Finding creative ways to reconnect and care for others
Now that pandemic restrictions are easing, congregations are finding novel ways to reconnect “in the real world” and rebuild strong, loving relationships with previously shut-in members and their communities. This issue of Presbyterians Today showcases some of the groundbreaking work churches are doing around the country to revitalize their caring ministries.
‘Phygital’ worship? Should it be physical or digital?
As churches begin to meet again in person, worship has become a bit of a dilemma, since in-person and online experiences and approaches can be very different. Can there be a hybrid that satisfies worshipers but doesn’t wear out worship leaders by forcing them to create two separate services each week?
Ask people to define “peace” and you’ll get lots of answers — mostly all correct. But for Presbyterians, peace is more than just a state of being. It is also a biblical call to justice and advocacy that requires commitment and action.
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FULL-TIME SOLO PASTOR
Second Presbyterian Church in New York City is seeking a full-time Solo Pastor for a small congregation on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. We place priorities on visionary preaching, compassion and presence in pastoral care, and a readiness to work together to forge new directions in mission. While our church has a 260-year history, our members hail from different faith traditions, styles and points of view. The pastor we seek connects well with people, is nimble, flexible and open to change. For more information, visit secondpresbyteriannyc.org. Our Ministry Information Form can be found on Church Leadership Connection, #05610.AB0 Second Presbyterian Church.
DESIGNATED PASTOR Are you a pastor who has a love for God, life and fellow man? You may find living in our community and serving this church, not just an opportunity, but a true pleasure! We are a medium-sized congregation in a coastal Texas community. We have varied interests, actively participate, are supportive of one another, hardworking and fun-loving. For details see MIF #21750.AC0 or contact Mission Presbytery GP Sallie Watson at email@example.com.
IS GOD CALLING YOU?
Jefferson City, Missouri, First Presbyterian is seeking an INTERIM ASSOCIATE PASTOR
PC(USA) Church Leadership Connection • MIF #04265.AI0 This Capital City Downtown Historic Church is a vibrant, spirit-filled community where faith is reflected through worship, fellowship, education and mission (international partnerships with Malawi, Peru, Nepal and the Ukraine). We are a Faith Family that has a rich history of transforming lives, a relevant present, and a bright future. With joy we seek an IAP to join us as we: CELEBRATE, DREAM, PAUSE and RE-ENERGIZE. The Interim Associate will serve after a 21-year installed Associate Pastor and will provide pastoral, programmatic, church growth and evangelism leadership during a transition. Contact: Jack Pletz by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. Angela Madden, Senior Pastor, at email@example.com.
HEAD OF STAFF Presbyterian Church of Okemos (PCO), Michigan, is seeking an experienced head of staff to serve a congregation of 251–400 members. Near Michigan State University and the capitol, PCO is a congregation where new ideas thrive, creativity is encouraged, and conversations focus on critical issues. We nurture the next generation and seek to build a community that listens to our youth. As a church that engages members and serves the most vulnerable, especially the homeless, the hungry and refugees, we seek to care for each other through prayer, outreach, and activities that promote connection and inclusion. Our new pastor will adhere to Presbyterian theology and be tuned to contemporary issues. Webpage: okemospres.org. MIF #03327.AC0.
ASSOCIATE MINISTER: GROWTH & CARE • St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is seeking to call an Associate Minister: Growth and Care. This is a full time position with a focus on Pastoral Care, Faith Formation for all Ages, and Leadership and Volunteer Development. StAPC is a congregation with over 250 members. We are looking for an individual with a strong faith and spiritual relationship with God through Jesus Christ, who is a good communicator, teacher, leader, listener and motivator. If you feel called to come to Canada, please contact Rev. Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or browse through the profile and position description at standrewscalgary.ca/pages/april-2021-stac-xtra.
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.”
Director of Communications (Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA) Develops annual communications plan, creates and oversees PHS communications in all media, fosters communications collaborations with PC(USA) entities and PHS staff and volunteers, and contributes to outreach efforts.
Records Manager (Office of the General Assembly, Louisville, KY) Administers a cost-effective, legally-based records management program for the national offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that includes all types of records (digital, paper-based, audio-visual) and insures that records of permanent value are transferred to the custody of the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) for long term preservation and access. Provides consultation and assistance to national office staff regarding all records management concerns, including best practices for managing email and other digital records, filing of paper-based records, and retention and disposition of records of temporary value. Manages the Records Center located in the Presbyterian Center in Louisville, KY.
Project Manager (Office of the General Assembly, Louisville, KY) Provides guidance and support to OGA colleagues about their projects and provides oversight from initiation to successful completion of these projects that support the mission and ministry that have been entrusted to the OGA. The Project Manager will coordinate the work of program and administrative assistants in support of project completion.
Mission Specialist for Special Offerings (Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, KY) Share in the development of new models of fundraising and engagement which foster vital congregations engaged in systemic work to dismantle white supremacy and eradicate poverty. Provide the administrative and organizational support necessary for the Project Managers of the Special Offerings and Giving Catalog team to broaden the platforms, content, and approaches leading to greater participation and dollars for Matthew 25 ministry.
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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