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MIF #: 23153.AG0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23153
Ministry Name Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 30 Tinkling Spring Dr
Fishersville, VA 22939
Phone 540-885-0746
Fax 540-886-5214
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 170
Church School Attendance 100
Curriculum Deep Blue, Faith Alive, The Wired Word, and various
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Conflict Mediator Training, Clinical Pastoral Education Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

At Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church we are guided by God’s Word to:   

  • Glorify God through worship and daily living which are built on our commitment to Jesus Christ our Lord
  • Proclaim God’s saving grace by building a uniquely Christian community for all people
  • Serve our Savior by serving others so that all people may experience the reality of God’s Love
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

As a theologically diverse congregation, we seek to foster God’s work in the quality of our relationships; our response to the elderly, the ill, and those experiencing grief; our commitment to children and youth; and our service to the community.  Our Congregational Care Ministry visits, provides meals and does small jobs for the homebound, and sends care packages to students and military personnel.  We partner with Love, INC, providing material assistance and life skills training for the poor; and support WARM, the area’s seasonal homeless shelter.  Our Prayer Ministry sponsors the Easter vigil, observes the National Day of Prayer, offers special programs such as 90 Days of Prayer, and publishes a weekly prayer focus.  We are active in Disciples’ Kitchen, which provides meals for those in need; and maintain a food pantry and clothes closet for the working poor.  We provide a strong Christian Education program for adults and children, offer a variety of special classes on issues such as parenting, and hold a Faith in Action Camp; we sponsor the Bibles for Life program and prepare our children and youth for leadership through an extensive confirmation class.  Our youth programs provide age appropriate Bible study and social activities and mission experiences.  We participate in the Haiti Medical Mission and the Summerlee housing rehabilitation work trips and support an Early Childhood Learning Center located on site.

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

As in most mainline congregations, Tinkling Spring is affected by the deep divisions in our culture and the decline of interest in institutional faith, particularly among young adults, and reaching those with no faith experience remains unexplored territory for us.  While committed to outreach within the community, we must learn to assess the emerging needs around us, as well as address the continuing need of the congregation to grow in our ability to fulfill the command to love God and neighbor.  Confronted by hot button issues and fundamental disagreement, we need help learning to manage conflict in a healthy way.  During the Interim time, we have used Appreciative Inquiry to examine the qualities we value in our congregation and have found  the process to be a useful technique.  Although our outreach might be described as a work in progress, we are committed to making what Jesus taught and how he lived the foundation for our ministry in the future.

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


  • Providing spiritual leadership for the congregation through sharing God’s word and seeking to define the role of Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church in an ever-changing world
  • Supporting and encouraging members individually and collectively through times of adversity, as well as through times of celebration
  • Working with the Session and Diaconate in a spirit of cooperation as they seek to insure sound leadership for the church
  • Striving to develop a strong, positive relationship with staff members, offering support and encouragement, acknowledging their contributions
  • Endeavoring to build a relationship based on mutual respect between the staff and members of the congregation
  • Introducing new ideas and approaches that will stimulate enthusiasm and growth within the church and that seek to serve the community
  • Encouraging and exemplifying acceptance of others, acknowledging their strengths, talents, and contributions
  • Taking part in the various aspects of the life of the church in an effort to show support and commitment to growth and to meeting the spiritual needs of the members
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

The ideal candidate for this position will be:

  • Anchored in a deep, personal relationship with God
  • Clear, consistent, scholarly, and inspirational in his or her preaching
  • Honest, humble, and spiritually mature
  • Collegial in leadership
  • Reflective of the compassion and love of Christ in relating to the congregation and the larger community
  • Personable and able to relate to persons of diverse ages, genders, backgrounds, and points of view
  • Open to new ideas and constructive criticism
  • Skilled in administration with the ability to plan, organize, and communicate effectively as a leader
  • Able to serve as a bridge builder by affirming, mediating, and reconciling disparate points of view
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

This person will be expected to:

  • Coordinate worship with the director of music, worship leaders, accompanist, and the worship ministry
  • Prepare and preach sermons
  • Serve as Moderator of Session
  • Provide pastoral care to members of the church and community, including hospital visits, funerals and  weddings
  • Provide counseling services and referrals to members
  • Support the youth ministry
  • Oversee day to day operation of the church office and employees
  • Provide vision and leadership to the staff and the congregation
  • Serve as ex-officio member of all Session ministries and attend all or parts of ministry meetings as deemed necessary
  • Attend Diaconate meetings and support Diaconate projects and activities
  • Provide support to the Early Childhood Learning Center by conducting chapel and teaching as called upon
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with various community and denominational groups to enhance outreach and service to our greater community
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Technologically Savvy
Change Agent
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $60,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Merle Fisher
25 Kensington Dr, Fishersville VA 22939
(540) 221-0628
retired parish associate
Mr. Glenn Martin
1629 W. Main St, Waynesboro VA 22980
(540) 943-5725
church member
Mrs. Tara Durso
53 Westleigh Manor, Waynesboro VA 22980
(540) 447-6085
church member
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   11/8/2018

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (540) 433-2556
Fax  (540) 433-6830 Email
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (540) 459-2646
Fax  (540) 662-7097 Email
PNC:  John Stevens Mason Address  1122 Cedar Green Rd, Staunton VA 24401
Daytime Phone  540-292-8557 Office Phone 
Fax  Email