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Happy New Year!

That is always a happy thing to hear from friends, acquaintances, and strangers. For me, of course, it has a deeper meaning this year as I begin my tenure with you as your executive presbyter. I look forward to learning more about the Presbyterians of Chicago as we work together. I have been coming to Chicago my whole life, but mostly for shopping, museums, and seeing musicals in the beautiful theaters. (My first one was the Sound of Music). My mom, grandma, and I used to take the Rock Island Rocket from Peoria every December to shop at Marshall Field, Kroch’s, Brentano’s, and Fannie Mae. We would end our day with tea under the big Christmas tree at Field’s and then get on the train to go back home.

Now it will be your turn to teach me about what it means to be a Presbyterian in these parts. How is your congregation a blessing to the neighborhood in which you find yourselves? What makes your neighbors happy when they drive or walk by your building? How is your ministry in a hospital or educational institution or community organization enriching the lives you touch and how are your bringing them hope? I am anxious to hear your stories.

Here are a few of my hopes for our ministry together. I hope that we can build on the good work you have done during the two years of interim leadership and “put some legs on” what you have done together. Are we ready to use what you have learned having deep conversations with one another around tables as we move beyond conversation into action?

I hope we can continue to build a sense of community. There are so many ways for us to be fragmented into different constituencies—northside/southside; one race or another; multi-staff church/church with a part-time pastoral leader: the list could go on and on. What are your ideas about how we can see that we have much more in common than what divides us?

And, I hope that we can become a laboratory for the PC(USA) in addressing issues that cannot be ignored. We have the resources, the experience, the insight, and the ability to be a leader as a presbytery to find solutions for both the processes we need to address these issues and the ability to come up with some solutions that might work in other places as well. With what issue would you like to start? Funding of congregations and denominations (since giving as an obligation does not seem to be as appealing as it might once have been.)? Racism and the inequities it has created in leadership and resources? Congregations that have become burdened with buildings that are a financial drain and are used for only a few hours a week by members alone? Pastoral leadership that is at a loss to address the “stuckness” of many congregations? Where shall we start?

I hope you have had a restful holiday season and that you are ready to get back to work invigorated and hopeful for the year ahead as we find ways to bring hope in the name of Jesus Christ.

Sue
Rev. Susan Krummel
Executive Presbyter, Chicago Presbytery

Children and Youth Director (part-time)

TITLE: Christian Educator

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

ACCOUNTABILITY: Head of Staff

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

COMPENSATION: Competitive Salary based on experience $15,000-$20,000

RESPONSIBILITIES: 20 Hours per week, including Sunday mornings

SUNDAY SCHOOL
1. Help select curriculum focusing on:
a. Bible Basics
b. Reformed Theology
c. Societal issues and pressures including but not limited to:
i. Body image, eating disorders, drug abuse
2. Recruitment, training, and cultivation of volunteer teachers
3. Assist in supplemental Christian Education experiences, such as Vacation Bible School, mid-week Bible or Theological Study

YOUTH WORK
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:
i. Body image, eating disorders, drug abuse
5. Plan and Lead the Senior High Mission Trip (ordinarily one week in the summer) and Plan and Lead the Middle School Mission Trip (ordinarily a weekend)
a. Secure and Train adult chaperones for both trips
b. Plan Fundraising events for both trips
c. 1 `Maintain a Budget for both trips

OTHER DUTIES
To be negotiated

Part-time Director of Children and Family Ministries

Clarendon Hills Community Presbyterian Church (“CPC”) seeks dynamic applicants for its Director of Children and Family Ministries (“DCFM”), a part-time position responsible for the supervision of all CPC programs for children in the nursery through fifth grade. CPC is searching for a candidate who feels called by God to nurture the faith of children and families, and who will use his or her God-given talents and abilities to create meaningful programs for the children of the church. CPC is a fellowship of approximately 600 believers who seek God’s purpose, share life’s passages, and strive to live out Christ’s teachings, by providing a welcoming, safe place to grow in faith. CPC is dedicated to lifelong faith formation, beginning with a children’s ministry that strives to connect Sunday school, mid-week Christian fellowship, and the family experience of weekly church service in a meaningful way. CPC is blessed to be supported by a vast network of volunteers.

