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Director of Children’s Ministry

First Presbyterian Church (www.fpcspartanburg.org) of Spartanburg, SC is seeking a full-time Director of Children’s Ministry to oversee the ministry with children birth – 5th grades and their families. FPCS is a 2300-member downtown church actively involved in mission and serving the surrounding community.

In collaboration with the Children’s Education and Discipleship Committee, the Director of Children’s Ministry will develop and implement a vision for children’s ministry that will encourage and challenge children and their families to become disciples of Christ through a rich variety of opportunities undergirded by vital, caring relationships with adults. Children’s programming includes Sunday school, Children’s Worship on Sundays, weekly chapel for the Weekday School, special events, and Kids’ Crossing on Wednesday evenings.

The ideal candidate would combine a highly-relational approach with the maturity and organizational skills to connect and communicate well with children, parents, and volunteers. A Bachelor’s degree, at least 2 years of experience in Christian Education, and the ability to recruit and equip volunteers are required.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to sara.bailey@ministryarchitects.com.

Youth Ministries Director Part-Time

Youth Ministries Director River Glen Presbyterian Church (Naperville, IL)

The Director of Youth Ministries develops, promotes, and implements activities for the youth in grades (6-12), as well as builds healthy relationships with the youth that model a Christ-centered life and reflect encouragement and love for the youth as they grow in maturity and faith. Full job description is below. Interested candidates should sent a cover letter, resume, and three references to riverglenpersonnel@gmail.com

Essential Functions
• Builds relationships with youth in ways that help foster faith development, spiritual maturity, and community.
• Serves as the youth leader for all middle school and high school youth including but not limited to weekly Sunday school and youth group gatherings, annual mission trips, the Great Escape and other youth retreats, Youth Sunday worship, the Big Splash (annual congregational-wide retreat), and other mission and educational activities throughout the year. This includes regular communication with youth, parents, and congregation concerning youth ministry activities.
• Seeks to manage and expand youth ministries, including a regular presence in worship and as available in the community at concerts, performances, and youth sporting events as well as incorporating youth into Sunday morning worship leadership.
• Manages administratively youth ministries’ budget, scheduling volunteers, making sure the congregation is in compliance with the Child Protection Policy.
• Participates as an ad hoc member of the Youth Leadership and Christian Formation teams, attending regular meetings as well as staff meetings as available,
• Recruits and equips adult volunteers from within the congregation to regularly help with Sunday school, youth meetings, and other activities. Encourages and recruits congregation members to participate as leaders and mentors in the youth ministries.
• Seeks to deepen the discipleship of children, youth, families, and congregation members as a leader.

Minimum Qualifications
• Mature and active faith commitment to Jesus Christ with love for the church and appreciation for Presbyterian tradition and reformed worship
• Working towards or completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or Religious Studies (or equivalent) with computer literacy.
• Experience either as a participant or as a leader in active youth group settings.
• Demonstrated leadership in project completion and fundraising.
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Able to pass sexual misconduct background checks and willing to submit to criminal background check
• Valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and reliable transportation.

Physical Requirements
• Able to move freely in and out of buildings
• Able to speak in a public forum
• Able to physically perform all essential functions

Two Seasons

You have undoubtedly heard the expressions about certain places having only two seasons. For instance, sometimes it is said that Minnesota has two seasons: shovel and swat. There are also the expressions about almost any place in the country having two seasons when it comes to road repair. After spending seven months driving around Chicago far more frequently than I have in the past, I would say that Chicago has two seasons: pothole and construction. (Although they are, of course, not mutually exclusive.) Both seasons give drivers and riders something to complain about. Either you worry about dodging the potholes without breaking an axle, or you worry about sitting in long lines of traffic while repairs are made. Just outside my office window as I am writing this, the Jane Byrne interchange is nearing completion. Drivers on the Dan Ryan and Eisenhower will be happy when it is done, as will anyone who wants to walk or drive across Van Buren Street. It has been fascinating to watch the various phases of construction. So many talented experts putting their knowledge to use in each phase of the project!

It occurs to me that many of our congregations are like the roadways around Chicagoland (and everywhere else in the country at this time of year.) The roads were planned and constructed by traffic engineers and craftspeople plying their trade in order to meet the demand of the time. When I used to drive in more rural areas, I was often on old stagecoach roads like the M & M trail that once connected Monmouth and Moline; or the Galena Trail that connected Peoria and Galena. All of those cities were meccas of population and industry at one time—in the early days of the state they were larger and more industrious than Chicago. Those old stagecoach roads were cleared of trees and brush when they were first used because they were in the best place to drive a stagecoach.  Now that they are paved, they are still drivable but they are not the fastest routes. Very few people use them now. We have congregations that once had a vital ministry in a particular area but now see few people on Sunday morning. The population has shifted or moved away. Sometimes the church building is very hard to find. What once made sense does not do so any more.

