Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 22603.AD2

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 22603
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church of Donalsonville
Mailing Address P.O. Box 1026
Donalsonville , GA 39845
Phone 229-524-5138
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 75
Church School Attendance 50
Curriculum Right Now Media, David C. Cook Book Study
Yoked Church False
Community Type Rural
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   0 to 2 Years
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:

The mission of our church family is to worship God in spirit and in truth; to grow as followers of Jesus Christ: and to be led by the Holy Spirit as we seek to be faithful in sharing the gospel with all.

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

At Donalsonville First Presbyterian Church, our vision for ministry is to grow in our mission endeavors by empowering our members with an understanding of the Bible and how to be great disciples for our Lord, Jesus Christ. We see a strong Christian Education program for all ages as essential to this vision. An effective stewardship program is also essential. We make missions more than 20% of our overall budget. At the present time, our congregation is involved in several different missions. In our own community, we participate in a week-end Backpack Program for middle and high school, we support the Friendship House of Jesus, help our neighbor-church, Friendship Methodist, with its monthly Manna Drop to feed the needy, and meet for Bible study with male and female inmates on a rotating schedule with other churches. At Christmas, we provide needed items to our local nursing home and Presbyterian Home in Quitman. We recently participated in a mission trip to Thornwell Home for Children and Youth in Clinton, SC, where meals were cooked and treats were delivered to 8 family cottages. Threads of Love is a group of ladies who meet twice weekly. They lovingly hand-make clothing, blankets, pillows, and other items which are distributed where needed. We have participated in summer mission trips to West VA, FL, AL, and to Guatemala and Mexico. Our church participates in Rise Against Hunger, Operation Christmas Child, and supports a PCUSA mission family in Taiwan.

How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
We have a strong commitment to our youth, but the large number of youth provides many challenges to keep the programming effective and the leaders fresh and enthusiastic. The community has many needs due to lower incomes and hurricane damage that we like to continue to address. would like to continue to be known as “that church that helps people”. We have a number of educators and retired educators in our congregation. are made aware of opportunities to help assist families when needs arise. It was through these connections that we became aware of the need to provide non-perishable food items to middle and high school on week-ends and holidays. also have volunteers involved in activities as the local nursing home, Friendship House of Jesus, and prison ministry.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

Our congregation is seeking a person with enthusiasm who will encourage, inspire, and guide us as we continue to reach out to meet the needs of people who live and work in our community. Effective sermons and the ability to motivate others will be required to achieve our vision. Fresh approaches to a traditional view of the Bible will help ensure a successful calling.

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
  • Lover of Jesus
  • Spiritually mature
  • Effective preacher and worship leader
  • Motivator
  • Enthusiastic
  • Compassionate
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Decision-maker

The prospective candidate must have good communication skills. He/She must possess a down-to-earth character, with a sense of humor. A focus on mission is desirable and the pastor must be energetic and well-organized so as to excite others to behave similarly.

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  • Lead worship and deliver carefully prepared sermons
  • Provide weekly children’s sermon
  • Lead weekly Wednesday evening adult Bible study
  • Lead confirmation classes when needed
  • Ability to relate to all ages
  • Be visible in the community
  • Visit sick and elderly
  • Provide comfort to families in times of sorrow
  • Attend Presbytery functions
  • Participate in local ministerial association meetings
  • Join local civic group, i.e. Lions Club
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Decision Making
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $50,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Raymond Guterman
2116 Jenett St. Tallahassee, Florida 32308
352-817-8700 or 850-765-3
Interim pastor
Rev. David Jamison
104 Bristol Court Dothan, Alabama 36303
334-673-9309 or 334-718-9
Interim pastor
Justin Gravlee
502 N. Wiley Ave. Donalsonville, Georgia 39845
Program Director for the Friendship House one of o
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   8/19/2020

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Debra Tregaskis Address  826 Liberty Expwy SE, Albany, GA, 31047
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (229) 924-8304
Fax  Email
PNC:  Marsha Bond Address  409 West 6th Street Donalsonville, Georgia 39845
Daytime Phone  229-220-7605 Office Phone 
Fax  Email