Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 05092.AC0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 05092
Ministry Name LA MESA
Mailing Address 7401 COPPER NE
Phone (505) 255-8095
Fax (505) 265-5102
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 1%
Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 10%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 10%
White 78%
Average Worship Attendance 60
Church School Attendance 31
Curriculum Sunday Morning Going Deeper Class - guest speakers and thematic studies; Adult Bible Study on Sundays - Present Word; Children's Sunday School - Varie
Yoked Church False
Community Type Urban
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:   Spanish desirable
Statement Of Faith Required:   No
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
Mission Statement:  La Mesa Presbyterian Church seeks to further Christ's unfolding reign of justice and compassion.  Our name, La Mesa (the Table)ymbolizes the vision of our life together.  At this table, God is worshiped, barriers are broken down, children are nurtured, hospitality is extended, community is created, learning is valued, and all who come are fed.  We go forth from this table as joyful disciples to serve God in this faith community, in the diverse La Mesa Neighborhood and in the larger world. 
Inclusion Statement:  At La Mesa, we welcome everyone to worship with us.  We invite into full participation all people who profess faith in Jesus Christ, rgardless of age, race, national origin, gender identity, sexual/affectional orientation, physical or mental challenge, or economic status.  While rspecting tradition, we endeavor to use inclusive language and images, metaphors and music, which reflect the love and mystery of God, as well as the rich diversity of the people of God. 
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
We aim to live out our mission & vision through inclusive, communal, music-filled, liturgically-based worhip and relationship-building programs and events that take place within and outside of the church.  We deepen our faith & nurture our relationships through Bible study and educational events, by offering opportunities for discussion, social engagement, and by creating collaborative relationships with our neighbors and community partners.  We seek to further Christ's unfolding reign of justic and compassion by running a 3-day a week food pantry for the community, providing free afterschool arts education for La Mesa Elementary School students, hosting community celebrations, creating and caring for a community garden and by partnering with numerous non-profits and other community collectives in order to avocate for food justice,quality education, behavioral healthcare, immigrant rights, police reform, gun violence prevention, and the housing of people in need of shelter.  (See links below to see osome of our community partners.)
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
La Mesa is deeply involved in the community and is constantly working to jointly identify and meet the spiritual, mental, and physical needs and dreams of our International District neighborhood.  Through multiple partnerships with community members and organizations we engage in on-going discussions about how to love our neighbor as ourselves.  Pastoral, lay ladership, and Deacon care is an important part of our daily concern as we aim to help members stay connected through Zoom, internet capabilities, visitations, sending cards, making phone calls, and having relevant sermon/educational/program content even as we navigated a pandemic.  We never closed the food pantry, even at the height of the pandemic and through this transitional process. 
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
The La Mesa congregation has gone through many changes over the years, We began as a mostly while, middle class neighborhood church over 75 years ago, but we deeply belive that God continues to call us to serve this La Mesa neighborhoood, described as the Internatinal District and made up of mostly poor, transient, immigrants and refugees.  It is still our place of call.  Thus, it is because of our trust in God that we continue to be faithful members of this neighborhood and seek to call a pastor that will help us continue our service while also valuing our long-time members and friends.  We need the compassionate leadership and creativity of a called pastor to help us continue this ministry into a new and technologically challenging world.  Though we have not made bilingualism a requirement (though a Spanish speaker is desirable), it shoud be noted that cultural proficiency is an important factor as well as urban ministry skills in order for us to serve in this place faithfully.  Our congregation is amazingly open and welcoming and willing to try new things while also valuing the Presbyterian's perspective that "Christ alone rules, calls, teaches, and uses the Church as he wills."  (Book of Order, F-1.0202).  Our communion table (la mesa) is open to all who seek to know God.  It is our prayer to invite and call a Pastor who will serve all at this table. 
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
Please refer to our chosen 10 leadership competencies in this document as they reflect the top 10 leadership competencies as chosen by the congregation thrrough our recently completed Pastor Nomination Survey. 
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  • Be a diligent student of the Scripture and its interpretation and relevance for contemporary Christian life. 
  • Share the Gospel with all persons, communicating its joys and justice. 
  • Provide opportunities for learning and growth in understanding of the Christian faith for persons of all ages, such as Sunday School, Bible study, mission programs and community ministries. 
  • Provide, in collaboration wih the Elders and Deacons, pastoral care and counseling for the members and friends of the congregation. 
  • Lead the congregation in membership growth including outreach into the community. 
  • Serve as an ad hoc member, without vote, on all Session committees, maintaining overview and providing guidance and support. 
  • Participate in church governing bodies above the Session and in ecumenical relationships. 
  • Teach new member and confirmation classes as well as provide officer training 
  • Participate in planning and implementing all worship services. 
  • Maintain the chruch office as the center for church communications and coordination of activities. 
  • Establish and attempt to maintain regular office hours. 
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Change Agent
Culturally Proficient
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $44,675   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
the Rev. Jim Collie
4235 Mackland Ave., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Former Santa Fe Presbytery Executive and Former Pa
James Van Zoeren
43314 S. Bentley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034
Current Member, former Youth Leader and current me
Patricia Laws
19310 Te Jester Blvd, #521, Spring, TX 77379
Former Active Member/Session/Personnel Committee
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   6/16/2022

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (505) 345-5657
Fax  (505) 345-6563 Email
PNC:  Conrad M. Rocha Address  7725 American Heritage Dr., NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109
Daytime Phone  505-238-9311 Office Phone  505-821-8844
Fax  None Email