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4370 Woodland Avenue, Western Springs, IL 60558
All Saints Episcopal Church seeks an enthusiastic full-time rector who will connect strongly with the congregation’s history and lead their faith community of 115 members in embracing the challenges of the future with focused and caring guidance. The congregation places the highest value on the relationships they nurture with one another as a “spiritual family” and they look forward to calling a rector who will be in relationship with them and be the new head of their spiritual family. The congregation describes itself as welcoming, rooted in prayer, supportive of new ministries, and moderately progressive, with a strong culture of pastoral care. With an active healing ministry, they feel called to develop further ministries that work toward healing those broken by life’s circumstances. They watch for further clarity on where the Holy Spirit is leading them as a community. They seek a rector who will support their aspirations and help individual members realize their gifts for ministry and leadership in the community. The next rector of All Saints will be a gifted scripture-based homilist, an effective and respectful communicator, a compassionate and deeply spiritual pastoral caregiver, be excited to attract and welcome young families to the church, be adept at increasing congregational visibility and meaningful presence in the surrounding community, enjoy working as part of a ministry and administrative team, and will develop a multi-generational Christian education program for all parishioners. The congregation hopes that with the rector’s guidance and experience, together they can increase their spiritual vitality, strengthen their vision, increase their membership, and reach their full potential.
The church is located in Western Springs, Illinois – a western suburb 16 miles from the city of Chicago. The town of just over 13,000 people supports several specialty stores and a theater and offers various opportunities for outdoor recreation. It is located on a Metra line that can deliver you in 25 minutes to one of the largest cultural centers in the country. Learn more about All Saints in Western Springs and the kind of leadership they seek by visiting their website and reading their parish profile.
To be considered for Rector of All Saints, Western Springs send a copy of your resume and OTM portfolio to The Rev. Jim Steen, Director of Ministries for the Diocese of Chicago, or call 312-751-4210 for additional information.
400 E Westminster Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045
Church of the Holy Spirit, a large, vibrant parish located a mile from Lake Michigan in Lake Forest, Illinois – one of Chicago’s north shore suburbs – seeks a full-time associate rector. This associate – one of two employed by the parish – would have a special focus on youth and family ministry and thus must be able to engage and relate easily both to young people and adults. He or she would be a member of the Family Ministry Team, working with other staff in connection with young people of all ages and their families. He or she would collaborate with other parish staff on the congregation’s two year confirmation program which currently prepares 70 youth and their family for this pastoral rite. This associate rector would also serve as clergy supervision of acolyte coordinators and mentors. In addition to these particular responsibilities, the associate rector is expected to share regularly in the liturgy, preach, teach, write, and provide pastoral care. He or she will join the rest of the parish staff in providing a ministry of presence that is vital to Church of the Holy Spirit’s mission.
Church of the Holy Spirit is currently exploring a renewed and deepened commitment to spiritual growth. Their motto has become, “If you come here, you will grow.” The congregation values this mutual promise and seeks an associate rector who is equally enthusiastic about deepening spiritual life both individually and as a community. The congregation is rooted in tradition yet welcoming to seekers of all backgrounds. It is a community of highly educated, successful professionals and their families dedicated to humbly exploring the meaning of faith together and living lives of service.
For more information about this opportunity, contact The Rev. Jay Sidebotham, Rector of Church of the Holy Spirit, 847-234-7633 or email@example.com.
8255 S. Dante Avenue, Chicago, IL 60619
Messiah-St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, an African American community of faith located in the Avalon Park neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side, seeks a part-time priest-in-charge to lead their lay-empowered congregation of 127 active baptized members. With an average Sunday attendance of 53, Messiah-St. Bartholomew parishioners build community through their faith in Jesus and shared Christian values. They describe themselves as a prayerful parish that is both adaptable and welcoming.
