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MIF #: 23211.AC2

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23211
Ministry Name Romney Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 100 W. Rosemary Lane
Romney, WV 26757
Phone 304-822-5083
WWW Address
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
White 98%
Average Worship Attendance 60
Church School Attendance 47
Curriculum David C. Cook, Present Word, re:form
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   No Experience
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:
The mission of the Romney Presbyterian Church is: To provide a church home that nurtures faith through prayer, praise, worship, and the study of God's word. To witness for Christ by word and deed to our community and the world for God's glory. "Come in to be filled; Go out to serve."
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

We are a welcoming congregation that seeks to spread the love of God through word and deed, while at the same time providing assistance and guidance to members of our congregation on their own spiritual journeys. We believe our vision can be achieved through an environment of prayerful and spiritual teamwork with all segments of the congregation.

Our vision is lived out by:

    • Providing Sunday morning worship services for our congregation and community.
      • This includes support for St. Luke Chapel which provides weekly Sunday School classes and church services twice a month.
    • Our music ministry is an important part of the spiritual life of our church family.
      • We have a youth choir, adult choir, as well as dedicated pianists, organists and choir director.
    • Spiritual growth for our congregation is nurtured through: o youth and adult Sunday School classes
      • an active women s group
      • youth group for 6th – 12th graders
      • monthly men’s breakfasts
      • a bible study group
      • children's church
      • an annual outdoor worship service
      • a summer picnic
      • an Advent workshop
      • monthly fellowship dinners
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

Our church is blessed with passionate, caring, and generous people that actively participate in the community through the Church, and otherwise. We feel called to reach the unchurched and share God's word. Our community is a small town of some 2,000 souls, with around 15,000 residents who live within a 15 to 20-minute drive of our church. Romney is home to the WV Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

Reflecting a national trend, many of those attend no church on Sunday nor are involved in other Christian fellowship during the week. We are also an aging church whose average age of members has continued to drift upwards. If we are to have a future we must attract younger members as well. The need is to bring new people into church, not just for our sake but for theirs.

We seek to both strengthen and enrich the traditional worship time on Sunday but also be open to alternative programs. We must find ways to maintain the strengths of our church and open our doors to a diverse congregation. We feel it is our responsibility to try new innovative ways to reach and connect with all of our congregation and community members.

We strive to reach out through:

    • a senior food box program- a monthly program
    • the Souper Bowl Sunday food and money collections
    • support of the local food bank
    • Christmas Food boxes - a large community effort sponsored by our church
    • Christ mas shoebox program - sent overseas
    • Vacation Bible School
    • annual community ice cream social
    • Supporting two missionaries
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

If we use our "Vision" and "Mission" in all that we endeavor - always for "God's glory" - we can be certain of a positive outcome for our church. If our new pastor works prayerfully "without ceasing" within that mission we will build solid relationships of trust and respect for one another. That mission is not limited to our congregation though. It should extend to other churches in our area, to the larger community, and, of course, to those who have never heard the Word.

We envision a full-time pastor and friend leading us in a unified walk, engaging all of us, developing goals, and listening for God's Word as a guide to revitalizing and growing our church. Our desire is for a minister who will provide us with a clear and consistent message with suggestions for application of our faith in our modem world. He or she will preach informative and engaging sermons to a congregation that is listening for God’s words of leadership and inspiration. Our minister will help renew our faith and restore in us the desire to work hard to build-up our church and its' peoples.

A full-time pastor with an ability to engage their congregation with a willingness to work for building God's church will help us to remember that if we "come in to be filled with God's word and be renewed in God's love, we can go out in service for God" as witnesses for Christ, spreading the Good News!!
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
    • Possesses strong faith, rooted in Scripture.
    • Models a Christ-centered lifestyle to individuals of all ages and families.
    • Demonstrates integrity by responding with faithfulness of purpose and is seen by congregation and community as trustworthy, authentic and spiritually grounded.
    • Leads with integrity and strength, yet offers guidance with grace and compassion.
    • Presents information in a thoughtful and concise manner.
    • Comfortably speaks in a variety of settings and with all ages.
    • Advances the abilities of our church and its members through active listening.
    • Practices a life of prayer.
    • Empowers laity and equips church members for ministry.
    • Willing to engage the community at-large in a call to faith in Christ.
    • Willing to honor tradition, while looking to build new traditions.
    • Able to make difficult decisions with transparency.
    • Demonstrates personal resilience.
    • Models observing the Sabbath and maintaining a work-life balance.
    • Fiscally responsible and practices personal stewardship.
    • Continually challenges him/herself personally by pursuing opportunities for growth in knowledge.
    • Supports and advances the church's community outreach initiatives by leading and inspiring others who work to create unity and to build friendships.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

We pray our pastor:

    • Helps us communicate with one another, to express trust and respect, share heartaches and visions, and to convey love for one another.
    • Performs home/hospital/nursing home visits for counseling, strengthening relationships, attending to the needs of the infirmed, meeting prospective members, and gaining insight into needs of the congregation.
    • Will be an active participant in the life of the church and community by attending church functions and participating in the Romney Ministerial Association and Presbytery.
    • Present sermons that relate scripture to the life and work of the congregation.
    • Supervises and works with the church secretary.
    • Develops the weekly order of worship.
    • Embraces technology and utilizes the Internet and social media to continually update and inspire the congregation.
    • Leads session, Bible study, pre-marital counseling, and Confirmation classes.
    • Provides guidance and support to church committees.
    • Devotes attention to the needs of our youth and helps them relate their faith to the modem world.
    • Supports existing ministries and assists in growing new ones.
    • Officiates at weddings, funerals, baptisms and communion services.
    • Envisions creative methods to present God's message and express our faith (i.e. Movie night, Bluegrass Sunday, Outdoor worship, Float trip, Advent workshop.)
    • Will be a competent manager of our resources and leads us in practicing good stewardship and in maintaining financial stability.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Technologically Savvy
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Financial Manager
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $45,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Manse
Name Relation
Rev. Joel Thornton
505 Quail Dr, Winchester VA 22602
COM liaison
Rev. Kevin Hay
2044 Stoneleigh Dr, Winchester VA 22601
Current interim pastor
Rev. Roy Knight
354 School Street, Romney WV 26757
retired neighboring pastor
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   7/30/2019

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:  David Allen Address  155 S. Grafton St, Romney WV 26757
Daytime Phone  304-822-4779 Office Phone 
Fax  Email