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Youth ministries that give teens valuable life skills

If you think youth ministry is just about game nights or outings to the water park, meet today’s much more exciting alternative: a ministry that mentors teens, offers them paying jobs, and best of all, equips them with valuable life skills and plenty of hope for the future. This month’s issue of Presbyterians Today introduces you to a congregation in Washington state where this is the new reality of youth ministry — to the great joy of many young adults, their families and the community.

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Other featured stories from this Issue

 

Mental health ministries after COVID

Church leaders are taking the stigma out of mental health problems in their community by talking about them openly and accompanying people in a safe and loving way.

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Creating a Pentecost welcome

The message of Pentecost is that the Holy Spirit can help you lead your church to be more inclusive and welcoming to all people.

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DESIGNATED PASTOR
Are you a pastor who has a love for God, life and fellow man? You may find living in our community and serving this church, not just an opportunity, but a true pleasure! We are a medium-sized congregation in a coastal Texas community. We have varied interests, actively participate, are supportive of one another, hardworking and fun-loving. For details see MIF #21750.AC0 or contact Mission Presbytery GP Sallie Watson at presbyter@missionpby.org.


IS GOD CALLING YOU?
Jefferson City, Missouri, First Presbyterian is seeking an INTERIM ASSOCIATE PASTOR
PC(USA) Church Leadership Connection • MIF #04265.AI0
This Capital City Downtown Historic Church is a vibrant, spirit-filled community where faith is reflected through worship, fellowship, education and mission (international partnerships with Malawi, Peru, Nepal and the Ukraine). We are a Faith Family that has a rich history of transforming lives, a relevant present, and a bright future. With joy we seek an IAP to join us as we: CELEBRATE, DREAM, PAUSE and RE-ENERGIZE. The Interim Associate will serve after a 21-year installed Associate Pastor and will provide pastoral, programmatic, church growth and evangelism leadership during a transition. Contact: Jack Pletz by email at jpletzlaw@aol.com or Rev. Angela Madden, Senior Pastor, at amadden@fpcjcmo.org.


HEAD OF STAFF
Presbyterian Church of Okemos (PCO), Michigan, is seeking an experienced head of staff to serve a congregation of 251–400 members. Near Michigan State University and the capitol, PCO is a congregation where new ideas thrive, creativity is encouraged, and conversations focus on critical issues. We nurture the next generation and seek to build a community that listens to our youth. As a church that engages members and serves the most vulnerable, especially the homeless, the hungry and refugees, we seek to care for each other through prayer, outreach, and activities that promote connection and inclusion. Our new pastor will adhere to Presbyterian theology and be tuned to contemporary issues. Webpage: okemospres.org. MIF #03327.AC0.


ASSOCIATE MINISTER: GROWTH & CARE • St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is seeking to call an Associate Minister: Growth and Care. This is a full time position with a focus on Pastoral Care, Faith Formation for all Ages, and Leadership and Volunteer Development. StAPC is a congregation with over 250 members. We are looking for an individual with a strong faith and spiritual relationship with God through Jesus Christ, who is a good communicator, teacher, leader, listener and motivator. If you feel called to come to Canada, please contact Rev. Swanson at fionanz2000@yahoo.com, or browse through the profile and position description at standrewscalgary.ca/pages/april-2021-stac-xtra.


FULL-TIME SOLO PASTOR
Banner Elk Presbyterian Church, a 200-member small-town church in the western NC mountains, is prayerfully seeking a full-time solo pastor ordained in the PC(USA) with 2+ years’ experience. The church has an active mission program and a busy, creative congregation. Key expectations: plan and lead meaningful worship; moderate Session; coordinate and participate in pastoral care; serve as head of staff; and support church missions and programs. Salary package negotiable dependent on experience. Send resumes, cover letters, references and sermon samples to tornow_law@skybest.com.


PASTOR
The Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista (PCBV), located in a metropolitan area in Northwest Arkansas, is an active, welcoming congregation seeking a pastor. The demographics of Bella Vista are changing. PCBV’s aging population, coupled with a younger, growing community, creates challenging yet exciting opportunities in a unique community in the beautiful Ozarks. PCBV, P.O. Box 3282, Bella Vista, AR 72715. MIF #10870.AD at clc.pcusa.org.


