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Church/Organization General Information

Church/Organization Number 03971
Church/Organization Name First PC
Mailing Address 509 South Pearl
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone (417) 624-2433
Fax (417) 624-6494
WWW Address
Church/Organization Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition African American 1%
Caucasian 98%
Other 1%
Average Worship Attendance 185
Church School Attendance 97
Curriculum The Present Word, Youth Specialties, NIV Standard Lesson Commentary,Feasting on the Word, We Believe
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:   Associate Pastor (Other)
Specific Title:   Family and Community Ministries
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

The mission of the First Presbyterian Church Is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

We seek to do this through a variety of mission activities and by nurturing our congregation in Christian love.

We place importance on the worship of God, the ministry of music, the study of Scripture, the Christian education of youth and adult, the fellowship of our people, and service to others.

We are rooted in the Reformed tradition and are committed to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its global outreach.

We welcome all who would join our journey of discipleship and reconciliation.

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

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42

Member-led Programs:

  • Four active adult Sunday School classes meet weekly
  • Four children’s Sunday School classes
  • Men’s Bible Study (over 20 years)
  • Morning Discussion Group (over 20 years)
  • Kid’s Kingdom Children’s Church
  • Sunday Intercessory Prayer Group (over 15 years)
  • Telephone/Email Prayer Chain
  • Presbyterian Women’s Association/Circles
  • Bereavement and Wedding Guild
  • Stephen Ministry
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Wednesday Night Fellowship Program with meals and programs for all ages!

Mission programs that focus on the local community and beyond:

  • 502 Building nightly housing approximately 30 Relief Volunteers. To date, we have housed approximately 1,000 guests.
  • Active First Tuesday Community Lunch benefiting local charities
  • Deacon’s Christmas Baskets
  • Angel Tree Party for children of prisoners
  • Mission Work Trip (over 27 years)
  • Watered Gardens Homeless Shelter
  • Tradition of bringing in international missionaries
  • Sponsor Boy Scouts
  • Founders of several community-wide efforts
  • Joplin Community Clinic (free clinic)
  • Crosslines Food and Clothing Bank
  • Children’s Haven
  • Shoalkirk Retreat Center
  • KidStuff Preschool

Quality music is vital in worship:

  • Adult and Children’s Choirs
  • Handbell Program for Adults and Children
  • Special Holiday Services and Children’s Programs
Gifts, Skills and Experiences the congregation possesses to fulfill its mission:

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working but the same God works all of them in all men.” I Corinthians 12:4-5

Our church provides small group experiences for our congregation on Sunday and throughout the week. We are fortunate to have members who step up as leaders and teachers. Our weekly groups also demonstrate the level of compassion we have for one another. We pray, learn and care for each other in troubled times.

  • When it comes to mission, we are doers with a servant’s heart.
  • We have taken the initiative to meet the needs of our community.
  • Every year mission trip participants use their vacation time to work for others.
  • The Angel Tree List lasts only a few minutes before every name is given out.
  • Members, young and old, help pack Deacons’ baskets and deliver them.
  • Our First Tuesday Lunch is staffed by a dedicated crew that prepares a secret chili recipe with a touch of Southern hospitality and serves it to nearby office workers and community members. The proceeds benefit a variety of local charities.

Faithful service especially describes our music programs. Our organist and choir directors have served many years helping the congregation worship God and enjoy God forever. Various choirs, dedicated singers and wonderful guest soloists help our traditional worship service.

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

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” II Corinthians 5:20

Interpreting God’s Will: We are committed to studying the Bible & applying it to our daily life. There is a healthy diversity in our interpretations of Scripture; yet we agree on the need for lifelong study & discerning God’s will.

Christian Education: Strong offerings exist in children’s & adult SS classes. Study groups use tackle topics outside of our comfort zones using both Reformed tradition curricula & various outside resources.

Mission: Our most visible demonstration of ministry is in outreach. We are dedicated to helping those in need locally, regionally & internationally. Most recently, a tornado impacted our church & community. Our congregation quickly organized to help members & other families impacted by the storm. Work crews answered the call in devastated neighborhoods while clergy & laypeople alike provided pastoral care. The church made a minimum three year commitment to house & feed volunteer work crews.

Membership: The majority of our membership is over 50 years of age. Recent new member’s classes have welcomed many younger families & the church recently brought 10 confirmation students into membership.

Unity: We are earnest in our efforts to foster unity within our church family. While we recognize the current contention in the larger denomination, we are committed to working together even when we disagree.

Position Description

A. Major Responsibilities:

“Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he deserves a noble task.” I Timothy 3:1


We seek someone who can:
Oversee the Church Education Program

  • Primary emphasis on the Elementary and Middle School and Senior High Program
  • Recruit and equip teachers to lead
  • Help lead Kids Kingdom (Children’s Church)
  • Coordinate a small group ministry at the church
  • Help lead mid week education program

Build relationships with community groups

  • Will be visible in the community working with various civic groups and local schools.

Participate in the Sunday Worship Service

  • Lead our “Children’s Time in Worship” approximately twice a month and preach as needed.

Assist with our Youth Group Program

  • Lead our growing youth ministry program
  • Help build relationships with our youth and their families

Coordinate Special Programs throughout the year

  • All Church Easter Egg Hunt and Picnic
  • Vacation Bible Schools
  • Rally Day
  • Advent Festival
  • Lead retreats to ShoalKirk - church owned camp
  • Serve as resource for our KidStuff Preschool Program

B.  Characteristics and qualifications needed

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18

Our next leader must have vision. The associate pastor needs hindsight, clear sight and foresight. Hindsight to understand where we’ve been, clear sight to understand where we are, and foresight to help us get where we need to be in the coming years. Our vision includes someone who:

  • Will meet, greet, love and nurture us;
  • Will consider us as family;
  • Possesses skills in leadership development, group building and Christian discipleship;
  • Can enhance and build upon our heritage for local ministry, international mission and charitable work;
  • Can challenge and motivate our congregation to a better effort;
  • Grounded in the Reformed Tradition, the associate pastor will lead with creativity, enthusiasm and wisdom;
  • Will work cooperatively with staff, congregation and community;
  • Lovingly leads with a full heart and an open mind.

Primary Skill Choices:
Children’s Ministry
Community Ministries
Development of New Educational Experiences
Family Ministry
Youth Ministry
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $40,380   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Address Phone Numbers Relation Email
Rev. Susan Rosenbaum 1702 N. Elm, Pittsburg, KS 66762 620-674-1844 Pastoral Presbyter; John Calvin Presbytery
Rev. K.O. Noonoo 520 N. Pine St. Pittsburg, KS 66762 620-232-7011 COM Liason
Rev. Chris Williams 831 Mockingbird Lane, Branson, MO 65616 417-527-0339 COM Moderator
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   10/30/2012

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  (417) 883-8033 Office Phone  (800) 371-0643
Fax  (417) 883-8054 Email
PNC:  Zach Tusinger Address  1903 S. Sergeant, Joplin MO 64804
Daytime Phone  417-540-5376 Office Phone 
Fax  Email