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Church/Organization General Information

Church/Organization Number 22314
Church/Organization Name First PC
Mailing Address 189 Church Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone (770) 427-0293
Fax (770) 427-0295
WWW Address
Church/Organization Size More than 1500 members
Ethnic Composition African American 1%
Caucasian 97%
Hispanic Mexican / Central American 1%
Other Asian 1%
Average Worship Attendance 811
Church School Attendance 417
Curriculum Toddlers -- Little Blessing, Gospel Light; Preschool – Rock Solid, Cokesbury; Grade – 252 Basics,
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor (Head of Staff)
Specific Title:   Senior Pastor
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

In 1835 twelve believers began a journey of faith that became First Presbyterian Church (FPC) Marietta. That journey continues today with our renewed intention to be a disciple-making church, and we have adopted a mission statement to reflect that vision:
We are servants of the Lord Jesus Christ who gave us the Great Commission from Matthew 28. We understand this commission to mean that we are called to praise and listen to God in worship and prayer; to proclaim God’s grace in mission and in outreach; to offer our fellowship to all; to serve the needs of the people; and to nurture ourselves and others in Christ through the Bible.
We seek to live out Matthew 28 in many ways. Excellence in corporate worship is the core of our ministry. In addition we have a zeal for mission: we have built Habitat homes in Marietta, Georgia, and cinderblock homes in Monterrey, Mexico, as we carry out our passion to build lives for Christ.
Fellowship is genuine. Worshipers are welcomed into a warm, inviting and hospitable atmosphere. Sunday schools are vibrant and interactive, and our young find a Christian home where they are loved and accepted.
Christ-centered care is manifested in ministries that shepherd, counsel, comfort, reassure and nurture God’s people in purposeful ways. From changing diapers in nurseries to changing lives in youth programs, from hearing little voices in Vacation Bible School to hearing big voices in Bethel Bible Series, we proclaim resoundingly: “Jesus is Lord.”

Brief description of the church/organization's programs or accomplishments:

Programs at FPC begin with worship where the Word is actively preached in four worship services each Sunday. Nurseries, Children’s Church, Sunday Schools for children, youth and adults, and numerous Bible studies provide opportunities for Christian growth and nurture. Importantly, there has been a dynamic growth in Family Ministry and in participation of young families.
Spirit-lifting music is provided by adult choirs, children’s choirs, youth and adult hand bell ringers, a brass ensemble and a praise band. Our Chancel Choir has performed here and abroad, traveling to Italy, Israel and the UK.
We are passionate about our youth. Preschool and after-school programs nurture youngsters from all walks of life; for many it is their first exposure to the love of God. In distant lands our young people build partnerships with national churches; closer to home they build Christian relationships with each other. Spirit-filled Sunday and Wednesday programs and action-packed, on-the-road retreats invite young people to come along on life’s faith journey.
Support for missions has been strong and consistent. Our Mission Focus Campaign raises tens of thousands of dollars annually to support ministries worldwide.
Bible study to barbecuing, yoga to ballroom dancing—fellowship abounds at FPC University on Wednesday night where 350 routinely gather to share, study, pray, and have fun. Stephen Ministry, Homebound Visitation, Mother’s Morning Out—all are programs that meet people where they are.

Gifts, Skills and Experiences the congregation possesses to fulfill its mission:

Skilled and talented believers energize FPC. Ministers are Christ-centered team players who teach, lead, and inspire. They are well educated, articulate, and faithful adherents to the principles of the Reformed Tradition. Our Director of Music is talented and artistic and provides programs that are scripturally based, relevant, and uplifting.
Sunday School and Bible study teachers, youth advisors and Vacation Bible School volunteers serve to strengthen and deepen our relationships. Members with special talents lead the Career Ministry, the Financial Ministry, the Adoption/Foster Family Care Ministry, the Martha Ministry, the Shepherding Program, the Chancel Guild and others.
Young people assist teachers in children’s Sunday Schools and lead portions of our youth program. Mission Camp, Road Rules, and spring and summer mission trips all provide opportunities for Christian leadership, purposeful service, and spiritual growth for our youth.
From the 96 members who built a sanctuary for 400 in 1854 to the faithful who turned debt into “paid in full” in capital campaigns over the last 100+ years, we have been fiscally prudent while being quick to share. Our Gift Trust Fund distributes $80,000 annually to support a wide range of outside mission programs. “Let us tell the next generation,” the theme for our 2010 capital campaign, focused our hearts on the future and left us debt free.

