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The Best of Presbyterians Today issue

As we enter a season of dreaming and discerning what God has ahead for Presbyterians Today, we wanted to look back and celebrate the wonderful people, places and projects we’ve been blessed to share with our readers. Over the past several years, we’ve highlighted what it means to live out our Presbyterian faith and theology. We’ve tackled the impact and hardships of living through Covid, navigated the digital transitions in the church, and offered spiritual practices to keep us grounded and connected to God and one another. This issue celebrates and features the best of those stories.

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Part Time Pastor
Hillsboro Presbyterian Church seeks a part time pastor (30 hours per week). HPC is a welcoming neighborhood church whose motto is “Love Spoken Here”. Information on the position and instructions for applying may be found on our website at: Pastor Search – Hillsboro Presbyterian Church.


The Presbytery of Genesee Valley (Rochester, NY) seeks a visionary leader as our next Executive Presbyter. This is a full-time position with a 5-year term and the possibility for contract renewal. A full job description can be found at https://pbygenval.org/2024/02/08/executive-presbyter/ and the MDP can be found on https://clc.pcusa.org. Deadline date for applications is April 15, 2024.


Indian Hill Church, in Cincinnati, OH, is seeking a full-time Director of Christian Education position. All resumes and inquiries can be directed to https://ministryarchitects.teamtailor.com/jobs/3586475-indian-hill-church-director-of-christian-education by 05/13/24.


Pastor/Head of Staff
Wasatch Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, is currently seeking a Pastor/Head of Staff to lead our 300+ welcoming, dynamic and engaging congregation. We are an inclusive congregation, and we celebrate diversity of thought, experiences and culture. We are seeking an ordained pastor who is skillful in preaching and worship leadership as well as in strategy and vision. The neighborhood around the church is an established, thriving area, full of bungalow houses, parks and tree-lined streets. The area is adjacent to the University of Utah and the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. We invite you to learn more at https://www.wpcslc.org/head-pastor-search/ and https://clc.pcusa.org/mdp/11020/view/


Associate for Missional and Community Engagement

Presbytery of Baltimore

Purpose:  To equip the Presbytery and congregations to missionally engage their local communities and become agents of reconciliation. 

Responsibilities

  1. Resource congregations seeking to engage with their communities, providing training opportunities and consultations.
  2. Resource the presbytery at large in promoting core values of justice and inclusivity.
  3. Provide leadership and counsel to the Commission on Reconciliation as it approves Enduring Witness applications.
  4. Provide leadership and support for Ministry Group Conveners and other Presbytery entities in missional and community outreach and missional endeavors.
  5. Receive reports for Presbytery wide mission partnerships currently (CEDEPCA in Guatemala, El Centro Presbytery in Cuba, and Baltimore-Dakota Learning Camps.) and explore other partnership opportunities. Work in conjunction with the Partnership Coordinator.
  6. Available at least two Sunday mornings per month to attend worship at Presbytery congregations.

Qualifications

  1. Ordained PCUSA Teaching or Ruling Elder preferred or qualified member of the PCUSA.
  2. Demonstrated skills and expertise in successfully working in areas of mission development and community engagement.
  3. Strong organizational development, group process, and leadership development skills.
  4. Ability to work collegially.
  5. Strong written, verbal, and technological skills.
  6. Commitment to the mission, vision, and core values of the Presbytery of Baltimore and the PCUSA.

Relationships

The Associate for Missional and Community Engagement is employed by the Presbytery through the Personnel Committee in consultation with the General Presbyter.  The Associate reports directly to the General Presbyter.

Evaluation

An annual review of the performance of the Associate will be conducted by the Personnel Committee in consultation with the General Presbyter.

Please submit your PIF or Resume to Jackie Taylor at jtaylor@baltimorepresbtery.org


First Presbyterian Church of Odessa, TX (www.fpcodessa.org) is a community of faith eager to move together into God’s future as we continue to love and serve Jesus Christ in West Texas. With over 100 years of visible impact in their community, First Presbyterian Church affectionately called the “neighborhood church”, is seeking a Pastor who will lead them into using their plenteous resources to reach an ever-growing Odessa community.

