Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 72431.AC0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 72431
Ministry Name Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois
Mailing Address currently c/o First Presbyterian 915 E Orange St,
Hoopeston, IL 60942
Phone 217-423-1396
WWW Address
Ministry Size N/A
Ethnic Composition Asian 3%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 2%
White 95%
Average Worship Attendance 0
Church School Attendance 0
Yoked Church False
Presbytery Southeastern Illinois
Community Type N/A
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Information about the position

Position:   General Presbyter/Executive Presbyter/Presbytery Leader
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:   Lead Presbyter for Transformation/Stated Clerk
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:
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Our mission is to connect, equip, and inspire Presbyterians as we walk with Jesus Christ. During more than a year of deep listening to the Spirit, we have realized that our current organizational model, one designed for a larger presbytery, no longer serves our needs, and our current leadership model is unsustainable. With confidence that God is calling us to new life, we are seeking a path forward that will lead us to financial stability, spiritual health, and a hopeful future. We envision PSEI as an organization that breathes new life into congregations eager for transformation while assisting others as they make hard decisions about their ministries. We trust that the God who raised Jesus from the dead and sent the Holy Spirit to inspire timid disciples to share the good news—no matter the risk, has a dream for us that is bigger than mere survival. To meet the current demands of our churches, the cultural shifts we cannot avoid, the technological challenges we face, and the brokenness in our communities that makes God weep, we are called to new ways of connecting, inspiring, and equipping our congregations. We seek a Lead Presbyter for Transformation/Stated Clerk (LPTSC) who is called to foster transformation by engaging pastors and encouraging congregations to work together to serve God and share the good news of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

Our Presbytery is theologically, economically, and geographically diverse, with a few large and mid-size congregations and many small ones—some struggling. Currently almost half of our 79 churches do not have pastoral leadership. In response, our COM has established a Moderator Development Team, which trains ruling elders who are then commissioned to serve particular congregations as moderators. We are hopeful this creative response can be replicated in other areas of our life together. We seek a partner in our LPTSC who can help us support our small churches by imagining congregational leadership options, building trust with those that feel disenfranchised by and disconnected from the body, and encouraging the faithful community-based mission they are already doing. Mission is the heartbeat of PSEI. Our churches have long supported Kemmerer Village, Marion Medical Mission, and Camp Carew. We have just concluded a presbytery-wide campaign for RIP Medical Debt Relief, raising more than $27,000, and look forward to other cooperative projects. We want to find ways to celebrate the faithfulness of congregations and pastors as we live into our new life together.

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

The LPTSC will help us envision, articulate, and move into the something new to which God is calling us. We seek to prioritize mission and community, embrace a more flexible polity that can be responsive in our different contexts, and share the work of the presbytery in ways that are life-giving and build up the body of Christ. Hopeful spiritual leadership is required to inspire pastors and congregations to forge new partnerships within the presbytery. The LPTSC will work collegially with pastors and ruling elders as we examine and re-imagine our committee structure and functions so that we can provide effective pastoral support and congregational assistance. We want to continue focusing on what it means to create community, heal divisions, and work toward fulfilling the Great Ends of the Church. An encouraging and creative leader with a heart for and appreciation of congregational ministry can counter the stigma of irrelevance that many small churches feel and help them see they are doing the work of God and contributing to the mission of the larger church. An LPTSC with an understanding of the unique contributions and expectations of our tradition will remind us how good it is to be Presbyterian.

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

The LPTSC will provide dynamic spiritual, transformational, and innovative leadership. The individual will have strong executive, interpersonal, and communication skills, as well as the personal leadership gifts to forge new relationships and partnerships with and among churches. Knowledgeable of organizations and systems, the LPTSC will be proficient at creating cultural change, beginning with the restructuring and right sizing of the presbytery. These tasks will require an individual with a collaborative style who is comfortable partnering with congregations, sessions, and pastoral leaders throughout the presbytery. This adaptive leader will encourage, inspire, and motivate others to innovate so that our churches can make disciples and minister to our hurting world today in central and southern Illinois. The LPTSC will be an excellent communicator, giving voice to our hopes and possibilities and pastorally addressing the anxiety and resistance that will accompany change. This pastoral leader will be comfortable with the reality of conflict in the church and have the skills to address it and help others through it. The grace-filled LPTSC will be an engaged and patient coach as we experience the birthing pains of this labor, will accept us in our vulnerability, and will be fully with us in the messiness of this transition.

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


  • Please visit our website for the complete job description. Ths is a 5-yr renewable position.
  • PIFs and supplemental answers must be submitted to by July 24, 2021.
  • Finalists will be notified on/before July 29, 2021.
  • In-person interviews will take place Aug 18-20, 2021.

Supplemental Questions:

Please electronically submit answers to the following questions, as thoroughly and succinctly as possible:

  1. Why are you interested in the position of Lead Presbyter for Transformation and Stated Clerk? What excites you and what gives you concern?
  2. Please identify and discuss your leadership style, capabilities and accomplishments which demonstrate that you can effectively lead adaptive change with others including colleagues, committees and congregations.
  3. What have you done to build trust and facilitate communication within the community in which you currently serve? Please give specific examples.  How might you do this at the presbytery level?
  4. In your experience what contributes to healthy congregations and transformational systemic change and therefore contributes to a vital presbytery? How have you promoted the health and vitality of congregations? How might you do this at the presbytery level?
  5. Please describe two challenges that you have recently dealt with which illustrate how you proactively dealing with conflict or change.

Remember, all PIFs AND supplemental answers must be electronically submitted to no later than July 24, 2021.

Optional Links

Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois website & Facebook page

Synod of Lincoln Trails website & Facebook page

To browse churches in the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois, please start here.

A sample of Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois misison partners:

DREAAM (Driven to Reach Excellence in African American Males)

Kemmerer Village

Marion Medical Mission

McKinley Foundation

Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Change Agent
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
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
Rev. Ann Schwartz
801 E Washington St., Hoopeston, IL 60942
Teaching elder
Rev. Matt Matthews
First Presbyterian Church, Champaign 302 W Church, Champaign, IL 61820
Teaching elder
Ms. Jennifer Burke
301 S Friedline Dr, Carbondale, IL 62901
Ruling elder
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:  7/24/2021
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   6/23/2021

Self-referral Contact Information

PNC:  DeAna Manns and Mike Wakeland, co-chairs Address  P.O. Box 199 Mt. Zion, IL 62549
Daytime Phone  217-428-2339 Office Phone  618-322-8959
Fax  Email