Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 20886.AA0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 20886
Ministry Name MILLS RIVER
Mailing Address 10 PRESBYTERIAN CH RD
Phone (828) 891-7101
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 98%
Other 1%
Average Worship Attendance 50
Church School Attendance 20
Curriculum Bible study, PCUSA children's materials
Yoked Church False
Community Type Rural
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:   Pastor
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:

"Building Christ's Church, Piece by Peace"

What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

Our vision is four-fold: to grow in local missions, to grow in Christian education and youth programs, to use everyone’s talents in the spirit of Christ, and to grow our membership.

Our members want to grow in local mission efforts by partnering with local organizations. We are a church built on relationships and our members enjoy working on ongoing projects as a team. We have strong community partnerships but see tremendous room for growth as we consider how we could involve our young families in these efforts through hands-on projects. Our congregants even envision working with other churches, particularly those that are demographically different from our own, to make these efforts happen.

Our members also want to grow our Christian education for all members and youth programs. We know this means starting by strengthening the relationships with families we already have as members. We’d also envision rebuilding the relationships with community youth programs that we’ve lost over the years.

Our next vision is to use everyone’s talents in the spirit of Christ. This includes efforts in the worship service and also in outside projects as listed above. We know this means taking the initiative to ask congregants to participate.

If we are intentional in all these efforts, we know that we will grow our membership.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

Mills River is growing quickly. With both an influx of young families and older retirees in our area, our church seeks to meet the needs of multiple age groups. We feel we are already particularly gifted at ministering to older generations, offering many education programs (adult Sunday School, Presbyterian Women circles, adult Bible studies) and social programs (teas, work groups, luncheons, fundraisers) for them. It is in our ministry to young people that we feel we have much room to grow to meet the increasing community needs.

Although our area is a haven for retired people, there are pockets of moderate poverty and many young families struggle to make ends meet. Because of this we feel called to better minister to young families in our area. Less than a mile from our doors sits Mills River School, an elementary school for kids Kindergarten through grade 5. We have heard of the increasing needs of young families, particularly in the age of covid, and feel called to build a partnership with local schools and organizations to offer assistance needed (food, diapers, clothes, tutoring help, etc.). We want to really know our community and build strong relationships with families. We also know that the young families in our church have a strong desire to give back to the community. We feel called to better address that need by creating programs and projects that involve our children and youth in local assistance efforts.

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

We seek a solo pastor to seek to understand our history, to know us for who we are, and to guide us in achieving our vision and mission goals. We are a church filled with eager, kind, compassionate people who want to do good in the world with their unique talents. However, since losing our pastor of 20 plus years, we are in need of someone to guide us forward in building strong community partnerships and re-engaging our young families in worship and local mission efforts. We seek a pastor who is curious about the gospel and provides engaging learning opportunities for multiple age groups and someone who is passionate about children and youth. We seek someone who is full of initiative to help our members shine in worship and in the community, and who can help us re-build community relationships that have been lost throughout the years. We know this work does not fall on a solo pastor alone, but is the true work of the church as a whole.

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

We seek a pastor who is loving, empathetic, compassionate, and trustworthy. As a spiritually mature congregation, we seek someone who is grounded in their own spiritual journey who can provide engaging conversations and mentorship surrounding the gospel. As a congregation of diverse viewpoints, we seek a pastor who is open-minded and curious about others. We seek a leader who is ready to take the initiative needed to get out into the community and to get to know our local needs. Our pastor should care deeply about children and young families, knowing how much life they can bring to our church. Our pastor should be engaged and excited to get to know our congregation on a deep level, as we are a close-knit group. Many of our families have been in our church for multiple generations!

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

Our pastor will be responsible for worship services, Christian education, missions, pastoral care and administrative tasks.

In worship, our pastor will be responsible for leading inspiring weekly services in addition to special services (seasonal services, baptisms, weddings and funerals).

Our pastor will be responsible for partnering with us to broaden children’s ministry and explore creative approaches to engage and inspire families/youth in worship, music, missions and in the community. The pastor will help plan Vacation Bible School and other CE activities. Our pastor will also be responsible for leading adult classes.

In missions our pastor will work with the session to clarify, promote and expand church mission activities in WNC and beyond as well as represent MRPC in the local community.

In pastoral care, our pastor will visit our members who are homebound, in assisted living, or hospitalized and will provide them with communion. The pastor will also be responsible for providing pastoral care as needed for members.

In administration, the pastor will serve as Moderator for Session meetings and will collaborate with the Session to develop and implement the church’s vision. The pastor will encourage and support church committees in their work in the church. The pastor will also serve as the head of staff for church personnel.

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Decision Making
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $52,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Judy Andersen
7500 Pocoshock Forest Drive, North Chesterfield, VA 23235
Former member
Ellen Dozier
48 Shepard Square Unit 903, Brevard, NC 28712
Presbytery of WNC Mission Committee
Sarah Thomas
80 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711
828-686-3451 x134
Community Partner-Black Mountain Home-Children
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   9/10/2021

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Byron Wade Address  114 Silver Creek Rd., Morganton, NC, 28655
Daytime Phone  ‭(828) 430-1515‬ Office Phone  828-438-4217
Fax  828-437-8655 Email
PNC:  Noland Ramsey Address  178 Broyles Road, Hendersonville, NC 28791
Daytime Phone  828-606-0373 Office Phone  828-891-7160
Fax  Email