Key theological issues of the church and society that are reflected in the ministry of the congregation/organization:

The question remains today as it has for generations: given the demands of modern day life, the increasing trends toward secularism, and the socioeconomic, political, and religious diversity in the world, how do we live out that which we proclaim: “Jesus is Lord”? At FPC, our 176 year-old commitment is to ensure that we maintain a Christ-centered, Biblically-based ministry. With the Great Commission as our charge, we seek to reflect Him in all that we say, think, and do as we minister to a world in need.
The 21st Century church is challenged to equip and support all members in their balancing act. Our youth have been particularly affected by the changes in society, and ministering to them is a high priority at FPC. We also strive to nurture adults at every stage in their faith journey, from those who are biblically well-grounded to those who are new to the faith.
We seek to respond to economic and social issues in local, regional, and international ministries. Whether in Marietta, GA, or Nairobi, Kenya, we feel drawn to missions that “do it unto the least of these.”
We recognize that there is within our Presbyterian family a spectrum of viewpoints on a number of social and theological issues. At FPC we have been and continue to be firmly committed to Reformed theology and to traditional Presbyterian values. We seek unity rather than uniformity, and we continually search for guidance from the Holy Spirit to be faithful responders to all issues that affect the human condition.

Position Description

A. Major Responsibilities:
  • Study for, plan, and deliver sermons that will move, challenge, and feed the congregation with God's word.
  • Plan and conduct weekly worship services, special services, and celebrate the sacraments to glorify God.
  • Oversee and encourage the associate pastors and lead them to provide creative programs and ministries.
  • Provide leadership and strategic planning to establish vision and goals.
  • Plan and moderate the meetings of the Session and work with its Councils.
  • Train and guide elders and deacons in the responsibilities of their elected positions.
  • Encourage the congregation in generous stewardship of time, talents and money.
  • Provide leadership in the effective use of church facilities and in planning for future needs.
  • Share with associate pastors to provide for pastoral care for members.
  • Participate in and support presbytery and community activities.
  • Participate in church fellowship activities.

B.  Characteristics and qualifications needed

Overwhelmingly our members want an outstanding preacher — a spiritually mature person with a passion for Christ who is Biblically sound, firmly grounded in the Reformed tradition and who can deliver sermons that touch our souls. We prefer a person of high intellect who preaches sermons that are scholarly prepared, articulately and energetically delivered and that reflect a true wisdom and understanding of the Christian experience. The pastor should inspire us to take the sermon from the sanctuary to the street and should project a sense of confidence from the pulpit that translates into a call to the soul.
We seek a proven leader who has had experience in leading a large congregation. The pastor should value the thoughts of others and be able to form a vision and inspire both staff and congregation to commitment and action. As Senior Pastor, he/she should work in a collegial manner that will empower the other pastors to succeed in their ministry.
We want what comes from the pulpit to be mirrored in the pastor in his/her family and community activities — a person of high moral character and strong personal faith. The pastor should have strong interpersonal skills: wise and confident in times of conflict, a good listener and communicator, a consensus builder, approachable, trusted and trusting, respected by all. Interwoven amongst these traits should be a sense of humor that is spiced with an ample measure of humility.

Primary Skill Choices:
Administrative Leadership
Communication (Written / Oral)
Corporate Worship / Sacraments
Organizational Leadership and Development
Pastoral Care
Problem Solving / Decision Making
Spiritual Development
Stewardship and Commitment Program
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $100,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Address Phone Numbers Relation Email
Rev. Ken Terrell 305 Mint Court Acworth GA 30102 770.883.5148 (cell) Cherokee Presbytery Liaison
William L. Arthur, D. Min 322 Arundel Rd. Greenville SC 29615 864.991.5354 Past Interim Minister
Rev.Paul Sherwood Reid Memorial PC 2261 Walton Way Augusta GA 30904 706.733.2275 Past Church Administrator
Geographic Choices:   Unlimited
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   10/11/2011

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (770) 382-6280
Fax  (770) 382-7804 Email
PNC:  Dr. Robert Harper Address  2201 Lattimore Farm Dr. Kennesaw, GA 30152-4739
Daytime Phone  404-550-1363 Office Phone  770-422-4274
Fax  Email