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MIF #: 01580.AP0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 01580
Ministry Name The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
Mailing Address 126 E Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone 312-787-4570
Fax 312-787-4584
WWW Address
Ministry Size More than 1500 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 2%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 2%
White 94%
Other 2%
Average Worship Attendance 1200
Church School Attendance 300
Curriculum Spark (3's through 3rd grade), self-created (4th-5th), Echo The Story (Junior High), self created (Confirmation and Senior High).
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Urban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Other)
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:   Senior Associate Pastor for Leadership Development
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
We are a light in the city reflecting the inclusive love of God. Comforted and challenged by the Gospel of Christ, we strive to be a welcoming, serving community.
At the intersection of faith and life, we share God’s grace through worship, preaching, education, and ministries of healing, reconciliation, and justice.
We affirm the worth of all and nurture each individual’s spiritual pilgrimage. Inspired by our heritage, we confront our future with hope and confidence in God’s purpose.
Legacy. Founded in 1871, Fourth Presbyterian Church moved to Michigan Avenue in 1914 and has become a destination for families and young adults. Today Fourth Church is a growing congregation with four Sunday worship services and a full-time and part-time staff of 155. On average annually, we baptize 100 infants, confirm 25 eighth-graders, and welcome 200 new members.
Congregational Life. Our recently updated records show a congregation of over 5,400 members. Programs include Sunday School, adult education, fellowship groups, and a Center for Life and Learning serving older adults. The annual budget of the church and its programs is approximately $10 million.
Outreach and Mission. Chicago Lights, our 501(c)(3) nonprofit mission arm, is a vital part of our operation. It manages many Fourth Church outreach services, including a tutoring program founded in 1964. See Fourth Church also organizes and funds local, national, and international mission outreach each year.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Fourth Church is a vibrant community with renewed energy and commitment to our mission. Our vision is to celebrate and deepen this using the following gifts.
Active, Diverse Congregation. Fourth Church is an active congregation, attracting members of diverse faith backgrounds and life experiences. Our church bustles with activities, classes, and worship every day, from early morning to late at night. Members and guests are drawn to the church by worship services, music programs, mission activities, and major life events. Our four-generation urban church provides unique opportunities for enrichment and service.
Strong pastoral staff and lay leaders. A staff of 8 ordained clergy work with the Pastor to lead the congregation through teaching, preaching, and hands-on programs. Fourth Church is also blessed with committed lay leaders who make up our 37-member Session, 50-member Board of Deacons, 21-member Board of Trustees (overseeing financial, legal, and property affairs of the church), and 20-member Chicago Lights Board. Our Personnel Committee works with the Pastor and Senior Associate Pastor to plan staffing and administer annual reviews. Our joint Finance Committee works with staff on financial matters.
Discipleship. Discipleship is a central, current conversation at Fourth Church. Part of that includes actively defining how the congregation can more deeply engage in addressing interfaith, racial, and cross-cultural issues facing our city, the church, and the world.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Fourth Church’s ministry reflects key theological issues of our church and society.
Reformed and Always Reforming. We believe the Gospel must be proclaimed with the Bible, informed by awareness of current world events. That stance is reflected in our strong Reformed worship and insightful preaching that ties the Word of God to the issues and struggles of contemporary life; in education programs that focus on daily Christian discipleship as well as Bible study and spiritual disciplines; and in dynamic mission programs that help others and draw volunteers to the church.
A Light in the City. Fourth Church believes that Christ calls us to reach out to all people. We are a welcoming community, diverse in age, economic status, and faith backgrounds, steadily increasing in racial and ethnic diversity, with programs for all ages. Our Interfaith Resource Committee supports efforts to engage with Jewish and Muslim neighbors and with other faith communities. We are actively leading conversations on racial tension, working to increase our understanding of cross-cultural issues and values.
