent activities demonstrate how we feel called to address the emerging needs of our community. Seeking to counter emotions with facts and productive plans for action, we hosted forums on our schools’ demographics and the effects of hyper-segregated schools. Stunned by nationwide shootings that revealed racial fears and divisions, we participated in conversations for healing and interfaith services for reconciliation. Learning more about the pain and physical injury suffered by LGBTQ youth, we reached out to Time Out Youth to see how our church could help minister to homeless LGBTQ youth. Recognizing a need for community building and seeking to practice radical hospitality, we transformed some of our space into housing for homeless women. This ministry grew with a significant portion of our congregation sharing their time, talent, and resources over a 3-year period.
Caldwell is a community of love where sin is forgiven, reconciliation is accomplished and the dividing walls of hostility are torn down. We, Welcome ALL, as Christ welcomed ALL. 
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
The person whom God has called to serve as Caldwell’s Associate Pastor will enthusiastically embrace all aspects of our Mission Statement. They will bring a unique set of experiences, and a personal/cultural identity that will add depth to the pastoral leadership team and to the entire Caldwell community.
The AP will take a lead role in expanding our capacity to respond compassionately to the growing need for pastoral and congregational care.
Through soul-stirring prayer, thoughtful liturgy, and sermons that are carefully crafted and effectively delivered, the AP will help create worship experiences that enlighten, inspire, and bring worshippers closer to God. 
The AP will join us in extending a warm welcome to all who walk through Caldwell’s doors. The AP will have the ability to make others feel comfortable whether the interactions take place on the Caldwell campus or in a wide variety of community settings.
Communication is essential to building internal and external relationships. Some of this communication will occur through the use of social media so basic technology skills will be important.  The AP will use their strong interpersonal skills and ability to motivate others to engage individuals into the life of the church, as well as to serve as the hands and feet of Christ in Caldwell’s mission and justice work.  The AP will also nurture both spiritual development and leadership potential to help members identify their personal gifts and opportunities to serve.   
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
First and foremost, the successful candidate will effortlessly display a love of Christ and concern for others in their daily walk. The person called to serve in this position must also be able to provide compassionate support and encouragement to members in their most trying times. It is equally important that they are able to take care of their own personal, emotional and spiritual wellness.
We are looking for an AP who comes to us with a solid theological foundation, but also recognition that each day offers an opportunity to learn more and grow personally as well as professionally. The AP should be comfortable with a range of worship styles and practices, as we often try new ideas and approaches in worship.
Caldwell values and seeks to increase the diversity of our congregation.  It is essential that the AP have personal experiences successfully interacting with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.  They must appreciate each individual as a gift from God, and understand that we are all influenced by our past and the larger society. The AP must be willing to learn from others and challenge deeply held assumptions. It is especially important that the AP be capable of helping groups and individuals find common ground and work together for the good of the congregation and the effort to fulfill our mission. They should be a natural bridge-builder who can help create a safe and comfortable space for the expression of different perspectives and opinions.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Broadly the AP will collaborate with the Senior Pastor, staff and lay leaders of the church. The following specific responsibilities of the AP are directly aligned with the church’s goals:

Congregational Care - This will be one of the key roles of the AP. It includes counseling and ministry to the sick and grieving. The role also requires assisting the SP with weddings, baptisms and funerals. This role comprises up to ½ of the AP's work.

Worship – The AP will collaborate with the SP and Worship Committee to plan and participate in Sunday services, including preaching about once/month.

New Member Discovery & Engagement - This role requires the engagement of the AP with newcomers and new members of the church to ensure they are properly integrated into the Body and are encouraged to find their service calling at the Church. The AP will support people’s engagement with Caldwell through their time, talent and treasure.

Community Outreach - The AP will be an ambassador for Caldwell who will share the story of Caldwell as we intentionally seek to expand our diversity and welcome to all.

Mission and Justice - This role is shared with the SP and Lay Leadership. It includes identifying ways the church can serve the community and providing support for its on-going mission and justice work.

IT and Social Media Communication – The AP will demonstrate comfort and skill with digital and social media as regular channels of communication and outreach to members and the community. 
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Technologically Savvy
Culturally Proficient
Interpersonal Engagement
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $52,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
The Reverend Dr. Rodney Sadler
5141 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210
community partner
The Reverend Pen Peery
First Presbyterian Charlotte, 200 West Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28202
pastor of sister church
Liz Clasen-Kelly
Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, PO Box 36471, Charlotte, NC 28236
city mission partner
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   11/7/2016

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:  Margaret Haynes and Azu Nwadei (co-chairs) Address  c/o Caldwell Presbyterian Church, 1609 East 5th St, Charlotte, NC 28204
Daytime Phone  202-258-2303 Office Phone  704-293-4566
Fax  Email