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1 The Ministry Site Profile (MSP) is intended for use by congregations and church-related organizations that are seeking to call an Ordained or lay rostered minister (Associate in Ministry, Deaconess or Diaconal Minister) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, or First Call candidates for rostered ministry. Congregations must complete the entire Ministry Site Profile. Church-related organizations may, with the concurrence of the synod bishop, complete only the required sections (1-4 and 8-19). Once complete, this form is submitted electronically to your synod bishop for review and posting to the "ministry opportunities" listing on the ELCA web Site. PART I WHO WE ARE 1. Name and Location CONGREGATION Peace Lutheran Church CONGREGATION/MULTIPLE POINT PARISH/ ORGANIZAITON NAME CONG ID Dresser, WI, CITY, STATE, ZIP US COUNTRY rthwest Synod of Wisconsin (5H) Congregation - Organized 1978 SYNOD TYPE OF MINISTRY SITE YEAR ORGANIZED Small town (under 10,000) SIZE OF COMMUNITY Date Completed: 2. Contact Information 2355 Clark Road PO Box 655 Dresser, WI, US ADDRESS LINE I ADDRESS LINE II CITY, STATE, ZIP COUNTRY plcdresser.org WEB SITE PHONE FAX Chairperson of Congregation or Head of the Organization Dale Cotch NAME 1961 W. Church Rd Star Prairie, WI, US ADDRESS LINE I ADDRESS LINE II CITY, STATE, ZIP COUNTRY DAY PHONE EVENING PHONE CELL PHONE FAX Chairperson of Call or Search Committee NAME,, US ADDRESS LINE I ADDRESS LINE II CITY, STATE, ZIP COUNTRY DAY PHONE EVENING PHONE CELL PHONE FAX 9/6/2014 7:38:16 AM Page 1 of 10

2 Language Spoken In the congregation/ organization In the surrounding community Race/ Ethnicity (In the Congregation) English PRIMARY LANGUAGE SECOND LANGUAGE THIRD LANGUAGE English PRIMARY LANGUAGE SECOND LANGUAGE THIRD LANGUAGE Caucasian (100%) LARGEST SECOND THIRD FOURTH Race/ Ethnicity (Surrounding Community) Caucasian (100%) LARGEST SECOND THIRD FOURTH Gender comparison Age distribution 46% 54% 30% 20% 20% 20% 10% MALE FEMALE 19 YEARS OR YOUNGER OVER 65 Number of Paid Staff CLERGY LAY ROSTERED OTHER LAY PROFESSIONALS SECRETARIAL SUPPORT Congregational Information Single site AVE WEEKLY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE AVE ATTENDANCE IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PARISH TYPE Distance members live from church facilities: 0% 0% 20% 80% 1/2 MILE OR LESS 1/2-1 MILE 1-3 MILES MORE THAN 3 MILES CUSTODIAL SUPPORT OTHER Community Type Bedroom community College or University Farming Inner City Mining/logging Ranching Industrial Resort Retirement 9/6/2014 7:38:16 AM Page 2 of 10

3 4. Budget of the Congregation/ Organization LAST FISCAL YEAR TOTAL BUDGET FOR THE LAST FISCAL YEAR TOTAL DEBT OF THE CONGREGATION/ ORGANIZATION AT THE END OF THE LAST FISCAL YEAR MISSION SUPPORT TO THE ELCA/ SYNOD FOR THE LAST FISCAL YEAR TOTAL SAVINGS, RESERVES, ENDOWMENT AT THE END OF THE LAST FISCAL YEAR 5. Trends in the community Context of the Congregation or Organization Characteristics Context Write a description of your community in terms of socio-economic status, demographics, primary areas of employment and lifestyle. The Demographic ZIP Code report for your primary ZIP codes may be helpful. Dresser Wisconsin is a small, rural community with a population of approximately 2,600 (based on zip code). Within 10 minutes north and south of Dresser are the communities of St. Croix Falls,WI and Osceola,WI with populations of 4,800 and 8,100 respectively. The majority of the membership of Peace Lutheran Church comes from these 3 communities. The area is ethnically homogeneous, with white representing more than 95% of the population. Dresser, St. Croix Falls and Osceola are bedroom communities, lying within 50 miles of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. The primary industries include manufacturing, agriculture, construction and healthcare. List three ways that the community in which you are located has been challenged by change and transition in the last three to five years. *Halt in the building industry, slowing in the economy *Industrial employment changes (Polaris) *Increasing number of local and nearby church options including Twin Cities mega churches Trends Programs Goals Energy List three changes or trends within the congregation or organization which have occurred in the last three to five years *Retirement of long-term pastor *Declining member involvement *Church facility expansion and slowed growth in membership *Continued strong involvement in youth programs Describe your congregation's or organization's current programs for mission and ministry *Youth and Children's Programs *Bible Studies *Clothing/Food Drives *Provide facilities for outside groups - AA, WIC, Red Cross *Support Community Referral Agency, Serenity House *Mission trips - youth and adult *Military, Children's Christmas boxes *Provide services to non-members - weddings, funerals etc. If there is a Strategic Plan in place for the congregation or organization; what are the primary goals to which you are committed? There is no strategic plan in place at this time. We are excited about finding a new pastor who will help us develop one. Currently, we are committed to encouraging members to become more involved and increasing our membership. What is your congregation or organization really excited about right now? 9/6/2014 7:38:16 AM Page 3 of 10

