Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 23217.AE0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23217
Ministry Name Bethel Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 563 Bethel Green Rd
Staunton, VA 24401
Phone 540-886-6041
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 60
Church School Attendance 13
Curriculum Children: assorted Bible stories and activities Adult: Bible study and discussion
Yoked Church False
Community Type Rural
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor Interim
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Conflict Mediator Training, Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

We believe we are one Body in Christ empowered by the Holy Spirit.
We believe that we are renewed in heart and mind through prayer and study so that we might become disciples of Christ.

What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

We strive to be empowered by the Holy Spirit, renewed in heart and mind through prayer and study, with open mind and energy, representing Christ in this community and the world. Our members are faithful, compassionate, dedicated, friendly, caring, generous, talented and supportive. These qualities contribute to the stability and success of our programs.

We engage in a mission program in our community, in Baja Mexico, and elsewhere. We support active mission fundraising with benefit meals prepared by members, car wash, yard and bake sales, food booth, cake auction, silent auction, and musical events to support these missions.

 Mission supported include Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, Kingsway (clothing closet and food pantry), Weekday Religious Education, Boy Scouts, Young Life, Community Vacation Bible School,  Augusta Free Clinic, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Staunton Augusta Church Relief Association, ICARE, Massanetta Springs, Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands, Volunteer Fire Department, Riverheads High School Chemical People, Valley Mission, Valley Pastoral Counseling, Operation Christmas Child, Bethel Emergency Relief Fund (BERF), Souper Bowl of Caring, One Great Hour of Sharing, Links of Love, Joy Gift, Salvation Army Christmas Gift Program.

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

We are a tight knit community and we care for our neighbors in the church, the community, and around the world.

In the Church: Frequent religious and fellowship activities, care-giving, and communication. We communicate congregational news and needs by email, website, and Facebook. Provide transportation when needed.

In the community: Our community, established and experiencing moderate growth, includes a broad mix of families and individuals with different needs, interests and abilities. We see a need for spiritual growth and fellowship for all ages, as well as support for the needy. We collaborate with local churches and enjoy frequent fellowship with the many friends of Bethel and friends of its members. Through our Men’s, Women’s, Youth, Social, and Scouting activities, we get to know our neighbors, interact with them and show them Bethel’s hospitality. We actively support Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, college students (communications and Student Loans), local service organizations, and those needy neighbors who are aided through our charities.

Around the world: we have fielded mission teams to build homes in Baja Mexico for several consecutive years, and we support missionaries in Ethiopia. We also provide assistance for Appalachian and local habitat projects. Some of the programs in place which respond to needs are listed in item 1 above.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

The interim /transitional pastor will lead through a crucial time in the life the congregation, helping us evaluate our ministries and staffing model, while challenging us to find innovative ways to deepen our service to God and our community.

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

The interim/transitional pastor must have:

  • training, experience and commitment to intentional transitional ministry
  • strong administrative skills
  • a collaborative leadership style
  • proficiency in identifying and adapting to local culture
  • a commitment to the Reformed faith and Presbyterian polity
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

The Interim Pastor will serve as the spiritual and administrative leader of the congregation, session and staff during the pastoral transition.

    • function as Head of Staff, keeping regular office hours
    • moderate session and facilitate the work of session committees.
    • plan and lead worship, in collaboration with staff.
    • administer the sacraments in coordination with the Session.
    • provide pastoral care as needed in coordination with the Session.
    • support the various educational ministries of the church, teaching as appropriate and as time allows.
    • membership and active participation in Shenandoah Presbytery.
    • close coordination with the Committee on Pastoral Transition.
    • integration of the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) results into their work with the session and congregation.
    • demonstration for the staff and congregation a model of healthy self-care, study, spiritual care and prayer.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Technologically Savvy
Change Agent
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Organizational Agility
Personal Resilience
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $48,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Joe Condro
361 Abbington Rd, Swoope, VA 24479
supply pastor
Rev. Patrick Pettit
4707 East Side Hwy, Grottoes, VA 24441
COM chair, session moderator
Rev. Phil Sommer
2171 Front Royal Pike, Winchester Va 22601
former 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   11/12/2019

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:  Derek Almarode Address  2549 Old Greenville Road, Staunton, VA 24401
Daytime Phone  (540) 280-4940 Office Phone 
Fax  Email