||The Church of St. James the Less in Northfield is searching for a full-time rector. A vibrant community of faith in Chicago’s North Shore area, St. James the Less parishioners are diverse in age, and enjoy inter-generational worship and fellowship events. Hybrid worship is offered each Sunday, with in-person participation and virtual options simultaneously. In addition to Sunday morning worship services, there are several special services throughout the year including a Beatles Mass which is also an outreach fundraiser. Clergy and lay leadership, including lay staff, collaborate well to offer formation, fellowship and outreach events throughout the year. Liturgy during worship is Rite II, with a variety of musical offerings by the music director and choir. Social events, including coffee hour each Sunday, small groups and parish dinners, are very popular and connect members outside of regular Sunday attendance. There is a strong desire to help the greater local community, with options for outreach including volunteering to cook and serve meals to the hungry, a garden on-site managed by parishioners who donate produce to the food pantry and a companion relationship with the church in Madagascar.
The Village of Northfield, located about 19 miles from downtown Chicago, has an excellent school system for all ages, access to well maintained parks and forest preserves, the Chicago Botanic Garden and many shopping and dining options. Residents can commute to Chicago via easily accessible commuter rail, or the interstate which is close by.
St. James the Less has a good physical campus, with building updates completed recently as well as a new outdoor “Commons” space featuring a labyrinth. The congregation is comfortably equipped financially and physically to move into their next chapter. Candidates for the rector position should have strong leadership skills, provide empathetic pastoral care, and be able to minister to all members in this congregation of members of equally mixed political viewpoints. Focusing on the spiritual care and growth of members is key, as well as working with lay leaders and staff to provide flexible but high quality worship and formation to keep current members active and to be an attractive faith community to seekers.