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How to navigate major life transitions

Psychologists say important life changes typically come with significant trauma. These transitions unsettle much of what we thought we knew about the world and how we fit into it. So how do we get through these momentous times? This issue of Presbyterians Today explores several crucial life-changing events: moving into adulthood, welcoming a new child into the family, facing retirement, calling a new pastor, caring for elderly parents, coping with illness and death, and others. We explore how the church can be a loving and supportive presence in the midst of these turbulent times. Read digital edition

Featured Stories from this Issue

What to Expect When You Retire

Moving from a 9-to-5 job to a lifestyle without a clock may not be as easy as you might suppose. It’s about finding perspective and balance, planning, and setting realistic expectations.
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Christmas Joy Offering Transforms Lives

This annual special offering assists past and present church workers in need, and it provides for the education and leadership development of the PC(USA)’s future racial-ethnic leaders.
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Once and Future Church: Dreaming Big Dreams

Feeling underwhelmed by big-production meetings and conferences? Meet the “unconference.”
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What Presbyterians Believe: Reformed and Always Reforming

What Presbyterians believe about placing our hope in God when changes come our way.
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Go Figure: Picking the Perfect College, Presbyterian Style

How Presbyterians make their choices.
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Bible Explorations: Christmas and the Bible

What the Bible gets “wrong” about our holiday.
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Lenten Devotional for 2017
Meeting Jesus

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This year’s Lenten devotional by Jodi Craiglow invites us to join 47 biblical figures—one for each day of Lent—who encounter Jesus during his earthly life and ministry. Speaking in unique, first-person conversational form, these characters tell us “in their own words” what they’ve seen and learned. They draw us in to share their joys and struggles, and help us understand Jesus in a newer, richer way. The narratives are rounded out with a daily Scripture reading and short prayer.

Along with the text, Meeting Jesus includes a collection of multimedia artwork from Creation Lab in Chicago featuring ancient Lenten symbols expressed in a contemporary, urban style.

Meeting Jesus is perfect for congregations, families, and individuals.

Pricing: 1 copy, $4.50 • 2–9 copies, $3.50 each • 10–99 copies, $2.50 each • 100+ copies, $1.95 each. Shipping and handling additional.

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domechurchPASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF, Memorial Presbyterian Church  Located in the heart of the Nation’s Oldest City, St. Augustine, Florida, stands the beautiful dome and sanctuary of Memorial Presbyterian Church.  Built in 1889 by Henry Morrison Flagler as a tribute to his daughter, our church is home to an 850 member congregation,  the oldest congregation in the state of Florida.  We are seeking a Pastor to lead our congregation and our staff and also one who will preserve our great traditions with an eye to the future. We are praying for someone who is joyful in the Lord, insightful in both service and worship and one who will continue to teach the ways of Christ through the lens of our  Presbyterian heritage. Please send inquiries or PIFs to Visit our website for our MIF.

mapc-logoSENIOR PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF  Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church (MAPC) in New York City seeks a Senior Pastor/Head of Staff. We are a vibrant congregation of 600 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. For over 100 years, MAPC has been gifted by the leadership of strong senior pastors. Then, as now, we strive to bring people into the transforming presence of Jesus Christ through preaching, music, and outreach. Our pastor will be an inspiration for thought and conversation within our community, a leader for change, and a guide for a church that engages with the world. MIF: #05641.AF0. Interested candidates can apply via the CLC or email their PIF, resume and cover letter directly to

CHURCH CONSULTANT  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 investments of approximately $9 billion. On behalf of PC(USA)-associated employers, the approximately 185 people who work at the Board of Pensions serve more than 50,000 employees, retirees, and family members. The Church Consultant reports to the Vice President, Church Relations and is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with church employers and councils in a multistate region that encompasses Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. This individual will interpret and promote the plans and programs of the Board of Pensions, assist employers in understanding their responsibilities, and help them determine and implement benefit offerings. In conjunction with the rest of the Church Relations team, this individual will interpret the work of the Board for councils of the Church, employers, and 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 special mission of service to those who serve the church, please send your resume in complete confidence, with a cover letter indicating your salary history and requirements to: Claire Anastase, Human Resources Generalist, The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 2000 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Email EOE.

FACULTY POSITION IN MINISTRY  McCormick Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with Reformed, ecumenical, cross-cultural, and urban commitments, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level beginning July 1, 2017. We seek a versatile, multifaceted, collaborative, practical theologian to teach the practice of ministry, with particular expertise in a ministry field, such as Christian formation, pastoral care, and homiletics. Candidates should possess an earned doctorate; experience in and commitment to Christian ministry in its various forms and organizational settings; an interest in re-imagining the teaching of ministry in the twenty-first century; cross-cultural competence, experience, and pedagogy; facility and experience with technology; and, preferably, ordination. A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, detailed descriptions of two proposed courses (one introductory course, the other in an area of specialization), and a writing sample should be sent as an email attachment to Jennifer Ould, Assistant to the President and Dean of the Faculty, at The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on October 3, 2016. Preliminary interviews will be held at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in San Antonio in November 2016 and other professional society meetings. McCormick Theological Seminary is committed to building a diverse faculty; we strongly encourage applications from women and persons of color. McCormick Theological Seminary is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.

*DO you DAB with CHRIST?* YOUTH DIRECTOR to bring energy†impact to our 50+ student program. Full-time†benefits. Large church with many mission†retreat opportunities, modern gym, & rec rooms. Job description on website. Send cover†resume to Lancaster, PA

WORSHIP/YOUTH LEADER  The Pittsburg, Kansas, Presbyterian Church is seeking a Worship/Youth Leader. This individual will lead others into a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ through leading and equipping them both in the area of worship and in leading teenage (middle school and high school) youth. This individual would also be asked to develop and lead a contemporary 2nd worship service. This is a full time position with a competitive salary. Interested applicants should email their résumé to Rob Foster at

OUR RIVER IS DEEP & WIDE  With many bridges to cross (and a ferry too!), you’ll enjoy life along the Ohio River in Cincinnati. Since none of us can walk on water, we don’t expect our Head of Staff at Mt Washington Presbyterian Church to do so either. Navigate to us at and click on Pastor Search for our Ministry Information Form.

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Guide for Young Adult Ministry

How well do you know what makes today’s young adults tick? This special issue published by Presbyterians Today is a must-read for everyone who wants to better understand young adults and engage them in worship, education, and service. You may be surprised to hear how ardent young Presbyterians are about their faith and their church—and… Read more »

Presbyterian Resource Guide for Ministry

An easy-to-read, in-depth handbook that puts loads of vital ministry information on dozens of subjects at your fingertips. This one-stop reference is ideal for congregations, presbyteries, and individuals looking for creative ways to improve their ministry.
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