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MICHIGAN CONFERENCE UCC, FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF KALAMAZOO

"According to UCC Constitution and Bylaws 150-151, vacancies within the Conference are reported to the administrative offices of the denomination. An authorized minister may confer with the Conference concerning a pastoral vacancy. At the request of any UCC Ordained Minister or Ordained Ministerial Partner, the conference shall submit a current and validated profile to the Local Church."

Name FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF KALAMAZOO 
 
Share Post http://oppsearch.ucc.org/id/5202
 
City Kalamazoo 
 
State MI 
 
Website 1 www.firstcongregationalkzoo.org 
 
Church Size 613
 
Part Time / Full Time
 
Duration Designated-Term
 
Type of Position Senior Pastor
 
Salary Basis http://michucc.org/images/Salary_Guidelines_2022-completed_JAN_2022.pdf
 
Benefits Salary Plus Benefits
 
Housing Housing Allowance Provided
 
Language
 
Ministry Description "FCC" is an historic church in downtown Kalamazoo. Strong membership and finances, long-term engagement in social justice, and love for each other are our hallmarks. We are "a church for the city". However, challenges posed by Covid and recent staff changes have underscored the need to improve our communication and governance structures. Realizing this opportunity to understand and redress these issues, we seek a Designated Senior Pastor (DSP) for the next 3 years who is an organizer, team-builder, and mobilizer, and who will help us learn from our past, so we can grow even stronger in our mission. The DSP may apply for the eventual Settled Pastor position. Kalamazoo is known for its philanthropy, education, arts, medical excellence, and micro-breweries. Our city also faces the challenges of any urban environment. FCC's ministry here includes being a vibrant ONA Church; providing sanctuary for a local Pakistani woman for 3 years; and housing the KDCCC, a free day care facility, for over 30 years. We provide free space for dozens of non-profits, and our Chapel is home to a local church intentionally ministering to people who live with mental illness. We are constructing a Children's Nature Playscape next to our building as an oasis for our city's children. Our music ministry enriches both our worship and our community outreach. We seek a DSP who will help us build on all these strengths and relationships, while addressing the issues that hold us back from growing in faith and service. Our new DSP will lead us in these areas: 1) strengthening relationships within the congregation and denomination to equip us for more engaged ministry in the wider community; 2) improving interpersonal communication and church governance structures; and 3) organizing sustained development of staff and lay leadership. Together we hope to strengthen our commitment to, and our capacity for, embodying God's extravagant welcome and vision of justice, both now and for the future.
 
Date Posted 06/30/2022
 
Status: Active
Who To Contact
Name: MERRILYN VAUGHN-HOFFMAN
Title: PLACEMENT COORDINATOR
Phone: 517-332-3511
Email: merrilyn@michucc.org
What to Know
Conference: MICHIGAN CONFERENCE UCC
Association: Southwest
Typical Search Process in our Conference: Ministerial Profile sent at candidate request; search committee shares Local Church Profile if interested.

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