Working in collaboration with church leadership, this person will:
• Lead worship through impactful, relevant preaching and teaching
• Direct organization and systems to support a sustainable model of ministry
• Direct the spiritual growth of church members through small groups, Bible study, service to others, and fellowship opportunities – all of which are appealing and inclusive
• Administer pastoral care for all ages in times of celebration, grief, and growth
• Lead the church’s strategy and vision to serve their neighborhood and community through Christ’s love, setting goals and actions steps

The ideal candidate will have the following: 2+ years of pastoral ministry in the Presbyterian church; a Master’s Degree; ordination; and experience leading a staff. This person must be a team player. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Sara Bailey at sara.bailey@ministryarchitects.com.


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:

 


The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The Stated Clerk Nominating Committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is seeking applicants for the position of Stated Clerk.

The Stated Clerk is a Minister of the Word and Sacrament or a Ruling Elder of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), who trusts in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and abides by the unique authority of Scripture and the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Click here for the complete job description.

To begin the application process, submit a cover letter, statement of faith and resume with references to scnc226@gmail.com.

Applications will be received until December 28, 2023.

Our faith in God inspires our commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and is grounded in scripture, the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and actions of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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.


Administrative Assistant II (Center for the Repair of Historic Harms)
Presbyterian Mission Agency

Provide administrative support and staff coordination for the Center for the Repair of Historic Harms. To support, without close supervision, the day-to-day activities of all areas of the Center for Repair’s work, including but not limited to organizing, preparing, and implementing committee actions and/or referrals from the General Assembly, budget monitoring, organization of meetings and gatherings.


Administrative Project Manager (President’s Office)
Administrative Services Group

The Administrative Project Manager will be responsible, for coordinating project activities, maintaining/updating project schedules, managing assignments, monitoring progress, communicating with the project team and ensure all projects meet quality standards and deliver on time and within budget. The Administrative Project Manager will report to the Project Manager and assist with preparing action plans, analyzing risk, and managing resources. The person who fills this position will be expected to work in the building with a possibility of moving to hybrid work in the future.


Administrative Project Manager (Center for the Repair of Historic Harms)
Presbyterian Mission Agency

Coordinate and manage a variety of administrative and programmatic efforts within the Center for Repair of Historic Harms (started in 2022) and the Office of Innovation (starting in 2023). These new ministries work with a wide variety of constituencies across the church to repair the damage the church has caused in the past and to innovate fresh ways of being church and approaching ministry in partnership with mid-councils, congregations, new worshiping communities and their leaders! This position requires both warmth, hospitality, interpersonal effectiveness as well as efficiency, thoroughness, and making potentially complex processes smooth and accessible.


Administrative Assistant I (Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries)
Presbyterian Mission Agency
The Administrative Assistant will carry out tasks that support and advance the ministry area of RE&WIM, specifically programmatic logistics, financial processing, event coordination, and general administrative tasks. Must be conversant in the Spanish language to provide bi-lingual support to Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries constituents when needed.


Assistant for Committee & Administrative Support (Term Contract for 2 years)
Office of the General Assembly

Support administratively the standing and specials committees of the General Assembly, as well as the Deputy Stated Clerk and the Director of Mid Council Ministries, as they engage in the work they have been called to in support of the God’s mission with and for the PC(USA).


Associate for Black/African American Intercultural Congregational Support
Presbyterian Mission Agency

Job available – immediate employment – Associate for Black/African American Intercultural Congregational Support – Presbyterian Church USA –
Engage, equip, and connect Black/African American Presbyterian leaders, facilitate the growth of new worshiping communities, and engage in mission, connecting Black/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 and intersectional justice concerns.


Accounting and Operations Assistant
Investment and Loan Program
Provide support services for bookkeeping, banking, finance, and operations for the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program.


Associate for Missional Equipping (Theology, Formation & Evangelism)
Presbyterian Mission Agency
Support the denomination’s work of engaging the world outside our doors and strengthening those who assemble within by forming cohort-based learning experiences that build the capacity to pursue the Matthew 25 goals and participate in Hands and Feet Initiatives.


Executive Assistant for Stated Clerk Support
(Office of the General Assembly)

Coordinates the day-to-day travel, correspondence, and visitors meeting with the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly. Coordinates meetings of the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly. Coordinates with other entities of the General Assembly on the transmittal of General Assembly letters.


