For the first time in over 22 years the Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church will be selecting a new Pastor. We know this will be a stimulating and challenging task. We enjoy a unique, you will see this word often, way of life in the Weaver Mountains of Arizona. Our church embraces a close relationship and partnership with all the communities we serve. The people of the area, as does our congregation, represent a broad cross-section: from ranchers, to craftspeople, to the skilled tradesmen, to retirees from all walks of life.
The Pastor Nominating Committee welcomes you to learn and explore more about the area and the unique opportunities it will provide to a new pastor. Please read more and enjoy what life in the Weaver Mountains feels like.
To Live By Faith, To Be Known By Love, To Be A Voice of Hope
To Live By Faith. Our faith in Christ brings us together in an inclusive intergenerational family of believers. Fellowship in that church family supports us and grows our faith. We express our faith in God in a traditional worship service with an emphasis on Biblical preaching and excellent traditional and global music. We walk with our Jesus each and every day by faith.
Romans 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
To Be Known By Love. Jesus calls us to love and serve our neighbors. That love and service ranges from congregational care, to assisting the underserved in our local neighborhood, to supporting projects with our neighbors on the international border, to involvement in world‐wide mission.
John 13:34-35 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
To Be A Voice Of Hope. Hope is a bright star in a hopelessly dark universe. Through light years of distance, the brightness fills our inner selves. Hope makes us smile on the inside as well as on the outside. Hope is not just an emotion, it is a promise that smiling and laughter are just around the corner. Hope is drawn to the person who sees beyond the present defeat, beyond the moment of being cast down, beyond the loss of the job, and beyond the negative words of hopeless voices. There is that voice from the "bright star" telling us to look beyond the darkness - to the bright light of hope. That is the voice our church wants to be.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
MISSION STATEMENT PAGE 3
“WORD PICTURE” OF CONGREGATION PAGE 4
GIFTS OF THE CHURCH PAGE 5
MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH PAGE 6
FUTURE EXPECTATIONS PAGE 7
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION PAGE 9
CHURCH FINANCES PAGE 10
ECUMENICAL EFFORTS IN THE COMMUNITY PAGE 12
POTENTIAL GROWTH PAGE 12
Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church is a church worshiping, learning and participating with one another and with our world for the purpose of sharing God’s love. We are growing and finding our way into God’s plan for us, and it is our desire to be vibrant and connected with the world that Jesus loves.
We are a church small in numbers but large in heart for Christ. Our congregation recognizes its call to seek and to do the will of God, and it is our mission to represent Christ to our communities and to the world, inviting all to share in our inclusiveness and joy, offering love and hope centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and encouraging one another in the study of the Scriptures. It is our Scripture-mandated desire to reach out beyond ourselves, caring for our members and friends. We seek to respond to the needs of our communities, regularly supporting the mission of the larger church, and to provide for the indigent and those in crisis who come our way so that no one leaves untouched by God’s love. We work to promote community events that bring aid and social interaction, relating as a partner with our fellow citizens.
Ours is a church marked by friendliness and genuine warmth, sharing the rich experiences of life and the belief that the joy of Christ is contagious.
We are determined that our church remain a church of people, not a church of programs. We are determined to not lose sight of the fact that love and acceptance - not programs - draw people. We work to meet needs and discover hearts, as this was what Jesus modeled; and we work to project acceptance, to have people come as they are, both physically and spiritually. We would preach God’s Word and let the Holy Spirit do the rest.
Emil Brunner said, “The Church exists by mission, just as a fire exists by burning. Where there is no mission, there is no church.” Understanding that mission is a definable objective of what we work to accomplish, of why we exist, a mission statement should clarify what we expect to do and how we will empower others as we do it. To that end, Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church encourages our congregation to DO rather than TALK through exposure to opportunities for community service and mission work. We work to inspire them to share their gifts, talents and experience by educating them to the broader picture of Christian nurture and need, both in our community and in the world. Motivated by a desire to see others find fulfillment in Christ by helping them reach their full potential, we have summarized our mission with the following statement: “To Live by Faith, To Be Known by Love, To Be a Voice of Hope.”
