Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 01689.AJ0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 01689
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton, IL
Mailing Address 715 N. Carlton Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187-4020
Phone 630-668-5147
Fax 630-668-5187
WWW Address
Ministry Size 1001 - 1500 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 325
Church School Attendance 100
Curriculum Varies by grade level
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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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 Engagement
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
Inviting All Generations into a Growing Life with Jesus Christ.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

Our mission statement, “Inviting all generations into a growing life with Jesus Christ” reflects who we are as a faith community. Our values characterize everything we do:

  • Abundant Compassion: We are moved to express deep love for others modeled by Jesus’ ministry. (Matthew 14:14)
  • Intentional Growth: We are focused on growing our relationship with Jesus Christ and seeking a greater understanding of God’s Kingdom. (Romans 12:2)
  • Joyful Generosity: We are willing to give of ourselves knowing every gift comes from God. (James 1:17)
  • Devoted Community: We are committed to sharing life and ministry together. (Acts 2:42)
Our missional map consists of Worship, Grow, Serve, Invite. We have defined missional life marks of loving actions, authentic relationships, unceasing prayer, studying scripture, and sharing gifts. Through a demographic study, we identified busy families with young children as our mission field, based on where God has placed us within the community. We are now focused on the growth engines that will fulfill our mission.

We are seeking insight and support to delineate and rationalize our discipleship path and the growth engines that drive engagement across our faith community. We will align our programs, education and mission activities, and ministries with our vision and mission field. The Associate Pastor will partner with our Senior Pastor to execute the vision with compassion, energy, innovation, and perspective.

How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

We have defined our mission field as the community where God has placed our church. This means we must look outside of ourselves in responding to God’s call in delivering our vision of inviting all generations into a growing life with Jesus Christ. We have identified three key areas critical for our sustainability and growth as a congregation:

  • Sunday worship experience
  • Family ministries for busy families with young children
  • Engaging people on a discipleship path from young adult to adulthood

We believe that this focus will raise the experience for all members and visitors.

We are also a Matthew 25 congregation embracing our commitment to act boldly and compassionately serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor by building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism, and eradicating systemic poverty. This position will lead our congregation and community in building a discipleship path that aligns with our vision and integrates with our Matthew 25 goals. We affirm our conviction that we cannot remain neutral or indifferent toward evil in the world and that we are unified as equal children of a loving God without cultural bias. We are a fully inclusive community. We recognize our need to broaden our perspectives and build awareness to racial, cultural, and economic locally, regionally and globally.

How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

The Associate Pastor will engage members and guests on discipleship paths to realize our vision. This includes discipleship discovery for youth as they are beginning to exert some independent exploration as middle and high school students and clear, consistent linkage to adulthood as believers. It combines adult and youth education opportunities, programming, small groups, and mission experiences that enable our mission. It aligns to Matthew 25 guidance. We desire a leader who will engage, inspire, collaborate, challenge, instruct, enable, and shepherd us in discipleship - helping us to build relevant and compelling opportunities to engage both our local mission field (members and guests) and our regional and global mission community.

Essential to this role is working with our youth and young adults as they begin to discern where God is calling them. Building bridges as they transition through life’s phases where unconditional acceptance, ambiguity, and questioning is surrounded by grace and affirmation. It is critical to actively engage people of all ages in discipleship and service. By fostering intergenerational collaboration, this person will deepen relationships and commitments to living a life grounded in Christ. Alignment to our mission and vision will create visible markers on the discipleship path for youth and lifelong learners.

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

We have completed the Leadership Assessment Ranking and are seeking an experienced Associate Pastor who will help us define the possibilities of this new role, Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Engagement. As we discern the expectations for this position, we are particularly drawn to the words: “discipleship” and “engagement”. Bridge-building throughout life’s transitions by providing openness, continuity and guidance to groups and individuals is essential as youth and adults experience the Holy Spirit and learn to publicly profess God’s personal impact. We want a leader who will collaborate with and extend our transformation and vision. Engaging in discipleship demands continuous learning, abundant opportunities for personal reflection and active demonstration of Christ’s Love, and identification and refinement of God’s Gifts within our community. Our Associate Pastor should model compassion, growth, unconditional care, and innovation.

This person should have a deep and growing faith in Jesus Christ, be kind, gregarious, and gifted at networking and building genuine relationships, affirming and accepting, committed to interpersonal communication and managing volunteers and events. He/she should be digitally savvy with a keen eye towards emerging trends and culturally relevant with strong awareness and a sense for effective media communication and strategy.

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

As a faith community in transition, this individual will guide and challenge us in reinvigorating our programs and ministries to align with our defined vision. All we do should consistently reflect the discipleship path for our members and guests. We want to be an effective discipling church by engaging people through groups, gifts discovery, and mission projects. This pastor will strategically assimilate newcomers by connecting them with the discipleship path, moving from mere attendance to full commitment and participation in living the mission statement.

  • Assess – much of what we do, we have always done. We want someone to “hold up the mirror” and gauge fit against vision clarifying the role of Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Engagement
  • Engage young adults – clarifying and launching a path for middle and high school youth that equips students to study Scripture, process and share their faith in Jesus, respond to a hurting world through mission and love themselves, their families, and friends
  • Lifelong education – delineating and responding to brokenness in the world through cultural awareness and ongoing education and small group ministries raising the bar for all members and guests
  • Mission – deliver local mission projects that engage the congregation and invite visitors in lifelong discipleship
  • Equip – identify and support leaders with spiritual gifts equipping them for service as they host engaging events, mission projects, and creative ways of reaching the all generations
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Change Agent
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $60,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Dr. Jennifer McNutt
501 College Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 752-5000
Jennifer.mcnutt@wheaton.eduRev. Chris Griggs
Local College Professor
Rev. Chris Griggs
550 North Main St., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 469-2007
Neighboring Pastor
Gary DeClute
P.O. Box 1041, Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 212-8544
Ministry Partner
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   7/31/2020

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:  Elder Luke Widmer Address  2089 Wexford Circle, Wheaton, IL 60187
Daytime Phone  (407) 468-9701 Office Phone 
Fax  Email