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MIF #: 21262.AG1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 21262
Ministry Name Matthews Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address PO Box 97
Matthews, NC 28105
Phone 704-847-4094
Fax 704-845-5930
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
Middle Eastern 1%
White 96%
Average Worship Attendance 186
Church School Attendance 110
Curriculum Elementary - Rotation model Youth - SPARKhouse Adult-Various
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Head of Staff (who supervised one teaching elder and other staff)
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:   Pastor/Head of Staff
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:
In the fall of 2016, our congregation underwent a rigorous introspective process to develop our current Vision Statement. 
Motivated by the Grace of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, we strive to honor the Lord as we:
  • Welcome all to worship in God’s name
  • Share the love of Christ, through our lives, words and deeds
  • Serve our neighbors, in our community and beyond
  • Encourage all children, youth and adults to grow and explore their faith
Joining together, we celebrate our living traditions as a dynamic and caring congregation who seeks to glorify God in all we do.

This statement serves as the foundation for the goals of the church developed by the current Session – and drives many of the functions and actions of our committees and our congregation.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

There are two unique aspects of our congregation which help us live out our vision.  Since our beginnings in the late-1800’s, we have been a church with open arms. Visitors and new members often share that they are struck by how kindly they are welcomed here. This is not the responsibility borne by one group or committee, but by each member. We strive to offer worship and programming that is engaging, relevant, and inspiring. We warmly welcome all to join us. 

The second characteristic is that our members WORK.  We do not just sit in the pew for an hour on Sundays.  Guided by our Vision Statement, the vast majority of our members are actively engaged in other aspects of our church’s ministry beyond Sunday worship.  When our church is presented with a need, we respond in prayerful action.  For example:

  • In 2016, during our Interim period, we undertook a Capital Campaign to resolve issues with our physical property and to alleviate mortgage debt.  The Campaign was wonderfully successful, allowing us to begin capital improvements and refinance our existing building loan.   
  • When we learned that Friendship Trays (Meals on Wheels) needed fresh vegetables to include in their meals, we planted one of the first Friendship Gardens in the Charlotte-Metro area.  Over the 5 years that we had the Garden, we provided 2900 lbs. of food to Friendship Trays!

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

The Matthews community is one of the fastest growing areas in greater Mecklenburg County, resulting in unique blessings and challenges. We believe that God calls Christians to follow Christ in obedient discipleship, using their gifts and abilities to honor and serve God. To that end, our congregation has a keen awareness of our community’s needs, both inside and outside our walls.

Our true joy comes from being the hands and feet of Christ in our community.  A few of our outreach programs are:

  • ESL Program- Provide facility space, instructional materials, volunteer coaches and child care for individuals to improve their English speaking and writing abilities
  • Room in the Inn- During the winter, we house homeless neighbors one night per week, providing showers, hot meals, and fellowship for the evening.  Organized by the Men of the Church, this mission is supported by numerous groups
  • Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care- Regular visitation for fellowship, quarterly communion, and prayer support
  • School for Life, Gary, WV- Since 2005, we have sent an inter-generational group of volunteers to minister to one of the poorest counties in the country, working on home repairs, visiting with nursing home residents, and worshipping with the community.

We open our buildings to support Boy & Girl Scouts, home school groups, blood drives, and similar community support. Additionally, we are involved in local ministries such as CROP Walk, Habitat for Humanity, and Matthews HELP Center.

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

MPC is a joyful, willing community that enjoys participating in educational, mission, and fellowship opportunities.  We have thriving Sunday School classes for all ages, mid-week children’s programs, in-depth Bible study for adults, excellent musical offerings, and active Presbyterian Women and Men of the Church groups, to name a few.  Our goal is to call a pastor who will enthusiastically encourage the church’s vision and goals, and whose leadership will mobilize the congregation in support of its vision. In collaboration with staff and lay leaders, the pastor will facilitate creative programs and ministries to ensure that we continue to live out God’s vision for our community. 

The pastor will leverage the skills of the church staff to support the vision, goals, programs, and missions of the church. We are seeking a pastor who will ensure that all activities of the church are grounded in a strong spiritual foundation.

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

We are a congregation that values connection and challenge.  Our pastor should encourage new relationships through membership growth or work in the community, foster supportive friendships by serving and sharing together, and work through difficult times by providing grounded spiritual counsel when needed.  Our pastor should be compassionate and open minded, realizing that other people’s worldviews are as valid as their own.

We are looking for a pastor who will share our energy in worship and service, and who will get to know the congregation by advising or participating in church programs.  They should be excited about serving the Lord and sharing His message with the congregation. 

The ideal candidate will also have administrative skills to deal with the operational side of the church, familiar with church financial, staffing, and property concerns.

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

MPC is seeking a pastor who will provide spiritual guidance and nurture for a congregation that is eager to learn and to serve. Our new pastor should be able to articulate and facilitate a strategic vision for our church, creatively using staff, facilities, and resources to achieve intentional growth. 

Specifically, our pastor will provide worship leadership, primarily traditional, but open to contemporary variations.  We are looking for dynamic, inspirational preaching that encourages further study or action.  Many of our members enjoy in-depth Bible study series, book reads, and topical discussions.

We are seeking an approachable, compassionate individual who will serve as the primary visitor to the ill and home-bound, and whom members in crisis feel comfortable coming to for counseling.

As Head of Staff, our new pastor needs to be a strong leader, able to guide professional and administrative staff toward appropriate, achievable goals.  We are seeking someone who is able to provide structure to our day-to-day operations, ensuring we are moving forward on the path God has set for our community of believers.

MPC is blessed with strong, active lay leadership.  Our new pastor will work with staff, Session, Diaconate, and committees to live out our mission to Welcome, Share, Serve, and Encourage.  We are not just a Sunday-morning church!

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Task Manager
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $65,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Robert Austell, Pastor, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
3307 Rea Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226
Colleague in Ministry
Hunter Roddey, Chaplain-Novant Health
** Prefers Phone or email contact
Temporary Moderator prior to Interim period
Kaye McHan, Executive Director-Matthews HELP Center
119 N. Ames St., Matthews, NC 28105
704-847-8383 ext 222
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   3/29/2017

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
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
PNC:  Katie Meyers Address  1813 Gatebrook Ct, Matthews, NC 28105
Daytime Phone  704-301-8342 Office Phone  704-841-2871
Fax  Email