REPORTS TO: Pastor/Head of Staff

HOURS AND COMPENSATION: Approximately 25 hours per week on average, keeping in mind that some seasons, such as Advent, may require more hours while other times, such as the summer season, may require fewer. This job requires both Sunday work and occasional evening work. The DCFM is paid a bi-monthly salary, commensurate with the candidate’s experience, education, and other qualifications. Benefits of the DCFM include paid vacation and the option to participate in a staff retirement program.

CORE JOB DUTIES:
Implement and supervise faith formation for children in the nursery through fifth grade.

 Develop curriculum for Sunday school program that complements and enhances the weekly sermon, run weekly Sunday school program for children in the nursery through fifth grade, and assist with some aspects of the middle school Sunday school program.

 Develop and guide CPC’s kindergarten and first grade worship program.

 Plan and supervise vacation bible school.

 Develop and guide family programs to nurture faith including advent crafts, communion workshop, children’s mission projects, and the children’s Christmas program.

 In conjunction with the Director of Youth Ministries, plan and supervise all components (bible study, music, craft/games, dinner) of the mid-week Christian education and fellowship program.

Serve as church liaison to the Preschool Director. The CPC preschool is a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited, five day per week program for children ages 2.5 through 5, serving up to 46 children.

Serve as church liaison to the Child Care Director. The CPC childcare center who is a Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) licensed before and afterschool program, 5 days per week, serving up to 50 children on site, aged 5 to 12 years old.

Attend weekly staff meetings.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS/PREFERENCES:
Candidates are required to be followers of Jesus Christ. Experience with children, whether in education, development, or counseling, is a plus. Candidates should respect the different learning styles of children, whether through art, music, or reading/listening. Our church is looking for candidates that are collaborative, open to sharing ideas, and effective in working with and communicating with all of the people that touch CPC including staff, church members, volunteers and the children of the church. Applicants must consent to a standard background check.

Please send cover letter and resume to DCFM@chcpc.org

Administrative Assistant (Part-Time)

First United Church of Oak Park is a busy church located in the heart of downtown Oak Park that offers its employees a collegial, faith-based environment.
We are a 700-member inclusive, LGBTQI-welcoming union church of the Presbyterian Church (USA and the United Church of Christ. We are a mission and social justice-oriented congregation whose building houses the First United Nursery School, Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, Kid’s Kloset and Samaritan Counseling Center.

The Position: We’re looking for a part-time, 20-hour per week (afternoons) Administrative Assistant with stellar people skills, impeccable grammar, proofreading (knowledge of AP style is helpful) and communications expertise. This position requires the ability to consistently multitask and navigate a fast-paced environment with many interruptions.

The Administrative Assistant will act as a receptionist, admin and communications guru. Think: friendly and positive to a fault when handling an array of personalities, ages and socioeconomic backgrounds; innovative and social media-savvy with proven computer layout/design skills; ability to conceptualize their administrative work as a ministry.

The Location: First United Church of Oak Park is an accessible building located downtown Oak Park, near the Green Line L, Metra and buses.

To Apply: Send a resume (in PDF) as well as a cover letter to aswanson@firstunitedoakpark.com by January 8, 2018. First United Church of Oak Park is an equal opportunity employer.

DOOR Chicago City Director

DOOR is a gateway for encountering the city through the eyes, ears, and heart of God. We are dedicated to providing life-changing experiences for our participants rooted in relationship and solidarity with local communities and neighborhoods. All of our programming grows out of a commitment to mutual respect and thoughtful reflection, with a particular effort to emphasize issues of injustice and praying to discern what Jesus might be asking of us today.

Overview of Programs
Discover: For groups to participate in coordinated weekend and week long trips designed to challenge them to “see the face of God in the city” as they spend time listening, volunteering, worshiping, and reflecting on their experiences.

