Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 23210.AC0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23210
Ministry Name Bethesda Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address POB 47
Rockbridge Baths, VA 24473
Phone 540-348-5314
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 100
Church School Attendance 55
Curriculum Varied
Yoked Church False
Community Type Rural
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
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:
We constitute a church family that strives to share God’s love and care with its members and its local and worldwide community.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
  1. Recognize and accept God’s grace and realize that without God, we accomplish nothing.
  2. Spread the word of God and the love of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, to all.
  3. Grow in our knowledge of God and our Christian faith.
  4. Commune with God on an on-going basis through prayer, Bible study, and corporate worship.
  5. Acknowledge the importance and power of prayer.
  6. Incorporate our faith in our work, our family life, and in every aspect of our daily lives.
  7. Use our unique talents to glorify God.
  8. Love, support, and care for each other, especially in times of crisis.
  9. Serve out local and worldwide community through our work, our resources, and the use of our facilities.
  10. Be open and responsive to God’s unfolding plan in an ever-changing world.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
We are a community of Christ extending our hand to those in need reaching out to needs of others, who may or may not attend our church, in throughout the year. For years, we’ve hosted community luncheons giving our community a place to gather for food, fun, & fellowship. Our VBS partners with another community church to minister to our local children.  We have an active youth group that meets for study, worship, supports local needs through giving, & loves to travel. McElwee hosts Easter egg hunt, summer ice cream social, community picnic, pumpkin carving, inspiring lamp lighting service & Christmas pageant welcoming all & filling our chapel to the brim.  We & community gather for wood-cutting weekends providing for those in need.  We host a Christmas cantata that draws many from the community.  We work closely with neighboring churches to provide community services.  Our mission committee works with MissionNext-Door & Re-Habitat to assist in much-needed community home repairs. We deliver Food Pantry items to shut-ins & make financial donations. We made donations to flood victims in WV.  What are our priorities?  (Based on recent Congregation Assessment Tool or CAT)   Develop & execute in-depth strategy to reach people & unite them into church Make changes to attract families with children/youth to our church Deepen our sense of relation to God & each other through stronger worship services. Develop ministries that work toward healing those broken by life circumstances.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
In our recent CAT Study we identified the three most critical abilities for the new Pastor.  They are:
  1. Preaching
  2. Strategic Leadership
  3. Pastoral Care
    Our new pastor will lead us in worship and the study of God’s word, and guide us as we strive to live Christ-like lives and continue the work we are doing in our community. The pastor will motivate us to expand our efforts as we grow and assist us in implementing our plans for the future.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
1.  Become part of the community  a. Live in Manse or 24473 (Rockbridge Baths) zip code. b.  Attend most if not all Church Sponsored Events  c.  Contribute to VBS  d   Encouraged to join local groups & organizations  e. Take an active role in assisting with the direction of all Church Committees f.  Be community minded g. Work out of Church office during normal hours
2.  Deliver inspiring Sermons a. Have a theme & message that speaks to us at Bethesda & McElwee Chapel b. Spend the necessary amount of time in reflecting on & preparing the message c. Work directly with the Worship Committee insuring the service is harmonious with the message 
3.  Enjoy & spend adequate time in Pastoral Care functions a. Visits ill & infirmed at home & in medical facilities on ongoing basis b. Make family visitations c.  Offers sound & confidential Counseling d.  Assists grieving families e.  Greets & welcomes Newcomers at church & at home
4.  Provide strategic direction & leadership for Session & Committees a. Continually analyze needs of Church & conveys to Session b. Assists Session & Committees in strategic planning c. Explore & investigate alternative programs offered by other congregations that would benefit our Church d. Advise & offer direction when needed
5. High Energy Level a. Be excited about calling & carrying out duties of the position in order to excite others  b. Be a catalyst that will bring out the excitement & high level of commitment within the Congregation
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
*Preach at Bethesda Sunday Morning & McElwee Evening services
*Lead/ delegate Bible Study
*Work with Worship Committee preparing services which will be well-prepared, honor the Lord,  & in a form suitable for our church
*Lead in Communion & travel to those confined & infirmed 
*Lead in baptism
*Perform home/ hospital/ nursing home visits on as needed basis which are for counseling, strengthening relationships, attending to needs of infirmed, meeting prospective members, gaining greater insight into needs of flock 
*Available to perform weddings, funerals, & attend functions as needed outside of church
*Dedicate time for professional studies & growth including classes, seminars, outside committees etc
*Responsible for church administration including staff,  building & grounds. This does not imply that he will do these things: only that he will appropriately oversee & delegate
*Work closely with Personnel Committee Chair to ensure that all staff fulfill job description requirements
*Be a member of all church committees & boards, including working with Trustees & Session
*Delegate & oversee planning of outreach activities in surrounding neighborhoods. He will oversee assimilation of new attendees & work toward creating an inviting environment in the church
*Participate in & oversee Christian Education including Sunday School classes, youth, & adult education. He will delegate many responsibilities to church volunteers
*Encouraged to join/attend community groups & associations
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Task Manager
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $38,025   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Open to Manse/Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Malcolm Brownlee
130 Walkers Creek Rd, Rockbridge Baths VA 24473
former interim
Bernard Bangley
291 Reid Rd, Lexington VA 24450
former minister
Renee Pullen
216 Maury Hills Dr, Rockbridge Baths VA 24473
ruling elder and worship committee
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   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:  Ben Nicely Address  582 Stuart Rd, Fairfield VA 24435
Daytime Phone  540-348-5627 Office Phone  540-460-1969
Fax  Email