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MIF #: 23171.AE1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23171
Mailing Address 2928 HAMMONDS MILL RD.
Phone (304) 754-8211
Fax (304) 754-8211
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 53
Church School Attendance 20
Curriculum Various Bible Texts
Yoked Church False
Presbytery Shenandoah
Community Type Suburban
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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:

We, as members of the body of Christ and Falling Waters Presbyterian Church, strive to be an extended family--­ reaching out to one another, our community and the world. In offering ourselves to this sacred mission, we will show the way of Christ so that the community and the world in which we live may learn "to do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly with God." --- Micah 6:8

What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Ultimately the vision for FWPC's ministry is to grow the Kingdom of God, bringing in new and unchurched to the love and peace the Jesus brings. While our church relies heavily on the leadership a Pastor brings, our true leader is Jesus Christ. We are committed to doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God. We expect our pastor to be active with the congregation, participating in activities and visiting the sick. We expect our pastor to be involved heavily with the Shepherd program which we hope to expand. However, we do not expect our new pastor to do or carry everything. This congregation is involved with the ministry of the church and will do much of the heavy lifting as a group. We look to our minister for motivation and inspiration, but also for information. We hope our new pastor will be able to communicate effectively with the congregation so that our vision for the future is able to be carried out. We are open to new ideas yet have rich traditions. We hope to create and expand our youth services, and our Christian education programs. We have a thriving women's Bible Study, but hope to offer more avenues for personal growth and development. We also hope to offer new and innovative ways of worshiping which will appeal to new members and long-time members of the congregation alike.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

Our church has always seen local mission as very important. We currently have budgeted support for several community ministries which feed and clothe needy families including Loaves and Fishes, Community Day, Mission trips, VBS, etc. Many of our members volunteer with local agencies such as Hospice and Meals on Wheels. Some church members are so strongly called to reach out to the community that they started ministries taking care of needy families and keeping children connected during Covid, which our church strongly supports.We have a heart for increasing our ministry in the community and currently have a process in place for establishing such. Excitement is spreading through our church. We plan to strengthen our understanding of God's plan for our mission by establishing Bible study for our members and the community. It is very important that our mission be rooted in the Word of God.

Knowing that the future of the church lies in the hands of the next generation, we plan to establish a thriving youth program which will strengthen the faith of the whole church family and draw in the local unchurched youth. We are also placing an emphasis on coordinating and strengthening group activities, which will motivate community members to join.

We are mapping a strategy for bringing about these ideas which will include regular evaluation of the needs of our members and community, thus contributing to long term growth.

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

We need a spiritual partner to help implement our vision. Our new strategic plan initially focuses on stabilizing the church after the constraints caused by Covid and our pastoral transition. Our plan centers around strengthening our fellowship with and participation by our members, and then building out into the community from that strength. We need a pastor partner with us on that faith journey. The desired result is "Every Member in Ministry".

Because our congregation has a deep but diverse faith, we need the pastor to lead spiritually rich worship where all members leave our church renewed by the Holy Spirit. We would also like guiding hand on Christian education activities.

While we don't expect our pastor to be a social media expert, we do look to the pastor to provide meaningful communication on many aspects of our church life such as our vision, prayer concerns, and committee decisions. Dissemination of information through social media, email and such can be handled by other members, with the goal being transparency.

A spiritual leader of a small church often wears many hats. While we have a church secretary as support, our pastor is required to assume some level of responsibility for many activities. For example, the pastor may be the one answering the phone and helping to resolve issues.

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

Loves to serve Christ with a deep faith

We desire a pastor who shows through their everyday actions, they serve Christ with joy and commitment.

Self-confident but not arrogant

We would like the pastor to be self-confident but not arrogant. The pastor should be open to other thoughts and ideas from members of the congregation.

Genuinely cares about people

Our pastor needs to be compassionate and caring for everyone in the congregation and community. We are a church family caring and helping each other.

Ability to relate to all age groups

The pastor needs to be able to relate with all age groups from youth to adult in all aspects of the congregational activities.

People person, outgoing

We seek a friendly and outgoing pastor. The pastor needs to have personal contact with visitors.


A leader of our church needs to be motivated with their own desires and ambitions to achieve the work of God with our congregation. This self-motivation should be able to stimulate the spiritual growth for all who enter our doors.

Sincere worship

Worship is very important to encourage and motivate our congregation. The content and delivery of the sermons need to be centered on the divine word of God. The sermons need to be challenging for the congregation with sincere biblical teaching and encouragement for growth in faith.

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

Coordinate Sunday services, communicating with all people participating in worship... choir director, liturgists, church secretary, etc.

    1. Responsible for other spiritual services such as funerals, premarital counseling, wedding ceremonies, or baptisms.
    1. When visiting members, the pastor may coordinate with the member's shepherd if they feel ii is needed.
    1. Attend as many committee meetings as needed to keep informed of their activities.
    1. Meet with people who request pastoral counseling various crises within the limits of their position.
    1. To let young members know the pastor is interested in their activities, attend as many activities as possible.
    2. Again, the pastor needs to provide good communications, although other individuals can be responsible for managing social media, newspapers, website.
    1. Pastor should manage new member classes, although elders or others could conduct the actual classes following a guideline.   New member classes should take place without delay when anyone expresses an interest in joining the church.
    1. Pastor should be able assist in making make everyone feel welcome at Falling Waters.
This list may not be a comprehensive list of responsibilities, but it does highlight many of our specific needs
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $50,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Open to Manse/Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Diane McKinley
460 Ashton Dr., Falling Waters, WV 25419
church member
Rev. John Cushwa
117 Adrian Dr., Martinsburg, WV 25403
former pastor
William D. Moore
97 Grimes Dr., Martinsburg, WV 25403
friend of church
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   12/13/2021

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