ASSOCIATE PASTOR (Installed and Full-Time) • Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church (BHPC)
BHPC, a thriving congregation of 680 members in Bethesda, MD, seeks a full-time Associate Pastor. Responsibilities include leading small group ministries, providing pastoral care, supporting and leading worship, working with youth and enhancing mission. For details, see bradleyhillschurch.org/about-us/were-hiring. If interested, contact APSCbhpc@gmail.com.


PART-TIME STATED SUPPLY PASTOR • FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF MOUNT VERNON, N.Y.


SENIOR PASTOR
First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square • Hamilton Square, New Jersey
400-member church in suburban central N.J. seeks a Senior Pastor with a clear vision of how the church can live out Christ in today’s world. Our mission study shows we are transitioning from an attractional to a missional focus. Our Session, church family and staff seek your advocacy and leadership to help us develop our missional vision in church and community, leading us through transformation as a collaborator and team-builder, and managing the pace, focus and scope of this exciting change. CLC #04923.AE0, hamsquarechurch.org. Applicants with 5+ years in ordained ministry may anticipate $85,000 effective compensation with 4 weeks of vacation, 2 weeks of study leave, and appropriate reimbursable expenses.


PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.) JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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 https://www.presbyterianmission.org/who-we-are/work-for-the-church/ and click “search for employment opportunities.”

Records Manager (Office of the General Assembly, Louisville, KY)
Administers a cost-effective, legally-based records management program for the national offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that includes all types of records (digital, paper-based, audio-visual) and insures that records of permanent value are transferred to the custody of the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) for long term preservation and access. Provides consultation and assistance to national office staff regarding all records management concerns, including best practices for managing email and other digital records, filing of paper-based records, and retention and disposition of records of temporary value. Manages the Records Center located in the Presbyterian Center in Louisville, KY.

Director of Programs and Services (Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA) Oversees the archival programs and services at PHS. Works with PHS staff and the PHS Board to develop, plan, implement, and/or manage collection development, archival description, reference, preservation, digitization, and outreach work.  Contributes to and assist with PHS communications and fundraising efforts.  Builds strong partnerships both within and outside the PC(USA) to support the archival work of PHS.

Archives Technician (Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA)
Working in person in the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, scans collection materials and assists with quality assurance and other post-production tasks in order to provide digitized content to patrons and staff; archives websites; assists with metadata creation and editing; assists with reshelving and retrieving materials for patrons.”

Project Manager (Office of the General Assembly, Louisville, KY)
Provides guidance and support to OGA colleagues about their projects and provides oversight from initiation to successful completion of these projects that support the mission and minsitry that have been entrusted to the OGA. The Project Manager will coordinate the work of program and administrative assistants in support of project completion.

Regional Liaison for Caribbean (International Mission, Dominican Republic)
As Regional Liaison for the Caribbean the mission worker will serve as a facilitator of PC(USA) support for partner programs, relationships and activities and as an implementer of regional strategies in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and CANACOM.  He/she will support PC(USA) mission personnel in communications, information sharing, mentoring/guiding, encouraging and missiological reflection.  In addition, he/she will serve as a resource for connection with other ecumenical bodies in the region and information between partner and PC(USA) entities in conjunction with Presbyterian World Mission, including the numerous synod, presbytery and congregational partnerships working within the region.

SVP General Counsel (Presbyterian Foundation, Jeffersonville, IN)
This position provides legal counsel and oversight at the executive level on all corporate issues with legal, fiduciary or regulatory implications for the Presbyterian Foundation.

AVP Financial & Investment Planning Professional (Presbyterian Foundation, Jeffersonville, IN)
This client-facing position has the primary responsibility of maintaining consistent and on-going contact with existing clients of New Covenant Trust Company, N.A. which are primarily Presbyterian constituencies and specified targets of the general public.

Marketing Coordinator (Presbyterian Foundation, Jeffersonville, IN)
Staff person will support the work of the marketing director and executives on tasks directed at maximizing   Presbyterian Foundation efforts while undertaking daily administrative tasks to ensure the functionality and coordination of the department’s activities.  Additional component of this position includes support functions for the Senior Director for Funds Development for Theological Education.

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 are also encouraged to apply.


 
 

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