Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 23155.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23155
Ministry Name AUGUSTA STONE
Mailing Address PO BOX 118
FT DEFIANCE, VA 24437
Phone (540) 248-2634
Fax
E-Mail office@oldstonechurchva.org
WWW Address www.augustastonechurchva.com
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 45
Church School Attendance 0
Curriculum
Yoked Church False
Presbytery SHENANDOAH PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF MID-ATLANTIC
Community Type Town
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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:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

Augusta Stone Church is a body of Christ with a rich heritage that seeks to serve our Lord, our community and the world.  Our vision of the future includes:

  • The development and nurture of an active, meaningful and faithful relationship with God through Bible Study, fellowship, communication and commitment to help people to know, to love and to serve God as revealed in Jesus Christ
  • Empowerment of youth by instilling the Spirit of the Lord through Christian Education, special music programs and youth missions
  • Expansion of fellowship opportunities through more effective communication, sponsorship of events and the creation and maintenance of church groups
  • Increased stewardship awareness through education with an emphasis on sustained giving and the importance of pledging time and talent as well as financial support
  • Effective aid and service programs to benefit the community, country and world.
  • Outreach in the local community to increase membership and participation in the church and its activities
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

We are a congregation steeped in tradition but find ourselves at a critical junction in that long history. While being mindful of our responsibility to maintain a historical building, extensive grounds and cemeteries, we foremost want to aspire to be a joyous, loving community that welcomes all people to be part of our congregation regardless of age, race, career or lifestyle orientation.

We admit conflict within our congregation in the immediate past due to the departure of our pastor followed by the impact of the pandemic. We are committed to work together to heal relationships that both caused and resulted from those occurrences.

We seek a pastor who will lead us in this transformation through Jesus’ example to love our neighbor, heal relationships, show compassion and serve others both in our local community and the world.

Looking back on our history we can see how this vision can be recaptured and lived out in both new and old ways. We have always had a strong music program and are in the process of an effort to restore our organ.  We look forward to returning to pre pandemic activities such as providing meals at the local mission, hosting the annual Food Bank Concert and supporting the Baja Mission trip which was a center piece of our mission work in past years.  We hope to reach out in the community so we can again attract families and youth, giving rebirth to past programs such as Sunday school for all ages, Bell Choir, Friends of Jesus, Little Lambs and Youth Group.

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

Our community is widespread, from small towns nearby to large agricultural areas. Our members have demonstrated a desire to reach out to this community through the following initiatives, most of which we have done in the past:

  • Welcoming visitors
  • Providing a meeting place for weekday religious education for local elementary schools
  • Hosting a Fall Festival to raise funds to benefit local charitable organizations
  • Hosting an annual Community Day Open House with planned games and activities
  • Providing meals through the year at the Valley Mission homeless shelter
  • Hosting special programs of interest to the community (music, special speakers)
  • Sponsoring and hosting an annual Christmas Concert to benefit the local Food Bank
  • Sponsoring local needy children through Back Pack Buddy school and social services programs
  • Donating quilts made by our ‘in house’ quilt group, to local needy or sick people
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

Through this position we would:

  • Present thoughtful and uplifting messages through sermons
  • Provide a knowledgeable and solid Christian foundation through leadership, teaching and preaching
  • Provide leadership and guidance to church leaders
  • Be a leader and teacher in Bible Study and all facets of Christian Ed.
  • Offer and ‘open door’ policy to anyone seeking help or guidance, or counselling
  • Encourage, support, and advise all youth and adult church activities and participate in as many as possible
  • Encourage, advise and support mission outreach projects and activities
  • Make visitations to elderly folk, sick, hospitalized members and church visitors
  • Work with session to reopen and revise the current ‘wedding policy’ to encourage members and nonmembers to use our facilities for special occasions
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

ASC enjoys a history of service to all community members, especially to families.  We have several multi—generational families in our membership, but also have many single persons and childless couples; and many elders whose adult children have moved elsewhere.  We are committed to helping youth in their development as Christians, but also in imparting family and community values in their preparation for autonomous life outside the family home.

Therefore, we are very hopeful that the pastor we call has a strong commitment to helping families to succeed in meeting the multiple/complicated challenges facing today’s multi—faceted family.  This will involve weekly children’s time during services, participation in family-oriented events, engaging in discussions with children, parents, and others to help achieve the above outcomes for our youth.

In addition, ASC values its connections to the local communities, and would encourage our pastor to work with us in being community involved. This person should be open to participating in church-based events, such as the Food Bank Christmas Concert, the ASC Fall Festival, “Bodacious Breakfasts & Spaghetti Suppers” and additional events at or sponsored by our congregation.

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

We see this person involved in the following areas:

Church Government:

  • Actively involved in all facets of the church
  • Moderate session meetings
  • Be available for session members, committee chairs and those planning activities
  • Conduct training programs for new session members, communicants and other groups as needed
  • Serve as head of staff and be responsible for administrative tasks
  • Be able to successfully navigate the world of technology using software, blogging, multimedia and websites as tools of ministry

Worship:

  • Deliver meaningful sermons based on scriptures that apply to everyday life
  • Administer the sacraments
  • Be committed to lead the congregation in new and challenging activities for spiritual growth

Pastoral Care:

  • Home and hospital visitation
  • Regular office hours at the church

Engagement in the Community:

  • Be available to perform special services including weddings and funerals
  • Attend all community related church activities
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Teacher
Public Communicator
Technologically Savvy
Advisor
Task Manager
Collaboration
Interpersonal Engagement
Initiative
Flexibility
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $45,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
Rev. William Reinhold
319 N 1st Street, Apt 110; Bridgewater, VA 22812
910-247-2076
billreinhold1970@icloud.com
Recent supply pastor
Rev. Pat Hunt
18 South Coalter Street Staunton, VA 24401
540-885-5108
phunt@mbc.edu
Neighboring pastor
Rev. Mark Stanley
48 Presbyterian Place, Etowah, NC 28726
828-553-6425
jmstanley1@msn.com
Former installed pastor
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Yes
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   9/21/2021


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