Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 23219.AC1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23219
Ministry Name Staunton First
Mailing Address 100 E. Frederick Street
Staunton, VA 24401
Phone 540-886-0704
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 90
Church School Attendance 0
Yoked Church False
Presbytery Shenandoah
Community Type Small City
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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:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

The primary mission of First Presbyterian Church is to foster a dedicated and loving commitment to Jesus Christ on the part of all our members. From this commitment, we work toward the following goals:

  1. Increase our dedication and support to both the community and world missions as we engage the entire congregation in spreading the Gospel.
  2. Develop our building assets as a resource for community ministries.
  3. Continue and improve our strong educational and music programs.
  4. Nurture our members in times of need and joy
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

We seek to heal ourselves by entering a healing season of fellowship, spiritual nourishment, working together, and nurturing members in times of need and joy. We want to practice cooperation, compassion, love, and trust within our congregation. We will work to keep our eyes looking forward so we can move forward. While this vision is short term, it is essential so that we can allow a new era, anchoring ourselves as a family of faith with fruitful gatherings, and strong foundations. From this foundation, we will be better equipped to discern how to go out in the world in our current reality. Once we make progress with our short-term goals, we will be able to turn to a community need that matches our abilities and resources. Our priority is a healing season as this will best equip us to move forward.

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

First Presbyterian currently opens our doors to local cultural non-profits such as Staunton Music Festival, Heifetz, the American Shakespeare Center, and Mary Baldwin.  We sponsor a local Boy Scouts of America troop. We provide refreshments and shelter during the Staunton Christmas Parade. We support one another with food, cards, phone calls, and visits. In this season, we feel called to address the needs of our congregation and our church if it is to survive. Specifically, we need to heal. Within our community, we feel it is essential to assess needs before addressing them. Everything is different now-in our community and our church.

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
    • provide pastoral care as needed
    • 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
    • demonstrate 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
Change Agent
Task Manager
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $70,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Patrick Pettit
4707 East Side Hwy, Grottoes, VA 24441
(540) 292-0060
Chair of Presbytery Pastoral Transition
Bronwen Boswell
PO Box 1146, Harrisonburg, VA 22803
(716) 510-3902
General Presbyter
Jamie Smith
372 Kyles Mill Rd, Mt Solon VA 22843
(540) 588-3162
Current moderator
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   1/16/2023

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Bronwen Boswell Address  PO Box 1146, Harrisonburg, VA, 22803
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (540) 433-2556
Fax  Email
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (540) 459-2646
Fax  (540) 662-7097 Email
PNC:  Sam Clem Address  100 E. Frederick St, , Staunton VA 24401
Daytime Phone  540-836-9493 Office Phone 
Fax  Email