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Connecting, Networking, and a World of Relationships

Presbyterians connect in countless ways, especially when it comes to doing mission and ministry—in real, face-to-face life, and in the ever-growing world of digital and online media. This issue of Presbyterians Today takes a fascinating look at many of the approaches that individuals, congregations, presbyteries and synods, and other organizations and communities take to work together and help transform the world in the name of Christ. Read digital edition

Featured Stories from this Issue

Cover Story: Working Together

From our preschools to our colleges to our presbyteries, we’ve learned that if we want to build something of importance, we can’t go it alone. It’s all about connecting and finding strength in numbers.
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Partners in Christ’s Service

Three congregations join with local organizations to make a lasting impact on their communities by helping people struggling with joblessness, homelessness, and mental illness.
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A New Way to Network?

From Facebook to face-to-face care, passion, rather than programming, is fueling the connections in the Synod of the Northeast.
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Go Figure: New Worshiping Communities Create Webs of Relationships

How traditional congregations and new worshiping communities approach relationships and evangelism.
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Spotlight: Building a Church Without Owning a Building

hat could your congregation do if it weren’t saddled with building ownership and upkeep?
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What Presbyterians Believe: Networked in Christ

The church is all about unity in our diversity—one network with many different parts.
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November/December 2015 In Search of Hope and Beauty
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Holiday Gift Guide
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9/3/2015 10/26/2015
January/February 2016 Human Trafficking
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Colleges & Seminaries Guide
Closing date: 10/15/2015
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Bonus distribution to every Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation, presbytery, synod, and resource center. This issue will have a long life as a reference tool for the church.The Youth Issue
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May/June 2016 The Urban Green Revolution
Portland, Oregon • General Assembly
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Camps & Conference Center Guide
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November/December 2016 Life Transitions: Adjusting to Change 9/5/2016 10/24/2016

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July/August 2016 Classifieds

PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF  Newport Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, WA, is progressive in theology, welcoming in spirit, and has a heart for mission and social justice. Newport seeks an experienced Head of Staff who embraces creativity, emphasizes ministry for young adults, and values fellowship, outward focus and spiritual growth. Dynamic, inspiring and relevant sermons a must. Submit your PIF through the CLC and reference MIF #09056.AB0.

DIRECTOR  World Mission Initiative, a program of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, is seeking a full-time director who can bring leadership to our staff, student programs, cross-cultural engagement, participant recruitment, congregational involvement, and fundraising. Founded in 1996, WMI is dedicated to developing mission vision, nurturing missionary vocations, and cultivating missional congregations. We do this by offering resources, conferences, and cross-cultural mission experiences that serve seminary students and congregations as they seek to understand how God is at work in the world and how they can share in that work locally and globally. For our position posting see

FLORIDA VACATION HOME RENTAL  Two Vacation Homes—Disney area, Florida. A 6-bedroom house & a 3-bedroom townhouse, gated community, pool, clubhouse, fully furnished. For info or call 708-372-2855.

PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF  Crestview Presbyterian Church in West Chester, Ohio, is looking for a Pastor/Head of Staff to join us in seeking, sharing and showing Christ to our neighbors and the world. Our 500 members love Christ-centered worship; inspiring Scripture-based sermons; vibrant music;  small group Bible studies; faith-filled children and youth education; and mission work both here and abroad. Our pastor should have at least two years of experience and demonstrated skills in church leadership.  He or she should be a Spirit-filled compassionate servant in worship, service and prayer as well as a good communicator who enjoys working collaboratively with Session, church staff, and ministry teams. West Chester is a friendly, family-oriented community with an excellent school system and is located just north of Cincinnati with easy access to its arts and cultural offerings, professional sports teams, and abundant recreational opportunities. Please visit our website at and view our MIF 06303.ADO at PC(USA) for more information.

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY IN PURE GRENADA, ISLE OF SPICE  Are you Presbyterian or from the Reformed tradition and desirous of serving in a new context? Then there might be a place of service for you with the Presbyterian Church in Grenada in the southern Caribbean. We welcome to apply clergy, male or female, single or couple, who may be retired or persons in pastoral, music or youth ministries. This is a voluntary position with manse and transportation. For more information, please contact or call 1 (473) 449-8031 or 1 (473) 440-2436 and cite “Ministry Opportunity in Grenada.”

FULL-TIME PASTOR  Newly formed parish. Full-time pastor. First Presbyterian Church of Bedford, Indiana, and Mitchell Presbyterian Church in Mitchell, Indiana, have formed the Presbyterian Parish of Lawrence County. We are looking for an energetic and highly motivated pastor to grow with us. We are close to Indiana University and an hour’s drive from Louisville, KY. Our MIF is listed with the CLC under number P0050232. Email for more information.

