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Church Information Form Query 2

CIF #: 22082.AC0

Church/Organization General Information

Church/Organization Number 22082
Church/Organization Name MT VERNON
Mailing Address 471 MT VERNON HWY NE
Phone (404) 255-2211
Fax (404) 255-4619
WWW Address
Church/Organization Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition African American 2%
Caucasian 97%
Hispanic Puerto Rican 1%
Average Worship Attendance 271
Church School Attendance 109
Curriculum Children=Bible Times; Eight adult classes include: Two-Year Read of the Bible; Guthrie's "Christian
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor (Head of Staff) Experience Required/Desired:   Desired
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:    Full-time Experience Level:    6 years or more
Language Requirements:    English
Brief Church Mission Statement:

We are a caring, serving church & school community living humbly under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

In response to God’s grace, our mission is to deepen our relationship with God, share our faith in Jesus Christ, & serve others as inspired by the Holy Spirit.

We are called to love; to share our faith; to serve others; to seek justice; to joyfully celebrate God’s gifts of grace; to grow & to become an increasingly diverse congregation; & to be good stewards of our time, talent, facilities, & money.

We are responding to our call through:

  • Worship: Gathering as the community of faith to give glory to God through Word, sacrament, song, & prayer.

  • Education: Growing in knowledge & understanding of God through study at church, school, & in our homes.

  • Outreach: Serving God by sharing ourselves & our blessings through ministries of compassion & grace.

  • Fellowship: Nurturing & celebrating personal relationships that bind us together in Christian love.

  • Administration: Tending the needs of all our ministries by providing active leadership in balancing the full utilization of staff, volunteers, programs, & facilities.

    With hope & excitement, our vision is to proclaim God’s vision of a reconciled humanity in Christ through word & deed; to nurture & equip all our members, especially our children & youth, to be faithful disciples of Christ; & to celebrate our life in Christ so that our blessings from God become a blessing to the world.

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

    We are a caring and welcoming church, established in 1954, with five buildings on 7½ acres in North Atlanta. We are led by strong clergy and program staff and offer traditional and informal worship for almost 600 members.

    Our congregation is involved in a variety of outreach programs: from children donating money for the House of Moses in Zambia, to youth feeding the homeless, to adult members volunteering at the Community Action Center, we believe in sharing our blessings. One outstanding accomplishment is Los Niños Primero, a nationally recognized educational program for at-risk Latino preschoolers in Sandy Springs. This three-week summer program began in 2001 now serves 110 children.

    Another important ministry is Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School, with 850 students age 3 through 12th grade The church and accredited school share facilities, two non-clergy staff, and a commitment to meeting academic and spiritual needs of children and young people. School students and neighbors are always invited to church activities such as Ark in the Park and VBS.

    In the absence of a senior pastor, our leadership remains strong. In the summer of 2007, our session undertook the Natural Church Development program. Strengths include gift-based ministries, loving and caring relationships, and holistic small groups. We yearn for an inspiring worship experience led by a dynamic preacher who will lead us on our spiritual journey.

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

    At MVPC we are “Blessed to be a Blessing.” Our congregation has many gifts & skills that assist us in responding to this calling:

  • Foremost is the leadership of our creative program staff consisting of, among others, two Associate Pastors & the Directors of Ministry to Youth & Children. See, About Us, Staff.

  • The lay leadership at MVPC is also a blessing. The church is governed by one body; the session, which consists of 24 elders who lead the church’s 13 ministry teams. The congregation draws on the experience of its professionals, business executives & entrepreneurs as well as a large number of retired seniors. Our talents range from music, art, athletics, to drama & more; all used for the glory of God!

  • Our congregation met the challenge of an anonymous donor who offered to match donations of the congregation to the MVP Foundation. Today this growing endowment helps fund programs to support & expand the church’s ministry beyond what is possible through its annual budget. Like Los Niños Primero, MVP Foundation has earned 501©(3) status.

  • The willingness of the members to serve & be involved is illustrated in our passion for outreach, children’s ministry, youth programs, hospitality & fellowship, Stephen Ministry, small groups, choirs, & Bible study.

  • MVPC is a caring, friendly congregation that daily seeks to carry out the commandment of Jesus to love God, one another & our neighbors.

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

    Mt. Vernon faces the challenges confronted by all Christians who strive to live righteously in an affluent community facing rapid demographic change.

    We seek to deepen our relationship with God. Confident in our redemption through grace, we work to strengthen our faith through inspiring and relevant worship, study and prayer. By teaching and example we give our children and youth a strong foundation. We are called to share the Gospel and live our faith as we respect diversity in theology. Recognizing that everything is a gift from God, we foster stewardship of our gifts, time, and resources.