4 Partnership Finding a new pastor we are excited about the opportunities and renewed interest this will bring. As fall programs begin, we are grateful and enthusiastic about levels of participation by young people particularly in Sunday School and Youth programs. How does this congregation or organization see itself as a member and active participant in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the synod? For more than 20 years, Peace Lutheran Church has partnered with Luther Seminary as a training site for interns. We hope to continue this program. We have supported Luther Point Bible Camp in various ways for many years. PART II: OUR VISION FOR MISSION 6. Ministry Site Characteristics 7. Purpose, Giftedness and Mission A LOT LIKE US AS A COMMUNITY A LITTLE A LITTLE LIKE US LIKE US We tend to be formal and programmatic. We tend to be informal and spontaneous. We have clearly defined goals and plans for our future. A LOT LIKE US We have no stated goals or plans. We are racially and economically diverse. We are demographically homogeneous. We welcome ideas that are provoking and challenging. OUR LEADERSHIP STYLE We prefer ideas that are tried and true. We rely on our leaders for directions. We rely on group decision-making. We have learned how to use conflict constructively. Our facilities are often used by community groups. We tend to perceive conflict as something destructive. OUR PROGRAMMING Our facilities are only used for our activities. We train people to minister outside our walls. We train people to minister inside our walls. We focus on ideas and beliefs. We focus on skills and action. We are obviously Lutheran in identify and practice. OUR THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE We are less obvious about our Lutheran heritage. We participate in synod and ELCA activities. We are not very active in the synod and ELCA. We focus on Biblical studies and doctrine. We focus on contemporary issues and topics. Purpose How does this congregation or organization understand its reason for being in the light of God's call to mission and service? Who are you? Why are you here? Mission Statement: Peace Lutheran Church of Dresser, Wisconsin is a family of people, called by the Holy Spirit through the Word and Sacraments, to pray for the world and the coming of God's kingdom, to care about the needs of others in God's name, and to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. Peace Lutheran Church...Called to Prayer, Called to Care, Called to Share. 9/6/2014 7:38:16 AM Page 4 of 10

5 Giftedness What are your gifts and resources for fulfilling this purpose? What are the congregation s or organization's top three assets and how are they being used? Are there obstacles that must be overcome to be able to use these gifts and accomplish the mission? Assets *People diversity and talents of the entire congregation and staff *Historically strong youth program *Focused outreach to the community and the world from our quilters to the Summer Stretch, Heifer Project, Habitat for Humanity and clothing share. Interaction with the other churches in the area in activities such as baccalaureate, ecumenical Thanksgiving service and so on. Peace has a reputation in the community for being welcoming and open. Obstacles *A current lack of permanent pastoral leadership *Many of our members have competing priorities, making it difficult for us to secure consistent commitment of time, talent and treasure. Mission In light of the way you have described your ministry context in this Ministry Site Profile, what are the top three mission priorities which, if accomplished, hold the most promise for the continued development of this ministry? *Preparing our youth for a Godly life *Strengthening members' commitment and belief by fostering spiritual development *Equipping current members for service in our church family, in our community and in our world 8. Summary Description 9. References Synodical Bishop Rick Hoyme Please describe your ministry setting and position opening in 75 words or less. This is the brief description that will be publicized. Peace Lutheran Church is an age-diverse congregation of believers within a cluster of small towns, 50 miles outside the St. Paul, MN area. We have strong family and youth programs, as well as, a committed group of staff members. Our desire is to find a strong spiritual leader to guide our faith formation and grow with us. rthwest Synod of Wisconsin NAME SYNOD DAY PHONE EVENING PHONE CELL FAX Inside Congregation or organization Pete Peterson NAME ORGANIZATION AND TITLE DAY PHONE EVENING PHONE CELL FAX Outside Congregation or organization Andrea Fluegel 9/6/2014 7:38:16 AM Page 5 of 10

6 NAME ORGANIZATION AND TITLE DAY PHONE EVENING PHONE CELL FAX Member of the ELCA Clergy roster Rex Brandt NAME ORGANIZATION AND TITLE DAY PHONE EVENING PHONE CELL FAX Anyone else who knows your setting well NAME SYNOD DAY PHONE EVENING PHONE CELL FAX PART III: LEADERSHIP NEEDS 10. The Leader we Seek Roster Type: Associate in Ministry Deaconess Diaconal Minister Ordained Clergy In Candidacy/First Call Senior Pastor / Head of Staff Full time call POSITION TYPE: EDUCATION: FULL TIME/PART TIME: Language Proficiencies English/Fluent PRIMARY LANGUAGE (PROFICIENCY) SECOND LANGUAGE (PROFICIENCY) THIRD LANGUAGE (PROFICIENCY) Experience: 0-3 years 4-9 years years years 21 + years 11. Top Five Ministry Tasks Administration Building a Sense of Community Campus / Young Adult Ministry Chaplaincy Children's Ministry Christian Education Communications/ Media Community Organizing Conflict Management Counseling/ Social Work Early Childhood Administration Ecumenical Work 9/6/2014 7:38:16 AM Page 6 of 10

