Hi TCPC Colleagues! I've been a member for a couple years, but not really active on-line yet. I'm posting this on behalf of the church where I'm a member, Lake Street Church of Evanston, IL. Please help me spread the word. Peace and love, Rev. Jacki Belile, CEC, ELI-MP Living Well Ministries www.livingwellministries.net Job Opening Interim Minister Lake Street Church of Evanston is seeking a full-time Interim Minister to serve our theologically liberal, socially progressive, and welcoming and affirming congregation beginning in November 2010 through the search process and installation of a new Senior Pastor. The Interim Minister will have primary responsibility for preaching and worship leadership, will manage and lead the LSC staff, and provide support and guidance for the congregation as we thoughtfully refine our understanding of our identity and develop a vision for our future. Interested parties are encouraged to explore the church’s website, www.lakestreet.org, where the church Covenant and other pages provide more information about the theology, history, and life of the community. This opening comes as a result of the retirement of the Senior Minister who has served Lake Street Church for 30 years, alongside an Associate Minister who has been serving for the past seven years. Under this leadership, the church has developed an inquiring spirituality, an appreciation of contemplative and mystical traditions of Christianity, and an engagement in social justice ministries. It is an intellectually vigorous congregation that draws upon the spiritual resources of many traditions and celebrates the common ground shared with other faith traditions. The Interim Minister will be an experienced pastor with a well-developed sense of pastoral and personal identity to provide calm, thoughtful, and flexible leadership through this period of change. Strong skills in preaching, listening, communicating, networking, discernment, facilitating small groups, and conflict resolution are necessary. The ability to facilitate the congregation’s self study through a variety of means is important, including in that discovery process our relationship with our denomination, American Baptist Churches U.S.A. The Interim Minister reports to the General Board. The Interim Minister will not be a candidate for the permanent Senior Minister position. Specific Responsibilities Include: • Preaching and worship leadership of the church in conjunction with the Associate Minister, including special services and ceremonies throughout the year. (The Associate Minister preaches 20% of the sermons, spread out during the year.) • Provide regular administrative oversight and direction to the five church staff members, with the goal of supporting or enhancing their ability to serve the ministries of the church without changing the basic staff configuration. • Provide pastoral care to the congregation, with the assistance of the Associate Minister, both directly and indirectly. This includes working with the Deacons and responding to e-mail and voice mail. • Provide support to committees (with Associate Minister) and attend Board meetings. • Work with the Associate Minister and the Board to present Lake Street Church to the larger community for general communication and to encourage inquiry from potential new members. • Work with the Transition Oversight Team to fulfill the goals of the interim period, which may require leading specific study groups or other activities. Qualifications/Education/Experience: Ordination in a Protestant denomination and a Masters of Divinity or its equivalent are required. Training in interim ministry and previous experience in interim ministry work is highly recommended. Lake Street Church welcomes applicants of all genders, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and sexual orientation. To apply: Please submit a cover letter that emphasizes interim-ministry experience and training, a resume, and, if desired, copies of recorded sermons and published articles to: Lake Street Church Interim Minister Search Committee 607 Lake Street Evanston, IL 60201-4412 or firstname.lastname@example.org Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and applicants are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible. Interviews will be scheduled in late summer.