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Church/Organization General Information

Church/Organization Number 01580
Church/Organization Name Fourth PC
Mailing Address 126 E. Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone (312) 787-4570
Fax (312) 787-4584
WWW Address
Church/Organization Size More than 1500 members
Ethnic Composition African American 2%
Caucasian 94%
Korean 2%
Other 2%
Average Worship Attendance 1500
Church School Attendance 250
Curriculum We Believe
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:   Pastor (Head of Staff)
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
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.

Brief description of the church/organization's programs or accomplishments:

Legacy: Founded in 1871, the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago moved to its current location on Michigan Avenue in 1914 and has had five head pastors in the last 100 years. Over the past few decades, Fourth Church has become a destination for families and young adults, each year, on average, baptizing 135 infants, confirming 25 eighth-graders, and welcoming 240 new members. Today, we are a growing congregation, with four worship services every Sunday and a full- and part-time staff of 175.

Congregational Life: Our recently updated membership records reflect a congregation of 5,400 members. Our programs include Sunday School, adult education, groups for new mothers and young adults, and a Center for Life and Learning serving older adults. Our Counseling Center helps address the emotional and mental health needs of congregants and the community. Fourth Church also has a growing social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. The annual budget of the church and its programs is approximately $9 million.

Outreach and Mission: Chicago Lights, a 501©(3) nonprofit mission arm, facilitates many Fourth Church outreach services. The Tutoring Program provides weekly one-to-one tutoring and healthy meals to 400 economically disadvantaged students. Our Social Service Center annually meets the basic human needs of more than 1,660 adults who are homeless or living in poverty. Fourth Church also organizes and funds numerous local, national, and international mission trips each year.

Gifts, Skills and Experiences the congregation possesses to fulfill its mission:

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, musical programs, volunteer activities, and major life events.

Strong Pastoral Staff and Lay Leaders: A staff of eight ordained clergy members works 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 the financial, legal, and property affairs of the church), and 20-member Chicago Lights Board. We also have a Personnel Committee, which works with the Pastor to create staffing plans and administer annual reviews, and a Joint Finance Committee, which works with the staff on financial matters.

New 80,000-Square-Foot Building: We are constructing a five-story modern building, called the Gratz Center, which will be connected to our 1914 Gothic building. The new building will house classrooms, a dining room and kitchen, a 300-seat chapel, a large gathering space, and a children’s area and playground. It is a symbol of our affirmation of the church’s past and our leap of faith into the future.

Key theological issues of the church and society that are reflected in the ministry of the congregation/organization:

Reformed and Always Reforming: At Fourth Church, 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, which 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 on 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 our congregation’s efforts to engage in activities with our Jewish and Muslim neighbors and with other churches in the city.

A Leader in the PC (USA) and the Nation: Fourth Church clergy and members have held significant leadership roles in the PC (USA) and the Presbytery of Chicago. We are a founding member of the Covenant Network, and our commitment to diversity led to the formation of the Multicultural Committee, which arranges programming to enhance the inclusivity of our church.

Position Description

A. Major Responsibilities:

The Pastor will:

  • Lead Fourth Church’s worship life and continue the dynamic preaching tradition, inspiring the congregation and the lay officers
  • Serve as the head of staff—supervising, building, and developing a collegial team of ordained and non-ordained staff members
  • Nurture the spiritual and educational development of the members of the congregation
  • Oversee the development and implementation of effective evangelism programs
  • Manage the resources of the church and the deployment of those resources
  • Champion the church's fundraising, stewardship, and resource development initiatives
  • Be committed to nurturing children and families
  • Maintain and foster strong relations with the Presbytery of Chicago and the PC (USA)
  • Develop working relationships with leaders of other faith communities

B.  Characteristics and qualifications needed

Over the past 100 years, Fourth Church has been led by five pastors, each of whom has preached with conviction, led with vision, and faced head-on the issues of the time, leaving a lasting legacy. We are seeking a leader who is a gifted preacher with spiritual and intellectual depth. The pastor will be:

  • A visionary who will be respectful of Fourth Church's past while leading boldly into the future
  • An intellectually rigorous leader who is still growing in faith
  • A person of vitality able to minister to a congregation diverse in age, faith backgrounds, and experiences
  • An outstanding communicator with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build consensus, who listens well and exhibits humility
  • An active supporter of Fourth Church's mission work locally and globally
  • An experienced administrator with the ability to lead a sizable staff, engage the congregation in effective fundraising and stewardship programs, and understand the finances and operations of a large, complex church

Primary Skill Choices:
Administrative Leadership
Communication (Written / Oral)
Community Service and Leadership
Corporate Worship / Sacraments
Ecumenical and Interfaith Activities
Fund Raising
Involvement in Mission Beyond the Local Church
Problem Solving / Decision Making
Strategic Planning
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $100,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Address Phone Numbers Relation Email
Hugh Halverstadt 1000 Fair Oaks Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302-1338 (312) 972-0153 Prof of Ministry, ret'd, McCormick
Nancy Enderle 2111 Adams St., Madison, WI 53711-2149 (608) 442-6721 Int Exec Dir, Covenant Network
Deborah Kapp 1201 N. Harvey Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302-1141 (708) 386-7678 Prof of Urban Min, McCormick
Geographic Choices:   Unlimited
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   5/29/2012

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   JAN EDMISTON Address  815 W. VAN BUREN #500, CHICAGO IL 60607
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (312) 488-3000
Fax  (312) 243-8409 Email
Daytime Phone  630-833-6600 Office Phone  630-833-6600
Fax  Email
PNC:  Juli Crabtree, co-chair Address  126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago IL 60611
Daytime Phone  (773) 935-7553 Office Phone  (312) 972-1444
Fax  (773) 296-6158 Email