We have other congregations that are more like the interstate highways in and around Chicago. They also were laid out in the place where traffic once needed to travel and still needs to travel. But the needs of that traffic have vastly changed. There are so many more cars. There are more and heavier trucks. There are people in a hurry. In order to accommodate this change, the roads need to change. They need to be wider. They need to be smoother. They need to have excellent signage. The toll plazas have changed from “stop and hand someone a dollar bill” to “have your transponder in the right place so that you can keep flying down the road.” These roads, like so many of our congregations, are still accomplishing the same basic task as when they began, but they need to be continually updated in order to meet the demand of the times.

Which do you complain about more—the potholes or the construction to fix them? Which annoys you more at church—the programs or facilities or worship that does not seem to be a vehicle for sharing the gospel for the 21st century; or the changes introduced by your pastor or your session or your staff? If the church is like our roads, maybe the  choice is the same. Would we like to continue to creak along with a congregation that needs repair and updating because it is familiar to us; or would we like to go through the stress of changing so that more people can hear and believe the gospel? Neither path is easy. We are called as leaders to continue to listen for God’s guidance as we bring hope in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

Rev. Susan D. Krummel (Sue)
Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of Chicago
312-488-3015

 

Presbyterian Church of Western Springs Welcomes New Pastor

The Presbyterian Church of Western Springs is pleased to welcome The Rev. Erik Khoobyarian as its next Pastor and Head of Staff. At a special called congregational meeting Sunday, June 3, the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs voted to welcome Erik as its new pastor after a two-year transition and nationwide search process. Erik will begin his ministry August 1, with his first Sunday worship on August 5. He will be formally installed by the Chicago Presbytery in the coming months.

Pastor Erik is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity. He is a life-long Presbyterian and prior to his ordination as a Minister of Word & Sacrament, he served as an Elder, Youth Leader, and Mission Trip Coordinator at his prior church in Los Gatos, California. Erik also holds a Juris Doctor degree and served as an attorney for 12 years before answering a call to ministry and going to seminary. Erik enjoys being active in the community and has served as a board member for nonprofit organizations. He is looking forward to moving to Western Springs and getting involved in village life and helping the church to have a continued presence in the community.

Erik is a skilled teacher, both one-on-one and from the pulpit. He values relationships and looks forward to helping the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs grow in faith and in being a welcoming community. Erik is a skilled teacher and an engaging and relevant preacher who believes that Sunday morning worship should connect with all ages and stages of people.

For more information about the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, please visit our website at www.presbyws.org.

Holy Discontentment Booklet

This document serves as a blueprint for Presbyterians who wish to engage more deeply with civic life and move their community deeper into advocacy and organizing for just public policy.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Have you seen the documentary about Rev. Mr. Fred Rogers, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” It made me very proud to be a Presbyterian minister. My husband and I went with some friends. As we were leaving the theater, he and I were standing outside waiting for our friends who were delayed leaving the theater. I ran into an acquaintance whom I know from the place where I work out. (Work out friends are kind of like kindergarten friends, I have found. You might have a nice conversation and even know something about their lives but if someone asks you their name, you are like a kindergartener reporting a playground encounter. “She is my friend, and we had a very happy conversation today.” Your mother asks, “What is your friend’s name?” “I don’t know. . . “) Anyway, after seeing the movie I did something I don’t often do with casual acquaintances. She was there with friends from her work at the public television station in Peoria. When she put herself in that context, I told her that my husband and I are both Presbyterian ministers. I don’t often do that in casual conversation because you can either see people trying to think back over conversations you have had and trying to remember if they have cursed in front of you; or they ask you some deep theological question they have always wondered about. In this case, I was proud to stand with Rev. Rogers.

There is a scene in the movie when Mr. Rogers invites the police office character to join him in an activity. The story on the show is that it is a hot day and Mr. Rogers is cooling his feet off in a little swimming pool. He invites the police officer to do the same.  The officer sits down, removes his shoes and socks and enjoys the cool water. There is a long shot of their four feet in the pool together. It happens that the police officer is African American. The larger context in the late 1960’s had to do with integrating swimming pools. In various places across the country white people were objecting to this practice. In the documentary, they show a scene from a newscast. There is a pool at a motel where black and white adults are swimming in the same pool. The motel owner objects and throws bleach and cleaning chemicals into the water while the people are still in it. Our colleague Rev. Rogers decided to address that issue on his program which was designed for very young children. He never said anything about justice or prejudice or white supremacy. He simply invited his friend to partake in a pleasant activity together on a hot day.

How do you address the issues of 2018 in your practice of ministry, whether as a Minister of Word and Sacrament or as an elder or deacon or Sunday School teacher or choir member or faithful worship attendee? What approach do you use to show your understanding of the heart of our faith that we are all saved always and only because of who God is, and not because of who we are? How are you bringing hope in the name of Jesus Christ ?