    We seek to be visible disciples as we serve. A strong outreach program is the heritage of this church. We know that we are all children of God, but we wrestle with issues of justice and inclusion. As we help Latino children prepare for English-speaking school, should we exclude them if their parents are here illegally? As we support an orphanage and school in Zambia, how do we provide for the homeless, hungry, and outcast close to home? We pray for peace, recognizing that we cannot find peace without the Holy Spirit.

    Accepting God’s love enables us to love others. Living our faith, our nurturing congregation forms the strong core that sends ripples out into the community and the world. The stronger the center, our relationship with God, the more powerful our impact will be beyond our walls.

    Name Address Phone Numbers Relation Email
    Rev. Dr. Edwin W. Albright, Jr. 1024 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 898-0711 Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk, Presbytery o
    Mrs. Caroline V. Dennis 321 Madison Rd, Monticello, GA 31064 (706) 468-6396 Former Member and Senior at Columbia Theological S
    Rev. Dr. Eugene T. ("Gene") Locke Northside Hospital, 1000 Johnson Ferry Rd, Chaplaincy Dept, Atlanta, GA 30342 (404) 851-8752 Seminar/Retreat Leader

    Position Description

    A. Major Responsibilities:

    The Pastor at MVPC is responsible for all aspects of programs for the church. The Pastor is the primary preacher of the Word and administers the Sacraments at both worship services. All program and administrative staff report either directly or indirectly to the Pastor. Overseeing pastoral care, especially in a crisis, is an essential function of the Pastor, as is counseling of members. The Pastor is a teacher who conducts officer training, Bible study, small groups, occasionally Church School classes, and participates actively in new member orientation. Along with other members of the program staff, the Pastor develops comprehensive and inspiring programs of fellowship, nurture and worship, and participates by a visible presence in church activities. The Pastor serves as Moderator of the Session and as resource to the Stewardship, Finance/Administration, Property, Strategic Planning, Outreach, and Worship ministry teams. We encourage the Pastor to participate in the larger church and community. A unique role of the Pastor is to function as Ex-Officio member of the Board of Trustees of Mt Vernon Presbyterian School and its Executive Committee. The bylaws of MVPS state that: “It is important that the Head of School, the Pastor, and the Chair of the Board [of Trustees] work cooperatively to ensure the continued well-being of the Mount Vernon [church and school] community.” Occasionally, the Pastor addresses student chapel services.

    B.  Characteristics and qualifications needed

    The person to be the new Pastor at MVPC will demonstrate his or her faith in God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, be infused in the Reformed tradition, and lead the church in growth. This person will be gifted as a preacher and communicator to relate to the membership, to persons our outreach ministry is seeking to help, and to people who are looking for a new church home. In addition, skills as a leader/manager of our program and administrative staffs will be necessary, as well as the ability to motivate the volunteers who keep the ministries of MVPC vibrant and ongoing. A new Pastor who is personable, compassionate, and has a sense of humor will feel at home in our church. It is important that the Pastor balance personal life with church responsibilities. As outreach ministry is vital to MVPC, the ability to encourage this aspect of our Christian lives is essential. MVP School is a significant ministry for our church and an interest in children and their education will be of critical importance. The new Pastor will be able to create, develop, and nurture programs for the church and will inspire members of all ages to grow in their faith and find new ways to relate to one another, witness to others, and serve God.

    Primary Skill Choices:
    Administration of Programs
    Corporate Worship / Sacraments
    Spiritual Development
    Communication (Written / Oral)
    Community Ministries
    Congregational Fellowship
    Pastoral Care
    Stewardship and Commitment Program
    Compensation and Housing: (Cost of Living Calculator)
    Minimum Effective Salary: $72,000
    Housing Type: Housing Allowance: $0
    Geographic Choices:    Unlimited
    Has the presbytery's Committee on Ministry thus counseled with the Pastor Nominating Committee regarding Equal Employment Opportunity?
    Has the Pastor Nominating Committee affirmed to the Presbytery Committee on Ministry its intention to follow the Form Of Government in this regard?
    Version Track Info: This CIF was last updated on   2/27/2008

    Self-referral Contact Information

    Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (404) 898-0711
    Fax  (404) 898-0679 Email
    PNC:   Charles B. Gray, GV Financial Advisors, Inc. Address  1100 Abernathy Rd., Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30328
    Daytime Phone  (770) 295-5607 Office Phone 
    Fax  (770) 295-5608 Email