Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 21228.AQ0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 21228
Ministry Name Myers Park Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 2501 Oxford Place
Charlotte, NC 28207
Phone 704-376-3695
Fax 704-334-8240
E-Mail mppc.apnc@gmail.com
WWW Address myersparkpres.org
Ministry Size More than 1500 members
Ethnic Composition White 99%
Other 1%
Average Worship Attendance 1100
Church School Attendance 400
Curriculum Spark, Dwell, Disciple Bible Studies, Friends in Faith, Feasting on the Word. Attendance includes livestream viewership. Church School includes Sunday
Yoked Church False
Presbytery CHARLOTTE PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF MID-ATLANTIC
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 of Discipleship
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:

Claimed by the Love of God in Jesus Christ
we are called into this community of faith;
living out our love for God
in worship, study, and service;
loving and supporting one another
as we join God’s transforming work
in our city and in the world.

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

Our vision for this ministry matches the vision for Myers Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC) which is to follow Christ by cultivating community, crossing divides and changing lives. We cultivate community through widening our welcome, expanding engagement of disciples in study and service, and deepening relationships through shared experiences of faith. We also believe Christ is calling us to cross the divisions in our world that separate us, theologically, politically, socio-economically, and racially, and to work for reconciliation in that process. Finally, we believe Christ calls us to join God’s transforming work of changing lives; both ours and our neighbors in this community and around the world. 

By following Christ in our church mission this ministry will create an active community of disciples through faith formation. Through the Holy Spirit, we seek:

  • to nurture belonging within the church
  • to discern our calling as a congregation through faith formation
  • to experience and share the love of Christ with our neighbors through outreach

Myers Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC) has a long tradition of intellectual engagement through adult faith formation and outreach, both local and international. We take the call to deeper discipleship seriously, evidenced by a range of faith formation opportunities, Bible studies, and outreach programs for children, youth, and adults (see attachments listing faith formation and outreach programming).

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

We feel called to act intentionally to deepen the spiritual growth of our congregation, to meet and challenge our members where they are in their personal faith journeys, to work diligently outside our doors to advance the Kingdom, and to provide support as we act out our faith across our city and around the world. MPPC strives to live out a relevant and welcoming faith that actively serves our community as church membership and attendance becomes less and less the status quo in our society. We also recognize the importance of educating ourselves about the challenges that face our community and how the gospel calls us to engage in those challenges.

As one example, our deepest local commitment is to the under-served Grier Heights neighborhood and its children and families. This relationship began in 2008 and remains a priority. The 2014 study that rated Charlotte last among the country’s 50 large cities for upward mobility and the possibility of escaping poverty has been a call to action for our leadership and many (but not yet all) in our congregation. The path forward to actually address the systemic inequities in Charlotte is still being defined, but members of MPPC are committed to learn, grow, and be a voice that works for positive change for our neighbors. 

In addition to this work, we remain dedicated to various other local (19) and global (7) ministries, supported by a vibrant team of lay leaders and volunteers.

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

We are excited about this new position, the Associate Pastor for Discipleship, which bears the potential to understand and cultivate faith in concert with outreach engagement. Historically, adult education has focused on the “Whats” of belief. With guidance and support from this associate pastor, our congregation has a wonderful opportunity to study and understand the “Whys” and “Hows” of belief:

  • “Why are we called together in community, and called to serve?”
  • “How do we live out our faith?”

Through numerous educational offerings, Bible studies and Sunday School classes, MPPC is committed to providing a theological foundation to our church community. We also recognize that faith formation goes beyond traditional church education, and we are committed to equip our congregation to live out our call to a life of discipleship and allow avenues for us to reflect on our faith and our outreach.

We need someone who is called and inspired by God to share their understanding of the doctrines of our faith and the word of God in scripture, and how those call us into the very contexts in which we practice a life of discipleship. The future of the Church depends on our ability to engage disciples in transformational experiences, and to encourage and equip them to experience and share the love of Christ.

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

An ordained teaching elder and proven leader

  • Who is a committed follower of Jesus Christ with firm convictions of Reformed theology
  • Who shows passion, creativity, and experience in developing disciples of Christ in a large congregation and in cultivating their time, talents and offerings
  • Who is an effective teacher who can capture the attention and imagination of our congregation so that we continue to grow in our faithful discipleship efforts both locally and globally
  • Who can foster and maintain relationships with and between MPPC disciples
  • Who finds joy in providing pastoral care and support to lay leadership
  • Who is able to lead the congregation in their spiritual development and relate the gospel to people of different backgrounds and cultures with Christian compassion and maturity
  • Who is a self-motivated, strategic thinker who can communicate effectively, organize efficiently, and work collaboratively with a large staff in a church with a lot of moving parts
  • Who can help nurture sustainable relationships with our outreach partners in Charlotte and around the globe
  • Who makes it a priority to maintain a healthy balance between his/her personal life and professional role
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
●       Develop, evaluate, and improve the curriculum for Adult Faith Formation in the church; including Sunday School offerings, weekly course offerings, Bible studies, and special events
●       Serve as staff liaison for the Adult Faith Formation Council
●       Oversee the budget for Adult Faith Formation
●       Teach adult Sunday School classes and weekly course offerings as requested
●       Cultivate and advise small group communities
●       Serve as resource pastor for outreach staff and disciples
●       Provide pre- and post-mission trip spiritual preparation and re-entry debrief as well as applicable curriculum
●       Collaborate with outreach director and staff on strategy and educational components
●       Help nurture relationships with local and international outreach partners
●       Travel nationally and internationally as needed to fulfill mission of outreach programs
●       Serve in the rotation for pastoral duties: hospital visitations, baptisms, weddings, and funerals
●       Provide input to the Head of Staff to accomplish overall church program coordination
●       Collaborate with other clergy in worship planning and leadership
●       Communicate regularly with other Charlotte congregations and the greater community about discipleship opportunities
●       Serve on committees and councils within the Charlotte Presbytery
●       Fulfill other duties as assigned by the Executive Pastor
Optional Links
www.myersparkpres.org
 
Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Teacher
Public Communicator
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Collaboration
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Motivator
Initiative
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $60,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
Rev. Dr. Richard Boyce
Union Presbyterian Seminary at Charlotte, 5131 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210
980-636-1669
Richard.N.Boyce@gmail.com / rboyce@upsem.edu
Regular worshipper and Sunday School teacher
Beth Bell
In the process of moving - email for details
704-607-0024
bbell@trubell.com
Church member, member of Strategic Visioning Team,
Rev. Lori Raible
Selwyn Presbyterian Church, 2929 Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28209
704-372-6836 ext. 104
lorir@selwynpres.org
Co-Pastor at neighboring church, sponsored seminar
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Yes
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   8/31/2018


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  jan.edmiston@presbyofcharlotte.org
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  presbyofcharlottecom@gmail.com
PNC:  Jannica Greife Address  2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207
Daytime Phone  704-905-5235 Office Phone 
Fax  704-362-1012 Email  mppc.apnc@gmail.com