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OUR CURRENT ISSUE — JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020

Racism and the environment

Communities of color face the brunt of environmental injustice — air, water and soil contamination caused by heavy industry. With every passing year, this toxicity takes more of a toll on already-disadvantaged communities. Presbyterians are listening and responding to this crisis, and they are advocating for real change so all God’s children will have clean water to drink and pure air to breathe.

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Featured Stories from this Issue

‘Nap Ministry’ and God’s plan for the Sabbath

God gave human beings the Sabbath as an important time for refreshment and recharging our batteries. It takes discipline to force ourselves to rest, but the reward is more effective ministry.

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Small churches are rich in assets money can’t buy

If you think “more” or “bigger” is better, you’ve been sold a bill of goods! True congregational vitality comes from redefining wealth and playing to the strengths you’ve got.

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New! 2020 Lenten Devotional

Becoming a Beloved Community:

A Matthew 25 journey to the cross

This year’s Lenten devotional invites us on a thought-provoking journey to see firsthand how Jesus’ words to “feed the hungry” and “clothe the naked” still change lives today.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of “beloved community” to describe a society where everyone has their needs met. In “Becoming a Beloved Community,” we discover how needs are met when selfless love breaks down racial barriers, gives voice to the voiceless and feeds hungry hearts, souls and bodies.

Readers are treated to beautiful ancient Christian mosaics throughout the devotional. Just the way mosaics are constructed, we are invited to reflect on how our little tile piece could be added to contribute another dimension to the beloved community where we live.

This devotional itself is also a reflection of a beloved community. It features prayers and reflections by 19 ordained ministers, chaplains, lay pastors and ruling elders from the Presbytery of the Pacific. While the stories they share differ, they all have this in common: a passion for following Jesus. The excitement and commitment found on the pages of “Becoming a Beloved Community” are contagious.

“Becoming a Beloved Community” is perfect for congregations, families and individuals.

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YOUTH DIRECTOR — FULL TIME SALARIED
Is God calling you to lead youth? Are you looking for a rewarding, high profile, creative calling where you can make a difference? The joyful and energized Faith Family at First Presbyterian Church — Jefferson City, Missouri, is seeking the right person to lead youth and children Christian Education programs, mission opportunities and discipleship for a growing Faith Family. Bachelor’s degree or higher in Christian Education, theology, religion or related field preferred. Send resume to Rev. Angela Madden, Senior Pastor, at amadden@fpcjcmo.org or 324 Madison Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101.


SOLO PASTOR
Hopkinsville, KY, First PCUSA seeks a pastor who will motivate our 150 members to continue and to expand our diverse mission and member care activities. Hopkinsville, a small and growing city of 30,000, is located near Nashville, TN, and the western Kentucky lakes region. For more information, see CLC MIF #03074.AD0 or email 1preshoptownPNC@gmail.com.


ASSOCIATE PASTOR (Stated Supply — Full-Time)
Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, a joyful, growing congregation of 680 members in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., seeks an Associate Pastor to help support or lead small groups and connectional ministries, youth education, mission opportunities, pastoral and congregational care and general ministry duties. Open to multi-year ministry relationship. For more information see bradleyhillschurch.org/about-us/were-hiring.


El Dorado County Federated Church in Placerville, CA • CO-PASTOR TRANSITIONING TO SOLO PASTOR
Located in Placerville, CA, a vibrant historical gold rush town in the beautiful Sierra foothills, El Dorado County Federated Church is a progressive oasis in a largely conservative community. This inclusive, approximately 300-member blended Presbyterian-United Methodist congregation attracts worshipers from diverse faith backgrounds, and is a member of both More Light Presbyterians and Reconciling Ministries Network (UMC). With an emphasis on social justice, Federated Church is known for its mission and service work both locally and farther afield. We seek an inspired spiritual leader who will articulate and model a progressive perspective of the Christian faith and lead us in practicing radical hospitality so that it permeates all aspects of congregational life and work. We seek a strong communicator who will challenge us spiritually and intellectually with stimulating sermons and new ideas and forms of worship; who will ignite our compassionate hearts, rock us out of our complacency and move us toward revitalization. Please review our MIF #00737.AB. For more information, visit eldoradofederatedchurch.org, and contact federated.pst@gmail.com.