A Leader in the PC(USA) and the Nation. Fourth Church clergy and members have held significant leadership roles in the PC(USA), NEXT Church, and the Presbytery of Chicago. We are a founding member of the Covenant Network. Our commitment to diversity led to forming a Multicultural Committee, currently being redeveloped to actively seek concrete ways we might widen and deepen the inclusivity of our church.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
The new, unique role of Senior Associate Pastor for Leadership Development and Adult Education (SAP) was defined by our Personnel Committee and new Pastor to increase synergy and alignment so that we can more fully live into our vision and mission. Reporting to the Pastor, the SAP will be a close confidant of hers and responsible for three key areas:
Supervising pastoral staff. Supervise pastoral staff and build bridges across programs. A strong communicator and collaborator, the SAP will equip pastors to achieve their goals within a synchronized plan. Our candidate will bring spirituality and humor to lead and support staff.
Leadership Development (LD). Create LD activities for pastoral staff and lay leaders to support them in fulfilling their potential and deepening their faith. The SAP will provide coaching and help identify individual strengths and growth areas by working with the Pastor, Session, Personnel and Nominating Committees, and lay LD team. Our candidate will bring energy and authenticity to magnify the gifts of others.
Adult Education. Lead adult education through programming, teaching, and equipping teachers for their roles. The SAP will develop a strategy to foster personal enrichment and community engagement through activities like classes, discussion panels, and interaction with interfaith partners. Our candidate will bring a passion for teaching and learning, championing new and existing programs to actively engage others in discipleship.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
Candidate Profile
  • Ordained as a teaching elder in the PC(USA).
  • Leadership in pastoral ministry, ideally in a larger congregation.
  • Ability to be collaborative with colleagues.
  • Skills in leading teams and in developing staff and lay leadership.
  • Strong sense of self and ability to support, partner, and collaborate with the Pastor.
  • Keen interest and skills in building organizational capacity.
  • Energy, discipline, and willingness to work in a complex organization on multiple functions: supervising, leading, discerning, and collaborating.
  • Commitment to urban ministry and affinity with Fourth Church’s worship and theological values.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  1. Staff Leadership
  • Support the Pastor in communicating strategy, direction and decisions to the entire staff.
  • Lead the staff in the absence of the Pastor.
  • Participate actively in budget development and monitoring.
  • Supervise the work of the Associate Pastors, Pastoral Residents, and other assigned program staff members.
  • Establish and supervise creation and execution of yearly goals, in conjunction with Pastor and Personnel Committee
  • Provide counsel and support to his/her direct reports.
  • Assist the Pastor in communicating with the Associate Pastors.
  • Ensure implementation of vision and strategy through program areas.
  • Oversee and monitor performance against budget by program area.
  • Support and advance leadership development activities for the staff.
2.  Vision and Strategy
  • Work with the Pastor and lay leaders to create and guide the vision and strategy for Fourth Church.
  • Lead the staff in support and pursuit of the vision and strategy set by church leadership.
3.  Lay Leadership and Programming Support
  • Participate in Session Meetings
  • Moderate Session meetings in the absence of the Pastor
  • Participate in Board of Trustee meetings
  • Act as head of staff in the absence of the Pastor or as requested by the Pastor
  • Lead adult education through Session and the congregation.
  • Oversee nominating committee, church officer training, leadership development of lay leadership and the congregation.
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4.  Administrative Support
  • With Executive Assistant, oversee the overall administrative support functions supporting the Associate Pastors and program staff, including balancing work loads and training.
5.  Pastoral Duties
  • Participate actively in worship.
  • Preach, occasionally, as assigned.
  • Champion the development and execution of an actively engaging congregation in faith formation activities.
Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $90,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Debbie Rundlett
Presbytery or Chicago, 815 W. Van Buren, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60607-2619
Transitional Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of Ch
Adam Fronczek
Knox Church, 3400 Michigan Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208-2102
Former 4th Church Associate Pastor of Adult Educat
Rabbi Seth Limmer
Chicago Sinai Congregation, 15 West Delaware Place, Chicago IL 60610
Frequent collaborator and friend of 4th Church
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   9/22/2017

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev. Sue Krummel Address  815 W. VAN BUREN #500, CHICAGO IL 60607
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (312) 488-3015
Fax  (312) 488-3044 Email
COM:   Barbara Gorsky Address  194 Grace Avenue, Elmhurst IL 60126
Daytime Phone  (630) 660-5522 Office Phone 
Fax  Email
PNC:  Allison Youngblood Address  c/o Fourth Church, 126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Daytime Phone  312.560.3238 Office Phone 
Fax  Email