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MIF #: 23186.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23186
Ministry Name OXFORD
Mailing Address 143 OXFORD LN
Phone (540) 600-3119
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 35
Church School Attendance 12
Curriculum Biblical based study with discussion
Yoked Church False
Presbytery Shenandoah
Community Type Rural
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor (Other Temporary i.e. Supply,Student)
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Open to both
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

Oxford Presbyterian Church is a community of faith.  Through the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, we seek to be disciples who love, care, pray, forgive, accept, witness, and serve. We can do all these things by the power of the Holy Spirit through hope, as promised by the scriptures, to the glory of Almighty God.

What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

We are a small rural congregation which follows the footsteps of the ancestors who founded the church in 1758. Tradition is highly valued by the congregation but not to the exclusion of new ideas. For example, a temporary supply pastor re-introduced Sunday morning Bible study held prior to Sunday services which was well-received.

Our church is welcoming to new members; several have or currently serve as Elders. Our discipleship has been modest due to our lack of scale and resources. Our congregation has very few young families and only a handful of children.  Most of our work involves pastoral care for the ill and grieving among us. So our discipleship is in the form of supporting one another and, by extension, those outside of our church who reside within the sphere of influence of our members. Through this, we touch the lives of many outside of our church through support of community activities, charities, etc.

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

The needs of our community are not “emerging”…they have been present for generations and will be forever more. We are people who continue to need material and spiritual assistance.

Oxford has long supported community food drives with volunteers, monetary donations, and donations of food. In addition, Oxford partners with neighboring churches to conduct vacation Bible schools/camps. We also provide Sunday morning worship leaders at a county Park a few miles away. We plan to revive pre-pandemic monthly community luncheons with neighboring churches. We continue to support community Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings as well as special activities for neighborhood children at Halloween, Christmas and Easter.

Oxford has leased our classrooms and fellowship hall to a new Christian Classical school for grades 1-8. This will bring up to 15 young students and their families to Oxford on a regular basis, Monday-Friday.  It will provide an opportunity for the older generation at Oxford to interact and share talents and knowledge with the students.

Church members and our leadership regularly contact and visit those among us with needs. Emotional and Spiritual support is highly valued by Oxford members.

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

Our spiritual leader will consistently demonstrate his/her love of God and God’s followers. Such a leader needs to be able to relate to a wide variety of people in a various circumstances.

Our leader needs to help us apply Biblical lessons to our everyday lives. Successful sermons are memorable and cause members to reflect on our priorities, behavior, relationships, and goals.

Recognizing that we are all sinners, our pastor will not dwell on the sin, but rather help us envision the joy of living a better and more Godly life. This requires empathy and striking balance between candor and empathy.

Our members love music. We recently lost our devoted worship leader and organist who had been with us for decades. Ideally, our pastor will feel comfortable being an integral part of our worship music.

Our pastor needs to be aware of the needs of the sick and grieving. Visitation is desired in these cases.

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

We seek a pastor who is spiritually grounded, has a solid theological foundation, can interpret scripture in an interesting and thought-provoking manner, and can relate sermons to societal challenges, when appropriate.

Our pastor will help us rebuild a congregation in a small, rural area.

Our pastor should embrace the opportunity to offer words of encouragement to shut-ins and those who struggle with medical or emotional distress.

Our pastor must be humble yet confident, approachable, empathetic, friendly, and easy to talk with.

Our pastor must treat every follower with respect and equity…regardless of age, gender, tenure at the church, financial ability, etc.

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

Our pastor will lead worship services with stimulating sermons based on scripture….and be consistently able to relate those lessons to our lives. Our pastor will be responsible for guidance for special services such as Maundy Thursday, Christmas Eve, etc.

Our pastor will provide pastoral care. (Communion, marriage ceremonies, funerals, baptisms)

Our pastor will provide training, leadership and guidance to the Session.

Our pastor will assist recruitment of new members as well as seek to increase membership commitment to volunteer needs.

Our pastor will encourage informal Bible studies in member homes as well as lead adult Sunday school Bible studies.

Leadership Competencies:

Humble, but confident

Collaborative, not overbearing

Loves people …warts and all

Good listening skills and the ability to relate to people

Compelling speaking ability

Enthusiasm…likes a challenge

Has a keen awareness of the challenges of our members’ lives

Curiosity…always interested in issues of the day, the choices we make, and what’s top of mind

Respects divergent views…open to change

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Technologically Savvy
Task Manager
Organizational Agility
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $40,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Open to Manse/Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Bronwen Boswell
POB 1146, Harrisonburg VA 22803
General Presbyter/Stated Clerk
Rev. Barton Hellmuth
10 Robindale Court, Buena Vista, VA 24416
former pastor
Rev. Marina Gopadze
528 Mountain Valley Road, Buchanan, VA 24066
former supply pastor
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   9/22/2022

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:  Carol Hines Address  1716 Collierstown Road, Lexington VA 24450
Daytime Phone  540-463-2663 Office Phone  540-570-2663
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