The ‘New Old’: Seniors bring new life to the church
People in their 60s, 70s, 80s and even older are bringing amazing new life to Presbyterian congregations and ministries all over. Today’s seniors aren’t slowing down in retirement but are finding ways to share their talents, time, passion and energy with the younger generation. In an inspiring cover story, Presbyterians Today looks at some of the vibrant contributions older adults are making in the PC(USA).
Drugs are no longer just an inner-city problem. In fact, drug overdose rates are rising in rural America, surpassing rates in urban areas. Read how small churches are becoming places of hope and healing.
New! 2019 Lenten Devotional from Presbyterians Today
Awakening to God’s Beauty: A Lenten invitation to pray with art
Through magnificent photography and a spiritual discipline called visio divina — praying with art — we open our eyes with new awareness and gratitude for the beauty of creation. The devotional offers a dazzling smorgasbord of soul-stirring original photographs, each with a short guided meditation to lift our hearts and fortify us for the rest of our Lenten journey. The text, meditations and original photography are all the loving work of the Rev. Krin Van Tatenhove, long-time Presbyterian pastor, hospice chaplain, substance abuse counselor, traveler, photographer, and amazing storyteller.
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SOLO PASTOR Has God called you to lead a vibrant, diverse, and community active church near the beaches of northeast Florida?
Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, Florida, is seeking the Solo Pastor, that God has already chosen, to join our church family and enthusiastically lead and challenge us for service that reflects the grace of God to all people. We are:
A medium sized congregation with an average attendance of 170 active members and a church school of 70
A multi-generational family of believers who respond to the needs of our church family, our community, and beyond through numerous mission ministries
The home of a successful and community recognized Preschool
Lifelong learners who thrive to expand our youth, young adult, and family ministries
A creative and humble congregation which cooperatively works with leaders and continues to develop and set new horizons and goals
If you are a faithful, obedient servant of Jesus Christ and are led by the power of the Holy Spirit to lead a family of God, we hope you will prayerfully review our MIF # 11320.AEO. Please submit your PIF through the CLC and review our website at www.hbpcusa.org.
SOLO PASTOR First Presbyterian Church in Rockport, TX, is seeking an ordained Interim Pastor.
Vibrant, self-sufficient congregation, weekly attendance approximately 115+
ACCOUNTANT Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation seeks an experienced Accountant who will apply their knowledge and skill in general ledger imports and financial reporting to support the Finance Team in the accurate and timely creation of the agency’s financials. This position will perform complex accounting for loan, grant, fixed asset and other revenue and expenditure allocations, requiring demonstrated organizational skills, an analytical disposition and a passion working and collaborating with multidisciplinary stakeholders. To apply online, please visit pcusa.org/jobs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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This Advent, pray and contemplate with Mary in her Song of Praise found in Luke 1:46–53. Original paintings and poems are the work of Andrew Weatherly, a young Presbyterian man born with Down syndrome, who uses his gifts to raise awareness of the capabilities of those with special needs. There are reflections, prayers and Bible… Read more »
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 »
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.