Advent and Christmas will soon be upon us, and many congregations and faith communities will continue their worship online. Even the churches that are gathering in person will no doubt practice social distancing and scale back some of the familiar trappings like choirs singing carols, Christmas pageants and even festive decorations. We can’t help but feel sad that we’ll miss out on this most holy and spiritual time of the year. But instead of just resigning ourselves to a watered-down Advent and Christmas, why not take some tips from this issue of Presbyterians Today and create a sacred space at home for family prayer, worship and quiet meditation during this holy season?
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SOLO PASTOR – BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN
First Presbyterian Church of Benton Harbor, Michigan, (FPC) is looking for a full time Pastor. We are on the beautiful sunset coast of Lake Michigan and are a racially and economically mixed congregation of 90 members who are welcoming and affirming. We know our vision and strive to live our mission every day to bridge the gaps that separate us by class, race and sexual orientation. We share our faith with openness, love and warmth, respecting individuality. The congregation seeks a strong worship leader and teacher who will challenge members to be better followers of Jesus by being comfortably uncomfortable. Our pastor should have gifts of administration, a passion to guide our active outreach to the community, and a servant’s heart in sharing the work with other churches and community organizations. Learn more about us at facebook.com/FirstPresBH or firstpresbh.org. Email resume to Robert Winks, PNC Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland, in the beautiful mountains of western Maryland, is seeking a full-time solo pastor who will also be head of staff. We seek someone who will foster growth of the congregation, help us identify areas where we can improve and who will help us seek ways to support our community. Qualifications include a Masters of Divinity and 2-5 years of experience as a solo pastor. Salary is competitive. If God is calling you to a welcoming congregation in the Appalachian mountains, please see our MIF # 00308.AC0 at clc.pcusa.org or visit our webpage www.fpc-cumberland.org
FULL TIME PASTOR/FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH – Nevada, MO
First Presbyterian Church of Nevada, Missouri is seeking a full-time pastor. We are a small but growing congregation located in southwest Missouri in a vibrant and historic college town. Our congregation is a mixture of long-time attendees and newcomers, young and old, individuals and families. We are a congregation united in our spirit in the Lord, our faith in Jesus Christ, and our passion for this church. Please check out our MIF on the Church Leadership Connection website. Please send your PIF to email@example.com or to ATTN: Pastor Nominating Committee, First Presbyterian Church, 500 North Olive, Nevada, MO, 64772.
SOLO PASTOR/YOKED CONGREGATION
The Presbyterian Churches (USA) of Polson and Dayton, Montana, are seeking a full-time pastor for our yoked parish. Nestled in northwest Montana between the pristine shores of Flathead Lake and the towering Mission Mountain Range, the Flathead Lake Parish includes two relatively small congregations (Dayton 35, Polson 100) composed of dedicated and caring folks who love the Lord. We look forward to sharing our vision, energy and talents with a new pastor. God has blessed our congregations with a strong tradition of service and a caring spirit, and we are eager for new inspiration to greater connections and a larger impact as a voice for Christ in this community. We are seeking a leader, a partner and a friend who can see our strengths and encourage us to move beyond our comfort zones to the places in which God wants most to work. Visit us at polsonpresbyterian.org. For more information, please see MIF #04343.AB1 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent global events have upended congregations and communities — closing doors, but opening windows. Hope abounds! At Westminster Presbyterian Church in Salem, Oregon’s capital, we look to our next pastor to lead our vibrant PC(USA) congregation and staff as we continue our faith journey in fulfilling our mission: “Creatively sharing Christ’s love — We welcome, we serve, we grow.” See our MIF #08118.AB0 in the Church Leadership Connection or view it at bit.ly/SalemPNC.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRY The First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, in northwest Philadelphia, seeks a Director of Music Ministry (DMM) who will provide vision and leadership for a music ministry in harmony with our mission statement, “alive, celebrating and serving the Lord.” FPCG is a diverse community in every capacity. Music is a vital part of our ministry together, so we seek a DMM who leads from a place of spirituality rather than performance and who promotes a music ministry that is inclusive of various genres of worship music that serve people of all ages. We are blessed to house the “Germantown Giant,” the largest church organ in Philadelphia, and s/he will need strong skills on the organ, and the piano, as well as a passion that not only leads in worship but also reaches out and ministers to our community. The DMM will be a ministry leader in the church who will report directly to the Pastor/Head of Staff and work in collaboration with our dedicated staff and congregational volunteer leaders. The position is part-time and is available September 1, 2020. More information and the full Job Description at fpcgermantown.org. To apply, send a letter of interest, resume with references, and short audio/video samples of playing and conducting displaying a diversity of styles to email@example.com.