“WORD PICTURE” OF CONGREGATION:
How do we encounter Christ?
We believe Jesus Christ is the one and only way to salvation. He is part of the Trinity and is fully man and fully God. Baptism and communions are sacraments. The importance of these elements are presented to the congregation each Sunday morning as we bring them forward and place them on the communion table during the quiet meditation at the beginning of worship service. We believe in the triune God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are encouraged to start all of our meetings with Word-Prayer-Share. Word-Share-Prayer is the sharing of a verse(s) allowing participants the opportunity to share what that verse says to them personally and how that relates to our everyday Christ-Centered lives. Participation is entirely voluntary at any time. If we have a group that feels uncomfortable with that, we still start our meeting with prayer, devotions and a discussion of the devotion. Our Sunday mornings are also started with Word-Prayer-Share for all who wish to participate. Christ is invited to all that we do.
Who is our community?
Our community covers many miles, from North Ranch to Congress at the bottom of the Yarnell Hill, to the community of Wilhoit 22 miles to the north. It also includes the small community of Skull Valley to the northwest. North Ranch, which lies 6 miles south of Congress, is a privately owned RV community with 436 homes. Approximately half of our congregation comes from this diverse group of people who still travel in the summer in their RV’s. There are friends and members of our church who live in Congress as well as Wickenburg which lies another 15 miles south of North Ranch.
Traveling north from Congress on Highway 89 at the base of the Yarnell Hill and winding up through the Weaver Mountains, the communities of Glen Ilah and Yarnell sit at the top of the hill. It was here that the church was established in the 1940s. Our church's roots are deep in these mountain villages. From the church's beginnings, it has drawn from these villages as well as the ranches to the north, including the later-established community known as Peeples Valley. Our members and friends come from these areas collectively known as the Weaver Mountains. Most of our members are over the age of 50.
3. GIFTS OF THE CHURCH
Our church has the wonderful gift of music and the gift of love for others. Our love for God and our love for one another are apparent upon entering our church. We are, first and foremost, servants of God, a quality visible to our congregation and to our communities. We invite all nearby communities to participate in our Christmas cantata, and we always have considerable participation. We have in-depth Bible studies in different members’ homes. Many community organizations are led by members/friends of our church. We love drama and have an outstanding number of willing volunteers. We offer workshops for learning, and we travel together to training seminars.
How do we use our gifts?
The only way we can use our gifts is to share them… to live them day by day. We invite people to share in our love of God and each other. We continue with our weekly Bible studies which are open to anyone and everyone.
The Gift of Love for Others: Our love for God and for each other are apparent upon entering our church where all are met with hugs and smiles. The warm, friendly greeting continues into the worship service and then the fellowship time that follows. We are Servants of God, and it is visible to our congregation and to our communities. Signs over our entry doors proclaim: "Servants Entrance." That is exactly how we see ourselves. Our dedicated Stephen Ministry program shows our love and concern for those in need. Many of our community organizations are led by members/friends of the church (i.e., leaders and members of the Weaver Mountain Regional Chamber of Commerce, board members and volunteers of the Yarnell Fire Department and the Peeples Valley Fire Department including their auxiliaries, chair and co-chair of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots Memorial Park (funding and building), members of the school board and volunteers for the local Model Creek School, members of Weaver Mountain Economic Development Committee, volunteers at the local community center). Many members and friends regularly volunteer and participate in the annual Yarnell Daze, the Hot Shot 5K Memorial Run, auto show fundraisers and numerous other annual celebrations.
The Gift of Music: Our church is blessed with wonderfully talented musicians who lovingly share their gift of music with both instruments and voices. Choir season normally runs from August through May. During the summer hiatus "special music" is presented by volunteers. One Sunday each month a local professional violinist who does not attend our church plays for our worship service. Our music, drama, mission and worship committees work together throughout the year to present skits, larger dramatic pieces and other special services for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Maundy Thursday, Pentecost Sunday, World Communion Sunday, Advent, Christmas Eve and Easter as well as other services throughout the year. We have an outstanding number of willing and very capable volunteers for all of these special services and presentations.
4. MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH
Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church is a church small in numbers but large in heart for Christ. Our congregation recognizes its call to seek and to do the will of God, and it is our mission to make the Gospel of Jesus Christ relevant to the communities we serve. Ours is a church marked by friendliness and genuine warmth, sharing the rich experiences of life and the belief that the joy of Christ is contagious. It is our Scripture-mandated desire to reach out beyond ourselves so that no one leaves untouched by God’s love. This is done through caring for our members and friends, seeking to understand and respond to community needs, regularly supporting the mission of the larger church, providing for the indigent and those in crisis, promoting community events that bring aid and social interaction, and relating as a partner with our fellow citizens.
We strive to worship, learn and participate with one another for the purpose of sharing God’s love, growing and finding our way into God’s plan for our community church, and being vibrant and connected with the world that Jesus loves. We have seen slow, steady growth over the last ten years. Area demographics point toward increasing growth that demands change if we are to cultivate the ministry of our church through the development of our educational programs and even greater availability to members and the community at large to reach our full potential.
6. FUTURE EXPECTATIONS
Our expectations for the future involve the search for a new pastor. To this end, we have been given the unique opportunity of allowing our current pastor to serve in a short-term co-pastorate with the new pastor. As we consider all this and face Pastor Paul’s eminent retirement, the example of the Apostle Paul seems fitting. It would be a blessing for him as well as for our church and our community to be able to raise up a Timothy.
To give an incoming pastor the best chance of success, we need to be able to empower him/her with as many tools as possible to address our community’s unique issues. It is a gift not to be overlooked that we have Paul to assist the new pastor and the church through this transition. His experience would assist a new pastor in tempering his/her idealism with the realities of a small rural church with which Paul is all too familiar. A Timothy would not necessarily look or think like Pastor Paul; he/she would be of another generation. The church needs to be infused with new lives to replace the lives that are passing on or passing through. Only by continuation of our mission of love and service to the community will we ensure its preservation.
Developing a Timothy does not happen overnight; it takes time and energy. Timothys, when trained and empowered, can do amazing things for God. Our Timothy will need time to understand a community that is unique, traumatized and loaded to the brim with social and personal challenges. Our Timothy will need a wide and diverse skill set, requiring him/her to be part counselor, part repairman, part politician, part delivery driver and part social worker, as well as full-time pastor.
Whoever is called will need to be able to live and love in a way that is attractive not only with our congregation, but also with those not involved in the church. No one understands these varied and complex issues better than Paul Jones, who has been intimately involved in the lives of our neighbors for over two decades. He knows how to navigate the many-facetted aspects of this unique little area. He knows how to meet these folks where they live; and with him as a mentor, a new pastor could more quickly get to know and empower people - both in the church and the community – to build a base of support and to discover the changes that need to take place to see the church succeed.
To see God accomplish such a transition - and use our retiring pastor along the way to His end - would be a wonderful thing. Proverbs 19:21 reminds: “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” We are a praying church, and we are convinced that we are following God’s leading in this exemption. This congregation and this community love this little church, and that love is returned many times over. To that end, we are diligently striving to answer these and other questions.
G.K. Chesterton suggested that religion should be “less of a theory and more of a love affair.” That has been and will continue to be the “religion” by which our church exists. We are led by the conviction that we are doing God’s work, meeting the needs of both our congregation and our community. I Corinthians 13:8 proclaims that “Love never fails.” We will never be a “big” church, but that is not our goal. Rather, we would provide a loving fellowship where people can seek God and learn to share that experience with others. We will trusting God for His hand in all our efforts and continuing to follow the admonition of Micah 6:8: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
We would like to think that within 90 days the new pastor will be our pastor. Sometime later Paul may be afforded full church and community privileges once again. This is, of course, as both pastors work together in harmony and with compassion. We envision a smooth and loving transition for this church and community. It may be that the new pastor will not ask Paul to leave the church, rather that he will have the confidence in Paul and in this church to step in and be accepted and loved. Paul will remain in the community as he returns to his vocation as a carpenter. He fully plans to be supportive but not intrusive. His own feeling of servanthood would not allow him to over step the duties or the parameters of the new pastor.