During a long stretch without a rector, increased lay leadership has become not only a necessity, but a source and practice of spiritual growth for many members, expanding their sense of faith community beyond the Sabbath. The congregation seeks a leader who will recognize and embrace the importance of the congregation’s involvement and ownership of the day-to-day aspects of their community, but who will also work with them to find a healthy balance of responsibility. The parish has a strong sense of their history and look forward to a future with their next priest who they hope will partner with them in pursuing short and long term goals of attracting new members - especially young families, designing a successful stewardship program based in spiritual generosity, developing Christian formation programing across age groups, revitalizing the music program to deepen the congregation’s worship experience, leading facilities renovation projects, and celebrating and supporting the parish’s foundational worship traditions and outreach programs. Messiah-St. Bartholomew has a highly organized and effective outreach and development center that ministers to the hungry, youth, unemployed, seniors, young families, and others across three south side neighborhoods with great efficiency and care. The parish wishes their next priest to be supportive and spiritually guiding of the center’s efforts.
In addition, the next priest-in-charge of Messiah-St. Bartholomew will be enthusiastic about ecumenical partnerships in the surrounding community, an empathetic pastoral presence, an energetic and confident leader, a comfortable collaborator, an encourager of lay leadership, a spiritual guide, a talented preacher who incorporates the Bible and theological principles in his or her sermons, have a gift for relating to youth, and be a person who is equally compassionate and good-natured.
Learn more about Messiah-St. Bartholomew and the kind of leadership they seek by reading their parish profile.
To be considered for Rector of Messiah-St. Bartholomew, Chicago send a copy of your resume and OTM portfolio to Ms. Susan Tamborini Czolgosz, Associate for Congregational Vitality and Transitions, or call 312-751-4209 for additional information.
1424 N. Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, IL
The parish of St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church seeks a full-time rector to reenergize and refocus their congregation located in the Gold Coast Historic District of Chicago. Members describe their faith community as caring, well-educated, open, tolerant, welcoming and comfortable. They seek a leader to help them leverage these characteristics and their programmatic strengths including their music program, Day School, and various outreach programs to increase their congregational vitality. Specifically, they wish to “be a vibrant, engaged, and growing Episcopal parish in tune and in touch with parishioners and the surrounding Chicago community.”
The membership – generationally diverse and spiritually grounded – thirst for programming that feeds them both spiritually and intellectually as modern city dwellers. Their next leader will embrace a progressive worldview, appreciate and encourage practical outreach, and respect and honor their traditional and unique strengths in liturgy, music, and education to invigorate the parish. He or She will be a skilled connector, helping the congregation transcend the fences of different service times and facilitating Christ-centered congregational unity. He or She will be a dynamic and engaging preacher, with a gift for presenting The Gospel in a way that both intellectually and spiritually stimulates and inspires daily Christian living. With a membership of 1200 and an average Sunday attendance of 188, St. Chrysostom’s seeks a rector to lead active membership growth, increase existing member involvement, implement new stewardship strategies, and help the congregation find balance again. The congregation realizes that this time of transition is a critical opportunity to face its own institutional decline and overcome it. They seek a leader who can renew their sense of community, encourage lay leadership, kindle new energy, attract and support a vibrant community of young adults and youth ministry, apply interpersonal and organizational skills to establish administrative efficiency and accountability, introduce 21st century communication tools for outreach, and companion the congregation in living into its mission: “To proclaim God’s love through Jesus Christ and to create strong disciples by excellence in worship, education, music, community and service.
St. Chrysostom’s in located in the Near North neighborhood of Chicago, blocks from Lake Michigan and the Lincoln Park Zoo, and a short cab ride to the infamous Magnificent Mile, world class museums, the aquarium, the planetarium, opera, symphony, theatre and other cultural gems. Housing is provided for the rector of St. Chrysostom’s in the rector’s apartment comprising the second floor of the church complex.
