Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 21253.AK0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 21253
Ministry Name Davidson College Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address P. O. Box 337
Davidson, NC 28036
Phone 704-892-5641
Fax 704-892-5956
WWW Address
Ministry Size 1001 - 1500 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 390
Church School Attendance 208
Curriculum Children: Spark Classroom, Way of the Child, Godly Play and Dwell Youth: Orange Adults: Uniform Lesson Series, in-house curriculum
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Head of Staff (Multi-Staff Pastor, who supervised two or more teaching elders and other staff)
Experience Required:   10 Years or more
Specific Title:   Pastor
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:   Advanced Degree preferred
Brief Church Mission Statement:

We are the body of Christ--worshipping, learning, serving, loving, giving--seeking to realize God’s vision for the world.

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

Davidson College Presbyterian Church (DCPC) is a vibrant, growing church located 20 miles from Charlotte in one of the fastest developing areas of the state. We are an Earth Care congregation, an open and affirming church, which has an historic affiliation with Davidson College, and a diverse membership that draws from the Lake Norman region.

Members of DCPC strive to live out our vision statement: We are the body of Christ-worshipping, learning, serving, loving, giving-seeking to realize God’s vision for the world.

WORSHIPPING: Three Sunday services, weekly fellowship meals/worship, adult, children’s, bell and youth choirs, and a Christian folk group.

LEARNING: Sunday school for children and adults, VBS, Bible study and PW Circle groups, weekday pre-school, youth program, and UKirk for Davidson College students.

SERVING: Our Community Missions support 34 local organizations with a focus on education, hunger, housing, and health care. Global Missions has partnerships with communities in Kenya and Nicaragua.

LOVING: DCPC co-founded The Pines (a retirement community with 400 residents), and supports twelve Congregational Care programs, including groups committed to bereavement, health, meals, prayer, transportation, visitation support, and Campus and Stephen Ministries.

GIVING: Our benevolence budget is 15% ($245,045). Last year, we gave an additional $195,734 for local and global charities. Volunteers support Habitat for Humanity, Day of Service, and Blythe Elementary.

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

Addressing Changing Demographics
As a growing regional church, DCPC is forward-looking, and increasingly comprised of people of all ages, political views, family compositions, occupations, and educational, religious and cultural backgrounds. Based on current trends, the region will see a significant rise in the number of minority and mixed-race families, as well as continued growth in overall population. To thrive in changing times, DCPC will need to engage the changing population with creative outreach and programming.

• Strengthening Community Connections

Congregational Connections: Provide opportunities for meaningful intergenerational interactions, joint worship services, and small group/neighborhood networking.

Campus Ministry: Intentionality in recognizing and responding to today’s student population, including a commitment to the ministry of presence and provision of a safe, welcoming environment to share the Christian faith.

Interfaith Collaborations: Joint activities between area youth groups, programs and pulpit exchanges with the African-American Davidson Presbyterian Church, and interfaith worship services.

• Expanding Ministry Opportunities

Increase financial base through member education, creation of multiple giving avenues, and greater publicity of ongoing ministry and capital needs.

Enhance stewardship of time and talents.

Adopt best practices from other churches.

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

The Pastor will lead the church and a staff of sixteen by:

• Preaching biblical, relatable, and thoughtful sermons that inspire members to grow in faith, support
the church, and engage in God’s work in the community and the world.

• Leading the staff and congregation in deeloping and implementing a long-term strategic plan that assesses needs, maps growth, and determines financial requirements for programs and facilities.

• Strengthening the cohesiveness of the current staff by leading by example, building trust, and serving with both confidence and humility.

• Collaborating with various groups within the church and community to foster fellowship and partnerships that work to achieve God’s vision.

• Clarifying the congregation’s identity and role in the community and the world.

• Assisting the congregation in understanding and appreciating the rich history of DCPC on the Davidson College campus as well as the broader Davidson community.

• Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of DCPC and working to promote those strengths while improving identified opportunities to become stronger.

• Maintaining DCPC’s commitment to the PCUSA and the Reformed tradition.

We seek a pastor who preaches and teaches, displaying flexibility and adaptability, who connects with the wide spectrum of our church membership and who will encourage, advise and inspire our staff as they guide DCPC members to grow in faith and further God’s work in the world.

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

Our congregation requires an experienced pastoral leader with the following characteristics:

 • Embodies a love for Jesus Christ, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the spiritual development of all those God brings to our fellowship or permits us to serve.

• Is a thought-provoking preacher and worship leader with the ability to guide and inspire through carefully prepared sermons that are biblical, practical, and relatable.

• Demonstrates strong spiritual grounding and is seen by others as trustworthy and authentic.

• Is a confident communicator who is effective and at ease in a variety of settings.

• Knows how to get things done through both formal and informal channels and is skilled at navigating and understanding how large congregations work.

• Values diversity and works to bring together and welcome people with varied spiritual backgrounds, life experiences and personal opinions.

• Provides helpful coaching and guidance to staff and members of the congregation.

• Fosters collaborative leadership and a collegial work environment that creates feelings of inclusiveness.

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

• Enables and empowers others to make meaningful contributions to the church community by inspiring people to give their best in time, talent and treasure.

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

Worship Leadership. Planning, preparing and preaching to a congregation that includes lifelong Presbyterians, ordained clergy and religion professors, members from various denominations and religious backgrounds, and visitors. DCPC has a radio ministry through WDAV, and Sunday worship services are streamed live via Facebook. Numerous special worship services are offered throughout the year.

Head of Staff. Leading our experienced professional staff and dedicated volunteers to achieve the mission of the church and faithfully serve the community and the world.

Financial Stewardship. Establishing and promoting a vision for the contribution of time, talents and treasures by all members so that existing and new ministries can be offered to expand DCPC’s outreach to the wider community and the world.

Pastoral Care. Planning and collaborating with the ordained pastors and lay leadership to provide timely, compassionate, and responsive pastoral care for all members at times of crises and special needs.

Moderator of the Session. Developing lay leadership of the Session and Diaconate to ensure that lay leaders are called, trained, informed and motivated to fulfill their call as elders and deacons to meet the needs of the congregation.

Visionary Leadership. Inspiring staff, lay leadership and members to think beyond the boundaries of existing programs and ministries to meet the needs of a growing and diverse community and develop new opportunities for ministry and service.

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $105,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. George Slaton
1230 South Street, Cornelius, NC 28031
Davidson area retired minister
Rev. Mary Margaret Porter
1910 Beverly Drive, Charlotte, NC 28207
Former DCPC Parish Associate
Rev. Dr. John W. Kuykendall
P. O. Box 1768, Davidson, NC 28036
Former President, Davidson College
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   5/8/2018

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:  Susan B. Manning Address  P. O. Box 1627, Davidson, NC 28036
Daytime Phone  704-582-2943 Office Phone  704-892-1283
Fax  704-892-5956 Email