Ministry Information Form Query

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
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 is strengthened by the presence of the Holy Spirit in our worship services, a practice that is sincere and traditional in form, yet not locked in the past, and by the study of God’s Word in Sunday School and mid-week Bible Study. This grounding in worship and study guides us as we continually seek to discern the Holy Spirit’s plans for our future, and as we step out, with both trepidation and courage, to share God’s Love and Grace in our community and world.

Our Mossy Creek Church is family-friendly and family oriented and our active family members range in age from toddlers to 90+ years. Our church family includes many who have been in the congregation for generations, along with others who have “married into” the family or moved to the community and “found” the family. We truly love, support and care for each other; each person is valued and welcomed as an equal in God’s love. We intentionally strive to share this same level of love and welcome with others outside our church family through our mission and witness activities in the our 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?

Mossy Creek is actively involved, providing both muscle-power and funding, to many ministries in our local community, including two food pantries, interdenominational repair projects, a firewood ministry, community Bible School, clothing drives and emergency responses. Three years ago, one of our members identified a need for a summer program for community children, and “Summer Story Club” was born – a six-week program for Pre-K - 6th graders with reading, art, music and recreation. Within our congregation, we have many “angels” sitting with home-bound members so the spouse can attend worship or run errands, providing meals following hospitalizations or illnesses, transporting members to appointments, doing yard work and repairs, and always watching for other unmet needs.

In the past two years, Mossy Creek has redesigned and re-invigorated our program for the children and youth in our congregation. A blend of activities and service projects has lead to overall increased attendance and participation.

With a community that includes many Hispanic and Eastern European families, we shared our church facility with a group for Bible study which resulted in a new Russian Baptist congregation, now meeting in their own building.

And we are always watchful and intentional about identifying, and then planning for, newly developing needs in our community and congregation.

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?
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   3/6/2018

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