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Church/Organization General Information

Church/Organization Number 08955
Church/Organization Name Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church (LPPC)
Mailing Address 600 West Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614-2614
Phone 773-248-8288
Fax 773-248-1915
WWW Address
Church/Organization Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition African American 4%
Caucasian 90%
Chinese 2%
Hispanic Puerto Rican 1%
Japanese 1%
Hispanic Mexican / Central American 2%
Average Worship Attendance 53
Church School Attendance 8
Curriculum 8 children/12 adults; Bible Quest for younger children, Rock Solid for older children and teens
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 (Solo)
Specific Title:   Pastor
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

Mission Statement:

Living in Faith, Caring with Courage

Vision Statement:

With God’s help, we can do great things!

At Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church we strive to demonstrate the open, inclusive and accepting love of Jesus Christ.

We pray, sing, study and worship in old ways and new, inviting families of all sorts – singles, couples, and children – to nurture their faith in a growing and vibrant congregation.

We promote God’s justice and peace in our community and in our world. We seek the call of God to the next big thing and pray mightily that we receive the gifts to heed the invitation.

For more information, visit our website:

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

We can be described by words from our Mission and Vision Statements: “living in faith” through day-to-day ministry and “caring with courage” as we take on the “big things.”

Worship is at the heart of our common life, and through music, readings, interpretation and testimony, we share responsibility for liturgy as the “work of the people.” Recently, to appeal to young families, we changed our worship start time and incorporated a time for children; we have seen a positive response. Our small, dedicated choir accompanied by our historic organ provides strong music.

Programs include our KidSpace church school, Bible study, the women’s book group, occasional forums and study series, young adult lunches, and ongoing experiments in small group ministry.

We are passionate about social justice concerns: affordable housing, women’s issues, fair trade and more. We were one of the first More Light churches (1981) and continue to work towards LGBT equality. Half of our building is used by the Lincoln Park Community Shelter and we recently led a successful legal and zoning battle so that this place can still be a home for people transitioning from homelessness to independent living. Many of us volunteer to cook dinners and make lunches for Shelter guests. We like hands-on ministry.

We are concerned that most of our many visitors do not return to participate or become members. We worry about our financial sustainability and the upkeep of our 125-year-old building. We are seeking new ideas.

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

Ours is a resilient congregation. We are likely to debate about a number of issues, but rarely does that paralyze us. We are willing to take on the tough questions. We have a knack for moving back and forth between thinking and action.

We are educated in a number of disciplines: journalism, social work, theology, music, science and the humanities. We are lawyers, teachers, writers and project managers. At our best we are able to call on and affirm these gifts in our members, both in the church and in the world. The ministry of the laity is central to our self-concept.

Ours is a regional congregation. Some of us can walk to worship, but most of us reside in other Chicago neighborhoods.

We regularly commit resources to addressing social justice concerns. We pray and we write letters and we show up for hearings. Four capital campaigns have raised funds for building restoration.

We are considered a desirable field education site among the seminary students who have served with us through the years. Many still cite their experience here as a major contribution in their preparation for ministry.

Our younger members appreciate our open-mindedness, and we work at being open to what God is up to in the world. Paying attention is important for us.
We are concerned about burnout in our small congregation as well as the ongoing need for leadership development. Yet we maintain a sense of humor. Laughter and serious discussion characterize our Session meetings. Our potlucks are legendary.

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

Jesus embodied God’s radical hospitality. He ate with sinners, forgave his persecutors, and welcomed those considered “the least” into God’s realm.
We seek to live out this model and work to challenge and remove barriers (including ecclesiastical ones) to God’s inclusive welcome and love. We strive to accept all people God gives to us.
We cultivate hospitality in our congregational life. From passing the peace in worship to our time of fellowship after worship, we endeavor to be a welcoming community.
Our commitment to social justice is another expression of hospitality. From our roots in 1843 as a Sabbath school ministry with immigrants to providing shelter for demonstrators attending the 1968 Democratic Convention, from our late member David Sindt holding a sign at the 1974 General Assembly asking “Is Anyone Else Out There Gay?” to housing the Shelter for those who are homeless, we live out our mission of hospitality intentionally.
God’s realm has not yet fully come, nor is our work done. We struggle with the horror of handgun violence in our city. Our neighborhood is undergoing change that may displace lower and middle income people. We worry about the cultural shifts in how Christianity is perceived and how we can best “do church” in ways that will appeal to new generations. As our Vision Statement asserts, “We seek the call of God to the next big thing and pray mightily that we receive the gifts to heed the invitation.” And we pray our next pastor will help guide us there.