LEAD PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF
Patuxent Presbyterian Church, an evangelical church of 500 in California, MD, one hour SE of Washington, DC. MIF #08457.AC0. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOLO PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF
Irvington Presbyterian Church in Irvington, New York (IPC), a midsize congregation located in the beautiful Hudson Valley approximately 25 miles north of New York City, is seeking a solo pastor who will also be head of staff. We seek to call a pastor who will glorify the Triune God through public worship, word, sacrament and song. We desire a pastor to guide us to grow as disciples, grounded in the Reformed faith and guided by the Holy Spirit to engage in mission and service for our congregation, our local community and an ever-changing world. Strong institutional supervision skills and a familiarity/facility with relevant social media platforms and technology are also important considerations as we move through and past the pandemic environment. Specific responsibilities will include leading worship, pastoral care, oversight of church staff & interaction with pre-school management, assisting in modernizing IPC’s outreach via social media, and participating in community events, interfaith activities & mission outreach. We are excited to embark on this journey to call our next pastor & enter a new pastoral chapter in the history of IPC, which was first established in Irvington in 1854. We hope you are called to join us! Qualifications include a Masters of Divinity and 5+ years’ experience as a solo or lead pastor. Salary is competitive, and a large single-family residential manse, recently fully renovated and located on the church property, is provided. Please visit us at facebook.com/IrvingtonNYPresbyterianChurch and irvingtonpresbychurch.org. If interested, please contact Reuben Garcia, Chair of the IPC PNC, at Irvington.email@example.com. Irvington Presbyterian Church is an equal opportunity employer.
In Northern California, the Sacramento River winds through the Sacramento Valley and passes between the Sutter Buttes and the city of Colusa. The Colusa First Presbyterian Church is seeking a solo pastor to participate with us in our ministry to each other and our community. The mission of our church is to know Jesus Christ as Savior and to make Him known to the world as we walk alongside one another in truth and love. If you are interested in walking with us, please contact Robert Harper, Chair, PNC at Bob@chiconut.com. For more information: clc.pcusa.org/OpportunitySearch.aspx?OrganizationSearch=True and enter 00725; colusapres.org; and facebook.com/colusapres.
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.”
Webmaster (Presbyterian Mission Agency) — Lead position to manage, maintain and optimize websites and content management systems for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and affiliated entities. Manage automated email system and digital messaging operations. Assist with project management on web and digital design projects. For more information and to apply online, please visit: https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/428587/
Korean/Geographical Development Specialist (Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program) — The Development Specialist offers investments, sells loans, and provides financial consultation on capital projects to congregations, governing bodies, and Presbyterian related organizations and institutions. This position is regular full-time, working from residence, and is available to interested candidates anywhere in the United States. To apply online, please visit https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/424830/
Social Media Assistant (Presbyterian Mission Agency) — Under the supervision of the Organizational Communications Manager, the Social Media Assistant will support the strategic communications plan for social media to raise awareness of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) and its work. This is a One-Year Term Contract Position, working part-time 18 hours per week, non-benefits eligible. The work schedule is Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 p.m. E.S.T. to 12 midnight E.S.T. and Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. E.S.T. to 1 a.m. E.S.T. To apply online, please visit https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/427682/
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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