Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 23263.AD0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23263
Ministry Name Dorchester PC
Mailing Address 10290 Dorchester Rd
Summerville, SC 29485
Phone (843) 871-3572
Fax (843) 871-1064
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 3%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 95%
Average Worship Attendance 168
Church School Attendance 179
Curriculum Present Word, Living the Questions 2.0, Called to be Human, Witness by Augsburgh Fortress
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Youth)
Experience Required:   First Ordained Call
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:
The Dorchester Presbyterian Church of Summerville, South Carolina is called by God and organized to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. We minister to the needs of members of the congregation, residents of the community, the nation, and the world. We promote peace and justice, and as an Earth Care Congregation, we are engaged in environmental stewardship.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

Dorchester Presbyterian Church is a congregation that deeply values their ministry of one another, the community, and the world. We help members to discern and discover their interests and gifts for ministry, and thus help them fulfill their individual and congregational calling to be part of the Body of Christ. As we transition from the a Pastor-led to a program-centered congregation these are the ways we hope to live out our vision:

Faith: support each stage of a believer’s journey with Christ: exploring, and growing, in order to develop a close Christ-centered life.

Service: local, global, and mission efforts that direct our budget to follow our member’s hearts and hands at work.

Youth: our largest budgeted ministry: the children and youth programs center our efforts for growing our younger generation of Christian disciples.

Worship & Music: lectionary and theme-based sermons; personal testimony, pulpit & choir exchanges, youth-led worship service, outdoor services, Christian holiday services.

Prayer: supportive prayer chain community, pastoral and deacon care.

Education: DPC has one of the highest Sunday school attendance to worship ratios in our Presbytery; from pre-school to retirement, age-appropriate biblical lessons for each stage of our daily walk, and multiple adult Sunday classes.

Stewardship: including tithing and giving of our time and talents, we also care for our 50 acre campus including our wildlife sanctuary, trails, and garden for Katie’s Krops.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

Dorchester Presbyterian Church is called to reach out to address the emerging needs of a growing ministry of our youth, members and community:

Youth: DPC’s 40+ youth and 10+ experienced dedicated youth advisors continue to sustain a thriving youth program. All take part of our mission through service to the Members of DPC: Youth Sunday, youth Elders, etc., local community and outreach via mission trips: Salkehatchie, pay-it-forward outings, mystery mission trips, etc. Our weekly fellowship and small group sessions provide a fun, spiritual foundation for these youth. There are highly attended Summer youth conferences. We are returning to the model of an ordained, full-time Pastor to lead and organize this ministry while growing their faith.

Members: Our hands on, Sunday School attending, involved congregation is sustained through programs such as Presbytery Women, Deacons, prayer chain, fellowship events, Montessori styled children’s church, as well as salaried nursery care-givers. We feel a need for strengthening our full-church fellowship, worship/pastoral-care support, and communication/technology.

Community: Our community support, consists of, but is not limited to, an on-campus 70 child preschool called the Good Shepherd School, Second Sunday stewardship of local homeless shelters, a local mission day called Dorchester Serves Day, and crafting of surgical caps/prayer shawls for MUSC. We host in our facilities Boy Scouts, Red Cross, and college mission trips. 

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

We are returning to the model of an ordained, full-time Pastor to lead and organize the youth ministry. The scaffolding of the ministry is strong, however, this person would be able to devote the time to bring it to another level with more in-depth discussions and experiences through research and multimedia tools.

Having a second pastor will allow our current pastor more time to devote to other responsibilities. This position will also give us the opportunity to enhance our worship experience with a second voice and potentially add an additional Sunday service.

With the guidance of two ordained pastors we aspire to be more of a member-led congregation. This would inspire our members to achieve our mission goals and other dreams of adding additional retreats, bible studies, prayer groups, etc.

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

Our church has a history of having long-term pastoral leadership, therefore, our desire is to continue this tradition by calling a candidate who sees youth ministry as a career.

DPC Youth Group is the most important and influential peer group in our youth’s complicated and involved lives. We pray for an Associate Pastor to guide them spiritually and biblically in order to mentor these developing Christians. We are searching for a leader who cares passionately and will be involved in their active lives. The Associate Pastor should be someone they can trust and confide in, be fun and flexible. We also need someone technically savvy, capable of communicating effectively through the apps and methods which teens utilize.

This is not a junior position. This role is a co-leader of a church without a strict hierarchy. Thus the position involves a passion for working hand-in-hand with the other pastor in worship. He/she must have the ability to envision what needs to be done and have the initiative and confidence to take charge.

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  1. Youth Ministry

    • Lead, plan and organize weekly youth activities along with weekend retreats, mission trips and summer conferences.

    • Support and attend youth members' outside activities (e.g. sports, music, etc.)

    • Recruit volunteer advisors and oversee involvement

    • Organize registration, payment collections, and activities for retreats, conferences, and mission trips

    • Develop annual calendar and budget

    • Weekly communication with advisors, parents and youth

  2. Church Leadership

    • Help to plan and lead weekly worship services

    • Preach one sermon monthly

    • Attend Session, Worship and Christian Education Committee meetings

    • Provide information and assist in preparing annual activities report

    • Coordinate website and online communications

    • Participate in Presbytery activities and events

  3. Leadership in a 3rd area of need for the church

    • e.g. mission, fellowship, communication, etc.

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    Dorchester Presbyterian Church:

    Town of Summerville:
    Leadership Competencies:
    Preaching and Worship Leadership
    Technologically Savvy
    Organizational Agility
    Interpersonal Engagement
    Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
    Minimum Effective Salary: $49,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
    Housing Type: Housing Allowance
    Name Relation
    Russ Blackwelder
    349 Weston Hall Dr. Summerville, SC 29483
    Member and spouse to Dorothy Blackwelder (Former A
    Pat Jones
    3411 Farmers Market Rd. Charleston, SC 29414
    Former Intern
    Chris Sarkowski
    302 Hibben St. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
    Head of Youth at Mount Pleasant Pres., Familiar wi
    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  (843) 708-7127 Office Phone  (843) 766-4219
    Fax  (843) 766-2804 Email
    PNC:  Jim Brice Address  112 Royal Troon Court, Summerville, SC
    Daytime Phone  828-450-3880 Office Phone 
    Fax  Email