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MIF #: 10102.AG0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 10102
Ministry Name Westminster Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 2701 Cameron Mills Road
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone 703-549-4766
Fax 703-548-1505
WWW Address
Ministry Size 1001 - 1500 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 2%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 378
Church School Attendance 102
Curriculum Elementary – Sparks Rotation & Godly Play; Preschool – God Loves Me Books ; Youth – Sparkhouse: Collaborate series, Youth Ministry Architects Spice Ra
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Christian Education)
Experience Required:   First Ordained Call
Specific Title:   Associate Pastor for Christian Formation
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:   Formal training (M.A.C.E., Certified Christian Educator, etc.) or demonstrated a
Brief Church Mission Statement:

By the grace of Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit, the people of Westminster Presbyterian Church joyfully commit ourselves to build and nurture a worship-centered church to the glory of God. In vibrant corporate worship, we hear the Word of God proclaimed in sermon and celebrated in song and sacrament. We are called through prayer, education, fellowship and mission to uphold one another, to grow in faith and Christian love, and to serve God faithfully in our community, in our nation’s capital, and throughout the world. We welcome to Westminster all who seek to discover the significance and meaning of Jesus Christ in their lives.

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

Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC) was formed in 1940 and has an established, community- oriented personality. It draws many of its members from the dense suburban neighborhoods surrounding the church in Alexandria, Va., which borders Washington, D.C. Its membership is a broad and stable mixture of seniors, singles, empty nesters, and families – including 350 children and youth.

The membership worships together in a traditional service supported by a robust music program that includes adult and children’s choirs, instrument groups, and a pipe organ. WPC has a politically informed membership with both liberal and conservative viewpoints. The church places high value on non-partisan preaching and teaching that informs individual decision-making within a spiritual context.

WPC strives to enable congregants of all ages to cultivate deeper relationships with God through worship, education, mission, and fellowship, creating lifelong disciples of Christ. To this end, WPC recently reframed our Christian Education ministry as Christian Formation in recognition of the multifaceted nature of spiritual development. One goal of this vision is to expand beyond classroom walls to naturally integrate Christian Education with missions, music, and other church programs for children, youth, and adults.

Christian Formation ministry is for everyone: we have a particular focus on the growing demographic of children and families in addition to spiritual growth through all ages.

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

WPC has a well-educated, professional congregation with a desire for Christian Formation content that is deep, meaningful, and relevant. The church values intergenerational activities and seeks to promote participation by all ages in fellowship and education. WPC envisions the Christian Formation ministry as a major focus moving forward.

Alexandria is home to families who are part of the busy, fast-paced lifestyle that is characteristic of the D.C. area. Many families move here from afar and do not have relatives nearby. Thus, the sense of community at WPC is of high importance. As WPC continues to grow, enhancing this community with programs that provide fellowship, spiritual nourishment, and pastoral care to parents and children is a priority. Programs should support parents in bringing Christian Formation into the home and encourage all adults to promote spiritual development of the children of the church. WPC seeks leadership to inspire its families to thrive: committing time and resources to the church, actively participating in activities, and growing deep connections with one another.

The D.C. area has a diverse population of many ethnicities, nationalities, lifestyles, and religions. WPC seeks to welcome all people, and we aim to raise our children to positively engage and understand the diversity around us as they begin their own faith journeys. We are all neighbors and God’s children, and we seek to further welcome such diversity as a congregation.

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

The Associate Pastor for Christian Formation (APCF) will lead development of a comprehensive strategy for WPC’s Christian Formation and educational ministries for children, youth, and adults. This position will provide leadership and vision to the collegial team of clergy, music and Christian Formation staff who are responsible for implementing the components of this ministry. The perspective of the APCF will bring new richness to content and different opportunities for spiritual growth and transformation.

This APCF also will have primary responsibility for implementing the Christian Formation program for children (birth to fifth grade) and their parents. Vibrant and engaging programming is expected to be a key attraction for new families and a vehicle for inspiring existing families to renew their commitment to WPC with time, talent, and resources as a priority among many external pressures within their busy lives. The APCF must be a warm, welcoming presence for parents and children, providing formal and informal pastoral care to promote connection to the church and strengthen the sense of community.

The APCF will be a visible leader of the church who participates in worship planning and leadership and preaches several times per year. With the other pastors, staff, and selected elders, the APCF will engage visitors, encourage membership, and involve members in the life of the church.

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

WPC is looking for a pastor with a passion for Christian Formation and the energy and expertise to satisfy the thirst of the congregation for spiritual growth and learning. This individual must be capable of conceiving and articulating a vision for Christian Formation and leading a collaborative effort among staff and members to achieve that vision. This effort will require organizational and project management skills, including detailed advance planning and strong communication with members and staff. The APCF will lead with innovation, creativity, self-assurance, and a willingness to try new approaches to keep curriculum and educational experiences fresh, while also seeking continuous improvement by soliciting and being receptive to feedback.

The APCF is expected to complement the current clergy, adding to the capabilities of the staff. The APCF should have a demonstrated ability or formal training in Christian Education and Formation. In addition, WPC is looking for someone who is compassionate and dynamic with children, relates easily to parents, has a passion for teaching, and is technologically savvy (e.g., with social media).

WPC seeks a pastor who can tackle today’s complex social issues through a spiritual lens. The APCF will help foster a welcoming environment to the differing social and political viewpoints represented in our congregation.

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  • Work with clergy, staff, and lay persons to develop a comprehensive strategy for Christian Formation ministries for children, youth, and adults

  • Lead and collaborate with staff and members to execute the strategy

  • Take primary responsibility for all aspects of ministry to children and families within Christian Formation, including the curriculum and Sunday morning programming for children (birth to 5th

    grade) and programs for families (e.g., retreats)

  • Collaborate with the Associate Pastor for Youth Ministries to support effective youth programs

  • Collaborate with the Director of Music Ministry around the music ministry for children and the children’s choir

  • Supervise two staff for Children’s Ministry and Adult Formation

  • Serve on the Board of the Westminster Weekday Preschool and serve as the administrative advisor to the Preschool Director

  • Work with staff to plan and execute worship services, offering ideas that support Christian Formation

  • Preach at least 5 times per year during Sunday services and deliver most of the Children’s sermons

  • Recruit and organize church members, parents and youth into leadership and support roles within Christian Formation programs, including Sunday morning childcare

  • Attend weekly staff meetings with other clergy, Session meetings, and Christian Formation Committee meetings

  • Participate in weddings and funerals, administer the sacraments of baptism and confirmation, and provide pastoral care along with other clergy and staff

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Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Technologically Savvy
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $73,400   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Jessica Tate
210 13th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
NEXT Church Director/COM Chair
Deanna Reynolds
474 Sunset Dr, Fairfax, IA 52228
Recent member who was active in children and famil
Sarah Hoffman
2409 Taylor Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22302
Elder and parent of two children who are active in
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   8/20/2018

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev John Molina-Moore Address  11300 Rockville Pike #1009, Rockville, MD, 20852
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (240) 514-5348
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PNC:  Steve Denne Address  1722 Potomac Greens Drive, Alexandria, VA 22314
Daytime Phone  501-551-7659 Office Phone 
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