Early registration ends soon – beat the price increase for CPJ Training Day! A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People.

Presbyterians Today

 

OUR CURRENT ISSUE — FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018

Faith and Sports

We Americans are passionate about sports. But sometimes — maybe even often — our faith and our love for sports seem to conflict with each other: Sports encroaching on Sunday worship. Controversies over kneeling versus standing for the national anthem at football games. Praying before the big game to crush the opposing team. So-called “improper benefits” to college athletes. Athletic departments looking the other way when it comes to risks of brain injuries. This issue of Presbyterians Today explores how morals, ethics and faith fit into the world of sports. Read digital edition

Featured Stories from this Issue

Cover story: Faith & Sports

A Presbyterian pastor’s experience as a coach’s wife and former athlete provides insights into the darker side of sports.
Read story

 

Spiritual disciplines deepen faith

Learn about many of the intentional spiritual practices that church communities are undertaking to strengthen and intensify their members’ faith.

Read story

 

Sexual slavery’s secret past

In South Korea’s War & Women’s Human Rights Museum, the story of “comfort women” is finally brought into the open.

Read story

 

Gun violence and our children’s innocence

An inner-city young child just assumes that his deceased neighbor was shot.

Read story

 

The pitfalls of ‘giving up’ things for Lent

The right way to take on Lenten spiritual practices

Read story

Living out the Golden Rule

Christ’s marching orders on how to live

Read story

 

2018 Lenten Devotional from Presbyterians Today

Jesus and the Prophets

The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and contemplation of the power and promise of the paschal mystery. Perhaps there are no better models of how to live Lent than the prophets. 

There is a potent connection between Jesus and the prophets. The prophets communicated the word of God; Jesus is the Word of God. The prophets predicted the coming of the prince of peace; Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Not only did Jesus continue the prophetic ministry, he is the fulfillment of the prophetic mission.

The Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, PC(USA) pastor, board trustee for Union Presbyterian Seminary and director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C., has assembled a collection of challenging daily reflections, Scripture and prayers to help us on our Lenten journey. The Lenten Devotional features oil paintings by Steven Burgess, an artist from upstate New York who is a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Salem, N.Y.

The 2018 Lenten Devotional is perfect for congregations, families and individuals.

2018 Lenten Devotional Discount Pricing. 1 copy, $4.50; 2–9 copies, $3.50 each; 10–99 copies, $2.50 each; 100 or more copies, $1.95 each, plus shipping and handling. Order online or by phone at 800-533-4371 and ask for item 17116-17-008.

Subscribe

What readers say about Presbyterians Today

“Presbyterians Today is one of my favorite magazines. I read it from front to back and I am always enlightened, inspired and entertained.”

“Thank you for Presbyterians Today! I appreciate the color, all the articles, writing, art work, photos — and read it cover to cover.”

“Thanks for an excellent periodical. We give both our adult daughters an annual subscription to Presbyterians Today.”

“I think every active elder should receive this magazine. I purchase it for all members of our session. They are encouraged to share it with others. We use articles for discussion or study.”

“I find that Presbyterians Today supports the positive side of what our denomination is trying to promote. When I read Presbyterians Today, it renews the positive feelings about why I am a Presbyterian.”

“From the experience I have in my own church now, I feel it is very important to have new members know more about Presbyterianism to give them a sense of belonging to the church and take pride in it. Presbyterians Today helps a great deal in this respect.”

“I read every issue of Presbyterians Today with interest. It helps us feel connected with our church and the faith around the world.

“Presbyterians Today is refreshingly contemporary and gives everything just the right touch.”

“It is most refreshing to have a publication that deals with the accomplishments of the church, rather than a business report.”

“Presbyterians Today is bright, cheerful and informative. You folks do a marvelous job!”

Presbyterians Today, the award-winning magazine of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is published bimonthly (6 times a year). Every issue is filled with inspiring stories about people and congregations … highlights of church news and mission … a Christian perspective on issues of the day … Bible study and practical tools for life and ministry … and much more!

FREE BONUS RESOURCES WITH EVERY SUBSCRIPTION!

  • Advent Calendar and Devotional Guide — included free with your December/January issue
  • Lenten Devotional Guide — included free with your February/March issue

 

Presbyterians Today Subscription Services

Advertising

Thank you for your interest in advertising with Presbyterians Today. We welcome your inquiries and look forward to working with you in creating a successful, cost-effective advertising campaign to reach more than 52,000 potential customers. See below for classified information.

2018 Media Kit/Rate Card

Please complete this form to view and download the 2018 Presbyterians Today media kit.