Position Description

A. Major Responsibilities:

 A. Worship
• Plan worship; oversee bulletin preparation
• Consult with choir director/organist regularly
• Prepare/deliver sermons
• Preside over monthly communion
• Lead/support children’s participation in worship
• Plan special services including occasional services with neighbor churches
B. Pastoral Care
• Visit sick/frail members and friends in collaboration with appropriate committee
• Be in contact with those in crisis situations; make referrals as appropriate
• Advise on creating a system for care
• Observe requirements of neighborhood agreement regarding ministry to persons in need at church door
• Meet quarterly with Pastoral Support Team
C. Administration
• Moderate Session and congregational meetings; consult regularly with Clerk
• Establish goals with Session; nurture reflection on our ministry
• Attend committee meetings
• Manage staff; hold regular meetings
• Supervise Seminary Assistant
• Maintain contact with the Director of the Lincoln Park Community Shelter
• Attend Presbytery meetings
• Establish regular office hours
• Oversee monthly/weekly communications and updating of website
• Write column for newsletter and post comments on the Facebook page
D. Education
• Present two adult studies per year
• Advise on children’s programs; lead confirmation class
• Lead periodic educational events after worship
• Develop leadership training
E. Mission
• Take part in mission and advocacy projects
• Participate in select community organizations
A full position description is available upon request.

B.  Characteristics and qualifications needed
We are looking for a pastor whose work will stimulate and re-energize current members while helping us envision and enact worship and programs that connect with neighbors and visitors.

We believe that person will be (in no particular order):

• Bold & courageous
• Dynamic
• Progressive
• A compelling and articulate communicator – both in speech and writing
• A thoughtful and inspiring preacher, encouraging teacher, and creative worship leader
• Able to encourage growth and leadership among members
• Versed in how to “do church” in the 21st century in order to reach a new generation of people
• Strong in spiritual and faith development
• Smart – Offering insightful theological analysis, strategic thinking to help chart our course, and adept at problem-solving
• Compassionate & nurturing
• A team player – Committed to working with strong lay leaders, other staff members, and neighborhood church partners
• Flexible & spontaneous – Able to deal with unpredictability
• A seeker of social justice and supporter of our missions
• Eager to enhance outreach in the Lincoln Park community
• Experienced with family ministry – Including young adults and both traditional and non-traditional families
• Skilled in pastoral care
• Tech-savvy and willing to embrace and use social media
• Supportive of an all-inclusive vision of the church
We're searching for a pastor to help us define our next big thing and provide us with the leadership to make it happen.

Primary Skill Choices:
Administrative Leadership
Communication (Written / Oral)
Congregational Redevelopment / Transformation
Corporate Worship / Sacraments
Family Ministry
Involvement in Mission Beyond the Local Church
Pastoral Care
Urban Ministry
Young Adult Ministry
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $43,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Address Phone Numbers Relation Email
The Rev. Kent Organ 400 E. Ohio Street, #3203, Chicago, IL 60611 312-532-2419 (cell) Current Interim Pastor
The Rev. Christine Vogel McCormick Theological Seminary, 5460 S. University Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615 773-947-6316 (office) Dean of Students/VP for Student Affairs, McCormick
The Rev. Janice Edmiston Presbytery of Chicago, 815 W. Van Buren Street, #500, Chicago, IL 60607 703-855-5173 (cell) Interim Associate Executive Presbyter
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   1/25/2013

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:  Rebecca Devlin Address  5235 W. Dakin Street, Chicago, IL 60641
Daytime Phone  773-750-6179 (cell) Office Phone  773-286-3545 (home)
Fax  773-279-1198 Email