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MIF #: 22090.AL0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 22090
Ministry Name Shallowford Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 2375 Shallowford Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone 404-321-1844
Fax 404-321-1890
WWW Address
Ministry Size 1001 - 1500 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 433
Church School Attendance 209
Curriculum Children: Spark-Activate Faith by Spark House, Youth: Collaborate by Spark House, Adults: Thoughtful Christian, Present Word, The Work of the People,
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:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:   Senior Pastor
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

Inviting all people to a faithful way of life in Christ and in community.

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

Our vision is “Inviting all people to a faithful way of life in Christ and in community.”

“Inviting all people” because God calls us to do so and being welcoming has fueled our growth. 30% of our members have joined in the last five years which has enabled us to reflect a broader, more diverse mosaic of our community. A “faithful way of life in Christ and in community” means that our members share a desire for and a commitment to worship, education, music, mission and fellowship--as evidenced by the congregation’s active engagement.

Our dynamic, talented staff lead us to live out our mission through:


  • 2 Sunday services and special services
  • 433 average weekly attendance
  • Regular participation by lay leaders


  • 120 children (toddlers-5th grade) attend Sunday school
  • 8th grade confirmation classes with Elder sponsors
  • 200+ kids attend VBS
  • 8 adult Sunday school classes
  • Pre-K - 4th grade school


  • 90-member youth choir meets weekly, sings in worship, and tours each summer
  • 65-member adult choir leads worship weekly
  • 63-member children’s choirs & bells


  • Mission trips for elementary families, youth, and adults
  • Food pantry
  • Alzheimer’s and grief care ministries
  • Care ministers visiting the homebound
  • Habitat for Humanity and 8 other partnerships


  • 60-year-old neighborhood church with multi-generational programs
  • 75-member youth group meets weekly and attends Montreat annually
  • Church retreats, Wednesday night programs, numerous circles/small groups
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

Shallowford Presbyterian Church is a neighborhood church in a vibrant, growing and diverse part of metropolitan Atlanta. We welcome people from all walks of life to experience faith through worship, fellowship and community.

Our emerging needs include:

  • Expanding outreach and developing ministries to respond to those in need
  • Reaching new people and incorporating them into the church
  • Renewing, revitalizing and building coalitions with community partners
  • Broadening and deepening our Spiritual growth
  • Planning for the expansion of our facilities to support our growing ministries

We feel called to be more present in the community around us and to find new ways to bring people, partners and missions into the church. Our doors are open to all and we recently expanded our facilities to provide services and programs to people and organizations with needs currently unmet elsewhere:

  • Offered a special welcoming to members of Rehoboth Presbyterian when their church closed
  • Invited a Boy Scout troop and a Multiple Myeloma support group when they lost their meeting place
  • Host NAMI, AA, and the Atlanta Bagpipers meetings
  • Qualified as a Red Cross emergency shelter
  • Sponsored a refugee family
  • Provided Christmas gifts for 85 immigrant children
  • Tutored children through LaAmistad program

These efforts, and many more like this, fuel our desire to expand outreach and missions to reach new people. We want to be more intentional about spreading the Word and Spirit we experience at Shallowford.

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

We seek a senior pastor who will lead us to develop a specific plan to further equip our active congregation to be more inviting, welcoming, engaging and accepting of all.


Our vision of Shallowford’s future is to grow a faith community that better includes everyone, faithfully modeling Jesus’ inclusive love and compassion for all people, regardless of race, socio-economics, sexual orientation or other factors.


With a focus on God’s grace, the pastor will lead worship planning and preaching to challenge and inspire the congregation to carry God’s love to our community and around the world. We seek a senior pastor who will honor our Reformed tradition and lead us to embrace the future God has planned for us.

Administration and Strategic Planning

The next pastor will lead and collaborate with our energetic staff and active, experienced congregation in developing and implementing a strategic plan. This plan will support our continued growth and ambitious goals while balancing space limitations, staff resources, and financial means.

Pastoral Care

We pray for a pastor full of love and compassion who will care for the sick and grieving among us and will engage all members, from our amazing children and youth all the way to our wise and resourceful seniors.


We seek a new senior pastor that will challenge and equip the congregation to reach a higher level of participation in our myriad local missions and to have a greater impact in global missions.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

Shallowford Presbyterian Church desires a strong pastoral leader who is:

  •   A person of deep, mature faith who feels called to spread God's love and be a shepherd to God's people.
  •   A person whose beliefs are aligned with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and can help guide our theologically diverse congregation in interpreting scripture and applying it to our lives.
  •   A person with exceptional writing and preaching skills who delivers insightful and inspiring sermons that are grounded in scripture.
  •   A person who is a collaborative worship planner, a strong organizational leader to the staff and Session, and a source of motivation to the congregation for spiritual growth and involvement.
  •   A person who is experienced in the challenges and blessings of a rapidly growing congregation with a desire to focus on new member integration and strategic planning to evaluate existing ministries and the need for additional programs.
  •   A person with excellent communication skills who is passionate about building relationships and collaborating with pastoral staff and lay-leaders to provide pastoral care to those in need of support.
  •   A person who will reach out within the community and build local connections and missions.
  •   A person who passionately embraces mission work, both locally and globally, leads us to discern our mission vision, and motivates more members to be involved in mission delivery.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

Worship Leadership

  • Collaboratively lead planning for two Sunday services (sermon writing, preaching, liturgy, music, lay leader involvement)
  • Experiment with additional/alternative worship opportunities

Head of Staff

  • Manage, support and develop motivated staff, including weekly staff meetings
  • Lead long term planning and strategic vision
  • Oversee annual plan to include budgeting, stewardship and church calendar

Pastoral Care

  • Collaborate with our part-time Parish Associate for Congregational Care and staff
  • Support, mentor and engage our Care Ministers

Personal Development

  • Seek personal growth through continuing education
  • Maintain healthy work/life balance

Session and Committees

  • Serve as Moderator of Session including monthly Session meetings and committee oversight
  • Serve as staff liaison to appropriate committees (personnel, finance, stewardship, congregational care and worship)
  • Support the training and cultivation of elder and lay leadership

Congregational Engagement

  • Model a welcoming, open and accepting persona to Shallowford and the community
  • Champion the continuation of Shallowford’s vibrant ministries and missions and look for new opportunities for growth
  • Assess and support our education programs for all ages to deepen spiritual development
  • Support and guide strong communication with the congregation and denomination
  • Serve as key point of contact to visitors and new members, lead the membership class, and refresh the program for new member integration
Optional Links

Shallowford Presbyterian Church (

Shallowford Presbyterian School (

La Gonave (

Decatur Cooperative Ministries (

La Amistad (

Memorial Drive Ministries (

Networks (

Thornwell Home for Children (

Shalom International Ministry (

Habitat for Humanity (

Presbyterian Disaster Relief (

Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $85,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Robert L. Carroll Jr
2616 Alpine Trail, Marietta, GA 30062
Director of Shallowford Family Counseling Center
Joy Fisher
1024 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Presbytery Congregational Consultant
Jane Hubbard
2060 Clairmeade Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
Former Consultant with the Institute of Church Ren
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   1/20/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Aisha Brooks-Lytle Address  1024 PONCE DE LEON AVE. NE, ATLANTA GA 30306-4460
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  404-754-3633
Fax  Email
PNC:  John Bogle Address  2328 Melinda Drive, Atlanta, GA 30345
Daytime Phone  404-861-5901 Office Phone 
Fax  Email