Music Director, Faith United Presbyterian Church, Tinley Park

Faith United Presbyterian Church delights in sharing spiritual gifts of hospitality, outreach, and empathy. Our calling is to provide an inclusive ministry for everyone who joins in our fellowship, study, or worship. 

Our faith family represents a wide variety of political and theological views. In an era of divisiveness, we believe that empathy is critically important to understanding each other and allowing us to focus on the tie that binds us. We strive to give self-sacrificing love in all that we do. So despite some differences, we remain Faith United.

Faith United is currently seeking a passionate Music Director to collaborate with Pastoral Leadership to create a musical vision of worship to be shared with the congregation through the practiced choir. The Music Director will report to Pastor, as head of staff, Worship Ministry team with Session’s approval. This is a part-time position requiring approximately 10 – 12 hours per week, including Sunday and holiday worship and two rehearsals per week, Sunday morning before the 10:30 a.m. service and a mid-week day TBD.

The annual salary for this position is $12,480 which includes 2 weeks’ worth of non-accumulative PTO per calendar year after the first 6-month review is completed.

What you will be doing:

  • Collaborate with Pastoral Leadership concerning upcoming worship messages to determine musical pieces that strengthen the message of the sermon.
  • Foster creativity in the music selections. Introduce new musical styles to grow the congregation’s musicality and range of genres (e.g. contemporary Christian music, traditional hymns, inter-cultural music, etc.)   
  • Create and foster a collaborative team culture with the Accompanist /Organist.
  • Provide guidance and growth, scheduling, and collaborative leadership to the multi-generational Choir. Recruit and coach church members and other musicians from the surrounding community for music contributions to improve variety.
  • Coordinate music department needs and worship visuals with the Tech team.
  • Oversee and schedule music resource maintenance, including directing instrument maintenance and tuning.
  • Manage the music ministry budget.
  • Oversee copyright compliance related to music, recording, and posting.
  • Attend Music Planning staff meetings and Worship Ministry Team meetings. Special evening/weekend meetings may be scheduled and attendance may be required.
  • In the event of church services only being available remotely/virtually, this position continues to function. Responsibilities include coordinating weekly pre-recorded music/videos and insertion of lyrics into videos for musical selections.
  • When returning to in-person, hymns and vocal selections may continue in pre-recorded format until in-person singing and playing instruments are deemed safe. Work with Church Leadership and remain informed of CDC guidelines.
  • Assume such other duties related to the position as may be assigned by the pastor.
  • Organize and maintain a music library for the church.
  • Arrange for a substitute when using PTO or scheduling conflicts or assist in providing alternates when in need. Communicate directly with the pastor in emergency situations.

Preferred Skill Set:

  • Bachelors degree and/or commensurate experience in music education or music performance.
  • Strong musical skills including aural discernment and keyboard skills.
  • Solid, expressive, enthusiastic, and clear conducting and directing techniques.
  • Experience with and knowledge of hymns and contemporary Christian music for appropriate musical selections.
  • Ability to actively engage the congregation during worship through music.
  • Good rehearsal organizational and planning skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communications.
  • Ability to give and receive criticism.
  • Skilled in arranging and sequencing music, preparing and transcribing instrumental and vocal arrangements. New compositions are welcomed.
  • Experience with sound equipment, recording, video editing, etc.
  • Ability to manage and motivate volunteers.
To apply, send a resume and cover letter by email to Adam Malak at pastoradam@faithunitedpres.org

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Modern Worship Leader, First Presbyterian Church, Glen Ellyn, IL

Summary
The Modern Worship Leader brings passion, leadership, and a drive for excellence to the Modern worship experience of First Pres. In close collaboration with the Director of Worship Ministries, s/he leads and develops the worship band, collaborating with a variety of instrumental musicians and singers. S/he exudes spiritual and emotional maturity when working with others. S/he collaborates with other staff members in music selection to create theologically deep and musically captivating worship services.
 
Qualifications
• Minimum 2 years’ experience leading congregational worship
• Highly skilled in singing and playing a core band instrument (such as guitar or piano)
• Proficient in arranging music, and transposing chord charts
• Skilled at leading band rehearsals for musicians with novice to professional skill levels
• Versatile in playing a variety of music genres; ability to improvise by ear preferred
 
Characteristics of an outstanding Worship Leader
• Exemplifies a deep personal faith in Jesus Christ through word and conduct
• Embodies an empathic and patient spirit in working with others
• Highly organized and able to plan far in advance
• Adaptable to last-minute changes and ability to pivot on short notice
• A team player, focused on growing the membership and quality of the band
 
Time commitment: approximately 10 hours per week with seasonal variance
Compensation: $18 per hour
To apply, contact Andrew Sedlacek, Director of Worship Ministries, at asedlacek@firstpresge.org and provide a resume and 2-3 relevant references. If able, also provide video examples of singing/playing.

