Values, Mission & Vision

Values, Mission, Vision & Goals

The Presbytery of Lake Michigan embarked on a nearly three-year interactive process utilizing multiple in person regional listening meetings,  retreats, surveys, and electronic solicitation/response to determine its ministry focus. This process culminated in the approval at the Presbytery’s September 2018 Stated Meeting/Retreat of a new structure to implement the adopted  Values, Mission, Vision, and Goals:


As partners in Christ’s service, we seek God’s way of grace and justice through: Inclusion, Formation & Inspiration.


The Presbytery of Lake Michigan forms and partners with faith communities to challenge, encourage, equip and hold one another accountable as Christ’s disciples. 


We envision dynamic leaders and healthy congregations who are vital to their communities, working together to share the way of Christ’s love, grace and justice.


  1. PLM will work to strengthen relationships between
    1. the Presbytery and its congregations
    2. the Presbytery and its minister members
    3. the Presbytery and Sessions
    4. congregations
  2. PLM will resource and support congregations for healthy and vital ministries.
  3. PLM will develop and support healthy and dynamic leaders for congregations and validated ministries.
  4. PLM will fulfill its other responsibilities mandated in G-3.03 in the Book of Order, Including but not limited to
    1. Organizing, receiving, merging, dismissing, and dissolving congregations.
    2. Oversee congregations without pastors
    3. Establishing pastoral Relationships and dissolving them
    4. Guiding the preparation of those preparing to become ministers of W and S.
    5. Maintain relationships with Synod and General Assembly as well as ecumenical and interfaith entities.
    6. Develop strategies for the mission of the church in its district.



We are a part of the Presbyterian Church of U.S.A. or PC (USA) denomination. Our denomination is organized into churches, mid-councils (presbyteries and synods) and national (or General Assembly). We are the Presbytery of Lake Michigan so our territory is western Michigan as shown on the churches map.

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Next Stated Meeting

A special meeting of the Presbytery will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Portage for the purpose of installing the Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence as Executive Presbyter/Stated Clerk.

The next regular Stated Meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in person at the First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo.

Watch the presbytery’s website and eDIGEST for updated information about both meetings.

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