Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 21215.AD1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 21215
Ministry Name Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 3413 Mt. Holly Huntersville Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28216
Phone 704-399-7735
Fax 704-399-0823
E-Mail office@cookschurch.org
WWW Address www.cookschurch.org
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 130
Church School Attendance 39
Curriculum Various
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Presbytery CHARLOTTE PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF MID-ATLANTIC
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor Interim
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
Cook's Mission Statement is to: "Love God, love yourself, love your neighbor, and go tell others about Jesus."
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

Cook’s is a welcoming church, where faith and fellowship are very important. New members state that the welcome they received during their first couple of visits was instrumental in their decision to join Cook’s Church. Our church is mission focused. We encourage all adult membership to actively participate in a wide variety of programs which provide assistance locally, nationally, and internationally. Additionally, our buildings and grounds provide space to assist other nonprofits (Boy/Girl Scouts, Cook’s Playschool/preschool, community meals, disaster equipment storage, Community Lily Pad Haven, Cook’s Community Garden, etc.). See other examples below:

Local Missions

  • Fundraisers (BBQ, Car Shows, Fishing Tournament, PW Women Luncheon, Dances, etc.)
  • Community Events (Halloween Festival, Community Meals, Crop Walk, July 4th parade)
  • School Supply Drives (River Oaks Academy)
  • Room in the Inn (2 times/mo. Dec. – March)
  • Urban Ministry
  • Salvation Army Women’s Shelter and Lily Pad Haven (Victim Assistance)
  • Food Drives (Loaves & Fishes, Second Harvest Food Bank)
  • Quilting/Crochet Ministry (Hospice)

National (Non Local) Missions

  • Barium Springs Home for Children
  • Emergency Disaster Relief (Louisiana, Iowa, New Jersey, Eastern NC)
  • Collections for Cleaning Supplies/water (Michigan, Eastern NC)

International

  • Kajiado Children’s Home (Mission Trips - Kenyan orphanage)
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

Cook’s Church has been a strong part of the community since its founding in the late 1800’s and is prominently located near a major intersection/highway. The area surrounding the church (Mountain Island/Coulwood/Oakdale) has become one of the fastest growing areas of Mecklenburg County. It is a community in transition as rural county merges with urban growth and sprawl. Currently, many new homes and apartments have been built in the area, though much of the recent population growth has been in lower income and government-subsidized apartments. The area continues to grow with the addition of a large mixed-used development scheduled to open in 2018 which will bring more homes, apartments, and traffic congestion. The area has transitioned demographically and we feel the desire to better serve the community around us.

Cook’s continues to hold many community functions and events at the church (Halloween and Fall Festivals, Antique Car Shows and a bi-monthly free Community Meal) to support and attract local residents. Though our mission-focus is an important foundation, we feel that we have an opportunity to grow Cook’s membership and reflect the changing demographics of our local community.

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

Our membership could grow if we had more effective programs and activities in place to attract new families (including those with children and youth.) Cook’s seeks an Interim Pastor who can help us translate our programs, activities and events into membership retention and growth. We feel we do a good job ministering to our own congregation and host successful community events; however, we feel it is important that our membership become more inclusive in order to serve the changing demographics of our community.

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

Cook’s is looking for a positive, energetic person who can maintain the ministry to our older members while attracting young families, youth, and a more diverse congregation. Our church values a pastor who is compassionate, knowledgeable in God’s word and can apply the message to everyday life. We need a pastor who can assist our congregation in becoming more inclusive and can also motivate more members to become involved in scheduled activities. We seek a bridge-builder who can balance the connection between fresh ideas and time-honored traditions.

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

Cook’s is seeking an interim pastor who will provide spiritual guidance and nurture for the congregation while assisting in our community outreach. Our church has declined in membership over the years so growth will be a focus for the interim pastor.

We would like our pastor to provide worship leadership, primarily traditional, but also be open to contemporary variations (technology, music, etc.). We are looking for dynamic, inspirational preaching that encourages further study or action. In-depth Bible study series, book reads, and topical discussions are of interest to some of our members. We would also open to the interim pastor’s suggestions for additional innovative programs.

Our interim pastor will also serve as Head of Staff over three employees (Office Manager, Coordinator of Youth and Children’s Ministries, and Music Director.)

Cook’s is blessed with strong, active lay leadership. Our new interim pastor will work with Elders, Deacons and occasionally committees to live out our mission and provide encouragement through our transition in finding a permanent pastor.

Optional Links

www.cookschurch.org

Facebook: Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church

Leadership Competencies:
Hopeful
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Change Agent
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Collaboration
Bridge Builder
Motivator
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $50,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
Rev. Jane E. Mitchell
8919 Park Rd. Ste. 1000 Charlotte, NC 28210
704-945-9923
mitchellj@hpccr.org
Colleague in Ministry Seminary Student
Rev. Timothy Tate
12600 Kane Alexander Dr. Huntersville, NC 28078
704-578-4817
timtate68@gmail.com
Colleague in Ministry Seminary Intern
Rev. Dr. Tom LaBonte
308 West Fisher St. Salisbury, NC 28144
704-636-1321 ext. 205
tlabonte@salisburyfirstpres.org
Colleague in Ministry Seminary Intern
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Yes
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   12/5/2017


Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   BETTY MEADOWS - TRANSITIONAL GENERAL PRESBYTER Address  2831 N. Sharon Amity Rd, Suite A, Charlotte, NC 28205
Daytime Phone  (980) 207-5216 Office Phone  (704) 535-9999 x 5216
Fax  (704) 537-3476 Email  betty.meadows@presbyofcharlotte.org
COM:   ELDER GEORGIA PRESSLY Address  2831 N. Sharon Amity Rd, Suite A, Charlotte, NC 28205
Daytime Phone  704-516-6276 (CELL) Office Phone  704-535-9999
Fax  704-537-3476 Email  Presslyga@aol.com
PNC:  Sherri Cook Address  8450 Coulwood Oak Lane Charlotte, NC 28214
Daytime Phone  704-756-0195 Office Phone 
Fax  Email  sherrimcook@abbey.bac.edu