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MIF #: 22109.AD0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 22109
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 1169 Clark Street, SW
Covington, GA 30014
Phone 770.786.7321
Fax 770.786.6596
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 5%
White 95%
Average Worship Attendance 110
Church School Attendance 25
Curriculum Children – Growing in Grace & Gratitude; Youth – Feasting on the Word; Adult – variety of biblically grounded topical series
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:   2 to 5 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:

Mission Statement - What is your congregation’s or organization’s Mission Statement?

As part of the Body of Christ, First Presbyterian Church of Covington is:

  • called by the grace of God into a caring community of believers;
  • nurtured by the love of Christ through worship, study and fellowship; and
  • sent forth by the power of the Holy Spirit to reach out in compassion to a world in need of Jesus Christ.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

Since its founding in 1877 in downtown Covington, First Presbyterian Church (FPC) has developed a rich history as a beacon of Christian faith, hope and good works in this exurb of Atlanta. Going forward, FPC envisions a ministry: (1) that embraces ALL of God’s children in its caring community of believers; (2) where ALL experience the love of Christ and God’s kingdom is realized here and now; and (3) that with God’s grace and by the power of the Holy Spirit, ALL know Christ and all human needs are met through genuine Christian compassion.

FPC’s inviting, engaged congregation is comprised of all generations and backgrounds, and visitors are drawn to its warmth, energy, and compelling sense of purpose in Covington and the wider world. Supper Clubs, Presbyterian Women activities, Men’s Bible Breakfasts, Montreat retreats and youth gatherings foster fellowship and provide lifelong spiritual growth opportunities. FPC has historically initiated ecumenical events which broaden the congregation’s perspective and foster diverse community relationships. A recent survey confirmed that outreach is one of the church’s highest priorities, not only to help those in need, but also to learn and grow individually and to bond corporately as a community of faith. The church’s downtown location is a wonderful resource, opening our eyes to many needs right at our back door and creating opportunities to respond in tangible ways as partners in Christ’s service. 

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

First Presbyterian Church of Covington believes it is called by God’s grace into a caring community of believers and should reach out in compassion to a world in need of Christ. For the world to know Christ, FPC believes that basic human needs must first be met. Therefore, outreach is of paramount importance to the church. Historically, FPC has been known as a catalyst for good in the community and the congregation intends to maintain that reputation. The church has identified the following strategic priorities: (1) to reach God’s children of all ages with a particular focus on young families; (2) to expand its educational offerings for spiritual development; and (3) to reinvigorate its outreach to those in need.

FPC’s community is diverse and growing, with boundless opportunities to share God’s profound grace. Covington and Newton County are becoming vibrant social, cultural, and economic hubs, with an active film presence, an award-winning Arts Association, a world-class educational institution in Oxford College of Emory University, and top global companies like Bridgestone, Takeda, and Facebook. Opening our hearts and doors, the church founded our Community Food Pantry and chartered the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. The church is home to a preschool that was selected “best preschool” by the community and sponsors an interdenominational senior choir. FPC is working to become a site for Family Promise, an organization dedicated to eliminating homelessness.

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

The pastor of FPC will lead the congregation in discovering, articulating, and carrying out the vision and mission of the church. The congregation will look to the minister for strategic leadership, direction and inspiration for implementing goals. Seeking a dynamic leader, the congregation foresees someone who can envision the church’s future and guide planning to reach goals. This leader will also identify, develop and utilize the talents, abilities and spiritual gifts of the congregation. Growth in new members and retention of existing members will be critical to effective leadership.

First Presbyterian Church has a history of deeply engaged members who are involved in the building of God’s kingdom. A recent survey revealed a congregation with strong cohesion and spiritual vitality, with a positive balance between energy and satisfaction and a willingness to adapt its worship and ministry to reach new people. Roughly 50% of membership and well over the average number of recent worship attendees participated in the survey. First Presbyterian is poised for new leadership to point the way toward God’s call and to help its parishioners understand fully “in whom we live and move and have our being.” The new minister will shepherd his or her congregants in this theologically centrist church toward bridge-building and transformational change - making a profound difference in the life of the church and in God’s world.

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

First Presbyterian seeks to call a contagiously energetic and enthusiastic minister. This person will inspire parishioners to hear God’s call both individually and corporately. As an enlightened and eloquent orator, his or her sermons will challenge the congregation to act upon God’s call. Positive and hopeful, this unique person will engagingly draw constituents from all generations and various worldviews to an inclusive vision of God’s kingdom. As a strategic and dynamic leader, the minister will visualize a comprehensive plan of ministry and create an innovative program of implementation.

FPC seeks to call a natural teacher who finds joy in lifelong learning. He or she will be a thoughtful, empathetic listener who is warm and approachable. This person will have the administrative skills and candor necessary to manage an organization and to guide financial and stewardship functions. The minister will preach comfortably about resources and inspire FPC to continue its tradition of healthy giving and generous benevolences. The minister will be confident and able to relate to people of all ages and of all theological backgrounds and none, inviting them into a dynamic and future-oriented First Presbyterian Church in downtown. 

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

As the senior pastor of First Presbyterian, the new minister will have oversight responsibility for all activities in and for the church, guided by the mission and vision created with the Session. On October 1, 2019, FPC welcomed the Reverend Kimberly Stokesbary Briggs as Director of Family Ministries.  The new senior pastor will supervise Rev. Briggs in her duties.  Other major responsibilities of the senior pastor will be to:

  • Plan and lead worship
  • Administer and celebrate the sacraments
  • Conduct weddings and funerals
  • Build and facilitate significant community relationships
  • Oversee all outreach ministries
  • Engage membership prospects and shepherd them into the church
  • Provide pastoral care and direct a visitation program
  • Guide and direct learning and spiritual development for all ages and stages
  • Hire, motivate and guide staff in the execution of their duties
  • Monitor staff performance and conduct regular reviews
  • Serve as moderator of efficient Session meetings
  • Provide proper training and support for Session members
  • Develop and implement a strategic plan that includes short and long-term goals and regular measurement of progress
  • Lead and oversee Session committees that currently include Christian Education, Congregational Life, Facilities and Grounds, Finance and Stewardship, Personnel, Welcoming and Evangelism, Witness, and Worship
  • Develop a spirit of generosity within the congregation
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Technologically Savvy
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Funds Developer
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $70,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Dr. Douglas Hicks
Dean, Oxford College of Emory University, 801 Emory Street, Oxford, GA 30054
worships at FPC, Covington
Rev. Jill Morehouse Lum
1328 Avalon Place, NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Guest Preacher
Cassandra Morrow
Presbytery of Greater of Atlanta, 1024 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Congregational Consultant-Church Growth & Vitality
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   10/6/2019

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:  Sam Hay Address  2141 Emory Street, NW, Covington, GA 30014
Daytime Phone  770.313.0259 Office Phone  770.787.1438
Fax  678.625.4023 Email