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Presbyterians Today takes a sacred pause

The March/April issue of Presbyterians Today will be the last issue you receive in 2023 before the magazine goes through a “sacred pause.”

PT editor Donna Frischknecht Jackson referred to the sacred pause in her column “Becoming real: The Babe of Bethlehem’s great gift” in the November/December 2022 issue. Referring to the 1922 children’s classic “The Velveteen Rabbit,” about a plush toy’s adventure in becoming real, she wrote: “As editor of Presbyterians Today for these past five years, I can’t think of a more fitting editorial for you readers who have your God moments with me as you have sought to live authentically in the Spirit. That’s because in 2023 Presbyterians Today will be embarking on a journey in becoming real, taking a sacred pause to listen to what God is asking in how we share the stories of hope in the world.”

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Other featured stories from this Issue


Rituals for Aging Gracefully

Churches are using rituals to support members dealing with retirement, downsizing, new romantic relationships and many other life transitions.

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Mission Co-Workers Share Post-Pandemic Travel Tips

As the world reopens to travel, Presbyterian mission co-workers share proven suggestions on how to arrange productive and respectful mission trips.

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Associate Pastor for Social Justice and Mission
The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York City is seeking an Associate Pastor for Social Justice and Mission. We are looking for an experienced leader and energetic motivator with a heart for mission, to galvanize our congregation by broadening and deepening the involvement of members in opportunities to serve. With our Associate Pastor, First Church will continue to serve in partnership with other aligned mission-driven organizations in NYC and elsewhere, creating more opportunities for new and existing members to get connected. We welcome applicants with 2+ years of experience. Learn more at: www.fpcnyc.org or email apnc@fpcnyc.org


Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministries, Sycamore Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, Ohio

Sycamore Presbyterian Church, located in the rapidly growing Northeast quadrant of Greater Cincinnati, is a vibrant, affluent congregation of approximately 700 members that seeks to be an ever-expanding community where all are accepted and loved into a growing life with God. We act on that Vision by investing in people and ministries that Inspire, Connect, and Serve. SPC is seeking a high-energy individual with a passion for Family and Youth Ministries to lead us in meeting the challenges of faith formation and program development while growing as a pastoral leader.
To learn more, visit us at www.sycamorechurch.org and click to view our Ministry Information Form. Please send specific questions/submissions to apnc@sycamorechurch.org.


PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.) JOB OPPORTUNITIES

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has several openings for which we are seeking qualified candidates looking for a call working at the national level. The positions include:


 

Mission Associate for Financial Aid for Service (new)
(Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, KY)

https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/618764/
Manages educational lending programs and debt assistance programs and provides grant administration services to all offices in Theology, Formation, and Evangelism.


Coordinator for Vital Congregations (new)
(Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, KY)

https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/618770/
Provide administrative and programmatic structure, vision, and oversight in the Office of Vital Congregations. This position provides strategic oversight and mission coordination by developing, implementing, and casting the vision for the ministry of the Office of Vital Congregations. This position supports, trains, and supervises the Mission Specialist and Associate(s) of Vital Congregations. Furthermore, this position is responsible for developing the theory and resources for the ministry work.


Administrative Assistant II (TFE) (new)
(Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, KY)

https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/618717/
Provide detailed and administrative and secretarial support to Coordinator, Financial Aid for Service and Associate and works with Financial Aid for Service students to provide access to programs and information. Provides customer service support for student aid serving 350 students a year, and debt assistance programs serving up to 1,000 constituents a year.


Communications Strategist (New)
(Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, KY)

https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/316423/
Develop and implement communications strategies and marketing/communications plans for the Presbyterian Mission Agency ministry area(s). Plays a critical role in developing and executing communications strategies that raise public awareness of the Presbyterian Mission Agency and its programs.


Manager, Lending Services Underwriter
(Investment and Loan Program, Louisville, KY)

https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/616659/
Underwrite new loans, review existing loans, and oversee new loan processing, closings, and disbursements. Assist in developing loan underwriting policies and procedures and provides support in the management of assigned loan portfolio.


Junior Video Digital Associate
(Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, KY)
https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/612909/
Under the supervision of the Associate Director for Digital & Marketing Communications, the Video Digital Associate will play a critical role in developing and executing communications tools that raise public awareness of the Presbyterian Mission Agency in the U.S. and around the world.


Research Associate I
(Administrative Services Group, Louisville, KY)

https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/615792/
Help the PC(USA) and others make data-informed decisions through the use of data science, consulting, and research (especially quantitative) and work with senior researchers to lead, consult, or work on projects.


Mission Engagement Advisor
(Administrative Services Group, Louisville, KY)

https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/612977/
Lead the effort in engagement and support in a specific geographic area of the U.S. Directly solicit support for the ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., and the Office of the General Assembly, 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, Per Capita and any other ministries or programs as assigned.


Associate for Training (1001 NWC)
(Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, KY)
https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/609353/
The Training Associate will work with the 1001 New Worshiping Communities initiative to provide a comprehensive system of resources and training events for NWC leaders. These events will utilize various platforms (live events, peer cohorts, digital and virtual platforms and print materials) and will be shaped by the breadth of cultural and language contexts represented in the movement. In addition, the associate will function as part of the team that discerns and sets vision for the work of the new worshiping communities initiative.


Associate Director for Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries
(Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, KY)

https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/608809/
Provide leadership and management oversight to the Racial Ethnic, Women’s Ministry Area, ensuring smooth and effective operations, including the administrative and programmatic functions in the ministry area. Supervise associates and field staff, providing guidance and direction for ministry that supports the mission of the ministry area.


