|Date Posted||September 4, 2020|
Eastern Michigan (Mike Spencer)
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Communicants in Good Standing||175|
|Average Sunday Attendance||90|
|Child Population in Church School||8|
|Adult Population in Church School||10|
|Teacher Population in Church School||2|
St. Christopher's is a church with a big heart, strong community connections, and a lot of hope for a bright future. Following a long rectorate, the parish has recently done good work with an interim to bring more transparency to financial processes, build relationship and trust with the office of the bishop and other diocesan leadership, and nurture and bless lay leadership.
The physical plant is the newest in the diocese, built in 2000, fully accessible, and well-suited to host numerous musical performances by local choral and instrumental groups. St. Christopher's is the home of the Grand Blanc Choral Society.
St. Christopher's is ready to turn its attention from the work of the last few years getting its house in order and now focus on a new mission, which mission is yet to be discerned. St. Christopher's is ready to work with its next rector to discover the mission God is preparing for them and to offer their gifts and abilities to the service of God's love.
St. Christopher's still has a significant but manageable mortgage; some of the debt is held by the diocese, some by a local bank. The diocesan debt is not payable until the bank portion is paid off.
Lay leadership is present but tentative. The congregation has not always had the freedom to live into and explore their gifts and responsibilities. The recent interim period has helped greatly, but there still is some hesitance and reliance upon staff and rector when vestry and other leaders might otherwise be active.
In the recent past there was a strong youth and families ministry; this congregation has the capacity to rebuild in this area with proper support and resourcing.
The congregation's relationship to and with the music ministry has usually been healthy, but it needs to be carefully monitored. There is very little outreach at this time, other than providing office space to a significant but legally unrelated non-profit feeding program.
Inquiries to the Rev. Canon Michael Spencer: firstname.lastname@example.org, 989-752-6020