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MIF #: 23213.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23213
Ministry Name Shepherdstown PC
Mailing Address 100 W. Washington St.
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Phone (304) 876-6466
Fax (304) 876-2033
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 175
Church School Attendance 113
Curriculum Growing in Grace and Gratitude,, various
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type College
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor Interim
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   No
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church (SPC) is a house of prayer and a school of love, seeking to serve the world in the way and in the spirit of Jesus. Our core commitments and their roots include the following:

Radical Hospitality: We Choose Welcome

Everyone and everything, and every part of ourselves, is included in the circle of God's love. Imperfections and suffering are integral to the spiritual path.

Holistic Spirituality: Everything Belongs

The Way of Jesus is a path of transformation. Doubt and questions are essential to faith.

We are connected in Love with all, including those who have gone before us, and all those yet to come.

We value all sources of Wisdom.

Engaged Compassion: God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God

                       The Way of Jesus is a way of being in this world, loving, serving and making things whole.
                       Loving God means loving all of creation
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
SPC is an open and inclusive spiritual community seeking to practice the radical hospitality of Jesus. Our Congregational Assessment Tool study rates us transformational (high energy and satisfaction) with a "Maji" culture (highly progressive and adaptable). A member of More Light Presbyterians, we welcome all people regardless of age, race, social class, political affiliation, ability, sexual orientation, marital status, or religious background. We believe that everyone and everything and every part of ourselves is included in the circle of God's love. Together, we are exploring how to be in true communion with God and in true community with others. We believe the way of Christ is not a way out of this world but a way of being in this world, gratefully and joyfully practicing the presence of God, and working for a world that is beautiful, just, peaceful, whole, and free. We live out our vision by proclaiming and practicing the motto, "We Choose Welcome." Sunday sermons reflect the vision as do our children's education program and adult seminars on topics such as racial awareness, community building, and compassion. We sponsor various events throughout the year-including lectures, seminars, films, and concerts-in support of our vision. We are strong supporters of Presbyterian missions and actively reach out locally, regionally, and to the larger world in a variety of ways.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

SPC's calling stems from our core commitments to radical hospitality, holistic spirituality, and engaged compassion.

Radical hospitality is manifested in structures of belonging (supper groups, listening circles, college groups) that support our commitment to welcoming and embracing each other in our struggles. We host PeaceFests and vigils around concerns such as domestic violence, LGBT equality, and Muslim unity. Everyone, from the youngest children to our wise elders, plays an active role in our worship.

We take the Bible too seriously to take it literally. We cultivate a holistic spirituality that, while rooted in the Christian faith, welcomes the wisdom of all faith traditions, the transformative power of music and art, and the wonders of scientific discovery. Our programming reflects an understanding that healthy spiritual formation requires a balance between intellectual engagement, spiritual nourishment and practice, and service.

Engaged compassion is revealed through a focus on social justice as well as service to our neighbors and to Mother Earth. This is manifested in support ministry to the poorest areas in our state, to migrant work camps, and to refugee resettlement efforts. We provide school supplies and care packages for economically disadvantaged children and, during the coldest nights of winter, open our church doors to the homeless. We have signed the Charter for Compassion and the Paris Pledge, and SPC is one of the first solar churches in West Virginia.

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

We are a vibrant, growing community committed to loving God and others wholeheartedly. We seek an Interim Pastor who can help us maintain and enhance the integrity of our work, witness, and life together, including a strong program of pastoral care. Because worship is such a vital aspect of our communal life, we are looking for a strong preacher, able to help us continue a long tradition of inspirational, informative, and prophetic preaching. Our Interim Pastor will also love creative liturgy and desire to collaborate with staff and lay leaders in planning and leading worship services. We recognize that the retirement of our beloved pastor of 42 years calls us to a time of reflection, reassessment, and retooling as we prepare to search for a Called Pastor; our Interim Pastor will be skilled in organizational assessment and restructuring, helping us explore our values and priorities, build on our strengths, address weaknesses, and inspire and empower lay leaders during this critical time. As we move together through the "five developmental tasks," we hope to come to a deeper understanding of our culture, identity, and history, and find greater freedom to pursue our shared desire to become a more fully inclusive and truly multicultural organization.

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

We seek a strong and engaging preacher with the ability to inspire and empower a spiritually diverse and well-educated congregation.

We enjoy a rich, creative, and multigenerational liturgical life, and we need an Interim Pastor who will enjoy working with staff and lay leaders to continue building this spiritual community.

Our Interim Pastor must be spiritually mature and emotionally stable, with a positive outlook. She or he will be energetic, have a good sense of humor, be able to handle stress, be flexible and adaptable, and have the ability to compromise.

We are looking for someone who will provide collaborative leadership and a welcoming presence and who has excellent listening and interpersonal skills to help us move into the next phase of our congregational development.

We consider the tasks of visioning and empowering congregational leadership to be essential, and we seek a forward-thinking Interim Pastor who can help us evaluate organizational infrastructure and craft strategic goals.

Our Interim Pastor must know the developmental tasks that the congregation will go through during transition and be prepared to advise the congregation in the search for a new Called Pastor.

We expect our Interim Pastor to have the proper training and credentials for interim service and to be knowledgeable of General Assembly, Synod, and Presbytery relationships.

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

We are looking for an Interim Pastor who will help us maintain the vibrant and progressive spirit of our congregation. In addition to the specific tasks with which an Interim Pastor is charged, the Interim Pastor is responsible for all the tasks carried out by the permanent Pastor. Among those are the following:

Preaching, planning and carrying out worship with the liturgist and other members Administering the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion

Seeing to pastoral care of the congregation, in cooperation with deacons and staff Administering the church, collaborating with paid and volunteer staff

Consulting with Session and the appropriate committees and staff in preparing the annual budget

Serving as moderator of Session

Meeting regularly with some committees-Worship, Personnel, Finance and Administration-and music staff

Providing orientation and examination for membership classes

Meeting with, training, and with the assistance of Ruling Elders, examining new Ruling Elders

Representing SPC at meetings and in committees of the Shenandoah Presbytery

With the assistance of the Clerk of Session and staff, seeing to the regular required reporting to Presbytery and General Assembly, PC (USA)

Presiding over congregational meetings

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $60,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev Ann Held
230 New York Ave, Harrisonburg VA 22801
(540) 271-3908
Retired Pastor in Presbytery
Rev Carl Howard
564 Peacepipe Lane, Hedgesville WV 25427
(304) 754-3814
CAT liaison
Rev Roy Howard
10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville MD 20852
(301) 530-0600
Friend of congregation
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   7/5/2017

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:  Jerry Thomas Address  POB 334, Shepherdstown WV 25443
Daytime Phone  304-876-2105 Office Phone 
Fax  Email