Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 22078.AJ0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 22078
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
Mailing Address 1328 PEACHTREE ST NE
ATLANTA, GA 30309-3209
Phone (404) 228-7715
Fax
E-Mail youbelong@firstpresatl.org
WWW Address www.firstpresatl.org
Ministry Size More than 1500 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 2%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 4%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 2%
White 92%
Average Worship Attendance 1044
Church School Attendance 500
Curriculum
Yoked Church False
Presbytery GREATER ATLANTA PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF SOUTH ATLANTIC
Community Type Urban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Other)
Experience Required:   0 to 2 Years
Specific Title:   Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   No
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

First Presbyterian Church is a community of humble followers of Jesus Christ who choose, by God’s grace, to live by love, seek continual transformation, and equip all to be servant leaders in Atlanta and throughout the world.

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

First Presbyterian Church promotes and seeks to embody twelve essential values.
Spiritual home, a place to belong for a lifetime of faith;
Enduring commitment, ordering our lives around worship, education and service to God; Authentic diversity, building relationships that honor one another as children of God; Radical hospitality, sharing with all the welcome we receive in Jesus Christ;
Mutual care, giving and receiving shelter, nurture and spiritual fellowship;
Restorative relationships, seeking reconciliation with God and one another;
Continual conversion, being shaped as disciples through God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit;
Joyful worship, gathering to give thanks and praise to our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer;
Theological formation, pursuing deeper relationship with God through study, discernment, and spiritual discipline;
Bold humility, acknowledging our dependence on God by following the example of Jesus Christ in an increasingly secular world;
Just generosity, using all that we have received to promote justice, righteousness, and human dignity; and
Missional living, proclaiming God’s Good News in everything we say and do.

Our mission and values are lived out through:

Growth-oriented engagement, a welcoming experience, and intentional ministry.

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

We have articulated our call to reach out and address the emerging needs of our community and constituency through our Long Range Strategic Plan. There are seven strategic goals to be realized by 2023:

Deepen Participation
Prioritize engagement in the life of the church in order to strengthen our community and be transformed in our faith.

Relational Priorities
Engage the congregation in fulfilling our relational priorities and ensure that all ministries promote human dignity, personal empowerment, restorative relationship, and just generosity.

Servant Leadership
Equip members and friends to be servant leaders in the church and in all spheres of their lives.

Social Entrepreneurship
Promote individual economic empowerment.

Compassionate Care
Provide regular visits and spiritual friendship with all members and friends who are ill, bereaved, elderly, and/or homebound.

Purposeful Engagement
Elevate the capacity of the church to be a dynamic center and resource for learning, building relationships, and spiritual growth.

Forward Thinking

Reshape our structure, operations and communications to prepare the congregation for our third century of ministry.

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

We believe that the person who fills this position will help us reach our congregation’s visions and goals by embodying the following essential values: mutual care, radical hospitality and restorative relationships.

First, we see this person living out the compassionate value of mutual care externally and internally. The pastor would provide spiritual friendship and regular visits to the sick and the dying in their homes and hospitals as well as the bereaved, elderly and homebound. He or she would also tend to those who need mental, emotional or spiritual care within the church family. The pastor would help to train Stephen Ministers and lead the congregation towards helping one another.

Second, this pastor would help us embody radical hospitality. We want to share with all the welcome we receive with Jesus Christ. The care minister would help greet and integrate members into a deeper relationship with Christ by encouraging them to become involved in church activities beyond worship. We see this person helping the welcomed become welcoming.

Third, we believe that this person would play an essential role in helping the congregants form restorative relationships. That he or she would be instrumental in helping those who seek reconciliation with God as well as those who seek reconciliation with one another.

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

Work Habits
Organized and efficient
Able to work with church staff in coordinating visits
Comfortable with irregular work hours

Personality Traits
Compassion: Can the pastor empathize with others in a sincere and honest way? Can he or she bring comfort to those who are suffering and help to guide them through their darkest hours?
A calming presence. Can the candidate make others feel some peace at a time when their world is falling apart? Can he or she offer hope to those who have lost a loved one or lost their way in life. Does the candidate have a good bedside manner? Can he or she intuitively respond to situations appropriately?
Personal support system. This job requires the pastor to witness and minister to people during the most difficult circumstances of their lives. Therefore, it is important that this candidate be self-aware enough to know when and where he or she needs to set boundaries and incorporate self-care.
A good student of the Bible. The candidate should have a deep faith and a love for learning the word of God. He or she should be an avid reader so they will be able to direct others to books and scripture that will help to bring them comfort and closer to God.

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

Leads the weekly pastoral care staff meeting, providing and gathering up-to-date care concerns and addressing those concerns and/or delegating congregational contacts to other pastors or staff members.
Leads, trains, and/or helps to facilitate lay teams for providing congregational care, including but not limited to the Care Ministry Team, Stephen ministry, flower ministry, visitation teams, prayer shawl ministry, note-writing team, and compassionate caregivers.
Oversees the logistics and requirements for funerals, memorial services, and interments at First Presbyterian Church and off-site as requested by church members.
Sets vision for and creates systems to educate and empower the congregation to provide compassionate care for church and community members.
Coordinates regular visits, fellowship opportunities, and the sharing of communion with homebound members and members living in retirement and assisted living communities.
Along with Care Ministry staff, tracks church visits and contacts with members.
In coordination with the Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Formation and the Stembler Scholar, participates in Discipleship ministries, including regular teaching and support of Men’s and Women’s Ministries.
Participates regularly in worship and preaches upon request, up to 4 times per year. Serves as the “on-call” pastor for pastoral emergencies.
Officiates at weddings and funerals at the direction of the Senior Pastor.
 

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Leadership Competencies:
Compassionate
Hopeful
Spiritual Maturity
Communicator
Public Communicator
Interpersonal Engagement
Personal Resilience
Initiative
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $65,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
Rev. Dr. Scott Weimar
607 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308
404-875-0431
scott@napc.org
Neighboring pastor
Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams
145 15th Street, #803, Atlanta, GA 30309
404-427-6166
joannamadams@bellsouth.net
Former Interim Senior Pastor
Rev. Dr. Julie Johnson
239 Powers Cove, Marietta, GA 30062
404-217-8191
holycreek@aol.com
Spiritual Director at The Samaritan Counseling Cen
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Yes
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   4/5/2019


Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Aisha Brooks-Lytle Address  1024 PONCE DE LEON AVE. NE, ATLANTA GA 30306-4460
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  404-754-3633
Fax  Email  abl@atlpcusa.org
PNC:  Mary Katherine Greene Address  11 W. Andrews Drive Atlanta, GA 30305
Daytime Phone  404-784-3792 Office Phone 
Fax  Email  mk@mkgreene.net