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MIF #: 23195.AA0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23195
Ministry Name Middletown Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 7960 Senseny Avenue
MIDDLETOWN, VA 22645
Phone (540) 508-4522
Fax
E-Mail themiddletownpres@gmail.com
WWW Address www.facebook.com/middletownpresbyterian/
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 21
Church School Attendance 6
Curriculum David C. Cook
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:   First Ordained Call
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:
Share God's love, Embrace our neighbors, Nurture each other
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

Located at the junction of 1-66 and 1-81 in the northern Shenandoah Valley, Middletown, Virginia, is a growing community just 45 minutes west of Dulles Airport. It is full of history, good food, and antiques.   It is home to Lord Fairfax Community College, and several new single-family and townhouse communities are under construction as nearby Winchester grows. Frederick County, which is home to both Middletown and Winchester, is the fastest growing county in the Shenandoah Valley. In short, Middletown is changing as a community and we want Middletown Presbyterian Church to grow with it.

The Conversations Assessment completed in November 2018 confirmed that we are seeking a full-time pastor dedicated to our congregation's growth. Finding a leader who can make us more visible in the community is key.

Because we are an older congregation, the number of risk takers in our group is few. Yet, hiring a full­ time pastor is one of the biggest risks a small church can take . We know as a Session that we need to grow the church and push the limits by working together on these goals:

  • To expand ministry with a positive outlook and enthusiasm.
  • To build relationships in the community and have a presence.
  • Remain with a sound theological base.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

As a congregation, we recognized a strong need in our community and have worked since the Fall of 2011 to address it. Receiving a Moffett Grant from the Shenandoah Presbytery, we started the "Bags of Love" program. The mission is to alleviate child hunger at the local elementary school. Middletown Elementary School is one of the poorest in the Frederick County school system. In the last year alone, of the 474 students, 48.9 percent were identified as economically disadvantaged.

Our small church brought other area churches into the effort, creating Middletown Area Mission Action (MAMA}. The goal is to deliver these "Bags of Love" to the school each Friday of the month. The bags contain food items for the weekend; specifically, non-perishables for 3 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 snacks, and drinks. The food items are kid-friendly and help to ensure some nutrition over the weekend when food at home might be scarce or absent.

Middletown also provides 25 holiday baskets at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, supplying everything these families need to prepare a dinner. We include gifts at Easter and Christmas.  School personnel determine the need and select the  recipients  for  the  food and gift distributions.

We also hold a free Thanksgiving dinner the weekend before the holiday and deliver these meals to the homebound. There is discussion to expand this effort to afford more outreach to the elderly in our community.

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

We are a small, stable congregation with a strong work ethic. We are open to learning how to grow in membership and share the Christian faith with our community. A pastor accepting this call should be open to  broadening our community involvement, balanced with a strong theological  foundation.

We were previously part of a parish and have not had a full-time, solo pastor since the 1970s. Our last part-time pastor left in October of 2018 and we knew it was time to make a change for the future. We are looking for a pastor who is willing to take a risk for the gospel and grow our church.

We know the potential in this community  is great . Out of 200 localities on the  Forbes 2018 list of Best    Small Places for Business and Careers in the United States, the Winchester-Frederick County area ranked 11th .  Winchester-Frederick also was the  highest-ranking small metro area in Virginia, followed by Charlottesville  at  13th.

We are looking for someone to join as a partner with our membership and share God's love in our community.

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

He or she should inspire the congregation, by example and teaching, to grow in love for God and neighbor through Jesus Christ, including:

  • Being family oriented
  • Having an aptitude to grow with the church
  • Possessing strong shepherding skills - a caring people magnet who takes joy in shepherding, and shows innate care and love for people
  • Has a heart for relationship building and to create a network among area churches, local government, and community groups.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

He or she should be ready to:

      • Preach weekly and equip the congregation with the tools to share the Gospel
      • Serve as a resource for the congregation's Christian Education efforts
      • Spend time to get to know the members of the  congregation
      • Be socially active in the community
      • Create communications effort, including a website and social media presence
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Leadership Competencies:
Hopeful
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Lifelong Learner
Public Communicator
Technologically Savvy
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Collaboration
Flexibility
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $55,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
REV DAN MCCOIG
116 SOUTH LOUDOUN ST, WINCHESTER, VA 22601
540-662-3824
dan@fpcwinc.org
Neighboring pastor
REV NANCY MEEHAN YAO
1111 NORTH MAIN ST, HARRISONBURG VA 22802
540-433-2556
Associate General Presbyter
assocgp@shenpres.org
DR AMY LARRICK
190 MUSTANG LANG, MIDDLETOWN, VA 22645
540-869-4615
larricka@fcpsk12.net
Principal of elementary school
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   4/9/2019


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  1111 N. MAIN ST., HARRISONBURG VA 22802
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (540) 459-2646
Fax  (540) 662-7097 Email  kims@shenpres.org
PNC:  CHRISTINE MEYER Address  131 TOWHEE DR, LAKE FREDERICK, VA 22630
Daytime Phone  410-591-3040 Office Phone 
Fax  Email  middletownPNC@gmail.com