Pastoral Resident at First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville, Illinois
Libertyville, IL 60048

General Position Description

  • Length of residency: Two-year pastoral residency (2024 – 2026)
  • Education requirements: Recent seminary graduate (M.Div. degree) on track for ordination
  • Theological: Reformed tradition
  • Primary focus: Pastoral responsibilities for a large, suburban congregation, with a focus on Faith Formation

Scope of Ministry
Although this residency will involve a particular emphasis on Faith Formation, the Resident will participate in leading worship (including preaching), support community engagement as well as congregational care, and play a role in church governance. Intentional time for reflection and study on the practice of ministry is part of the residency.

Regular areas of ministry
Church Governance

  • Attend relevant staff and committee meetings
  • Attend meetings of the Session and Board of Deacons as schedule allows

Faith Formation

  • Collaborate with the Head Pastor, church staff, and Interim Associate Pastor in developing and administering our Faith Formation programs
  • Design and prepare necessary materials and resources for our educational “Follow Me” learning ministry each week
  • Direct Junior and Senior High Fellowship groups
  • Collaborate with the Associate Pastor for leadership with confirmation classes, retreats, and mission trips
  • Assist the Interim Associate Pastor in planning for various forms of Adult Christian Education
  • Prepare and support an array of intergenerational Faith Formation opportunities throughout the year
  • Provide support for families in continuing Faith Formation at home
  • Attend Faith Formation committee meetings, as well as all Faith Formation staff planning meetings throughout the month


  • Attend requisite staff and committee meetings in planning worship
  • Lead worship, and take part in opportunities to preach quarterly at First Pres and occasionally in other worship settings and communities
  • Lead and equip members for leadership with children in their experience of worship on Sunday mornings

Occasional Avenues of Leadership and Involvement
Community Engagement

  • Assist the development of our Dismantle Structural Racism and Eradicate Systemic Poverty initiatives as part of our work as a Matthew 25 congregation. Partner with CARE, Mission Committee, and Community Outreach of the Board of Deacons
  • Participate in strengthening our ties with Mosaic Ministries of Waukegan/North Chicago
  • Support ministries engaged with our partner churches in Chicago, Cuba, and Italy

Congregational Care

  • Aid our Senior Ministries of the Board of Deacons for visitation and worship in retirement communities.
  • Creatively strengthen bonds of fellowship and fellowship among various ministries of the Board of Deacons and the Congregational Care and Evangelism Committee

General Administration

  • On occasion work with the Business Affairs, Long Range Planning, Nominating, Stewardship and other Committees and Task Forces to support the planning and general governance of the church
  • Be a participant observer in occasional paid and volunteer staff planning groups

Description Residency Learning Development Program
At the start of the residency, the Pastor/Head of Staff will work with the Resident and an adjunct Pastoral Coach to design the best syllabus of learning to accompany the practice of learning. A combination of theological inquiry, case study reflection, and practical discernment for ministry will be part of structured reflection. The Pastor/Head of Staff will meet every other week for 90 minutes of conversation about the practice of ministry including some structured theological reflection and a monthly case study review. The Pastoral Coach (a seasoned pastor working as adjunct in this capacity for First Pres) will meet once a month as an outside sounding board about the practice of ministry. Upon arrival, the resident will be offered a list of spiritual directors and a monthly stipend to provide a monthly space for deepened personal examination of vocation and discernment.

Application requirements:

  • Cover letter
  • Completed application form

Submission and Contact Information


First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville, Illinois
219 W. Maple Ave.
Libertyville, Illinois 60048


Sally Kowal
[email protected]



Libertyville, IL 60048
Job type
Full Time
Pay rate
Ordained position
Exempt status
Church Ministry