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Rev. Jim Offrink

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Coordinator Crisis Management

Local Address: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Incident Management Team
 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • Bachelors degree , Sociology
  • Masters degree , Divinity
    San Francisco Theological Seminary
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Web References
JAMES F. ...
www.dmort.org, 20 Nov 2007 [cached]
JAMES F. OFFRINK
Jim Offrink is Pastor of the Trinity United Presbyterian Church in
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Jim received his Bachelors degree in Sociology from
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. Since that time, Jim has participated in a vast array of continuing education courses. He is a certified firefighter and advanced firefighter instructor, as well as a former Illinois Certified EMT. Jim has had extensive training in Hazardous Materials and other firefighter related courses. He is also a Certified Chaplain with an advanced education in Critical Incident Debriefing, Critical Stress Management, and Pastoral Crisis Intervention.
Jim is an active member within his profession and his community: he is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress; the Chaplain Commander of the Fire and Police Departments for the city of Flint, Michigan; a member of the NAACP; member and two term president of the Greater Flint Council of Churches; president of the Greater Genesee Valley Critical Incident Stress Management Team; a member of the Genesee County - Weapons of Mass Destruction Advisory Committee; a voting member of the Institutional Review Board of McLaren Regional Hospital; and a consultant to the Genesee County Emergency Management Department and County Public Health Department.
Jim joined DMORT in 2002 as a mental health/stress manager. His deployments include: working with the
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Jim is recipient of the Commander's Award for
Meritorious Service to DMORT V, and has received Citations for Service to DMORT-FEMA in 2004 and 2005. In 2007, Jim was appointed to the position of Chaplain for our Region V team.
Jim currently resides in Flint
Michigan . When he finds time for leisure activities, Jim enjoys visiting with the Flint City Police and Firefighters. He also escapes the church pastorate on a moments notice to do stress management in situations where help is needed. Jim truly enjoys the outdoors and has become very familiar with smaller wilderness areas in many states. Hunting, hiking, horseback travel, fishing, boating, and wilderness survival are some of his favorite activities. Over the past several years, Jim has been has been re-involved in woodworking - especially Shaker style furniture. He is also working on his 1954 Jeep engine and has almost completed the restoration of his 1968 Airstream trailer. Jim also likes to collect and refurbish old hand tools, boasting a collection of over 50 different types of specialty hammers.
All in all, Jim certainly is a "mental" boost to our Region V team!
Rev. James ...
www.bethanypresflint.org, 4 Mar 2007 [cached]
Rev. James OffrinkPastor
Reverend Jim ...
www.trinityunitedpc.org, 12 Nov 2010 [cached]
Reverend Jim Offrink, Pastor
New church emerges as struggling congregations come together
www.pres-outlook.com, 27 April 2008 [cached]
Jim Offrink, then pastor of Bethany Church, was looking into the teeth of another cold Michigan winter.Offrink had been Bethany's pastor since 1992."I did at least 10 funerals a year for the first 10 years I was at Bethany Presbyterian," he said.When he came, the congregation had 195 members; at the end, it had just 118."I felt like I could never get ahead of the demographic curve," Offrink said."People kept dying faster than I could get new people in."
In the fall of 2005, Offrink looked hard at his congregation's budget.Working with the finance committee, it was clear "we had just so many years left with a full-time pastor and so many years left that we could afford to support a building that was costing us $15,000 a winter for heat alone."
So on Feb. 2, 2006, Offrink sent a letter to four other small churches in Flint - presenting them with the possibility of merger.They all were small and struggling congregations, one with a parking lot just big enough for 18 vehicles.He suggested that if they each sold their buildings they could join forces, save about $30,000 a year in heating bills, and have more energy for mission.
In the end, one congregation pulled out of the conversation, one shut its doors altogether, and three others moved ahead.
Two â€" Bethany and Farnumwood â€" were predominantly white congregations that had loyal members but had been growing smaller for decades.Christ the Liberator parish had been established in the 1960s as a black congregation, but had never grown beyond about 90 members.
Offrink suggested that the three congregations merge, and that they all sell their buildings and move someplace that was energy-efficient and, for all of them, completely new.Emotionally, he figured, "the sacrifice would be equal" if they all left their buildings.
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"I wanted us to be named ‘The Church of What's Happening Now,' but the congregation held out for Trinity United Presbyterian," Offrink joked.
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"It's a place nobody's fallen in love with," Offrink said.
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Previously, "as the churches became more and more strapped for cash and more and more concerned about paying the bills, they seemed less and less able to see mission beyond," Offrink said.
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"Even the pessimists are finding that there is a lot of satisfaction in diversity," Offrink said.
September 2002 Presbytery Newsletter
www.presbylh.org, 1 Sept 2002 [cached]
Five Flint area Presbyterian churches and their pastors participated in the service, including Rev. Annie Duncan, Christ the Liberator Church; Rev. Arthur Oberg, Westminster Church; Rev. Jim Offrink, Bethany Church; Rev. Tim Sutton, Farnumwood Church; and Dr. Rhashell Hunter of Community Church.
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