Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 03294.AD4

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 03294
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church of Homer
Mailing Address 309 S. Sophia
Homer, MI 49245
Phone (517) 568-4852
Fax
E-Mail homerpresbyterian@gmail.com
WWW Address Facebook: First Presbyterian Church of Homer
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 30
Church School Attendance 0
Curriculum N/A
Yoked Church True
Presbytery LAKE MICHIGAN PRESBYTERY
Synod SYNOD OF THE COVENANT
Community Type Village
Last Information from Statistics of the Church  * (  Show Statistics  )
* Data availability is not guaranteed

Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   0 to 2 Years
Specific Title:  
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:
To be a church that lives by faith, is known by love, and is a voice of hope to the community
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

This is a dynamic and exciting time for the congregations of Concord and Homer!  Jesus Christ and His Good News compels us in the midst of the pandemic to find new ways to make strong connections within our congregations and within our communities!  We seek a pastor who will be instrumental in supporting and, at times, coordinating these efforts.  Both churches offer a women’s group; the Homer church also has a men’s group which meets monthly for a Saturday breakfast and devotional time.  Both congregations are involved with their community’s thrift stores and food banks.  Both congregations offer free funeral dinner services to anyone in need, including non-members.  The Concord congregation is blessed with several nurse practitioners and other medical professionals and offers several health programs at the church as well as the local school.  Both congregations have a love for music in worship; the Concord church recently purchased a new grand piano, and the Homer church has many musical groups open to all; a choral choir, a bell choir, and a brass group.  Both churches also have a love for good food-based fellowship.  The Concord church has an annual Mardi Gras celebration dinner and both Homer and Concord have a fall harvest supper open to the public. Both congregations seek to provide God’s love and compassion to all those they reach through these programs.


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

Both churches are seeking ways to reach beyond the church's physical walls and be more visible in the community as we live out our mission.  Currently, each church has several ways we serve and work with our communities. The Homer church  serves monthly free dinners, provides a safe place for trick or treating, hosts high school concerts and various other community group meetings in our building. Both Concord and Homer have participated in community-wide worship events. Both congregations give financial support to local projects such as the Concord “Food for Thought” program and Homer library’s summer reading project for children.  The Homer congregation also works closely with programs for school-age kids, such as the backpack program and Cub Scouts.  Our interim work has shown us that we need to work on ways to let the community know more about us and all the great things that are going on with both churches! 
In 2021, the Homer church introduced a free concert series for the community called "Music on the Lawn."  This program will return in 2022 with funding from the Homer Community Foundation.


 
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

We are hoping to have someone who is open to sharing in our enthusiasm and energy and help lend spiritual leadership to our work!  We seek someone who can help us build upon the work we’ve already done for God’s Kingdom, and continue to challenge us and push us to greater heights.  Specifically, we'd like to have leadership in living out our mission of living by faith, being known by love, and being a voice of hope to our community.  The Homer church has started incorporating technology into the work of the church, and we’d love to have someone who could take our Facebook page and our live streaming to the next level to help us connect with as many people as possible.  The Concord church is also expanding on its technology use, with an active Facebook page as well as live-streamed services.  An engaging pastor will effectively connect scripture to the "real world" and help both congregations continue to grow in our spirituality and walk with God.  Facebook offers both congregations a way to connect with people around the world, and we'd welcome leadership to help us better leverage this resource.


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

For Homer:

  1. Lives a faith-driven life

  2. Social--we seek a pastor who is able to easily interact with all members of our community

  3. Supportive

  4. Creative

  5. Has a “rural heart”---can love small-town life, but will enjoy the opportunities provided by the three major univesities within an hour's drive!

  6. Willingness to share ideas!

  7. Can delegate/use resources

  8. Someone who respects/appreciates talents

For Concord:

  1. Authenticiy

  2. Good communication skills

  3. Compassionate

  4. Good listener

  5. Prioritizes pastoral care

  6. Good business skills

     

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Oversee weekly Sunday worship services, help with each community's emergency resource center, participate in area pastor liaison committees, support programs at each of the congregations.
Optional Links
Please visit our Facebook pages:  (6) First Presbyterian Church of Homer | Facebook

(6) First Presbyterian Church of Concord, Michigan | Facebook
 
Leadership Competencies:
Compassionate
Hopeful
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Communicator
Advisor
Externally Aware
Organizational Agility
Collaboration
Interpersonal Engagement
Flexibility
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $41,836   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Open to Manse/Housing Allowance
References:
Name Relation
Sandra Merriweather
2445 Windrow Dr. Unit A302 Fort Collins, CO 80525
(248) 330-3913
sandymarie95@gmail.com
Friend of congregation, visits frequently
Matt Saxton
9647 Bellevue Rd. Battle Creek, MI 49014
(269) 317-8823
Grew up in church
Carol Petredean
PO Box 181, Homer, MI 49245
(269) 268-4816
President of Homer Community Foundation
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   1/25/2023


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  flanelawrenceplm@gmail.com
COM:   Troy Hauser Brydon Address  1511 Helen Avenue, Portage, MI 49002
Daytime Phone  616-604-2617 Office Phone 
Fax  Email  troyhb@fpgh.org
PNC:  Hope Anderson Address  310 N. Marshall Ave
Daytime Phone  (269) 274-1649 Office Phone 
Fax  Email  hopeba89@gmail.com

Yoke Position Information - FIRST

Church ID 03286
Church Name FIRST
Total Distance Between All Churches (in Miles) 9
Total Driving Time Between All Churches (in Minutes) 10
What is the membership size of the yoked congregation? 0
What is the worship time of each congregation?
Pre pandemic, 9:15 and 10:30...currently 10 and 10:30.  
Provide the schedule for each church school.
(not specified)
Describe the schedule for any other regular activities such as choir, youth groups, committees and outreach activities.
Homer-weekly bell choir and choral choir, usually Wednesday evenings
Session meetings--2nd Thursday of month at 6 (Homer) 
Mission Statement (of yoked church).
We, the members of the First Presbyterian Church of Concord, MIchigan, are part of a rich and proud heritage, dating back to our origin nearly 184 years ago.  To this day we continue the legacy of our forefathers, witnessing to God and providing care and compassion to our fellow man.  We see our mission as carrying out God's work conceived and set forth by our founding fathers so many years ago, and the renewal of our lives with ourselves and with God. 
1. What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

Please refer to the answers provided on the Homer MIF!

2. How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
(not specified)
3. How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
(not specified)
4. Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
(not specified)
5. What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
(not specified)