Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 72568.AA5

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 72568
Ministry Name Presbytery of Blackhawk
Mailing Address P.O. Box 199
Oregon, IL 61061-0911
Phone (815)732-6111
Fax (815)732-7325
WWW Address
Ministry Size N/A
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 1%
Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 95%
Other 1%
Average Worship Attendance 0
Church School Attendance 0
Yoked Church False
Community Type N/A
Last Information from Statistics of the Church  * (  Show Statistics  )
* Data availability is not guaranteed

Information about the position

Position:   General Presbyter/Executive Presbyter/Presbytery Leader
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:   Transformational Presbyter (5-yr term, renewable)
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
Grounded in the biblical image for human community, as disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, we challenge and support congregations to be thriving faith communities by facilitating competent leadership and resourcing to energize ministry and mission.

As Christians, guided by the principles of love, trust, open communication, and genuine relationships, we value each other as sisters and brothers in faith in all our varied theological understandings. Therefore, we relish respectful discussions of differing opinions as a necessary part of discerning the will of God.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
One of our strengths as Presbyterians comes from the fact that we hold a wide spectrum of beliefs. And, while in Blackhawk we are not always at our best, we typically value our diversity, claiming it as a gift from God which helps to enrich our community. We believe that diversity teaches us to truly listen to one another. That, in turn, provides potential entry points for understanding and meeting the spiritual and physical needs of people both inside and outside our churches.

We believe that a well-functioning presbytery can build on the respective strengths of our various congregations and synergistically build them into a prophetic partnership that may better discern the will of God and further the work of the kingdom in our region.

We believe that Christ is relevant in all generations. Therefore, we are hungry to discover methods to demonstrate his power and his love for a world that is rapidly changing and for individuals who are searching for ways to fill that God-shaped hole in their lives. 
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
We live in a country with rapidly-evolving customs led partially by technology that allows us to substitute artificial community for real-life interactions. Technology also helps to feed into our innate desire to be confirmed in our existing beliefs rather than being encouraged to learn and grow by being exposed to differing opinions. But that often leads to misunderstandings and a lack of trust.

We believe Jesus Christ loves all people and calls us to do the same. Therefore, we are called to love our friends as well as our enemies, to engage everyone in a respectful and winsome manner and to build community with all who are willing both within our congregations and in their larger populations.

When we focus on our congregations, we hope to share our successes and to share our learnings from those attempts that didn’t work out. Above all, we feel called to pray for and encourage one another in this time of change so that we might begin to see the possibilities that lie within those changes.

In our presbytery specifically, we are in the process of spinning off our camp/conference center as a separate entity, providing an opportunity for us to move in new directions for mission. We are also in transition in regards to pastoral leadership, opening us to new paradigms. We are also hoping to find new ways to develop connections between our disparate congregations. 
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
Our Transformational Presbyter will help us by:
  • Providing spiritual leadership for the Presbytery
  • Providing churches a personal connection to the Presbytery
  • Providing pastors needed support
  • Providing staff support for the Commissions and Committees and encouragement and support for congregations in seeking pastoral leadership
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
  • A prophetic voice, committed to the Gospel, who seeks creative solutions, leads into change, and serves as a passionate visionary
  • A priestly guide who prays with and for the Presbytery, is spiritually mature, is theologically grounded with Reformed understanding, and practices careful discernment and wise judgment
  • A pastoral presence who nurtures and builds relationships (with people, congregations, and communities) communicates effectively (listens well, seeks to understand others’ perspectives, shares openly and honestly), and develops leadership potential in others
  • A Minister of Word and Sacrament or Ruling Elder of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) whose life and ministry reflects a relationship with Jesus Christ
  • A leader with passion for effective adaptive mid-council ministry
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Our Transformational Presbyter will be responsible to work in these four areas:
  • Visioning
  • Pastoring
  • Connections
  • Resourcing
Please visit our website for a complete job description. 
Optional Links
  • This position is for a 5-year term, renewable upon the Personnel Committee's recommendation for Presbytery approval in the fourth year.  
  • The Transformational Presbyter will report to Presbytery Council and Presbytery Assembly and will be evaluated by the presbytery through the Personnel Committee.
  • Please visit our website for more information about Blackhawk Presbytery, or our Facebook page 
  • Here are some other significant links:
  • To be considered for the position, PIFs and answers to supplemental questions must be electronically submitted to no later than March 12, 2020.
  • Candidates being considered for face-to-face interviews will be notified by April 15, 2020.
  • Face-to-face interviews will take place May 11-13, 2020. Candidates must be present for the entire interview.
  • The successful candidate needs to be available for the June 2, 2020 Presbytery meeting in Oregon, IL.
  • The starting date for the Transformational Presbyter is negotiable, but our hope is that he or she will begin on or around August 1, 2020.
Supplemental Questions:
Please answer all of the following questions as thoroughly and succinctly as possible, using no more than a total of five pages:
1. How do you facilitate sustainable change in a church system? Please give us an example of your experience doing that.
2. Into what situation have you put your heart and soul and yet failed to get the outcome you desired? Tell us about the situation, why the outcome was not what you anticipated, and what you learned about yourself as a result.
3. What have you done to build trust and facilitate connections within the community where you currently work? Please give specific examples.
4. Why are you interested in this position, and what about the position excites you? What gives you some concern?
5. How would you address the problem of churches that are not participating in per capita funds?
6. How do you see the role of Commissioned Pastors in the presbytery?
All PIFs and answers to supplemental questions must be electronically received by March 12, 2020. Please submit both to
Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Change Agent
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $65,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Sue Krummel
815 W. Van Buren St. Suite 415, Chicago IL 60607
(312) 488-3000 ext 6
Executive Presbyter of Chicago Presbytery
Rev. Doug Forsberg
1100 Calvin Rd., PO Box 215, Rochelle IL 61068
815-562-7053 (office), 26
Teaching Elder, member of presbytery
Laurie Walker
2151 E. US Highway 34, Leland IL 60531
815-495-3692 (home), 815-
Commissioned Pastor, member of presbytery
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   2/7/2020

Self-referral Contact Information

PNC:  Co-Chairs: Rev. Jim McCrea / Rev. Deb Swets Address  Jim: 305 Hill Street, Galena IL 61036 / Deb: 11839 S. Heggs Rd., Plainfield IL 60585
Daytime Phone  J:8157770229/D:630904114 Office Phone  J:3092356215/D:3314442950
Fax  Email