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Youth Ministry Director/Associate Pastor

Crossroads Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) ( of Mequon, WI, (a Milwaukee suburb), is a vibrant and growing faith community where Christ is at the forefront of everything we believe and do. This engaging and welcoming church is seeking an energetic full-time Youth Ministry Director/Associate Pastor to lead its youth program; serving and caring for middle and high school students and their families.
Crossroads’ youth ministry includes weekly programming (Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights, and lay-led small groups), special events (summer mission trips, retreats, service projects), and a year-long Confirmation program. This highly relational and sustainable ministry partners with a well-established group of volunteers who assist with leadership in 1) an interpersonal capacity with youth and 2) behind-the-scenes organizational roles.
The primary responsibility for this position is to elevate the youth ministry program by providing overall leadership and working collaboratively with staff, parents, and adult volunteers. The Youth Ministry Director/Associate Pastor serves families by engaging, teaching, and equipping youth to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and become lifelong disciples who use their gifts to impact the world.
Crossroads is looking for someone who:
• Is an enthusiastic leader with the proven ability to relate to youth and adults of all ages
• Has proven success recruiting, developing, and managing volunteers
• Is humble, yet clear about his or her faith and theology; can communicate these beliefs and convictions in a way that is relevant to youth
• Is an excellent and engaging teacher and communicator
• Knows how to coordinate and execute basic business functions such as budget, communications, social media, etc.
Qualifications include:
• Minimum two-three years of successful leadership experience as a paid staff member in a thriving middle and/or high school youth ministry program
• Experience building and maintaining relationships with students and their families
• Youth Ministry Director: Bachelor’s degree; BA in Youth Ministry or related field a plus
• Associate Pastor: Masters of Divinity or a related field; specialty coursework in Youth Ministry a plus. Must be ordained by the PCUSA or one of the Covenant of Agreement Partners.
If you have a vibrant faith, an obvious love for and commitment to Jesus Christ, and feel deeply called to youth ministry, please send a cover letter and your resume by email to
Check us out on Facebook (search Crossroads Endurance Youth Ministries) or at

Benefit Connections

Would you like to…

  • better understand the Benefits Plan for your pastor(s)?
  • expand your network of colleagues with whom you can share ideas/challenges?
  • increase your understanding of the new options available for non-installed pastors and other employees?
  • have an opportunity to address your questions to knowledgeable peers facing the same challenges you have in the area of employee compensation and benefits?
  • have a chance to direct questions or concerns to senior leadership of the Board of Pensions?
  • come to Chicago in the springtime?

Put May 9th on your calendar and bring a colleague to the one-day Benefit Connections gathering at Yorkfield Presbyterian Church in Elmhurst, IL.

Go to  to register or just find out more.

You’ll leave with newly established peer relationships, new strategies for being the best employer you can be, along with a better understanding of the Benefits Plan of the PC(USA).

February 25, 2017 – Assembly Connect

The Stated Clerk Summary

Read it online HERE (with links included)!

Download a printable bulletin insert HERE (to share with your congregation or session)!


Read the latest issue of Our Common Ministry!


See photos from assembly on Facebook (HERE) or on Flickr (HERE).

Music Director -Organist position available

We are a united church that is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church. We are an inner city church of approximately 91 members who ia looking for a Music Director -Organist. A complete job description is available by emailing out church office :

Organist/Music Director

Second Presbyterian Church, a National Historic Landmark church, in Chicago’s vibrant South Loop is seeking an Organist/Music Director. The qualified candidate will play the organ and piano and plan choral music and solos for the professional quartet. One Sunday service at 11:00 with soloist and quartet rehearsal at 9:15. Seasonal services include Ash Wednesday, Christmas Eve and Good Friday. For more information, please contact the church office at 312-225-4951 or email

Youth Ministry Coordinator (part-time)

Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church – Oak Park, Ill. (posted Feb. 2017)

Position: Youth Ministry Coordinator
Part-Time 15-20 hours per week average, concentrated on Sundays and Wednesdays (during school year), occasional weekends for retreats and the annual week-long summer mission trip.
Time Frame: June 2017-May 2018
Compensation: $ 425 week ($1,700 monthly) Non-exempt position.

Position Description
• Assist and encourage the youth of Fair Oaks through their faith discovery and journeys.
• Engage congregation and youth leaders in this mission.
The Youth Ministry Coordinator will be supervised and be accountable to the Senior Pastor (Interim or Permanent) as head of the church staff. This is a one-year, part-time position with primarily Sunday and Wednesday time commitments as well as occasional weekend requirements. The initial term may be renewed if mutually agreed upon.
Specific Responsibilities:
1. Provide leadership and supervision of Fair Oaks’ Mid-High and Senior High youth group programs, including (but not limited) to:
a. development and implementation of content for youth group meetings/events,
b. fellowship with and among youth and effective collaboration with youth leaders, staff and Session to maintain and enhance a vibrant youth ministry,
c. Interaction with the Chicago Presbytery for planning and youth events.
2. Provide support to Mid and Senior High aspects of our Logos program (Wednesdays September-March), as determined by the Logos Board and the Director of Christian Education.
3. Participate in annual Senior High Mission Trip July 21-28. Provide planning support for 2018 trip.
4. Provide support for weekly Sunday morning Mid-High church school.
5. Foster fellowship among youth, their families and the congregation, including timely and effective communications about youth ministry activities, ensuring appropriate youth leader and parental involvement and
6. Participate in Sunday worship services and other Fair Oaks events to develop positive relationships with youth and their families.
7. Attend weekly Wednesday staff meetings and willingness to provide regular updates on activities, successes and challenges.
• A strong desire to guide youth (6th to 12th grade) in Christian-based relationships
• Demonstrable track record of successfully leading youth activities and engaging youth participation
• Demonstrable organizational and communication skills
• Past experience with church youth group as an active participant or leader
• Ability to work independently while collaborating with various stakeholders to ensure the health of Fair Oaks’ youth ministry.
• Successful completion of a criminal background check.
Working Relationships:
The fulfillment of these responsibilities of the Youth Ministry Coordinator shall work in weekly cooperation with the professional staff and volunteers.
A 90-day evaluation shall be undertaken with the Personnel Committee as a means of personal and professional development and to determine the coordinator’s progress in supporting Fair Oaks’ youth.

