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1 CHURCH PROFILE FORM Reformed Church in America Introduction The Reformed Church in America s Office of Ministry Services provides information and services to ordained ministers who are seeking a call and churches who are seeking ordained ministers. It does not recommend any particular candidate or church but instead serves as a resource to both. For further information, or if you have questions or problems while completing this form, please contact Ministry Services at or Helpful Hints for this form To move to the next field, hit TAB. To move the cursor to a desired field, left click on it with the mouse. To mark (x) in a box, left click with mouse. Hitting ENTER will move the cursor to the next line but keep you in the same field (essay questions) Spell check is not available in this format. Bold, italics and underline are not available in this format--use quotation marks instead for emphasis. The form will paginate itself as you complete it. If at any time you cannot include information important to you because of the form field, please continue to complete the question on a separate page. Make sure to reference the question number! Please sign and return the Release Statement at the end of this form. You may scan it and it as an attachment to 1

2 CHURCH PROFILE FORM Reformed Church in America Section A. Background Information Today s Date: 16/7/2013 Position to be filled:full time Pastor 1. Name of church: Woodgove Christan Community Church 2. Web address: 3. Mailing address: Box 41 Street Lantville, B.C. V0R 2H0 Canada City / State / Zip Code Telephone: (250) address: 4. Classis: British Colmbia 5. Classis Supervisor: Pastor Walter Opmeer Address: B Avenue Street Surrey, B.C. 454 City / State / Zip Code Telephone: (604) Chair of search committee: Ben Hendricks Address: 2318 Panarama View Street Nanaimo, B.C. V9V 1A6 Canada City / State / Zip Code Telephone: (250) address: address: 7. Membership: Time of worship Five years ago Today Active Confessing Members Inactive Confessing Members 5 2

3 Comment on significant changes: The Majority are Seniors 50 and over. 3

4 Age of all active members (baptized and confessing) o % 0-20 years old 4 % years old 4 % years old 8 % years old 80 % 65 years and older 8. Racial/Ethnic composition of congregation: % African American % Asian 96 % Caucasian % Hispanic 2 % Other: (please specify) First Nations 9. Worship schedule: Average Attendance (includes adults and children) Time of worship Average attendance Five years ago Average attendance Today 10 am pm am pm Comment on significant changes: We have gained new members but our congregantion is still sgnificantly senior. 10. Describe a typical worship service (order of worship, music, etc.) What is your congregation s preferred style or styles of worship? Attach a bulletin, if available. We use the hymnal for worship and celebration - Word Music :00a.m. Songs of praise followed by a quiet refective time before the service starts with a gathering song and interactive scripture reading. Church announcements are read and we celebrate birthday and anniversaries at this time. Prayers of the people followed by reading of the Gospel and the sermon. Final Hymn and Benediction after which we sing a chorus of "I have decided to follow Jesus". 4

5 11. Financial Information: Attach a copy most recent Consistorial Report and Annual Budget if available. Five Years Ago Today Total RCA related contributions $60,179 $67,309 Total other contributions $2,239 $3,920 Percentage of total budget contributed by living donors: % % % % 44 % or less (Please include a copy of your annual budget) 12. Congregational Giving: Number of those whose annual contribution is: Less than $ $501- $1, $1,501- $2, $2,501-$3,500 6 Greater than $3, Financial assistance: Do you receive financial assistance beyond the congregation? (rents, etc.) Yes No If yes, amount received last year: $ 3,920 List other fundraising programs that support the church: 2 Garage Sales spring and fall and organizing the Nanaimo Professional Craft Fair in Novemeber Approx. $10,000. 5

6 14. Church/Sunday School: Average Attendance Average attendance Five years ago 8 0 Average attendance Today Comment on significant changes: Older congregation. Many younger families left when Les Clarke retired and moved to churches closer to their places of residence. We often have grandchildren of regular members. 15. Describe briefly all educational programs (including children, young adult, adult). Adult Bible Study - focus on learning who is who in the bible, different books of the bible and how we can relate them to ourselves today etc. 16. Church groups/organizations: Briefly describe ministry purpose of each group. (use separate sheet if necessary) Name of group Frequency of Meeting Attendance (i.e. weekly, bi-monthly, etc) RCW monthly 8-12 Prayer group weekly 4-6 Bible study group, mixed male and weekly 8-12 female 17. Comment on one event or experience over the last year that has significantly contributed to the spiritual life of the congregation. Clasis Retreat. Bringing churches in the area together was encouraging and very uplifting. 18. Buildings: Please describe church-owned or rented buildings and purpose. We have rented the Church inlantzville for 12 years. We have a sanctuary that seats approx 80, a hall downstairs that is used for fellowship after the church service, extra meetings plus Sunday School when needed. A Kitchen, 2 bathrooms and some storage area. 19. Do you plan any capital expenditure during the next five years? Yes No If yes, please explain briefly: 6

7 20. Is there a mortgage indebtedness? Yes No Amount: $ Of how long standing? Annual rate of repayment 21. Pastor s study: In church in parsonage Other Not Provided 22. List all paid staff in addition to the pastor: Position Piano player Independent Contract. Janitor (stipend) 23. Consistory Membership: What method is used in selecting members? Suggestions from the congregation, consistory nominations, then by a majority vote of the congregation present. Please list present Consistory members ( Put a check in the box where appropriate: Elder Deacon Male Female Occupation Pat Smith Gwyneth Jorgensen Susan Pountney David Harrison Beverley Potter VP VP (Chair) Stated Clerk 7

