Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 01766.AF1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 01766
Ministry Name Linn
Mailing Address W3335 Willow Road
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Phone (262) 248-1588
Fax (262) 248-1698
E-Mail linnchurch@gmail.com
WWW Address www.linnchurch.org
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 3%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 69
Church School Attendance 6
Curriculum Sermons 4 Kids *Worship attendance: 118 (2019); 64 (2020); 69 (2021) not counting online viewers
Yoked Church False
Presbytery MILWAUKEE
Synod SYNOD OF LAKES AND PRAIRIES
Community Type Town
Last Information from Statistics of the Church  * (  Show Statistics  )
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor Interim
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   No
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
We are a church of Jesus Christ within the Presbyterian tradition that fosters love and compassion, nurtures Christ-centered lives, and extends hospitality to all as if we were encountering Christ himself.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

The Congregation of Linn Church joyfully shares the love of Christ with one another, our community, and the greater world. We deeply value our spiritual fellowship and consistently encourage our members to higher levels of faith, service, and charity. We are blessed with a dedicated group of church leaders who collaborate on all aspects of worship, church organization, service to our community, and social media.  Our ministry outreach includes:

A large percentage of our congregation actively volunteer their time and money in support of these activities. We are always evaluating the effectiveness of our efforts and are consistently looking for new ways to share our love of Christ through service to others.

How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

Living in an economically diverse community, we see first-hand the disparities in our society.  Our rummage sale thrives with involvement from the community donating goods as well as time.   We recognize that people starting new households, growing families, and others in our community find great value in our rummage sale and we are happy to help them fulfill their needs.  Donations are also made to families and individuals in emergent situations.

As a congregation, we recognize that we are global citizens and have an obligation to provide assistance to countries that struggle with deep poverty, food insecurity, and poor medical care.  In particular, our PW group has been active in efforts to assist internationally.  Also, our Mission Committee is continuing to develop a relationship with Friends of the Children of Haiti, a group that focuses on providing medical and other assistance to Haitians.

Some of the other organizations Linn Church is assisting are listed in question #1.

With the recent changes in our society arising from the pandemic, Linn Church has demonstrated flexibility and responsiveness to the evolving situation.  Guidelines based on recommendations from the CDC and the WI Council of Churches in addition to developing technically inclusive options for worship and other services are some of the projects we have implemented.

These efforts are driven by a deep sense of love and compassion for all peoples and our obligation as Christians to help one another.

How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
We believe that scripture-based leadership will remind all of us in the Congregation of the Christian imperative to help others in need and to serve as beacons of Christ’s love.  As we strive to meet the challenges stemming from the global pandemic, we’re presented with a great opportunity to re-examine how we function as a church and re-think our structures and processes. We believe we should:
  • Build a Congregational Care team and provide team members with the skills and resources to better care for people in need in the Spirit of Christ.
  • Identify a viable path for providing quality Christian Education and fellowship opportunities for young people.
  • Develop new processes and strategies to reinvigorate our Rummage Sale, in a way that fosters collaboration, sustainability, and effectiveness.
  • Help encourage and support our membership to remain connected and participate in the life of the church.
  • Help us in our understanding of how we can better use our church facility to serve the community and create more opportunities to spread the word of Christ.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

The person should demonstrate a deep spiritual foundation and an active passion for Christ.  As a forward-looking congregation that’s deeply committed to doing more, we’re seeking a person who shares our vision of what we can become and can serve as a change agent in helping us achieve our goals.

Qualities / skills of particular value include:

  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Future orientation
  •  Ability to identify opportunities to develop
  • Ability to lead change process
  • Active listener
  • Engages people
  • Fosters open dialogue and develops trust
  • Elicits cooperation / ability to identify common ground
  • Monitor and evaluate progress / success of plans and goals
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

Pastoral Care:

  1. Work with Session to discern values and beliefs of this congregation.  Look at our heritage, where we are now, and where we feel we’re being called in order to help prepare a mission study.
  2. Work with Session, committees, and congregational members to identify and encourage recognition of concerns.  Foster an atmosphere that promotes new ideas and approaches, and help craft new avenues to develop Linn's vision and mission as it prepares for the future.
  3. Be available after services to interact with worshippers.

Administrative Care:

  1. Provide guidance and motivation to Session, committees, Deacons, and the congregation to recruit new leaders, train them, and nurture their leadership development.
  2. Work with Session to create a process for evaluating the congregation’s ministries and for implementing needed changes.
  3. As Head of Staff, to administer, lead and support staff members and review and evaluate staff members jointly with the Personnel Committee, as necessary.
  4. Support our ministry Candidate under care of the Session as she advances on her journey towards ordination into ministry.
  5. Help evaluate, strategize, and navigate the opportunities of various technological platforms as tools for ministry.
  6. Provide leadership in conflict resolution as needed.
  7. Help assess financial sustainability and stewardship.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Communicator
Technologically Savvy
Advisor
Change Agent
Strategy and Vision
Collaboration
Motivator
Flexibility
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $51,305   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
Carol Wickersham
612 High Street, Clinton, WI 53525
(608) 676-4583
clwickersham@charter.net
pulpit supply
Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Ingersol
1460 Cheriton Circle, Grayslake, IL 60030
(903) 987-2971 - cell
wjingersol@att.net
former Interim Pastor
James Stahl, Administrator - Twin Oaks Shelter
W9665 US14, Darien, WI 53114
(262) 882-3662
jstahl@community-action.org
local mission partner
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Yes
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   12/15/2021


Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   RULING ELDER RACHEL YATES Address  6767 W GREENFIELD AVE, SUITE 202 MILWAUKEE WI 53214
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (414) 292-2740
Fax  (414) 292-2750 Email  ryates@pbymilwaukee.org
COM:   REVEREND ANN GIBBS Address  6767 W GREENFIELD AVE, MILWAUKEE WI 53214
Daytime Phone  (414)292-2740 Office Phone  (414)292-2740
Fax  Email  agibbs@pbymilwaukee.org
PNC:  Michele K Moore Address  1621 Ryder Cup Road
Daytime Phone  (608) 333-9332 cell Office Phone 
Fax  (262)248-1698 church off Email  mckim2425@gmail.com