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MIF #: 23213.AC0

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 145
Church School Attendance 105
Curriculum Growing in Grace and Gratitude, various
Yoked Church False
Community Type College
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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:   No
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church: An Inclusive Spiritual Community

We welcome all who long for meaning, hope, and belonging. Our faith and practice are rooted in the Way of Jesus and are enriched by wisdom from all sources. We are committed to being and becoming a people of radical compassion, working for justice and wholeness in ourselves and in the world.

We are committed to three core values that are integral to who we are and shape our decisions now and into our future. These core values (commitments) and the beliefs that support them are:

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 inclusive and progressive spiritual community. We embrace radical hospitality, as practiced by Jesus, as central to the life of our faith: “We Choose Welcome” - without regard to race, age, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, social class, political affiliation, or religious background. Together, we are exploring how to be in true communion with God and in true community with others. Our faith leads us to take the Bible too seriously to take it literally, and we believe that attention to social justice and Earthcare are ways to put God’s love into practice. We believe the Way of Christ is not a way out of this world, but a way of being in this world, and work for a world that is beautiful, just, peaceful, whole, and free. While centered on the Way of Christ, we also find inspiration in other wisdom traditions, the transformative power of art and music, and the wonders of scientific discovery. Sunday sermons, children’s education, youth programs, and adult seminars reflect our mission. We are committed to the formation and support of our children (who always participate in our Sunday services), youth, and Connections - our college campus ministry. We support Presbyterian missions, and actively reach out locally, regionally, and to the wider world. Our Congregation Assessment Tool study rates us transformational (high energy and satisfaction) with a “Magi” culture (highly progressive and adaptable).

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

SPC’s sense of reaching out is rooted in God’s call to serve others and share God’s unfolding love for all. We seek to build the beloved community, establishing and strengthening relationships within the church and beyond our walls: for the congregation at large, in our supper groups and listening circles, contemplative Taize services, and in pastoral care. In the community, we offer many ways to experience God’s presence: we sponsor informed lectures, engaging seminars, thought-provoking films, lively concerts, and an affirming campus ministry at Shepherd University - Connections. Our children and youth participate in Sunday services through prayers for all creatures and nations, children’s sermons, drama ministry, and a creative Sunday Studio. They also participate in service with local soup kitchens and community cleanups, and in mission trips to rural southern West Virginia, Washington, D.C., and internationally.

We are committed to the exploration of racism and white privilege, support for migrant and immigrant families, solidarity with the Muslim community, affirmation of LGBTQIA+ people, donations for children in need, a ministry to homeless people, and to environmental stewardship - which we emphatically demonstrated when we became one of the first solar churches in WV. As a school of love, we strive to be lifelong learners as our understanding of God’s love grows deeper and we discern what God is calling us to do.

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

We are a vibrant and growing community of prayer centered on the Way of Jesus, the light and love of the world. We seek a pastor to join our covenant to love God and others wholeheartedly as realized through radical hospitality, holistic spirituality, and engaged compassion. The pastor will help us to discern where we are being led as a community of faith, to strengthen our connections with each other, and to more actively engage with other communities and organizations to amplify God's caring for the world.

As a bridge builder, our pastor will help us to deeply understand our culture, identity, and history, leading us to become a more fully inclusive and genuinely multicultural organization. The pastor will boldly lead and motivate our commitment to affirming the core value of compassion for all peoples of the world, caring for the Earth, and empowering and equipping individuals and congregations to welcome all people as exemplified by our relationship with More Light Presbyterians. We seek a courageous pastor willing to be vulnerable and take risks with us as we work to live into the future.

Because worship is vital to our communal life, our pastor will be deeply grounded in Reformed theology and acknowledge that the church is “reformed and always being reformed according to the Holy Spirit.” Our pastor will celebrate music ministry and invite a creative and participatory style of worship with an active lay leadership contributing to our multigenerational liturgical life.

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 spiritually mature and engaging preacher with the ability to inspire and empower a diverse and questioning congregation.

Our pastor will do the following:

Embrace our commitment to radical hospitality by practicing compassionate and inclusive behavior. Acting as a bridge builder, the pastor will work to connect people with different worldviews and theological positions.

Guide our progressive congregation in the development of a strategy and vision that is hopeful and future-oriented. The pastor will recognize the value of thinking outside the box.

Be a lifelong learner and an active participant in education programs and have a heart for campus ministry.

Work collaboratively with church leadership and staff, motivating and enabling people of all ages to obtain skills equipping them for ministry leadership, and bringing out the best in everyone and incorporating them into the life of the church.

Share our commitment to take on today’s moral, social, ethical, and theological issues. And, will have the energy and ability to inspire others in our mission to serve those living on the margins of society.

Have excellent listening and interpersonal skills, a good sense of humor, and be flexible and adaptable. The pastor will have an ability and interest in developing pastoral care ministries that serve people in need.

Collaborate with church and community members to be good stewards of the Earth and our environment.

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

We are looking for a pastor who will help us maintain the vibrant and progressive spirit of our congregation. The pastor is responsible for the following:

Providing leadership and guidance in the church, in partnership with paid and volunteer staff Preaching, planning, and carrying out worship with the liturgist, music staff, and worship leaders Administering the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion

Shepherding educational programs for all ages, with particular attention to programs for children and youth, and working to sustain and strengthen our campus ministry at Shepherd University

Meeting regularly with standing committees in the areas of worship, parish care, budget and finance, and administration

Seeing to pastoral care of the congregation, in cooperation with deacons and staff Conducting marriage and funeral services

Leading new member classes for adults and confirmation classes for youth Presiding over congregational meetings

Serving as moderator of Session

Serving as a resource to Session, appropriate committees, and staff in preparing the annual budget

Collaborating with Ruling Elders, to meet, train and examine new Ruling Elders Representing SPC at meetings and in committees of the Shenandoah Presbytery and
General Assembly, PC(USA)

Assisting the Clerk of Session and staff in preparation of required reporting to Presbytery and General Assembly, PC(USA)

Representing SPC in the community, such as in the Shepherdstown Ministerial Association and at local events

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Public Communicator
Risk Taker
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $55,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Ann Held
230 New York Ave, Harrisonburg VA 22801
(540) 271-3908
former session retreat leader
Rev. Carl Howard
COM 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?
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   11/8/2018

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:  Catherine Irwin Address  POB 3633, Shepherdstown WV 25443
Daytime Phone  304-876-9297 Office Phone 
Fax  Email