Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 03293.AC0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 03293
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 2021 North Aurelius Rd
Holt, MI 48843
Phone 517-694-8151
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 2%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 149
Church School Attendance 52
Curriculum Workshop Rotation Model- WRM
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Other)
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:   Associate Pastor
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

We are an ordinary people, welcoming all into our family of

faithful worship,

compassionate service and

love for our extraordinary God! 

Rich in tradition, yet open to the leading of the Spirit.

We believe that by the power of the Holy Spirit,

the transforming love of Jesus Christ

is working through us to do the unimaginable!
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

When you walk through the doors of Holt First Presbyterian, you will find an affirming, welcoming and generous group of believers who want to do so much more than sit in a pew. Our Lord leverages our God-given talents as we strive to live authentic, faithful lives. We want to make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ!

We see God’s hand at work in:

Our Individual Lives

  • Through our worship
    • Traditional and contemporary services
    • Voice and handbell choirs, drama, liturgical arts and praise band
  • As we stretch and grow our faith through our
    • Workshop Rotation Model CE
    • Vibrant Jr and Sr high ministries
    • Active older adult ministry
    • Women’s Circles
    • Adult Bible Studies
    • Periodic thematic studies for adults
    • Men’s and Women’s retreats
    • VBS
    • Camp Greenwood Participation
    • More Light congregation
  • Creating a culture of generosity
    • Providing a strong financial foundation for our ministry
    • Legacy endowment

Our Local Community through our

  • Tutoring at-risk children
  • Refugee ministry
  • Deacon hospital visit rotation
  • Bereavement team
  • Medical equipment lending closet
  • Prayer shawl ministry
  • Partnership with the Holt Community Food Bank 
  • Regular meal provision for Advent House homeless ministry
  • Partnership with UKirk@MSU

Our World through our Mission partnerships in

  • Mexico
  • Uganda
  • Scotland

As our faith grows and evolves, we are committed to seeing all persons through the eyes of our Creator—with love, integrity, and compassion. With our prayers, actions, and gifts, we continually strive to exhibit the kingdom of heaven to the world.

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

The Christian walk is not designed to be easy. We have made compassion and humility an interwoven aspect of our community, standing firmly in faith beside our brothers and sisters, as we all grow in God’s mercy and grace.

As a community of faith, we are called to address the needs of our local and global communities. We serve at-risk children from our local elementary school through our tutoring program and providing weekend food supplements. We also supply a medical lending closet and support Lansing’s Advent House and the Holt Community Food Bank with our love, labor and financial assistance. We host periodic community forums on timely and sensitive issues, such as racism, human trafficking, bullying, sexual harassment and opioid crisis.

Our mission to refugees in the Lansing area began in 2007 with the goal of fellowship and assisting their transition into American life.  Families receive assistance in navigating our complex culture and systems. Congregational participation includes mentoring and assisting individuals and families, welcoming the children in youth activities, VBS, and enabling children to attend summer camp.

We provide facilities and support for community organizations every night of the week.

Regardless of the challenges that follow and trusting in the One who will help us meet them, our church family is committed to continually seeking where the Spirit is leading us to address the needs rising up from within and surrounding our community of faith.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

The Associate Pastor we seek will help us find ways to enrich the faith of our congregation, our community and our world.  This position enables us to advance God’s vision of service and worship in:

Our Lives

  • Education - primary leadership, actively leading and inspiring Christian Education for all ages that invigorates the spirit.
  • Pastoral Care - providing primary leadership to strengthen presence for acute and long term care. Working with the Deacons, Head of Staff, and the congregation to provide consistent and comprehensive pastoral care.
  • Worship - collaborate with the head of staff to enhance worship experiences in new and creative ways
  • Visitors - encourage those who have been led through our doors to embrace the opportunities before them
  • New Membership -  welcoming all newcomers and facilitating their assimilation into the church family

Our Community

  • Sharing the love of Christ through our existing outreach ministries while looking for new opportunities to engage our neighbors

Our World

  • New immigrants - strengthen our capacity to assist those settling in the area
  • Global partners - providing support for our existing ministries in Uganda, Mexico, and Scotland

These are many of the areas of our church that we know will be served and benefit from an associate pastor. Inspired by this individual, our congregation looks forward to continued exploration and discernment of ways we can reach out to meet other emerging needs within our congregation and the world outside our doors.

