Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 09420.AD1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 09420
Ministry Name Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 1105 North Waverly Place
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone 414-276-4757
Fax 414-276-0310
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 2%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 2%
White 96%
Average Worship Attendance 208
Church School Attendance 25
Curriculum Preschool – Dwell/Play (Faith Alive Christian Resources); K-Youth – Feasting on the Word (PCUSA)
Yoked Church False
Presbytery MILWAUKEE
Community Type Urban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Christian Education)
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:   Associate Pastor (Multigenerational Christian Educ
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:

IMMANUEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH affirms the call to be a servant of Christ and a steward of the Gospel through worship, education and mission:

We are a community of memory and hope, living out of our tradition and living into a vision of God's purposes.

As believers who share a common faith in God as known in Jesus Christ, we welcome diversity as a sign of God's varied grace among us.

We welcome the pluralism and ambigu­ities of urban life as the context given by God to love our neighbors and manifest the Gospel.

We affirm that the church does not live for itself; we are to be an instrument of grace, wisdom, and compassion and a witness to God's activity in our midst.

We shall marshal and manage our re­sources to be effective stewards for the continuing vitality of mission.

Reminded that “new occasions teach new duties,” we embrace change and commit ourselves to discerning the responsibilities and opportunities to which God calls us in each new day.

For the direction of our life and ministry, we are committed to:

Glorify God in our worship and service, “equipping the saints” to show the good news of Jesus Christ by the story we tell, by the values we live, by the choices we make;

Grow in faith, manifesting its joy and risk, nurturing new generations in its promis­es, and inviting others to share the journey;

Attend to human need in both congregation and world, address the issues of our time in dialogue with our faith, and affirm the love and teachings of Jesus Christ through our mission.

What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

Immanuel Presbyterian Church is a healthy and vital congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in downtown Milwaukee. Our membership includes individuals and families of all kinds who seek an inclusive, urban, Christian community in which to belong, learn, grow, and serve. We use the phrase “transforming tradition” to identify our particular style of worship and service. We take seriously our deep roots in the reformed tradition, and believe it is a tradition that reforms and transforms us. We also believe it is for us to help transform this tradition as we live it out in and for a new day. Worship is our first priority, with preaching that engages the Scriptures and the issues of our time, and a strong music program. Christian education is emphasized for persons of all ages, from preschool through adulthood. Immanuel is a place where people can bring questions of faith and meaning and find a supportive community in which to engage these questions together. We seek to practice radical hospitality, where all are welcome and various kinds of diversity (age, race, gender, sexual orientation, family size and context) are celebrated. The congregation also takes seriously the call of Christ to be “salt and light” in the world, providing opportunities to participate with others in mission and service.

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

Immanuel Church believes that we are called to affirm the love and teachings of Jesus Christ through service and working for justice for all God’s children. As a congregation rooted in the city of Milwaukee, we seek to address issues that impact this large, urban area. A sizable mission budget supports agencies in the city that work in a variety of areas, including poverty, homelessness, food insufficiency, domestic violence, and community development. Total mission giving for 2019 was $224,747 (19.7% of total budget). Members regularly volunteer at a local shelter for women and families, another shelter that operates out of a Presbyterian church on the city’s south side, a neighborhood food pantry, and Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity. The congregation and many of its members are actively involved with a community organizing group that is engaged in areas such as housing, jobs, and gun violence, as well as with the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. In recent years, we have focused educational programming, book discussions, and community conversations on issues of racial inequality and white privilege. We provide opportunities for children and youth to learn about these issues, as well, and to engage in mission and outreach through the Souper Bowl of Caring, a sandwich ministry for homeless adults, and bi-annual summer mission trips, most often in other urban areas.

