Silver Winds Church
Church (SWC) is part of the Converge World Wide movement. It is organized under
the Converge Great Lakes District (CGL) of which there are approximately 113
churches in Wisconsin and 12 churches in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (UP).
is specifically located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on the north shore
of Lake Michigan. Escanaba is the third largest city in the UP. Escanaba is
located in what is known as ‘The Banana Belt’ due to the milder climates that
are found here. The UP is known nationally for our thick and wild forests, cold
and clean lakes (we are situated between 3 of the Great Lakes), and unique
culture. Tourists flock in the summer and fall to experience waterfalls, rocky
shorelines, fresh air, and miles of untouched woodlands. Escanaba is situated on Little Bay de Noc
which hosts Cabela’s Walleye tournaments. Perch, walleye, trout, salmon, bass,
and a myriad of other fish are found in our lakes and rivers. The area is full of animal life as well, with
white tail deer, fox, rabbits, bear, turkeys, and several different birds
sharing this land with us. Moose and wolf have taken hold and are increasing in
numbers quickly. Though the area may not be an economic boomtown, we are known
for our hard work ethic and kind spirits.
have its share of issues and struggles with sin. Drinking and drug use is on
the rise. There are a high percentage of single parents and teen pregnancies.
Suicide plagues our area, as does an increase in alcohol, drug, and domestic abuse.
This area is seeing more single-parent homes led by men, and more behavioral
and mental problems. We also have a growing gay and lesbian community. The
number of non-profit and or social assistance programs is higher per capita
than other communities this size.
The city has
worked hard to put our community in position for industrial and population
growth. Within the last year many new businesses have come to town, including a
Meijer, Starbucks, Aldi’s, a microbrewery, and the most advanced deep-sea port
in the Great Lakes. Smaller businesses have started to move into the downtown
area, and with grants to revitalize the area, we have seen a new farmer’s
market and a well-loved library and art center that hosts many community talks
religious groups include: Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Assembly of God,
Baptist, Mormon, Jehovah Witness, and Unitarian Universalists to mention a few.
demographics: Population in 2014: 12,413
within the city limits, 37,544 in Delta County
(46.2%) Females: 6,684
44.2 yrs. Michigan Median age
income (2015): Escanaba $29,642 MI: 51,084
or condo value (2015): Escanaba: $91,779 MI: $137,500
in (2015): $529 http://www.city-data.com/city/Escanaba-Michigan.htm1#ixzz4bRqOuH5U
established in 2000 and has transitioned through three locations under one
Pastor’s leadership during that time. The
heartbeat of SWC is a small group of believers who desire to have a strong
family bond within our church, that gives us a sense of belonging and spiritual
health which we want to give back to our families and our community. Our small
group self-defines itself as a congregation for those who would not “fit” in
the typical church fellowship; we feel comfortable with blue jeans and tee
shirts or tie and suit. Our praise team uses a variety of instruments playing a
mix of traditional hymns and contemporary praise songs.
purchased its current location approximately 12 years ago and is in a land
contract. The renovated building is formerly the neighborhood grocery store,
with approximately 12,000 sq. ft. The space consists of a nursery, four
classrooms and a large, open and inviting gathering/worship space with a
capacity of around 100 people. The children’s ministry has a few young families
seeking an individual with strong Pastoral/leadership skills, which may include
restructuring our current vision and leading us into the steps that will be
needed to get there.
SWC seeks a
Bible focused leader that loves God and His inerrant Word and can help us fall
in love with Jesus. He must be capable of applying God’s word to heal broken
believers and bringing the lost face-to-face with the Truth that will set them
free to experience forgiveness and peace.
individual needs an unshakable call to this ministry. Though we have many
churches in our area, a large section of the public feels church is irrelevant
to life in general. The church seems to be losing ground in our community, but
SWC feels that God wants to do great things in demolishing strongholds that
have had several decades to build.
SWC has a
strong core group that tithes well above the national average, and are willing
to step up and do what is needed for the cause of Christ and His church. We
live in a community of around 13,000, with the majority that are unchurched,
have left church, or are under churched; a conservative estimate would be 40 to
45 percent of the public. An estimated
5,000 members of the public are members at an area church. We have a wide-open
field to harvest.
are small we will work hard to give our pastor the best financial package
possible, with the understanding if it is not enough this individual may have
to raise support or be bi-vocational until our church is large enough to fully support.
We offer a church that fills a unique niche in the community, where there are
hundreds maybe thousands of lost souls that are looking for someone to bring
the Gospel to them. For an involved, passionate pastor there is an opportunity
to create and implement a vision, provide strong leadership, develop and
implement a program for teaching, mentor our elders and other potential
leaders, and provide needed congregational care. This opportunity is in a rural
area with friendly people, outstanding natural resources, and a relatively low
cost of living.
parties may forward their resumes to email@example.com
package will be given to final candidates.
PASTORAL POSITION PAPER
Sermon preparation and sermon
articulation for Sunday and Special services.
Provide vision and leadership to the
congregation first and secondly to prepare leaders for ministry.
Biblical counselor, to help those who
struggle with life’s issues that seems to overwhelm people.
Will need to have set office hours
that fit Pastor’s schedule and with consideration to the congregation