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MIF #: 23209.AC2

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23209
Ministry Name New Providence
Mailing Address 1208 New Providence Rd.
Raphine, VA 24472
Phone (540) 348-5881
Fax 540-348-1028
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 35
Church School Attendance 8
Curriculum Miscellaneous
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:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
New Providence Presbyterian Church is a congregation which accepts the Bible as the Word of God, acknowledging that Christ is the focal point of our lives.  Building upon the rich heritage of our church, we are committed to carrying on Christ’s mission in the world today.  Therefore, we will:
  •    Worship together in gratitude and praise of God
  •    Share love of God with others by continuing and strengthening our mission services to the community and the world
  •    Encourage individuals to grow in their personal spirituality by providing meaningful opportunities for study, discussion and prayer
  •    Honor God by showing love, respect and appreciation for each other
  •    Continue to be a loving and welcoming congregation
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

New Providence Presbyterian Church was established in 1746, and remains a vital presence in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Whether meeting the urgencies of life on the frontier or addressing the needs of individuals in the community today, New Providence has always found helping both its neighbors and its congregation to be a spiritually rewarding celebration of its Christian faith and ministry. While our community has changed significantly since the church was founded and no longer consists primarily of multiple generations of large farm families, our love and service for this community is unchanged. Our mission and our supporting ministry today, as always, focuses on the needs of both our members and our neighbors. We see our primary ministry as fourfold:

1. To enhance personal spiritual growth with continued study of God’s written word and through the gift of grace offered to us in Christ's life and teachings.

2. To provide strong pastoral support for our church family.

3. To share the joy and spiritual growth that comes from serving local, regional, and global neighbors in need.

4. To work cooperatively and synergistically with other congregations and denominations in worship, mission work, and in fellowship.

We recognize that all four of these areas must be supported by the energy and commitment of this congregation, but in all areas a spiritually enriching partnership between a dedicated minister and our congregation is essential.

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

Because of its attractiveness to retirees, our area has a substantial number of elderly and homebound members which offers a unique opportunity for ministry (transportation services, visitation, meals).

A number of area residents are living at or below the poverty level and are financially or physically unable to make critical repairs to their homes. In 2008, New Providence (in partnership with 5 other churches) organized and implemented Mission Next Door to meet these needs. MND has continued and grown under the leadership of New Providence and has completed over 180 projects in our area with a largely volunteer work force.

Whether repairing homes, visiting and ministering to the spiritual and emotional needs of our homebound church members, providing food to nearby distribution centers, or preparing and serving meals at the Valley Mission Shelter, we have many opportunities to serve our neighbors. With creative leadership from a fulltime pastor, we could do more. Our facility is underutilized and could serve as a center for the community for such activities as classes (art, music, exercise, recreation, etc.); meeting space (church groups, Ruritans, scout troops, clubs); "Parents Day Out" or "Seniors Day Out."  New Providence has also initiated research into a Neighbor Support Program to match trained advocates with needy individuals to increase access to support services (government benefits, legal services, etc.); and a prison ministry initiative.

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

New Providence has a small but enthusiastic and generous congregation, and we hope for both spiritual and congregational growth to carry our ministry forward with the energy we feel it deserves. Realistically, however, members of our aging congregation are increasingly moving from the ranks of those providing service to those needing service, and the need for pastoral care is important in the life of our church family. New Providence is at a crossroads, and we are looking for a minister to partner with us in determining God’s will and our best future, whether that future consists of congregational growth; seeking creative ways to worship and work with other congregations with similarly diminishing congregations; or some other as yet undetermined path. While there are real demographic limits to our capacity for growth, there are also real opportunities to extend and expand our message to those around us who are not actively attending church and could benefit from sharing our Christian fellowship. We seek a minister with enthusiasm for Christian worship and a capacity to inspire and share the joys of Christian commitment to service, as our Mission Next Door initiative and other mission activities are strongly representative of who we are as a congregation. We would truly appreciate, love and vigorously support the minister who could help us reach our goals.

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

We see the following core capabilities as important to the leadership we seek:

1. Compassionate - Able to relate and respond to spiritual and personal needs of the congregation with empathy.

2. Hopeful – Able to see the positive, and to lead us forward with hope instead of fear of the future

3. Spiritual Maturity - a leader confident in interpreting and extending God's messages for us as derived from scripture and life's experiences.

4. Strong preaching and worship leadership - Knows how to interpret God's word and express His love and guidance for us.

5. Communicator - Able to both effectively teach and listen to others' needs and ideas.

6. Strategy and vision - Able to think logically through challenging situations and to develop effective strategies to meet objectives.

7. Collaboration - Willingness to be involved and able to work effectively with others either as a team leader or as a participant.

8. Motivator - Able to exhibit and stimulate enthusiasm for accomplishing goals.

9. Flexibility - Willingness to consider multiple approaches to tasks at hand

10. Interpersonal Engagement - Able to build solid relationships of trust inside and outside the organization to engage people and create successful outcomes.

Note: We believe a successful candidate for the New Providence pastoral position should have at least  three of the first six attributes we have listed above to successfully fill this position.

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

The minister's primary responsibilities will be:

- To aid us in our walk as followers of Jesus Christ through their sermons as the Holy Spirit leads them to interpret God’s Word and live it in their daily life.

- To communicate with the worship committee, church secretary and music director in order to lead effectively during worship service.

 - To guide the Session in governing and overseeing all activities of the church encouraging each aspect of the church to function effectively.

- To be available for counseling, comfort and encouragement as necessary during times of need for all ages and for all walks of life in any given situation.

 - To guide us through the present needs of our church and help create a vision for the future by motivating, and enabling all members to use their talents to support the church family and the community.

- To be able to share the strength of our Christian fellowship with the community around us so that potential new members can make informed decisions about whether and how we might serve them in their Christian life experiences.

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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: $47,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Open to Manse/Housing Allowance
Name Relation
William Klein
2624 Forge Rd, Glasgow VA 24555
COM liaison
Andy Sale
4219 Woodside Dr, Harrisonburg VA 22801
CAT advisor
Amy Fetterman
37 Surrey Ln, Fishersville VA 22939
current interim
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   12/6/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (540) 433-2556
Fax  (540) 433-6830 Email
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (540) 459-2646
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PNC:  Sandy McLaughlin Address  76 Briar Patch Ln, Raphine VA 24472
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