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The Suicide Epidemic

Over the past 16 years, the number of suicides in the U.S. has jumped by more than 30%. Suicide touches people from every walk of life — no one is immune: celebrities, military personnel, “ordinary” folks, even children and teens. Enlightened churches today play a pivotal role in the nation’s suicide epidemic, creating safe spaces for those walking in darkness to talk openly and heal. The PC(USA)’s 2018 General Assembly urged congregations to get involved in the important work of suicide prevention. This issue of Presbyterians Today examines what some of our churches are doing to make a difference and shows what you can do to help.

 

 
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Featured Stories from this Issue

Do children belong in Sunday worship?

Presbyterians differ in their views about what the answer is and who should decide.

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Is yours a ‘healthy’ congregation?

The one indicator that’s a good sign that you’re on the right track.

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PASTOR/STATED SUPPLY  South Salem Presbyterian Church founded in 1751 on a hill overlooking the historic Hamlet of South Salem, New York, is seeking a pastor to lead a small, diverse and dedicated congregation. We are very active in the community and share our building with vital civic groups. We have a fantastic music ministry! South Salem is located along the New York–Connecticut state line just about an hour by rail north of NYC. Visit us on Facebook and at southsalempc.org and view our MIF #06078.AB0. South Salem Presbyterian Church, 111 Spring Street, South Salem, NY 10590. Join us in ministry! We are in final stages of interviews. Please reply by August 23 to Elizafraser106@gmail.com.


SOLO PASTOR  The First Presbyterian Church of San Pedro (Sunny Southern California) is seeking a pastor to help us further our mission, which is “Bring the Love for Christ to our Community through relationships of EMPATHY, INTEGRITY & GRACE.” San Pedro is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational community with a village-like atmosphere, and it is situated on the edge of the Port of Los Angeles. If you are the one who can help us achieve our mission and vision, both internally and externally, we need you! We know we must change and we seek your encouragement and help. We believe that our church can be a dynamic learning laboratory for you, and we would support our pastor in growth opportunities. Please send your PIF to mrscambeck@gmail.com, see our MIF #00604.AB0 on the CLC, and check out our website at firstpressanpedro.org.


FULL-TIME DIRECTOR OF YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRIES  Job opening at Community Presbyterian Church in Clarendon Hills, IL (chcpc.org). CPC is a PC(USA) congregation centered around living the gospel of Jesus Christ through worship, community and our journey of faith. Email abby.buter@ministryarchitects.com to apply, or find more info at hireayouthpastor.com/churches/1948/jobs/2802.


PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF  First Presbyterian Church • Covington, Georgia • fpccov.org
Atlanta exurb congregation of 245 members is seeking a pastor who is contagiously enthusiastic and will inspire parishioners to hear and act upon God’s call. Positive and hopeful, this unique individual will engagingly draw constituents from all generations and various worldviews to an inclusive vision of God’s kingdom. Since its founding in 1877 in downtown Covington, FPC has developed a rich history as a beacon of Christian faith, hope and good works in this growing, vibrant community. The new minister will shepherd his or her congregants in this theologically centrist church toward bridge-building and transformational change — making a profound difference in the life of the church and in God’s world. The church is currently seeking to grow its focus on young families, to expand its educational offerings for spiritual development, and to reinvigorate its outreach to those in need. With strong cohesion and spiritual vitality, FPC has a positive balance between energy and satisfaction and a willingness to adapt its worship and ministry to reach new people. See our website for information and view our MIF# 22109.AD0 at clc.pcusa.org.


SOLO PASTOR  Located in the heart of downtown Monticello and Georgia’s Lake Country, historic Monticello Presbyterian Church is a lively congregation comprised of 200+ members, with a wide range of ages including many families, and a dynamic music program. We seek an energetic and forward-looking pastor to lead us in our growth as a family of disciples, as we reach out as Christ’s body in service to all. The congregation has a long history of community involvement and engagement, and expects vibrant, meaningful worship, strong educational leadership, and spiritual growth and care. Our vision for ministry is lived out through our mission to be ‘Doers’ for Christ, people of action who strive to serve others both near and far, and be examples of His Word. We’re looking for a leader to help us deepen our spiritual journey, while honoring the Church’s 190 year tradition as a guiding light in this beautiful part of the world. About an hour southeast of Atlanta, Monticello is a close-knit, small town/rural community in the rolling hills of middle Georgia. For more information, contact Lyndsy Johnston, Chair, Pastor Nominating Committee. Email: lyndsdc@gmail.com


THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT  PC(USA) minister seeks copies of this outstanding 1970 GA report for use with pastors and churches in U.S. and overseas. Do you have extras sitting on a shelf? Will pay your cost and shipping. No quantity too small. robertbayley@msn.com


The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York seeks SENIOR PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF
First Presbyterian Church seeks a Pastor/Head of Staff to provide spiritual leadership, pastoral care, administrative oversight, and organizational direction to a staff and congregation of more than 1000 members with a broad emphasis on worship, music, preaching, education, stewardship, mission, outreach, development and involvement of membership, and programs to address the needs of the congregation. Specifically, we are interested in candidates with experience leading a complex, multi-staff congregation as a Pastor/Head of Staff. (Experience with a large and/or urban congregation a plus.) The ideal candidate will possess a strong understanding of, and experience with, financial management and budgeting, and will be a graduate of a Seminary or Divinity School in the reformed tradition.
     A detailed job description is available upon request. Salary is negotiable and is commensurate with experience. Please contact the Pastoral Nominating Committee at fpcnyc.org/pastoral-nomination-committee for further information or to apply.


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.”

