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Church/Organization General Information

Church/Organization Number 21767
Church/Organization Name Northwood Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 518 Pike Place
Phone (210) 824-7238
Fax (210) 824-7271
WWW Address
Church/Organization Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Caucasian 96%
Other 1%
Hispanic Mexican / Central American 3%
Average Worship Attendance 115
Church School Attendance 53
Curriculum Pre-K thru Elementary: Seasons of the Spirit (offered thru the Presbytery); Middle & High School:
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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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:

Northwood Presbyterian Church strives to be a community of believers who …

love and worship Jesus Christ as Lord,

proclaim and follow Christ’s teachings,

minister in Christ’s name to the minds, bodies and souls of all God’s children,

care for God’s world, and

understand that we are called to serve rather than be served.

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

Northwood Presbyterian is located in north central San Antonio. We are a multi-faceted church with programs that include a thriving Day School, an active Youth Group, Adult, Children and Bell Choirs, PW Circles and various Bible Studies, 27 years of theatre and plays with Northwood Players, Jr. Players Children’s Theater, and PW Players, mission trips, acolyte training, prayer shawl ministry, and a growing Sunday School program. Fellowship socials include Ice Cream Social with the Day School, “Souperbowl” Sunday, Christmas Potpourri, July 4th Craft Fair and parade, Halloween Rest Stop and Youth Group Fiesta Parades.

Our outreach activities include supporting Haven for Hope, SAMM Shelter, House of Neighborly Service, Presbyterian Children’s Home, Pal Craftaid, Christmas family adoptions, scholarships to Pan American School and Schreiner University, assisting with Hurricane Katrina Aid, and several international mission trips to Vietnam, Peru and Mexico to help build a church in Saltillo, Mexico.

Community groups meeting at Northwood include; Scouts of all ages, Quilters, Writers, AA, Needlepoint and Needlework, Jr. Players, Northwood Homeowners Association, District Council meetings, and Emmaus Reunion Groups and Teams. Piano lessons are offered along with Day School classes in cheerleading, Ballet, tumbling, tae-kwon-do, and karate.

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

We possess the gift of Christ’s hospitality. The openness and friendliness with which we greet visitors is one of NPC’s great strengths. Our strong sense of inclusiveness is felt as all are welcome in worship and in specific groups. We follow-up with notes and phone calls to those who have visited and offer a personal invitation to return to worship or participate in activities.

We spread the gospel of Christ through our actions. Mission work has been a NPC legacy for many years. We “do” mission work locally and abroad in a proportion that is far bigger than our membership.

We welcome the children just as Christ did. Our continued emphasis on providing activities for our children and youth is demonstrated through Acolytes, Sunday school, a growing VBS, Jr. Players Children’s Theatre, and a continued determination to fund a youth director.

We celebrate God through music. For a church our size we have a robust and enthusiastic music program. Through our adult, children’s and bell choirs, we emphasize using the gifts of our members in music and worship.

We care for others as Christ commanded. Our sense of congregational care to our members is strong. Members and visitors who are in need are contacted, offered help and held in prayer.

We feel it is important for us to continue to financially support the Presbytery and PCUSA as expected in our connectional system.

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

Jesus calls all to go and spread the good news of the gospel outside our church walls. But how does NPC share the gospel and remain relevant in an increasingly changing and unstable world?

We must be intentional about who we are as Christians and Presbyterians. At NPC, we strive to educate our children, youth and adults about our identity as Christians and Presbyterians so that we can give hope and strength to those we meet in our daily lives. As we do this we hope that we can show that Christ’s message of Grace is relevant, life giving, life changing and gives life abundant.

We strive to balance our desire to bring people into our walls so that they can be spiritually nourished in a caring and honest place, with our need to go into the world locally and internationally to do the mission work we are so passionate about.

All we are and all we have are gifts from our gracious and generous God. At NPC we must remain focused and intentional about how we use and allocate our physical, spiritual, and financial gifts. We continue to dialogue about setting priorities in our budget and programs so that we may help all our members use the gifts God has given each of us for the purpose of serving all whom Christ has called us to serve.

We desire to continue to be a place where all can worship, fellowship, study and serve so we can be equipped to go out and be a witness to the relevant, meaningful, and joyous message of Christ’s amazing grace.

Position Description

A. Major Responsibilities:

Spiritual & Pastoral
1. Plan, lead, preach 45 Sundays or more in worship and other services
2. Provide for the spiritual growth of the congregation
3. Arrange for pulpit supply, leadership of worship when not present.
4. Provide pastoral presence to administer the Sacraments
• Perform weddings and funerals
• Provide pastoral care to those in need within the congregation
• Leading members in spiritual and practical needs.
5. Leading/teaching: Bible studies, Confirmation, etc.

Leadership Duties & Goals
1. Plan and moderate Session and congregational meetings.
2. Work with Session and committees to assist them in carrying out their assigned tasks.
3. Train elected officers, and oversee the integration of new members.
4. Facilitate involvement of new leadership within the congregation.
5. Provide support and spiritual guidance to the Youth Director and Board, Day School, Presbyterian Women, etc.
6. Exercise oversight of facilities and staff
7. Serve as an active member of Mission Presbytery
8. Represent NPC to other church, community organizations.
9. Engage NPC in articulating an enhanced spiritual identity to foster growth and vision.
10. Lead Session to establish goals, plan effectively, communicate with the congregation, evaluate progress and performance.
11. Aid the congregation to grow through listening, vision and communicating.
12. Aid the establishment of effective communication with the entire congregation.

B.  Characteristics and qualifications needed

NPC has been defined by our size and population as a pastor-driven church. So our pastor will need to be a flexible leader who is energetic and comfortable with different age groups, children through older adults. We desire a pastor who can help us develop new and varied ways of communicating, connecting and worshiping using ever-changing technology. As an administrator our pastor will need to be a patient delegator who will help us continue to encourage all our members to use their special gifts. We desire a preacher who has a strong personal faith, is in touch with today’s issues and can help us communicate our church’s relevance to an ever-changing world. We are passionate about our mission work. We desire a pastor who is mission-minded and can encourage us and join us in that work. We are a very open and friendly church, so a pastor who is approachable, is a good listener and has a sense of humor will fit right in. Our pastor will need the special gift of being able to relate to our aging population while understanding that that core group will be sustained with the influx of young families and their gifts. Our pastor must help us nurture the seeds of growth we find in our community and will need to help us further that community and our proper place in it.

Primary Skill Choices:
Congregational Communication
Congregational Fellowship
Corporate Worship / Sacraments
Leadership Development
Organizational Leadership and Development
Pastoral Care
Spiritual Development
Stewardship and Commitment Program
Strategic Planning
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $52,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Address Phone Numbers Relation Email
Carla Harrel Mathews 13521 Vista Bonita, San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 508-2229 COM Liaison
Sylvia Washer 26511 Jules Court, Spring, TX 77386 (210) 857-8281 Former Executive Presbyter for Mission Presbytery
Kathy Martin 913 Moores River Dr., Lansing, MI 48910 (214) 941-9910 Former Member
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   4/22/2012

Self-referral Contact Information

PNC:  Nicki Roberson Address  354 Cicero, San Antonio, TX 78218
Daytime Phone  (210) 885-3405 Office Phone  (210) 818-5252
Fax  (210 824-7271 Email