Churches are feeling the pain of decline in attendance and giving which has left many of us facing a foreseeable end to the ministry of our churches.

What will that mean for us? How do we move forward at this point in our congregations’ lifecycles? Can we retool our ministries to reach the growing needs of our communities and the world around us? Can we combine efforts and resources with others in order to strengthen our reach in the community or give us space to discern God’s next call to us? Will we need to merge or partner with others or is it time to close our church doors, and if so, how do we do that well?


Join us for this important symposium as we seek to “lengthen our runways” and move forward faithfully with wisdom and grace.


Saturday, December 2, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Faith Community Presbyterian Church

44400 W. 10 Mile Road, Novi, Michigan

Guest Speakers:

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Tony Oltmann, associate for the Office of Vital Congregations of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and pastor of the Crosslake Presbyterian Church in Crosslake, Minnesota;

Rev. Laribee

The Rev. Dr. Richard Laribee, author of Church Mergers: Factors Contributing to Success or Failure in Congregational Mergers and pastor of the Christ Episcopal Church in West River, Maryland;

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Stephen Keizer leads the Ministry Relations efforts for the Presbyterian Foundation since 2004. His team of Ministry Relations Officers serves pastors and their congregations throughout the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) from regional offices across the country. Steve is located in Portage, Michigan.