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Church/Organization Number 21676
Church/Organization Name Westminster PC
Mailing Address 3208 Exposition Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
Phone 512-459-5497
Fax 512-459-5498
E-Mail churcheducatorsearchcommittee@gmail.com
WWW Address www.wpcaustin.org
Church/Organization Size 651 - 1000 members
Ethnic Composition Caucasian 98%
Hispanic Mexican / Central American 1%
Other Asian 1%
Average Worship Attendance 225
Church School Attendance 100
Curriculum Seasons of the Spirit, SPARK, Godly Play, various others
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Presbytery MISSION PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF THE SUN
Community Type  
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Information about the position

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

We hear God’s call to be connected to God, connected to one another, and connected to our world. Responding to God’s call in Jesus Christ and relying on the power of the Holy Spirit, we seek to provide, promote, and sustain these connections through worship, giving, study, service, fellowship, and outreach.

In our life and ministry, we also seek to fulfill “The Great Ends of the Church” which are: the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world. Book of Order F-1.0304

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

Westminster’s programs reflect our commitment to mission, fellowship and Christian education. We sponsor youth mission trips and work closely with several organizations to serve the community: Interfaith Hospitality Network, Manos de Cristo, Meals on Wheels, Faith in Action Caregivers, Austin State Living Center, and others. Fellowship opportunities include after-worship gatherings and luncheons, dinner, craft and book groups, Theology on Tap, Adventures (seniors), Presbyterian Women, choirs (adult, youth, children), family and youth fellowship, and our annual all-church retreat to MO Ranch. Westminster offers Sunday School and summer VBS for children, Bible study, a forum topical class, and a class for parents of young children for adults. Members, staff, Austin Seminary and UT faculty, and others serve as teachers. A Bible in 90 Days class begins in January 2012.

Session and diaconate committees encompass everything from worship and mission to stewardship, congregational care and more. Our Pastor, Dir. of Christian Education, Office Manager and Sexton comprise current full-time staff. Part-time staff includes an Adult Choir Director, Children’s Choir Director, Organist, Ministry Assistant, Financial Secretary, Treasurer and Seminary Intern (most years). A Parish Associate may be added in the near future. Westminster Presbyterian Day School employs staff exclusively for that program. For a fuller description of programs, please visit www.wpcaustin.org.

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

The strength of Westminster’s ministries—from worship to music and education programs for children and adults to fellowship and outreach—lies in the congregation’s diverse professional talents and personal passions. We are a family of accomplished entrepreneurs, educators, musicians, retired clergy, former missionaries, a university president and faculty, theological seminary dean and faculty, medical, legal, accounting, business and political professionals, artists, designers, homemakers, engineers, community volunteers, caregivers, children, young adults, parents, grandparents and more. With a willingness to serve, members bring this wide range of skills and experience to all facets of church life. This congregation is characterized by its benevolence toward one another in times of joy and sorrow, and for others through our partnerships with community ministries. Our devoted, compassionate pastor and caring staff provide the leadership, guidance and support needed to fulfill our mission goals.

Westminster is blessed with stewardship of a tranquil campus in central Austin. A spacious, sunlight-filled fellowship hall, completed in 2009, complements our beautiful 1949 sanctuary and original education wing. The carefully planned, sustainable landscape with shady lawns, flowering native Texas plants, butterfly garden, and peaceful Columbarium all encourage thoughtful contemplation of the wonder of God’s creation.

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

In the midst of a world that is transient, fragmented, and always in need of God’s grace, Westminster strives to be a congregation where people can connect with the triune God through worship, study and prayer. We offer a rich variety of worship services throughout the year, classes for all ages on Bible study and Christian life, and opportunities for prayer.

Westminster is guided by Scripture and the Holy Spirit and grounded in the Reformed tradition in faith and practice. While a diversity of viewpoints exist within our congregation, we believe that Christ calls us to be part of one church and one body—something bigger than our individual selves. By virtue of our baptism, we believe that every member of our congregation is a beloved child of God and that all are called to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and carry out his ministry in the world.

We endeavor to be a community where relationships with members of all ages can be formed and sustained through congregation-wide and smaller group fellowship events. Believing that God calls us to be engaged with the world around us, Westminster seeks to be a church that ministers to those in need, provides hospitality to the visitor, and faithfully shares our resources with others.

Position Description


A. Major Responsibilities:

Our Associate Pastor position is two-thirds time, encompassing the general responsibilities of an Associate Pastor. This position will have a particular emphasis on developing a Young Adult Ministry as well as expanding existing Mission and Adult Ministries programs.

Major Responsibilities:

Working with the Adult Ministries committee,
a. Take the initiative to create and lead a new ministry for post-college young adults.
b. Develop an adult education program on Sunday and during the week, including teaching classes as requested.

Working with the Mission Committee, create opportunities for all ages to participate in mission activities in the local and larger communities.

Officiate at baptisms, weddings and funerals, visit members and provide pastoral counseling.

Participate in both Sunday worship services and preach one Sunday each month. Participate in Holy Week and Christmas Eve services.

Attend monthly Session and Diaconate meetings. Communicate with these bodies and with the congregation on the programs of the church.

Working with the Fellowship Committee, create a variety of fellowship opportunities for men, women and families.

Be an active member of Mission Presbytery.

Assist the Pastor as otherwise necessary to accomplish the church Mission Statement.



B.  Characteristics and qualifications needed

We seek an Associate Pastor to shepherd our congregation to a greater life in Christ through serving each other and serving the world; by this we serve God. The successful candidate will be an outgoing professional who creates ideas and opportunities with little oversight. Our Associate must possess significant skills in program development. We are a hard working congregation and seek an equally energetic and dedicated Associate.

Our Associate must have a passion for mission. We describe ourselves as a "missional" congregation, attempting every day to embody that description. We seek a professional who can create ever stronger ways to help us serve those in need.

Our Associate must love worship leadership and have a gift for preaching. We value a thoughtful approach to proclaiming the Word and leading Worship; one that challenges the intellect while calling on God's people to live an ever deeper life in serving the world.

Our Associate must relate to congregants of all ages. We are a diverse congregation and strive to continually connect to one another through inter-generational activities. Of particular importance is communication with those ages twenty-two to thirty-five.


Primary Skill Choices:
Administration of Programs
Communication (Written / Oral)
Community Ministries
Community Service and Leadership
Congregational Fellowship
Defining Program Needs
Involvement in Mission Beyond the Local Church
Leadership Development
Preaching
Young Adult Ministry
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $35,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Address Phone Numbers Relation Email
Rev. Dr. Allan Hugh Cole, Jr. 100 E. 27th Street, Austin, TX 78705 512-404-4864 Affiliated Pastor acole@austinseminary.edu
Rev. Nancy Reeves 1705 Gattis School Road, Round Rock, TX 78664 512-255-9818 Friend of our congregation grace.nereeves@gmail.com
Rev. Judy Skaggs (retired) 1703 Cliffside Drive, Austin, TX 78704 512-440-1025 Friend of our congregation jhskaggs@austin.rr.com
Geographic Choices:   Unlimited
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Yes
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   1/18/2012


Self-referral Contact Information

PNC:  Robert A. "Bob" Schriber Address  6003 Mountainclimb Drive, Austin, TX 78731
Daytime Phone  512-657-7938 Office Phone  512-452-8027
Fax  512-452-8028 Email  apnc.wpc.2011@gmail.com