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

Boring doesn’t work for God. Why should it work for the church? 

FPC-Holt is searching for a partner to join us in our dynamic ministry. We’re looking for an Associate Pastor who will serve as a generalist with an emphasis on Christian Education and pastoral care that will work with our head of staff and our congregation as we seek to courageously follow Christ wherever he leads us.

As can be seen by the description of our ministries above, the successful candidate will have a passion for hands-on service. They should be a self-starter and be able to work in independently while in a strong collaborative setting with an experienced and energetic head of staff. The candidate should have the ability to both assist and lead in all components of the ministry.

We are looking for an individual with strong communication skills. Our worship and CE settings have capacity for multimedia audio and video components. We are seeking a candidate who has a deep love of the Reformed tradition and a passion for using all the resources available to them to creatively express that faith. 

In 2018, our ministry celebrates 153 years of worship and service. We are looking for a candidate who is excited to carry that tradition forward in fresh and engaging ways that help grow the Body of Christ and serve the world around us. As our mission statement says, we believe that by the power of the Holy Spirit, the transforming love of Jesus Christ is working through us to do the unimaginable!

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

Serve as a minister of the Word and Sacrament with emphasis in Christian Education, pastoral care, and worship.

  • Attend and assist in worship each Sunday including preaching 1-2 /month, administration of the sacraments, officiating weddings and funerals (18%)
  • Provide primary leadership for Christian Education of all ages (40%)
    • Oversight of Sunday morning Christian Education for pre-k through 12th grade - including periodic, hands-on participation/leadership.
    • Teach a minimum of one adult bible study during the week
    • Provide leadership for young adult small group
    • Provide leadership for one of the youth groups
    • Facilitate church-wide retreats
    • Staff support for X-Team/VBS Director and Church School Coordinator
    • Older Adult Ministry
  • Provide primary leadership for pastoral care (20%)
    • Hospital visitation
    • Long-term care
    • Counseling for walk-ins
  • Serve as staff resource to the Deacons (5%)
    • Hospital and LAMBs visitation
    • Medical supply lending closet
    • Bereavement ministry
    • A-Team tutoring ministry
  • Serve as staff resource for Generalist Duties (17%)
    • Attend Session and committee meetings monthly
    • Other duties as assigned by head of staff
    • Participate in weekly staff meetings
    • Local missions (Advent House, food bank)
    • Evangelism (Exploratory Gatherings, website development, social media)
Optional Links
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Facebook Page:
Our Community:
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Technologically Savvy
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $45,085   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Margie Osborn
7520 West Hidden Lake Drive, Perry, MI 48872
517-675-1040 or 517-304-9
Previous Part-Time Associate Pastor for Visitation
Rev. John M. Best
1511 Helen Ave., Portage, MI 49002
General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Lake Michig
Rev. Jeffrey S. O'Neill
909 Morton Rd., St. Johns, MI 48879
Neighboring Pastor
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   2/12/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Fran Lane-Lawrence Address  1511 Helen Ave, Portage, MI, 49002
Daytime Phone  269-240-8155 Office Phone  269-381-6337
Fax  Email
COM:   Scott Crane Address  162 Bridge Street - PO Box 357; Dimondale MI 48821
Daytime Phone  517-974-3190 Office Phone
Fax  Email
PNC:  Theresa Barnes-Holmstrom Address  1856 Heatherton Dr., Holt, MI 48842
Daytime Phone  517-614-4464 Office Phone  517-699-2383
Fax  517-699-2383 Email