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Our current issue — January/February 2022

 

Sharing the Dream: Working to Eliminate Hunger, Poverty, Violence, Homelessness

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only U.S. federal holiday designated as a national day of service. A growing number of congregations have embraced Dr. King’s call to build a “beloved community” by striving to share the wealth of the earth with everyone so human decency triumphs and there is no hunger, poverty, violence or homelessness for anyone. This commitment to love and justice underlies their outreach work and encourages people to look for opportunities to serve. Presbyterians Today’s January/February cover story highlights how some Presbyterian congregations have taken Dr. King’s powerful message to heart and are working hard to make his dream a reality

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Other featured stories from this Issue


The Lords Supper or Holy Communion?

Two different names for this sacrament underscore our diversity and witness

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Black History Month Comes to Life

A youth group video project brings African American trailblazers to life

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PART-TIME PASTOR • Trinity Presbyterian Church • Ogden UT
We’re small and sincere about following Jesus with our lives, and we’re looking for a pastor with skills to build membership and Christian Ed, as well as strengthen our fellowship ties. We’re an open, More Light-designated community with a strong commitment to one another and the mission of the church. Plus, we’re nestled at the base of the scenic Wasatch Mountains — a mecca for skiing and hiking! Amid the challenges of Covid-19, we’re seeking pastoral continuity and creativity to revitalize our mission. To learn more, check us out at trinityogden.org or MIF #08888.AB0. Submit resume/PIF to Becky Cairns at bccairns55@comcast.net.

 


PASTOR
Do you hear a calling to the beautiful rolling hills of southern Pennsylvania near the Maryland state line? Centre Presbyterian Church in the rural community of New Park is prayerfully seeking a PASTOR to help shape the next chapter of our congregation. We are approximately 200 members, eager to greet a pastor who is ready to help us plan an exciting future to share God’s love with our congregation and community. Please review our MIF #07474.AA0 on the PC(USA) Church Leadership Connection. Please send your PIF to mary@centrechurchpa.org.


PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF
First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach, Florida, is inviting experienced ministers to consider putting down roots in a rapidly growing area where we’re the only PC(USA) congregation! We have 600+ members of diverse talents, skills and professional and theological backgrounds. We enjoy lively worship in our 164-year-old sanctuary, which is surrounded by purpose-built classrooms and activity halls. We love to linger and chat! We envision our new Pastor/Head of Staff to be friendly, casual and focused on teaching, building personal relationships with our members and outreach. Could you be the one God is calling? Learn more at first-presbyterian-church-32034.org/head-of-staff-opening/


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:

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES GROUP

Language Services Manager (Global Language Resources, Louisville, KY)
This position manages the planning, design, measurement, assessment, and improvement of the translation, interpreting, and language services for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Project Manager I (President’s Office, Louisville, KY)
Responsible for the development of project plans and the coordination of projects within the Administrative Services Group.  Project examples include technology upgrades, insurance compliance, financial regulatory compliance, technology assessments, RFP processes, building reconfiguration, HR/Payroll projects.

Accounting Clerk III (Finance and Accounting, Louisville, KY)
Perform accounting and clerical tasks related to the efficient, accurate and timely processing of accounts payable transactions that conform to company policies, guidelines, internal controls, and OFAC sanctions and banking regulations.  Provide excellent customer service to staff and outside vendors in all areas of Accounts Payable responsibilities.

Maintenance Specialist (Building Services, Louisville, KY)
To assist the Director for Building Services in the day-to-day, efficient operation of building systems. Provide quality service to building occupants. Perform maintenance tasks related to systems furniture installations and repairs.  Complete work orders and room set ups. Perform basic plumbing and electrical tasks.

PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AGENCY

Deputy Executive Director (President/Executive Director’s Office, Louisville, KY)
Reporting to the President/Executive Director (ED) of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA), the Deputy Executive Director (DED) will work in close collaboration with the ED to provide 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 redefined 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.

Associate for YAV Program (World Mission, Louisville, KY)
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 individual filling this position will provide programmatic and administrative leadership to the YAV team including program administration, candidate discernment process, program evaluations, and crisis management, in coordination with the YAV Coordinator, YAV Site Coordinators, World Mission (WM) staff, and/or Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) staff.

Managing Editor for Call to Worship (Theology, Formation and Evangelism, Louisville, KY)
Provide editorial direction for the Call to Worship publication. For more than fifty years, Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching, and the Arts and its precursor publications have sought to advance, interpret, and enliven the theology and practice of Reformed and ecumenical worship. 

Administrative Specialist (Mission Specialist I) (World Mission Director’s Office, Louisville, KY)
This position provides support for the Director’s Office in World Mission to enable the functioning of all administrative and programmatic areas within the ministry area, and serves as a link to other agencies, ministry areas, and ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.  On occasion this position will be asked to manage programmatic projects from beginning to completion.

Administrative Specialist (Mission Specialist I) (Mission Engagement and Support — Special Offerings, 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 Spcial Offerings and Giving Catalog team to broaden the platforms, content, and approaches leading to greater participation and dollars for Matthew 25 ministry.

OFFICE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Cataloging and Metadata Librarian (Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA)
Oversees and performs cataloging and metadata work at PHS and does original cataloging of complex and rare materials; manages and maintains catalog software and liaises with vendors; leads efforts to implement a reparative and inclusive approach to description; contributes to remote reference.

Manager for Korean-Speaking Councils Support (18 Months Term Contract) (Mid Council Ministries, Louisville, KY or Deployed)
Support and nurture councils of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that are Korean-speaking or of Korean heritage, and to strengthen the connection between geographic and Korean-speaking presbyteries, and between geographic presbyteries and Korean-speaking congregations within their bounds, so that all Korean-speaking and Korean-heritage councils continue to grow toward healthy and connectional mission and ministry within the denomination.  Position is Term contract for 18 months, working 40 hours per week.

INTERNATIONAL MISSION

Coordinator for Migration Issues Advocacy and Mission with the Northern Triangle  (World Mission, El Salvador)
This position will facilitate a faith-rooted witness in Central America, coordinated by the Reformed Calvinist church in El Salvador and the Office of the Latin America and the Caribbean of Presbyterian World Mission with other church partners in the Northern Triangle of Central America and Southern Mexico.

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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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.

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