To be considered for Rector of St. Chrysostom’s, Chicago send a copy of your resume and OTM portfolio to Ms. Susan Tamborini Czolgosz, Associate for Congregational Vitality and Transitions, or call 312-751-4209 for additional information.
342 E. Wood Street, Palatine, IL
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Palatine, Illinois seeks an energetic, resourceful part-time rector with talents for outreach, relationship building, formation programming, and new ministry development. The next leader of St. Philip’s will provide a spiritual lens for the community, to guide them in growing their individual relationships with God in daily life. He or She will be a connector who will lead the congregation in building meaningful relationships both with the surrounding community and with each other. He or She will be enthusiastic about developing new ministries of healing and empowerment for those struggling in the community. The next rector will have a talent for relating to youth and inspiring their involvement in service and interest in their faith. He or She will be interested in and supportive of growing the church’s music program and will take a leading role in growing the church’s membership. With big goals and a limited budget, the Vestry and members of St. Philip’s seek a rector who will enable, guide, and support them in meeting their objectives. The congregation will work with their new rector to create a strategic plan for developing the rector position further in the future.
The parish views itself as a welcoming, open, and enthusiastic community that works together to seek and share knowledge of God and serve others. Having originated as a mission church in 1948, the church established itself as a parish through dedication to core values of hospitality, unity, honoring tradition, and a spirit of service. Community and mission are at the heart of St. Philips and parishioners are committed to programs like Habitat for Humanity, PADS, Rebuilding Together, and annual projects that deliver much needed supplies to local families.
St. Philip's is located in Palatine, Illinois, a village of 68,000 residents located 30 miles northwest of the city of Chicago. A comfortable, middle-class suburb, many amenities of convenience – such as shopping and public transportation – are easily accessible in Palatine. There are abundant resources and opportunities for outdoor recreation in the area. The community also has several established cultural and arts groups. Many other faiths with established congregations and other Christian congregations with services in other languages are resident in Palatine, making the area attractive to faith leaders interested in inter-faith and inter-cultural relations. Palatine township has been recognized by the Governor of Illinois for the exemplary social services it provides to community members and St. Philip’s parishioners find it an enjoyable place to live, play, and work.
To be considered for Rector of St. Philip’s, Palatine send a copy of your resume and OTM portfolio to Ms. Susan Tamborini Czolgosz, Associate for Congregational Vitality and Transitions, or call 312-751-4209 for additional information.
5550 South Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637
Church Home at Montgomery Place, Chicago, IL is seeking an Episcopal or Lutheran priest/chaplain and Candidate, Associate Supervisor or ACPE Supervisor, to run its ministry of pastoral care and pastoral education.
General Summary: As the Executive Director of Church Home the candidate will develop, implement and manage as well as provide pastoral care services to residents of Montgomery Place Retirement Community; provide Episcopal or Lutheran liturgical services and coordinate community ministers for Jewish, Roman Catholic and other services and ministries with the Pastoral Care Department; and supervise ACPE Clinical Pastoral Education training program for Level I, II and Supervisory Education.
Minimum Qualifications: Experience, Education & Training: Episcopal or Lutheran priest in good standing with his/her diocese; Master of Divinity degree; certification as a Candidate, Associate Supervisor or ACPE Supervisor; a minimum of three years of related health care experience including supervision and management experience; faith group endorsement, clinical experience in a hospital or long term care/retirement facility; ability to offer pastoral support in an interfaith and culturally diverse environment.
Please apply directly to: Dr. Connie Bonbrest, Church Home at Montgomery Place; Executive Director Search Committee; 5550 South Shore Drive; Chicago, IL 60637; 773-753-4118.
102 Marquette Street
Park Forest, Illinois 60466
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621 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
217 E. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL 61008
St. David's Episcopal Church
701 N. Randall Road, Aurora, IL 60506
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
210 McHenry Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Church of the Ascension
1133 N. LaSalle Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60610
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
306 S. Prospect, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
203 S. Kensington Avenue, La Grange, IL 60525