Summerville Presbyterian Church Information Form

CIF #: 22291.AD7

Church/Organization General Information

Church/Organization Number 22291
Church/Organization Name SUMMERVILLE
Mailing Address 407 SOUTH LAUREL STREET
Phone (843) 871-0280
Fax (843) 871-0300
WWW Address
Church/Organization Size 651 - 1000 members
Ethnic Composition African American 1%
Caucasian 98%
Other Asian 1%
Average Worship Attendance 289
Church School Attendance 200
Curriculum We Believe and Presbyterian resources
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City

Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Christian Education)
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:    Full-time   
Language Requirements:    English
Brief Church Mission Statement:

We are a Christ-centered church which values an open and friendly congregation that is dedicated to spiritual growth of all God's children and is called by God's Spirit to serve our neighbors, locally and globally.

To that end, we abide by the following guiding principles:
WORSHIP... a Christ-centered gathering, we encourage all believers to hear and respond to God's word through music, scripture, and prayer.
SPIRITUAL GROWTH... grounded in scripture, we strive to make disciples and encourage a deepening faith in all generations.
SERVICE... instructed by Jesus to go into the world, we aim to carry on the Lord's work by serving God's people everywhere.
FELLOWSHIP... drawn together from different backgrounds, we are a warm and loving church family where all people are valued as brothers and sisters in Christ.

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

The Old White Church at Dorchester, SC, founded in 1696 was established in 1858 by the Charleston Presbytery and has maintained a lasting witness to the gospel in the Low Country. The present church, created in 1895, is located in the heart of old town, with six other churches located in a two-block radius.

Summerville Presbyterian is led by our Session of 23 elders who oversee our ministry teams. Our teams are Evangelism, Christian Education, Finance, Mission, Congregational Programs, Property, Pastoral Care, Worship and Music, and Long Range Planning.

We hold two Sunday services separated by the Sunday school hour, which consists of 6 adult classes and infant through senior high youth. Special services are held for Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Scottish Heritage and Christmas Eve. The youth provide a Living Nativity and an annual Youth Service. Our children lead Children's Sabbath in the fall, and also enjoy Vacation Bible School and seasonal camps.

Our church offers a Wednesday night supper and Bible study, 5 Presbyterian Women Circles, choirs for all ages, a handbell choir, Prime Timers, Salt Shakers, basketball and volleyball. We have an annual Mission Emphasis Week and annual mission trips that have led groups to Honduras, the Bahamas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi. Our church also has an active role in Meals on Wheels, HELP, the Palmetto House Homeless Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, and the Dorchester County Detention Center.

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

Our church is blessed with exceptionally gifted and talented members who give freely of their time, talents and varied resources. We are a generous church family and assist many organizations in the community as well as individuals in need.

Stewardship of our congregation is evidenced by our fully funding and constructing a Habitat for Humanity house.

Our members bring natural wisdom and experiences with a variety of educational and occupational levels; i.e. educators, physicians, corporate executives, small business owners with education from high school diplomas to doctoral degrees. These members remain exceptionally active.

The younger members of our congregation are actively participating in various youth groups and show enthusiasm in many of our outreach opportunities. Our children are encouraged from an early age to show God's love through mission work.

Being grateful for the many gifts that God has provided us, we as a congregation continue to eagerly share these talents.

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

Summerville Presbyterian Church affirms its beliefs through worship, sacraments, and outreach to members and the community as true disciples of Jesus Christ. We are a congregation that actively supports ecumenical activities that nurture spiritual and physical needs of our congregation and others in our community.

We are concerned with the disintegration of the family unit, racial issues, crime, substance abuse and general moral decay. We support community organizations that address these issues, along with pastoral counseling, promotion of Biblical teachings and congregational awareness.

Our church membership reaches out to the Presbyterian Village's senior citizen population through a variety of activities uniting the young, the middle-aged and the older members.

We recognize that we are called to glorify God as we grow in faith. Our Christian education programs are primarily based on Presbyterian created curriculum and the church calendar.

We recognize the need for continued growth. Our youth, young adults, and older adults continue this theme through church school, Wednesday night programs, and church wide mission trips.

From birth to death, we strive as a congregation to demonstrate our joyful response to the grace of God.

Name Address Phone Numbers Relation Email
Rev. Donnie Woods 2421 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414-4601 (843) 766-4219 Presbytery Executive, Charleston Atlantic Presbyte
Dr. Charlie Hasty P.O. Box 712, Edisto Island, SC 29438 (843) 869-3158 retired minister
Mrs. Jan Day P.O. Box 1168, East Ellijay, GA 30539 (706) 276-1492 former DCE

Position Description

A. Major Responsibilities:

  • Act as coordinator for the Christian Education Program.
  • Develop and evaluate the Education programs in cooperation with the Education Ministry Team. A strong
    focus to be placed on the methods and programs to lead the congregation in spiritual growth.
  • Develop support ministries for persons with particular needs, with an emphasis on the appropriate programs
    and ministry for members in the 18-35 year age group.
  • Develop, coordinate and evaluate the overall mission program in cooperation with the Mission Ministry
    team with a focus on unifying the church's call toward depth in service and contribution rather that
    breadth of service with limited impact.
  • Oversee and monitor the administrative staff to support the church and its activities.
  • Assist in the integration of new members and fringe members into the life, work and fellowship of the
  • Develop and monitor the communication needs of the congregation and satisfy those needs using a variety
    of media.
  • Work in close cooperation with the pastor as head of staff and assist the head of staff in appropriate
    activities during his absence.
  • Attend staff meetings and Session meetings as scheduled, responding to the requests of Session and
    various committees for information and assistance, and reporting on areas of leadership and

  • B.  Characteristics and qualifications needed

    The Associate Pastor we are seeking must have a deep personal relationship with God that is conveyed through his/her leadership skills, teaching abilities and personal lifestyle. Our Associate Pastor should be active throughout the congregation through fellowship, congregational communication, teaching opportunities, and should be easily approached by all. The ability to acknowledge and include all members of our fellowship, from the youngest child to oldest adult, is necessary for a quality relationship with our church. We expect the Associate Pastor to be comfortable visiting with those who are hospitalized or shut-in, and to provide spiritual counseling to those in need. Our Associate Pastor should work well as part of a team by offering organizational skills, spiritual leadership and creativity.

    Primary Skill Choices:
    Administration of Programs
    Administrative Leadership
    Adult Ministry
    Children's Ministry
    Congregational Communication
    Development of New Educational Experiences
    Pastoral Care
    Spiritual Development
    Young Adult Ministry
    Compensation and Housing: (Cost of Living Calculator)
    Minimum Effective Salary:$44,000
    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 1/15/2009

    Self-referral Contact Information

    Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (843) 766-4219
    Fax  (843) 766-2804 Email
    PNC:   Wilson Bond Address  109 Dacs Lane, Summerville, SC 29483
    Daytime Phone  (843) 851-9722 Office Phone 
    Fax  (843) 851-9722 Email

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