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Church/Organization Number 03641
Church/Organization Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address PO BOX 6106
Phone (423) 483-1318
Fax (423) 483-1319
WWW Address
Church/Organization Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition African American 4%
Caucasian 96%
Average Worship Attendance 110
Church School Attendance 76
Curriculum The Story
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

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

The following is an abbreviated mission statement. See for complete statement.

God’s spirit, given by Christ, flows through us as living water to wash, heal, and satisfy. As a congregation we become a fountain, sharing this living water with others.

Worship – We are called together in worship to celebrate God’s overflowing love and to be filled for our service to God. We strive to create an environment in which God can speak to each person through word, sacraments, prayer, and music, while honoring our Reformed traditions.

Christian Education – As disciples of Christ, we are responsible for sharing knowledge and faith by preparing and empowering members across generations.

Caring for Each Other – Recognizing that we are all parts of the body of Christ, we are called to ensure the spiritual and physical health of that body as He leads us through both the turbulent and calm water of our lives. We work to spread Christ’s love through a caring ministry of serving, praying, listening, visiting, encouraging, celebrating and being compassionate.

Outreach to the Community – Cleansed and healed by Christ, we are compelled to be instruments of His peace and love throughout our world. We will serve as an inviting fountain of justice, hope, love, and joy to our local and global communities. We will learn about and from our neighbors and invite all to join us in service and celebration of the Good News, as we actively witness to Christ’s call.

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

Our church is centered in its mission to the people of Oak Ridge, TN. Oak Ridge’s history has ties to the end of World War II and the subsequent cold war. We have a high proportion of Ph.D holders in our membership.

We are a church interested in the sustainability of God’s global creation. Our members are active in Living Waters of the World national leadership and in the training of new volunteers. The church regularly supports teams to provide improvements to villages in Belize.

The church also supports Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties (ADFAC), a local social service agency, by providing office space and material support. We also support the Anderson County Early Headstart Program by providing space for their programs.

Another focus has been the music program of our church. Many of our talented choir members attend a musical retreat every summer in Montreat, NC. The choir mounts special presentations throughout the year and is a source of pride and pleasure to the wider church audience.

Our church is very supportive of the children and youth ministries. We sponsor activities such as summer Vacation Bible School, youth choir, ski and mission trips. We have grown and seek continued growth in these programs. Our former youth minister, a candidate for ministry, is supported financially in seminary.

We support a Parish Nurse who takes the lead in health care issues for our members. She also organizes monthly public programs on health issues.

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

The congregation of First Presbyterian Church possess a variety of gifts and skills that enable us to fulfill our mission.

Throughout our church’s history we have celebrated gifts of diversity. We are an open and diverse congregation with a commitment to be inclusive to all who wish to rejoice and worship with us in God’s love.

Our membership is comprised of a wide range of education and income levels. Many members of our church have professional science or engineering backgrounds. We are also blessed to have greater financial resources than much of the surrounding area. These gifts, combined with a great willingness to work by our members, allows our congregation to be involved in many outreach programs in our community and abroad.

Our congregation is fortunate to have many active members and a very strong group of lay leaders who are available to lead a variety of projects. These include both youth and adult mission trips, at home and abroad.

The mission of our church has been shaped by the history of the city of Oak Ridge and by the experiences of our members. As a congregation, we have a great respect for our city’s past and future as a world leading center for scientific innovation.

We are blessed with seven acres of property and facilities in the heart of Oak Ridge which include three buildings, community soccer field and garden, and Memorial Garden.

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

In life and in death we belong to God. Through that affirmation, we accept the major doctrinal tenets of the Presbyterian Church USA and reflect these major theological issues in our ministry:

Science and Religion – we are vitally interested in exploring how science and religion, and scientists and theologians, can inform one another to increase our breadth of understanding of God’s world and of our role as its students and stewards.

Social Justice – as an expression of love for God’s children, we work toward equality of gender, age, race, and sexual orientation at all levels of participation in church and society. We are a member of the Covenant Network. We believe the church should be a leader in addressing social justice issues ahead of government and society. Through both monetary gifts and service we seek to support people who are prevented by lack of resources or by restrictive institutions from reaching their full potential as children of God.

Growing our faith and intellect – we believe that we are called to work constantly to increase our faith in God and our understanding of our world and our place in it.

Governance of the Church – the New Form of Government (NFOG) will have major impacts on our congregation and on our Presbytery. We seek guidance in understanding the implications of the NFOG and how new Presbytery policies will change our governance as specified by the Book of Order.

Position Description

A. Major Responsibilities:

Minister will be responsible for the worship service and pastoral care of the congregation. Focus areas include preaching, spiritual development of congregation, Young Adult Ministry, and Older Adult Ministry. The minister shall be responsible for working with the music director in developing the worship service.

Developing relationships with and among members is a priority. An important component is keeping in contact with members in need e.g. those in the hospital, a death, a divorce, counseling, etc. The ability to nurture families and minister to young adults, children and youth is desirable.

The successful candidate will also be responsible for coordinating and leading staff who include:
Part time Music Director
Part time Director of Children’s and Youth Ministry
Part time Parish Nurse
Full time Office Manager

Finally, while not a primary responsibility, the minister should work with the church’s committee structure to support congregational fellowship and involvement in mission beyond the local church.

B.  Characteristics and qualifications needed

Our pastor should diligently embrace the role of shepherd for our church. A faithful student of God’s message, our pastor should feel the call to ministry and be able to articulate through word and action their conviction in that calling. Our pastor should strive to be a communicator, motivator, team builder, and mentor who demonstrates love and compassion for all God’s children. Our pastor should welcome all people to join the covenant community and join in ministry and mission. Our pastor should inspire our church to understand, internalize and actualize our mission statement. Our pastor should be able to provide scholarly, creative, and accessible sermons that inspire the love of Christ and the teachings of the Word of God.

It is desirable to demonstrate ability and experience in the following areas:
• Administration – successful experience in management
• Counseling
• Working with small groups, youth & seniors
• Conflict resolution
• Building church membership
• One-on-one discipleship
• Prior pastoral experience of at least 4 years
• Participating in or leading short term mission trips

Our pastor should have a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from an accredited institution or an appropriate mix of experience and education substantially equivalent to the same.

Primary Skill Choices:
Conflict Management/Mediation Skills
Congregational Fellowship
Corporate Worship / Sacraments
Involvement in Mission Beyond the Local Church
Leadership of Staff / Volunteers
Older Adult Ministry
Pastoral Care
Spiritual Development
Young Adult Ministry
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $38,735   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Address Phone Numbers Relation Email
John H. Stuhl, Ph.D Office:109 Stekoia Lane, Knoxville, TN 37912, Home:7753 Norwich Road, Powell, TN 37849 Home: 865.938.4791 Office Former Interim Minister, 1992-94
Rev. Craig W. Hendrix 10617 Summit Mountain Court, Knoxville, TN 37922 Office: 865-483-1318, H Interim Pastor
Judd Shaw P.O. Box 5436, Knoxville,TN 37928-0436 Work: 865-688-581 Ext. 11 General Presbyter
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   11/8/2011

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   REV. W. JUDSON SHAW Address  P O BOX 5436, KNOXVILLE TN 37928-0436
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (865) 688-5581
Fax  (865) 689-3364 Email
Daytime Phone  (865) 983-0182 Office Phone  (865) 983-0182
Fax  (865) 681-0804 Email
PNC:  Anne Backus Address  130 WIndham Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Daytime Phone  865-556-3099 Office Phone 
Fax  Email