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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.

November 19, 2016 – Assembly Connect

The Stated Clerk’s Summary

You can read it online (filled with links!) HERE

Download a bulletin sized PDF version.

Read the latest issue of Our Common Ministry.

See photos from the day by clicking HERE.

2016 Annual Congregational Statistical Report

Once again, it’s time to prepare the annual reports required each year by the Office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (OGA), and the Church Contact Sheet for the Presbytery office.

The annual statistical report should be completed online and the 2017 Church Contact sheet can be downloaded in either PDF or Word Doc formats to be completed and mailed into the presbytery office.

Instructions for the Annual Statistical Report in English, Spanish and Korean, as well as other resources, are also posted on the OGA website.

Your congregation’s User ID and password for the Annual Statistical Report were mailed to your church.

The GA website is now open to receive information. The deadline for congregations to submit statistics is Thursday, February 16, 2017. 

Be sure you complete this report. Your per capita assessment in 2018 will be based on the figures you submit this year. The OGA will not retroactively change your membership figures if you fail to report them within the proper time limits. Please note that presbytery must fully pay General Assembly and Synod assessments even for churches that do not pay us.

Remember to make copies of the annual statistical report for your own records and include a copy of the summary portion in your session minutes.

Presbytery Reports: In addition to the Church Contact Sheet, please send the Presbytery a copy of your congregation’s most recent annual report, when it is available, and a copy of your most recent membership directory. The names and addresses of your congregants will not be made available to outside groups.

If You Need Assistance: If you need help in completing any part of this process, please call Kitty Ridley, Executive Assistant, at the presbytery office: 312-488-3010, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. You may also call me, Tuesday through Thursday, at 312-488-3018, with any questions.

Clerks of session are urged to give prompt attention to these reports.

World Cafe Community Conversations Calendar


To join a conversation, please RSVP by email to Denise Pomey at
To host a conversation, please email Roger Wilson at
Learn more about Community Conversations HERE.

Building Schools — Transforming Lives

Remember how Christ taught in the synagogue, on mountainsides, in homes, from boats and even after his resurrection. WHY? He passionately wanted everyone to know and follow Him – to have new lives.

Today, Presbyterian churches in the DRCongo walk in His footsteps. They run over 1000 primary and secondary schools, believing that God will transform children. The challenge is that 82% of these schools are in dire condition. Please help transform them and the lives students – go to to donate and email Jan Sullivan at for more information.

Music Director/Organist

Evanshire Presbyterian Church in Skokie is seeking Music Director/Organist for our small but vibrant worship community. We need someone with a Christian commitment to meaningful worship events. The candidate should also be comfortable working with a small and diverse group of singers. We have a small, 2-manual pipe organ and also have an upright piano in the sanctuary.

Flexibility is an important trait for this position. We share our worship space with a Korean Presbyterian congregation and have shared worship on Christmas Eve. The other congregation uses the piano for their worship, but not the organ

Interested candidates should contact Pastor William Ekhardt by snail-mail at the above address or by email at I also ask that all contacts be cc’d to me at, to be sure nothing gets overlooked. I can also be reached at 847/341-9364.

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