First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville is a large congregation located in the northern Chicago suburbs. We are located a five‐minutes’ walk away from a charming, historic main street that offers a variety of restaurants, shops, and services, as well as a beautiful park that hosts picnics, fairs, concerts, and other gatherings throughout the year. The nearby Metra train station provides access directly to downtown Chicago. In the immediate area, there are a wide range of bike paths, parks, forest preserves, and performing arts organizations.
First Pres is a dedicated and welcoming community that has inspired service, vocations, and spiritual growth among families and individuals of every age and every station in life for 150 years. We are a Presbyterian Church (USA) “Matthew 25 congregation” focusing on all three initiatives of building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism, and eradicating systemic poverty. In order to best support our efforts in dismantling structural racism, we established our Committee on Anti‐Racism and Equity (CARE), which provides education and partnership opportunities both within our congregation and in the larger community. We work for Christian unity and we grow in love with one another. We believe that a church is called to inspire by word and deed through its common life and the life of its members. Ours is a community with a strong calling for mission outreach, faith formation, and worship through music.
We have two 10 a.m. services – a traditional service in the Sanctuary and a contemporary service in the Chapel. We currently live stream our worship services for people who wish to join us in worship remotely. We celebrate in worship with a vibrant music program, from our numerous children’s and adult choirs, the Chapel Music team, multiple handbell choirs, pipe organ, and major work services performed by our Chancel Choir.
General Position Description
Scope of Ministry
Although this residency will involve a particular emphasis on Faith Formation, the Resident will participate in leading worship (including preaching), support community engagement as well as congregational care, and play a role in church governance. Intentional time for reflection and study on the practice of ministry is part of the residency.
Regular areas of ministry
Occasional Avenues of Leadership and Involvement
Description Residency Learning Development Program
At the start of the residency, the Pastor/Head of Staff will work with the Resident and an adjunct Pastoral Coach to design the best syllabus of learning to accompany the practice of learning. A combination of theological inquiry, case study reflection, and practical discernment for ministry will be part of structured reflection. The Pastor/Head of Staff will meet every other week for 90 minutes of conversation about the practice of ministry including some structured theological reflection and a monthly case study review. The Pastoral Coach (a seasoned pastor working as adjunct in this capacity for First Pres) will meet once a month as an outside sounding board about the practice of ministry.
Upon arrival, the resident will be offered a list of spiritual directors and a monthly stipend to provide a monthly space for deepened personal examination of vocation and discernment.
Education requirements: Recent seminary graduate (M.Div. degree) on track for ordination
Benefits Entry level pay for Presbyterian Church (USA) minister plus medical benefits (pension contribution included if ordained while serving).