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Changing the World: One act and one word at a time

How does our faith make a difference in the life of the world? How does it address systemic issues for real change? These are the questions the Rev. Thomas Watkins finds himself asking on a regular basis.

Amid his questioning, Watkins, who serves as the senior pastor of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, an 800-member “purple” congregation — that is a church where the red and blue colors of polarized political parties blend, creating a middle ground — has noticed that the answers seem to emerge “when we are troubled.”

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Other featured stories from this Issue


Rituals for Aging Gracefully

Churches are using rituals to support members dealing with retirement, downsizing, new romantic relationships and many other life transitions.

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Mission Co-Workers Share Post-Pandemic Travel Tips

As the world reopens to travel, Presbyterian mission co-workers share proven suggestions on how to arrange productive and respectful mission trips.

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Associate Pastor for Social Justice and Mission
The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York City is seeking an Associate Pastor for Social Justice and Mission. We are looking for an experienced leader and energetic motivator with a heart for mission, to galvanize our congregation by broadening and deepening the involvement of members in opportunities to serve. With our Associate Pastor, First Church will continue to serve in partnership with other aligned mission-driven organizations in NYC and elsewhere, creating more opportunities for new and existing members to get connected. We welcome applicants with 2+ years of experience. Learn more at: www.fpcnyc.org or email apnc@fpcnyc.org


Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministries, Sycamore Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, Ohio

Sycamore Presbyterian Church, located in the rapidly growing Northeast quadrant of Greater Cincinnati, is a vibrant, affluent congregation of approximately 700 members that seeks to be an ever-expanding community where all are accepted and loved into a growing life with God. We act on that Vision by investing in people and ministries that Inspire, Connect, and Serve. SPC is seeking a high-energy individual with a passion for Family and Youth Ministries to lead us in meeting the challenges of faith formation and program development while growing as a pastoral leader.
To learn more, visit us at www.sycamorechurch.org and click to view our Ministry Information Form. Please send specific questions/submissions to apnc@sycamorechurch.org.


Full-Time Pastor
Southampton Presbyterian Church, New York, is searching for full time pastor. Our church is one of, if not the oldest Presbyterian Churches in the US. We are entering a time of change. We seek a pastor to collaborate with us in navigating the waters between tradition and our future. If you are interested, we can send our MIF. Contact Midge Fowler, rfowler@optonline.net or 631-283-8405.


Full Time Solo Pastor

Westminster Presbyterian Church of Akron, Ohio is in search of our next solo pastor who can introduce and implement creative new ideas while maintaining the traditions we have enjoyed for almost a century. With a multi-generational congregation, we are financially sound and attend to the needs of the church but also remain sensitive to the judicious stewardship that God has entrusted to us.

Akron is a vibrant community that boasts many quality of life amenities such as access to an extensive park system, professional sports, world class orchestras and historic museums. Affordable housing and four seasons make the area an ideal place to call home. We will offer competitive terms of call including housing allowance.  Our MIF is in process and will be posted soon. All interested candidates are invited to submit their resumes to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1250 W. Exchange Street, Akron, Ohio 44313, c/o Pastor Nominating Committee or via email at WestminsterAkron1250@gmail.com.  Please visit our website at www.westminsterakron.org.


Part-Time Pastor

Valley Community Presbyterian Church (VCPC) of Richfield, in central Utah, is seeking a pastor who wants to nurture a small, faithful flock and can positively impact a rural community. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, we are located within 2 1/2 hours of five national parks.

We have hiking, biking, skiing, ATV trails, pristine mountain lakes, a college campus, and many community functions and concerts. Come and enjoy the marvels of Utah!

See MIF #08905.AC0 at clc or visit valleycommunitypc.com.


Full Time Pastor • Suburban Presbyterian Church

Seeking a bright, healthy, ordained minister, who has the desire to bring new life, energy, and relevance to our congregation. Located in a historically significant village, surrounded by the beautiful woods of a large county park, 10 miles north of Cincinnati, we seek outstanding leadership skills to help us review/ rebuild church program, which provides a rich mix of traditional and contemporary music, enhanced by a talented strings group. We desire a minister who loves God and believes the church must bring the essence of the Christian message to today’s world, in a way that can be understood and embraced!

A competitive base compensation plus professional expenses, included. For confidential consideration call Christine Visnich 513-405-1433; email information to cvisnich617@aol.com; or forward your CV to The Greenhills Community Church, Presbyterian, Attn: C. Visnich, 21 Cromwell, Cincinnati, OH 45218.


Full Time Pastor • Sunnyside Presbyterian Church – Sunnyside, Washington

We are a church in the Yakima Valley of Washington state. We are seeking a pastor who will inspire our mature congregation of 100, lead us in our community outreach. Sunnyside is approximately 30 minutes from both Tri-cities, population 250,000, and Yakima with 96,000 people.

For more information, please visit our Facebook page, view our website www.sunnysidepres.org, and our MIF# 09098.AD0.

Please email PIF to gregras@me.com or humblequeen831@bentonrea.com.


