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Director of Music Ministries

The Director of Music Ministry works with the Pastor to develop music for services to enhance the overall experience of worship. This is a combined accompanist/small group director position. The Director shall be contracted to provide music, instrumental and choral, for the calendar year and to direct our small church choir. Additionally, the Director should help facilitate the inclusion of members musical talents into our weekly worship. The Director, in consultation with the Pastor, selects music for Sunday worship and all special services, such as Christmas, Maundy Thursday, and Easter. Provide accompaniment for special events that would require their participation/coordination with the pastor – Weddings, Funerals, and Special Gatherings, (pay scale for these would be outside of the normal salary).

Director of Youth Ministries (12-15 hrs/week), Arlington Heights,IL

Southminster Presbyterian Church, located in Arlington Heights, Illinois, is seeking a Christian with a heart for youth, able to relate with today’s youth and their families. He or she has experience in a faith community and demonstrates high Biblical standards and who both teaches and exemplifies a Christ-centered life.

PURPOSE: To minister to the youth of our church and community; to administer, develop, and implement youth ministry programs designed to meet the spiritual, social, and emotional needs of the youth, leading them to spiritual commitments and growing them as disciples of Christ.

RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to:

• Plan, implement, and attend weekly activities for the youth during the school year that include,
Bible study, worship, fellowship and fun! The activities need to be relevant and effective in
instructing, training, nurturing, and equipping youth for leading a Spirit-filled life of faith and
forging deep Christian friendships.

• With the help of the Youth Ministry Team, develop and help coordinate hands-on opportunities
for service projects and mission trips for youth as they learn to serve others.

• With the help of the Youth Ministry Team, help facilitate youth retreats and other youth events
such as conferences, concerts and off-site events such as Dare 2 Share.

• Participate in youth ministry and individual spiritual development training as available on an
annual basis (usually offered by the Presbytery).

• Regularly attend the youth Sunday school classes and teach as needed.

• Assist the Associate Pastor in teaching the Confirmation program as needed.

• Work effectively with parents to foster support of the youth program, including ongoing
communication to provide opportunities for input and feedback.

• Work alongside other church staff members as a team player, attend staff meetings as possible,
and share in the broader mission and ministry of Southminster Church

• Pray for the youth.

– Endorse and follow the Southminster Behavior Covenants
-Work hand in hand with the Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor, and the Youth Ministry Team at SPC

To apply, send resume to
Sandy Ushev,
Personnel Ministry Team

Director of Children’t Ministry (20 hours per week)

Southminster Presbyterian Church is seeking a Director of Children’s Ministry to join our team in the fall. Working with children from infants through fifth grade, the Director’s goal is to facilitate Christian Biblical learning with fun and exciting programs that help children grow in their faith.

• Provide vision and leadership for children’s ministry program
• Work with Children’s Ministry Team to provide a biblically sound and vibrant children’s program
• Recruit, equip, train, and inspire volunteers
• Maintain program growth through promotion, inviting, and personal conversations
• Utilize the spiritual gifts of the congregation
• Grow and enhance the program as needed
• Attend Children’s ministry conferences on an annual basis
• Background check and educate all adults on protocol when working with children

Church School/Worship
• Direct Sunday school programs during the school year
• Direct the annual Vacation Bible School
• Plan and execute children’s chapel time/children in worship
• Organize the Christmas play/choir for the chosen Christmas service
• Evaluate new curriculum as needed

Faith Development/Fellowship Events/Mission Opportunities
• Direct family nights and the other special events (i.e. Seder dinner, church picnic etc.)
• Oversee the Kid’s Christian library
• Plan communion class
• Encourage, develop and coordinate mission projects (Operation Christmas Child, Feed my Starving Children, etc)
• Direct and plan Easter Children’s activity

• Reformed theological grounding
• Organizational skills (self-starter, detail-oriented, multi-tasking, and can delegate)
• Ability to use Microsoft Word, create PowerPoint presentations, manage an Excel worksheet, use a digital camera, and scan pictures, etc.
• Good inter-personal skills with both children and adults
• High energy, enthusiasm, and creativity
• Warm, caring and demonstrates a willingness to know and love the families at Southminster
• A great passion for God’s children

Time Commitment: Approximately 20 hours/week
Number of hours varies by the scheduled events and time of year.