7 Evangelism/ Mission Financial Management Global Service Innovation / Creativity Interim Ministry Interpret Theology Inter-personal Climate Ministry in Crisis Ministry in Daily Life Ministry with Seniors Multicultural Ministry Music / Worship / Arts Outdoor/ Camping Ministry Parish Nurse / Health Participant in the Larger Church Pastoral Care and Visitation Preaching / Worship Public Policy / Advocacy Recruit and Equip Leaders Self Care / Family Life Small Group Ministry Social Ministry Spiritual Formation / Direction Stewardship Strategic Mission Planning Teaching Volunteer Coordination Youth and Family Ministry 12. Gifts for Ministry Top Priority Help people develop their spiritual life. Help people understand and act upon issues of social justice. Provide care and nurture. Be active in visitation of members and non-members. Be effective in working with children. Build a sense of community among the people with whom he/she works. Help others develop their leadership abilities and skills for ministry. Be an effective administrator. Be an effective communicator. Be and effective teacher. Encourage support of the Church's wider mission. Work regularly in the development of stewardship growth. Be active in ecumenical relationships. Be effective in working with youth. Organize people for community action. Be skilled in planning and leading programs. Have a strong commitment and loyalty to the Lutheran Church. Understand and interpret the mission of the Church from a global perspective. Deal effectively with conflict. Bring joy and good humor to relationships. Be able to share leadership and work in a team. Be creative and innovative about his or her tasks. Very Helpful 9/6/2014 7:38:16 AM Page 7 of 10

8 Be able to use technology and media. Appreciate cultural diversity in language and customs. Have talents in the areas of music, arts and writing. 13. Mutual Expectations Please list the five primary areas of activity or focus that you wish your newly-called rostered leader to give special attention to during the first year of his or her ministry at this congregation or organization: A. Enhancing the worship experience through strong Biblical teaching and stimulating and encouraging witness B. Developing relationships with congregation members and staff C. Continuing to support and encourage youth ministry D. Encouraging and working with active members in reaching out to inactive and shut-in members E. Encouraging and supporting members in the development of their relationship with God Please list the five ways that this congregation / organization will support and encourage the rostered leader during the first year in order to help her or him accomplish these responsibilities: A. Being patient and open minded to the inevitable changes that will be brought about by our new leader B. Maintaining faithful worship attendance and participation in sponsored activities C. Establishing a welcome committee to act as a support group and sounding board for the first 12 months D. Providing honest and thoughtful feedback and ensuring open communication E. Encouraging all members to pray regularly for our new leader, our transition and their personal acceptance of our new leader 14. Compensation PARSONAGE Synod Guidelines SOCIAL SECURITY TAX OFFSET MAXIMUM AMOUNT AVAILABLE FOR DEFINED COMPENSATION 15. Benefits PENSION MEDICAL VACATION WEEKS SABBATICAL POLICY PARENTAL LEAVE POLICY 9/6/2014 7:38:16 AM Page 8 of 10

9 ARE BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIRED 16. Professional Expenses AUTO / TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT FIRST CALL THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL EXPENSES ACCOUNT CONTINUING EDUCATION Comments: Please offer any comment or explanation regarding the compensation package, especially as it compares to synodical recommendations or guidelines. 17. Other Supporting Resources Are you able to supply the following items, if requested? Mission and Vision statement of the congregation or organization Printed history of the congregation or organization Strategic Plan: Goals and Objectives Budget Annual Report Position description: Duties and Responsibilities Communications Piece (publicity, newsletter, etc.) PART IV: COMMENTARY You are encouraged to offer information or commentary that will help the reader appreciate the vision, opportunities, challenges and nature of your ministry site. Use this opportunity to promote and commend your ministry possibilities. To see some examples, please click here. If your congregation is a part of a Multiple-Point Parish, please click here. We are a group of caring Christians seeking a leader who, by example, by exhortation, and by preaching God s Word, will encourage us to receive the Spirit s gift of inspiration to love, serve, and equip one another for lives of greater commitment and service, to God s Glory. PART V: COMPLETION OF PROFILE 19. Discernment Process and Adoption Please describe the process used to gather information, formulate responses, and officially adopt this Ministry Site Profile. (Approximately 100 words maximum). 9/6/2014 7:38:16 AM Page 9 of 10

10 Answers to the more objective questions were developed from responses to a survey which was offered online, as well as, in paper form. The subjective questions, those addressing our history, culture, purpose and vision were answered using information gathered in a series of seven meetings that were attended by members of the congregation. The profile committee compiled the answers and submitted the form to the church council for approval. Enter the date on which this Ministry Site profile was adopted by vote of the Congregation Council or organization's board: 1/1/ Call Process Contact Person NAME TITLE OFFICE PHONE 21. Reference's Recommendation Andrea Fluegel NAME DAY PHONE EVENING PHONE CELL FAX 9/6/2014 7:38:16 AM Page 10 of 10

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