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Matthew 25 invites the PC(USA) to boldly live out Christ’s call

Matthew 25:31–46 is calling the Church to come together and get actively involved in serving our local communities and the world to care for people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor. Jesus tells us to be fearless and purposeful as we work to eliminate the root causes that create an unjust world.

At a time when some people feel that mainstream denominations have lost touch with the world, embracing the Matthew 25 invitation is a way for PC(USA) congregations, presbyteries, synods and worshiping communities to become relevant again and unite in a common purpose to serve as true Christian discipleship requires.

The May/June issue of Presbyterians Today explores the Matthew 25 vision and its three areas of focus — building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism, eradicating systemic poverty. Learn how many Presbyterian churches are already doing this great work — and find ideas and suggestions to inspire and energize your own congregation for faithful mission.
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Featured Stories from this Issue

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PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF Do you desire the opportunity to make an impact within a well-established congregation? Valley Presbyterian Church (VPC) in Green Valley, AZ, is seeking a full time Pastor/Head of Staff. VPC’s impressive physical facility is in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Southern Arizona. This call offers the opportunity for an individual possessing strong leadership capability, outstanding preaching skills and a special compassion for retirees. If you have these skills, we want you! See our website ( For more information view our MIF at A PIF may be sent to

SCHOOL CHAPLAIN  National Presbyterian School, an independent, coeducational elementary (Nursery–6th Grade) school located in Washington, D.C., is conducting a search for a Chaplain beginning with the 2019–2020 school year.
     The Chaplain is responsible for coordination and leadership for spiritual growth, religious education, pastoral care, and service learning at the 300-student school, as well as serving as a liaison with National Presbyterian Church. As a member of the administrative team, the Chaplain reports to the Head of School and works closely with teachers and administrators throughout the school. The role of NPS Chaplain is a full-time, 10-month a year position (late August through mid-June).
     Individuals interested in applying for this position should send a resume, cover letter, references, and a statement of faith to Laura Ferrara, Executive Assistant to the Head of School, at, by April 30, 2019.

ASSOCIATE PASTOR and DIRECTOR FOR YOUTH MINISTRIES  Worthington Presbyterian Church ­— 1,300 members in suburban Columbus, OH. We’re seeking a leader for youth ministries (grades 6–12) who will join our dynamic staff to build on the strong youth ministry already established. If you’re called to make a difference in the world, guiding and mentoring teens in their faith journey, inspiring and being inspired by them, then we’d love to hear from you. More information about this ministry is available from the CLC website for Associate Pastor (MIF # 06453.AK0 ) or Director (MIF #06453.AL0) roles. Send your expression of interest to

SOLO PASTOR  First Presbyterian Church in Rockport, TX, is seeking an ordained Interim Pastor.

  • Vibrant, self-sufficient congregation, weekly attendance approximately 115+
  • Devoted to community service
  • Located in the “Charm of the Texas Coast”

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HEAD OF STAFF  Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, in Chesapeake, VA, is seeking a passionate and energetic Head of Staff for both Contemporary and Traditional services. If interested, please submit your PIF and statement of faith to For information regarding our church and full MIF, please see the following links: and MIF.

SENIOR PASTOR ­— HILTON HEAD ISLAND  First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island, SC, seeks Pastor/Head of Staff to lead and grow a strong congregation of 1,300 members who are eager, as Christ leads, to be an open, inviting and joyful church, vibrant and vital as a community and in the world. Over a 63-year history, FPC has become a valued convening site for numerous community service and cultural organizations. We seek a pastor who will continue strong traditions of scripturally-grounded preaching and teaching, inspirational leadership, mission connections to the community and beyond, and pastoral care to a range of ages. We are eager to attract the next generation of worshippers, even as we continue to serve our significant demographic of recent retirees and those seeking God’s joy in life’s closing chapters. Visit us at and view our MIF #22282.AJ on the PCUSA CLC website.


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 and click “search for employment opportunities.”

Director, Theology, Formation and Evangelism (Presbyterian Mission Agency) — Working under the general direction of the President/Executive Director, lead, oversee and manage the Theology, Formation & Evangelism (“TFE”) ministry area of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA). Provide strategy, planning, operational management and support for the ongoing work of TFE’s programs and initiatives, in a way that furthers the achievement of Presbyterian Mission Agency’s organizational mission, vision, and strategic plans. To apply online, go to:

Director of Mid Council Ministries (Office of the General Assembly) — The Director of Mid Council Ministries will develop, in collaboration with the Stated Clerk, a vision of the Office of the General Assembly’s work with mid councils. The Director will fulfill the vision by leading programs and services provided to mid councils of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), by the Office of the General Assembly. The Director will focus on connecting leaders to one another and maintaining effective channels of communication between mid councils and the Office of the General Assembly. To apply online, go to:

Associate for YAV Recruitment & Relationships (Presbyterian Mission Agency) – In light of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s call to be a Matthew 25 church, this position develops networks and strategies to present and promote the public face of the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Program, with particular attention to growing the reach of the program and recruiting under-served groups of young adults. It cultivates relationships with YAV alums and other partners in fulfillment of program objectives in support of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s (PMA) missional goals of developing vital congregations, eradicating poverty, and dismantling structural racism and white supremacy. To apply online, go to:

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 apply online, go to:

Associate for Asian Intercultural Congregational Support (Presbyterian Mission Agency) — Develop leaders in Asian congregations, assist with Asian evangelism and church growth, and be a voice for Asian Presbyterians in the larger church. In partnership with mid councils, other PMA offices, and other groups, nurture strong and growing churches to empower Asian leaders in the church. To apply online, go to:

Associate for Vital Congregations (Presbyterian Mission Agency) — represent the Office of Vital Congregations by supporting the work of Mid Council leaders and churches through the Vital Congregations Initiative and beyond. The Associate will work to carry out the vision and mission of the Office of Vital Congregations, representing the Office in travel and in special events. This position will work towards the continual evaluation and development of the Vital Congregations ministry work. To apply online, go to:

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.

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