After a full year, “pandemic fatigue” has left lots of us feeling more than defeated. If we ever needed a good measure of Easter hope, it is now. In 2020, many churches took their message of “He is risen!” outdoors. This year, Presbyterians are continuing their public witness of hope with a beautiful practice that invites community participation in a safe way: the flowering of the cross. In the March/April issue of Presbyterians Today, we check in with several churches around the country and share their Easter worship traditions.
COVID-19 and racial unrest, coupled with natural disasters and ongoing poverty and hunger, are real threats to the mental health of the people who are trying to help. We offer ideas and resources to deal with compassion fatigue.
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PART-TIME STATED SUPPLY PASTOR • FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF MOUNT VERNON, N.Y.
First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square • Hamilton Square, New Jersey 400-member church in suburban central N.J. seeks a Senior Pastor with a clear vision of how the church can live out Christ in today’s world. Our mission study shows we are transitioning from an attractional to a missional focus. Our Session, church family and staff seek your advocacy and leadership to help us develop our missional vision in church and community, leading us through transformation as a collaborator and team-builder, and managing the pace, focus and scope of this exciting change. CLC #04923.AE0, hamsquarechurch.org. Applicants with 5+ years in ordained ministry may anticipate $85,000 effective compensation with 4 weeks of vacation, 2 weeks of study leave, and appropriate reimbursable expenses.
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.”
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating officer (Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation and the Administrative Services Group) — Provides financial leadership to the A Corporation and to the General Assembly, and provides operational leadership for information technology, building services, and other support services. The CFO/COO drives a culture of accountability and exceptional client service by providing clear, concise financial information that supports client partners and the General Assembly. This position works autonomously and under minimal supervision from the President and directly supervises the Controller’s Office, Accounts Payable, Treasury, Risk Management, Information Technology, Building Services, Distribution Services, and Mail/Print.
Deputy Executive Director Presbyterian Mission Agency (Presbyterian Mission Agency) — Will work in close collaboration with the ED to set the organizational direction and priorities of the PMA by providing strategic leadership, operational management, and communication of the agency’s programmatic work. To ensure effective oversight of the Matthew 25 vision, the DED will align senior staff to the strategic priorities, deepen connectivity between the strategic priorities and day to day operations, and build strong partnerships with Administrative Services Group (ASG) leaders regarding finance, accounting and human resources matters.
Director of Development (Presbyterian Historical Society) — This position will lead the development program of the Presbyterian Historical Society. Oversees execution of annual fundraising plan; cultivates and steward major donors; secures planned gifts; assists with identifying, applying for, and execution of grants; contributes to PHS communications and marketing strategy and execution; works with PC(USA) partners at all levels of the church to enhance knowledge of and appreciation for the mission and programs of PHS and build financial support.
Vice President of Publishing (Presbyterian Publishing Corporation) — As a member of the executive staff of PPC, the Vice President of Publishing works in partnership with the President and Publisher and the Editor-in-Chief to define a strategic vision for the acquisition of high-quality books for the three main segments of WJK’s market: academic, clergy/professional, and general reader. The VP oversees an editorial team that carries out list development and acquisitions as well as a production department that takes books and curriculum from manuscript to completed project. The ideal candidate will have both editorial acumen and business sensibilities, along with experience with the religious, academic, or trade book markets. In addition to being the public face of the WJK program, the Vice President of Publishing will represent the Press at conferences and meetings related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Internal Communications Specialist (Administrative Services Group) — Will work as part of the Human Resources team by providing proactive employee communications support; Develop and implement comprehensive communication plans, create resources and materials for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation and the Administrative Services Group.
Legal Office Administrator (Administrative Services Group) — Responsible for the overall office management and support administration for the Legal Services office. Serves as the project manager for projects assigned by the General Counsel, monitoring progress and deadlines of the project.
Research Analyst II (Administrative Services Group) — Help the PC(USA) and others make data-informed decisions through the use of data science, consulting, and research (especially quantitative), both within the PC(USA) and with ecumenical & interfaith partners.
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 are also encouraged to apply.
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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.
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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.
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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
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.
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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.
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