Our world, our nation, our communities, our churches, our families have witnessed massive disruption and change in the span of just a few short months. From the COVID-19 pandemic to antiracism protests all over the U.S. and around the globe, life today scarcely resembles what we all took for “normal” back in March. In the face of this paradigm shift, how are congregations serving their flock? This issue of Presbyterians Today features some important reflections for our version of a Brave New World. Here are just two:
Crisis & Creativity celebrates ingenuity. Times of crisis can be catalysts for great creativity. Read how church leaders and members are setting their imaginations free and exploring new expressions of faith.
Community organizing can make change happen. Learn why bringing about dramatic social change takes more than the efforts of a single congregation. Churches and other partners must work together to uncover and understand the issues their neighbors face — and organize together to address the injustices.
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In Northern California, the Sacramento River winds through the Sacramento Valley and passes between the Sutter Buttes and the city of Colusa. The Colusa First Presbyterian Church is seeking a solo pastor to participate with us in our ministry to each other and our community. The mission of our church is to know Jesus Christ as Savior and to make Him known to the world as we walk alongside one another in truth and love. If you are interested in walking with us, please contact Robert Harper, Chair, PNC at Bob@chiconut.com. For more information: clc.pcusa.org/OpportunitySearch.aspx?OrganizationSearch=True and enter 00725; colusapres.org; and facebook.com/colusapres.
PART-TIME PASTOR IN RESIDENCE — Beautiful Whitlash, Montana
A small, rural congregation in the lovely Sweet Grass Hills near the Canadian border offers a perfect sabbatical year. Survey the stars in big sky country, watch deer in the yard, fish, hike Glacier national park, write a book. Enjoy a ranching community while leading Sunday morning worship and ministering one other day per week, for one year or two. Fully furnished manse with WiFi, $100 per week, quarterly Sundays off, monthly goody basket with Montana books. Beginning September 1 or earlier: Beth.firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASSOCIATE FOR CHURCH AND LEADERSHIP Presbytery of Baltimore – Full Time
Purpose — To take a leading role in implementing and breathing life in the Presbytery’s vision and ministry plan and encourage, challenge and equip existing and new congregations to thrive in their relationships and become faithful leaders
Serve as primary support for the Commission on Thriving Congregations. Provide initial coaching to transforming congregations recommending strategies and action steps.
Serve as primary support for Spiritual Leader Development Commission, including planning retreats, workshops, new clergy orientation, pastors retreat. Assign coaches and lead coaching cohorts.
Serve as primary support for Commission on Preparation for Ministry (when needed).
Provide leadership at Gathering Team by convening liturgy creation team, produce final liturgy bulletin secure preachers, liturgists, communion officiants for Gatherings
Publicize and administer the following scholarships: Enduring Witness, Academic and Missional, Triennium.
Provide leadership and resourcing to churches in areas of disciple formation for youth and adults, assisting them to generate new ideas, and encouraging partnerships among congregations
Other ministry related duties as assigned.
Available at least two Sunday mornings to attend worship at Presbytery congregations.
Ordained PC(USA) Teaching or Ruling Elder preferred or qualified member of the PC(USA).
Demonstrated skills and expertise working with congregations in transformation.
Demonstrated skills in new church development and immigrant community development.
Strong organizational, group process and leadership development skills.
Ability to work collegially.
Strong written, verbal, and technological skills.
Commitment to mission of the Presbytery of Baltimore and the PC(USA) .
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.”
Associate for Vision Implementation (Presbyterian Mission Agency) Assist with embedding and implementing the Matthew 25 vision and subsequent PMA vision and focuses within congregations, mid councils and entities of the PC(USA). To learn more about the job and to apply online, please visit https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/402877/
Mission Associate, International Property (Presbyterian Mission Agency) The incumbent in this position will serve as a knowledgeable resource and key implementer of actions related to international real estate, commensurate with the PC(USA) Real Estate policy, which affirms PC(USA)’s basic responsibility of stewardship, ensuring that the organization’s actions support mission work for the benefit of our global partners, including the transfer of real estate, and physically and legally safeguarding assets until such transfers take place. To learn more about the job and to apply online, please visit https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/370144/
Associate Translator for Korean Language (Administrative Services Group) Translates, edits, proofreads, and performs related linguistic tasks for essential Church documents from English to Korean and vice versa, ensuring the accuracy of the translation and cultural sensitivity. Works collaboratively with an internal team of staff linguists and with freelance linguists to consistently meet or exceed customer expectations for translated materials. Meets productivity and quality goals and expectations set by the Global Language Resource (GLR) Manager. For full details and apply online, visit https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/406747/
Associate Translator for Spanish Language (Administrative Services Group) Translates, edits, proofreads, and performs related linguistic tasks for essential Church documents from English to Spanish and vice versa, ensuring the accuracy of the translation and cultural sensitivity. Works collaboratively with an internal team of staff linguists and with freelance linguists to consistently meet or exceed customer expectations for translated materials. Meets productivity and quality goals and expectations set by the Global Language Resource (GLR) Manager. For full details and apply online, please visit https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/405314/
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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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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
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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.
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