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‘The Great Realignment’: Pastors Come and Go

The pandemic has taken a toll on congregational leadership. As one pastor put it, Covid often made good pastoral relationships better and weaker pastoral relationships worse. All of a sudden, churches were thrown into the middle of contentious debates over in-person worship and events, masks, pastoral care and more. But the Covid realignment isn’t all negative. The pandemic also awakened pastors’ dreams and led to exploring new calls. This issue of Presbyterians Today recounts the stories of several congregations and church leaders who have successfully navigated transitions and offers guidance on how to survive and even flourish in these trying times.

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Other featured stories from this Issue


Rituals for Aging Gracefully

Churches are using rituals to support members dealing with retirement, downsizing, new romantic relationships and many other life transitions.

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Mission Co-Workers Share Post-Pandemic Travel Tips

As the world reopens to travel, Presbyterian mission co-workers share proven suggestions on how to arrange productive and respectful mission trips.

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PASTOR • First Presbyterian Church OF Plano (FPC), Texas
Serving faithfully since 1871, FPC is the Clothing Church in the heart of east Plano, because we provide clothing for the homeless and underprivileged. Our small but vibrant congregation seeks a pastor who is called to inspire, challenge and encourage us on our faith journey as we love and care for one another and our neighbors. Our community, known for its schools and parks, lies 20 minutes from downtown Dallas and ranks 7th on Niche.com Best Cities to Live in America list. For more information, view MIF# 08706.AB0. Email resume or Personal Information Form (PIF) to: firstplanosearch@gmail.com


LEAD MINISTER • Grace Presbyterian Church • Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
We are an urban church with a 100+ year history, located near the downtown core of Calgary, a diverse city of 1.3 million people in western Canada. We are seeking an applicant who is excited by our mission, vision and values to join the ministry team as our next Lead Minister. We have heard God’s call to love our neighbor, to be in the world, not set apart from it, and we are excited by the challenges and opportunities we see. For a detailed Position Description and Congregational Profile and a brief video message from our church to call-seekers, please visit gracechurchcalgary.com.


ASSOCIATE PASTOR • Palms Presbyterian Church • Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Located among the lovely north Florida beach communities, Palms Presbyterian Church, an 850+ member church, is seeking an Associate Pastor to support the vision of Palms and to assist with implementing the strategy for the Palms community. The Associate Pastor serves a key function in leading the Pastoral Care, Serve/Outreach and Disciple Connection ministries. The Associate Pastor supports the Pastor and is responsible for resourcing and assisting the global and local missions. The Associate Pastor leads the Deacon Ministry of the church. Visit our website at palmschurch.org and view our MIF #04017.AK0 at clc.pcusa.org.


PASTOR
Serving faithfully since 1835, FPC of Marianna (in the NW Fla. panhandle) is excited about our future, including welcoming our new pastor. Thriving community college and a one hour drive to two metropolitan areas and the world’s most beautiful beaches. Learn more at MIF #20051.AD1.


DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S, YOUTH & FAMILY MINISTRY
Central Presbyterian Church • Des Moines, Iowa
We are a vibrant congregation of over 500 members seeking a creative, energetic leader to coordinate our church’s ministry with children, youth and their families, with the goal of nurturing their growth in faith, service and relationship with each other and with God. This is a full-time position with benefits. More info at dmcpc.org/employment. Send resume and cover letter to hr@dmcpc.org.


PART-TIME DESIGNATED PASTOR
First Presbyterian Church of Winneconne is seeking a pastor who will lead us in our next chapter. Located in Northeast Wisconsin, we are a steadfast small church seeking to move forward in our faith journey and follow Christ’s example. Our community boasts a nationally recognized school system. We are located on the Wolf River and minutes away from shopping, restaurants, arts, culture and major league sports which contribute to an excellent quality of life. Learn more at MIF #09512.AC0.


ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Ky., is seeking a full time associate pastor for our 1000+ congregation. The primary responsibilities include overseeing congregational care, diaconate efforts, fellowship and outreach ministry, as well as preaching several times per year and assisting with special services. The associate pastor will also be supervising property management and technology support staff. See MIF #09935.AM0 at CLC or visit 2ndpreslou.org.


