Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 22268.AE0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 22268
Ministry Name First (Scots) Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 53 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone 843-722-8882
Fax 843-805-6621
WWW Address
Ministry Size 1001 - 1500 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
White 98%
Other 1%
Average Worship Attendance 403
Church School Attendance 242
Curriculum Preschool/elementary-Growing in Grace & Gratitude. Grades 6-7 Dwell.8th Grade-Confirmation Journeys of Faith. Grades 9-12-Wired Word, Bible Studies CS
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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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:   Senior Minister
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:
Our Mission
Summoned by God’s grace in Jesus Christ to be friends and servants to God and neighbor, and to make disciples of all nations, our mission is to glorify and enjoy God, honoring the past, serving the present, and shaping the future through shared ministries of Worship, Education, Mission and Fellowship.
Our Vision
We are a historic church of the Reformed tradition in the heart of downtown Charleston.  Jesus Christ is the center of our life and witness.  We seek better to know Him, to love Him and to obey Him.  We bear Christ’s name-carefully for we are not our own; gratefully for we have been purchased at a price; and joyfully, for we have been enlisted in His service.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
When our Senior Minister of 18 years announced his retirement, the Session of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church established a theme for the transition period: “Building Bridges to God’s Future.”  The “Building Bridges” process lasted 9 months, and our goal was to engage the congregation in a a core values discernment process to inform the future direction of the church and its search for a new senior pastor. Building Bridges both affirmed members’ sense of belonging in our community as well as welcomed newer members to the ongoing story of faith here at First (Scots). Our core values, or “Pillars,” are an attempt to illuminate what unites us as members of First (Scots). By respectfully and appreciatively sharing, reflecting, and discussing who we are and what God is calling us to do, we are continually striving to see this vision lived out in our homes, our congregation, our community, and the world. For as we have learned time and again, we cannot predict what the future holds, but we can be prepared to welcome the stranger in our midst. The pillars are:
Traditional Worship and Music; Respectful of Diversity and United in Purpose; Christian Education and Youth Ministry; Fellowship; Mission and Outreach; Faithful Stewardship of God’s Gifts; Discipleship; Congregational Care; Hospitality. (Please see for details)
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
We commission short-term missionaries age 12 and up to participate in local, regional, and international mission work.  At a local level, our church is actively involved in the support of numerous charities, including One 80 Place, Meals on Wheels, and Habitat for Humanity (for which we build a house every three years). Each year the congregation participates in our annual SCOTS (Serving Community Organizations Together) Project which offers members a chance to join one another in serving some of the local charities our church supports.
We also have a very active world missions ministry. Each year, First (Scots) sends several mission teams abroad to serve others in need.  World mission opportunities for 2016 include two trips the Lamb Institute in Honduras and a medical mission trip to Haiti.
Our youth play a vital role in the mission work of First (Scots).  Past youth mission trips have addressed needs in the communities of Atlanta, Nashville, West Virginia, Asheville, Belize, Philadelphia, Costa Rica, and New Orleans.  This summer, fifty-two youth and adults will serve on mission teams to Chicago and the Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, SC.  
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
  1. As worship leader, preach the gospel that helps us grow and challenges us all spiritually.
  2. Expand personal relationships that help draw members and guests into worship, fellowship and mission opportunities.
  3. Continue to attract new members and provide Christian leadership in the community.
  4. Promote and expand Christian education for all ages.
  5. Engage and inspire membership toward increased giving and financial support.
  6. Provide unyielding leadership and sound teaching amidst shifting values of society and vagaries of political correctness.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
1. Excellence in preaching and teaching.
2. Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
3. A good listener with a sense of humor.
4. Well educated in the Reformed tradition and thoroughly grounded in knowledge of Scripture. (D.Min. preferred)
5.  Willing and able to lead staff and develop staff in their growth through leadership and mentoring.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Our Senior Pastor will serve as Head of Staff and will be responsible for the oversight of all worship at First (Scots).
  1. Worship
    1. Plan and lead majority of Sunday sermons (40+ per year)
    2. Frequently conduct church weddings and funerals
  2. Christian Education & Teaching 
    1. Guide and promote the expansion of Christian education programs.
    2. Oversee and occasionally teach adult education programs (including Sunday school classes, mid-week classes, and others, as needed)
  3. Services Ministries
    1. Serve and foster relationships within the larger church body and the community at large
    2. Assist the Associate Pastors with Pastoral Care ministry, including hospital visits as needed
    3. Provide pre-marital and other counseling to congregation members
  4. Committee Responsibilities
    1.  Act as Moderator of First (Scots) Session
    2. Serve as the staff representative of certain church committees
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Decision Making
Funds Developer
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $150,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Dr. Daniel W. Massie
1850 Middle St. Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
Former Sr. Minister
Mary Robinson
3177 Davis Run Rd. McDowell, VA 24458
Former DCE
Rev. Art Gatewood
521 White Chapel Circle, Charleston, SC 29412
Former Interim Associate
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   7/20/2016

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  (843) 708-7127 Office Phone  (843) 766-4219
Fax  (843) 766-2804 Email
COM:   Rev. Lissa Long Address  94 Blairmore Drive, Charleston, SC 29414
Daytime Phone  (843) 810-2232 cell Office Phone  (843) 810-2232 cell
Fax  (843) 766-2804 fax Email
PNC:  Greg Jones Address  52 Hasell Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Daytime Phone  843-729-7661 Office Phone  843-573-3560
Fax  843-805-6621 Email