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MIF #: 23164.AE0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23164
Ministry Name Mt Horeb
Mailing Address 4517 Rockfish Road
Grottoes, VA 24441
Phone (540) 249-5141
Fax
E-Mail mthorebpres@gmail.com
WWW Address www.mthorebpres.org/
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 43
Church School Attendance 14
Curriculum Growing in Grace and Gratitude
Yoked Church False
Presbytery Shenandoah
Synod SYNOD OF MID-ATLANTIC
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:

Vision

Rooted in Tradition, Growing in Faith, We Witness the Love of Christ.
Mission Statement
With a history of worship, fellowship, spiritual growth and service, we prayerfully move to a greater level of witnessing the love of God to our community, through Jesus Christ.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Our vision: to praise and honor our Lord through worship, grow in faith through fellowship and study, and witness the love of our Savior Jesus Christ through mission and service in the community and the world.
We strive to be open and welcoming to all people, providing new entryways into the church; we seek to grow spiritually moving members to a deeper commitment to Jesus Christ. Believing in the traditional values of the Bible, we strive to faithfully live out these values through the church and in our lives.
The 10:00 am Sunday morning worship is traditional; however, we are flexible to try different worship experiences. The service is supported with lay readers, chancel choir, praise team, choir director, volunteer organist and pianists. Our Sunday School program, Kid’s Kirk is for young children, and follows the children’s message in worship. We also have a monthly contemporary service at 6:00 p.m., consisting of praise songs, a message from the minister and fellowship with a light meal. We study the Bible Sunday mornings and offer group evening bible studies several times a year.
Our mission is accomplished through the Presbyterian Women and through our various committees. The focus of our three-member Board of Deacons, is on prayer, visitation, care and nurture of the congregation. Our facilities were rebuilt after a fire in 2002, featuring a large sanctuary, kitchen, fellowship hall, pavilion and playground.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Our primary focus for community outreach is feeding the hungry. We collect food and money for the local food pantry in Grottoes, VA, and partner with other churches in the Backpack program at South River Elementary School. We prepare and serve meals quarterly for Valley Mission, Staunton, VA. and bi-monthly for Disciple’s Kitchen, Waynesboro, VA. Since 2000, we have partnered with local churches in the Summerlee Mission Project, assisting elderly, disabled and young family homeowners of Fayette County, WV. (We have operated this mission locally the last three years due to the COVID pandemic.) Other local projects include apple butter making and hosting an annual Arts & Crafts Show, which bring together our church family and others from the community to raise funds for mission.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
We expect our pastor to help us deepen our sense of connection to God and one another, through meaningful worship, including inspiring sermons and Bible study. We hope our pastor will help us recognize our gifts and abilities to in turn help us better utilize our facility for outreach to the community. Seventy percent of our membership is over the age of 55, and half of those are 71 and older. We need leadership to help us inspire the young families of our community, who do not have a church home, to be active within our fellowship. The COVID pandemic has caused us to shift more to the digital world. The ability to successfully navigate technology as a tool for ministry will help us capitalize on this movement. In 2019 our Session studied the book by Alice Mann, Can Our Church Live?, that describes the five distinct stages of the life cycle of a church: Birth, Formation, Stability, Decline and Death. We determined we are in the decline stage of the life cycle and need to go through a period of redevelopment if we are to get back to stability. As the leader in our church, the pastor will guide us through this stage of our life cycle, and, if God wills, back to stability. Our pastor will help us to grow in faith as we reach out with the assurance of God’s love and grace for the world. In turn, we offer to our new pastor an environment of warmth, inclusion and community.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
The person open to being called to our congregation will show a strong personal depth and spiritual grounding through life experiences and theological training. They are compassionate and hopeful for the future, with the ability to provide direction, guidance and faith in all circumstances. They are an effective worship leader and preacher of the Word, with the ability to communicate and inspire a congregation or group to better serve Jesus Christ. They will build solid relationships of trust and respect, both inside and outside the church. They will encourage and help enable people to work together; they will be a good judge of the talents of others as well as their own personal strengths and weaknesses. They will make effective decisions based on the balance of analysis, wisdom, experience and judgement, and serve as a resource by offering solutions and suggestions that are correct and effective. They will be adaptable to changing conditions and new information, and are open to new ideas and approaches. This person will have the ability to navigate the world of technology as a tool for ministry. They will be organized, with an understanding of policy, practice and procedure while staying focused on the vision and mission of the church.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
The tasks, assignments and program areas of the pastor shall include, but are not limited to, these responsibilities:
-Lead worship and preach at Sunday services
-Administer the Sacraments
-Select hymns for worship in collaboration with the choir director
-Officiate at weddings and funerals
-Provide administrative leadership for the church administrative assistant, choir director and custodian
-Organize and conduct group Bible studies
-Provide pastoral care as needed
-Be available and help with emergency situations
-Visit members, especially the sick and home-bound and administer communion for these at least quarterly
-Moderate session and congregational meetings
-Lead new member and confirmation classes
-Work with committee chairs and attend meetings
-Represent the church with outside organizations including the local pastors group
-Attend presbytery meetings and be an active presbyter
-If asked, join Sunday School classes for theological instruction
-Arrange for supply pastors on any Sunday not present
-Pray for the church
Optional Links
http://www.shenpres.org/
https://www.co.augusta.va.us/
https://www.rockinghamcountyva.gov/
https://www.augusta.k12.va.us/
https://www.rcps.net/
https://www.brcc.edu/
https://www.bridgewater.edu/
https://www.jmu.edu/
https://marybaldwin.edu/
https://www.virginia.edu/
https://emu.edu/
https://visitstaunton.com/
https://www.visitharrisonburgva.com/
https://www.charlottesville.gov/
https://www.visitwaynesboro.com/
https://valleypikefarmmarket.com/
https://americanshakespearecenter.com/
https://flyshd.com/
https://www.virginia.org/
https://www.nps.gov/va/
https://www.census.gov/
Leadership Competencies:
Compassionate
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Communicator
Technologically Savvy
Decision Making
Strategy and Vision
Collaboration
Interpersonal Engagement
Flexibility
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $50,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Open to Manse/Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
REV ANN PETTIT
50 INDIAN TRAIL RD, PENN LAIRD, VA 22846
(540) 434-6194
apettit@massanuttenchurch.org
FORMER MODERATOR
REV APRIL CRANFORD
1904 MT. VERNON ST, WAYNESBORO VA 22980
(540) 942-1145
wpcpastor@lumos.net
NEIGHBORING PASTOR
RAMONA BOSSERMAN
56 IDLEWOOD BLVD, STAUNTON VA 24401
(540) 886-4737
PULPIT SUPPLY
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   12/8/2022


Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   REV. BRONWEN W BOSWELL Address  1111 NORTH MAIN STREET, HARRISONBURG VA 22802-4630
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (540) 433-2556
Fax  (540) 433-6830 Email  presbytersc@shenpres.org
COM:   REV. PATRICK PETTIT Address 
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (540) 459-2646
Fax  (540) 662-7097 Email  kims@shenpres.org
PNC:  JOHN BOSSERMAN Address  47 MAPLE HILL LANE, WEYERS CAVE, VA 24486
Daytime Phone  (540) 578-1572 Office Phone  (540) 234-9471
Fax  Email  johnbosserman08@comcast.net