Advertisement production information


For DISPLAY ADVERTISING, please contact:

Fox Associates
800-440-0231
Email


 

 

Regional Advertising Representatives


Fox — Chicago
116 West Kinzie St.
Chicago, IL 60654
312-644-3888
Fax 312-644-8718

Fox — New York
347 Fifth Ave., Suite 706B
New York, NY 10016-5010
800-826-3032 • 212- 725-2106
Fax 212-779-1928

Fox — Los Angeles
1445 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite 301
Simi Valley, CA 93065
805-522-0501
Fax 805-522-0504

Fox — Detroit
6765 Woodbank Dr.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301-3040
248-626-0511
Fax 248-626-0512


Display advertising production contact:

Submit materials or direction questions to:

Jackie Carter
Presbyterians Today
100 Witherspoon St.
Louisville, KY 40202-1396
800-728-7228, ext. 5772; direct 502-569-5772
Fax: 502-569-8632
today@pcusa.org


Classified advertising contact:

Submit materials or direction questions to:

Jackie Carter
800-728-7228, ext. 5772
today@pcusa.org

Click on this link to email copy:  today@pcusa.org. Your copy will be formatted and a pdf proof sent. Cost and billing instructions included with the proof.

Classified ads

Ad Rates: $12.50 per line (approximately 40 characters). Classified-Display ad: $137.50 per column inch. Deadline: 6 weeks before issue date. Email copy to today@pcusa.org or call 800-728-7228, ext. 5772. Classifieds also appear for two months on the Presbyterians Today website at no additional cost.

 

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF HOMILETICS  McCormick Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with Reformed, ecumenical, cross-cultural and urban commitments, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level beginning as early as July 1, 2018. We seek a versatile, multifaceted, collaborative, practical theologian to teach primarily in the field of homiletics. The candidate should have a secondary area of expertise.
    Candidates should possess a research doctorate; experience in and commitment to Christian ministry that may include ordination; innovative work with urban ministry, nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurs, and emergent forms of 21st century ministry; cross-cultural competence, experience and pedagogy; and facility and experience with hybrid and/or online technology. Strong preference will be given to candidates who can teach in Spanish, have expertise in LatinX hermeneutics, and can engage a diverse community of students and scholars.
    A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, detailed descriptions of two proposed courses (one introductory course, the other in an area of specialization), and a writing sample should be sent as an email attachment to Jennifer Ould, Assistant to the President and Dean of the Faculty, at jould@mccormick.edu.
    The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2018. McCormick Theological Seminary is committed to building a diverse faculty; we strongly encourage applications from women and persons of color. McCormick Theological Seminary is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SCRIPTURE  McCormick Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with Reformed, ecumenical, cross-cultural, and urban commitments, invites applications for a faculty position at the Assistant Professor level beginning as early as July 1, 2018. We seek candidates with a research doctorate in Bible, with a specialty in either Old Testament/Hebrew Bible or New Testament, and who are able to teach the languages of both Testaments. Candidates should demonstrate excellence or the promise of excellence in scholarship and teaching, should have a commitment to preparing people for leadership in ministry, should be open to interdisciplinary teaching, and should have facility and experience with hybrid and/or online technology.
    The position is a three-year contract position. The position will be reviewed in the second year to determine whether to extend it, and if so, whether as a contract or a tenure-track position. Strong preference will be given to candidates who can teach in Spanish, have an expertise in LatinX hermeneutics, and can engage a diverse community of students and scholars. A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, detailed descriptions of two proposed courses (one introductory course, the other in an area of specialization), and a writing sample should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Jennifer Ould, Assistant to the President and Dean of the Faculty at jould@mccormick.edu.
    The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2018. McCormick Theological Seminary is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty; we strongly encourage applications from women and persons of color. McCormick Theological Seminary is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.

PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION INAUGURAL RECEPTION  All educators, Board members, clergy and church staff affiliated with Presbyterian independent schools — schools of any age and grade level, ranging from preschool through 12th grade — are invited to attend the inaugural reception for the Association of Presbyterian Schools on March 8. The reception will be held during the National Association of Independent Schools’ Annual Conference and will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN, Grand Ballroom B, 100 CNN Center NW in Atlanta, Georgia. Food and beverages will be provided, and the event is free of charge. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Malcolm Lester, Head of School of National Presbyterian School in Washington, D.C., at malcolm.lester@nps-dc.org or 202-537-7580. All are welcome!

New Jesus New Joy coverGIVE YOURSELF A NEW JESUS, NEW JOY  Start your day with meditations focused on the bedrock of love, joy and peace which integrate modern findings on psychological vibrancy and Scripture. Author is experienced Presbyterian pastor and therapist. More details on Amazon. ($12.95)

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

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

Subscription Services

Presbyterians Today
PO Box 52
Congers, NY 10920
Tel. 800-558-1669

Presbyterians Today 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

Resources

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 »

Presbyterian Resource Guide for Ministry

An easy-to-read, in-depth handbook that puts loads of vital ministry information on dozens of subjects at your fingertips. This one-stop reference is ideal for congregations, presbyteries, and individuals looking for creative ways to improve their ministry.
View All >