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MIF #: 23202.AC0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23202
Ministry Name Mossy Creek
Mailing Address 372 Kyles Mill Rd.
Mt. Solon, VA 22843
Phone (540) 350-2372
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 63
Church School Attendance 26
Curriculum Gospel Light and David C. Cook for children; Adult varied
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Rural
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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:
As a Family of Faith, we are called to worship and serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Instructed by the Bible and guided by the Holy Spirit, we will faithfully serve and care for others and we will reach out to our neighbors near and far.  We will nurture, teach and encourage our children so that they will come to know the saving grace of God.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Since our founding in 1768, Mossy Creek has provided a place for meaningful worship and service in the central Shenandoah Valley. Our congregation feels the presence of the Holy Spirit in our weekly worship, a practice that is sincere and traditional in form, yet not locked in the past. We continually seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we make plans for the future, with both trepidation and courage,  to share God’s Love and Grace in the world.
The Mossy Creek church family includes many whose families have been in the congregation for many generations, along with others who have “married into” the church family or moved to the community and “found” the church family.  We truly love, support and care for each other; each person is valued and welcomed as an equal. We do not make distinctions based on age, gender, income, education, experiences, tractor color, or length of membership.  We strive to share this same level of love with others outside our church family through our mission and witness activities in the local community and in national and international projects.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
The community around Mossy Creek Church is rural in character with a low population growth rate. Many in the community are connected to a church in some way, but are not regularly active. To reach out to those new to the area & those not active, we share information about our special services, such as Ash Wednesday & Christmas Eve; co-host community services, such as a Lenten Study Series & Community Bible School; and sponsor “Summer Story Club”, a PreK-5th grade reading & arts program for six weeks in the summer. We share our facility with a newly formed Russian Baptist congregation.
Our Mossy Creek congregation ranges in age from infants to seniors, with a large percentage in the “retired seniors” range. The Session, Deacons, & Presbyterian Women, together with the pastor, seek to meet the needs of this constituency by providing meals as needed, visiting the sick & home-bound regularly, providing transportation for medical appointments & general errands, and serving Holy Communion when unable to attend worship.
In 2016 Mossy Creek church experienced a division centered on the question of denominational affiliation, with the result that 12% of our active members left to join an ECO congregation.  Those of us remaining suffered shock at their announcement and grieved the change. As our Interim Pastor guided us through the transition, our congregation renewed their commitment to Mossy Creek, with the result that we finished the year financially sound and with renewed energy.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
We seek a pastor who will love us and work with us as we respond to God’s Love and reach out in love and service to others. In particular we seek: a preacher to lead us in theologically sound and Bible-based worship in the reformed tradition; a teacher to provide guidance in strengthening our Christian Education programs and enabling all ages to explore and study the Word of God; a co-worker to join with us in our on-going mission and witness activities; and a leader to challenge us to explore new ways and opportunities for showing God’s Love and Grace to others.  In other words, we simply seek the person God is choosing to join with us on an incredible faith journey.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
From the surveys and discussions used in preparing, and then revising, our Mission Study, the pastor at Mossy Creek – most of all – should seek to live an honest, moral, and loving life according to God’s Word. The pastor needs to be compassionate and comfortable in relationships with people from all walks of life, and supportive of others as they experience successes, challenges, joys and sorrows. The pastor needs to spend time in prayer and study to continue developing spiritual maturity, and to effectively and openly share their spiritual life with others.  Mossy Creek Church has many in the congregation with strong leadership skills who take initiative and responsibility for different activities and programs. The pastor needs to recognize and encourage these talents, to not feel responsible for all areas of church ministry, yet also be an effective communicator and advisor in presenting ideas to strengthen the ministry programs at Mossy Creek.  The pastor needs to be open and flexible as more of God’s plan for Mossy Creek is revealed.
One very important characteristic to know about the people of Mossy Creek Church – we love to work for the good of the church and we enjoy each other in fellowship – so we freely join together to complete tasks at and for the church.  The pastor called to Mossy Creek has important responsibilities to complete, but will have strong support as part of the team working together for God’s purpose.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
The pastor called to Mossy Creek will have primary responsibility in three areas of ministry: for preaching and teaching – including planning and leading spiritually up-lifting worship services focusing on God’s Word in our daily lives; for pastoral care – including visiting and ministering to the church family with extra focus on special needs; and for actively supporting existing programs and providing leadership and vision in developing new programs of stewardship, education, music, mission and service.  The two goals of ministry at Mossy Creek are to support, strengthen and grow the church family; and to strengthen our outreach programs providing visible connections in our community and world.
The following tasks relate to services and programs the congregation enjoys and supports: planning and leading special services with respect to the traditions of the church – such as Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion and Ash Wednesday; participating in the North River Ministerium, Central Valley Mission Community, and Shenandoah Presbytery; providing leadership at Mossy Creek by moderating the Session and advising the Board of Deacons; keeping Mossy Creek informed about issues and actions in the larger PC(USA) body; planning and conducting effective officer training, confirmation classes and regular Bible studies; and completing routine administrative tasks – such as preparing a monthly report on pastoral activities for the Session and responding to calls and letters to the church.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $36,400   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Manse
Name Relation
Glenn Coleman
370 Kyles Mill Rd, Mt. Solon, VA 22843
current interim
Tom Holden
4440 Grattan Price Dr, #4, Harrisonburg VA 22801
mission study advisor
Stephany Morgan
POB 3078, Staunton VA 24402
COM liaison
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   5/2/2017

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:  Sharon Horn Address  312 Oak Hill School Rd, Mt. Solon Va 22843
Daytime Phone  540-430-0910 Office Phone  540-350-2666
Fax  Email