No matter what your age, no matter where you come from, no matter who you are, there is a place for you at St. Paul’s. You’ll meet a great mix of friendly people, hear relevant messages, enjoy great music and discover compelling programs for young and old alike.
To journey with Christ, each other and the neighbors God gives us.
- We celebrate God’s goodness in all that we do.
- We honor and accept each person’s journey.
- We offer our best and seek to grow as we walk with Christ.
- We nurture and equip people to use their gifts and talents.
- We partner with others as we join God at work in the world.
- We embrace diversity – inviting and welcoming all as God’s children.
- Providing opportunities for spiritual growth that lead to Christian faith as a way of life.
- Embracing Christian community that supports, encourages and strengthens people of all ages.
- Creatively engaging the arts and promoting learning – in the church and in the community – so that people can develop and participate fully in the world.
- Bridging the differences that separate people and divide our community.
- Working in and with the community to embody Christ’s love – especially with and for those who are living on life’s margins.
Our Church in Transition
The call committee has selected a primary candidate and has submitted this candidate to the Church Council. At this stage of the process both sides, candidate and congregation, agree not to interview elsewhere but strict confidentiality is still in place. Once Council and the candidate come to terms, a Congregational Meet & Greet will be scheduled. This is usually a Saturday, with the congregational vote set for right after Sunday worship that same weekend. Please continue to pray for God’s guidance for all of us as we get one step closer to calling our new pastor.
Our Process History
The Transition Team (Colin Byers, Rebekah Burton, June Campbell, Ben Gehrt, Elise Helland, Mary Ellen Modlin, and Pastor Janet Volk) held a total of seven meetings between January 28 and March 25, 2018. A Congregational Forum, attended by nearly 100 people, was held on February 25, 2018. Transition Team members also worked outside the meetings on drafting commentary for multiple questions including our mission statement, giftedness/assets, challenges, and mission emphases. Reflection questions included key issues reflected in our ministry, formative events in the life of our congregation, and a description of our facilities.
At the Congregational Forum we identified our top three assets (giftedness):
- Our robust music ministry
- Our congregation of welcoming, friendly people
- Our community outreach programs and volunteers
Forum participants were asked to vote on the top 5 ministry tasks. The top choices were:
- Multicultural Ministry
- Pastoral Care and Visitation
- Social Ministry
- Youth and Family Ministry
Forum participants were also asked to vote for the gifts essential to the position: The results were:
- Help people develop their spiritual lives
- Be an effective communicator
- Be effective in working with youth
- Bring joy and good humor to relationships
- Be able to share leadership and work in a team
- Provide care and nurture
- Build a sense of community among the people with whom he/she works
- Be an effective administrator
- Be creative and innovative about his or her tasks
- Appreciate cultural diversity in language and customs
The completed Ministry Site Profile and Seven Reflections on Ministry and Context documents contain significantly more information and details about our congregation. Once the Council approved the Ministry Site Profile, it was forwarded to the Metro Chicago Synod. The next step is for the Synod Staff to review our documents and match potential candidates based on our specific information. The Call Committee will then take the important task of meeting the candidates, hearing them preach, and discerning the best fit for our congregation. Their recommendation will be presented to Council. With Council’s approval the congregation will meet the final candidate and vote on the call.
Watch for updates on the website and in newsletters and bulletins as the process continues.