Mission Associate for Financial Aid (Theology, Formation & Evangelism)
Presbyterian Mission Agency

Leads student loan repayment education and action initiatives. Develops discernment of vocation and student engagement opportunities consistent with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission priorities. Manages grant and scholarship programs.


Mission Specialist – Africa Area Office
Presbyterian Mission Agency
Provides programmatic, financial, resourcing and support services for the Africa Area Office.


Mission Specialist for Committee Support (Office of Faith-Based Investing & Corp Engagement)
Presbyterian Mission Agency

Support the work of the advisory and advocacy committees and the Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment, Office of Faith-Based Investing and Corporate Engagement, and the Deputy Executive Director for Mission Program.


President and Chief Executive Officer
Investment and Loan Program

The President and Chief Executive Officer provides leadership and strategic direction for all aspects of PILP, within the policies established by the Board of Directors and within the framework of applicable laws and regulations. PILP is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that operates an investment and loan program for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (“PCUSA”) churches and related organization. This position unites a heart for mission and service with the skills of leadership and banking to create a unique opportunity to impact the mission and ministry of PCUSA churches and related ministries across the country. The President and Chief Executive Officer leads a staff responsible for the effective stewardship and growth of an organization with significant opportunity to impact the living church. To be eligible for the position of Executive Director, a candidate must be an ordained deacon, ruling elder or teaching elder (clergy) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The President of PILP is elected to serve a four-year term subject to confirmation by the General Assembly.


Project Coordinator for Christian Parenting Initiative
Presbyterian Mission Agency

This position will support the Christian Parenting Initiative grant that the Presbyterian Mission Agency has received. The position will be the project lead for the congregational cohorts and training components of the initiative while working closely with the team on the full initiative. This is a 4-year term contract position. The person who fills the role can work from a remote location or at the headquarters location in Louisville, KY


Staff Attorney
Administrative Services Group
Minimize or eliminate legal liability to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation, which includes the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Administrative Services Group, and the Office of the General Assembly, and clients of the A Corporation, through review, research and analysis of legal issues, formulation of legal advice and preparation of related documents on a wide range of legal topics within the roles and responsibilities set forth below, in an efficient, cost effective manner and with a sense of urgency that supports ministry and mission.


Communications Specialist
Presbyterian Association of Musician

To develop and manage communications strategy for the Presbyterian Association of Musicians online and in print; position PAM as the primary voice within the PC(USA) speaking on worship, liturgy, and music; manage online network and offerings through regular updates and by curating a diversity of voices; support success of regional and national events through print collateral, online publicity, and social media.


Customer Service Representative (Call Center)
Presbyterian Foundation

As a Customer Service Representative, you will be the first point of contact for our valued customers, providing exceptional service and resolving inquiries or concerns. Your role will be essential in maintaining customer satisfaction and building strong relationships with our clientele.


Investment Analyst
Presbyterian Foundation

Assist the Director of Investments with all phases of portfolio management, with an emphasis on communicating investment topics to clients and prospective clients through written analysis and verbal communication. Other functions include entering securities trades, monitoring security positions, monitoring asset allocations, gathering economic and capital markets information (both equity and fixed income data), participate in asset allocation strategy development, monitor and initiate asset allocation rebalancing, strategic and tactical asset allocation changes, monitoring asset class, sub-asset classes, and securities.


Apply online at https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=0027dac3-435c-4a88-b8a6-0b7dffde84b5&ccId=19000101_000001&type=JS&lang=en_US

 Our faith in God inspires our commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and is grounded in scripture, the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and actions of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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.


Statement of purpose

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.

Presbyterians Today editorial and advertising offices

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Louisville, KY 40202-1396
Tel. 800-728-7228, ext. 5627 or 502-569-5627
Fax: 502-569-8632

Subscription Services

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Tel. 800-558-1669

Guidelines for Writers and Photographers

 

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 easy-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.

Presbyterians Today editorial offices

100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202-1396
Email: editor@pcusa.org
Tel. 800-728-7228, ext. 5627 or 502-569-5627
Fax: 502-569-8632

Guidelines for Writers and Photographers

 

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.

Presbyterians Today editorial offices

100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202-1396
Email: editor@pcusa.org
Tel. 800-728-7228, ext. 5627 or 502-569-5627
Fax: 502-569-8632

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