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MIF #: 59747.AC0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 59747
Ministry Name Presbytery of Lake Michigan
Mailing Address 1511 Helen Ave.
Portage, MI 49002
Phone 269-381-6337
WWW Address
Ministry Size N/A
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 96%
Other 2%
Average Worship Attendance 0
Church School Attendance 0
Yoked Church False
Community Type N/A
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Information about the position

Position:   General Presbyter/Executive Presbyter/Presbytery Leader
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:   Associate Presbyter
Employment Status:   Part-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

The structure, staffing, and vision of the Presbytery was established following a season of discernment, including a series of listening events in 2016 and 2017. Subsequently, our presbytery adopted this Mission Statement in 2018:

“The Presbytery of Lake Michigan (PLM) forms and partners with faith communities to challenge, encourage, equip and hold one another accountable as Christ’s disciples.”

To speak more specifically, we are vital congregations and ministries rooted in a reformed understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ, exploring ways to support and celebrate congregations and ministries of all shapes and sizes. Some specific ways we are living into this mission statement include:

1) Cultivating and nurturing our congregations to be communities of love, working to dismantle the dividing walls of hostility and indifference;

2) Providing a forum for our leaders and congregations, equipping them with tools required for adaptive change;

3) Bearing witness to the love, truth and justice of God in Jesus Christ in the areas of racism and reconciliation.

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

We envision dynamic leaders and healthy congregations who are vital to their communities, working together to share in the way of Christ. Let’s get specific. PLM believes that to fulfill a vision in such a time as this requires: 

1) a spirit-filled response to racism.  

In 2021 PLM adopted a statement on The Sin of Racism, found here. We need an Associate Presbyter with the energy, imagination and love to walk alongside presbytery and church leaders in this anti-racism journey. 

2) resilience and imagination. 

We recognize that the pandemic is changing how we do ministry. PLM and its leaders must be perceptive, flexible and responsive to new realities and new callings. For example, is a geographically central office still needed or can presbytery staff work from home? What are the benefits of “virtual church” for thriving churches? We expect the new Associate Presbyter to assist in guiding the presbytery as it asks these emerging questions.  

3) a responsible fiscal policy and an efficient structure. 

The presbytery is financially sound and has resources to achieve our calling, if we continue to use them responsibly. In 2016-2017, the presbytery engaged in an organizational visioning process. Our new structure and staffing pattern supports our presbytery’s vision well. Find a description of our structure here. We expect an Associate Presbyter to be a faithful steward of their time and the Presbytery’s resources.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

Change is the only constant. Or as Benjamin Franklin put it, “When you are finished changing, you are finished.” As priorities in culture shift so must our ministry response. Church leaders at every level of the denomination must focus our time, imagination and resources to remain faithful to our common vision because while the mission of the church to be Christ’s hands, feet and heart in the world doesn’t change, what it looks like should. PLM supports congregations in creative ministries because we aren’t ‘finished’! 

PLM includes a few large and many midsize and small congregations. We are geographically, economically, and theologically diverse. Our churches are in urban, suburban, and rural contexts, in recreational areas, farming communities and college/university cities. PLM has positioned itself to respond to the needs of its congregations with both human and financial resources, so that they can thrive in their unique settings.

After decades of presbytery funded mission and ministries, we have shifted priorities to a largely congregation-driven outreach ministry. This shift has manifested in 15 churches participating in the presbytery facilitated Vital Congregations Initiative. There are notable exceptions: the funding of Campus Ministries [United Campus Ministry (Kalamazoo), UKirk at Michigan State (East Lansing), United Campus Christian Fellowship (Grand Rapids)], support for a Korean student ministry (East Lansing), and the promotion of partnerships in Nicaragua and Ghana.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
In a July 2021 essay on the blog re: Regarding Ruling Elders, Rodger Nishioka writes: “Congregations will thrive when leaders are able to lead just as Jesus Christ did. Jesus didn’t sit there in Nazareth and tell people to come to him; he was going out to people, eating with them, talking with them and walking with them…that’s the kind of ministry people are looking for so anything we can do to help encourage, enable and support leaders, especially our lay leaders to grasp that vision is going to help our congregations”  We know we won’t be hiringJesus or even one of the apostles, but we do seek an Associate Presbyter who is on the move as PLM lives into the PC(USA)’s Matthew 25 vision. 