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

The ministers at Immanuel Church work collegially and collaboratively. Ministry is shared, with each person having specific areas of responsibility and leadership. This person will have primary responsibility for ministries in Christian education/formation, from childhood to youth to adulthood. This person will share pastoral care with the other ministers and the deacons, participate in leading worship on a weekly basis (preaching periodically), and have primary responsibilities in supporting the mission programs or congregational life (Parish Life Council) programs of the congregation in partnership with the other associate pastor. Immanuel’s ministry for children and youth is guided by the following “Christian Education Mission Statement.”
The journey from baptism to confirmation calls us to:

  • Equip families and educators to teach the stories and values of our faith, foster a sense of belonging, and nurture love of God and neighbor,
  • Engage children and youth through worship and study to explore the Christian faith and inquire about its meaning for them, and
  • Empower our youth to live a life faithful to Jesus Christ through their choices and actions in a world much larger than their own.

Immanuel’s adult learning offerings affirm that Christian formation does not end in youth, but lasts all our lives.

Please see the "optional links" portion of the Ministry Information Form for additional iformation about the Immanuel Church mission and congregational life programs.

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

A “good fit” is as important as the skill set and experience this person brings to the staff and the congregation. This person will have a polished and authentic style of worship leadership, communicate well in speaking and writing, value scholarship and preparation in preaching and teaching, demonstrate a mature work ethic, be socially fluent with diverse persons and situations, be hopeful about the future of the church in a changing context, be filled with the Spirit and not self, laugh easily.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) or minister from a denomination in which the PCUSA is in full communion: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Reformed Church in America, United Church of Christ.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and lead others in the successful execution of events
  • Strong project management, time management and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Outstanding relationship building skills with demonstrated ability to listen, be empathetic and interact with people at all levels
  • Effective team-player with ability to contribute positively to a collegial environment
Preferred Requirements:
  • Specialized education, training or experience in childhood, youth and/or adult Christian education
  • Ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA)

Please see the “leadership competencies” portion of the Ministry Information Form for additional information about desired characteristics.

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

A primary focus of this position will be multigenerational Christian education/formation. Responsive to the recently identified priorities of the congregation, this focus will include:

  • Continuing to attract families with children and youth to our church,
  • Providing more opportunities for Christian education and spiritual formation at every age and stage of life.

For Children and Youth:

  • Select and/or develop curriculum with Christian Education Committee
  • Recruit, train, orient and provide support for volunteer/member teachers
  • Coordinate “exploration of faith” for high-school aged confirmands
  • Oversee opportunities for youth to be involved in mission and service (currently UNICEF, Souper Bowl of Caring, One Great Hour of Sharing and a local homeless ministry)
  • Work with youth and parents on planning, organizing and participating in youth mission trips
  • Oversee hiring and scheduling of Sunday nursery workers
  • Interact and communicate regularly with parents

For Adults: Plan and oversee adult learning opportunities. Past programming has included: Sunday post-worship presentations, Wednesday evening Lenten study, summer book discussions, and seminars with notable theologians like Diana Butler Bass and Jennifer Harvey.

For all ages: Provide leadership for Vacation Bible School (theme, materials, volunteers) for children, youth, and adults.

Depending on gifts, interest, and sense of call, responsibilities in congregational life or mission will also be included in this position.

Optional Links
Associate Pastor Position Information (Immanuel website)
Christian Education Page
Mission Page
Parish Life Council Page
Congregational Assessment (CAT) Executive Summary
Immanuel Facebook Page
Visit Milwaukee
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Task Manager
Interpersonal Engagement
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $55,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
The Rev. Jim Rand
2366 North 80th Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Co-pastor of Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church, Member
Sister Karlyn Cauley
4311 North 100th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53222
Ecumenical Associate
The Rev. Nicole Farley
18270 W. Old Hickory Court, Gurnee, IL 60031
Congregational Assessment Interpreter (Holy Cow),
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   3/12/2020

Self-referral Contact Information

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PNC:  Scott Silet Address  1734 N. Hi Mount Bl. Milwaukee, WI 53208
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