The Purpose-Driven Church makes the point that no congregation should make “the mistake of losing sight of its external environment… for in a state of rapid and continuous change, this is the only way for our church to continue to be a relevant, shaping force in its community.” Our demographic study concentrated on learning the critical needs of the communities we serve. We did that by meeting with small groups from our congregation (both members and friends) in an attempt to determine who we are, where we want to go as a church and what is important to us as individuals in the church and as a congregation.
Additionally, we held a meeting of community leaders to gain a better understanding of the community and learn more about residents’ concerns. We asked about perceptions of the church and specific ministry opportunities. The results of these discussions were overlaid against the actual demographic statistics we had compiled from census data and information from various sources including local and county officials, education, health and social service officials, law enforcement, realtors and business owners, as well as information on residential development in our area.
Wickenburg, our nearest large city, had a 2015-2016 Census population of 6,363 with a projected annualized growth of 3.09%, a projection typical for the entire area. While the population of Yarnell was approximately 649, according to the 2015-2016 Census, we serve several nearby communities, increasing the population of our catchment area to about 3,400 (Peeples Valley, Wilhoit, Congress, North Ranch and Wickenburg, all within a 25-mile radius of our mountaintop community). The combined population is 95% white, approximately 63% married and 80% high school graduates (10% have bachelor’s degrees or higher). Area homes are 84% owner-occupied, and the median home value was $89,075 in 2000; in 2015 it was $145,273. The per capita income averaged $28,369 in 2015, with 25.7% of the population in the labor force. Yarnell has the largest proportion of investment and retirement income at 36.0% of the total and is ranked #1. Second, it has Social Security in the mid-point of other places in the area at 31.1% of the total and is ranked in the middle of the group.
Yarnell, approximately 100 miles northwest of Phoenix, is located equidistant between the two major cities of Wickenburg and Prescott, a distance of about 60 miles. Our church is the only church of reformed faith in an otherwise “barren” area. The opportunity for continued growth, as well as ecumenical and mission opportunities, is self-evident. Even now, many members of our congregation come from as far south as Sun City and as far north as Wilhoit and Prescott.
The community of Yarnell is served by three churches: Assembly of God, Lighthouse Bible Church and Yarnell Presbyterian. Other area churches include Desert Hills Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Good Shepherd of the Desert Catholic Church and Grace Bible Church in Congress; Skull Valley’s Bible Church; and Kirkland’s Mormon church. Of the four Yarnell churches, our church has, by far, the greater membership (90) and average attendance (63.75 for 2016). Next largest is Lighthouse Bible Church with 45 members and an average attendance of 25. Percept Group’s demographics show our area with a “no faith involvement” of 36%.
8. CHURCH FINANCES
The total assessed value of the church/fellowship hall building is $159,000, which equates to a full value/market value of $187,000. This church has never had a mortgage. We have had 7 building programs and all of them have been supported by our church community.
We have an account in the Presbyterian Fund, and of December 2016 the balance was $54,289.95. We have an IBM balance of $1,732.50 as December 2016.
The current financial status of the membership is good, as evidenced by the survey results that indicate a median annual income of $28,369. The current financial status of the church, however, does not reflect that of the congregation.
