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Awakening a sense of mission in our children | General Assembly

Presbyterian congregations around the country are doing wonderful and innovative work to instill a Christlike passion for justice in our youth. By talking honestly with children about the pressing moral and ethical issues of our day — poverty, the racial divide, gun violence and many others — and encouraging hands-on personal involvement in meaningful ways, churches are helping children, from tots to teens, begin to dedicate themselves to a life of service and mission.

This issue also takes us to St. Louis, the venue for the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), where the Holy Spirit is already hard at work. Read digital edition

Featured Stories from this Issue

Cover story: Raising tomorrow’s advocates

Mission-minded kids are our hope for the future.

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223rd General Assembly: The Spirit at work in St. Louis

The Hands & Feet initiative debuts at GA223 to begin healing the evil of racism.

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PC(USA) co-moderators reflect on their tenure

Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston look back on their two years’ service.

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A teen’s perspective on gun control

A Florida high school freshman speaks out.

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How decisions get made at General Assembly

Discerning God’s will together

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The dangers of ‘groupthink’

It’s all too easy to drown out God’s voice when we seek consensus.

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TWO ASSOCIATE PASTORS  Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva, IL, a western Chicago suburb, is seeking two associate pastors to join members in leading dynamic ministries of mission, education and outreach for children, youth and adults. Find information about our church and the positions at www.foxvalleypres.org. To apply for the position working with children, youth and families, send PIF/resume to fvpcyouthpnc@gmail.com. To apply for the position working with adult ministries, send PIF/resume to fvpcdiscipleship@gmail.com.

GENERAL PRESBYTER  The Presbytery of Hudson River is seeking a General Presbyter to inspire, partner, and guide us in transformative work, faithful risk-taking, and innovative mission. Our presbytery consists of 79 congregations and 150 minister members serving the 8 counties just above New York City. To apply, send dossier to hrpgpnc@gmail.com

SOLO PASTOR   St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Reno, Nevada, is looking for a solo pastor who will lead us in faithful worship, support us in our strength as a caring people, guide us in developing effective leadership, assist and encourage us as we open ourselves to our diverse community and mission opportunities, and support us as we seek renewed vitality in loving outreach to our neighbors. We have an inspiring music program and outreach, and a highly rated childcare center. Reno has been ranked one of the top 100 best places to live by Livability.com. Reno is a vibrant, growing area with access to outdoor recreation (Lake Tahoe is less than an hour away), short commute times, and great weather with four full seasons. Visit us at www.stjohnschurch.org. View our MIF#00647.ACO on CLC, learn about our area: www.whyreno.org and contact George Wells: stjohnspnc2018@gmail.com.

TRANSFORMATIONAL/SOLO PASTOR  First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) of New Castle, PA, is prayerfully seeking an energetic, creative pastor that God is preparing to join us in ministry. This person will provide spiritual leadership through Biblical preaching, teaching and pastoral care as well as partnering with us in growing our small, inner city church. We also pray that God’s call to this person inspires a desire to reach out and touch the unchurched throughout our community. Our location is 50 miles north of Pittsburgh, PA. Send inquiries to pnc@firstpresby-newcastle.org. MIF #08351

PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF  Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) of Knoxville, TN, a 1,000+ congregation with a multi-gifted staff, is seeking a pastor and head of staff. The ideal candidate would be a spiritually mature leader who will inspire us to grow deeper in our Christian faith through vibrant preaching and worship, solid biblical education, and strong programs and activities for all age groups. Sequoyah Church is a multigenerational congregation with a very good blend of ages from children to seniors, with classes and programs that foster a variety of discipleship opportunities. Our church maintains a long history of benevolent giving, supporting missionaries around the world and numerous local, regional, national and international ministries and organizations.
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HALF-TIME PASTOR FOR 2 WYOMING CHURCHES (1/4 EACH)  First Presbyterian Church, Greybull, WY, and Shell Community Church, Shell, WY. About 15 minutes apart in magnificent north central Wyoming, close to Big Horn Mountains and Yellowstone National Park. An outdoor recreation paradise! Both are established, well-maintained churches. View our MIF# 10977.AB1 and 09548.AB1 on CLC, learn about our community at greybull.com. Phone inquiries also invited: 307-272-3881 or 307-272-4188.

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Guide for Young Adult Ministry

How well do you know what makes today’s young adults tick? This special issue published by Presbyterians Today is a must-read for everyone who wants to better understand young adults and engage them in worship, education, and service. You may be surprised to hear how ardent young Presbyterians are about their faith and their church… Read more »

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