Marquette, MI
Type: Clergy, Lay
Posted Jun 17, 2020
Job Title
Name of church or organization
Marquette County Congregations
Job Location
Marquette, MI
Job Description
About Us

Marquette County Episcopal Community is a new configuration of churches in the Marquette County area, working together in mission, while maintaining unique opportunities for worship and gathering. The four congregations that make up this ministry area are St. Paul’s in Marquette; Grace, in Ishpeming; St. John’s, in Negaunee; and Holy Innocents, a house church meeting in the Gwinn/Little Lake area.

Each community engages in shared ministry/mutual ministry, with local leaders who have been called and formed, commissioned and some ordained, creating ministering communities rather than communities centered around a minister.

We are located in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Northern Michigan University provides a vibrant college town feel to the city of Marquette, while Ishpeming, Negaunee, and Gwinn, all within a 20 minute drive provide small town charm and beautiful scenery and land.

As a grouping of small communities, we truly rely on the gifts of all, with collaborative ministry at the core of our being. Two of our communities (Negaunee and Little Lake) operate as “vestry of the whole,” meaning all voices are valued in our community and we make decisions by consensus.

Among the 4 communities are 10 priests, 8 deacons, and a number of ministry support team members who support the ministry of the congregation. The role of the Missioner will be to support these teams in formation, spiritual care, encouragement, and facilitating discernment for others in the congregations.

One of the exciting and unique things about the Marquette County Episcopal Community is the diverse expression of worship and liturgical style. St. Paul’s, Marquette describes themselves as a “progressive community of faith with ancient roots.” Some members of our congregations prefer creative liturgical adaptations and language, while others prefer a more traditional service from the Book of Common Prayer. We each have beautiful worship spaces and while two communities have paid musicians, the others find creative ways to include singing and music in their worship. Rich, theologically grounded preaching has been an important component in our life and ministry together. We pride ourselves in our spiritual practice of hospitality and welcome.

This search for a new Missioner has been a wonderful beginning for us in terms of defining our mission and vision for our community. We are deeply committed to reaching out to the Marquette County area and engaging in missional work.

We are small, but mighty, and look forward to partnering with a Missioner to lead us deeper into our own gifts of ministry and mission. We see great hope around us and hope you will too!

Who We Are Seeking as a Missioner

The Diocese of Northern Michigan has a rich history of shared ministry. We are not looking for a Missioner to come in and save us. We are truly looking for a companion, a visionary, a hope-filled, adventurous, faithful soul who embraces a theology of abundance rather than scarcity.

Called to be a companion, a guide and a mentor to the people and congregations of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Marquette; Grace Church, Ishpeming; St. John’s, Negaunee; and Holy Innocents, Little Lake to support the ongoing life of the congregations of the region as ministering communities. The Missioner will support ministry at the local level by participating in a plan for ongoing congregational ministry development, functioning as a resource person and teacher, and ensuring regular congregational, sacramental and mutual care.  Shared leadership, marked by an ever-widening circle of inclusion, focuses on the (daily) baptismal ministry of all.  The Missioner supports, encourages and educates, helping with visioning and planning in the individual congregations and at the broader level.

We know that the numbers do not look good for the institutional church these days. We know that our future is uncertain. However, we see great hope and life in our community and we believe we have a part to play in that. We choose life over death and we are seeking someone with a positive perspective who believes in new life, even if it means letting go of some of our old ways.

 Living in Marquette County

Why would you want to live in Marquette County?

  • 1 of 10 Underrated U.S. Adventure Destinations – Upper Peninsula (Yahoo Travel)
  • Best Paddling Towns – Marquette (Canoe & Kayak)
  • #8 Best Small City in America – Marquette (NerdWallet)
  • #23 Best Place for Millennial Job Seekers in the Midwest – Marquette (NerdWallet)
  • #10 Best Place for Young Families – Ishpeming (NerdWallet)
  • 25 Best Places to Travel in 2015 – Marquette (Gear Patrol – The Adventure List)

Marquette County has a population of 67,676, with the entire Upper Peninsula Population being 296,600. Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior, Marquette has an abundance of areas to explore and enjoy a deep connection to creation.

Cold weather activities include hockey, skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing, while in the spring and summer we enjoy mountain biking, hiking, camping, and kayaking. The Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a beloved asset. The geography of our area is stunning and we truly feel blessed by our environment, though winters are very harsh and long (with up to 250 inches of snow!).

Marquette County is an active area with a wide variety of arts, outdoor recreation, and cultural opportunities for a small community. Because it is geographically isolated, the area promotes a strong sense of community.  Indigenous communities are an important part of the heritage and daily life of the area.

Economically, the area is a mix between local businesses and larger corporations. Tourism industry in the summer is particularly strong. Because Marquette has a four-year university (Northern Michigan University) and a regional medical center, it has more amenities than most communities its size. We have a blend of traditional extractive industries like mining and logging as well as industries like academia, health care, and small business. Marquette has a revitalized downtown full of locally owned restaurants and businesses.

Serving in the Diocese of Northern Michigan

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan is geographically located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (with a few outlying islands). We have 24 worshipping communities and are structured around a model of shared ministry. For more than 30 years, our congregations have engaged in local discernment, formation, and ministry, with Missioners/ministry developers supporting the work of local teams. Our diocese is especially committed to issues of Care for Creation, LGBTQ inclusion, Racial Reconciliation, especially with our neighboring Indigenous Communities, and other areas of social justice.

What We Can Offer You

  • 4 communities of committed followers of Jesus who will partner with you in this ministry
  • Warm hospitality and deep care for our Missioner
  • Direct communication and a willingness to work together to find consensus
  • Open minds and hearts
  • Financial assistance with moving expenses
  • A base salary of $60,000, with automobile, cell phone, full insurance, pension, and a low cost of living
  • Support for Continuing Education
  • 4 weeks (5 Sundays) paid vacation

Next Steps & Timeline

  • Please send OTM profile to Diocesan Transition Officer Lydia Bucklin, lydia@upepiscopal.org
  • Profiles will be received until July 15, 2020
Type of commitment
Full Time
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Application Process
Please email The Rev. Canon Lydia Kelsey Bucklin with a cover letter, resume, and up to date OTM profile. lydia@upepiscopal.org
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