During a five-year period, we have had a faith-based budget and so far it has worked, as our expenses indicate (estimated):
Year Budget Actual
2014 $144,000 $140,000
2015 $152,249 $142,221
2016 $152,249 $121,287
Our Projected budget for 2017 is as follows:
Christian Mission $10,500
Salaries and Related (Co-pastorate) $89,210
Worship and Programs $1,100
Music and Drama Programs $12,440
Worship without Co-pastorate $6,156
Pastor Nominating Committee $20,000
Administrative Costs $32,744
Total Expense $173,550
ECUMENICAL EFFORTS IN THE COMMUNITY
Yarnell Presbyterian has been a leader in ecumenical efforts in our community, and more growth will enable us to pursue further opportunities to work with other congregations. Current ecumenical involvement includes:
Monthly Women’s Fellowship Bible Book Club open to women of all area churches
Women’s Fellowship Creative Circle meets weekly for fellowship and sewing and crafts
The only Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve services in the community
Easter Sunrise Service, inviting local pastors’ participation in the program
Two winter season Bible studies open to anyone who wishes to attend.
We believe in the potential of this church to reach further into our communities. Already approved are 5,100 homes plus commercial developments slated for completion within the next several years. Both in size and number, these developments offer the promise of exciting opportunities for outreach and growth as well as an encouraging field for community evangelism.
Continued growth is evidenced by the several residential developments within our service area:
Weaver Mountain Estates (nine miles distant) has a potential of 600 homes with 130 already inhabited.
Wickenburg Ranch (about 20 miles distant) is a mixed-use, 2,160-acre residential project approved for 2,324 homes with a population of 4,600 to 5,500 people.
Saddle Creek Ranch (about six miles south) is a ranch development encompassing 600 acres and is selling 36-acre parcels.
Ruger Ranch (about six miles north) is another ranch development offering its 550 acres in 36-acre parcels.
The PNC Mission:
The pastor nominating committee (PNC), representative of the whole congregation and elected by the congregation, has the ultimate responsibility for nominating a minister to the congregation for election as the next pastor. Over a number of months, the PNC will journey through the pastoral search process, seeking to hear the call of Christ and “to participate in God’s own choice” for your next pastor.
As we embark on this journey, we pray that we will know the power of God’s presence each step of the way. We know that:
God Calls Women and Men to Serve as Pastors
“In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people, to live as one community.” (Book of Confessions, Brief Statement of Faith, 10.3, Lines 29–32)
“The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church.”
(Book of Confessions, Brief Statement of Faith, 10.4, Lines 58–64)
Who We Are
Ruby McKinzie – Leader - moc.l1502983713lenra1502983713ynihc1502983713ruhc@1502983713ybur1502983713
- August 13, 2017 - Two teleconferences will be conducted this week with two prospective pastors.
- July 12, 2017 - The PNC sent our top four picks to the Presbytery for their background checks. We are working to create a list of interview questions. Conference call interviews will follow.
- June 16, 2017 - The YCPC Mission Study was posted in the Pastor Nomination area of this this website, www.churchinyarnell.com.
- June 12, 2017 - The PNC has received 36 Pastor Information Forms from Presbytery. The target is to identify at least 7 that best meet our criteria. By the end of the month we will return these names to Presbytery so they can collect further information.
- May 23, 2017 - The Commission of Ministry (COM) approved the Ministry Information Forms (MIF).
- May 1, 2017 - The new website went live. It includes the Pastor Nomination area. Communicated to the COM.
- May 1, 2017 - Kathleen has moved to California and Ruby McKinzie has been appointed to become the chairman of the committee
- April 7, 2017 the recording was made of Lew Theokas interviewing Pastor Paul. We used a cell phone on a tripod and the resulting video/audio was excellent. Great job and on target.
- March 31, 2017 we met to discuss the web site and create a video of Pastor Paul on our web site.
- March 30, 2017 we were told that our input was rejected because attachments are not allowed and we cannot state that our web site is under construction. These requirements were not stated in the MIF instructions
- March 7, 2017 Kathleen entered the information from the MIF to the Presbytery’s web site. Now we wait for approval or for corrections from Presbytery.
