"Building Gracious Community Within Diversity"
The Peace Community Spiritual Center
  17029 W. 13 Mile Road     Southfield, Michigan    48076      248.642.7047

About The PCS Center

Peace Community Spiritual Center History, Partners, & Plans For The Future

Dear Friends of Peace ~

     The Peace Community Spiritual Center (PCS Center) is located in the center of Metropolitan Detroit.  It is our pleasure to share hospitality with one of the most culturally, ethnically and religiously divergent neighborhoods in the United States. 
     My name is Pastor Tim Larson. I have had the privilege to serve as the pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Southfield, Michigan for fourteen years.  My family and I have come to love our neighborhood and the challenges that come with being Lutherans in as diverse a neighborhood as you might find anywhere in the United States. 
     Peace Church formed the PCS Center in 2009 and incorporated the Center in 2012.  
Like many churches across America over the past 10 years, our congregation has been faced with adapting to a changing neighborhood, a bad local economy, & an aging congregation. In order to viable and relevant in the place where our church has been planted, we needed to embrace change. The other option was to close -- and we prayerfully determined that the Lord wasn't done with Peace yet. But change to what?

In a neighborhood like ours, only a few Lutherans are likely to move into the immediate area -- and we found that our style of worship was very different from the church experiences of the vast majority of potential new members. At one point, we tried to offer worship that was as inclusive and diversity minded as possible -- but still struggled to attract new people. So we began to look to scripture for help -- and came across this passage in Mark:

  ...(Jesus and the disciples) came to Capernaum; and when Jesus was in the house he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the way?" But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all." ~ Mark 9:33-35(RSV)

We thought maybe the way forward is to become better servants of our larger community.... so in 2008 we call upon our synod for help with a congregational assessment.  It was determined that Peace has two main assets: 1) A large building, and 2) a lot of community good will apart from our congregation. Our strengths were identified as hospitality, sharing, acceptance, & a willingness to serve others. 

      Right about then the real estate market crashed -- and the recession hit.  And low and behold a niche appeared for Peace Lutheran Church... A lot of small churches and community organizations at the time had become homeless.  In response we created the "Peace Community Spiritual Center" -- with the idea that we really could become servants of all.  We had a building and the desire to create a community without conventional boundaries... So we put a message on the sign in front of the church -- "Is your congregation looking for a home?  We are looking for partners."  And over the course of a year, our church building became a "lifeboat" for four other congregations and several community groups. We had the boat -- and we invited them to climb aboard.

      We've been sharing the building together for over three years now, let me briefly introduce the Peace partners with you in the order our services are held each Sunday:

     "Loving Restoration Ministries" is a Peace Partner affiliated with the Church of God in Christ & Greater Miller Memorial Church in Warren, Michigan and meets in the church sanctuary on Sundays for worship from 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM.   
      Rev. Earl Wright, Jr. is a gifted preacher & talented keyboard player with ties to the music industry.  (He has recorded with Aretha Franklin and the Winnans, among others).  First lady, Evangelist Elaine P. Wright, is the Director of the Geraldine Marvell Miller Wright Institute for Women in Ministry.

Peace Lutheran Church was formed in 1956 and has had only four pastors serve the congregation over more than 50 years of ministry.  Rev. Tim Larson has served at Peace for the past 14 years and is invested in the neighborhood.  Peace provides is a modern service at 5:30 PM on Saturday evenings and a more traditional service in the sanctuary beginning at 10 AM.

Restoration Ministries, India, is a mission congregation formed by Rev. M.S. Joshua who was called to the Detroit area to serve recent East Indian Christian immigrants -- most of who are connected to the auto industry.  Services are presented in a mixture English and Indian dialect and are held from 10:30 AM to 1 PM.

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Baker

The Rev. Dr. John Biersdorf

Grounds For Peace Coffeehouse 3rd Saturday of the month.  

Rosedale Community Players

Angels Place

Michigan Alliance of TimeBanks

Tim Larson, director and called pastor of Peace Lutheran Church, Southfield, MI

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