8 24. What leadership roles do women currently fill in your church? Elders, Deacons, Treasurer, Bible Study Leader, RCW Leader and Music. 25. In our congregation (please check appropriate box) Few have Many have Most have Had up to twelve years of formal education Had some education beyond high school A college degree A graduate degree 26. In our congregation (please check a box) Few are Many are Most are Scientists & Engineers Farmers Business People Students & Teachers Industrial Workers Office Workers Other: 27. Special training/experience desired: (Describe briefly) N/A 28. Languages: Should your pastor be fluent in any language other than English? Yes No If yes, please explain. 29. The salary we are prepared to offer our new pastor is $ Please see #32 The average annual increase to our pastor over the past three years was $ 30. Is a parsonage provided? Yes No If so, is it on site with the church? Yes No If the parsonage is not on site with the church, how far from the church is it located? 31. Is a Minister s housing allowance in lieu of a parsonage a negotiable option? Yes No 8

9 32. The benefits/business expenses we will provide our pastor are: (Please check those provided or give amount as requested.) Base Salary $39, Housing Allowance $,17, Parsonage provided? Yes No Travel Reimbursement $ Social Security (Amount) $ Book Allowance (Amount) $ Continuing Education $ Allowance (Amount) Provision for Sabbatical $ Other (Specify Below) $ TOTAL $61, Yes No Retirement Yes No Major Medical Insurance Yes No Health/Hospital Insurance Yes No Life Insurance Yes No Dental Insurance Yes No Unemployment Insurance Yes No Disability Insurance Annual Vacation (Number of Weeks) 4 weeks Necessary Comments regarding above:with our current giving and savings we could support a full time pastor for 3 years. 9

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11 33. Community served: (please check one) Rural: Under 2,500 Town: 2,500-9,999 Small City: 10,000-49,000 Metropolitan-Suburban: 50,000+ Metropolitan-Urban: 50,000+ Metropolitan-Inner City: 50,000+ Other: 34. Cooperative ministry: In what ways have you cooperated with other churches in your community during the past year? World Day of Prayer and Remembrance Day. 35. Community involvement: In what community programs or projects have you participated during the past year? (As an organization, not as individuals.) Mine Town Days, Nanaimo Professional Craft Fair and Food Bank. 36. What denominations or religions are present within three miles (in rural areas, consider the county) where your church is located? Anglican, United, Maranatha Four Square Gospel, Catholic, and the Meeting Place Christian Fellowship. 37. Outreach: What is your strategy to reach un-churched people in your community? The Food Bank, Newspaper advertising, garage sales and Christmas Carol Services. Elementary School - needy family 38. The income level of the people in our congregation tends to be: (please check one) About average for our community Somewhat below the rest of the community Somewhat higher than the rest of the community 39. Describe the community and school system: (Provide website links were appropriate.) 11

12 Elementary School K-7. Senior School Christan School Grades K Aspen Grove Private School K Record of last three pastors: Name Dates Les Clarke 1989 to 2008 Steve Wilkinson 2009 to 2013 to 41. Please complete your profile with the following contacts: Name Pat Smith and Gwyneth Jorgensden Vice President, Consistory Walter Opmeer Classis Supervisor 12

13 Section B. Reflections Please answer the following questions, adding your own experiences where appropriate. 1) What is the stated mission, vision or purpose of your congregation? See Attached 2) What goals have been developed from your mission and vision over the next 5 years? ( Example new programs or outreach ministries.) Include long range or strategic plan. New program of reaching needy families in the school and community. 3) Describe the strengths of your church, the best of what you are as a community, and what you can offer a new pastor. Supportive encouragement, spiritual fellowship, communal prayer. We are loving and caring. 4) Explain the strategies or ideas that most excite your church in becoming or remaining missional. 1. Pink Box - Collection of food items for the needy in the community. 2. Baby Bottle Drive for the local pregnancy crisis center. 3. Donating to RCA mission outreach Projects. 4 Donations given on communion Sunday to help those in need in the congregation and community etc. 5) Name three of your church s most passionate hopes and why they are significant. We would like to reach more deeply into our community and become a more intergenerational congregation. 6) How do you hope someone who visits your church would describe what s/he considers to be most important? A Love of the Lord and good true biblical teaching. A caring congregation. Sharing Jesus' love with others. 7) Name at least one challenge facing your new pastor. Developing leadership commitment outside the present core. 13

14 8) Describe your vision and hopes for your church and your pastor over the next 5 years. effective witness in Lantzville and strategies to reach the unchurched. 9) Explain what ever else you would like your potential pastor to know about your church. A Pastor who is able to understand where we are today and who is able to stretch and encourage us into the future. See attached Pastoral Skills and interest form. Reformed Church in America Office of Ministry Services Release Statement (Full Church Name) We, Wood Grove Christian Community Church, acknowledge that the information in this Church Profile is accurate and complete. We authorize the Office of Ministry Services (OMS) to release this profile to designated recipient(s) seeking positions as ordained Ministers of Word and Sacrament, including posting of this profile on the RCA website. Signature of Search Team Chairperson or Designated Date 14

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