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OUR CURRENT ISSUE — JUNE/JULY 2017

‘Go into all the world’

Jesus’ words recorded in Mark 16:15 commanded the disciples to go everywhere and preach the gospel to all creation. For 180 years, Presbyterian World Mission has taken this mandate to heart. This issue of Presbyterians Today proudly celebrates their many achievements and milestones, and the print edition contains a special foldout section honoring World Mission’s work. Read digital edition

Featured Stories from this Issue

Socially responsible investing

The PC(USA)’s Office of Faith-Based Investing and Corporate Engagement offers a lot of excellent advice for congregations and individuals about faith-based investment options.
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Opioid addiction and the church

This form of drug addiction is sweeping the nation, but many religious leaders and church members don’t want to — or don’t know how to — face the problem.
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Practicing civility in polarized times

We can be baptized in the same font, sit in the same sanctuary and still be sharply divided politically. Here’s how some PC(USA) leaders are thinking about living out our unity in diversity.
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Spotlight on leaders

Betty Tom cried the first time she saw a woman preach. She knew then that God was calling her to the pulpit.
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Go Figure: Local churches do mission in partnership

Our most popular mission destinations, hopes and focuses.
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PART TIME PASTOR  Would you like to live where other people vacation? Our community is known as “The Sanctuary of the Great Lakes,” and is a historic Michigan port city nestled between a vast forest and an endless clear blue bay on Lake Huron. Our small (110 member), warm and friendly Presbyterian church is searching for a part time or bi-vocational pastor. For more information, check us out at alpenapresbyterian.com, on Facebook, review our MIF on the PC(USA) Church Leadership Connection site, or contact Scott Edgar, chair of the Pastor Nominating Committee at First Presbyterian Church of Alpena, celtic_dreamer8704@yahoo.com.

PASTOR OF CONGREGATIONAL CARE  Our evangelical, independent Presbyterian church in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico is seeking a Pastor of Congregational Care for our English-language congregation. We just completed a 20,000 square-foot church building/ministry center — completely debt-free. The church ministers to a growing community on the shore of Lake Chapala, in a safe and beautiful part of Mexico, only 45 minutes from Guadalajara’s international airport. The area boasts one of the best climates in the world and a low cost of living. For details about this position and Lakeside Presbyterian Church, please visit lpcchapala.org.

COLLEGE CHAPLAIN  Lyon College seeks a dynamic person to serve as College Chaplain. The Chaplain develops and leads the campus ministry program, serves as pastor to students, staff and faculty, persistently works to strengthen the spiritual life of the campus, functions as liaison between the College and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and may teach one religion course each semester. The successful candidate will be an ordained Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister; have excellent organizational, oral, and written communication skills; possess the ability to relate to and inspire college students; and have earned a minimum of a Masters of Divinity. A liberal arts background, teaching experience, and additional graduate work are preferred. Lyon College is a national liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is located in the foothills of the Ozarks in Batesville, Arkansas, a safe and convenient town of 10,000 that serves as commercial, medical, social, and governmental hub for an eight-county area. The College enrolls around 700 students from twenty-five states and eleven foreign countries on its picturesque 136-acre campus. Entering freshmen have an average HSGPA of 3.6 and an average ACT of 25. Lyon College is an equal opportunity employer. Send letter of application, resume (including graduate transcripts), and the names and telephone numbers of three references to: Ms. Clarinda Foote, Director of Human Resources, P.O. Box 2317, Batesville, AR 72503-2317 or electronically to Jobs@lyon.edu. The starting date is no later than August 1, 2017. Review of application materials will continue until the position is filled.

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SOLO PASTOR  Historic Bethel Presbyterian Church is a loving, caring church, welcoming everyone and encouraging all to work together to live in Christ. We are located in the small town of West Columbia, Texas, 50 miles south of Houston and only 20 miles from the Gulf Coast beaches. We exist to amplify what binds us as one — the love of God. Bethel people like to have fun. We believe that working, playing and celebrating together builds our unity and devotion to one another. It also makes us a welcoming place for new people. A pastor of Bethel should have a spirit of joy that is attractive to outsiders. We desire a leader who will serve as a resource for innovative changes and creative solutions that will further energize an active membership as well as attract and involve new members. View MIF #21586 at CLC website and get to know us on Facebook at facebook.com/PresbyteriansinWestColumbia/. Send your PIF to Cheri Geserick at geserick@embarqmail.com.

CHRISTIAN BUSINESS FOR SALE  Looking for a mission? Christian-themed publication nets $47K. Part-time; from home. Clients are established. Will train. Retiring. Call 828-633-6382.

