The following page lists open positions in the Presbyterian Church (USA) that are welcoming to LGBTQ people. The listings include positions suitable for both ordained and non-ordained candidates. The most recent listing is at the top of the page. We hope this page will encourage churches and organizations in the PCUSA to specifically recruit LGBTQ candidates and will also serve as a resource for people seeking welcoming places to work. If you would like to submit a position to MLP for consideration, please send it to email@example.com. Church Leadership Connection, the call system for the Presbyterian Church (USA), is available at http://www.pcusa.org/clc. Click “Opportunity Search” at the left on the PC(USA) site to search without creating a profile.
MLP Job Listings
Interim Pastor – Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, Shepherdstown, WV
We are an open and inclusive spiritual community located in a small university town an hour outside of Washington, D.C. A member of More Light Presbyterians, we seek to practice the radical hospitality of Jesus. We believe that everyone and everything and every part of ourselves is included in the circle of God’s love. Rooted in the Reformed tradition of Christian faith, we welcome the wisdom of all deep faith traditions, the transformative power of art and the wonders of scientific discovery. Together, we are exploring how to be in true communion with God and in true community with others.
We are a vital and growing congregation with a keen interest in finding new ways to reach out and touch the world with God’s love. On the retirement of our beloved pastor of 42 years, we seek an Interim Pastor who can help us maintain and enhance the integrity of our work, witness, and life together. Worship is a vital aspect of our communal life; we are looking for a strong preacher, able to help us continue a long tradition of inspirational, informative, and prophetic preaching, able to inspire and empower a spiritually diverse and well-educated congregation. Our Interim Pastor will also love creative liturgy and desire to collaborate with staff and lay leaders in planning and leading worship services. Our Interim Pastor will be skilled in organizational assessment and restructuring, helping us explore our values and priorities, build on our strengths, address weaknesses, and inspire and empower lay leaders during this critical time. As we move together through the “five developmental tasks,” we hope to come to a deeper understanding of our culture, identity, and history, and find greater freedom to pursue our shared desire to become a more fully inclusive and truly multicultural institution.
This is a full time position located in Shepherdstown, WV; desired Start is September 1, 2017.
Must be an ordained Teaching Elder in the PC(USA), and have successfully completed at least Week One of Interim Training.
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interim Pastor/Head of Staff – Church of the Pilgrims, Washington, DC
We are a small, progressive, urban congregation practicing an authentic, intentional faith, committed to inclusiveness, hospitality, and social justice. We are pilgrims on a journey seeking to welcome all as active participants. We value worship that is honest and attentive to our longing to connect with God, the stories of God’s people, and which prepares us to live out God’s Way in our city and world. We strive to be aware of our ever-changing context as we engage our bodies, minds, and souls in all aspect of our life together.
We seek an Interim Pastor to provide a ministry of preaching, worship leadership, pastoral care, administrative oversight, and organizational leadership for the congregation of the Church of the Pilgrims. She/he/they will use their developed interim specialist skills to assess the congregation’s current and long-term needs and provide inspiring counsel and leadership to help the church identify what it is called to be in the future. The Interim Pastor will support the congregation and guide it through a period of transition and discernment so that it can continue to identify its mission and purpose as the body of Christ during the time between installed ministers. She/he/they will help prepare the congregation for new pastoral leadership.
Full position description HERE.
Contact information: Interested applicants can email the Interim Search Committee at ISC@churchofthepilgrims.org.
Solo Pastor or Co-Pastors – First Presbyterian Church, New Haven, CT
First Presbyterian Church is a worshiping community of progressive Christian believers in the greater New Haven region. We are a broadly diverse and welcoming congregation, and include people from the city of New Haven and many of the surrounding towns, as well as many from the university communities.
We gather on Sunday morning to worship God, and throughout the week to be about the work of God in the world. We are a part of the Reformed tradition, which means that we value the Word of God in Scripture, and as we understand it in the midst of today’s world. In the Word of God read and proclaimed, in music which stirs the soul, in the nurture of children and adults alike, we seek to serve God together.
We are looking for a pastor who is enthusiastic and welcoming, committed both to the reformed tradition and to the continued vitality of our unique church family. Our most-recent pastors were husband-and-wife co-pastors, and we would be open to hiring either one pastor or co-pastors. We put excellence in preaching at the top of our priorities; people want sermons which offer inspiring and incisive takes on Biblical text and topics of the day, sermons which will challenge or motivate us. We desire a minister who connects with our members personally, knowing members’ names and something about them, and who can reach out warmly to all ages. We want a pastor who sets a tone of care and compassion for all, but especially those in the hospital or nursing homes and those who are homebound. We hope to embrace our under-18 membership and therefore seek a pastor who could encourage youth involvement in the life of the church.
Our pastor will need to co-ordinate and inspire the congregation’s service work outside the church walls. We value a strong affiliation to the PC(USA); the pastor will need to be involved in Presbytery and report back to the congregation and help the Session support Presbyterian causes. We have many causes near to our hearts which sometimes compete for our attention and talents and so our next pastor should not only be a social justice motivator, a strong leader who will bring us closer to the Greater New Haven community and call our attention to broad international concerns, but also one who can help us set priorities for time and talents as we seek to involve the entire church in mission.
Overall, our ideal pastor will value both who we are as a church family and have vision for who we can be.
MIF ID# 04580.AB0
Solo Pastor – Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, NY
Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church (LAPC),a multi-racial, multi-cultural church located in vibrant Fort Greene, Brooklyn, seeks a dynamic, spiritually mature Solo Pastor to lead its congregation of over 200 members. The successful candidate will inspire us to apply Jesus’ teachings to a rapidly evolving community and help usher in a new phase of growth for this historic church. We hope to attract a pastor who embraces LAPC’s deep commitment to social justice, Christian education, and a rich music ministry rooted in faith. The church wants a leader who will engage with the surrounding community, help to increase active participation among our members and grow the number of families in our congregation.
LAPC celebrates and welcomes all people, regardless of race, ethnic or national origin, religious background, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or age. For full details regarding this opportunity, click here to view the CLC Ministry Information Form (MIF # 05264.AA0). Also check out the “Pastor Search Page” at our website: http://www.LAPCBrooklyn.org. In addition to Presbyterians, we are accepting submissions from ministers ordained in the Reformed Church in America, the United Church of Christ and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Interested candidates can email their PIF, resume and cover letter directly to email@example.com.
Additional Job Listings
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