Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 72566.AA0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 72566
Ministry Name Presbytery of Western North Carolina
Mailing Address 114 Silver Creek Road
Morganton, NC 28655
Phone 828 253 1431 x112
WWW Address
Ministry Size N/A
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 3%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 0
Church School Attendance 0
Curriculum N/A
Yoked Church True
Community Type N/A
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Information about the position

Position:   General Presbyter/Executive Presbyter/Presbytery Leader
Experience Required:   0 to 2 Years
Specific Title:   General Presbyter
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:   Other languages helpful, but not required, for our area include: Spanish, Russian, Slavic, Korean, a
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

SEE, we are the body of Christ” is our mission statement. S: Strengthen congregations. E: Equip disciples. E: Engage in mission.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

We work at building community and connections among our 99 congregations and other ministries, most effectively through supporting our mission work locally and globally, primarily in Malawi and Guatemala. Following our mission statement (see above) our vision for the future is both practical and daring:

  • We are a presbytery willing to try new programs, discarding some while improving and building on others.
  • We are in the initial stages of an Advocate program with 23 individuals who will strengthen the ties between congregations and the presbytery.
  • We want to live into the Matthew 25 initiative and aid our congregations with their own efforts, engaging people beyond the walls of our church buildings and validated ministries.
  • We need better communications for a 21st century environment.
  • We want to guide and assist our churches in finding effective ways to evangelize.
  • With Montreat in the middle of our presbytery, we naturally attract skilled, talented, retired ministers and profit from their wisdom. We also work hard – in conjunction with the Holy Spirit – to attract the best ministers to serve our congregations while also developing our own lay leaders.

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

As a presbytery, our community is our congregations, ministers, and other ministries. Our congregations, like in most presbyteries, struggle to define their ministries amid changing numbers and demographics. Also, in the past decade we saw a few churches either split or leave our denomination, but the overwhelming majority remain.

Our presbytery is truly diverse: theologically, culturally and politically. Our territory includes larger-membership churches in portions of metropolitan Charlotte as well as many smaller churches dotted throughout the Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains. The once-booming textile and furniture industries have been in decline for more than a decade, while migration into our area continues, diversifying us even more.

Validated ministries with a wide range of focuses are a vital part of our constituency.

As a presbytery, we need transformation. We continue to embrace flexibility while still being “decent and in order.” We crave creativity. We need to help guide our congregations in dealing with technology changes, building security, and personal safety. At the same time, we need to listen…for the Spirit, but also to the voices of our members, their needs, and the needs of the communities they serve. Through such listening, we can best build consensus.

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

With the right person as general presbyter (as installed, designated, or interim), we can better focus our listening, discover more common ground, and continue to build the unity we need, while still cherishing diversity. The right person will find talented co-workers to join in the harvest, nurturing their skills and commitment to the church and generating excitement. This person will attract both experienced laborers and new blood to our ministries while being an example of Christ-centered servant leadership. This requires presence in the field more than presence behind a desk; engaging worshippers and participants on a personal level, while not neglecting the needs of staff and committees of the presbytery. As Presbyterians, we are committed to being a connectional church. Our general presbyter should be the leader in connecting us to each other, to the Synod, and the national denomination, as well as to other partners in the Christian community and the world.

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

Perhaps the best description would be a person of contrasts:

  • Someone with excellent listening skills, yet also talented in outbound communications (1-on-1, in groups, and online)
  • A leader who knows how to manage rather than a manager who knows how to lead
  • A decision-maker who thrives at collaborating with others when making choices and setting plans
  • An organizer who is also good at delegation and sharing the praise and credit with all involved.
  • Both a team player and a coach (but not an owner).
  • Someone who fits in with members of large congregations and small ones, showing the love of Christ to all and celebrating their differences.
  • An encourager of others and pastor to all as needed.
  • An Energizer bunny who also recognizes when quiet and calm is more fitting.
  • A person who fits into and embraces both a digital world and the world of living, breathing people of God.
  • A champion for those in need, both individuals and churches, with a willingness to call out problems that threaten the health of the church and then seek remedies.
  • Someone who has an eye on the denomination and nurturing those bonds, but never loses sight that the presbyter’s main constituency is composed of the ministers and congregations’ ministries within our presbytery’s boundaries.
  • Like a Farmers Insurance agent, we’d prefer a presbyter who has seen a thing or two… but also open to seeing all manner of new things around us.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  • Lead both full-time and part-time staff as well as volunteers.
  • Work with and in consultation with the Stated Clerk.
  • Be a pastor to our flock.
  • Carry out the policies and decisions of the presbytery while providing key advice to the policy makers.
  • Oversee finances in conjunction with the Finance Committee and Treasurer.
  • Oversee programs and missions of the presbytery.
  • Build a spirit of stewardship within member congregations in order to fund programs and pay presbytery expenses.
  • Take a key role in updating the technology of the presbytery office for the benefit of our membership.
  • Be the primary liaison to the General Council and the Committee on Ministry.
  • Help in the supervision and guidance of the 23 Advocates to our congregations.
  • Build connections with members of our congregations, with ministers and pastors, with Sessions, with other mid-council leadership and national leadership, and with those outside our denomination.
  • Be a presence in our churches, missions, and ministries as much as possible.
  • Be a two-way communicator par excellence.
  • Deliver challenging sermons when called upon and spread the good news.
  • Be an encourager as necessary and an evangelist always.

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Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Change Agent
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $75,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Russ Reighley
3806 Sarazen Court NE, Conover, NC 28613
Commissioned Pastor
Barbara McLean
2 Woodbury Road, Asheville, NC 28804
Former Moderator of Presbytery, Ruling Elder
Luke Harkey
505 Forest Ave Landrum, SC 29356
Honorably Retired Minister Member
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   10/17/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev D Cameron Murchison Address  114 Silver Creek Rd, Morganton, NC, 28655
Daytime Phone  404-556-8041 Office Phone  404-556-8041
Fax  828-437-8655 Email
PNC:  Patrick W. T. Johnson Address  40 Church Street Asheville, NC 28804
Daytime Phone  828-253-1431 Office Phone 
Fax  Email