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MIF #: 01580.AQ0

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:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:   Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Small Group
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

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 7 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 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 role of Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Small Group Ministry is an exciting urban pastoral position. This Associate Pastor is charged with creating a vision to lead the congregation in new, spirit-filled directions both church-wide and in relationship with its urban and suburban neighbors. The church is committed to helping people more fully know the love of Jesus Christ and guiding them into a deeper faith life. This Associate Pastor should be a “go-getter” who launches new initiatives such as small groups, fellowship opportunities, and intentional faith formation activities to ground participants in a spiritual discipleship framework. The Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Small Group Ministry will spearhead the church’s practice of abundant hospitality and inclusiveness, supporting full participation by diverse persons at all levels of church life. The Associate Pastor will be the Fourth Presbyterian spokesperson, collaborating with prominent, city-wide Jewish and Islamic partners to forge increased interfaith engagement with the various faith communities.

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
  • Ordained as a teaching elder in the PC(USA)
  • Experience with engaging members and relationship-building in a church, community and/or service organization
  • Skills in developing and leading volunteer teams
  • Strong commitment to, and experience in, establishing and advancing positive interfaith relationships
  • Ability to be collaborative with colleagues
  • Strong communications skills
  • 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?
Lead the Congregational Life Session Committee to develop, guide and support groups to carry out the new vision and initiatives with a spiritual discipleship framework to deepen congregants’ faith life. Create and sustain a culture of abundant hospitality practices supporting an intergenerational, diverse and inclusive congregation. Engage pastors and staff in creating and strengthening a new church-wide culture of congregational engagement. Lead the successful transition of new members to become deeply engaged in the life of the congregation and its commitments. Lead the congregation to identify and mitigate potential obstacles to full participation by diverse persons in the life of the church. Design fellowship opportunities to further engage congregants in church life. Lead as clergy representative engagement and expanded relationships with interfaith and multi-cultural partners. Supervise the Director of Volunteer Ministry in systematizing service opportunities that can engage members, oversee data management and follow up with those seeking to serve. Supervise the Congregational Life Program Manager in ensuring that all activities are coordinated, publicized and hosted appropriately. Preach and participate in worship leadership on Sundays and other services, provide pastoral leadership of the weekly Jazz Vespers service and participate in the development of the monthly Taize service. Officiate weddings and memorial services/funerals as assigned or requested.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Culturally Proficient
Organizational Agility
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Personal Resilience
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $65,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Amy Pagliarella
2108 W Giddings St, Chicago, IL 60625
Committee on Ministry Representative
Rev. Hardy Kim
Pastor, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, 728 W Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Former Fourth Church Associate Pastor for Evangeli
Rev. Jan Edmiston
1212 Braeburn Ave, Flossmoor, IL 60422
Former Associate Executive Presbyter for Ministry
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   9/29/2017

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:  Pamela Block Address  c/o Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E Chestnut, Chicago, IL 60611
Daytime Phone  773-929-2310 Office Phone  312-573-3363
Fax  Email