Susan D. Krummel (Sue)
Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of Chicago
312-488-3015

Director of Christian Education – part-time

Looking for a person passionate about children’s ministry to direct a vibrant, healthy Christian Education program. This 20/hour weekly position has the primary staff responsibility for programs for 3-year-olds through 5th grade, including Sunday School, the mid-week after school program for grades 1-5, and Vacation Bible School. Interested parties may email ypccesearch@gmail for a complete job description. Applicants may supply cover letter and resume to same email by August 3. Visit Yorkfield Presbyterian Church’s website at www.eypc.org to learn more about our church.

Organist, Part-Time

First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton in Wheaton, IL with its dynamic and diverse history of musical excellence in the traditional worship style is currently seeking a part-time Organist to work approximately 12-15 hours a week (including prep time). We are looking for a musician who works well with others and has a desire to work collaboratively with the Director of Music Ministries, the Westminster Choir, as well as with the pastoral team. There also may be opportunities for leadership with the Handbell Choir and/or Children’s Music Ministry. The ideal candidate must have or be in pursuit of degree(s) in piano/organ performance or demonstrates equivalent experience and technical skill. Excellent sight-reading and improvisational ability desired.
For a complete job description go to http://www.firstpreswheaton.org/job_opportunities .

To apply please send resume and cover letter to:

Kedrick Armstrong, Director of Music Ministry
First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton 

715 N. Carlton Ave
Wheaton IL, 60187
630.668.5147 ext. 22

karmstrong@firstpreswheaton.org

 

 

Director of Christian Education

Lake Michigan, bike trails, museums, music festivals, restaurants and our “world series Cubs” are just a few reasons why people adore Chicago! So, if you love working with children, want the opportunity to create something vivacious and new, and are excited to be part of a collaborative staff, Kenilworth Union Church could be for you!

Located in Chicago’s North Shore suburbs, Kenilworth Union Church (www.kuc.org) is searching for a Director of Christian Education to oversee and implement a comprehensive vision for Christian education and faith formation for infants through sixth graders and their families. With 25-40 kids per grade, the church is heavily invested in children and families. This new position has been created to complement the children’s ministry staff and build on a strong program. Kenilworth Union is an inclusive church community whose identity is formed by its devotion to God, inspiring worship, service in the community and a deep commitment to nurturing our children and youth in faith. Founded in 1892, Kenilworth Union is one of the oldest non-denominational protestant churches in the United States.

Candidates interested in applying should have a Master’s Degree in Christian Education or Early Childhood Education. In lieu of a master’s degree, a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education paired with a certification in Christian Education is acceptable. Candidates should also have 3+ years of experience as a Christian Educator or in a teaching environment. Additional personal and professional qualifications include excellent communication skills, mastery in classroom instruction and guidance of faith formation, a joyful presence with children and their families, and Christian faith and values.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, statement of faith, and resume to search@ministryarchitects.com.

Director of Christian Education

You have a passion for education. You have a passion for your faith. You dream of so many possibilities if you could live both, together.

Consider realizing the possibilities you have dreamed about by leading Christian Education at Wildwood Presbyterian Church. Your mission will be to lead our faith community to:

LEARN to connect to God through the stories of our faith,
GROW in faith by following Jesus, and
LIVE God’s Word through leadership and service

WPC makes a great commitment to Christian Education, dedicating 35% or our budget to support our Christian Education mission. As a full time Director, you will touch all ages of youth from toddlers to high school and their families, directing multiple programs including Sunday school classes, Vacation Bible School, and Children’s Worship. In addition to dedicated middle and high school coordinators and a Nursery supervisor on staff, you will have the support of over 70 volunteer teachers and leaders, and the joy of wrangling them. You will have a large, beautiful, 16 room CE wing at your disposal, all on the main level. Our 4 classrooms for young children are surrounded by lovely murals in the hallway. The 5 classrooms for grade school aged children feature a gathering space we call The Lighthouse with a mural that looks out over the countryside. Our 4 youth classrooms can be converted to large areas for youth group. There are 3 adult education rooms, one of which has a reference library.

Our Director of Christian Education must have experience as an educator, and experience in Christian Education as part of a formal program such as Sunday school, focused on youth. Experience leading others, professional or volunteer, will be an asset. A background in the Reformed tradition is helpful and preferred. Our director should also have formal training in education, instruction, curriculum or similar areas equivalent to a 4 year degree. We are open to candidates with a seminary education and those who are ordained ministers.

In addition to a competitive full time salary, we offer a great earthly benefit program including full medical, dental, life and disability insurance, a retirement plan, and vacation. You will also have standard eternal benefits provided by God’s grace, no pre-existing condition limitations, eternally renewable and non-cancelable.

Visit our website to see more about our community, our Christian Education programs, and a more detailed description and an application: http://www.wildwoodpc.net/

If you are interested, either complete the application and send it to your church office at 18630 West Old Gages Lake Road, Grayslake, Illinois 60030, or email a resume to personnelwpc@gmail.com.

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