Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 23184.AA0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23184
Ministry Name Lexington Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 120 S MAIN
Phone (540) 463-3873
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 5%
White 95%
Average Worship Attendance 250
Church School Attendance 160
Curriculum Feasting on the Word
Yoked Church False
Community Type College
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor Interim
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:   Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
The Mission Statement of Lexington Presbyterian Church begins with the following two statements:
We believe God intends for us to be sound in our faith, our service to one another, and our mission beyond our walls and doors. Our task is to understand, embrace, rejoice in, and share that intention.

The remainder of the Mission Statement applies to the first two of the following questions:
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
•    To be an authentic, vigorous community of Christian believers within the Presbyterian-Reformed tradition and loyal to the Presbyterian Church (USA);
•    To put into practice our understanding of God's grace by being welcoming and inclusive.

Lexington Presbyterian Church, founded in 1789, is a vital spiritual presence in the Lexington   and Rockbridge County communities.  Among our congregation are students, faculty, and staff  from Washington and Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute. Our congregation represents a healthy diversity of social, political, and economic perspectives  brought together  within a community of faith and active service to various public needs.  Complementing the  church's spiritual ministry are its exceptional culinary and musical ministries serving both the church and the community at large.  The foundation and structure of the church are well   established and strong, and we have been well-served by a beloved minister for 25 years. We are seeking an experienced  pastor who can lead the congregation through  these exceptional   times.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
•    To present effectively God's Word through our worship, preaching, Christian education, music, serving, and congregational life;
•    To emphasize understanding the Bible and God's call through it;
•    To draw nonbelievers to faith and believers to spiritual depth; and
•    To use our gifts to do God's work by reaching out in love to the community and the world at large.

Again, these points above are elaborations within the church's brief mission statement. During these exceptional times as congregational gatherings are severely restricted, we have successfully developed a robust online ministry, thanks in part to our new parish associate. That online ministry can be expanded as we reach out to sheltering parishioners and underserved communities. The interim pastor will need to understand and quickly adapt these new technologies, working with expertise already in place. The interim pastor should also be prepared to recognize emerging community needs during this time of crisis and identify new ways that the church can address these needs.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
The interim/transitional pastor will lead through a crucial time in the life of the congregation, helping us evaluate our ministries and staffing model, while challenging us to find innovative ways to deepen our service to God and our community.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
The interim/transitional pastor must have:
•    training, experience and commitment to intentional transitional ministry
•    strong  administrative skills
•    a collaborative leadership style
•    proficiency in identifying and adapting to local  culture
•    a commitment to the Reformed faith and Presbyterian polity.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
The Interim Pastor will serve as the spiritual and administrative leader of the congregation, session and staff during the pastoral  transition.
•    function as Head of Staff, keeping regular office hours
•    moderate session and facilitate the work of session  committees.
•    plan and lead worship, in collaboration with staff
•    administer the sacraments 
•    provide pastoral care as needed 
•    support the various educational ministries of the church, teaching as appropriate and as time allows.
•    membership and active participation in Shenandoah  Presbytery
•    close coordination with the Committee on Pastoral Transition
•    integration of the Church Assessment Tool (CAI) results into their work with the session and congregation
•    demonstrate for the staff and congregation a model of healthy self-care, study, spiritual care and prayer.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Change Agent
Task Manager
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $70,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Mary Atthowe
341 Tinkerville Rd, Glasgow, VA 24555
Clerk of session
David Dugan
19 High Meadow Dr, Lexington VA 24450
long-time member; session member; chair of nom com
David Hawkins
37 Ravenswood Lane, Lexington VA 24450
session member; chair of financial management comm
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   6/4/2020

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:  Robert Fure Address  119 South Jefferson St., Lexington Va 24450
Daytime Phone  540-319-0781 Office Phone  540-458-8724
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