The Associate Presbyter, together with the EP/SC, will help us be a 21st century presbytery by leading with love and compassion and helping us imagine what is possible in today’s rapidly changing ministry contexts. We are seeking an Associate Presbyter who models a balance between a heart for ministry and the administration of ministry. We need an Associate Presbyter  who will work collegially with the EP/SC, intentionally building authentic relationships, showing up and checking in. We need an Associate Presbyter who knows that congregations need mutual support and practical resources. We need an Associate Presbyter who values connections with all levels of the denomination and who believes the Book of Order is a denominational treasure to be respected, not a burden to be tolerated.

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

The Associate Presbyter will be called to lead with integrity, enthusiasm, imagination, and compassion. Flexible and open to change, the person we seek will also cultivate their ability to dialogue with persons of different convictions and to navigate conflict. The Associate Presbyter’s non-anxious presence will create an environment in which it is possible to speak truth in love. In a time of religious and cultural transition and change, this leader will set an optimistic tone for the work of the Presbytery, maintaining a strong faith rooted in God’s wisdom and the saving grace of Jesus Christ. 

Adept at multiple forms of media, the Associate Presbyter will be an inspiring oral and written communicator. They will hold strong skills in relationship development and interpersonal communication. They will lead with an awareness of interpersonal dynamics, seek opportunity for growth, and maintain confidentiality in all working relationships. This steady leader will model healthy self-care by regularly setting aside time for reflection and “soul work.” 

All of this, yes…. laced with a healthy sense of humor and humility.

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

Associate Presbyter Responsibilities:

1. Assist the Executive Presbyter/Stated Clerk in coordinating, guiding, encouraging and resourcing the Presbytery and its congregations to live into the Strategic Plan, implementing, evaluating and making any needed changes.

a. Support the work of  the Leadership Team.

b. Delegate and empower committees of Presbytery to engage in assigned work.

c. Provide support and encouragement to committees, teams, and pastors of the Presbytery.

d. Maintain regular communication with committee and team facilitators and attend meetings as appropriate.

e. With each team or elected committee’s respective facilitator or moderator, evaluate the purpose and effectiveness of the ministry of each committee or team.

2. Fulfill administrative and ecclesiastical functions.

a. Serve as a member ex-officio and without vote on the Leadership Team making reports at all meetings.

b. Coordinate with the EP/SC care for pastors and their families in times of crisis.

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Please visit our website for the complete job description. 

Send PIFs, supplemental questions responses, and all other application materials (including video submissions) to by June 20, 2022

Supplemental Questions:

  1. What experiences in your life and work have prepared you to serve PLM as Associate Presbyter?

  2. What are areas of growth that you are most excited to bring to the Presbytery? 

  3. What challenges and opportunities are emerging in a post pandemic Church and Presbytery?

  4. What do you read — both professionally and recreationally?


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Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Media Communicator
Culturally Proficient
Risk Taker
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Organizational Agility
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $47,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: N/A
Name Relation
Chip Hardwick
1340 W Long Lake Rd Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
309-530-4578 (cell) 248-7
Synod Executive
Dru Wrasse
2545 Oak Forest Road, Buchanan, MI 49107
Ruling Elder Past Moderator
Seth Weeldreyer
321 West South St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Teaching Elder Past Moderator
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   5/17/2022

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:  Rev. Christine Barnes Address  6305 Weber Rd., Saline, MI 48176
Daytime Phone  517-879-9788 Office Phone 
Fax  Email