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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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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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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

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

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 If interested, contact

Family-size, PC(USA). More Light, Matthew 25, strong mission presence, Progressive Christianity affiliated. College city, Burlington, Vermont. View our Beloved Community website,; MIF #05021.AB0.

Still Laughing, Still Learning (Still Looking for a Good Title):
Mostly True Stories of Family, Friends, Faith & Foibles

is a new book by Presbyterian pastor, writer and stand-up comic Bill Chadwick, available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon and as an audiobook at
      “Bill Chadwick is one fine storyteller: I laughed aloud and shed a tear or two as well.” —Michael Lindvall, best-selling author of the North Haven series.
      “This is a book to read and re-read with joy and insight.” —Dr. Thomas Long, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching at Candler School of Theology.

The Park Church, Congregational United Church of Christ in Elmira, N.Y., seeks a FULL TIME PASTOR; a woman or man of spiritual depth, compassion and humor, who will inspire and guide us in new ways to strengthen our faith in a challenging world. We are a non-dogmatic Christian church. We want to meet the spiritual needs of our congregation and community while voicing a strong commitment to social and environmental justice. We are an Open and Affirming and Climate Justice congregation and are studying racial justice. We pledge to do more outreach, enhance our inclusiveness, and increase our numbers by being church. To inquire or apply, please contact Rev. Gary Ferner, Associate Conference Minister, New York Conference, UCC, P.O. Box 487, Syracuse, NY 13219. 315-446-3073,


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, 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.


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 and click “search for employment opportunities.”

Web Developer/Designer I (One Year Term Contract) (Presbyterian Mission Agency) — Maintain websites and email communications for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and affiliated entities.

Vice President of Publishing (Presbyterian Publishing Corporation) — As a member of the executive staff of PPC, the Vice President of Publishing works in partnership with the President and Publisher and the Editor-in-Chief to define a strategic vision for the acquisition of high-quality books for the three main segments of WJK’s market: academic, clergy/professional, and general reader. The VP oversees an editorial team that carries out list development and acquisitions as well as a production department that takes books and curriculum from manuscript to completed project. The ideal candidate will have both editorial acumen and business sensibilities, along with experience with the religious, academic, or trade book markets. In addition to being the public face of the WJK program, the Vice President of Publishing will represent the Press at conferences and meetings related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Research Analyst II (Administrative Services Group) — Help the PC(USA) and others make data-informed decisions through the use of data science, consulting, and research (especially quantitative), both within the PC(USA) and with ecumenical & interfaith partners.

Manager of Development (Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA) — Leads the development program of the Presbyterian Historical Society located in Philadelphia. Oversees execution of annual fundraising plan; cultivates and stewards major donors; secures planned gifts; assists with identifying, applying for, and execution of grants; contributes to PHS communications and marketing strategy and execution; works with PC(USA) partners at all levels of the church to enhance knowledge of and appreciation for the mission and programs of PHS and build financial support.

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.

Internal Communications Specialist (Administrative Services Group) — Will work as part of the Human Resources team by providing proactive employee communications support; Develop and implement comprehensive communication plans, create resources and materials for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation, and the Administrative Services Group.

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.
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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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  • 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
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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.

Fiction, poetry, and reprints are rarely used.

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