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:

PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AGENCY

Executive Director for Stony Point Center
(Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY)
Oversee a ll aspects of Stony Point Center and manage its efficient integration with the Presbyterian Mission Agency and the Administrative Services Group of the PC(USA) A Corp. The position requires living on-site in Stony Point Center.

Mission Engagement Advisor
(Mission Engagement & Support, Louisville, KY)
Lead the effort in mission engagement and support in a specific geographic area of the U.S. Directly solicit support for the ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. This includes World Mission, Compassion, Peace and Justice ministries, Racial Equity and Women Intercultural Ministries, and Theology, Formation and Evangelism and any other ministries or programs as assigned.

Communications Associate
(Communications, Louisville, KY)
Supports the mission communications’ efforts to create and deliver accurate, timely, and high-quality communications. The position must employ various communications methods to inform, motivate and align the public as well as employees around the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. This includes written, digital and social mediums. This position will build strong working relationships within the ministry area to achieve communication objectives; manage multiple projects at the same time.

Associate for Gender, Racial & Intercultural Justice
(Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministry, Louisville KY)
This position is responsible for developing and implementing programs and ministries at all levels of the church, in collaboration with the Coordinator for Gender, Racial & Intercultural Justice in Compassion, Peace & Justice Ministries and the Director of Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries, that implement the PC(U.S.A.)’s policies of becoming an inclusive, diverse, and racially just church. Develop workshops and forums addressing issues of racial justice and gender equity. Lead antiracism training sessions and write brief theological papers and reports for General Assembly and Presbyterian Mission Agency Board meetings, as requested, that educate and lead the church towards becoming a gender and racially just church.The person selected to fill this position can be based at the national offices in Louisville, KY or work from a remote location.

Mission Specialist for Christian Formation
(Theology, Formation & Evangelism, Louisville, KY)
Provide administrative support to help coordinate the ministry work for the area of Christian formation.

Project Manager for Digital Fundraising and Interpretation
(Special Offerings Management (MES), Louisville, KY)
Manages tasks related to all phases of preparation, budgeting and production of digital promotional and campaign resources related to fundraising activities of the Office of Special Offerings and Appeals within the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Nurtures collaborative relationships with constituents, mid councils, and other PC(USA) entities to further understanding of churchwide Special Offerings, the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, and other initiatives to support Presbyterian Mission. This is a regular full-time position.

Project Manager for Interpretation and Fundraising for World Mission and Shared Mission (One Year Term Contract)(Mission Engagement (MES), Louisville, KY)
Manages tasks related to all phases of preparation and production of multi-channel communication and record-keeping between and among MES and Mission Co-workers, Mission Networks, Senior Director, Mission Engagement Advisors and World Mission Leadership Table. Support Senior Director in work with mission co-workers and mission networks and follow up to events. Maintain schedule of Mission Network meetings, informing/assigning MEAs to speak at Mission Network gatherings.

Mission Engagement Associate (Manager, Direct Mail)
(Mission Engagement and Support, Louisville, KY)
Manage comprehensive direct mail program for Presbyterian Mission Agency and work closely with Project Manager for catalog and individual donation.

Director, Center for Repair of Historical Harms
(Executive Director’s Office, KY)
To enact the ministry of Jesus Christ by building and developing the Center for Repair of Historical Harms of the PC(USA) in collaboration with our sister national agencies, mid-councils and congregations (hereafter referred to as The Center for Repair). Through the Center for the Repair, the Presbyterian Mission Agency hopes to initiate a denomination-wide effort to inspire repair and reconciliation both within and beyond the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Administrative Specialist for Special Offerings
(Mission Engagement and Support, Louisville, KY)
Provide the administrative and organizational support necessary for the Project Managers of the Special Offerings and Giving Catalog team to broaden the platforms, content, and approaches leading to greater participation and dollars for Matthew 25 ministry. Share in the development of new models of fundraising and engagement which foster vital congregations engaged in systemic work to dismantle white supremacy and eradicate poverty.

We invite interested candidates to submit their resume and apply online by going to our website at www.pcusa.org/jobs and click “Search for Employment Opportunities”. The 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.

 

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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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