What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Our vision for ministry is to be known as a welcoming, diverse, affirming, and spiritual church celebrating the gifts of God, following Jesus Christ, and seeking to comfort and strengthen the lives of those we touch.
Believing that the love and grace of God embraces everyone, we, the members of Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church, welcome into our fellowship all people, regardless of age; gender; ethnic, cultural or racial identity; sexual orientation; economic, occupation or educational status; faith background; mental or physical abilities. We welcome those in the military who are permanent or transient in our community.
Our congregation, which includes people from all backgrounds, denominations, and faith traditions is a caring community of faith where diversity is welcomed, fellowship is enjoyed, and members are encouraged to participate fully in the life of the church. We seek to grow our faith through prayer and Bible study. We encourage the members of the congregation to bring more spirituality and balance into their lives with a year-round stewardship program that encourages daily prayer, worship service attendance, service to our church and the community, and financial giving.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Since 1941, Royster has responded faithfully to God’s call to service and has a rich tradition of service to the community.
We have a talented choir with a strong musical tradition. We support the development of young musicians by cooperating with the charitable Academy of Music, and the Virginia Children’s Chorale.
The Mustard Seed Child Care Center for children 6 weeks to 4 years of age opened in 1989 and is consistently voted the best in the City of Norfolk. MSCCC is a non-profit, ecumenical, outreach ministry of the church.
RMPC continues to support use of its facilities by numerous community groups. We operate a food pantry and a community garden. For more than 25 years RMPC has held a bi-weekly Saturday morning fellowship breakfast.
We have served for more than 20 years as a Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team site to shelter homeless individuals for one week during the winter.
Since November 2013 the Norfolk Spanish Seventh-Day Adventist Church has used our facilities for worship, church school, Vacation Bible School, evangelism, and other ministry- and mission-related purposes. In August 2016, the Classical Connections Christian home-school group will begin to use our facilities for classes one day a week.
For over 50 years RMPC has celebrated a community Thanksgiving service with Talbot Park Baptist Church and Episcopal Church of the Ascension. We recently hosted our annual 4th of July Community Picnic for four local churches and the Talbot Park Civic League.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church seeks a pastor who will work in partnership with us while providing leadership and vision for the next phase of our ministry. This pastor will inject new energy and enthusiasm into a congregation actively working to serve others in Christ’s name. With compassion, the pastor will encourage, motivate, and support the members to use their spiritual gifts to further RMPC’s mission.
A vital role for our new pastor will be helping us to grow our church in a nurturing and supportive faith community that values traditional worship. Realizing that growth is vital for our ministry to prosper, we know our decisions over the coming years will be critical. An effective pastor will work with the congregation and the Session to discern God’s will in making faithful decisions.
We trust that our new pastor will help sustain an atmosphere where worship is meaningful and all feel welcomed, loved, and spiritually enriched among Christians who are working “to love God and one another, to share the good news of Jesus Christ, and to serve others as empowered by the Holy Spirit”.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
The pastor who is called to RMPC will strengthen our faith community by relating the Bible to everyday life in engaging, understandable, and thought-provoking messages from the pulpit with a touch of humor. This person will be a spiritual leader, a counselor, a willing advisor, and a good communicator. Our new pastor will nurture the church family by visiting in homes and facilities and by participating in fellowship activities. This individual needs to be able to help us find a way to minister to our older members and expand our Sunday School, youth program, and small-group programs. Our next pastor must build relationships within the church community by demonstrating warmth and compassion.
We pray that the person who feels God’s call to Royster Church will have leadership skills, the ability to stimulate church growth, and to lead outreach efforts to the community. We need a pastor who will be a visionary to help the congregation learn and adapt to new ways to reach out to the unchurched and “dechurched” in the community. We desire a pastor who will lead, motivate, inspire, and guide us to achieve results.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Our new pastor will:
●lead worship services assisted by a lay liturgist
●lead other services, such as Maundy Thursday, Christmas Eve, & a community
Thanksgiving service with Talbot Park Baptist Church & Episcopal Church of
●administer Communion and baptisms
●conduct weddings & funerals
●provide leadership training and development
●supervise and coordinate the work of the staff which consists of a full-time secretary/
bookkeeper and a sexton and a part-time music director/organist
●moderate Session meetings
●provide direction to and assist 7 ministry team leaders
●participate in the outreach ministry of the church
●visit in homes and facilities, focusing on the sick, shut-ins, and bereaved
●provide spiritual care and pastoral counselor for members of our church family
●teach confirmation and new-member orientation classes
●serve as point of contact for and work cooperatively with tenant organizations including Mustard Seed Child Care Center
●lead Wednesday Night Bible Study
●provide leadership to grow our mission and membership
●support annual stewardship program and encourage the practice of on-going
●include a message in the Royster Reporter (monthly newsletter)
●communicate via electronic media and make appropriate use of IT