- February 21, 2017 We, as a group, worked on the MIF. We felt we had all the written information, so we went through the document page by page to see if all the required information was complete and to determine what else was needed. We wanted to add maps of Escapees North Ranch, Congress, and Wilholt. These could all be provided by Google. We created this information in attachments
- February 13, 2017 we then as a group worked on the Ministry Information Forms (MIF) and mission study, using our responses to the questions. We took the responses from Kathleen, Rose, Jim, and Ruby for the Narrative questions and used the best of both of them. It produced a lively discussion and we felt it was a good job done by all. We all concluded that the mission statement that Carolyn Wiles wrote was perfect. So, all we did was respond to the additional questions.
- February 7, 2017 Officers were elected: Kathleen Stowe (Chair), Jack Rauh (communications), Kas page (secretary). Jack had made a graph of the Congregation and Elders/Deacons PIF’s to give an idea what our church wanted in a new pastor. We then as a group worked on the MIF, with Jack having filled out many of the blanks.
- January 29, 2017 the committee was commissioned with Bob Orf from the Presbytery attending.
- January 22, 2017 the congregation elected the Pastors Nominating Committee. We had a short meeting afterwards where Jim Nominated Kathleen for Chair and Ruby nominated herself.
One recent Sunday we asked church attendees two questions
1 - What do you love about living in this area?
2 - What do you love about attending this church?
Enjoy their responses. What a Blessing our Area and our Church are!
What do you love about living in this area?
- Its beauty and its peacefulness and the many good people who feel the same way.
- We love the small town living – no traffic, clean air, cooler than Phoenix by 12-20 degrees.
- There are lots to do in both the community and the church. People help and care for each other.
- I love the church and the community.
- I love the rural atmosphere of this area.
- People are friendly.
- I love the wide, open spaces.
- It’s not too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter.
- I love the clean, fresh air, all year long.
- We live in the “best kept secret in Arizona”.
- Mountain vistas, clean air, warm climate with just a touch of winter, and wonderful people
- It is just a short, breathtaking drive to Prescott or Wickenburg.
- God is the master creator and artist. When he created our area, the colors are everywhere; in the sunrise and sunsets, the mountains with purple hues to their white caps in the winter. The spring abounds with colorful wild flowers and the flowers of the cactus.
What do you love about attending this church?
- We feel very close to our church family and are so blessed to be a part of it.
- Pastor Paul. He has been a strong, loving teacher, friend and counselor. An example of what a pastor should be.
- Pastor Paul’s musical talents are a blessing.
- We thank God for both Paul and Anne.
- We are simply God’s people: warm, welcoming, caring and compassionate.
- When G.K Chesterton said that religion should be “less of a theory and more of a love affair,” he could have been talking about our church.
- From the moment one steps inside the doors, the desire to share God’s love is palpable.
- Everyone is warm and inviting; there is a spirit of compassion and inclusiveness that is undeniable.
- From the signs about the doors announcing “Servants Entrance” to the spirit of joy that fills the building, there is nowhere I’d rather be.
- God is also the prince of peace and as I live in this area, I feel the peace and love around me. Not only the community but in my church, YCPC. This church has blessed me with the love of God and community of friends.
- The church is Christ-centered and very biblical. The people are warm, friendly, welcoming and loving.
- The church body has never met a stranger.
- YCPC has been a God send for me.
- Church services relate to the teachings of the Bible.
- The dear Lord guided me to this church and I am fortunate to be involved in the church, serving as a Deacon and as a member of the Maintenance Team
- Many inspire me. Wherever I go, the church and those involved are always with me.
- I love attending this church because the Spirit of Christ that dwells here in our members.
- Our membership is not large but the number of members willing to step up and help out is amazing. Even the community is willing to step up and help us when the need arises. This is due to our ministry in the community.
- Everyone is welcome. No one is criticized or turned away. People are made to feel welcome as soon as they walk in the door. We praise god and love Jesus.
- We love the worshipping with such a welcoming, loving church community that has such an out-reach and concern for those outside our “walls”. It is a mission minded church family.