SOLO PASTOR  Heritage Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia, seeks a full-time SOLO PASTOR whose passionate love for Jesus and His church will bring vibrancy, vision, and innovation to this 166 member congregation as it seeks to fulfill God’s will in this historic part of the National Capital region, once a part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. We seek a pastor who is theologically sound and comfortable with the theology of the Reformed tradition and will enjoy caring for a congregation that includes members with business, government and military backgrounds. For a look at our day-to-day worship and outreach, as well as our MIF, Mission Study and Annual Reports, see the Heritage Presbyterian Church Web Site: www.heritagechurchva.org. PIFs and other correspondence can reach the Heritage PNC through its secure email at
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SOLO PASTOR FOR DIVERSE BOSTON-AREA CONGREGATION  We’re looking for a solo Presbyterian pastor to help us live out our mission to “Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.” Our congregation on the outskirts of Boston seeks to welcome all people to experience God’s love. We come from around the world, and join together in traditional Presbyterian worship. If you think you might be called to be our Teaching Elder, please visit burlingtonpres.org/BeOurPastor.

Rye Presbyterian Church artworkASSOCIATE PASTOR FOR CHRISTIAN EDUCATION  Rye Presbyterian Church, a vibrant congregation of 1100+ members located in Rye, NY, seeks an Associate Pastor for Christian Education (APCE). As the leader of our ministries to children and youth, the successful candidate must be creative, enthusiastic and compassionate in their work. The APCE will joyfully bring leadership to our middle and high school youth groups, coordinate and participate in mission projects and family fellowship events, and direct our active Sunday School. Through worship leadership, preaching and pastoral care, the APCE will join our Co-pastors in inspiring and engaging our diverse congregation in the journey of faith. For more information visit www.ryepc.com. Interested candidates can send their PIF or resume and cover letter to apnc@ryepc.com. MIF #06075.AJ0.

ARE YOU THE ONE?  First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, Florida, is on an exciting journey to find an Associate Pastor. Our church is a large, growing and vibrant congregation committed to serving Jesus Christ. We are seeking an Associate Pastor who can enhance our spiritual community, ignite our faith and energize our youth, college age and twenties & thirties ministries. For further information review our MIF available on our website: www.firstdelray.com. PIFs should be sent via email to the attention of Linda Cortright at apnc@firstdelray.com.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  Crestfield Camp & Conference Center is a year-round Christian ministry facility in partnership with Pittsburgh Presbytery that offers retreat facilities, programs, and special events to nurture others in their experience with God, through Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. And now, Crestfield is searching for an Executive Director. See the job description at www.pghpresbytery.org/about_us/jobs/crestfield_executive_director.pdf. Please send your PIF or résumé to Rev. Tom Moore at revtom.moore@gmail.com.


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SteepleASSOCIATE PASTOR FOR CHRISTIAN EDUCATION  Rye Presbyterian Church, a vibrant congregation of 1100+ members located in Rye, NY, seeks an Associate Pastor for Christian Education (APCE). As the leader of our ministries to children and youth, the successful candidate must be creative, enthusiastic and compassionate in their work. The APCE will joyfully bring leadership to our middle and high school youth groups, coordinate and participate in mission projects and family fellowship events, and direct our active Sunday School. Through worship leadership, preaching and pastoral care, the APCE will join our Co-pastors in inspiring and engaging our diverse congregation in the journey of faith. For more information visit www.ryepc.com. Interested candidates can send their PIF or resume and cover letter to apnc@ryepc.com. MIF #06075.AJ0.

ARE YOU THE ONE?  First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, Florida, is on an exciting journey to find an Associate Pastor. Our church is a large, growing and vibrant congregation committed to serving Jesus Christ. We are seeking an Associate Pastor who can enhance our spiritual community, ignite our faith and energize our youth, college age and twenties & thirties ministries. For further information review our MIF available on our website: www.firstdelray.com. PIFs should be sent via email to the attention of Linda Cortright at apnc@firstdelray.com.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  Crestfield Camp & Conference Center is a year-round Christian ministry facility in partnership with Pittsburgh Presbytery that offers retreat facilities, programs, and special events to nurture others in their experience with God, through Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. And now, Crestfield is searching for an Executive Director. See the job description at www.pghpresbytery.org/about_us/jobs/crestfield_executive_director.pdf. Please send your PIF or résumé to Rev. Tom Moore at revtom.moore@gmail.com.

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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—and… 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.
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