IS THIS FOR YOU?
In order to be a good fit for this job, this pastor needs to passionately pursue Jesus and encourage the congregation to do the same; they need to be a gifted preacher and communicator of God’s Word; and they need to be experienced in leading a congregation with forward movement to best live out our shared vision. If these three characteristics are true of you, we’d love to hear from you.
ABOUT MISSIO DEI CHICAGO
Missio Dei Humboldt Park started in 2008 as a congregation of Missio Dei Chicago. We are a spiritually vibrant community that meets in a historic building in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. We have a committed core within a transient, urban context. Missio Dei Chicago is a church made up of four congregations rallying around the singular vision of joining God as He makes all things new in the city of Chicago. Each congregation is committed to making disciples of Jesus in its context by intentionally engaging the holistic needs of their neighbors and neighborhoods. Each congregation has its own budget, as well as elder, deacon, and leadership teams that care for the spiritual direction of its people and make an effort to see people follow Jesus. Missio Dei holds to the essential Christian doctrines as best expressed in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
We are looking for a new lead pastor, working closely alongside the neighborhood elder team to lead the congregation toward our vision, mission, and values in the west side of Chicago. A promising candidate will root himself or herself in the community and will ardently and wisely lead and equip the congregation into devoted ministry. He or she will also carry passion for non Christians and the de-churched to follow Jesus. A strong ability to teach contextually, grow a discipleship culture and create a welcoming, spirit-filled Sunday gathering is needed. As the lone staff member to start, he or she will need to be a self-starter and a strong leader who is passionate about collaborating and empowering people to use their talents and gifts for the church and the world. This role is a full-time salaried position with benefits, though some short-term support raising will be necessary.
As a candidate for this position, in addition to being capable of pastoring this community according to the above explanation, you should:
- Meet character requirements of an elder as outlined in scripture and is overall spiritually healthy.
- Have 5 years of vocational pastoral experience, preferably in an urban context.
- Be willing to delegate and be team-oriented. This includes being willing to share authority with neighborhood elder team and be accountable to Missio Dei Chicago’s Directional Elder Team
- Have some academic biblical training (seminary or Bible college)
- Stand in agreement with Missio Dei Chicago’s bylaws and statement of faith.
- Be willing to share two character and two ministry references.