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MIF #: 22389.AE0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 22389
Ministry Name Westminster Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 2310 Augusta Street
Greenville, SC 29605
Phone 864-232-2424
Fax 864-242-9157
WWW Address
Ministry Size More than 1500 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 648
Church School Attendance 325
Curriculum Growing in Grace and Gratitude Re : Form The Wired Word
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Christian Education)
Experience Required:   First Ordained Call
Specific Title:   Associate Pastor for Children
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:
We are a community of faith dedicated to enhancing the spiritual lives of our members and addressing the needs of the surrounding communities and the world.  We strive to be a caring, inclusive family of faith, demonstrating the grace and love of Jesus Christ in local and worldwide mission projects.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

The congregation of Westminster is an open, warm, inclusive, well-educated mix of people who bring our varied talents to the work of the church and to our community through traditional worship and civic involvement.

Our vision is seen through our transformative leadership in our community, our dedication to mission work both locally and internationally, and our focus on education across our entire congregation. We remain a leader in the field of missions by dedicating 28% of our annual budget to mission work, leading the PCUSA in total dollars supporting Presbyterian missionaries. We maintain active support of our local and international partners.

Our education programs begin with our Westminster Weekday School (current enrollment of 242 babies, toddlers, and kids) and our “It’s Elementary!” after-school program (236 active 1st- through 5th-grade students, from several different elementary schools). Children then transition through to educational programs and fellowship offerings designed for tweens, youth, young adults, and adults. We are dedicated to maintaining a spirit of open yet rigorous inquiry through sermons, discussion groups, classes, and shared projects. Central to the life of the church are two traditional worship services on Sunday, where proclamation of the Word is of paramount importance and is supported by our excellent music program which includes seven choirs, notable among them a cherub choir, children’s choir, and youth choir.

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

From housing the Meals on Wheels program in our church kitchen for its first 22 years to our recent decision to pledge $100,000 towards affordable housing initiatives in our rapidly growing city of Greenville, Westminster has a long history of addressing the needs of our community. Our 2003 and 2009 capital funds campaigns pledged over $12 million dollars. This doubled the size of our facilities and allowed us to open our doors to over 60 community groups, including AA and NAMI, by providing meeting spaces for these and other organizations. A portion of the funds raised went to both local and international missions. Our recent renovations have allowed us to partner with other local congregations for Interfaith Hospitality Network, which provides food, housing, and fellowship to homeless families in our community. Westminster remains committed to the giving of our talents, money, love, and time in order to provide for “the least of these.”

We have evaluated the needs of our own congregation as well. There are 517 children ages birth-5th grade actively involved at Westminster, and in 2018 we performed 23 baptisms. Of the 1800+ adults on our roll, 50% of the congregation is age 45 and younger. In 2014, we created an Associate Pastor for Young Adults to serve this vibrant group. More recently, our Senior Pastor and Head of Staff retired in 2018 after serving our church for 31 years. We have since called a new Senior Pastor to lead our church staff and growing church family.

How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
The Associate Pastor for Children helps our youngest make the initial connection that God loves each one of them, including introducing some to the Christian faith. Our desire is for children to want to be at church. To do that, they must believe and feel that church is a safe place where they are loved by other members, church staff, and God. The individual in this role helps create that nurturing environment and provides the basic framework for children to learn about, and to love, God. This pastor works with and recruits (trains, schedules, monitors) paid staff and parent volunteers of our various children’s programs. The Associate Pastor for Children helps our parents and membership live out their Baptismal commitment to raise our children in the Christian faith.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

Joyful disciple of Jesus Christ
Love of children and a strong desire to help them learn about God and God’s love
Warm, compassionate teacher
Innovative, creative, organized, and energetic
Long-range planner
Effective communicator with children, parents, volunteers, and staff
Effective manager of time and resources (including the annual children’s ministry budget)

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

I. Programming

a. Lead children’s ministry programs (to include Sunday School, It’s Elementary!, Vacation Bible School, and special events)

b. Develop a nurturing relationship with children and a positive relationship with their parents

c. Recruit, train, support, and supervise adult volunteers for children’s programs

d. Ensure staff and/or parent volunteer coverage during children’s programming as needed/required

II. Education

a. Select children’s Sunday School and VBS curriculum

b. Oversee and/or teach Children’s Church

III. Pastoral

a. Visit hospitalized church members (in rotation with other pastors)

b. Assist in Sunday morning worship service

c. Preach up to four times per year, if desired

d. Committee Responsibilities

i. Education Committee

ii. Others as assigned by Senior Pastor

e. Conduct counseling, weddings, funerals as requested

f. Support and collaborate with other staff members and participants in church programming

g. Other responsibilities in consultation with Senior Pastor

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Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Task Manager
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $50,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Stephen R. Vance
2-A Simmons Court, Greenville, SC 29609
Served as Associate Pastor at WPC 11/1998-5/2004
Rev. Tony McDade
606 Pendleton Street, Greenville, SC 29601
Exec. Director of United Ministries (a ministry &
Rev. Deborah G. Foster
2242 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC 29681
Associate Stated Clerk, Foothills Presbytery
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   2/20/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (864) 288-5774
Fax  (864) 288-5778 Email
PNC:  Kevin Lancaster Address  7B Meyers Drive, Greenville, SC 29605
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