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OUR CURRENT ISSUE — MAY/JUNE 2019

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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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 (valleypresbyterian.net). For more information view our MIF at clc.pcusa.org. A PIF may be sent to azvalleypnc@gmail.com.


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 WPCYouth@worthingtonpresbyterian.com.


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”

Learn more about us at: rockportpresbyterian.org Send PIF to: fpc.rockport@gmail.com


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 pncgbpres@gmail.com. For information regarding our church and full MIF, please see the following links: www.gbpres.org 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 www.fpchhi.org/pnc-meet-fpc and view our MIF #22282.AJ on the PCUSA CLC website.


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.”

Manager, Global Language Resources (Administrative Services Group) — This position manages the planning, design, measurement, assessment, and improvement of the translation, interpretative, and language services for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). To apply for this position, please visithttps://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/355722/

President (Administrative Services Group)  the PC(USA) General Assembly voted to implement a major structural reorganization, creating a separate leadership and governance structure for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation (“A Corp”). The President leads PC(USA), A Corporation, reporting to the 11-member A Corp Board of Directors, and directly manages the Administrative Services Group (ASG). ASG was previously part of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA). Follow this link to learn more about the position and to apply online https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/352504/

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 and 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: https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/344861/

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 https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/346590/  

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 tohttps://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/349541/  

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 https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/334601/

Associate for Vital Congregations (Presbyterian Mission Agency) — The Associate for Vital Congregations will work in collaboration with the Coordinator and Mission Specialist to 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 https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/346116/

Associate for Theology (Presbyterian Mission Agency) — The position will provide leadership on matters of theology and worship for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and the PC(USA) grounded in Scripture, the Constitution of the PC(USA), GA theological statements, and the Reformed tradition through writing, speaking, resourcing the General Assembly and other councils of the PC(USA), and consulting throughout the denomination. To apply online, go to https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/350539/

Managing Editor, Unbound, Assoc for Young Adult Social Witness (Term Contract-Full Time) (Advocacy Committee for Social Witness Policy) (Presbyterian Mission Agency) — This position is designed to strengthen the prophetic discipleship particularly of young adults in the church, by providing an online place for conversation and debate on matters of Christian conscience and public witness. It supports the work of both the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) and the ministries of Compassion, Peace and Justice (CPJ) by publicizing and interpreting experiences of engagement with many forms of social mission and social transformation. By lifting issues before the General Assembly and the Presbyterian Mission Agency, it invites understanding and appreciation of broader church ministries as well. Unbound is structured as a PCUSA-operated website with its unique domain name and editorial advisors, who help guide its Reformed ethical thinking and outreach to online readers. As much as 25% of this position serves young-adult focused projects and organizing efforts of the Compassion, Peace, Justice ministry area.  To apply online, go tohttps://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/351715/

Communications Associate (Term Contract-Part Time) (Presbyterian Mission Agency) — Under the supervision of the Director for Mission Communications, the Communications Associate will assist various Communications’ Strategists in executing and implementing communications strategies that raise public awareness of the mission agency. This role supports mission communications’ efforts to create and deliver accurate, timely and high-quality communications. The position must employ a variety of 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 as well as serve as the dedicated communications resource for the ministry area. For more information and to apply online, go to https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/355697/

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.


PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF, Westmont Presbyterian Church, Johnstown, Pennsylvania  Is the Holy Spirit guiding you here?
      405 Christ-centered children, teens, and adults prayerfully await a catalyst who loves the Lord and loves people.
     WPC is located in one of the safest U.S. areas, 60 miles east of Pittsburgh’s top amenities, 40 minutes from the hometown of Mr. Rogers and Arnold Palmer, and a short drive from four universities and four ski areas.
     We seek to continue our rich history of preaching, music, and mission to special needs and mental health.
     Will you help guide our future?
     Please submit PIF to BrianMis@atlanticbb.net and view our MIF#07233.AF1 on the CLC.
Westmont Presbyterian Church | Johnstown, PA 15905


HOSPITALITY — MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Stony Point Center is a 90-room Presbyterian-related Conference and Retreat Center located 30 miles north of New York City in Rockland County. They seek an experienced Marketing and Communications Director to begin as soon as filled. This is a full-time, exempt position with generous benefits. Job responsibilities include managing and directing SPC’s marketing and internal/external communications, and developing and implementing a marketing and communications strategy. Bachelor’s degree and five years’ prior work experience in hospitality marketing/communications or related field required. Seeking someone who has excellent written, verbal and people skills, and is proficient in digital communications and social media. This position reports to the co-directors and involves supervising and coordinating a team of staff and volunteers. Please send resume and cover letter to Kitty Ufford-Chase, Co-Director (kitty@stonypointcenter.org) at Stony Point Center, 17 Cricketown Rd., Stony Point, NY 10980. Tel.: 845-786-5674, ext. 102.
The Stony Point Center (and 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.


PART-TIME PASTOR  Fort Frederica Presbyterian Church, 6540 Frederica Road St., Simons Island, GA 31522, seeks a part-time Pastor to encourage spiritual growth and teach God’s word to a congregation of about 40 members, mostly retired.
    We are a small, caring and welcoming church with a strong presence on St. Simons Island, a growing community of approximately 15,000 and rated one of the best retirement neighborhoods in the country with three elementary schools and numerous commercial enterprises. We welcome the use of our facilities, free of charge, to service and cultural organizations. We operate and contribute to a number of charitable efforts, locally and globally. We invite the community to join us for special events, such as our Jazz Vespers and spiritually/historically-themed films.
    In addition to providing pastoral services and inspirational leadership, we seek a pastor who will continue a tradition of scripturally-based preaching and teaching, helping us grow in our understanding of God’s purpose for us. We prefer a nearby residency as we believe that an understanding of local activities enriches our knowledge of and participation toward filling gaps in services to those in need; scheduling is flexible.
    Qualified applicants are invited to submit a letter of interest, CV and references to: FFPC, P.O. Box 20254, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.


 

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