TRANSFORMATIONAL PRESBYTER
“We’ve never done it that way before” may be the seven first words of hope in an era of change. Blackhawk Presbytery is looking for someone with vision for seeing beyond the ordinary to help guide our 73 congregations in sharing the love of Christ in more effective ways for the modern world. To learn more or apply, visit blackhawkpresbytery.org. Application deadline is March 12th.


PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF — DALLAS, TX
NorthPark Presbyterian Church is searching for its next Pastor/Head of Staff. NorthPark Presbyterian, founded in 1867, has and continues to play a vital role in the faith community of Dallas. A diverse church with a membership of just under 400, the church serves a wide range of mission programs and community outreach. We span a wide theological and political spectrum, celebrating differing points of view while finding our unity in Christ. Our mission statement, “NorthPark is a Christian community welcoming Seekers, Thinkers, and Doers,” is taken seriously in the work and daily life of the church. We are seeking a pastor who wants to engage actively in mission, teach and inspire the membership, and support the church as it enters the next chapter of growth. For more information about us, we invite you to visit our church website at northparkpres.org, our MIF # 08673, or contact us directly at pnc4np_pif@googlegroups.com.


SENIOR PASTOR
The First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore (PA), located on the historic ‘Main Line’ of suburban Philadelphia, is seeking a Pastor to lead the Church and its mid-sized congregation in our Mission of Transforming Lives Through the Good News of Jesus Christ. The successful candidate will have the following qualities:

  • Broad, comprehensive knowledge and love of the Bible with a strong faith in its message;
  • Ability to deliver clear, consistent, and inspirational sermons;
  • Skills to effectively lead a church staff that includes Directors of Family Ministries, Music, and Pre-Kindergarten School as well as a Finance
  • Manager, Church Administrator, and Building Manager;
  • Passion and skills to engage and motivate the congregation to actively participate in the church’s ministries;
  • Experience in the provision of pastoral care to those in need;
  • Vision for the future of the congregation and the ability to translate that vision into a strategic plan

Qualifications will include a Masters in Divinity and 5 – 10 years experience in church leadership. Salary is competitive and includes a stipend for housing. Prayerfully review our MIF # 07930.AD0 and if you feel moved to lead our congregation submit your PIF through the CLC. To contact our PNC directly please email: ebrooks35@gmail.com
The First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


BUSINESS FOR SALE
Home-based ad agency for non-profit charities, established clients, nets 47K part time. E-Z to learn. Will train. Retiring. $24,900. Call Leida at 828-633-6382.


SERVANT LEADER 
FPC of Donalsonville, Ga. (SW corner) is praying for a Solo Pastor to help us be faithful to our new mission statement: To worship God in Spirit and in truth; to grow as followers of Jesus; and to be led by the Holy Spirit as we seek to share the Gospel with all! For inquiries/MIF/to send PIF, contact marshabondpnc@gmail.com.


DIRECTOR/COMMUNITY ORGANIZER 
VIA (Valley Interfaith Action) is a faith-based community organization (FBCO) started in 2015. We are looking for an energetic person to be the Director/Community Organizer for this organization made up of twelve congregations in the Matanuska Susitna Valley in Alaska. The Director will be responsible for day-to-day nonprofit administration and organizing in communities of faith throughout the Borough. A willingness to be trained in VIA’s model of congregation-based community organizing is essential for any candidate interested in the position. Position will begin February 1, 2020. Applications should be submitted before January 8, 2020. Additional inquiries will be accepted if the position is not filled. For job description see our website at valleyinterfaithaction.org. Send cover letter and resume to viaexcom@gmail.com.