Associate for African American Intercultural Congregational Support (PMA) – RE&WIM has an opening for African American Intercultural Congregational Support to 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, please go to https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/334601/

Associate for Equity and Mission Impact (PMA) – Presbyterian Mission Agency’s (PMA) call to be a Matthew 25 church includes missional goals designed to accompany the denomination in supporting the development of vital congregations, eradicating poverty, and dismantling structural racism and white supremacy. The incumbent in this position will serve as a knowledgeable resource on equity, cultural competency, and proficiency, and through this lens, provide resources, education and assistance to Mission Coworkers throughout the world, in support of the PMA’s call to be a Matthew 25 church. To apply online, please go to https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/359893/

Communications Associate (PMA) – One Year Term Contract, working Part-Time 30 hours per week plus benefits.  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. To apply online, go to https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/355697/.

Manager, Global Language Resources (ASG) – 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 online, go to https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/355722/

Mission Engagement Advisor for Midwest Region (Presbyterian Mission Agency) – Lead the effort in mission engagement and support in a specific geographic area of the U.S. (Synods of the Rocky Mountains, Lakes and Prairies, and Mid-America). Directly solicit support for the ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. This includes World Mission, Compassion, Peace and Justice ministries, Racial Equity and Women Intercultural Ministries, and Theology, Formation and Evangelism and any other ministries or programs as assigned to promote and interpret Matthew 25 as it relates to the directional goals of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.  Solicit gifts in support of the Presbyterian Mission Agency from congregations and individuals.  Candidates should reside in the Midwest Region or be willing to relocate.  (Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri).  To apply online, go to https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/365101.

Network Analyst II (Administrative Services Group) – Under general supervision, provide primary support for a Windows and Apple-based network used for electronic commerce, email, and other internal and external applications. Design, implement and maintain installation and maintenance procedures for the servers. Monitor and analyze the performance and security of the servers, workstations, and the applications running on them. Provide technical expertise to the IT and general PC(USA) staff regarding Windows operating systems, all servers & storage devices, system and Internet security and IT and security best practices. Provide excellent customer service. To apply online, please go to https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/366470/

Manager for Call Process Support (Office of the General Assembly) – This position provides strategic and tactical leadership, training, and networking for the PC(USA) as it relates to the full breadth of the call process, including call to ministry and leadership, so that all levels of the denomination and its church-related organizations have adequate, appropriate, and effective leadership. To apply online, please visit:  https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/368631/

Mission Associate, International Property (Presbyterian Mission Agency) – This is a Two-Year Term Contract position with possible conversion to regular full-time status.  Serves as a knowledgeable resource and key implementer of actions related to international real estate, commensurate with the PC (USA) Real Estate policy, which affirms PC(USA)’s basic responsibility of stewardship, ensuring that the organization’s actions support mission work for the benefit of our global partners, including the transfer of real estate, and physically and legally safeguarding assets until such transfers take place. To apply online, please visit: https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/370144/

Coordinator, Young Adult Volunteer Program (Presbyterian Mission Agency) – Presbyterian Mission Agency’s (PMA) call to be a Matthew 25 church includes missional goals designed to accompany the denomination in supporting the development of vital congregations, eradicating poverty, and dismantling structural racism and white supremacy. This includes being in solidarity with the PMA’s domestic constituency and international partners in common missional work that enhance the capacity of the global church. The incumbent in this position will provide overall leadership on of the Young Adult Volunteer program, in coordination with other World Mission (WM) and PMA programs, as well as external partners. The Coordinator will represent the program and seek out strategic alliances that enable the YAV program to foster cross-cultural mission, leadership development through faith in action, intentional Christian community, and a space for vocational discernment, all through the lens of PMA’s missional goals. To apply online, please visit: https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/370139/

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


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.


FULL-TIME PASTOR  First Presbyterian Church of Perry is seeking a full-time pastor to inspire, nurture and serve a vibrant congregation of 125 members in the North Florida area. Although the church is small, its friendly congregation is recognized in the St. Augustine Presbytery for its emphasis on missions, Bible study, fellowship and compassionate care. The Ministry Information Form for First Presbyterian is #20155.AA. The Pastor Nominating Committee can be reached at fpcperry@fairpoint.net.


NEXTGEN STUDENT MINISTRY DIRECTOR   Clear Lake Presbyterian Church (clpc.org), a large, friendly, missionally-focused PC(USA) church located in the shadow of NASA in the Clear Lake area of Houston, Texas, is looking for a dedicated full-time NextGen Student Ministry Director. More info here: hireayouthpastor.com/churches/1790/jobs/2720. For questions or to submit a resume, email Aly.Eaton@MinistryArchitects.com.


INTERIM EXECUTIVE PRESBYTER   The Presbytery of Des Moines seeks a Minister of Word and Sacrament or Ruling Elder to guide our consideration of alternative leadership models, facilitate our transition to permanent leadership, and empower relationships both within our presbytery and with neighboring presbyteries. The Presbytery of Des Moines, from its office in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 53 churches with nearly 5,900 members in a variety of urban and rural settings. We invite you to partner with us as we set a new foundation for our future. Apply by June 30, 2019, attn. David Boyd, Des Moines Search Committee, care of Gretchen Milloy, gmilloy@lakesandprairies.org. AAEEO.


INTERIM PASTOR
First Presbyterian Church of Salem, Ohio
Send PIF to
cathy@eastminsterpresbytery.org
or call 479-461-4042
See Church website at www.fpcsalem.org

 

 


PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF  The Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, located in a historic college community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is seeking a pastor who combines good leadership skills, creativity, personal warmth and humor with a loving spirit and a strong faith to lead our active, enthusiastic, multigenerational and mission-oriented congregation. Visit us at presbyterianchestertown.org and view our MIF #10981.AB on the PC(USA) CLC website.


 

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