3/13/17: Parish Life Director (Chicago, IL)

What are you looking for?
Parish Life Director
What’s the name of your church or organization?
Church of Our Savior
Where is the job site located?
Chicago, IL
What do you want this person to do?
Church of Our Saviour [COS] an Episcopal congregation in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, is seeking a full-time ministerial colleague for the parish’s rector. Applicants can be priests, deacons or members of laity, and will fulfill the function of their order within the congregation’s life. All applicants must have a solid background in congregational oversight, a working comprehension of the worship and pastoral life of an Episcopal parish, and, since most office work is accomplished electronically, an excellent command of business and communication software.

COS is a mid-sized congregation, but its life and ministries outstrip its size. It is a congregation moving into a deeper appreciation of mission and ministry in the 21st century, hence, the non-traditional title, chosen to represent a congregational leader who is engaged in nurturing the mission of the people who comprise the congregation. The Parish Life Director will work closely with the Rector to ensure that core areas of parish life are executed well and support both current members of the congregation and are attractive and welcoming to newcomers. The Parish Life Director will also work closely with lay leadership, who are vital to COS’s success in worship and programming.

The parish has divided its life into five ‘Mission Areas:’
1. Praising God
2. Growing as Christians
3. Serving Others
4. Stewarding Resources
5. Participating in the Larger Church

The Parish Life Director will join the leadership team in ensuring that all five Mission Areas work well in the service of the parish, its members and the neighborhood it serves. At the same time, the Parish Life Director will have direct responsibility for two of the first three Mission Areas, depending on the specific gifts of the applicant. [the Rector will take responsibility for the third Mission Area.]

Hence, successful applicants will, prior to making an application to COS, discern which two of the three Mission Areas most align with their experience and professional acumen. The specific duties of the three Mission Areas are as follow:

Are One: Praising God
• General oversight of all aspects of public worship and private prayer opportunities at Church of Our Saviour;
• Direct supervision of all paid members of the worship team (most notably, parish music ministers);
• Develop and maintain a close working relationship with all worship volunteers, ensuring that the volunteer experience is a good one and that each part of the worship team has the resources they need;
• Produce all worship bulletins, including weekly liturgies for each of the three Sunday services, as well as special services throughout the year, funerals and weddings as required;
• Provide leadership for the members of the Worship Ministry Cluster and coordinate their efforts throughout the year;
• Ensure that the church is prepared for each upcoming worship service or special event;
• Calendar with all the various constituents of the Worship Ministry Cluster to make optimal use of worship and rehearsal space;
• Communicate with the various minister engaged in worship throughout the week to ensure that Sunday and special liturgies run smoothly;
• Ensure that all worship records are maintained;
• Maintain the preaching and presiding rotas and assist other ministry leaders in maintain the usher, lay reader, intercessor and welcome rotas.

Area 2: Growing as Christians
• General oversight of all aspects of Christian formation and spiritual development at Church of Our Saviour;
• Develop and maintain a clear understanding of the sacramental activities of the parish and provide inspired leadership for Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, weddings and funerals. (Some of these areas will require direct oversight and organization—like weddings—while others will require good working relationships with those who manage the preparation for particular sacraments.)
• Ensure that the liturgies for specific sacraments are well managed;
• Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with those engaged in children’s Christian formation, including a clear awareness of the philosophy of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and the curricula used in Junior and Senior High classrooms;
• Meet regularly with COS children’s formation leaders
• Develop and maintain an excellent relationship with households in the parish whose children are currently registered in any of the formation programs offered at COS;
• Oversee the Nursery staff;
• Ensure that the Keeping God’s People Safe program is well maintained;
• Support all adolescent and teenager activities outside of Sunday School, especially the Junior and Senior High Youth Groups;
• Support all adult activities, including the Adult Forum, E.F.M., End of Life Ministries, the Parish Book Club, Lenten Programs, etc. (note: most programs listed above have leaders in place to actually run them—the Parish Life Director is to act in a supervisory and supportive capacity);
• Develop and maintain good working relationships with both vestry and parish council members who have specific oversight in these areas;
• Help to oversee and develop annual budgets in these areas;
• Help to develop good experiences for all volunteers in these areas and to ensure that they have all the resources they need, including their own continuing ed.

Area 3: Serving Others
• General oversight of all the ministries involved in Care for One Another, Gather Together, Care for Friends and General Outreach;
• Develop and maintain excellent relationships with all volunteer leaders in the individual ministries of each cluster, recognizing that the ministries differ in nature and will require different kinds of mentorship and support;
• Develop and maintain excellent relationships with both vestry and parish council leaders representing these areas;
• Provide oversight and support in the managing and developing annual budgets;
• Nurture the development of good working relationships within each of the clusters;
• Help to support the efforts of the Care For Friends volunteers and provide staff liaisons with the Care For Friends Executive Director;
• Work closely with both Youth Groups in their outreach endeavors—Heifer Project for the Junior High and A.S.P. for the Senior High (the latter includes a major annual fundraising dinner);
• Support COS’s participation in the Chiapas Project, a diocesan relationship with one state in the Diocese of South East Mexico;
• Provide leadership for not only the regularly scheduled programs, but for special events as they arise, and to help envision appropriate responses to community needs.

The position is full-time. Given the nature of ministry work, there will be evening and weekend commitments. Weekly presence on Sundays is not required, but some regular Sunday attendance will be necessary to supervise the Nursery, oversee Christian Formation volunteers and develop relationships with families.

Remuneration is consistent with the Diocesan expectations for full-time ministers, including pension and health care benefits.

Please send resumes to personnel@coschurch.org.

What type of commitment are you looking for?
Full time
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Please send resumes to personnel@coschurch.org
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