Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 21218.AL0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 21218
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church Charlotte
Mailing Address 200 W Trade St
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone 704-332-5123
Fax 704-334-4135
WWW Address
Ministry Size More than 1500 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
White 98%
Average Worship Attendance 558
Church School Attendance 558
Curriculum various
Yoked Church False
Community Type Urban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Other)
Experience Required:   0 to 2 Years
Specific Title:  
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:

First Presbyterian Church (FPC) affirms that our mission, “For Christ in the Heart of Charlotte,” is to declare our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as the Head of the Church and to live for the Great Ends of the Church (BoO – F-1.0304).

This is who we say we are:

We are a family of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord,

seeking to understand and follow His teachings.

We bring our diverse social, political and theological perspectives

to be woven together in community.

We seek to glorify Christ in the heart of Charlotte

through our worship, fellowship, witness and service.

We welcome all to join us in our journey of faith,

trusting God to change us, our community and our world.

We have a tradition at FPC of bold, intentional actions to fulfill our mission. We are inspired by Paul’s words:

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God- what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

We believe we are uniquely called, given our place in the center city, to be transformed and to be transforming for Christ in the heart of Charlotte.

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

Our recent strategic plan articulates our vision for ministry:

As a church that was planted in the center of Charlotte 198 years ago, our geography has always been central to God's calling and our mission. As the center of our city has grown in number and diversity, our leaders have been smart, faithful, and wise in maintaining the vitality and relevancy of this great church as we continue to be "For Christ in the Heart of Charlotte."

With our city changing in ways we have been seeing and anticipating for years, now is the time to dig even deeper into what it means to be a church in and for our city. Our church and our city need each other more than ever.

Claiming the good from our past and embracing God's call for our future, our church yearns to broaden our membership, increase our impact in this community, and embrace our role as a leading voice for justice and faithfulness in the city where we began our witness almost 200 years ago. In doing so, we can be a church that more broadly represents the diversity of our city and maintains the warmth that has been a hallmark of this particular community of Christ's disciples.

We live out this vision by a focus on worship which informs and sustains our life together, as well as a focus on ministries of congregational care, mission, and Christian formation that give shape to that life together beyond Sunday morning and into the week.

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

FPC largely exists to shape members into disciples of Christ and to discern what Christ needs and wants us to be as a community of faith.

We listen to the hungers of our community, meeting individuals where they are in their faith. We desire to provide the space for meaningful connections with each other and with God while nurturing souls. We are a church that supports and encourages one another through love and fellowship in times of joy and crisis.

We seek to welcome all to join us on our journey of faith and to equip all as we navigate in our rapidly changing world. As an uptown church we are open to the diversity and the opportunities our growing center city brings. Building upon our existing educational tradition, we explore new avenues for spiritual growth through intergenerational, small group, and one-on-one settings and in spaces not limited to Sunday mornings or the church campus. We continue to hone our message and its mode of delivery so that the Word is accessible to all within and outside our church. We feel called to respond boldly to the challenge of the Gospel to move beyond our walls, across our city and around the world, bearing witness to the Kingdom of God.

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

The Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and Young Adults will create a cohesive and vibrant pathway along which the members of First Presbyterian Church will grow in their knowledge of the Reformed faith and their understanding of their calling as Christ’s disciples.  This pathway begins at birth and ends by joining the church triumphant. 

The Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and Young Adults will focus on three primary areas of ministry to fulfill this vision:

  1. Building a community of belonging for young adults (18-40) by investing in relationships in order to connect, grow, and nurture their lives and faith.
  2. Leading, inspiring, and managing a Christian formation team comprised of Directors of Children and Youth and Adult ministry who are helped by committees in each area (Children, Youth, and Adult Formation).
  3. Curating worship and actively participating as a leader, especially as we develop plans to distinguish our two Sunday morning services (taking primary responsibility for shaping the new service).
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

We seek a candidate who is:

Relational: Someone who connects easily and effectively with people in and out of the church community.  Also, someone who builds relationships across lines of race, political affiliation and age.

Grounded in faith: Someone who is not only a disciple of Christ grounded in Scripture and rooted in the Reformed tradition, but joyful about their faith in ways that inspires and energizes the community.

Articulate in the language of worship: Someone who delights in the ways worship puts us in the presence of God, and who can design an experience of worship in the Reformed tradition that gives voice to the deepest joys and needs in our community of faith.

A mentor: Someone who readily identifies gifts within people and teaches them how their skills can further impact the community inside and outside the church.

Imaginative: Someone who can imagine and execute innovative ideas with courage and creativity; who is willing to take risks to further the Christian community.

A proven leader and supervisor: Someone who understands how to inspire, encourage, and build accountability with a staff team. 

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  • Create a robust ministry for young adults in the congregation, including implementing the “Emerging Leaders Program” called for in the Strategic Plan
  • Engage the members and the resources available for Christian formation to find the places where the congregation’s hunger for the gospel needs to be nurtured and fed (including building curriculum for various classes)
  • Supervise the Directors of Children, Youth, and Adult ministries, building and implementing a cohesive model for Christian formation that aligns with the overall mission of the church
  • Lead worship regularly, preaching 4-6 times a year
  • Design and curate the worship service envisioned by the Strategic Plan
  • Assume an active teaching role – interacting with all ages of the congregation
  • Shepherd small group ministries – building on existing small groups and launching additional opportunities for wider participation
  • Participate as a member of the Senior Leadership Team
  • Be an active member of the pastoral care team, working alongside the other pastors (as directed by the SAP for Ministry and Congregational Care)
  • Focus on integrating the FPC Schools into the life of the church by serving on the FPC School Board and on the Operations Committee of the Schools
  • Consult with the Senior Leadership Team for areas of shared ministry focus and efficiency
  • Assist with weddings, funerals, and special services as needed; other duties as assigned
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Public Communicator
Culturally Proficient
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $60,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
The Rev. Katelyn Gordon Cooke
3131 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30909
(706) 733-0513
Former Associate Pastor at FPC
The Rev. Dr. Joe Clifford
2501 Oxford Pl, Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 376-3695
Senior Pastor at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, C
Gail Henderson-Belsito
1609 E 5th St, Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 334-0825
Member at FPC
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   2/13/2019

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:   Neal Carter Address  2831 N. Sharon Amity Rd, Suite A, Charlotte, NC 28205
Daytime Phone  910-280-9688 Office Phone  704-535-9999
Fax  704-537-3476 Email
PNC:  Libby Bell Address  200 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Daytime Phone  (704) 299-6473 Office Phone 
Fax  Email