Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 23218.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23218
Ministry Name Covenant Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 2001 North Coalter Street
Staunton, VA 24401
Phone (540) 885-2138
Fax (540) 885-4399
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition White 99%
Other 1%
Average Worship Attendance 229
Church School Attendance 112
Curriculum Dwell
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
Last Information from Statistics of the Church  * (  Show Statistics  )
* Data availability is not guaranteed

Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Christian Education)
Experience Required:   No Experience
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:
Striving to be Faithful Disciples of Christ:  Worshiping with Joy, Growing in Faith, Serving in Love

What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Covenant’s vision is our mission statement - Striving to be faithful disciples of Christ: worshiping with joy, growing in faith, serving in love.  This vision is lived out by:
  • Fully welcoming and accepting everyone, no matter where one is in one’s faith journey
  • Honoring the diverse gifts of all
  • Seeking to be instruments of God’s love, peace, and justice
  • Expressing our love for God and one another in an inclusive and compassionate community
  • Praising God through our words, actions, and music
  • Sharing in study, worship, and service that challenges, enlightens, nurtures and encourages questioning and wrestling with faith
  • Serving our neighbors locally, nationally, and globally
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
In order to address the emerging needs of the community, Covenant feels called to:
  • Identify each year a significant societal problem/need to address across the life of the church (part of recently adopted long-range plan)
  • Offer a living example of a community that loves one another across our differences and honors diversity while affirming our unity in Christ
  • Actively participate in serving our neighbors locally, nationally & globally through hands-on activities including local hunger programs, building and repairing low income housing and providing disaster assistance
  • Financially support over 25 organizations that serve the diverse needs of our neighbors, locally, nationally & globally, as well as missionaries in Africa
  • Share our church facilities with local community organizations, for example NAACP, YMCA sports, community theater and Girl Scouts
  • Operate a well-respected preschool that continually adapts to community needs and provide scholarships to families in need
  • Try new ideas to support members & community and be open to non-traditional forms of worship
  • Partner with sister churches for worship and service
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
This position will help Covenant reach our vision and mission goals by:
  • Working collegially with staff and lay leaders to nurture faith across all ages
  • Bringing creative ideas and energy to church programs and worship
  • Offering inspiring and challenging sermons and teaching that encourage reflection on the integration of faith and daily living
  • Expressing care and compassion for our members in hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities and their homes
  • Collaborating with the Christian Education team in creating a vision for Christian Education across the life of the congregation and developing the program elements that help to realize that vision
  • Bringing a focus to children’s Christian Education and introducing and integrating the children of the church into worship, faith and service
  • Bringing vitality and fresh ideas to the adult Christian Education program
  • Bringing passion and innovative ideas in ways that expand our ability to engage with the community
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
The person who is open to being called to Covenant needs to be:
  • Grounded biblically and theologically in our Presbyterian tradition: Reformed and always being re-formed
  • Creative, collegial, and inclusive in Spirit
  • Capable of communicating clearly and imaginatively in word and print with people of all ages
  • Compassionate, loving and understanding in caring for others (a good listener)
  • Joyful and curious in his or her faith with a passion for sharing his or her faith experience
  • Supportive and encouraging of others in their questions and faith journeys
  • Willing to be a loving brother or sister of our church family
  • Have a willingness to collaborate with others, be flexible in his or her approach, self-motivated and actively engaged
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
This person will have responsibility for:
  • Christian Education across the life of the congregation working with the Pastor and Director of Youth Ministries
  • Teaching occasional classes/Bible Studies, participating in worship weekly, and preaching occasionally
  • Visiting members in hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities and their homes in coordination with the Pastor
  • Visiting prospective members in coordination with the Pastor
  • Providing complementary pastoral leadership & performing pastoral duties
  • Working with and being a resource for Session teams/committees to realize the vision for the congregation
  • Recruiting and coordinating paid and volunteer nursery care for infants and toddlers
Optional Links
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Strategy and Vision
Personal Resilience
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $38,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Amy Fetterman
37 Surry Lane, Fishersville VA 22939
(540) 448-5938
neighboring pastor, former associate pastor
Betty Richmond
2001 North Coalter Street, Staunton, Virginia 24401
(540) 487-6606
Interim Director of Children's Ministries
Temple Myers
14 Herron St, Mt Sidney, VA 24467
(540) 280-8533
retired neighboring pastor
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   2/7/2018

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:  Mike Riddell Address  2001 N. Coalter St, Staunton VA 24401
Daytime Phone  (540) 255-8038 Office Phone 
Fax  Email