Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 22291.AI0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 22291
Ministry Name Summerville Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 407 S Laurel Street
Summerville, SC 29483
Phone 843-871-0281
Fax 843-871-0300
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
Middle Eastern 1%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 257
Church School Attendance 130
Curriculum A variety of bible-based studies
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Christian Education)
Experience Required:   0 to 2 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   No
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

We are a Christ-centered church. We value an open and friendly congregation. We are dedicated to the spiritual growth of all God's children, and we feel called by God's Spirit to serve our neighbors, both locally and globally.

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

We serve in gratitude of God’s Grace. We have a vision of service and fellowship to our community both at home and abroad. We value warmth and welcome any worshiper who enters our doors. We minister through our love for one another and for those who visit us. Our Sunday services (three each week) span styles from contemporary to very traditional – all still steeped in Presbyterian Theology. With nine distinct Sunday school classes, plus Wednesday night worship and learning time, we teach God’s Word that we may be better ministers of His works. We minister locally, and our strength is demonstrated by the large percentage of our members who participate in those efforts. Our hallmark is the year-long Hands of Christ ministry, which bears fruit in August with an annual day of giving to school children. HOC is our largest effort, yet SPC serves in every season. At Thanksgiving and Christmas, we join other churches and give to the needy. Throughout the year, we take part in prison ministry. We help at the local homeless shelters. We open our doors to AA and the Girl Scouts. In fall and spring, we support festivals that welcome not only our own members, but the community at large. During the summer, Vacation Bible School and Music and Drama Camp serve as both ministry and outreach. We minister globally. We support missions and missionaries in Costa Rica, Brazil and Madagascar. We send mission teams both regionally and internationally. At SPC, we practice evangelism by example.

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

Growth is the word. Summerville is growing. Rapidly. We have large industrial facilities (Boeing, Volvo, Mercedes Benz) building huge plants all around us, plants that bring with them large labor forces and the families that follow them. We also have a growing population of retirees settling here. So, the question becomes, how do we adjust our programs to match the growth? Our varied worship services and internal programs provide places for newcomers to connect with God, find community, and work in service. SPC has certainly seen an influx of new members. We will continue to strengthen and provide those programs which have served us in the past and which had a hand in bringing in new members. In addition, we pray that God reveals new opportunities to serve our congregants. No doubt our existing ministries will be tested like never before. And no doubt God will also provide us means and opportunity like never before. We don’t yet know the shape of those opportunities. Do we do more multi-cultural outreach? Do we open our facilities for an after-school program? Does God have an entirely new and yet unseen direction for us?

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

The candidate for this position will be responsible for working in partnership with our Senior Pastor to implement our Spiritual Growth and membership activation goals; be an active presence in church outreach activities, worship, and pastoral care.

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

Be willing to initiate and coordinate changes to improve Sunday School curriculum. Be a staunch advocate for youth and children’s ministries and maintain a vigilant program to ensure all aspects of their safety during church activities. See also Leadership Competencies.

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

The Associate Pastor will work closely with the senior pastor in carrying out ministry to the members of the congregation, primarily through responsibility in three areas:  Discipleship—Develop and support a multi-faceted spiritual growth program for children, youth and adults;  Membership Activation—Sustain a process for all members to discover, develop and use their spiritual gifts and engage in SPC ministries and missions;  Outreach—Suggest and implement creative ideas to reach the community for Christ and to help people make connections with SPC.  

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Change Agent
Organizational Agility
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $55,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: N/A
Name Relation
Jessie Mikell
2421 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414
Associate for Congregational Nurture
Sherry Roberts
101 Sandtrap Road SUmmerville, SC 29483
Spiritual Growth Chair
Hunter Harris
542 Simmons Avenue Summerville, SC 29483
Ruling Elder
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   7/8/2020

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  (843) 708-7127 Office Phone  (843) 766-4219
Fax  (843) 766-2804 Email
COM:   Rev. Rebecca Albright Address  P.O. Box 1226, Beaufort, SC 29901-1226
Daytime Phone  (843) 816-3060 cell Office Phone  (843) 524-3051 cell
Fax  (843) 766-2804 fax Email
PNC:  Aron Bennett Address  209 GLEN EAGLES DR
Daytime Phone  843-670-0097 Office Phone