Full Time Pastor • Old South Presbyterian Church – Newburyport, MA

Old South Presbyterian Church in Newburyport is a vibrant, community – based Presbyterian Church in search of a Full-time teaching elder. More info on the position and our church can be found HERE, and our full MIF is located here. We are a biblically grounded church seeking to be true to our rich historical heritage by providing a community of worship for all who wish to embrace a faith-centered life in the Christian tradition.

Our mission statement: Transform lives by knowing Christ; Train intentional disciples; and Testify to God’s love by serving the people of Newburyport and beyond.

Contact: Tim Kniker timkniker@gmail.com.


Pastor • Latrobe United Presbyterian Church (LUPC), Pennsylvania

Serving faithfully since 1852, LUPC seeks a pastor who is called to ministering to the needs of our congregation. That call will include providing biblical based sermons that are relevant, engaging, and inspiring. We have a heart for leading others to Jesus Christ by relying upon the presence, power, and direction of the Holy Spirit and look forward to engaging a candidate who shares that mission.

Our community, known as the first home of Fred Rogers and Arnold Palmer, is 45 minutes east of downtown Pittsburgh and wants to emulate the outstanding attributes of those native sons.

For more information, view MIF#: 05456.AA0

Email resume or Personal Information Form (PIF) to: latrobeupchurch@gmail.com.


Seeking Full-Time Stated Supply Pastor
Multi-cultural congregation seeks a compassionate, spiritually mature, worship leader who loves the Lord and His people and will share the Word and its contemporary relevance.

Please see our church and ministry info online. Click “Opportunity Search” then the link search opportunities in a particular church/ organization.

Church / Organization PIN 06064


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:


 

Director of Engagement and Support
(Administrative Services Group, Louisville, KY)

The Director for Engagement and Support will actively and eagerly gain initial and ongoing knowledge of the audiences, both internally and externally including employees, board members, agencies and entities of the PCUSA, mid-councils and congregations. The Director will have a strong personal presence and the ability to communicate the mission and message of
the Presbyterian denomination to the current and new audiences.


Director of Information Technology
Administrative Services Group, Louisville, KY

The DIT is responsible for providing the specific vision and direction enabling PC(USA) to use information as a strategic
asset to achieve program and mission goals. The DIT’s role is to identify PC(USA) ‘s core technology and business strengths and weaknesses and capitalize on and leverage advantages while rectifying weaknesses. In addition, the DIT Ensures that technology is implemented to directly and positively impact PC(USA) ‘s overall operations.


Coordinator for the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy
(Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, KY)

Provides staff leadership to the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy; administers the work of the committee and supervises the Unbound managing editor and designated support staff; coordinates the work of committee and staff with OGA, the General Assembly and PMA divisions through strategic planning, proposals, liaison arrangements; works with ecumenical bodies in policy development; interprets the social policy witness of the General Assembly to the General Assembly and Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), ecumenical bodies and society at large, and provides advice and counsel concerning the Church’s social witness.


Gift Processing Associate
(Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, KY)
Process gifts allocated to PMA; provide administrative support and other funds development related duties


Area Coordinator for Africa
(Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, KY)

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 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.


Paralegal
(Administrative Services Group, Louisville, KY)
Investigate, research, and analyze legal issues to arrive at independent cognitive recommendations to Legal Services attorneys or work under supervision of attorneys in a wide variety of areas, including but not limited to: church loans, church and corporate structure, property and litigation, as well as draft requested documents and prepare legal memoranda of law.


Director of General Assembly Planning
(Office of the General Assembly, Louisville, KY)

The Director demonstrates a commitment to continue to dismantle white supremacy, sexism and racism in the Office of the General Assembly and the PC(U.S.A.). The position fosters collaboration, innovation and openness with colleagues, constituents, and the wider church. It calls for servant leadership with an open and consultative operating style with colleagues in and beyond the Office of the General Assembly, guided by the goals set for the planning, execution, and review of the biennial General Assembly and sharing leadership in establishing and carrying out advanced planning for meetings and future assemblies.


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.


Conference Center Director for Stony Point Center
(Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY)

Oversee all aspects of Stony Point Center and manage its efficient integration with the Presbyterian Mission Agency and the Administrative Services Group of the PC(USA) A Corp. The position requires living on-site in Stony Point Center in Stony Point, New York.

Research Assistant
(Administrative Service Group, Louisville, KY)

Work with researchers to develop and maintain research databases, generate reports for congregational studies, and verify data


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.

 

About Presbyterians Today

 

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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Presbyterians Today seeks to:

  • 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

Feature Articles

Presbyterians Today welcomes contributions from freelance writers. Preferred maximum length is approximately 1,500 words.

Appropriate subjects include

  • 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

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.

Presbyterians Today pays for articles upon acceptance of the manuscript. Contracts specify purchase of all rights, including publication on the web.

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Resources

Presbyterians Today Celtic Advent Devotional

Presbyterians Today’s Advent devotional embraces the observance of the Celtic Advent, which begins NOVEMBER 15 (earlier than our traditional Advent), encompassing a full 40-days which mirrors the season of Lent.
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