Introduction and Context
For over 25 years, Park Community Church has maintained and grown a deep, forward
thinking commitment to the city of Chicago. Beginning with a focus on the near north side
and specifically the Lincoln Park community, the dream and vision was for a vibrant church
alive with the relevant and meaningful message about the truth and grace available in the
person of Jesus Christ. A phrase was coined, "doing ministry in the shadow of the skyline"
to describe the vision God had given the church. This phrase continues to be reflected not
only visually but also practically.
In 2005 God blessed Park through the purchase of an old warehouse located (Near North) in
what was formerly known as the Cabrini Green neighborhood. For the first time in nearly 20
years, Park would have a permanent place to call their own. Since then, Park has grown to
encompass five additional campuses including, Lincoln Park, Forest Glen, Near South,
Roger’s Park, and Edgebrook each with their own campus pastor and team. Current plans
call for several additional campuses by 2020. They continue to move forward motivated in
large part by their mission statement, “living gospel-centered lives…engaging in city-centric
ministry” and their vision statement, “to be a biblical community where the Gospel of Jesus
Christ transforms lives, renews the city, and impacts the world.”
Theologically, Park is graciously reformed and committed to the authority of Scripture, the
sovereignty of God and addressing the depravity of humankind. Preaching the entirety of the
Gospel in a Biblical yet relevant fashion is primarily done through an expositional approach
to the sermon. The Christologically centered message of Park presents Jesus as the hero of
the story. It is the Gospel that not only saves but continually transforms, redeems and
restores lives. This is particularly important as Park strives to reach out to the more
difficult parts of the city in the west and the south.
While having a bold vision for reaching the city, it doesn’t come with out it challenges.
Chicago itself, like most highly populated urban areas, presents the challenge of navigating
a diverse landscape physically, economically, socially and theologically. It is in this
context, Park Community Church seeks to engage young urbanites in relevant and
meaningful ways. The need to understand and be able to speak into the lives of highly
educated professionals is at the core of Park’s ministry.
Park is a place to land as a young professional and take the opportunity to ‘look under the
hood’ of faith and make significant life decisions. Park has a vision to capture the attention
of these young working adults, as well as young families. They continue to meet the
challenge of urban transience, as they develop campus strategies on the outer ring. They
are committed to offering significant small group ministries, building connectivity and a
sense of community in this context. The staff and elders are committed to “stay the course”,
as young families are drawn to the suburbs and the need for new “city-centric” leaders to
Despite these and other challenges, Park remains deeply committed to extending a grace
filled, life transforming Gospel message into the city of Chicago. They believe that they are
called by God to see 1% of the city of Chicago (29,000 people) walk across the line of faith
and become assimilated into biblical communities. This 1% strategy is at the heart of Park’s
vision of impacting the entire city.
At this time and into this context, Park is seeking to call a Singles Pastor to join the staff
team. The Singles Pastor will lead much more than a Singles Group or ministry for those
attending Park. Rather they will be tasked with developing the directional and strategic
implementation of a ministry which reaches and engages the vast number of young single
adults in the city of Chicago, helping Park to attain its vision of reaching 1% of the city. With
hundreds of thousands of young singles living in Chicago the mission field creates a great
opportunity to be a part of the way that the Gospel reaches, engages and transforms lives.
This individual will need to be resilient and adaptable as the city context, (as well as that of
the church), shifts and changes frequently. They will possess not only a heart to invest in the
city but ideally have experience in an urban context, which provides the ability to
understand its complexities. Park is looking for the individual who will thrive in a fast paced
environment, has the ability to focus intently on a goal and loves being a part of an
entrepreneurial, innovative culture. This individual will need to be a strong leader with a
proven track record of accomplishment, but secure enough not to need to “trumpet” their
The Singles Pastor will be an individual who is compelled by the enormous opportunity and
needs of the largely secular and cynical culture of city dwelling young adults. They will not
only possess a huge heart for this segment of the population but will be able to create
systems that help this primary ‘audience’ to find what they are seeking and what they need.
At the same time they will not be afraid to ‘go where they are’, into the bars, coffee shops,
art galleries, sporting venues and other gathering places in order to both learn but also to
create presence outside the walls and programs of Park Community Church.
To further the complexity of the role, Park consists of six campuses. This will require an
individual who understands the unique nature of each campus, the degree to which it is
populated by young singles and a strategy to build a multi faceted ministry with both a
centralized focus and a dispersed reach, being a bridge and a resource for all campuses.
Currently there are approximately 1,200 non-married individuals who call Park home with
an average age of 28. The majority of these individuals are attending and likely live near
either the Lincoln Park or Near North campus. Historically, the 5:30 Sunday service at the
Near North Campus has been heavily populated by young singles and Park was known as
the ‘go to place’ for those in this particular life stage. The ministry is now led by one staff
person with a volunteer team of approximately 15 people and consists of opportunities like
once per month worship gatherings which draw 300-400 people, 5 -6 other ‘bridge events
per month, large scale retreats and other social gatherings. While the ministry is going well,
with staff transition, natural transience and the gradual aging of what was once the highly
predominant life stage group, it is no longer the largest singles ministry in Chicago as it
Park is seeking the right leader who can be ‘a voice for this generation’, has a clear picture
of what the future could be and building on the present reality can create not just a ministry
but a movement with, among and for young single adults in the city of Chicago.
This is an amazing opportunity for the person God has equipped and called to join the staff
of Park Community Church.
CANDIDATE SPECIFICATION: KEY SELECTION CRITERIA
• Bachelors Degree required. Advanced theological degree preferred.
• Theological consistency with the doctrinal statement of Park
• Experience in a city/urban ministry preferred
• Proven track record as a leader of a growing ministry with ‘millenials’
• Strong desire and proven ability to build, equip and mobilize teams
• Redemptive and transformational leadership style
We encourage anyone who has the qualifications and who senses a potential calling for such
an opportunity to contact us and discuss this position. Alternatively, you may know someone
you wish to recommend for this position.
In contacting us, please include a resume outlining your roles, responsibilities and
accomplishments. In order to provide a more complete picture of you and your abilities,
please also provide succinct responses to the following:
• Describe your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. How do you practice your faith in
• Please indicate the size and scope of responsibility of the churches or organizations
noted in your resume or vitae. Please include budget, staff management and other
unique ministry initiatives.
• What is most compelling for you about the role of Singles Pastor at Park?
• Please also provide at least five references (including at least two previous
supervisors and a peer). Include phone and email information for each person.
Submit these confidential responses (in Word or PDF format) along with your resume to:
Zach Montroy, Director of Operations