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Director of Worship & Music

First Presbyterian Church of Evanston seeks a fulltime Director of Worship & Music to plan and coordinate the Worship and Music Ministry of FPCE in the context of blended and contemporary styles of corporate worship.  Position reports directly to the Senior Pastor.




  1. In consultation with the Senior Pastor and Worship Ministry Council (WMC), implement a vision and philosophy of worship consistent with the Evangelical and Reformed tradition.
  2. Work in a collegial relationship with staff and members; attend weekly staff meetings, monthly WMC meetings, and Session meetings once or twice a year.



  1. Maintain effective communication with Choir Director, Organist, Handbell Choir Director (seasonally), Percussionist and guest musicians.
  2. Select hymns and praise songs. Selections should represent the breadth of Christian music available in style, culture, and time period.
  3. Lead praise band in weekly Sunday services and rehearsals, develop the team spiritually through spiritual activities, recruit and evaluate technical abilities, and administrate tasks related to this ministry area.
  4. Maintain and develop an organized schedule of worship and related church events including choral season, handbell choir season, etc.


  1. Maintain effective communication with Audio/Visual Coordinator regarding audio and media components for weekly Sunday services and special services, and repairs or upgrades to sound system.
  2. Communicate with Administrative Associate regarding Audio/Visual needs for special events, funerals, and weddings, as needed.

Hospitality (Ushers/Greeters)

  1. Recruit and communicate with ushers/greeters for Sunday services and for special services.
  2. Organize Hospitality Team training annually.

Departmental responsibilities include:

  1. Plan and execute all service elements in weekly and special services in the church calendar year.
  2. Supervise, assist in hiring, and conduct semi-annual reviews with Worship Ministry Assistant, Choir Director, Organist/Accompanist, Audio/Visual Coordinator, Handbell Choir Director, and Percussionist.
  3. Oversee all responsibilities related to hiring of Independent Contractors participating in worship or special events.
  4. Maintain Planning Center Services account.
  5. Oversee copyright compliance.
  6. Supervise music library maintenance.
  7. Assess condition of equipment/supplies and take steps for proper maintenance of instruments.
  8. Monitor the finances of the Worship Ministry and collaborate with WMC in creating/adjusting the annual budget.


Enhance the worship music program through:

  1. Music research and selection with the Senior Pastor, Choir Director and Organist.
  2. Special worship components (drama, dance, visuals) for Sunday morning services.
  3. Collaborate with Program Staff to create inter-generational and inter-cultural worship experiences.
  4. Additional special worship services and fellowship events in coordination with WMC and community partners, when applicable.
  5. Identify, attend, or create with others, as appropriate, seminars and conferences on worship leadership.


EDUCATION, Qualifications & Qualities:

  • A mature relationship with Jesus Christ and evidence of strong spiritual leadership ability is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Music or a related major is desired, or a combination of education and experience.
  • Strong administrative, organizational, relational and communication skills.
  • Ability to embrace a service of combined classical/traditional and contemporary music.
  • Experience in paid or volunteer work within a church setting is highly desirable.
  • Experience with piano/keyboard desired.
  • Ability to rehearse and lead a contemporary worship band (including vocalists) is required.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suites (required); proficiency with Planning Center, ProPresenter, and Finale are highly desirable.


This is an exempt, salaried position.  Generous compensation package offered. 

If interested, please send a resume to  attn: Eleanor Ehresman.  For more information about First Presbyterian Church and to see a complete job description, please go to our website at

September 19, 2017 – Assembly Connect

The stated clerk summary.

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Crerar Celebrates 120 Years of Faith and Fellowship

Crerar Memorial Presbyterian Church, is celebrating the 120th Anniversary of the church! Activities recognizing this milestone began the first of the year with the adoption of “Here Through Faith” as the unifying theme for the yearlong celebration. Mid-year events included the following activities and programs.

JUNE: Telling Our Stories Workshop- Because telling stories is key to documenting history, Crerar created a FREE multigenerational program to aid youth and adults in discovering and using their gifts to tell personal, family and community stories. Workshop speakers included authors Kevin Coval, Natalie Y. Moore and Elizabeth Rivera. The public was invited to attend.

JULY: The Summer Sunday Picnic, following the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service was an an outdoor program of fellowship for family and friends celebrating the blessings of 120 years. Activities included games for children and adults, live music from Crerar’s minister, Lawrence A. Brown and The Blue Groove Band, picnic fare, cake and make- your-own ice cream sundaes.

SEPTEMBER: An Afternoon Gala was the first of two week-end events celebrating Crerar’s ministry from 1897 to 2017. The gala luncheon for the congregation, family and friends included musical entertainment, and a look at the memories and milestones throughout Crerar’s history which were showcased in a slide presentation.
The Anniversary Worship Service, the second event, included guest Praise Dancer, Minister Carmen Burton and an eloquent anniversary tribute focusing on his foundation of faith from youth to manhood as a member of the Crerar family by Willis Brown IV. Minister Lawrence A. Brown (no relation) shared the word in his sermon “Here by Faith.”

With more than 20 ministers, changes in the congregation racial composition and size, with FAITH, Crerar continues its mission to celebrate and share God’s word, ministering to the greater community and Crerar family as stewards and obedient servants of God.

