Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 23159.AC0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23159
Ministry Name Front Royal
Mailing Address 115 Luray Avenue
Front Royal, VA 22630
Phone (540) 635-3894
Fax (540) 635-8585
E-Mail admin@frontroyalpres.org
WWW Address frontroyalpres.org
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 80
Church School Attendance 18
Curriculum The Present Word and Our Room Sunday School by Abingdon Press
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
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:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:   Pastor
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:
We glorify God by following the Holy Spirit in a loving community serving Jesus Christ
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

FRPC seeks to fulfill its vision for ministry through worship, instruction and service. Sunday worship service is time to praise, petition, to seek solace and acceptance. It is time to seek and understand God's grace through prayer, music, readings from God's Word and sharing of the sacraments. FRPC loves to teach its members, young and old, ways to discern God's message in their lives through Sunday School classes and Bible studies. The congregation welcomes working hard for causes that support local students, those who are struggling with basic needs and showing care about God's creation by cultivating gardens, raising bees and other uses of the grounds.

FRPC has many advantages and strengths on which further to build its ministry. FRPC is a welcoming, caring congregation with a strong foundation in Christian theology. It features an outstanding music program of high quality. It is blessed with individuals and resources that serve the community. Core members graciously offer their time and talents to support the local community in outreach programs. Financially, FRPC is debt-free and benefits from an endowment. The church has ample facilities to serve current functions with room for more uses. Physically the church is located in walking distance of downtown, two schools, a park and within a residential zone. The congregation has well established links in the community and recently held joint services with our African-American Christian neighbors.

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

FRPC faces important challenges in addressing the needs of its members and the wider community. FRPC is an older congregation (about two thirds age 65 or older). As with other churches, membership and attendance have been on the decline. This forces churches to curtail services and risks a downward spiral for both the church and community. FRPC needs to attract new members, especially younger families and youth, and seek greater diversity.

Where are the young ones? Did the Church answer their questions? There are questions they are afraid to ask for fear of being ridiculed or even reprimanded. Youth want to know about climate change, social injustices, racial equality, gender identity and many more. They would want religion to be the guiding light. Can the Church see the world through their eyes? Youth have knocked; did we open the door?

The findings of the Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT) also indicate that FRPC needs to deepen the spiritual development of the congregation through inspired preaching and scripture-based education for every stage of life. Within the congregation FRPC needs to continue working towards care and comfort of those burdened by life’s circumstances. FRPC needs to deepen and expand our already considerable service to the local community.

However, without membership growth FRPC cannot easily expand its support in feeding the poor, healing the sick, helping the handicapped and the homeless.

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

A pastor is shepherd of the congregation-- leading, feeding and guiding the flock. This leadership, infused with the Holy Spirit, is key to reaching our vision and mission goals. The Church’s mission requires involvement and support from the entire congregation. Therefore, FRPC seeks a leader who will encourage and empower members to share their talents in God’s work. The pastor will also lead through inspired preaching and innovative ways of delivering God’s message in Front Royal. FRPC expects its new pastor to be instrumental in developing and implementing strategies to grow the congregation and attract youth to the church. This will involve listening and responding to the concerns of youth.

The pastor will involve the congregation in new and existing Church programs, help expand community outreach and invite others to participate fully in the life of the congregation. In response to Jesus’ directive to minister to the “least among you”, the pastor will actively participate in the Church’s outreach programs, including Community Table, Backpack Buddies, Community Garden, beekeeping, Vacation Bible School and the annual Summerlee Mission Trip. The pastor will also support worthy local ministries such as C-CAP, St. Luke’s Clinic, the House of Hope, Fresh Start and Church- sponsored Boy Scouts. The pastor will collaborate with other churches and denominations, in part through the local ministerial association, to achieve shared aims in the community.

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

As a strong spiritual leader, the person should:

    • be a consistently effective preacher and worship leader able to inspire through well- articulated sermons,

    • show solid spiritual grounding with a clear theology, honoring traditions but open to innovation;

    • be a proficient teacher, able to organize programs using a variety of learning tools for a wide range of learners; and

    • be compassionate for the suffering of those in need.

As an exceptional organizational leader, the person should:

    • be accomplished in formulating clear vision and strategy- to foresee trends, issues and consequences- and to craft successful plans of action;

    • have keen organizational ability to get things done within the congregation and community; and

    • be skillful at reaching consensus and decision making, exhibiting sound judgment after dialogue, effective listening and prayerful consideration of options.

Comfortable in interpersonal engagement, the person should:

    • demonstrate initiative, be action-oriented and full of energy to achieve results;

    • be a robust motivator with a winning sense of humor in encouraging others towards service;

    • establish easy rapport with people of all ages and consistently build relationships of trust within and outside the congregation; and

    • exemplify how to live in relationship with Christ.

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

    • Collaborate with the Music Director and Worship Committee to plan meaningful services that educate, inspire and challenge;

    • lead worship services most Sundays and administer sacraments;

    • deliver scripture-based sermons that are thoughtful, relevant and dynamic;

    • develop and implement a comprehensive strategy that will grow the congregation and incorporate new and younger members.

  2. Education

    • Plan and support continuing education for adults and youth;

    • lead one Sunday School class as well as weekly Bible studies.

  3. Management/ administration

    • Moderate the Session and guide various committees; report on pastoral activities and account to the Session for time spent;

    • build and safeguard the church’s finances in collaboration with the Stewardship and Endowment Committees; work with the B&G Committee to ensure best use and maintenance of facilities;

    • supervise staff and foster a respectful and efficient working environment;

    • improve the church’s internal and external communications, including the newsletter, online and media presence.

  4. Pastoral care

    • Officiate at baptisms, weddings and funerals

    • provide hospital/home visitation and communion to the homebound;

    • counsel families and individuals especially those in need and crisis.

  5. Outreach

    • Grow the church’s outreach;

    • foster a vigorous youth program;

    • work with local programs and ministerial associations;

  • participate in the community of Front Royal, the Shenandoah Presbytery and PCUSA.
Optional Links
www.frontroyalpres.org 
Leadership Competencies:
Compassionate
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Teacher
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Motivator
Initiative
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $50,200   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
GEORGE AND JANET MENASSA
21125 CARDINAL POND TERR, APT 420, ASHBURN, VA 20147
703-724-0776
geojan821@comcast.net
FORMER MEMBERS
MARK JORDON
1035 NORTHVIEW AVE, FRONT ROYAL VA 22630
540-671-1375
rmjordon@gmail.com
CLERGY COLLEAGUE
ANGELA DUSENBURY
591 WILLIAM VINCENT RD, BENTONVILLE VA 22610
540-636-2772
angela@dusenbury.com
REGULAR ATTENDEE (NON-MEMBER)
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Yes
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   9/11/2017


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