We are excited that God is leading us to the right person who will come along side us to help us. We are praying and searching. This page is for those who may be wanting more information about this position and are looking at our web page. There is a CIF and a powerpoint slideshow link to the daughter church idea. Thank you for visiting this page!
There are lots of advantages of living in Chapin. We are a rapidly growing suburb of Columbia, but on Lake Murray (so we’ll always have a good view). Yet we are only fifteen minutes from one of the biggest shopping areas in our state (Harbisson). We have one of the lowest crime rates in the state and country. We have some of the very best schools in the southeast that has been in the top five in SAT scores in our state for the last 15 years. The opportunities for evangelism, outreach to the needy and missions are multitude and we need someone to come help us.
Below is a part of our Church Information Form.
We are looking for an Associate Pastor for Evangelism and Missions who will do some pastoral care and lay groundwork for starting at least one daughter church.
Here is a link to a smilebox slideshow with information about our work/hopes/dreams about our daughter church.
Church Information Form (Part I)
Church/Organization ID 22357__
Church/Organization Name Lake Murray Presbyterian Church____________
Mailing Address 2721 Dutch Fork Road_______________________
City__Chapin____________________State ____SC____ Zip Code 29036
Telephone Number___(803)345-5140________Fax Number _(803) 345-8928
Web site www.lmpchurch.org._____
x 1001 – 1500 members
Average Worship Attendance 380
Church School Attendance 130
Church School Curriculum Various (Children-”We Believe” )
o Check if certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program
Ethnic Composition Of Congregation (in whole %):
Enter the percentage of each racial ethnic component of your congregation.
1% African American
1% Hispanic Mexican/Central American
Hispanic Puerto Rican
1% Other Asian
Presbytery Trinity Synod Synod of South Atlantic
Community Type (select one)
Rural Village X Town
Small City Suburban Urban
Inner City College Recreation
Clerk of Session Details:
Name Lovic Brooks
Address 150 Lake Vista Drive,
City Chapin State SC Zip Code 29036
Preferred Phone 803-331-4859 Alternate Phone 803-254-5300
Church Information Form (Part II)
Step 1 of 7
Church/Organization ID 22357
Church/Organization Name, City, State Lake Murray Presbyterian Church, Chapin, SC 29036
Position To Be Filled (select one) X_ Associate Pastor (Other)
Specify Title (if appropriate) Associate Pastor for Evangelism and Missions
X Full Time Part Time Open to Either
Years of Experience Desired
First Ordained Call less than 2 years X 2 years or more
4 years or more 6 years or more 8 years or more
X English Spanish Korean Mandarin Chinese
Japanese Cantonese Taiwanese Other
Deadline date for this CIF, if any: ___none__
CIF (Part II) – Step 2 of 7
Is this a yoked congregation? X No Yes
Brief Church Mission Statement: Please limit your response to no more than 1500 characters including spaces and punctuation.
The mission of Lake Murray Presbyterian Church is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed in taking up the challenge of communicating the good news of Jesus Christ to all; by ministering to the needs of the congregation…; by reaching out to others in our community…; by better serving our community, state, country, and world…; by being stewards of the wealth of talents, gifts, and resources God has given us…; and by striving for good teamwork of congregation, officers, and staff in ministry to others.
Narrative Questions: (limited to 1500 characters)
Please write a brief description of your church/organization programs or accomplishments.
Lake Murray Presbyterian was chartered in 1975 with 89 members; today our membership exceeds 1,000. Because God’s word feeds us spiritually and challenges us intellectually, we are strongly committed to Christian education, to local and global missions and to the support of a broad range of PCUSA programs. Our adult Sunday morning offers a menu of diverse topics. Disciple Bible studies are offered during the week. Our Missions Committee successfully coordinates with 5 local ministries to support a building program, food bank, and shelters. We have sent members on mission trips to Africa, Mexico, Peru, and Costa Rica. Medical Mission, Inc. originated from the international Outreach of LMPC. More than 100 active participants of our strong youth program develop their mission trips to the Gulf Coast, Florida, Charleston, SC, and Asheville, NC. Confirmation classes include a year’s preparation. The session has 24 elected members plus a youth elder elected each year. 18 elected members comprise an effective Diaconate ministry to provide pastoral care. Presbyterian Women and our men’s ministry groups play a vital role in LMPC’s ministry. Our preschool program has capacity enrollment of 150 children. Our session approved a $1.5 new children’s ministries building. Our scouting program has 110 members with a Scout hut on church property, and 75+ Eagle Scouts. We also have a 25 member Girl Scout program.
Describe what gifts, skills and experiences your congregation possesses to fulfill its mission.
LMPC’s congregation is comprised of people of faith from varied backgrounds, different ages, a broad range of faith and life experiences, talents, and professions. In a community located 26 miles from the state capital on the banks of beautiful Lake Murray, Chapin has a rich history of families comprising several generations as well as those who have chosen to live in a suburban setting. Our current session includes a combination of leaders and workers, both active and retired, whose experiences guide decisions based on long range planning as a way to address concerns of the future. Our music program is led by a director and organist who are both affiliated with the USC School of Music. They capably guide our choirs of volunteers in music ministry. As a congregation, we have grown from our experiences in dealing with controversial issues trying to always recognize that in God’s house, there is always room at the table for opinions that may differ from our own which are guided by the Holy Spirit. Our congregation utilizes in its ministry the conference center at Montreat as a means of refreshing and further developing our faith and commitment. The LMPC congregation further fulfills its mission through participation in local, state, national and international missions.
What are the key theological issues of our church and society that are reflected in the ministry of your congregation/organization?
