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The Suicide Epidemic

Over the past 16 years, the number of suicides in the U.S. has jumped by more than 30%. Suicide touches people from every walk of life — no one is immune: celebrities, military personnel, “ordinary” folks, even children and teens. Enlightened churches today play a pivotal role in the nation’s suicide epidemic, creating safe spaces for those walking in darkness to talk openly and heal. The PC(USA)’s 2018 General Assembly urged congregations to get involved in the important work of suicide prevention. This issue of Presbyterians Today examines what some of our churches are doing to make a difference and shows what you can do to help.


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Featured Stories from this Issue

Do children belong in Sunday worship?

Presbyterians differ in their views about what the answer is and who should decide.

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Is yours a ‘healthy’ congregation?

The one indicator that’s a good sign that you’re on the right track.

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THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT  PC(USA) minister seeks copies of this outstanding 1970 GA report for use with pastors and churches in U.S. and overseas. Do you have extras sitting on a shelf? Will pay your cost and shipping. No quantity too small.

The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York seeks SENIOR PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF
First Presbyterian Church seeks a Pastor/Head of Staff to provide spiritual leadership, pastoral care, administrative oversight, and organizational direction to a staff and congregation of more than 1000 members with a broad emphasis on worship, music, preaching, education, stewardship, mission, outreach, development and involvement of membership, and programs to address the needs of the congregation. Specifically, we are interested in candidates with experience leading a complex, multi-staff congregation as a Pastor/Head of Staff. (Experience with a large and/or urban congregation a plus.) The ideal candidate will possess a strong understanding of, and experience with, financial management and budgeting, and will be a graduate of a Seminary or Divinity School in the reformed tradition.
     A detailed job description is available upon request. Salary is negotiable and is commensurate with experience. Please contact the Pastoral Nominating Committee at for further information or to apply.


With national offices in Louisville, Kentucky, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) focuses on the national and international mission work of the church. It serves and works with congregations, presbyteries, and synods as the central provider of resources that enable individuals, congregations, and governing bodies to carry forth the mission of Jesus Christ in the world. PC(USA) seeks candidates for the following job opportunities.  To apply online, please visit and click “search for employment opportunities.”

Associate for African American Intercultural Congregational Support (PMA) RE&WIM has an opening for African American Intercultural Congregational Support to equip African American Presbyterian leaders, facilitate the growth of new worshiping communities, and engage in mission, connecting African American congregations and their leaders. In partnership with mid councils and other Presbyterian Mission Agency offices, nurture strong and growing churches and empower African American leaders in the church. Be a voice for African American Presbyterians in the larger church, articulating racial justice concerns. To apply online, please go to

Associate for Equity and Mission Impact (PMA) Presbyterian Mission Agency’s (PMA) call to be a Matthew 25 church includes missional goals designed to accompany the denomination in supporting the development of vital congregations, eradicating poverty, and dismantling structural racism and white supremacy. The incumbent in this position will serve as a knowledgeable resource on equity, cultural competency, and proficiency, and through this lens, provide resources, education and assistance to Mission Coworkers throughout the world, in support of the PMA’s call to be a Matthew 25 church. To apply online, please go to

Communications Associate (PMA) – One Year Term Contract, working Part-Time 30 hours per week plus benefits.  Under the supervision of the Director for Mission Communications, the Communications Associate will assist various Communications’ Strategists in executing and implementing communications strategies that raise public awareness of the mission agency. This role supports mission communications’ efforts to create and deliver accurate, timely and high-quality communications. The position must employ a variety of communications methods to inform, motivate and align the public as well as employees around the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency– this includes written, digital and social mediums. This position will build strong working relationships within the ministry area to achieve communication objectives; manage multiple projects at the same time as well as serve as the dedicated communications resource for the ministry area. To apply online, go to

Manager, Global Language Resources (ASG) This position manages the planning, design, measurement, assessment, and improvement of the translation, interpretative, and language services for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). To apply online, go to

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates from Presbyterian communities in the global south and other historic Presbyterian Communities of Color, preferably with theological training and fluency in languages other than English, are encouraged to apply.  Individuals living with disability encouraged to apply.

PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF, Westmont Presbyterian Church, Johnstown, Pennsylvania  Is the Holy Spirit guiding you here?
      405 Christ-centered children, teens, and adults prayerfully await a catalyst who loves the Lord and loves people.
     WPC is located in one of the safest U.S. areas, 60 miles east of Pittsburgh’s top amenities, 40 minutes from the hometown of Mr. Rogers and Arnold Palmer, and a short drive from four universities and four ski areas.
     We seek to continue our rich history of preaching, music, and mission to special needs and mental health.
     Will you help guide our future?
     Please submit PIF to and view our MIF#07233.AF1 on the CLC.
Westmont Presbyterian Church | Johnstown, PA 15905

PART-TIME PASTOR  Fort Frederica Presbyterian Church, 6540 Frederica Road St., Simons Island, GA 31522, seeks a part-time Pastor to encourage spiritual growth and teach God’s word to a congregation of about 40 members, mostly retired.
    We are a small, caring and welcoming church with a strong presence on St. Simons Island, a growing community of approximately 15,000 and rated one of the best retirement neighborhoods in the country with three elementary schools and numerous commercial enterprises. We welcome the use of our facilities, free of charge, to service and cultural organizations. We operate and contribute to a number of charitable efforts, locally and globally. We invite the community to join us for special events, such as our Jazz Vespers and spiritually/historically-themed films.
    In addition to providing pastoral services and inspirational leadership, we seek a pastor who will continue a tradition of scripturally-based preaching and teaching, helping us grow in our understanding of God’s purpose for us. We prefer a nearby residency as we believe that an understanding of local activities enriches our knowledge of and participation toward filling gaps in services to those in need; scheduling is flexible.
    Qualified applicants are invited to submit a letter of interest, CV and references to: FFPC, P.O. Box 20254, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.

FULL-TIME PASTOR  First Presbyterian Church of Perry is seeking a full-time pastor to inspire, nurture and serve a vibrant congregation of 125 members in the North Florida area. Although the church is small, its friendly congregation is recognized in the St. Augustine Presbytery for its emphasis on missions, Bible study, fellowship and compassionate care. The Ministry Information Form for First Presbyterian is #20155.AA. The Pastor Nominating Committee can be reached at

NEXTGEN STUDENT MINISTRY DIRECTOR   Clear Lake Presbyterian Church (, a large, friendly, missionally-focused PC(USA) church located in the shadow of NASA in the Clear Lake area of Houston, Texas, is looking for a dedicated full-time NextGen Student Ministry Director. More info here: For questions or to submit a resume, email

INTERIM EXECUTIVE PRESBYTER   The Presbytery of Des Moines seeks a Minister of Word and Sacrament or Ruling Elder to guide our consideration of alternative leadership models, facilitate our transition to permanent leadership, and empower relationships both within our presbytery and with neighboring presbyteries. The Presbytery of Des Moines, from its office in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 53 churches with nearly 5,900 members in a variety of urban and rural settings. We invite you to partner with us as we set a new foundation for our future. Apply by June 30, 2019, attn. David Boyd, Des Moines Search Committee, care of Gretchen Milloy, AAEEO.

First Presbyterian Church of Salem, Ohio
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or call 479-461-4042
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PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF  The Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, located in a historic college community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is seeking a pastor who combines good leadership skills, creativity, personal warmth and humor with a loving spirit and a strong faith to lead our active, enthusiastic, multigenerational and mission-oriented congregation. Visit us at and view our MIF #10981.AB on the PC(USA) CLC website.


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Presbyterians Today is the award-winning, general-interest magazine of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Published 6 times a year, it explores practical issues of faith and life, tells stories of Presbyterians who are living their faith and covers a wide range of church news and activities. Presbyterians Today features easy-to-understand articles about what Presbyterians believe, Bible study and devotional helps, and provocative commentary on the church’s role in society.

Presbyterians Today continues the mission of denominational magazines dating back to the late 1800s. Among these are its immediate predecessors: Presbyterian Survey, Presbyterian Life and A.D.

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