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MIF #: 59460.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 59460
Ministry Name Presbytery of Utah
Mailing Address 699 E. South Temple, Suite 305
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Phone (801) 539-8446
Fax (801) 539-6981
WWW Address
Ministry Size N/A
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 1%
Asian 6%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 2%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
Middle Eastern 3%
White 87%
Average Worship Attendance 1551
Church School Attendance 0
Curriculum Various
Yoked Church False
Community Type N/A
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Information about the position

Position:   General Presbyter/Executive Presbyter/Presbytery Leader
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:   Executive Presbyter, 3/4 time
Employment Status:   Part-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
The Presbytery of Utah will provide leadership and resources resulting in healthy and growing congregations.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
The desire of the Presbytery of Utah is to support and grow healthy congregations that have effective leadership and strong outreach into their communities. The Presbytery of Utah has 20 congregations and 1 worshipping community, ranging in size from 20-350 members, spread out over 84,000 square miles. With so much variety in the congregations in addition to the great distances between them, special efforts need to be made to support these churches to develop community and join them in mission together. This is currently accomplished by a professional part-time staff including an administrative staff, EP, clerk, treasurer, and committees that aid and support congregations as well as the presbytery at large. Supporting committees include the Coordinating Council which is charged with overseeing Presbytery administration and implementing the Presbytery’s Strategic Plan, a committee on ministry, a committee on preparation for ministry (with over 10 under care), and subcommittees for nominating, personnel and retreat planning. The Presbytery also employees a youth ministry activity coordinator. Support is extended to pastors through two retreats and educational offerings at three presbytery meetings annually. Also, small church and blessing grants are offered to congregations to encourage new ministries and outreach activities.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Because of geographical distances, more is needed to create community within the Presbytery and fellowship among pastors. Due to multiple pastor vacancies, pastoral support will be critical as new pastors are installed and existing pastors tire from added duties. CLP’s will also need to be trained and supported as they are crucial in serving smaller churches. As the average age of the leadership (both for pastors and presbytery staff) is well over 50, younger leadership is needed in the future. Drawing such leadership to Utah has proved challenging, as has been raising up new leadership in the state due to diminishing membership and resources. We need to seek ways to grow our congregations as well as be creative about how they use resources and expand the ways we support churches through grants in order for them to create and expand ministries, support people in their communities in the margins, and to foster risk-taking innovations in church development.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
By expanding the EP position to 30 hours per week, we hope to better serve the needs of our Presbytery. There is a need for additional support of transitioning congregations and mentoring of pastors. The Presbytery has 5 of its larger churches hiring new pastors in 2020. These new pastors will require help navigating Utah culture. Existing pastors would also benefit from fresh perspectives on their congregations and ministries. There is also a need for support of rural congregations that are uniquely isolated and in LDS dominated communities, with whom we work with to have neighborly and collaborative relationships. This will require more travel time than in most presbyteries. We hope for new opportunities for congregations to work together, despite the geographical challenges. There is also a desire for continuity for Presbytery staff and clergy. Lastly, there is a unique challenge in Utah where the majority of congregants are from other denominations and have little understanding of Presbyterian polity and theology. New educational opportunities are needed to help congregations be more cohesive and united in their ministry goals.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
The Presbytery of Utah is seeking someone with spiritual maturity and the ability to help develop the spiritual maturity of others while providing dynamic presbytery program leadership. This person needs to be able to engage churches and maintain positive relationships within a diverse community as this presbytery represents many geographic, demographic, worship style, and theological differences. The EP also needs to be able to respect and appreciate this diversity while also being able to challenge and inspire us to new vision and action. The EP needs to be someone who is organized, an effective communicator, and efficient. We look forward to working with an EP who is creative, visionary, and able to speak the truth in love.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
The primary responsibility of the EP will be leading the Presbytery of Utah in fulfilling its mission and enacting its strategic plan. This includes providing supervision and leadership for presbytery staff, encouraging clergy and CLPs, and supporting all governing bodies of the presbytery. They will provide pastoral support (meeting with individual pastors to assess needs), guide churches through transitions, find resources for education, missions, aid in strategic visioning, and plan implementation. One of these visions is to seek to add new worshipping communities. The EP will also need to be a facilitator for communication in the Presbytery. From time to time churches may request the EP to moderate their session or assist when seeking new ministers for positions on their staff. The EP will also be a point of connection in communications with the denomination, including other presbyteries, the synod, and General Assembly. Specifically, this will include leading the Presbytery as it hosts the General Assembly in Salt Lake City in 2024.
Optional Links
Presbytery of Utah Strategic Vision Plan - available upon request
Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $33,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Laura Stellmon
117 East 300 South Brigham City, UT 84302
former EP
Rev. Jerrod Lowry
807 W King St. Elizabethtown, NC 28733
General Presbyter in Presbytery of Coastal Carolin
Rev. Dr. Rob Hagan
2001 NE 181st Ave Vancouver, WA 98684
Ministry Relations Officer for NW for Presbyterian
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   3/12/2020

Self-referral Contact Information

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Daytime Phone  435-705-1867 Office Phone  435-628-9158
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