The ‘New Old’: Seniors bring new life to the church
People in their 60s, 70s, 80s and even older are bringing amazing new life to Presbyterian congregations and ministries all over. Today’s seniors aren’t slowing down in retirement but are finding ways to share their talents, time, passion and energy with the younger generation. In an inspiring cover story, Presbyterians Today looks at some of the vibrant contributions older adults are making in the PC(USA).
Drugs are no longer just an inner-city problem. In fact, drug overdose rates are rising in rural America, surpassing rates in urban areas. Read how small churches are becoming places of hope and healing.
New! 2019 Lenten Devotional from Presbyterians Today
Awakening to God’s Beauty: A Lenten invitation to pray with art
Through magnificent photography and a spiritual discipline called visio divina — praying with art — we open our eyes with new awareness and gratitude for the beauty of creation. The devotional offers a dazzling smorgasbord of soul-stirring original photographs, each with a short guided meditation to lift our hearts and fortify us for the rest of our Lenten journey. The text, meditations and original photography are all the loving work of the Rev. Krin Van Tatenhove, long-time Presbyterian pastor, hospice chaplain, substance abuse counselor, traveler, photographer, and amazing storyteller.
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SOLO PASTOR First Presbyterian Church in Rockport, TX, is seeking an ordained Interim Pastor.
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SENIOR PASTOR — HILTON HEAD ISLAND First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island, SC, seeks Pastor/Head of Staff to lead and grow a strong congregation of 1,300 members who are eager, as Christ leads, to be an open, inviting and joyful church, vibrant and vital as a community and in the world. Over a 63-year history, FPC has become a valued convening site for numerous community service and cultural organizations. We seek a pastor who will continue strong traditions of scripturally-grounded preaching and teaching, inspirational leadership, mission connections to the community and beyond, and pastoral care to a range of ages. We are eager to attract the next generation of worshippers, even as we continue to serve our significant demographic of recent retirees and those seeking God’s joy in life’s closing chapters. Visit us at www.fpchhi.org/pnc-meet-fpc and view our MIF #22282.AJ on the PCUSA CLC website.
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.”
Director, Theology Formation & Evangelism — Working under the general direction of the President/Executive Director, lead, oversee and manage the Theology, Formation and Evangelism (TFE) Ministry Area of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA). Provide strategy, planning, operational management and support for the ongoing work of TFE’s program and initiatives, in a way that furthers the achievement of Presbyterian Mission Agency’s organization mission, vision, and strategic plans.
Associate for African-American Intercultural Congregational Support — Equip African-American Presbyterian leaders, facilitate the growth of new worshiping communities, and engage in mission, connecting African-American congregations and their leaders.
Associate for Asian Intercultural Congregational Support — Develop leaders in Asian congregations, assist with Asian evangelism and church growth, and be a voice for Asian Presbyterians in the larger church.
Associate for Young Adult Volunteer Program (YAV Program) — Provide programmatic and administrative leadership to the YAV team including program administration, candidate discernment process, event planning, program evaluations, and crisis management, in coordination with other World Mission and PMA staff, as well as YAV site coordinators.
Associate for Vital Congregations (Theology, Formation, and Evangelism) – Will work in collaboration with the Coordinator and Mission Specialist to represent the Office of Vital Congregations by supporting the work of Mid-Council leaders and churches through the Vital Congregations Initiative and beyond. The Associate will work to carry out the vision and mission of the Office of Vital Congregations, representing the Office in travel and in special events. This position will work towards the continual evaluation and development of the Vital Congregations ministry work.
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.
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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.
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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
Presbyterians Today welcomes contributions from freelance writers. Preferred maximum length is approximately 1,500 words.
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profiles of interesting Presbyterians and of unique activities or mission projects of Presbyterian members or congregations
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
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April 7 is an opportunity to celebrate the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People’s (SDOP) work engaging communities in addressing poverty and oppression and give to the One Great Hour of Sharing.
Download your SDOP Sunday resource for hymns, liturgical suggestions and stories of God, the Church and communities in action.
One Great Hour of Sharing is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world. Join with Presbyterian’s worldwide to provide relief from natural and human-caused disasters, food for the hungry, and support for the poor and oppressed. If we all do a little, it adds up to a lot!