Prospective Pastor's Guide to Grace Bible Church and Marlette, MI

Prospective Pastor's Guide to Grace Bible Church and Marlette, MI

Please enjoy this publication Grace Bible has assembled for you to have a comprehensive picture of who we are and where we live.

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Grace Bible Church Bi-Vocational Pastor Job Description

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A Brief History of Grace Bible Church

Grace Bible Church, originally known as Bible Baptist Church, was organized in November, 1955 with 26 charter members under the leadership of the first pastor, Rev. Melvin Keeler. In 1988, the church voted to change its name to Grace Bible Church, hoping to reduce possible negative response of having two Baptist churches within a half-mile of each other. While retaining the original constitution and doctrinal statement, Grace Bible functioned for the next 10 years as an independent, Bible-believing church with no official ties to any denomination. However, there was a growing effort to develop an interdependent spirit with all the area churches, regardless of denomination, who shared the essentials of our Statement of Faith. After several years of prayer and consideration, Grace Bible was accepted into membership of the Great Lakes District of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) in 1999 for a number of reasons.

Grace Bible Church Today

The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March, 2020 has forever changed the landscape for ministry not only in Marlette but certainly across the world. Grace began holding outdoor services on the lawn behind the church building during the summer of 2020 and then moved back to the sanctuary that Fall. Attendance was estimated to be about half of pre-pandemic numbers. Adding to the ministry struggles, Pastor Mike Hollenbeck also announced his pending retirement that Summer, effective October 4, 2020. Sunday morning attendance, pre-pandemic was estimated to be 45-50. Average attendance since mid-August of 2022, when tracking began again, was 29.8 for 2022 and 33.6 in 2023. Many of the Sundays this year have seen visitors, some of which have returned and become regular attenders.

In the Spring of 2022, Grace Bible Church reached out to Interim Pastor Ministries ( to provide an intentional, interim pastor who could come along side and help prepare the congregation for our new pastor.

Focus of Ministry

While most evangelical churches in the U.S. desire to create a ministry that would be inviting to young adults with families, we believe that given the demographics of our community and the large number of homes without any faith involvement that our focus should be on the fastest growing segment of our population – those 65+ in age. We believe, at least in the short run of the next 3-5 years, that Grace should be looking for a pastor who is burdened for, and can communicate well with, the older adults of our community in order to start an upswing in the church’s life cycle. Grace’s next pastor must also be committed to discipling and equipping the saints to do the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:12). A team approach will be mission-critical to growing the ministry here at Grace. The current financial condition of the church will most likely require a pastor who is willing to take a bi-vocational approach at Grace or has other means to supplement his income.

Please feel free to view our Pastoral Search brochure for a more comprehensive overview of who we are, where we've been, and where we live, as well as our Bi-Vocational Job Description.

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