Discern: For individuals, primarily from our neighborhoods, to spend three to twelve months developing their leadership skills, discerning their call, and exploring vocational possibilities. During the Discover season these individuals play a key leadership role in showing and educating visiting groups about the issues of race, poverty, homelessness, and hunger. Discerners help visitors to connect faith and justice as they lead daily devotions, reflection, and prayer. Discern is an opportunity for emerging urban young adult leaders to hone life skills, grow professionally, and become exceptional leaders both in their community and the larger world.

Dwell: For individuals to spend a year living in intentional Christian community while serving in a local agency placement, worshiping in an urban congregation, and reflecting together as a community.

Overview of Position
The DOOR Chicago City Director, in collaboration with the local board, will cast the prayerful vision for a Jesus-centered ministry that promotes diverse cultural awareness, reflects regularly on systemic injustices, and creates life-changing moments moving towards racial and social reconciliation for people aged 13-100. As City Director, you will manage the Discover, Discern, and Dwell programs and maintain relationships with local partners.

Accountability
This person will:
• Report regularly to the Executive Director and the Local Board
• Maintain a relationship with the PCUSA Young Adult Volunteers program (YAV) and Mennonite Mission Network’s Christian Service Department
• Attend all scheduled Local DOOR Board meetings
• Submit an annual report to Local and National Boards
• Participate in an annual evaluation conducted by the Executive Director in cooperation with the Local Board
• Submit weekly reports to the DOOR Network email list
• Be active in a local congregation
• Create and maintain positive working partnerships with local church, agency, and service partners
• Network with all DOOR City Directors by attending national staff meetings and working together on common network wide projects and goals
• Participate in social networking with DOOR and partner agency co-workers

Overall Responsibilities include the following (prioritized)
● Create and maintain positive working partnerships with local host churches, donors, and volunteer placement organizations
● Market all DOOR programs to potential participants in conjunction with DOOR National staff, Mennonite Mission Network, and PCUSA’s YAV program
● Attend annual YAV site coordinators meeting
● Facilitate meaningful interaction between Discover, Discern, and Dwell participants
● Manage all aspects of DOOR Chicago’s financial operations at the local level including: budgeting, fundraising, grant writing, expense reports, and communicating regularly with the local board finance/development representative(s)
● Invite/involve Local Board members in all programs
● Spearhead DOOR Chicago’s continued growth and development in accordance with DOOR’s mission and vision

Program-Specific Responsibilities
Discover:
• Develop and lead life-changing week long and weekend programs that challenge participants to discover the face of God in the city through service opportunities that emphasize fellowship, worship, and reflection. This includes:
o Scheduling
o Logistical planning (housing, meals, etc.)
o Leading and/or scheduling leaders for nightly reflections and worship
o Utilizing DOOR national resources
o Partnering with Discover group participants before, during, and after their immersion experience
• Market the Discover program locally and nationally
• Coordinate and communicate with host churches

Discern:
• Develop and operate a program for young adults, typically aged 16-25, which centers on vocational discernment, empowerment, and professional development
• Recruit, hire, train, and supervise a dynamic and diverse summer team of interns with help from local board members and local leaders
• Coordinate leadership with local service agencies
• Handle logistical planning (transportation, housing, work/curriculum schedule)

Dwell:
• Work with year-long Dwellers, aged 19-30, communally and individually to empower, encourage, and guide them toward their individual and communal vocational goals; this includes curriculum and leadership development
• Work with the DOOR national office, the YAV office, Mennonite Mission Network, and the local board in the participant recruitment, interview, and placement process
• Coordinate maintenance of property with First Church of the Brethren.
• Provide and/or coordinate support and conflict management for interpersonal issues among participants
• Oversee guidance and resources for spiritual development through curriculum development and connecting young adults with local mentors

This position requires:
• Commitment to Jesus Christ
• Ability to easily adapt to a varied and demanding work schedule
• Openness to working in an ecumenical community with a specific willingness to understanding Mennonite and Presbyterian contexts
• A seasoned self-starter who is also able to leverage support from local board, congregation, and community members, with a healthy humility to ask for help as needed
• Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience
• Experience and/or interest in Christian service, urban ministry, social and economic justice issues, racial reconciliation, and community development
• Prior experience in teamwork with peers strongly preferred
• Commitment to anti-racism with cross-cultural sensitivity and respect for people of many backgrounds and beliefs
• Ability to relate well to youth and sponsors and facilitate group processing of experiences
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
• Ability to use Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and social media
• Good organizational and problem solving skills
• Ability to understand budgets and to track receipts and expenses weekly
• A valid driver’s license, good driving record, and ability to function well in city traffic, as well as a willingness to explore regular public transit options