SOLO PASTOR WANTED 
First Presbyterian Church, Stephenville, TX, is seeking a solo pastor to guide us through a church revitalization program that includes touching all aspects of the church community — worship, education, mission and member care. Stephenville is a rural city and home of Tarleton State University with a student population of about 11,000 students. It recently was accepted into the D-1 WAC Conference, so the number of students enrolled is expected to grow. Our congregation seeks to work with an energetic and inspiring person to create a safe and welcoming space that attracts a multi-generational congregation, including college students and young adults, families and the elderly. Please review our MIF # 08756.AC0 on the CLC website or contact us at pnc@fpcstephenville.org so that we may begin our faith journey together. Find us on Facebook at First Presbyterian Church Stephenville.


CAMPUS MINISTER 
The Westminster Foundation of West Virginia is seeking a campus pastor for West Virginia University, a 30,000-plus major research university in Morgantown, WV. The pastor oversees Presbyterian campus ministry, which includes the WVU Presbyterian Student Fellowship (PSF), a UKirk campus ministry that seeks to build a community which enables students to deepen their faith as lifelong followers of Christ. PSF offers regular programming that provides opportunities for fellowship and witnesses to God’s inescapable grace and unconditional love for all. In addition to the Campus Ministry Center, PSF provides student engagement through programming for the Harless Center at Central Place, a ministry of First Presbyterian Church Morgantown. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in the Campus Ministry Center in adjacent to the WVU campus. The primary goal of the campus minister will be to build and maintain relationships with students, the university, and local congregations. Ultimately, the PSF intends to offer a progressive Christian message rooted in the traditions of the PC(USA) to any student — inclusive of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, denominational or religious background. As today’s campus ministry is inherently transitional and varied, we are seeking someone who will engage students that are in a variety of life stages. Pastoral care also plays a big role in campus ministry so the campus pastor will need be approachable and supportive of students with a variety of pastoral needs. The campus minister will also be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Campus Ministry Center. In order to accomplish this task candidates will need strong administrative skills. Responsibilities will include overseeing CMC staff and interns, assisting the Board in donor development and fundraising, and on-campus marketing. The candidate will be ordained or certified ready to receive a call in the PC(USA). It is expected that the pastor will become a member of the Presbytery of West Virginia. A Ph.D. is preferred, but not required. Preferred campus ministry experience of two to five years. Salary Range: $48,000-$58,000. Housing allowance. MIF # 74139.AA2 is posted on the PCUSA Church Leadership Connection or can be requested from Tina Vial, Search Committee Chair, at 100 Campus Drive, Elkins WV 26241. Résumés/PIFs can be sent to that same address or emailed to viala@dewv.edu. Questions may be directed to her at 304-997-4284.


PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF — ROME, N.Y. 
For over 200 years the First Presbyterian Church has served its members and the community of historic Rome, NY. We are seeking a pastor to shepherd our intergenerational church family of 200 and staff of five to continue our work and fulfill our purpose in this place and time and into the future. Our mission statement: “We gather as God’s people to deepen our understanding of Christ; to spread His word and teachings; and to reach out to our church family, our community and the world through acts of compassion, kindness, and love.” Please check our MIF #06026.AC0 on the CLC website, our website at firstpresrome.com, and contact our PNC at pnc.fpc.rome@gmail.com.


SENIOR PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF — NEW ORLEANS 
St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church (SCAPC), located in New Orleans, LA, is searching for its next Senior Pastor/Head of Staff. SCAPC is a strong and vibrant church with a passionate congregation and dedicated community and global ministry program. Located in the heart of uptown New Orleans, this 1000+ member congregation is searching for its future leader to guide the church into its next chapter. For more information, we invite you to visit our digital locker at SCAPC.org/PNC. Here you will find information about SCAPC and our unique New Orleans community as well as a copy of our Ministry Information Form.


ASSOCIATE PASTOR — SCARSDALE, N.Y. 
Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale, NY, a vibrant, diverse and very active congregation of 450+, seeks Associate Pastor for Mission, Community Outreach and Church Families. Benefits include a competitive salary and a manse next door to the church. Hitchcock, a stone’s throw from New York City, is located within a community that has a highly acclaimed school system. The newly created position is unique and will reach across a broad range of the church activities including mission, membership, outreach to the community, participation in worship and pastoral care for members of the congregation. The successful candidate must be creative, enthusiastic and compassionate in his or her work. Concentrating on mission and membership, the full-time, ordained Associate Pastor will work closely with the Pastor in facilitating the next and most important step in Hitchcock’s evolution. Interested candidates can send their PIF or resume and cover letter to Catherine Feintuch at Hitchcock.Presby.PNC@gmail.com. MIF: #06077.AH0.