Benefits: Two-weeks/per year paid vacation equivalent to work week. (three weeks after five years). Job allows for three Sundays off during school year. Additional time off, without pay, is negotiable.

To apply, send resume to

Position Descriptions

Below are links to the current position descriptions in relation to the staffing transitions that occurred summer 2017.

Interim Pastor/Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries

Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva, Illinois, is seeking an Interim Pastor of Children and Youth (Interim Director of Children and Youth Programming.) Our church is an inclusive family of loving servants and faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. We offer a dynamic array of learning, mission, and fellowship opportunities for more than 200 children and youth ages 3-18. The position is open immediately and the interim term is expected to last 1-2 years.

The Interim Pastor of Children and Youth (Interim Director of Children and Youth Programming) will be asked to lead high school and middle school youth group meetings and activities, coordinate and teach Bible Basics and Confirmation classes to middle schoolers, oversee children’s Sunday School programming and visit classes, work with the committees on Children, Middle School and High School ministry, and participate in special events in the life of the church. Some travel and Saturday and overnight work will be required while supervising youth mission work.

A successful candidate will bring a love of God and passion for sharing that with children and youth. Experience working with or teaching children and youth is preferred. We are seeking candidates who are professional, approachable, and relatable leaders; quick learners; and who possess a strong faith aligned with the reformed tradition.

This is a full time position. Both lay and ordained candidates will be considered. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to the committee via email ( or post:
Fox Valley Presbyterian Church
c/o Jennifer Gustafson
932 S. Batavia Ave.
Geneva, IL 60134

Is it Time for an Insurance Review?

Fall is budget time! If you are conducting a review of expenses, and you’d like to review the cost of church property and liability insurance, contact the Insurance Board. The Insurance Board (IB), a recognized ministry of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, provides coverage that meets or exceeds PCUSA minimum standards in every property and liability insurance category. We are a business partner of the PCUSA Church Camp and Conference Association. To date, we serve more than 1,200 PCUSA ministries nationwide! Presbytery of Chicago references available.

Consider us as an alternative to your current property/liability insurance program this year, and we will provide a side-by-side comparison for your review. Often, our denomination-owned non-profit organization can lower your costs, while increasing your coverage limits! There is no cost or obligation to check us out. Call or text Mark Lambert, the PCUSA representative for the Presbytery of Chicago, at 269-339-6246 to begin the conversation!


Community Presbyterian Church of Clarendon Hills, Illinois
This is a part-time position of 7-10 hours per week

Position Responsibilities
• Select prelude, offertory, and postlude for worship in coordination with the Director of Music Ministries/Choirs and pastors
• Play prelude, offertory, and postlude at weekly Sunday worship services and other seasonal worship services. Plus additional music on communion Sundays
• Lead congregational hymn singing
• On occasion, accompany Clarion Bell Choir — rehearsals are Thursdays at 7 to 8:30 p.m.
• Accompany Chancel Choir at rehearsals and services
o Services are Sundays at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve
o Choir Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
• Be sensitive to the style of the service in choosing music, as well as to the appropriate tones and moods of seasonal services of worship (e.g., Lent, Easter, and Christmas)
• As needed, meet and work with pastors and church staff to support the needs of the music programs
• Right of first refusal for performance in weddings, funerals, and other occasions
• Reports to the Director of Music Ministries/Choirs

Personal Qualifications
• Has excellent knowledge of organ and piano church music
• Is skilled in playing both organ and piano, in accompanying a choir, and in leading the congregation in hymns. Skill at improvisation, introductions and bridge interludes, transposition, and harmonization appreciated
• Understands that church music is for the worship of God, not a performance
• Has previous church organ experience
• Can work with music from a variety of periods and styles

• The organ is a Martin Ott Pipe Organ, Opus 93, 27 ranks, 22 stops, 1352 pipes, constructed in St Louis, MO. The organ was dedicated by the church in 2001.