SENIOR PASTOR • MACKINAC ISLAND, MI  Little Stone Congregational Church seeking ordained minister to lead 100-member multi-denominational congregation. Church operates seasonally May-October—not a year-round position. Must be engaging speaker and interested in community involvement. Retired and semi-retired pastors encouraged to apply. Mackinac Island has no cars. Transportation is by bicycle and walking. Parsonage included. For more information contact

SOLO PASTOR  The Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, a multi-racial, multi-cultural church located in vibrant Fort Greene, Brooklyn, seeks a dynamic, full-time Solo Pastor to lead its congregation of over 200 members. Our historic and diverse church values social justice, its rich music program, Christian education and community outreach. This position offers a unique opportunity to lead a warm and engaged congregation while working in partnership with a culturally thriving NYC community. We welcome a thoughtful individual that can challenge and inspire us to follow the example of Jesus Christ, spreading the gospel as we continue to grow our church. For more information or to apply, please search for MIF# 05264.AA0, or visit, or email

SOLO PASTOR  First Presbyterian Church, Stroudsburg, PA, in Poconos on main street of county seat, neighbor to college town, home to large commuting population. Warm, welcoming congregation, diverse in age, strong sense of family, exceptional music and worship, active youth program and Adult Ed, committed to Biblically-grounded mission and justice. Seeking enthusiastic, engaging pastor; 5–10 years experience; dynamic, relevant preaching style; welcoming attitude towards all people; appreciation for diversity; strong administrative, strategic, communication skills; spiritual maturity; technologically savvy; versed in innovative, modern strategies to reach out to young adults, families, urban professionals to nurture our growth and maintain FPC as vital community leader. Website: Send PIF to

PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF  Derry Presbyterian Church, a 1,000+ member congregation in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is seeking a Pastor/Head of Staff. The Derry congregation is deeply committed to mission outside our walls, from our recently completed Mission House across the street from the sanctuary to our annual week-long trips to Nicaragua to build houses. Our recently retired pastor served us for 25 years and we are seeking a spiritual leader who can help Derry discern what challenges God has in store for us in the next 25. Hershey is located among the rolling farm fields and woods of central Pennsylvania. A town of some 25,000 inhabitants, Hershey is home to the corporate headquarters of The Hershey Company and the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. We are within a three-hour drive or less of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Interested pastors with ten years’ experience and the skills to lead an active, engaged congregation may send their PIF’s to For more about Derry, see our MIF or go to  and

EXECUTIVE PASTOR  Royal Poinciana Chapel (, 120-year-old interdenominational church in the reformed tradition located in beautiful Palm Beach, Florida, is seeking to fill this newly created position. Reporting to the pastor, the EP is responsible for all business and spiritual development programs. In addition, the EP will assist the pastor as needed. This call requires a person with a record of spiritual growth, in-depth experience relating to members and their spiritual needs and management of a church’s business affairs. Working with the Board and Financial Administrator, the EP will lead budget development, strategic planning and stewardship. In addition to above work experience, this person should have outstanding intrapersonal skills along with an advanced degree from an accredited divinity school from a mainline denominational body. This person will receive an excellent compensation and benefits package. Please send resume to:

VICE PRESIDENT, EDUCATION  The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a not-for-profit corporation and one of six national agencies of the General Assembly, the governing body for the PC(USA), which is the largest Presbyterian denomination. The agency administers the church Benefits Plan and Assistance Program, provides educational opportunities, and manages assets of more than $8 billion. This is an exciting time at the Board of Pensions, as its programs are being reconfigured as part of a holistic strategy for engaging the Church. This coincides with changes in denominational demographics that make support of pastors and organizational agility more important than ever. The Vice President, Education is responsible for developing and implementing an educational strategy that is faithful to the Board’s Theology of Benefits and responsive to the needs of the Church. Working with senior leadership and others, this individual will lead the re-envisioning of the Board’s educational programs. The Vice President, Education will create a thematic vision for two important areas of work, Presbyterian CREDO and Board University. The vision will reflect the Board’s emphasis on God’s desire that all experience health and wholeness and its commitment to serve better and serve the Church by supporting congregations and mid councils and engaging with decision makers and administrators. To ensure such support is provided as we seek to grow and serve more church workers, the vision must take into account various church constituencies, including Benefits Plan members. To view complete details and requirements, please visit and click on Employment Opportunities. If you would like to contribute your creative energy and high-quality work to support our mission of serving those who serve the Church, please send your resume, in complete confidence, with a cover letter indicating your salary history and requirements by July 1, 2016 to: or by post to Claire Anastase, Human Resources Generalist, The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 2000 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. EOE.

DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY  First Presbyterian Church, Joliet, IL, seeks a full time Director of Youth Ministry. Email resumes to Qualifications are a strong Christian faith, enthusiasm for youth, organizational skills, and ability to work with volunteers. This is a non-ordained position and a competitive salary package plus benefits is offered.

ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR FAMILY MINISTRY  The First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth Michigan is seeking an individual called to become an Assistant Minister for Family Ministry. This position will need strong communications skills both for preaching in large groups and for teaching small groups both in Bible Study and through committee work. This position will have the opportunity to preach at least twice a month. Our 1,100-member church has three services, two traditional and one contemporary. This individual would also need to be pastoral; good listening skills are essential. S/he will minister not only to our young families, but will also assist, with support, the other pastors in care to the entire congregation. Technology skills are a must. They will coordinate pastoral support for all family ministry activities. The Assistant Minister would serve as a resource and counselor for the Family Ministry Team. The Assistant Minister would also be responsible for developing programs including relevant Bible Studies and creative life stage events for families while working with the other ministers to coordinate various ministries including New Member Classes. Please contact Matt Maginley, or 734-453-6464.

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