SCOTLAND TOUR 
July 27–August 8, 2020. This tour features the writings and life of the great teacher William Barclay. Attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Visit Iona and much more. Contact — Email: FredGriffie@gmail.com. Telephone: 704-537-8747.


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.”

Editor/Copyeditor, Communications Office (Presbyterian Mission Agency) Responsible for copyediting, fact-checking, proofreading, editing and writing on assigned projects; assisting editors and project managers by working with writers and editing articles for publication (print and digital); participating in the editorial planning process for Presbyterians Today and other publications as needed.  To learn more about the job or to apply online, please visit: https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/392940/

Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer (Administrative Services Group) The CFO/COO provides high-level management and oversight of the financial system of the PC(USA) and management of key administrative services. To learn more about the job or to apply online, please visit: https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/376462/

Director of History and Records/PHS Executive Director (Office of the General Assembly) Responsible for all operations and programs of the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS). This person is responsible for collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the story of American Presbyterianism with mid-councils, congregations, and individuals. This position calls for a person with mature faith in Jesus Christ and an enthusiastic commitment to the mission program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as noted in its theological confessions, the Book of Order, and the actions of the General Assembly. To learn more about the job or to apply online, please visit: https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/383627/

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 or to apply online, please visit: https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/370144/

Associate for African American Intercultural Congregational Support (Presbyterian Mission Agency) Equip African American Presbyterian leaders, facilitate the growth of new worshiping communities, and engage in mission, connecting African American congregations and their leaders. In partnership with mid councils and other Presbyterian Mission Agency offices, nurture strong and growing churches and empower African American leaders in the church. Be a voice for African American Presbyterians in the larger church, articulating racial justice concerns. To learn more about the job or to apply online, please visit https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/334601/

Associate for Interreligious Engagement (Presbyterian Mission Agency) Provide formation that will equip Presbyterians for interreligious understanding and engagement grounded in Scripture, the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (PCUSA), General Assembly (GA) theological statements, and the Reformed tradition through writing, speaking, resourcing the congregations and councils of the PC(USA), and consulting throughout the denomination. Assist OGA staff as needed in support of the interreligious work of the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (GACEIR) and other PC(USA) agencies. For additional information and to apply online, visit: https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/393143/

Associate for Pastoral Formation (Presbyterian Mission Agency) Building on previous Office of Theology & Worship programs in pastoral formation, support and initiate work in pastoral formation across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This ministry will require a coherent vision of pastoral leadership and its demands in various contexts today. This position will require building relationships with pastoral leaders and those working to support pastoral leaders in their ministries. The Associate will survey existing work in pastoral formation being done across the PCUSA. The Associate will identify any gaps and generate creative responses, and will identify potential partners, including seeking grant funding. For additional information and to apply online, visit: https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/393164/

Mission Interpretation Project Manager (Presbyterian Mission Agency) This position will manage, coordinate and implement a mission interpretation and promotion plan with the goal that congregations will receive and see consistent and clear information that compels them to deepen their engagement in Presbyterian mission and increase their support of Shared Mission, Special Offerings and Per Capita.  This person will curate, coordinate and deliver a quarterly Presbyterian mission interpretation packet and an annual packet that solicits support from congregations.   For additional information and apply online, please visit: https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/392836/

Director of Administration (Stony Point Center) Responsible for all aspects of Administration of Stony Point Center in cooperation with colleagues in the Administrative Services Group (ASG) in Louisville, KY, including Human Resources, Risk Management, Finances, Information Technology, Budgeting, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable. For more information and to apply online, please visit: https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/393860/

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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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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  • 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.
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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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  • 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)
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