Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 23243.AF0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23243
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 116 S Loudoun St.
Winchester, VA 22601
Phone (540) 662-3824
Fax (540) 662-8498
E-Mail info@fpcwinc.org
WWW Address www.fpcwinc.org
Ministry Size 651 - 1000 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 450
Church School Attendance 313
Curriculum Disciples, Wired Word, Nooma videos, Spice Rack, Spark House Connect, God Loves Me, Godly Play
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Presbytery SHENANDOAH PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF MID-ATLANTIC
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor Interim
Experience Required:   0 to 2 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:
Serving Christ and Neighbor in the Heart of Winchester and Beyond
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

At First Presbyterian Church Winchester, we strive to nurture and equip joy-filled Disciples of Christ to share the gospel with others. Our vision can best be stated by our mission statement, "Serving Christ and neighbor in the heart of Winchester and beyond." We seek to live out this mission in a variety of ways within our church, within our community, and around the world. Our vision for ministry can be seen in three major areas: worship, education, and service.

We offer both traditional and contemporary worship services to help members and guests engage in meaningful worship and fellowship.

Christian education is a priority at First Presbyterian, and offerings span a wide range of ages and interests. A nationally accredited preschool, children's and youth ministries, and adult education all provide opportunities for people to learn and grow spiritually.

We serve each other through teaching, participating in an active music ministry, and caring for church family members in times of need. We serve our community by providing shelter in our church during the winter for local homeless individuals, by providing a weekly hot meal on Saturdays for our downtown neighbors, and by supporting local agencies that work to meet a variety of needs in our area. Our youth participate in mission trips each summer, and we serve the world through several longstanding international mission partnerships.

We value serving Christ within our church, our community, and beyond.

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

Our congregation has a longstanding tradition of identifying the emerging needs of our community and developing responses to address those needs. We feel led to strengthen the process by which members are called and equipped for ministry and leadership both within our church and in the community. We feel the following areas are important to address:

    • developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to reach new people and incorporate them into the life of the church with the goal of becoming more racially, ethnically, and educationally diverse

    • finding ways to speak effectively to those increasing numbers in our midst who profess no religious identity or affiliation

    • expanding outreach ministries that provide direct services to those living on the margins of society and those broken by life circumstances within our church and beyond

    • creating new programs and enhancing existing ones for children, youth, young adults, families, and aging members to help us all grow closer to Christ

At First Presbyterian Church, we embrace the message of Galatians 3:26 reminding us that we are all children of God in Christ Jesus. Every member has a place at the table and is called to be a part of the mission and ministry of the church. Our church is open to change that will help us discern the will of God and move toward being better Disciples of Christ.

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

The vision and mission goals of our congregation will be reached only through a continuing process of discernment under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Some of the specific tasks for which our Interim Associate Pastor will be responsible include:

Collaborate with staff and congregation to develop the mission of the church, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit

Assist Pastor with overall direction for Christ-centered worship, education and spiritual life of the church

Serve as the associate preacher, providing thoughtful and lively preaching that inspires and connects people to God’s word and is grounded in an understanding of the Bible as a faithful witness to God’s transforming and reconciling work in the world (minimum of one Sunday per month)

Develop effective teaching and training for continued growth as Christian disciples

Provide leadership as the associate pastoral theologian for the mission outreach of the congregation

Engage people empathetically and care for individuals and families in times of need and change

Lead the congregation in preparation for an installed associate pastor, namely

Understanding the evolving role of an associate pastor

Exploring the emerging identity and direction of the congregation

Assisting with communicating and implementing leadership/operational changes

Lead in a strong, collaborative style that challenges our church to identify and become passionate about a vision for the church’s future and a strategy for accomplishing that vision

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

We pray the individual who feels called to this congregation as Associate Interim Pastor will have a loving heart and an energetic spirit- ready to work with us to "Serve Christ and neighbor in the heart of Winchester and beyond."

We also pray that our Interim Associate Pastor would help our church family become more diverse and responsive to the changing demographics of our local community, specifically the growing Hispanic population.

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

The person called to this position is to fulfill the functions listed in the Book of Order and is expected to serve collaboratively and effectively on a ministry team of professionals.

The current staff includes six full-time employees: pastor, director of music, director of children's ministry, director of the weekday preschool, an administrative assistant to staff, and a business manager. Nine other staff persons work part time with various programs.

Optional Links

Church website: www.fpcwinc.org
Presbytery website: www.shenpres.org

City of Winchester: www.winchesterva.gov

Winchester/Frederick Co unty: www.visitwinchesterva.com
Shenandoah University: www.su.edu

Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury: www.svwc.org
Winchester City Public Schools: www.wps.k12.va.us/

Frederick County Public Schools: www.fcps.org/
Winchester Medical Center: www.valleyhealthlink.com/WMC

Top of Virginia Chamb er of Commerce: www.regionalchamber.biz/

Leadership Competencies:
Compassionate
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Teacher
Change Agent
Task Manager
Strategy and Vision
Collaboration
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Personal Resilience
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $46,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
REV ELIZABETH LEWIS
302 WENTWORTH DR, WINCHESTER VA 22601
540-327-6005
elewis@svwc.org
Former Parish Associate
REV CARL HOWARD
564 PEACEPIPE LANE, HEDGESVILLE WV 25427
304-754-3814
revcarlhoward@comcast.net
COM liaison
REV DAVID WITT
217 OPEQUON CHURCH LANE, WINCHESTER VA 22602
540-662-1843
pastor@opequonchurch.org
Neighboring pastor
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Yes
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   6/14/2017


Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   REV. ROY A. MARTIN Address  1111 NORTH MAIN STREET, HARRISONBURG VA 22802-4630
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (540) 433-2556
Fax  (540) 433-6830 Email  presbytersc@shenpres.org
COM:   REV. LISA MARIE WILSON (COMMITTEE ON PASTORAL TRA Address  142 EAST COURT STREET, WOODSTOCK VA 22664
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (540) 459-2646
Fax  (540) 662-7097 Email  kims@shenpres.org
PNC:  Ann Burkholder Address  116 S. Loudoun St., Winchester VA 22601
Daytime Phone  540-539-3066 Office Phone 
Fax  Email  annburkholder@gmail.com