Come, connect, grow and serve

Take the C.A.T. Assessment HERE!

Dear Members and Friends of Southminster,

Here comes the C.A.T.!   At the January 23 Council  Meeting, it was decided to accept Chicago Presbytery’s generous offer to provide the Congressional Assessment Tool  (C.A.T.) free of charge to our congregation, during this interim time period.

What is the C.A.T.?  It is a 100 question assessment that will provide a clear picture of our church at this time, and where God is leading us in the future.

Our purpose in doing this assessment is:

  • To get an accurate snap shot of where the congregation is now and where we want to go in the future.
  • To provide our Pastoral Nominating Team with information to use when choosing our next called pastor.
  • To provide pastoral candidates with a clear picture of Southminster and it’s vision for the future.

What we are asking you to do:

  • Between February 12 and March 5 go on line and take the C.A.T. A web link will be sent to you through the E-Blast.  It will also be accessible on our web site spcah.org by scrolling to the bottom of the web page and click on the cat picture.  If you need help or a paper copy see Diane Ahlquist at the church office.
  • Set aside a 30 minute time period to take the assessment. It must be completed in one sitting.
  • Answer all questions. Omissions will void your assessment. It is anonymous.
  • We want everyone who is a member or attends regularly to complete the C.A.T. assessment, including all youth who have been confirmed.

Once the assessment is complete (March 5, 2017) and analyzed, we will be receiving a Vital Signs Report from the consulting firm. The results will be shared with the congregation in late April or May.

Let your voice be heard!  Our goal is 100% participation to insure an accurate picture of Southminster now and to guide our future planning.


Your C.A.T. Team

Paul Bourke, Kathy Gudonis, John Nowak, Jessica Leffelman, Sandy Pifer, Jane Reinschmidt, Rich Reinschmidt, Barb Schwarting, Melissa Smith, Tim Sullivan, Jean Walker, and Mary Kay Walsh.  You may contact Sandy Pifer at lucille111@aol.com or call 847-204-5060 for more information.

Mission Statement

The mission of Southminster Church is to connect, grow, and serve. We would love for you to join us in living out this mission as followers of Christ. To spell out our mission a little more clearly:

We connect with others, sharing God’s life-changing power and love.

We grow in our spiritual lives through worship, friendship, prayer, and scripture.

We serve others following Jesus’ example of compassion and generosity.


Southminster affirms the historic creeds of the Presbyterian Church USA as listed in the Book of Confessions. The book of confessions contains a record of statements of faith that the church throughout time has believed. In everyday language, we explain them this way:

  1. We believe that Jesus is the son of God and our unique model, helping us relate to others.
  2. We believe that all people are children of God and loved by God.
  3. We believe the Bible is God’s authoritative guide to live by.
  4. We believe the purpose of the church is not to make us more religious, but to help us love God and love and serve all people.
  5. We believe that spiritual practices, like prayer, reading the Bible, and being part of a faith community, empower us to live as Jesus followers.
  6. We believe we need each other and are called to connect to others near and far sharing God’s love and peace.
  7. We believe that when we gather to worship, we are refueled as Jesus followers.
  8. We believe that we each stumble in life, but that through God’s unconditional love, we are given new beginnings.
  9. We believe in generously sharing our gifts of time, talent, and resources with others.
  10. We believe that God may be calling you to be a part of our community of faith.