Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 06054.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 06054
Ministry Name Walnut Grove Community Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address PO BOX 93
Walnut Grove, CA 95690
Phone 916-776-1106
Fax 916-776-2427
WWW Address
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 98%
Average Worship Attendance 30
Church School Attendance 3
Curriculum Faith Alive Christian Resources
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Open to both
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
We the congregation by covenant, promise to provide a Christian community that:
- encourages each person to find and follow Jesus Christ, the Lord of Life,
- provides a Christian community that expresses love and compassion for the people of our congregation and the greater community,
- creates a prayerful atmosphere that is open and accepting, forgiving and supportive,
- provides a Christian community that is inclusive of all who want to learn about and live a Christian life.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Our vision is to be a true community church embracing all people who wish to share their faith in Jesus Christ.  We will provide a Christian community that expresses love and compassion by creating an environment that is open, accepting, forgiving, and supportive.  We will recognize the strength and value of our long term members while seeking input from new members.  We will work to understand and accept our differences to let our love of Christ be known to our entire Walnut Grove Community.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Many people in our community consider WGCPC as their church even though they do not attend Sunday servcies.  However, other church related activities are well attended, such as the Christmas Candle Light service, Halloween Open House, and the July 4th pancake breakfast.  The last couple of years we have promoted "Celebrate the Delta," where we recognize the contributions of community members.  Our community has demonstrated that they want this church to succeed by financially supporting our exterior building remodel, paying for a new roof, using our fellowship hall for family parties and for weekly Rotary meetings.  Community members trust our church to baptize, marry, and provide a place for a memorial service.

We want to maintain and strengthen these relationships while looking for other ways to share the gospel by our actions, not just words.  Our intention is to do this with a spirit of caring and giving, without expectation of church attendance or anything in return.

We also recognize the challenges of reaching out to others. We will strive to do a better job of creating visibility and advertising events and activities by the use of community bulletin boards, technology, and social media.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
With our vision of a true community church we recognize we will need a pastor who understands engaging in the community is imperative.  The pastor will need to be outgoing and enjoy participating in community and church events.  The pastor will be a motivator and encourage all to embrace change.  He or she must be someone who can be willing to think outside the box and bring fresh ideas to our church.  We do not intend for the pastor to take all this on themself but will engage with all members as a team working to accept the challenge of this vision.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
We desire a pastor with a seminary education whose teaching and preaching will reflect biblicallly based theology.  We desire a person whose love for the Lord is contagious.  This person should be caring and kind, possessing a good sense of humor  and a positive approach to life and its challenges.  Good organizational skills are valued as is someone who is computer literate and can embrace ever changing technology.  The congegation's preference is for a pastoral family or a person with a strong family orientation.  If at all possible, we would very much like our Pastor to live in the Walnut Grove community, preferably in our manse, just a short walk from the Church.  In our community a Pastor with conversational Spanish would be helpful in reaching out to our diverse population.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
- Provide Biblically based Sunday service which relates to our daily lives.
- Lead the Celebration of the Lord's Supper each month.
- Provide marriage, baptism, memorial and committal counseling and ceremonies.
- Presiding over new member education.
- Providing elder and deacon education and installation.
- Leading or facilitating Bible study and adudlt education activities.
- Facilitate or lead youth outreach.
- Moderating monthly Session meetings and attending committee meetings when needed.
- Maintaining regular office hours.
- Providing pastoral care for those confined to home, hospital, or a residential facilitiy.
- Represent the congregation in public forums.
- Work with other local churches to strengthen God's presence in the community.
- Change water into wine.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Technologically Savvy
Change Agent
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $35,584   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Manse
Name Relation
Ron McHattie
3031 Crestwood Way, Rocklin, CA 95765
interim pastor
Doug Dickson
13381 River Road, Walnut Grove, CA 95690
church member, ruling elder
Rob Watkins
1600 W. Mallard Creek Church Road, Charlotte, NC 28269
former executive presbyter
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   2/11/2020

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Mary Westfall Address  9983 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA, 95827
Daytime Phone  (603) 969-4764 Office Phone  (916) 414-2080
Fax  (916) 414-2087 Email
PNC:  Nancy Rutherford Address  1067 1st Avenue, Walnut Grove, CA 95690
Daytime Phone  916-776-9221 Office Phone  916-776-9222
Fax  Email