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Our Kids and Mental Health

Talk to any adult, and they’re sure to tell you that the Covid pandemic has turned their world upside down. And as tough as the past 2+ years have been on grown-ups, this time has perhaps been even more frightening and destabilizing for children and teens. Some Presbyterian churches have addressed this problem by working with youth to equip them with coping skills, often rooted in prayer, mindfulness and creative activity, and the results have been encouraging and comforting.

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Other featured stories from this Issue


The Kitchen As a Place of Healing and Transformation

Cooking for yourself or others can be a sacred act that brings not only nourishment but also spiritual fulfillment.

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The New Language of Love: Using Words to Heal

By choosing and using our words carefully, we are able to signal our awareness and respect of other people.

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LEAD MINISTER • Grace Presbyterian Church • Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
We are an urban church with a 100+ year history, located near the downtown core of Calgary, a diverse city of 1.3 million people in western Canada. We are seeking an applicant who is excited by our mission, vision and values to join the ministry team as our next Lead Minister. We have heard God’s call to love our neighbor, to be in the world, not set apart from it, and we are excited by the challenges and opportunities we see. For a detailed Position Description and Congregational Profile and a brief video message from our church to call-seekers, please visit gracechurchcalgary.com.

 

 

 


ASSOCIATE PASTOR • Palms Presbyterian Church • Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Located among the lovely north Florida beach communities, Palms Presbyterian Church, an 850+ member church, is seeking an Associate Pastor to support the vision of Palms and to assist with implementing the strategy for the Palms community. The Associate Pastor serves a key function in leading the Pastoral Care, Serve/Outreach and Disciple Connection ministries. The Associate Pastor supports the Pastor and is responsible for resourcing and assisting the global and local missions. The Associate Pastor leads the Deacon Ministry of the church. Visit our website at palmschurch.org and view our MIF #04017.AK0 at clc.pcusa.org.


SOLO PASTOR
First Presbyterian Church of Marianna, Florida, seeks a dynamic pastor to lead our congregation in worship, ministry, mission outreach (including a very active food pantry mission to address food insecurity in our community), stewardship and Christian education. Located in the Florida panhandle about one hour from Tallahassee and many magnificent beaches, Marianna is known as the City of Southern Charm. See our webpage at firstpresmarianna.org, and learn more at clc.pcusa.org, MIF #20051.AD1.


DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S, YOUTH & FAMILY MINISTRY
Central Presbyterian Church • Des Moines, Iowa
We are a vibrant congregation of over 500 members seeking a creative, energetic leader to coordinate our church’s ministry with children, youth and their families, with the goal of nurturing their growth in faith, service and relationship with each other and with God. This is a full-time position with benefits. More info at dmcpc.org/employment. Send resume and cover letter to hr@dmcpc.org.


ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Ky., is seeking a full time associate pastor for our 1000+ congregation. The primary responsibilities include overseeing congregational care, diaconate efforts, fellowship and outreach ministry, as well as preaching several times per year and assisting with special services. The associate pastor will also be supervising property management and technology support staff. See MIF #09935.AM0 at CLC or visit 2ndpreslou.org.


PRESBYTERY LEADER/STATED CLERK
Boise Presbytery seeks a Transitional Presbytery Leader/Stated Clerk with diverse skills to provide constitutionally required leadership of the presbytery and to assist the presbytery in its discernment of new direction in a season of transforming identity and organization. See our MIF (#72270.AB0) on CLC, visit presbyteryofboise.com or email Bonnie Lind (bklind1@outlook.com).



FULL-TIME SOLO PASTOR
First Presbyterian Church of Clarion, PA, is seeking a full-time solo pastor for our 150-member congregation in rural, western PA. The primary responsibilities of our next pastor will be meaningful and creative worship, pastoral care, nurturing relationships and supporting both local and global missions. Our MIF can be found on Church Leadership Connection, clc.pcusa.org, MIF #07406.AE0.


SOLO PASTOR
Full time position for solo pastor at First Presbyterian of Ulysses in Trumansburg, NY, a town that has retained a true sense of community — small enough to know each other and large enough for a good school system and vibrant village center. Located in a beautiful part of the country, our Finger Lakes, waterfalls and gorges, state parks, and two nearby outstanding educational institutions make this a great place for families. We are seeking a leader for our journey as we grow together spiritually and continue to build a welcoming environment for all. Learn more and apply today at MIF#05524.AC0.


HEAD OF STAFF • First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), Bloomington, IN
We are a healthy congregation of seekers and disciples of Christ, located in the heart of beautiful southern Indiana and in the home community of Indiana University. We are committed to offering full hospitality for all God’s children. We follow the example of Christ through acts of compassion and by seeking God’s reconciling peace, freedom and justice. We seek a Head of Staff who will work collaboratively with the ministry team and others, equipping us with renewed strength in our faith and confidence in our missions. We welcome interest from all candidates including those with diverse background, ethnicity and lived experiences. For further information, reference MIF 02081.AI, visit fpcbloomington.org or email Gary Crow, co-chair of the PNC, at gcrow@indiana.edu.


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

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has several openings for which we are seeking qualified candidates looking for a call working at the national level. The positions include:

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES GROUP

Research Associate I
(Research Services, Louisville, KY)
Help the PC(USA) and others make data-informed decisions through the use of data science, consulting, and research (especially quantitative) and work with senior researchers to lead, consult, or work on projects.

PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AGENCY

Project Manager for Digital Fundraising and Interpretation
(Special Offerings Management (MES), Louisville, KY)
Manages tasks related to all phases of preparation, budgeting and production of digital promotional and campaign resources to fundraising for Presbyterian Mission. Nurtures collaborative relationships with constituents, mid councils, and other PC(USA) entities to further understanding of Special Offerings, the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, and other initiatives to support Presbyterian Mission.

Area Coordinator for Africa Office
(World Mission, Louisville, KY)
The Area Office Coordinator serves as an active and integral resource to PC(U.S.A.) global partners, PC(U.S.A.) constituents, and mission personnel engaged in God’s mission in Africa. Support and ensure appropriate engagement of the World Mission Strategic Plan, its core values and directional goals. This is carried out through close collaboration with the full World Mission team, which includes and relies on Regional Liaisons and mission personnel, and other PMA ministries. The person selected to fill this position will have the option to be based in the Africa region, at our national offices in Louisville, KY, or at an approved remote work location.

Mission Engagement Associate (Manager, Direct Mail)
(Mission Engagement and Support, Louisville, KY)
Manage comprehensive direct mail program for Presbyterian Mission Agency and work closely with Project Manager for catalog and individual donation.

Director, Center for Repair of Historical Harms
(Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, KY)
To enact the ministry of Jesus Christ by building and developing the Center for Repair of Historical Harms of the PC(USA) in collaboration with our sister national agencies, mid councils, and congregations (hereafter referred to as The Center for Repair). Through the Center for the Repair, the Presbyterian Mission Agency hopes to initiate a denomination-wide effort to inspire repair and reconciliation both within and beyond the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). 

Administrative Specialist for Special Offerings
(Mission Engagement and Support, Louisville, KY)
Provide the administrative and organizational support necessary for the Project Managers of the Special Offerings and Giving Catalog team to broaden the platforms, content, and approaches leading to greater participation and dollars for Matthew 25 ministry. Share in the development of new models of fundraising and engagement which foster vital congregations engaged in systemic work to dismantle white supremacy and eradicate poverty. 

Mission Associate for Christian Formation
(Theology, Formation and Evangelism, Louisville, KY)
Develop and produce multimedia assets to promote, engage and communicate stories and initiatives throughout the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

Administrative Assistant (Part Time, Term Contract, Non-benefits)
(Theology Formation and Evangelism, Louisville, KY)
This is a part time (non-benefits) term contract position providing administrative support to the 1001 New Worshipping

OFFICE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Cataloging and Metadata Librarian
(Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA)
Oversees and performs cataloging and metadata work at the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS); catalogs complex and rare materials; manages and maintains catalog software and liaises with vendors; leads efforts to implement a reparative and inclusive approach to description; contributes to remote reference.

We invite interested candidates to submit their resume and apply online by going to our website at www.pcusa.org/jobs and click “Search for Employment Opportunities”. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is committed to being not only an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the U.S. government, but with the inclusion of gender identity and sexual orientation as well. 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.

 

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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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  • Report in a fair, accurate and balanced way on the activities of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and of its members, leaders and mission partners.
  • Uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
  • Illuminate the faith and heritage that bind Presbyterians together.
  • Express the rich diversity within the denomination.
  • Challenge readers to grow in their commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord.
  • Provide a Christian perspective on contemporary issues.
  • Be a source of inspiration, spiritual direction and practical tools for life and ministry.
  • Reflect the denomination’s priorities: evangelism, justice, spiritual formation and leadership development.

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Presbyterians Today, published by the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is a national magazine about Presbyterian mission and ministry. It is published 6 times a year. Most readers are loyal, long-time subscribers. While they vary in age, gender, and geographic location, most readers are married, active in their church and community, affluent and well-educated. About a quarter of PT readers are active clergy; the balance are church members.

Presbyterians Today seeks to

  • demonstrate the impact of the activities of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its members, leaders and mission partners, in a fair, accurate and uplifting way
  • use east-to-understand language free from specialized or technical jargon and acronyms
  • uphold and advance the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Presbyterian Mission Agency
  • use inclusive and expansive language, making use of bias-free and non-paternalistic terms, balancing female and male references and ensuring that language about God reflects the many images of God available to us through Scripture
  • illuminate the faith and heritage that bind Presbyterians together
  • through words and images, show respect and equality for the rich diversity (theological perspective, race, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, gender, identity, sexual orientation and mental or physical condition) within the PC(USA)
  • challenge readers to grow in their commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord
  • provide a Christian perspective on contemporary issues
  • serve as an inspiration and resource for life and ministry
  • reflect the denomination’s vision, mission and priorities

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Appropriate subjects include

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  • issues of current concern to the church
  • how individuals and families express their Christian faith in significant ways or relate their faith to the problems of society

Most articles have some direct relevance to a Presbyterian audience, although Presbyterians Today also seeks well-informed articles that can help individuals and families cope with the stresses of daily living from a Christian perspective.

Fiction, poetry, and reprints are rarely used.

Writers should send a query to the editors (by email, preferably) before sending a manuscript. Unsolicited manuscripts received by post will not be returned unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is enclosed.

Authors are asked to submit only one article at a time. Manuscripts sent after the editors approve the subject proposed in a query are read by at least two editors, and a reply is given normally within 60 days after receipt.

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