Believing that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God and that understanding it is essential to our being good Christians, we strive for education in learning God’s plan for us as individuals and as a congregation. LMPC is sensitive to the challenging issues within our denomination and that leaders/session/staff strive to accurately communicate those issues to our congregation. Education, evangelism and missions are key in our ministry. We depend on corporate worship and individual study to nourish our education; we believe that we must listen to the Holy Spirit for guidance. Believing that admonition “you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31), we seek to evangelize, focusing our attention on problems facing our society today. We are committed members of PCUSA and Trinity Presbytery. We affiliated with the Fellowship of Presbyterians. In addition to regular classes, we offer special workshops (Spiritual Enrichment, Learning on Lent), guest speakers and lecture series, which continue to address such topics as families in crisis, marriage enrichment, parenting, caring for elderly parents, finances and estate planning, grief and other issues. Our church carries this scripture beyond our doors by strong youth and adult programs which actively support and participate in local ministries and that directly impact on the needy for our community, regional areas and internationally.
CIF (Part II)
References (Limit 3)
Below, please list three persons who know our congregation.
Name Francis Burriss
Address 4046-M Fernandina Road, Columbia, SC 29212
Phone Numbers 803-750-0339_
Relation Former Pastor__
Name Alan Arnold________
Address 638 Timberlake Drive, Chapin, SC 29036
Phone Numbers 803-345-9957
Relation Former Presbyter____________________________________________
Name Austin Shelley
Address 201 Loetscher Place #113, Princeton. NJ 08540_
Phone Numbers _______________________
Relation Former Member, Youth Director, Elder & Ordained Pastor__________
Major Responsibilities: For what specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
The purpose is to provide strong and visionary leadership for the Evangelism and Missions of the church, enhance the Pastoral Care of our members, and enhance the worship of the church through preaching and liturgy. Responsibilities are to ensure the complete administration, planning, implementation and evaluation for a growing evangelism and mission ministry for the church; education, evangelism, missions and outreach.
Description of characteristics and qualifications needed in a person who will fill this position:
Other responsibilities are taking part in the Pastoral Care Ministry of the church; visiting the sick and hurting; ensure that visitors to our church are visited, and are given information about joining our church; keep the Pastor informed of all pastoral concerns; to assist in worship as both a regular liturgist and frequent preacher, except on days when conflicts occur with mission trips, etc; preach in both worship services every four weeks according to a schedule worked out with the Pastor; attend Session Meetings, congregational events, and assigned committee meetings as required and to perform any other duties deemed necessary by the Pastor.
Primary Skill Choices: Select up to 10 skills from the list below which you would like to see in the person filling this position.
___ Administration of Programs
___ Adult Ministry
___ Building Renovation/Property Development
___ Choir Directing
___ Conflict Management/Mediation Skills
___ Congregational Fellowship
___ Congregational Redevelopment/Revitalization
___ Curriculum Building
___ Development of New Educational Experiences
___ Evaluation of Program and Staff
___ Facility Management
___ Financial Management
___ Governing Body Ministry
___ Hospital and Emergency Visitation
___ Instrumental Music
___ Leadership Development
___ Leading Music Ministry
___ Management of Building Usage
_X_ New Church Development
___ Older Adult Ministry
___ Organizational Leadership and Development
_X_ Pastoral Care
___ Project Management
___ Rural Ministry
___ Small Membership Church Ministry
___ Staffing/Human Resources
___ Strategic Planning
___ Training Volunteers
___ Urban Ministry
___ Youth Ministry
___ Administrative Leadership
___ Budget Preparation
___ Children’s Ministry
_X_ Communication (Written/Oral)
___ Community Service and Leadership
___ Congregational Communication
_X_ Congregational Home Visitation
___ Corporate Worship/Sacraments
___ Cross Cultural Collaboration/Cultural Proficiency
___ Defining Program Needs
___ Ecumenical and Interfaith Activities
___ Family Ministry
___ Fund Raising
___ Group Process Facilitation
___ Information Technology
_X_ Involvement in Mission Beyond Local Church
___ Leadership of Staff/Volunteers
___ Legal/Tax Matters
___ Management of Equipment Resources
___ Office Management
___ Organization /Administration
___ Parliamentary Expertise
___ PCUSA Polity/Constitutional Knowledge
___ Problem Solving/Decision Making
___ Public Relations
___ Spiritual Development
___ Stewardship and Commitment Program
___ Transitional/Interim Ministry
___ Young Adult Ministry
Compensation and Housing. A range is needed for matching purposes. The maximum salary is not published anywhere. Effective salary is cash salary plus housing allowance or manse value and other compensation considered “effective salary” by the Board of Pensions of the PC (U.S.A.).
Minimum Effective Salary $ 40,000.00 + benefits Maximum Effective Salary $53,000.00 + benefits
Housing Type X Housing Allowance
X Suggest individuals from anywhere in the United States (or)
Equal Employment Opportunity
The unity of believers in Christ is reflected in the rich diversity of the Church’s membership. In Christ, by the power of the Spirit, God unites persons through baptism regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, disability, geography, or theological conviction. There is therefore, no place in the life of the Church for discrimination against any person. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) shall guarantee full participation and representation in its worship, governance, and emerging life to all persons or groups within its membership. No member shall be denied participation or representation for any reason other than stated in this Constitution. (F-1.0403)
Each Pastor Nominating committee and Search committee is expected to undertake its search for a Teaching Elder in a manner consistent with the good news that in the church “….as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Has the Pastor Nominating committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard? _X__ Yes
Pastor Nominating Committee/Search Committee Chairperson Detail:
Name Lovic Brooks
Address 150 Lake Vista Dr.
City Columbia State SC Zip Code 29036
Preferred Phone 803-331-4859
Alternate Phone 803-254-5300
E-mail Address for PNC Communications: LMPCAPNC@gmail.com