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MIF #: 03327.AC0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 03327
Ministry Name Presbyterian Church of Okemos
Mailing Address 2258 Bennett Rd
Okemos, MI 48864
Phone (517)349-9536
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 1%
Asian 2%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
Middle Eastern 1%
White 94%
Average Worship Attendance 192
Church School Attendance 23
Curriculum Elementary age: some written in-house; Growing in Grace. High School: The Wired Word Confirmation: written in-house. Additional Adult Christian E
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Head of Staff (who supervised one teaching elder and other staff)
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
As members of The Presbyterian Church of Okemos, we believe that in life, in death, and life beyond death, we belong toGod. The Church exists to invite everyone to join the lifelong journey of faith that is life in Jesus Christ through worship thatglorifies God, study that seeks to understand God, service to a world that needs God. We desire to build a network of caringrelationships between families, friends, and strangers by offering welcome, healing, justice and peace to all in the name ofJesus Christ.      Revised 3/2016
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

We are a Presbyterian faith community that turns to the teachings of Christ and the faith of apostles and saints to find answers to contemporary issues. We nurture the next generation and seek to build a community that listens to our youth. While looking to the future, we value tradition and history. As a generous, hospitable congregation, we welcome all and share freely with others. We encourage diversity and are open and affirming.

We partner with other Christian communities in a commitment to Christ’s mission. With a vision to promote peace in the world, we engage people of other faiths while remaining confident of where we stand. We welcome and accept others in a way that honors and reflects the Lord’s welcome and acceptance of us.

We are near Michigan State University and the capitol, in an environment where new ideas thrive, creativity is encouraged, and conversations focus on critical issues. We value intellectual sermons and education, Christian and otherwise. We seek creative ways to connect to the community.

We are a missional church that engages members and serves the most vulnerable, especially the homeless, the hungry and refugees. We educate ourselves on global issues such as race, social justice and climate change. We seek to care for each other through prayer, outreach, and activities that promote connection and inclusion. Our dream is to see the church prosper and continue to give to the local community, country, and world.

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

Addressing human needs and inequalities underpins PCO’s mission work. While prioritizing local needs, we also include state, national, and global concerns and support PCUSA missionaries. Working on refugee issues continues to be a primary PCO mission objective. In 2010, members formed the non-profit Global Institute of Lansing (GIL) to provide an alternative high school diploma track for refugees who have aged out of public high school. In 2015, together with other community faith and refugee support leaders, PCO helped create the All Faith Alliance for Refugees (AFAR).

Exemplifying PCO’s mission call, our members serve on the Boards of Advent House; Edgewood Village; and Simbolei Academy (Kenya); participate in youth/adult mission trips; and provide hands-on mission services to Cass Community Services in Detroit and to Habitat for Humanity. New initiatives include Racial Justice Conversations and the Green Team.

Welcoming the community to PCO, we offer an annual Lessons and Carols Service (an Advent House fundraiser); interfaith conversations, programs, and dinners; jazz concerts; and MSU student recitals.

In PCO, “our faith-filled home,” our emerging youth and adult Christian Education needs include exploring both how we live out Scripture’s message in our own lives and different spiritual ways to grow in faith, e.g., Youth Sunday and youth liturgist participation. For, as we cohesively increase our mission and service, we grow in kindness and mercy─and walk justly. 

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

We seek to build membership and member involvement. The pastor should help by delivering engaging sermons, welcoming visitors, and instructing prospective members. They will expand creativity and involvement by collaborating with lay leaders and assisting in evaluation of programs, activities, missions, and committees. The pastor will encourage involvement of members, both youth and adult, in services.

Our church seeks to strengthen commitment to our mission activities. The pastor should be a conscientious steward of our resources so that we have resources to give to those in need. The pastor will help lead and participate in mission endeavors to help ensure effectiveness and coordination of objectives. They will encourage member participation and engage with diverse faith communities and other service organizations, expanding our networks with the broader community.

Believing that our youth ministry is the church’s ministry, we seek to encourage spiritual development. Our pastor will help shape youth and adult education programs to share Christ’s teachings and be accessible for conversation, especially with youth.

To support all aspects of the church, the pastor will encourage best efforts from staff and will collaborate on personnel issues, including hiring an associate pastor. Our new pastor will adhere to Presbyterian theology and be tuned to contemporary issues. They will help the church respond with compassion to individual, congregational, and community needs.

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

We seek a pastor who has a strong theological background, prioritizes spiritual practices, has high emotional intelligence, and will challenge the congregation intellectually. The pastor must have strong administrative skills, be willing to ask for help when needed, and be open to collaborating with staff and laity. Our pastor needs to be creative and forward-looking, helping members to develop and implement a vision for the future of the church and its connections to the local, national, and global communities.

We seek a pastor who can motivate both members and staff to be active participants in the life of the church and to work together to achieve a common vision. Especially in these divisive times, we seek a pastor who is nurturing, approachable, and can engage in

discussions with members of all ages and with those who hold progressive and conservative views. The pastor should be able to help members build respectful relationships with one another and the community, welcoming those who hold different worldviews.

We seek a pastor who will assist the congregation in connecting to diverse community organizations as we seek to address issues of justice in our community and the larger world. We prefer a pastor who embraces the traditional aspects of Presbyterian worship, has strong preaching and teaching skills, and connects their message to current issues such as racial justice, violence, the environment, and poverty.

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

The pastor will be responsible for planning and conducting weekly worship services, providing pastoral care to the congregation, and moderating monthly meetings of the Session. The pastor will deliver thought-provoking sermons and will coordinate with the music staff to create engaging opportunities for worship. They will serve as head of staff, managing pastoral, administrative, and music staff.

Our congregation has robust committees and an active Board of Deacons with whom the pastor will collaborate. Working with them, the pastor will facilitate cohesion across Christian education, mission, parish life programs, and the church’s Green Team. The pastor will help facilitate and occasionally lead adult education sessions. Recent offerings have included Sunday afternoon programming, midweek Bible study, and evening Advent and Lenten programs. The pastor also will direct confirmation classes, usually held every other year.

As a missional church, we expect the pastor occasionally to participate in mission activities and take part in the life of the surrounding community.

The pastor will facilitate development of lay leadership and help improve communication and connectedness within the church. Recently, our congregation has embraced live-streaming of worship, and our new pastor will help us to refine our digital presence. Our pastor will help strengthen our culture of welcoming visitors and bringing them into the life of the church. 

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $70,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Jim Kocher
15002 Madeleine Ct#219, Grand Haven, MI
Retired Lutheran Pastor, attended PCO for 10 years
Susan Cancro
Advent House, 743 N. Martin Luther King Blvd, Lansing, MI,
(517) 485-4722
Executive Director, Advent House
Dr. Jerry Veldman
4355 Poling Blvd, Penney Farms, FL, 32679
(517) 285-7689
Former member
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   4/30/2021

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
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COM:   Troy Hauser Brydon Address  1511 Helen Avenue, Portage, MI 49002
Daytime Phone  616-604-2617 Office Phone 
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PNC:  Kent D Workman Address  604 N Dexter Dr
Daytime Phone  (517)393-4922 Office Phone 
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