Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 22273.AI0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 22273
Ministry Name Westminster Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 1157 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407
Phone (843) 766-8311
Fax (843) 766-8312
E-Mail westmin.apnc@gmail.com
WWW Address www.westminstercharleston.org
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition White 99%
Other 1%
Average Worship Attendance 265
Church School Attendance 85
Curriculum Varied - includes Group, The Present Word, Faith Alive, We Believe, Thoughtful Christian, Reform, etc.
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Presbytery CHARLESTON-ATLANTIC PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF SOUTH ATLANTIC
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Other)
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:  
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:

Relying on the grace of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit to fulfill the Great Commission, and acknowledging the need for a personal, dynamic relationship with God, Westminster Presbyterian Church will provide opportunities for and encourage the active participation of our Congregation in an ongoing effort to proclaim God’s word and will be a fellowship where seekers are invited and equipped to become disciples.

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

Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC) seeks to know and share Christ in our programs within our Church and beyond our walls. We provide opportunities for individual service and mission. Our vision is lived out every day through faith, fellowship, and mission. We worship regularly engaging the congregation in Christian faith and growth.

We provide a ministry of nurture and spiritual growth beginning with our Church pre-school. In accordance with the sacrament of baptism, we proclaim the word of God through our teaching, care, and love for the children.

We are a loving, welcoming congregation respectful of all members and guests. It is everyone’s job, ministers and lay people alike, to share the Good News with the whole world. We share our faith with others in loving and appropriate ways through our involvement in local, state, and international missions.

We extend comfort and support through various ministry programs into the lives of others, within our congregation and throughout our community. We respond to many needs and offer cooperative support to those in need. Our vision is proclaimed by word and by deed by our fellowship of believers.

WPC is home to a vibrant pre-school of approximately 130 children. At Westminster Pre-School, we seek to launch each child forth into a world where the love and adventure of learning never ceases, and where each is secure in the knowledge that he or she is a special child of God.

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

Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC) feels called to serve the local community and abroad. The congregation represents a diversity of talent which we seek to share with others. In a congregation of over 70% with college degrees, education of children is a vital concern. WPC was instrumental in starting “Hands of Christ”, a mission project that provides school uniforms and supplies to children. The project has grown to include more than 20 churches within the Charleston Atlantic and New Harmony Presbyteries. Last year those churches collectively served more than 4,600 children in a five-county area. WPC also partners with Mary Ford Elementary School, providing support to the children, faculty, and families of a school with the lowest per capita income in the state.

Some of the other mission work is listed below:

  • In-Church Pre-School

  • Lowcountry Food Bank’s Backpack Buddies Program

  • Thornwell Home for Children

  • TriCounty Family Mission

  • In-Church Food Pantry

  • Partnership with a church in Perm, Russia

  • Partnership with church in Coban, Guatemala (PCUSA Church)

  • Boy Scout Troop and Cub Pack Sponsor

  • Meeting Site for AA

  • Sponsorship of 120 Children each year on our Angel Tree

  • Youth/Adult Mission Trip Opportunities

  • Youth to Montreat Youth Conference Annually

  • VBS (140 children in 2017)

WPC is a congregation that finds great joy in serving others. Our church and congregation are well known for the services provided to the community.

How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
Recognizing that we are a people of God, relying on the grace of God, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to fulfill the Great Commission both within the church and beyond, Westminster Presbyterian Church seeks an Associate Pastor who will serve with the Senior Pastor, staff and members in all aspects of Christian life and mission. We have a diverse and multi-talented congregation willing to serve. We need someone who in partnership with the Senior Pastor recognizes ability, builds trust, and guides effectively in proclaiming God’s word. We seek a compassionate Associate Pastor who will offer comfort to members in need. The children and youth need a mentor in Christian living and love. The congregation desires to call an Associate Pastor who is committed to both local and global ministry initiatives.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

The church is seeking an Associate Pastor who is generalist with an emphasis on education and discipleship for all ages. WPC is growing, and the Associate Pastor will provide ways for all ages to grow in discipleship. The desire to enhance and promote Christian education for all ages through devotions, scripture, music, teaching, mentoring, worship, Bible study, sabbatical and mission opportunities is crucial. Spiritual maturity, a dynamic personality, and a positive attitude are essential attributes. The Associate Pastor needs the ability to relate collegially with a highly educated congregation and be open to diversity in ideas and opinions. It is important that the Associate Pastor be decisive, tempered with wisdom, humility, and compassion. If disagreement or conflict occurs, the Associate Pastor must be able to facilitate resolution, be flexible, and accepting of all members. The church seeks an Associate Pastor of strong moral character and ethics who can build trust and respect within the congregation, staff and community. The Associate Pastor will be expected work in conjunction with the Senior Pastor to encourage and motivate the church leadership, staff, and members to meet and exceed the mission and vision goals of WPC.

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Education:  grow Christian education and bible study and assist in developing strong programs for children, youth and young adults
Congregation:  foster discipleship and promote congregational growth
Stewardship:  encourage stewardship of time and talents
Missions:  encourage, support, and grow local, Presbytery and international missions
Pastoral Care:  love and value all members through hospital and home visitations and through personal counseling
Worship:  provide inspirational, clean, and comprehensible sermons
Administration:  mentor the dedicated, talented staff, including the preschool staff
Presbytery:  participate actively and maintain a good working relationship with Charleston Atlantic Presbytery
Church Polity:  keep up-to-date and knowledgeable in the guidelines and the requirements in the PCUSA Book of Order
Optional Links

www.westminstercharleston.org for church information and newsletters and for preschool information
www.capresbytery.org for Charleston Atlantic Presbytery Information
www.handsofchrist.net for information about Hands of Christ
www.maryford.ccsdschools.com for information about Mary Ford Elementary School
www.thornwell.org for information about the Thornwell Home for Children
www.lowcountryfoodbank.org for information about the Backpack Buddies Program
http://www.tricountyfamilyministries.org for information about TriCounty Family Ministries
www.serrv.org for information about SERRV International, gifts that make a difference
www.montreat.org for information about the annual Youth Conferences
www.coastalcarolinabsa.org for information about Boy Scout Troop 79
www.aa-carolina.org for information about AA meeting locations
Westminster and Westminster Preschool also host public Facebook pages and several private Facebook groups.


 
Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Lifelong Learner
Teacher
Public Communicator
Advisor
Decision Making
Collaboration
Interpersonal Engagement
Initiative
Flexibility
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $47,800   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
Teresa (Tea) Madden
100 Sanderling Drive Greenville, SC 29607
843-324-8029
Teamadden@gmail.com
Previous Member
Jerry Hallman
1049 Governors Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
843-654-9193
Jerry.hallman1048@gmail.com
Interim Previous Minister
Jessie A. (Pie) Mikell
2421 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414
843-693-5402
pmikell@capresbytery.org
CAP Associate for Congregation Nurture
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Yes
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   8/2/2017


Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   REV DONNIE R WOODS Address  2421 ASHLEY RIVER ROAD, CHARLESTON SC 29414-4600
Daytime Phone  (843) 708-7127 Office Phone  (843) 766-4219
Fax  (843) 766-2804 Email  dwoods@capresbytery.org
PNC:  Michael Patrick Address  7332 Kestrel Trail Hanahan, SC 29410
Daytime Phone  843-860-9660 Office Phone  843-553-4390
Fax  Email  westmin.apnc@gmail.com