Presbyterian Church of Western Springs (PCWS) is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) located in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. PCWS has over 325 members with 100 people in attendance during Sunday worship with approximately 25 youth on the rolls. There has been much change in the staff at PCWS in the past few years and, with the arrival of a new called pastor last August, we are now working to rebuild our program staff to support the ongoing ministries and to creatively work to establish new ministries. This is an exciting time in the life of a congregation that has faithfully served the community for nearly 65 years.
PCWS has a long history of youth ministry for both middle school and high school students. Many of our adult members were once students in the youth programs and have had children graduate through the programs. This rich history provides both challenges and opportunities. Our next Director of Youth Ministry (DYM) will be tasked with supporting existing programs while also identifying ways that the program can be changed to fit current trends and philosophies of youth ministry. While many people are attached to “the way things have always been,” the candidate for this position will need to be sensitive to this while also confident enough to guide the congregation into the next chapter of innovative youth ministry at PCWS.
Working closely with the pastor, the candidate will design and implement programs for middle school and high school that focus on the following areas: faith formation/education, worship, fellowship, and mission. Weekly gatherings are expected to include elements of learning, worship, and fellowship (recognizing that there will be exceptions to this pattern). This will be new for many of the youth as they have been accustomed to a primary focus on fellowship/fun during monthly or twice-monthly gatherings. In addition to weekly youth group gatherings, separate opportunities for Bible study, fellowship, and mission will also need to be planned and executed. This includes a week-long high school mission trip.
The DYM will be expected to be in worship on Sunday mornings and assist in worship periodically while also encouraging the involvement of youth in worship leadership and in attendance. Currently, we offer Sunday School for middle school students twice a month. Our plan is to continue to do this with the DYM teaching one Sunday per month and a volunteer teaching the other.
As part of their approach to youth ministry, the DYM should consider building relationships with the youth of the church a top priority. This involves attending sporting events, performances, and other opportunities to show support to the youth, in addition to being available for conversation, counseling, and fun.
The youth ministry components of this position are expected to be approximately 3/4 time. In order to make this position fulltime, we are open to finding the right match between our needs and the skills/interests of the candidate. Our priority is finding someone who is the right candidate for the DYM position, and after that, if fulltime employment is desired by the candidate, we will discuss whether some combination of the following ministry areas would be appropriate for the candidate: - Children’s Ministry (Sunday School coordination and planning and special events) - Mission - Outreach - Church Life - Adult Education/Ministry - Young Adult/College Ministry
This structure provides an exciting opportunity for someone with a youth ministry focus to explore other areas of interest and ministry. A final job description for the individual will be crafted with the candidate.
Based on the above description of the position, the ideal candidate will be a committed follower of Jesus Christ and an enthusiastic and experienced youth worker with an ongoing passion for youth ministry. They should be able to work with limited supervision and require minimal administrative support. The candidate will be a partner in ministry with the Pastor, The Rev. Erik Khoobyarian, who started his call at PCWS in August 2018. This position is an opportunity to join the ministry team in the early stages with opportunities for significant input and leadership.
Salary will be commensurate with experience and responsibility. While this position is not a called/installed position, ordained candidates or candidates in the Presbyterian Church (USA) ordination process are encouraged to contact us to discuss your interest and individual situation.
Learn more about our church and programs at presbyws.org and we look forward to hearing from you!
For more information about the position and search, please contact The Rev. Erik Khoobyarian at email@example.com
Bachelor’s degree required; Master of Divinity or other theological graduate degree preferred
About Presbyterian Church of Western Springs
The Presbyterian Church of Western Springs was founded in the spring of 1955 when four couples met with the Presbytery of Chicago’s Church Extension Board for the purpose of starting a new congregation in Western Springs. On September 11, 1955, Warren Graham, a McCormick Theological Seminary student and a founding group held their first worship service at the Forest Hills Elementary School. On December 18, 1955, the Presbytery of Chicago formally chartered the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs with 67 members and a Sunday School of 56 students. A congregation was born!
Construction of the church building began in 1959 and the first building was completed in the spring of 1960. To support our longstanding commitment to Christian education for all ages, an addition was completed in 1999 to provide more space to serve the needs of the congregation. Since its founding, ministry and mission have been at the heart of this vital community of faith.
Throughout its history, the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs has maintained a commitment to serving the needs of its congregation and the community. An addition to the building in 1999 brought greater accessibility and increas...ed classroom space. Through pastoral care, programs and a deep commitment to mission beyond our walls we continue to serve with energy, intelligence, imagination and love.
PCWS is a welcoming, intergenerational and mission-focused community seeking to reflect God’s inclusive love. We are a vibrant, joyful congregation of people of all ages. We have members from all over the Western Suburbs of Chicago and visitors are always welcome.
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