Director of Engagement and Support
(Administrative Services Group, Louisville, KY)

https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/602576/
The Director for Engagement and Support will actively and eagerly gain initial and ongoing knowledge of the audiences, both internally and externally including employees, board members, agencies and entities of the PCUSA, mid-councils and congregations. The Director will have a strong personal presence and the ability to communicate the mission and message of the Presbyterian denomination to the current and new audiences.


Director of Information Technology
Administrative Services Group, Louisville, KY

https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/597126/
The DIT is responsible for providing the specific vision and direction enabling PC(USA) to use information as a strategic
asset to achieve program and mission goals. The DIT’s role is to identify PC(USA) ‘s core technology and business strengths and weaknesses and capitalize on and leverage advantages while rectifying weaknesses. In addition, the DIT Ensures that technology is implemented to directly and positively impact PC(USA) ‘s overall operations.


Coordinator for the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy
(Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, KY)

https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/589904/
Provides staff leadership to the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy; administers the work of the committee and supervises the Unbound managing editor and designated support staff; coordinates the work of committee and staff with OGA, the General Assembly and PMA divisions through strategic planning, proposals, liaison arrangements; works with ecumenical bodies in policy development; interprets the social policy witness of the General Assembly to the General Assembly and Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), ecumenical bodies and society at large, and provides advice and counsel concerning the Church’s social witness.


Gift Processing Associate
(Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, KY)
https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/587502/
Process gifts allocated to PMA; provide administrative support and other funds development related duties


Area Coordinator for Africa
(Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, KY)

https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/536667/
Support and ensure appropriate engagement of the World Mission Strategic Plan, its core values and directional goals. This is carried out through close collaboration with the full World Mission team, which includes and relies on Regional Liaisons and mission personnel, and other PMA ministries. The Area Office Coordinator serves as an active and integral resource to PC(U.S.A.) global partners, PC(U.S.A.) constituents, and mission personnel engaged in God’s mission.


Paralegal
(Administrative Services Group, Louisville, KY)
https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/584826/
Investigate, research, and analyze legal issues to arrive at independent cognitive recommendations to Legal Services attorneys or work under supervision of attorneys in a wide variety of areas, including but not limited to: church loans, church and corporate structure, property and litigation, as well as draft requested documents and prepare legal memoranda of law.


Director of General Assembly Planning
(Office of the General Assembly, Louisville, KY)

https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/584792/
The Director demonstrates a commitment to continue to dismantle white supremacy, sexism and racism in the Office of the General Assembly and the PC(U.S.A.). The position fosters collaboration, innovation and openness with colleagues, constituents, and the wider church. It calls for servant leadership with an open and consultative operating style with colleagues in and beyond the Office of the General Assembly, guided by the goals set for the planning, execution, and review of the biennial General Assembly and sharing leadership in establishing and carrying out advanced planning for meetings and future assemblies.


Mission Engagement Associate (Manager, Direct Mail)
(Mission Engagement and Support, Louisville, KY)

https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/533816/
Manage comprehensive direct mail program for Presbyterian Mission Agency and work closely with Project Manager for catalog and individual donation.


Director of Programs
(Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico)
https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/614493/
The Director of Programs designs, implements, and evaluates all Ghost Ranch sponsored programs and leads the mission and ministry of the ranch.

The Director of Programs designs, implements, and evaluates all Ghost Ranch sponsored programs and leads the mission and ministry of the ranch.


We invite interested candidates to submit their resume and apply online by going to our website at www.pcusa.org/jobs and click “Search for Employment Opportunities”. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is committed to being not only an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the U.S. government, but with the inclusion of gender identity and sexual orientation as well. 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.

 

About Presbyterians Today

 

Presbyterians Today is the award-winning, general-interest magazine of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Published 6 times a year, it explores practical issues of faith and life, tells stories of Presbyterians who are living their faith and covers a wide range of church news and activities. Presbyterians Today features easy-to-understand articles about what Presbyterians believe, Bible study and devotional helps, and provocative commentary on the church’s role in society.

Presbyterians Today continues the mission of denominational magazines dating back to the late 1800s. Among these are its immediate predecessors: Presbyterian Survey, Presbyterian Life and A.D.


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Presbyterians Today seeks to:

  • 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.
  • Uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
  • 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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Guidelines for Writers and Photographers

 

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

Feature Articles

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.

Writers should send a query to the editors (by email, preferably) before sending a manuscript. Unsolicited manuscripts received by post will not be returned unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is enclosed.

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.

Presbyterians Today pays for articles upon acceptance of the manuscript. Contracts specify purchase of all rights, including publication on the web.

Presbyterians Today editorial offices

100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202-1396
Email: editor@pcusa.org
Tel. 800-728-7228, ext. 5627 or 502-569-5627
Fax: 502-569-8632

Guidelines for Writers and Photographers

 

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

Feature Articles

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.

Writers should send a query to the editors (by email, preferably) before sending a manuscript. Unsolicited manuscripts received by post will not be returned unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is enclosed.

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.

Presbyterians Today pays for articles upon acceptance of the manuscript. Contracts specify purchase of all rights, including publication on the web.

Presbyterians Today editorial offices

100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202-1396
Email: editor@pcusa.org
Tel. 800-728-7228, ext. 5627 or 502-569-5627
Fax: 502-569-8632

Resources

Presbyterians Today Celtic Advent Devotional

Presbyterians Today’s Advent devotional embraces the observance of the Celtic Advent, which begins NOVEMBER 15 (earlier than our traditional Advent), encompassing a full 40-days which mirrors the season of Lent.
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