Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 04600.AE1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 04600
Ministry Name First Presbyterian (Old South) Church
Mailing Address 29 Federal Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
Phone (978) 465-9666
WWW Address
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 3%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 67
Church School Attendance 8
Curriculum DIG IN from Group Publishing
Yoked Church False
Presbytery Northern New England
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

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

Our Mission: Transform, Train, Testify

  • Transform lives through a saving knowledge of Christ

  • Train a community of intentional disciples

  • Testify to God's goodness through loving service to the people of greater Newburyport

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

At Old South First Presbyterian Church of Newburyport, we look to the Great Commission as our guiding principle for what we envision for our church. Our vision for our congregation is that lives will be transformed by introducing people to the saving knowledge of Christ and that as a community we will be trained to become intentional disciples. Lastly, through this, we will testify to God’s love by serving the people of Greater Newburyport and beyond. 

Our goal is to create meaningful worship that provides each individual with a transformative encounter with Christ. We are committed to helping the community of faith to be formed in the image of Christ through our warm and welcoming culture and spiritual formation opportunities such as bible studies, discipleship groups, and prayer where anyone can bring their questions, doubts, and fears and find answers. As the body of Christ, we lift each other up when we fall and encourage one another when we stray. In response to God’s work in us, we live out our faith by serving both our local community and the world.

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

During his ministry on Earth, Jesus cared about both spiritual and physical needs, as they are both connected and intertwined.  God gave us all individual gifts to teach, to serve, and to help others.  To fulfill our call requires committed disciples, eager to act by studying the Word and discerning the Lord’s plan for us.

Through thoughtful prayer and discussion, we feel the Holy Spirit calling us to create more opportunities for spiritual development for our children, providing support and Christian education as they grow. We feel called to foster more opportunities for spiritual formation for our adults, specifically by equipping members to share our faith with the people in our lives who do not yet know the Lord. 

We are seeking to provide more occasions for fellowship, allowing us to reconnect with each other after the pandemic-ridden years that have caused us to be physically separated from one another. We have felt led by the Holy Spirit to increase our involvement in local programs that create affordable housing, provide food relief, and assist in resettling immigrants. We believe these outreach programs are an invitation as individuals and as a congregation to connect to Christ and to each other. We want to remain open to hearing what God longs to do through us as we open our church to local functions and create a warm and welcoming environment to draw visitors into our community.

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

As an inspirational preacher and teacher of God’s Word and a thoughtful designer of worship services, our pastor will guide us towards a transformative understanding of Christ’s teachings. Our pastor will encourage a deeper, discerning relationship with Christ for each of us. They will support us in our efforts to provide spiritual formation opportunities for the members of our congregation by providing an environment in which we can bring our questions about our faith and the world we live in.

With lives transformed by an encounter with the Holy Spirit and solid training as a community of intentional disciples, our pastor will motivate us to move outwards to share Christ’s love by serving our local community and the world. As a collaborative leader who values disciples working together, the pastor will work with the lay leadership to nurture our ministry to one another, creating a sense of hopeful and joyful confidence in the congregation and the community.  The pastor will embrace the challenge of growing the church, which will require initiative, flexibility and openness to change.

Our desire is that our pastor would be a part of the interpersonal work that is needed to motivate involvement from the congregation, helping us to see and use our unique gifts for God’s glory. Some of our programs will need enrichment and a pastor that is willing to brainstorm and encourage unity will help us in the achievement of our goals and vision for Old South. 

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

We hope to find a pastor who is an effective leader that will rise up with us and build a vibrant church for God. We desire:

· A pastor who has a love for Christ, nurtured through time in prayer and study and Sabbath keeping, and proclaims Jesus as Lord and Savior;

· A collaborative leader with a strong ability to encourage members to work together, flexible within a dynamic environment, and able to use and maximize the skills of talented church staff;

· An accomplished preacher, with significant knowledge of the Scriptures, who will help exhort the congregation to a fuller commitment to Christ, able to inspire from the pulpit with a consistent Christ-centered message that is intellectually and personally meaningful through the worship service;

· A seasoned spiritual mentor who has extensive training and experience as a pastor and who creates an appreciation for spiritual development for members of all ages;

· An open and engaging listener who connects with the multi-generational nature of our church, who helps draw in those members whose voices need to be heard, with the ability to unite members of the congregation;

· A trustworthy and compassionate counselor who not only ministers to God’s people, but solicits candid and confidential feedback from the congregation and provides necessary pastoral care to the congregation; and

· An organized director able to provide insights into how to improve the functionality of the lay leadership with solid wisdom, experience, and judgment.

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

The pastor and Session will work closely on setting priorities and identifying the resources to attain them. We are looking for our installed, full-time pastor to have the following responsibilities and who will:  

  • Help all members to fully engage with the church and make stronger connections to Jesus Christ through spiritual formation; 

  • Listen to the congregation and guide the members through the process of building the Kingdom;

  • Prepare vibrant worship with engaging sermons each Sunday in collaboration with our Worship Committee and Music Director/Organist;

  • Administer the sacraments;

  • Provide pastoral care when congregation members are sick or in the hospital, provide regular “intentional” pastoral care to shut-in members of the congregation, and engage all members with an attentive ear;

  • Exchange information with the Session about pastoral concerns and visitor and member status;

  • Moderate monthly meetings of the Session and attend monthly meetings of the Board of Deacons;

  • Work with the Christian Spiritual Formation committee to guide content for programs;

  • Represent Old South and actively engage with the Presbytery of Northern New England by attending Presbytery meetings and serving on PNNE committees as available; and 

  • Establish outreach programs and connections to the local community and build relationships with other pastors at local churches.

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Externally Aware
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $67,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Al Timm
3 Hood Drive. Andover, MA. 01810
Committee of Ministry Liaison
Marnie Silbert
134 Main St, Byfield, MA 01922
Regular attending visitor to Old South and ordain
Rachel Toone
2167 NC 9 Hwy. Black Mountain, NC 28711
253- 302-1185
Former Intern an continued friend of the church
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   9/8/2022

Self-referral Contact Information

COM:   Rev. Steve Allman Address 
Daytime Phone  Office Phone 
Fax  Email
PNC:  Timothy Kniker (co-chair) Be Address  23 Nelson Street Georgetown, MA 01833. 529 Main Street. West Newbury, MA. 01985
Daytime Phone  617-875-4953 Office Phone  978-352-9190
Fax  Email