Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 72502.AB1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 72502
Ministry Name Presbytery of Detroit
Mailing Address 17575 Hubbell
Detroit, MI 48235
Phone 313-345-6550
Fax 313-345-7250
WWW Address
Ministry Size N/A
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 1%
Asian 6%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 5%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
Middle Eastern 1%
White 86%
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:   No Experience
Specific Title:   Transitional General Presbyter
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
“Transforming and Strengthening Congregations to be Missional, Pastoral, and Prophetic”
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

Our current vision statement is “Transforming and Strengthening Congregations ​to be Missional, Pastoral, and Prophetic.” This vision statement was fleshed out with a series of goals and objectives, the vast majority of which were completed by early 2019. What the presbytery discovered however, is that there was no shared understanding of what it meant to be missional, pastoral and prophetic. Thus, there was no shared agreement of what the presbytery was supposed to be and to do. This lack of agreement made it difficult for elders, pastors, churches, committees and work groups to understand their role in the life and work of the presbytery. This struggle to understand was exacerbated by:

1. A complex organizational structure
2. Secrecy and a lack of transparency leading to a loss of trust in the presbytery
3. A division between the churches in Detroit and in the suburbs
4. Institutional racism

Considering these realities, the presbytery held listening sessions to discover what kind of a presbytery its members desired. The following summarizes the respondents hopes and dreams for the Presbytery of Detroit. We hope that the presbytery will:

1. Be one of transparency, accountability and trust
2. Be more relational, connectional, encouraging, spiritual and joyful
3. Be more agile, adaptive, innovative and risk-taking
4. Be more diverse, inclusive and justice oriented
5. Be more focused on providing resources and support to elders, pastors and churches

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

The Presbytery of Detroit, as is true with many churches and presbyteries, is struggling to discern both the emerging needs of our community and constituencies and how to address them. This discernment process is difficult because the Detroit-metro area is one composed of the city of Detroit, which has a particular set of needs (poverty, hunger, gentrification, ageing infrastructure, underfunded schools, a history of racism, a lack of affordable and adequate housing, urban blight, declining membership in our city churches among them) and the suburbs which have their own issues (declining church attendance, multiple small membership congregations that cannot afford full-time pastoral leadership, increasing housing costs, transient population, a lack of mass transit among them). While these community needs are not mutually exclusive, they have made it more difficult for the presbytery to define and address both its constituency and the needs that present themselves. The desire of the presbytery as expressed in the listening sessions is that we need to develop a clear vision so that we can more faithfully discern who are our communities/constituencies, and then discern what their needs are that we ought to address. This will entail developing a new, less cumbersome structure, the building of relationships and community, healing our divisions, a multifaceted communications program and continual training for elders, pastors and other church leaders.

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

As has been said, we have no clear vision or goals. Our hope, however, is that this position will help us discern our vision and goals. We believe our Transitional Presbyter can assist us in this effort by:

1. Listening more than speaking
2. Learning about Detroit, its history and the impact racism has had on its people and churches,
3. Helping us rebuild trust in the presbytery (both in the institution and among congregations)
4. Creating new communities of caring and sharing
5. Leading us in changing both the structure and the atmosphere of the presbytery
6. Helping us heal the divisions and relationships within the presbytery

We do not expect the Transitional Presbyter to do these things by themselves, but, working with the talented and dedicated presbytery staff, pastors, educators and elders of the Presbytery, we believe we can do this together. This position then is critical to the future life and work of the presbytery.

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

The listening sessions of the presbytery offered us a sense of the type of leaders for which we are looking. Here are the results of those sessions. We want a leader who can help us cast our vision, who listens more than speaks, who asks good questions, who is willing to learn about the unique nature and history of Detroit and our churches, who can help us build community, who understands the dynamics of change and has led change in the past, who can encourage, oversee and support our presbytery staff, who understands systems theory and has used that knowledge in the past, who can help us deal with conflict and encourage healing, who is visionary, open, inclusive, respectful, collegial, open, honest, humble, energetic, pastoral and spiritual. Understanding that this sounds much like Jesus, we do not expect perfection, but we hope for someone who can joyfully and lovingly share the journey with us as we seek to discover the new that God has in store for us, giving us guidance and encouragement along the way.

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

The main task of our Transitional General Presbyter will be to lead our discernment and visioning process. In terms of specific assignments these will include serving as staff liaison to the Trustees (finances), Planning and Visioning (future vision and budget) and Operations (staff). This person will also serve as Head of Staff; collaborating with, supervising and encouraging all our staff including our Associate Executive Presbyter, who serves as staff liaison with other presbytery committees and workgroups. Our hope is that the Transitional Presbyter will also make it a point to meet with as many pastors and congregations (both one on one and in small group settings) as possible to understand the dynamics of our presbytery and its congregations.

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Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Change Agent
Culturally Proficient
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $75,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rosy Latimor
17575 Hubbell Ave, Detroit, MI 48235
Elder in the Presbytery
Charon Barconey
17575 Hubbell Ave, Detroit, MI 48235
Associate EP
Emma Nickel
529 Hendrie Blvd, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Pastor in the Presbytery
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   3/18/2020

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   VACANT Address  17575 Hubbell St, Detroit, MI, 48235
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (313) 345-6550
Fax  Email
PNC:  Julie Delezenne Address  3000 E 12 Mile Rd.
Daytime Phone  586-751-1721 Office Phone  216-403-3604
Fax  Email