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Choir Director, First Presbyterian Church, Glen Ellyn, IL

Summary
The Choir Director brings passion, leadership, and a drive for excellence to the gathered worship experience. S/he leads and develops the Sanctuary Choir, collaborating with a variety of instrumental musicians. S/he demonstrates spiritual and emotional maturity when working with others. S/he collaborates with other staff members in music selection to create theologically deep and musically captivating worship services.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Directs Sanctuary Choir for weekly Sunday morning services.
2. Leads the mid-week choir rehearsal (Thursdays, 7 – 9 p.m.) during the choir season.
3. Provides spiritual direction and encouragement to choir.
4. Makes music selections (i.e. Introits, Anthems, Offertories, Hymns, etc.) for Classic Worship services in collaboration with the Director of Worship Ministries and pastors.
5. Creates an engaging environment for new and/or prospective choir members.
6. Works closely with worship ministry staff and musicians to create worship experiences that integrate smoothly with broader church vision and values.
7. Potential for other collaborative projects depending on ability, interest, and experience.
Time Commitment: Part-time; an average of 15 hours per week with seasonal variance
Relationships: Reports to Director of Worship Ministries. Works collaboratively with pastors and staff—particularly the Worship Ministry Coordinator, Organist and Technical Arts Director.
Qualifications
 
• A minimum of two years’ professional experience in the field of music or music education.
• Highly skilled in musicianship, particularly in choral directing.
• Demonstrates experience in choral pedagogy; skilled at coaching and developing singers with novice to professional musical experience.
• Possesses both a broad knowledge base of and passion for interconnecting music styles.
• Strong understanding of traditional worship liturgy and congregational music.
• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field strongly preferred.
• Ability to direct both choral and instrumental ensembles preferred.
• Skill working with children and younger musicians preferred.
• Strong keyboard skills preferred.
 
Compensation: Competitive hourly compensation commensurate with experience
Applications and Contact:
To apply, contact Andrew Sedlacek, Director of Worship Ministries, at asedlacek@firstpresge.org and provide a resume, 2-3 relevant references, and video examples of conducting.

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Stated Supply Pastor, Oak Lawn Community Church, Oak Lawn, IL

Oak Lawn Community Church is seeking a pastor to lead its congregation. This person must be an ordained PC(USA) Minister of Word and Sacrament or ordained as a pastor in a denomination in full communion with the PC(USA).  This will be a half-time position on an annual contract. The contract will be renewable on an annual basis.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide spiritual and administrative leadership for the congregation
  • Lead worship on Sundays and liturgical holidays
  • Administer the sacraments
  • Officiate at weddings and funerals
  • Provide pastoral care for the congregation and for all who seek comfort and guidance through the church
  • Work with the office staff to prepare Sunday bulletin and announcements
  • Engage in community outreach as time permits
  • Serve as moderator of the session and congregational meetings by Presbytery appointment
  • Serve as head of staff
  • Work with the Treasurer and Session to oversee the financial affairs of the church
  • Assist boards and committees in their ministry and offer training as needed 
  • Train newly elected officers and assist in preparing persons for membership
  • Work with Session to provide educational opportunities for the congregation
  • Attend Presbytery assembly meetings and participate in the life of the Presbytery of Chicago
  • Report regularly to Session on Presbytery matters and actions
  • Promote Presbytery program opportunities

Terms of Call

Term                     .50 FTE / 20 hours per week (on average)

Salary/Housing     $29,000

Benefits                 Full coverage under the Board of Pensions

Expenses               Per POC guidelines

Duration               One year, renewable

Contact

Kelly Villegas, Clerk of Session
Church Phone: (708) 599-4025    

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Administrative Assistant, Community Presbyterian Church, Lombard, IL

The successful candidate will serve as the Administrative Assistant to the Pastor. This part-time position will manage the efficient operation of our friendly but busy church office. Responsibilities include typical and traditional office and administrative duties as well as those unique to a church setting.

The ideal candidate will have a background in office and administrative work and will have exceptional skills in MS Office as well as the ability to interact with staff and volunteers in a spirit of hospitality and integrity. 

Please check our website www.cpclombard.org for a detailed position description.

Send resumes and inquiries to resumes@cpclombard.org


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