Resume Submission:
Please email resumes with a cover introduction to
Questions can be submitted to the same email address.

Martin Luther’s 500th Anniversary Tour with Knox Presbyterian

What are you doing a year from October?

The Knox Reformation Tour Martin Luther’s 500th Anniversary Tour of Germany October 8-16, 2017 

Join Co-Pastors Clint and Deb Roberts for 7 nights and 8 days in Germany as we follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther, kindler of the Protestant Reformation. We will travel to Berlin, Wittenberg, Leipzig, Erfurt and Frankfurt by motor coach and stay at hotels such as the 5 Star Adlon Kempinski in Berlin. The fellowship afforded by a Knox Tour is uniquely gratifying, as is the educational and spiritual focus of the itinerary. Scrupulously planned by Scorby Travel, this will be a memorable experience to be treasured for a lifetime. Space is still available. Contact Rev. Clinton Roberts (630-220-7814)  or Deb Roberts (630-220-7815) if you have any questions.

Brochure and Registration

McCormick Theological Seminary and the Center for Innovative Ministry launch Third Annual McCormick Prize for Innovation Contest

McCormick Theological Seminary and the Center for Innovative Ministry are pleased to announce the Third Annual McCormick Prize for Innovation. Center Director Rev. Dr. Thomas Dickelman, a McCormick graduate (’83, ’91), Founding Pastor of the Community Church of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff and Director of the Center for Innovative Ministry offered, “Entrants the last two years have confirmed there are many wonderfully innovative programs and ministries throughout the United States. The Prize provides an opportunity for us to raise the profile of innovation in the church, as well as recognize and reward the wonderful work that’s being done.”

Prize contestants must submit a 250-word online entry that includes the name and description of the ministry, as well as its impact. The contest runs from February 2 through April 5, and participants may submit multiple entries. Winners will be notified on Wednesday, April 19. First Prize is $5,000, second place receives $1,500, and third, $500. To enter, click here; for more information, contact Lisa Dagher (

“In addition,” Dickelman adds, “at the end of the contest we will place all entries online, growing our online database of successful ministry innovations as a resource for church leaders nationwide.”

Former winners include, Ryan Althaus, leader of Kentucky-based Sweaty Sheep Ministries in 2025, and last year, Rev. Allen Brimer and Rev. Ben Johnston-Krase, McCormick alumni and founders of Farm Church, a new worshipping community of the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) based in Durham, North Carolina.

Farm Church’s mission is to gather a Christ-centered community around elements of soil and food, to break bread together, and to leverage all the resources of a farm to address food insecurity in our community. Dickelman stated, “Rev. Allen Brimer and Rev. Ben Johnston-Krase had the vision to develop a niche worshipping community addressing food insecurity. Their ministry is what innovation is all about – solving problems and creating opportunities.”

2017 contest entries will be received beginning Tuesday, February 2, 2017 through Thursday, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Winners will be notified prior to a public announcement on Monday, April 19, 2017. 


About McCormick

McCormick Theological Seminary is one of 12 schools related to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is an accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The seminary, located among the Hyde Park cluster of theological schools, including the University of Chicago, is affiliated with the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS). A progressive leader in the Reformed tradition, McCormick equips, encourages, challenges, and energizes diverse women and men of all denominations hungry for a more just world and on fire to participate and lead in its Holy transformation. We are committed to rigorous academic study, practical experience, spiritual formation and community life, advancing a model that is cross-cultural, urban, and ecumenical.

About the Center for Innovative Ministry  

Founded in 2013, The Center for Innovative Ministry is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit ministry, located in Lake Bluff, Ill., dedicated to helping clergy and church leaders solve problems and create opportunities through innovative thinking and action. The center offers workshops, consultations, and online resources toward our goal of “Inspiring Solutions.” In addition, the Center has developed an online database of McCormick Innovation Prize entries, and works with church leaders starting new worshiping communities through its “Innovative Scholar” program.” For more information about the Center for Innovative Ministry, visit

Church Items Available

Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church received a few pieces from the Kirk of the Lakes and have found they are unable to use them. They would like to offer them to anyone in the presbytery who would be able to put them to good use. Please contact Beth Brown at to set up a time to pick the items up from the church.

The church is located at 600 W Fullerton Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614.

 Photo Item  Description
pulpit Pulpit
(Solid Oak)
 58 in high, 38 in wide
baptismalfont Baptismal Font
(Solid Oak)
 40 in high
stand Stand
(Solid Oak)
 40 in high

Director of Communications

Director of Communications – 1st Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights
Are you creative, detail oriented and ready for an exciting challenge? If so, this is the position for you! Job responsibilities include creating publications, maintaining church branding, editing, maintaining social media & website content and more. Must be a meticulous grammar editor as well as have a computer knowledge that allows for quick navigation of a variety of Microsoft and web-based programs. Candidates should be prepared to edit documents during the interview process. Degree in English or communications is preferred. Full package of benefits available. Submit resume and examples of publications and other applicable work to Phone inquiries not considered.

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