Who to Call When during Transition

Should you need any assistance in the transition, an amazing team of leaders stand ready to support you.  The chart below will get you started.

For Who Email
Presbytery Coordinating Commission (PCC) Greg Boyer
Commission on Ministry Barbara Gorsky

Matt Gearke

Commission on Preparation Paige Stephan
Nominating/Discernment Anne-Marie Hislop

David Thornton

Mission Task Force John Fyfe
Anti-Racism Task Force

& Mission Task Force

Barbara Wilson
Communication Katie Rains
Office & Meetings Earnestine Norwood
Business Affairs Eric Heinekamp
Stated Clerk Barbara Bundick
Acting Head of Staff Loretta Gratias-Bremer

CENTRAL FLORIDA PRESBYTERY: Hurricane Maria Relief Opportunity


From the Rev. Dr. Carmelo Mercado of El Redentor Presbyterian Church 

I want to thank Central Florida Presbytery for asking the churches within our presbytery (and beyond) to assist the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.  (Our hearts also go out to Mexico.)  Last week, I was unable to write you a more detailed report of what has happened and what we are trying to accomplish in the relief efforts.  Some churches have asked me questions about helping, so I am writing to better explain in more detail the situation from our point of view.

We have been overwhelmed in attempting to organize and respond to this crisis that has completely devastated the island of 3.4-million American citizens.  About 70% of the members of El Redentor have relatives, loved ones, or friends in Puerto Rico, and many of them still do not know their whereabouts.  There is a high level of anxiety and uncertainty in our Latino/a community and churches.    

Besides a collective sadness for the magnitude of the apocalyptic-nature of Puerto Rico’s destruction, there is a personal tragedy:  My father-in-law (whom I had known since 13 years of age) suddenly had a heart attack and died after he saw the decimation of his humble country house and cattle; everything was wiped away and obliviated.  He was only 67 and stronger than me, but he could not take it.  He was transported to a local hospital with no electricity, no lights, no air conditioning, and no morgue.  The cemetery is flooded, and his body still cannot be properly buried.  That was the first news that we got from relatives in Puerto Rico, who managed to call us after searching for a cellular tower in another part of town.  It is impossible and not advisable for my family to travel there, since there is no gasoline, no electricity, no water, and barely enough food for a week.  We are profoundly sad. 

Through my Hispanic community connections, we have joined forces with local Hispanic activists and politicians, such as U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, FL Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, and Jimmy Torres-Velez, to support a well-respected agency called CASA, which has a direct endorsement from the First Lady of Puerto Rico and links to the National Guard.  We are asking church members to donate their time as volunteers and/or their supplies to CASA at the following address in East Orlando (about 10 minutes from UCF):

Acacia Banquet Hall (Borinquen Center)

1865 N. Econlockhatchee Trail

Orlando, FL 32817

For those who are unable to volunteer and/or take supplies at the Acacia center, we are receiving collection items at El Redentor and transporting them to Acacia.  Our address is: 

Iglesia Presbiteriana El Redentor

6971 Red Bug Lake Road

Oviedo, FL 32765

In addition, churches in our Presbytery are welcomed to start a collection site in their locations, and then either bring the items to El Redentor and/or transport them to Acacia.  If members want to volunteer, there is a need to organize, pack, and load items.  They can simply show up at Acacia every day from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  (Many nights there are volunteers still working till 10:00 p.m.)  All are welcome!  Even though Florida was hit by Hurricane Irma, the community’s generosity is truly amazing and for some it is sacrificial. 

One can follow our updates and see our photos at El Redentor’s Facebook page:  (If necessary, copy and paste at for an English translation.)

Although it is too premature to plan for a mission recovery trip to Puerto Rico with sister churches, El Buen Vecino Presbyterian Church in Kissimmee is collecting items to be distributed to the devastated Presbyterian churches and other families in the island.  Contact the Rev. Jorge Texidor, PhD, at 407.973.2531 for their collection site at 2725 Simpson Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744.

Since this is a massive and ongoing effort, the collection site deadlines may be extended.  We have not emphasized cash collection, since most of our people want to do more than just write a check.  They want to volunteer and/or bring supplies in the face of chaos and helplessness.  However, for those who would like to make a cash gift of any amount, we are asking people to donate through our denomination’s outstanding relief agency:

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)

Specific Donation for Hurricane Maria (Memo: DR000194 – Maria):

The Collection Items for the victims of Hurricane Maria are the following:

Drinking Water                                                              Tent or Awning

Disposable Plates, Cups, Cutlery                                Bed Sheets

Personal Hygiene (soap, deodorant, tooth paste)         Children/Adult Pajamas (male/female)

First Aid Kit                                                                    Diapers (extra-large and any baby size)

General Medicine (ibuprofen, antibiotics, insulin)          Medical Supplies (needles, etc.)

Sleeping Bags                                                                Baby Formula

Non-Perishable Can Foods                                           Baby Wipes


If possible, please send this email to our churches in Central Florida Presbytery (and beyond).  We also will be posting this email in our Facebook page.  Thank you so much for your prayers and any support that you are able to offer our families and friends in Puerto Rico.


The Rev. Carmelo Mercado, DMin, ChFC

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!

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