Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 03365.AB1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 03365
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 52 Marshall Street
Coldwater, MI 49036
Phone 517-278-6068
Fax 517-278-7848
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
Middle Eastern 1%
White 98%
Average Worship Attendance 60
Church School Attendance 15
Curriculum The Present Word
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   0 to 2 Years
Specific Title:   Solo 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:

The mission of the First Presbyterian Church of Coldwater, MI is to:

*Glorify God by bringing others into Communion with Him,
*Nurture the spiritual, emotional, physical and social needs of its congregation,
*Encourage faithful stewardship of the God given gifts of time, talent, and substance, and
*Be sensitive to the needs of our greater community.

What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Glorify God by bringing others int Communion with HIm.
Our vision is to grow by spreading the Good News.  Our doors are open to all for joyful, spiritual worship in a beautiful sanctuary, with excellent piano/organ music, a choir, and a congregation open to a variety of preaching styles.

Needs are nurtured:
Spiritual - By participating in adult Bible study, using The Present Word, a book study group (the next book - Being Mortal); two active women's circles, using PW/Horizons Bible Study; a craft group making prayer shawls; children participating in the Activity Center (their drawings are often on church bulletins); and children's sermons.

Emotional - Shut-ins are visited; fellowship activities include Lenten Lunches with extended families and friends; funeral dinners are served.

Physical - Our Church, built in 1869, is on the registry for historical landmark buildings.  Much effort has been made to make our building handicap accessible with a newly renovated elevator and ramp.  In addition, we are also paying attention to the physical building structure.  Last year we remodeled the fellowship hall, replaced the carpet in the sanctuary and are have just finished replacing the heating system.

Social -  Sunday fellowship hour is enjoyed weekly by the congregation.  Additional fellowship opportunities include a fall picnic, church potlucks and group excursions.  A recent example is our potluck followed by a trip to the local Tibbits Theatre to see the play Jesus Christ, Superstar.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Encourage faithful stewardship of the God given gifts of time, talent, and substance

We live out this vision individually through our offerings.  We are supporting the church financially.  Additional stewardship activities include:
  • Collecting "items of the week" for the Branch County Food Pantry
  • "Two Cents a Meal" which is collected 3 times a year
  • Diapers for the new Diaper Pantry
  • Paper products for the Branch County Women's Shelter
  • Church World Service Blanket Project (where we greatly exceeded our goal)
  • Presbyterian Women support a child through ChildFund International
Be sensitive to the needs of our greater community. 
  • First Presbyterian Church operates the Branch County Free Health Clinic, where our residents receive care from volunteer medical professionals as well as prescriptions
  • Our Presbyterian Women begin the Advent season with a gala Christmas Luncheon for the community
  • Members recently participated in a mission trip to serve those in need in a Detroit community
  • On International Peace Day (September 21, 2018) members participated in the Unity Walk with our growing Muslim and Hispanic communities
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

We are in need of a pastor who is willing to be part of the diverse religious fabric in our greater community.

We need someone who is willing to walk beside us as we navigate our living faith. We need a pastor who will help us grow spiritually and support the activities of our church.

We are in search of a pastor who is able to envision and articulate thoughtful ways to:

  • Enrich worship
  • Enhance our faith and service to others
  • Lovingly challenge us to see new ways to live out the vision, mission, and witness to God's Kingdom
  • Grow our congregation
Our pastor will collaborate with the Session and the congregation in refining, affirming, and carrying out our vision and goals.

A few years ago our congregation went through some difficult times and we are now stronger. We have a greater sense of community. Congregational engagement and participation in church activities have heightened. The Spirit of our Lord is felt upon entering this church. We are appreciative and thankful for our pastor, moderator, and our church leadership. We are not afraid of change. We are ready to welcome a new minister into our congregation.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

Characteristics needed include:

  • Enthusiastic about doing God's work
  • Preaches with passion and conviction the word of God
  • Communicates clearly, using basic vocabulary and everyday illustrations
  • Able to walk the talk, be an example of living faithfully
  • Practices and shares spiritual disciplines; takes time for personal spiritual growth
  • Personable, is able to connect to others with warmth, joy, and hopefulness; and in times of need, show compassion
  • Able to interact with individuals of all generations
  • Collaborator - lead, but in doing so, be able to hear the voices of the congregation
  • Decision Maker - be informed, use good judgment, understand implications of decisions made
  • Recognize opportunities for beneficial changes and be willing to work to create these changes; be a change agent
  • Be able to self-differentiate; be rooted in your role as a servant of God; Be confident, not egotistical; Be reliant on God, not dependent upon outside affirmation; Be emotionally mature, not anxious in the midst of turmoil; Be able to discern the varying needs of the members, while maintaining a "We, the church" mentality
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  1. Provide a spiritually rich ministry of word and sacrament, education, and pastoral care.
  2. Provide pastoral services such as funerals, weddings, baptisms, home/hospital visits, communion to shut-ins, pastoral presence in a crisis situation.
  3. Develop and train elders, deacons, new members, and others with appropriate skills for services and leadership.
  4. Be a resource to the ministries/committees of the church.
  5. Support, encourage, and strengthen the programs of the church and provide guidance and suggestions for the enhancement of these programs.
  6. Work collaboratively with church staff, provide guidance and direction as needed.
  7. Work with necessary staff, committees, and the congregation to grow our church.
  8. Encourage and support congregational participation in ecumenical services in the community.
  9. Be involved in Coldwater community life.
  10. Take an active role in the Presbytery of Lake Michigan.
  11. Other duties as assigned.
Optional Links
  • Please view our Church video to see information on The First Presbyterian Church of Coldwater and our community:
  • Please view our Facebook page: 
  • Here is a link to our Website which is currently under construction: 
  • Please view our "Letter to Our Future Pastor":

August 8, 2018

Dear Future Pastor,

We, the congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Coldwater, want to let you know that we are already preparing for your arrival to be our pastor. The two main things we are doing is committing to pray for you and our Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) as you discern the will of our loving God for our congregation and your own Ministry. To make this commitment we have signed our names to the bottom of this letter. It will be setting in your office on your first day of service to this congregation. In addition, we will be lighting a white candle every Sunday to remind us that God is in charge of this process.

Faithfully in Christ,

The Congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Coldwater

Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Change Agent
Decision Making
Interpersonal Engagement
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $45,970   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
The Rev. Deborah Semon-Scott
PO Box 1 Jonesville, MI 49250
Contract Pastor
Nancy Toth
500 Carriage Lane Jackson, MI 49202
Transition Counselor
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   9/6/2019

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:   Troy Hauser Brydon Address  1511 Helen Avenue, Portage, MI 49002
Daytime Phone  616-604-2617 Office Phone
Fax  Email
PNC:  Cheryl Metters Address  700 Tomahawk Trl Coldwater, MI 49036
Daytime Phone  517-736-4040 Office Phone  517-554-5005
Fax  Email