Compensation and Benefits:
DOOR offers a competitive salary of $48,000 in parity with other vocational ministry organizations in the region, along with optional participation in retirement a plan. In addition, DOOR offers generous paid time off (beginning at 10 days per year), as well as two weeks off during the Christmas holiday season.

All new hires are subject to a 6 month probationary period and background check.

To Apply:
Successful candidates will explain in a detailed cover letter how they are a strong fit for the qualifications and experience outlined above. Email a cover letter, your resume, and three references to:

Andrea Sawyer-Kirksey, DOOR Executive Director
andrea@DOORnetwork.org
Subject line: DOOR Chicago City Director

• Note: No phone calls please. Applicants should not mail a hard copy. An email confirmation will be sent upon receipt of emails from interested applicants.

Find this posting online at www.doornetwork.org/employment.

Hiring timeline:
Last Day to Apply: January 8, 2018
Start Date: February 15, 2018

Assistant Professor of Homeletics

McCormick Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (USA) with Reformed, ecumenical, cross-cultural, and urban commitments, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level beginning as early as July 1, 2018. We seek a versatile, multifaceted, collaborative, practical theologian to teach primarily in the field of homiletics. The candidate should have a secondary area of expertise.

Candidates should possess a research doctorate; experience in and commitment to Christian ministry that may include ordination; innovative work with urban ministry, non profit organizations, social entrepreneurs, and emergent forms of 21st century ministry; cross-cultural competence, experience, and pedagogy; and facility and experience with hybrid and/or online technology. Strong preference will be given to candidates who can teach in Spanish, have expertise in LatinX hermeneutics, and can engage a diverse community of students and scholars.

A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, detailed descriptions of two proposed courses (one introductory course, the other in an area of specialization), and a writing sample should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Jennifer Ould, Assistant to the President and Dean of the Faculty, at jould@mccormick.edu.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2018. McCormick Theological Seminary is committed to building a diverse faculty; we strongly encourage applications from women and persons of color. McCormick Theological Seminary is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.

Assistant Professor of Bible

McCormick Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with Reformed, ecumenical, cross-cultural, and urban commitments, invites applications for a faculty position at the Assistant Professor level beginning as early as July 1, 2018. We seek candidates with a research doctorate in Bible, with a specialty in either Old Testament/Hebrew Bible or New Testament, and who are able to teach the languages of both Testaments. Candidates should demonstrate excellence or the promise of excellence in scholarship and teaching, should have a commitment to preparing people for leadership in ministry, should be open to interdisciplinary teaching, and should have facility and experience with hybrid and/or online technology.

The position is a three-year contract position. The position will be reviewed in the second year to determine whether to extend it, and if so, whether as a contract or a tenure-track position. Strong preference will be given to candidates who can teach in Spanish, have an expertise in LatinX hermeneutics, and can engage a diverse community of students and scholars. A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, detailed descriptions of two proposed courses (one introductory course, the other in an area of specialization), and a writing sample should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Jennifer Ould, Assistant to the President and Dean of the Faculty at jould@mccormick.edu.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2018. McCormick Theological Seminary is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty; we strongly encourage applications from women and persons of color. McCormick Theological Seminary is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.

December 2, 2017 – Presbytery Assembly

The stated clerk summary.

Read it online here.

Download and print bulletin inserts.

 

See pictures from assembly on Facebook or Flickr.

Living Nativity

Come and view what it was like that very first Christmas with baby Jesus in the manger and animals all around outside. Then come inside and warm your spirits with hot chocolate, cider, coffee and cookies while enjoying the sound of handbells, caroling, instrumentals, duets, children’s songs and stick dance. It will be a joy filled evening.
Event is free.
We are joyfully accepting canned food donations for the local food pantry.

“Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus” photographed by Melody Mathieu

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