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OUR CURRENT ISSUE — JULY/AUGUST 2020

Making change happen

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.

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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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Other featured stories from this Issue

 

Listening to the needs of the marginalized

A congregation agonized over whether to shut down a construction project to protect workers’ health — but thereby denying them their wages.

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How a pandemic brought healing to a centuries-old racial wound

Two North Carolina congregations — one historically white, the other black — take steps to heal 150 years of racial wounds by worshiping together virtually.

Read story

Handling church money brings great responsibilities

Five simple financial practices that churches should use to safeguard the money that members have entrusted to them.

Read story

 


 

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DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRY
The First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, in northwest Philadelphia, seeks a Director of Music Ministry (DMM) who will provide vision and leadership for a music ministry in harmony with our mission statement, “alive, celebrating and serving the Lord.” FPCG is a diverse community in every capacity. Music is a vital part of our ministry together, so we seek a DMM who leads from a place of spirituality rather than performance and who promotes a music ministry that is inclusive of various genres of worship music that serve people of all ages. We are blessed to house the “Germantown Giant,” the largest church organ in Philadelphia, and s/he will need strong skills on the organ, and the piano, as well as a passion that not only leads in worship but also reaches out and ministers to our community. The DMM will be a ministry leader in the church who will report directly to the Pastor/Head of Staff and work in collaboration with our dedicated staff and congregational volunteer leaders. The position is part-time and is available September 1, 2020. More information and the full Job Description at fpcgermantown.org. To apply, send a letter of interest, resume with references, and short audio/video samples of playing and conducting displaying a diversity of styles to searchcommittee@fpcgermantown.org.


LEAD PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF 
Patuxent Presbyterian Church, an evangelical church of 500 in California, MD, one hour SE of Washington, DC. MIF #08457.AC0. Contact paxprespnc@yahoo.com.


SOLO PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF
Irvington Presbyterian Church in Irvington, New York (IPC), a midsize congregation located in the beautiful Hudson Valley approximately 25 miles north of New York City, is seeking a solo pastor who will also be head of staff. We seek to call a pastor who will glorify the Triune God through public worship, word, sacrament and song. We desire a pastor to guide us to grow as disciples, grounded in the Reformed faith and guided by the Holy Spirit to engage in mission and service for our congregation, our local community and an ever-changing world. Strong institutional supervision skills and a familiarity/facility with relevant social media platforms and technology are also important considerations as we move through and past the pandemic environment. Specific responsibilities will include leading worship, pastoral care, oversight of church staff & interaction with pre-school management, assisting in modernizing IPC’s outreach via social media, and participating in community events, interfaith activities & mission outreach. We are excited to embark on this journey to call our next pastor & enter a new pastoral chapter in the history of IPC, which was first established in Irvington in 1854. We hope you are called to join us! Qualifications include a Masters of Divinity and 5+ years’ experience as a solo or lead pastor. Salary is competitive, and a large single-family residential manse, recently fully renovated and located on the church property, is provided. Please visit us at
facebook.com/IrvingtonNYPresbyterianChurch and irvingtonpresbychurch.org. If interested, please contact Reuben Garcia, Chair of the IPC PNC, at Irvington.pnc@gmail.com. Irvington Presbyterian Church is an equal opportunity employer.


INTERIM PASTOR — First Presbyterian Church • West Chester, Pa.
First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, Pennsylvania, is seeking an Interim Senior Pastor/Head of Staff to help guide our vibrant, historic PC(USA) congregation into the next chapter of our lives together. First Pres is a large, community-oriented church in the western suburbs of Philadelphia with active members of all ages. The congregation is passionate about work with those experiencing homelessness, offering diverse worship experiences and music ministries. Applicants should be gifted in worship leadership, guiding programs and working with a church staff. Interim training and prior experience are strongly preferred. For a detailed position description, please visit firstpreswc.com/careers or contact us at pastoralsearch@firstpreswc.com.


SOLO PASTOR
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.glacierpresbytery@gmail.com.


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

  1. Serve as primary support for the Commission on Thriving Congregations. Provide initial coaching to transforming congregations recommending strategies and action steps.
  2. Serve as primary support for Spiritual Leader Development Commission, including planning retreats, workshops, new clergy orientation, pastors retreat. Assign coaches and lead coaching cohorts.
  3. Serve as primary support for Commission on Preparation for Ministry (when needed).
  4. Provide leadership at Gathering Team by convening liturgy creation team, produce final liturgy bulletin secure preachers, liturgists, communion officiants for Gatherings
  5. Publicize and administer the following scholarships: Enduring Witness, Academic and Missional, Triennium.
  6. 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
  7. Other ministry related duties as assigned.
  8. Available at least two Sunday mornings to attend worship at Presbytery congregations.

Qualifications

  1. Ordained PC(USA) Teaching or Ruling Elder preferred or qualified member of the PC(USA).
  2. Demonstrated skills and expertise working with congregations in transformation.
  3. Demonstrated skills in new church development and immigrant community development.
  4. Strong organizational, group process and leadership development skills.
  5. Ability to work collegially.
  6. Strong written, verbal, and technological skills.
  7. Commitment to mission of the Presbytery of Baltimore and the PC(USA) .
  8. Ability to adapt to changing circumstances.

TO APPLY — Please submit a resume to Jacqueline Taylor (jtaylor@baltimorepresbytery.org)


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.”

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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