• Send cover letter and resume to

PCC Update: Director of Business Affairs

Director of Community Life

This is a new position created to provide management and coordination of Community Presbyterian Church (CPC) staff and boards thereby strengthening CPC’s community outreach, church leadership development, and connection of new members into the active life of the church, and communication with existing members. We have been a 200+ membership church for many years and discern that we may be at an inflection point for growth. We are adding new members and taking on new projects. Our mission statement is “Reach People for Christ, Grow People in Christ, Send People with Christ.”

This is a full-time position. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. Salary includes professional/educational and auto allowances as well as paid vacation. Attendance at weekly staff meetings and participation in Sunday and special services are required.

The position reports to the Senior Pastor and will be the direct supervisor of other staff.

Responsibilities will include developing small groups, working with young adults, connecting new members, working on community outreach and developing leadership among lay personnel and staff.

The preferred candidate must be mature in their own Christian faith. He/she needs to be able to understand our vision and help transmit it to others. He/she will have excellent administrative skills to assist in oversight and execution of our ministry programming. This includes but is not limited to an ability to focus and follow up on the development/implementation of staff goals, current and new missions, and programs to develop spirituality in the church membership. This candidate must be comfortable with communications and media savvy. He/she must have the ability to understand budgets and the ability to work well on a team.

The preferred candidate must be able to relate to congregation members of varying ages, theological backgrounds and stages of faith development. They need to have a respect for tradition (traditional service) and a willingness to embrace new ideas and concepts (contemporary service) as we reach out into our surrounding community to fulfill the great commission.

The ideal candidate will have a background in the Church or an Educational field. An educational degree in Christian/Family Ministry/Education is preferred. A combination of other educational backgrounds, previous employment and/or life experiences will be considered. A record of continuing education, self-development and sense of humor are a plus.

For further information or to send a resume contact:

Christian Educator

TITLE: Christian Educator

PURPOSE: Oversee all aspects of the Christian Education program at Riverside
Presbyterian Church (RPC). RPC is a progressive congregation, a member
of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

ACCOUNTABILITY: Session and Head of Staff

REQUIREMENTS: Theological Degree (or working towards a theological degree
Or a degree in Education
Or a Social Work of Psychology Degree
Experience working with children and youth experience

COMPENSATION: Competitive Salary based on experience

RESPONSIBILITIES: 20 Hours per week, including Sunday mornings

1. Help select curriculum
2. Focusing on:
a. Bible Basics
b. Reformed Theology
c. Societal issues and pressures including but not limited to:
d. Body image
e. Eating disorders
f. Drug abuse
g. Safe spaces
3. Recruitment, training, and cultivation of volunteer teachers
4. Recruit, train and support childcare staffing
5. Assist in supplemental Christian Education experiences, such as Vacation Bible School, mid-week Bible or Theological Study
6. Complete required forms as per Christian Education policy and provide copies to Personnel Committee (volunteer questionnaires, background checks, etc.)

1. Develop a vibrant Middle School and Senior High Youth program
2. Recruitment, training, and cultivation of Adult volunteers
3. Plan and attend the meetings
4. Develop a curriculum focusing on:
a. Bible Basics
b. Reformed Theology
c. Societal issues and pressures including but not limited to:
d. Body image
e. Eating disorders
f. Drug abuse
g. Safe spaces
5. Plan and Lead the Senior High Mission Trip (ordinarily one week in the summer)
6. Plan and Lead the Middle School Mission Trip (ordinarily a weekend)
7. Announce Trip locations in fall
8. Secure and Train adult chaperones for both trips
9. Plan Fundraising events for both trips
10. Maintain a Budget for both trips
11. Organize occasional field trips
12. Track participation and service hours for all youth participants.

Provide the Sunday Morning Children’s message as requested by the Pastor
Preach 4 – 6 times a year
Promote Christian Education programs through the Newsletter, website, Facebook and bulletin
Attend Christian Education Committee meetings
Attend Occasional Session Meeting
Monitor the annual budgets
Prepare an annual report
Participate in regular staff meetings

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