Congregations Seeking Pastors
The Covenant Network encourages churches engaged in a pastor search to make full use of the PCUSA’s Church Leadership Connection and of their presbytery’s Executive Presbyter, Stated Clerk, and Committee on Ministry.
The following congregations that share Covenant Network’s vision of the church have openings on their pastoral staffs. Their Pastor Nominating Committees are particularly interested in considering candidates with a faithfully inclusive understanding of the church’s ministry and mission. They have also indicated full openness to consideration of openly LGBTQIA+ candidates. Recommendations and self-referrals may be addressed to the PNC Chair.
If you are an LGBTQIA+ candidate or minister seeking a call and would like assistance navigating the process, information on congregations who are seeking a pastor, or any other support, please contact Executive Director Brian Ellison.
Copper Creek Church in Champaign, IL
Copper Creek Church has a mission statement of “Creating a home for those who have given up on church.” This reminds us that we are here for the people who aren’t here yet. More specifically, we are here to create a safe space, a warm welcome, and a soft landing place for those who have walked away from church, wounded, burned out, or full of questions and doubts. We love Jesus and focus heavily on what it looks like to love others the way Jesus loves us. We are an open and affirming church – committed to the full acceptance and inclusion of all people regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or any other category that often divides people in the world. For additional information about Copper Creek Church, visit coppercreekchurch.org. To apply, send your resume to Scott Keeble: [email protected]
Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA
Head of Staff
Central Presbyterian Church is a community of disciples of Jesus Christ who come together in central Atlanta to worship, serve, and be nurtured by God. We come as to a wellspring, bringing our thirst and emptiness, only to discover that our cup is filled by the living Word who sends us to be with those in need and to call forth God’s justice in a chaotic world.other programs, services, and events. We live out the ongoing story of “the Church that Stayed,” joining generations of Central members and others who share this vision to proclaim the Gospel. Contact Judy Kisla at [email protected] for more information.
Shandon Presbyterian Church in Shandon, NC
Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults
Our Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults will help us reach our vision and mission in many ways, including the following: Establishing relationships founded on trust, love, and respect with members of the congregation, especially youth and young adults, drawing them into the work and worship of the church; encouraging, equipping, and supporting youth and young adults by providing both creative and traditional opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship, and service; listening to youth and young adults’ needs, concerns, and vision of what the church can be, and mentoring them in leadership roles to bring those hopes into reality; modeling care and compassion; and expressing active concern for justice and peace. Reference MIF #: 22342.AJ0 for more information.
The Claremont Collages
Working independently, the Protestant Chaplain is part of the Interfaith Chaplaincy of The Claremont Colleges and serves the Protestant campus community through outreach, worship opportunities, pastoral counseling, community building, and facilitation of other programs, services, and events. The Protestant Chaplain will provide outreach to the ethnically and culturally diverse constituency of the Protestant community at The Claremont Colleges. As part of the egalitarian Chaplaincy team, the Protestant Chaplain will model mutual respect for diverse faith communities and assist with orientation trainings, collaborative programs, and other Chaplaincy events for the seven Claremont Colleges. Click here for more information.
Glendale Presbyterian Church in Glendale, MO
Our ministry approach is grounded in traditional liturgy but flexible, gracious, and full of laughter. We value storytelling and involvement of children in worship services that incorporate thoughtful sermons and testimonies relating biblical scripture and Presbyterian theology to everyday issues experienced by all regardless of age or lifestyle…. We welcome and accept all, as Children of God, and believe everyone deserves respect, compassion, and equal treatment. We develop close relationships that uplift everyone, especially in times of spiritual, emotional, or physical need. For further information, reference MIF#:04250.AC1 or visit www.glendalepcusa.org.
First Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, IN
Pastor / Head of Staff
We are a healthy congregation of seekers and disciples of Christ, located in the heart of beautiful southern Indiana and in the home community of Indiana University. We are committed to offering full hospitality for all God’s children. We follow the example of Christ through acts of compassion and by seeking God’s reconciling peace, freedom and justice. We seek a Head of Staff who will work collaboratively with the ministry team and others, equipping us with renewed strength in our faith and confidence in our missions. We welcome interest from all candidates including those with diverse background, ethnicity, and lived
experiences. For further information, reference MIF (02081.AI0), visit fpcbloomington.org or email Gary Crow, co-chair of the PNC at [email protected]
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center provides a place for rest and renewal, offering programs in spirituality, social justice, personal growth, healing, and reflection. We are located on the beautiful Kittatinny Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains in Northeast Pennsylvania, overlooking the Delaware Valley. Since our founding 80 years ago, our retreats, hospitality, gorgeous vistas, and sacred grounds have nourished countless lives.
We are looking for a new Executive Director who will bring passion and strategic vision to our mission “to be and become a people of hope, compassion, justice and service.” The Executive Director will live full time at Kirkridge and work collaboratively with our small staff, our diverse faculty of facilitators, and our engaged Board of Trustees to guide a widening and inclusive community seeking a just and sustainable future. The job description and how to apply can be found here. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2022 and the job is anticipated to start on July 1, 2022.
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, Tennessee, a progressive 600-member congregation, is seeking a qualified Minister of the Word and Sacrament to fill the full-time position of Interim Pastor. This well-established community of faith is a place where people can ask questions and explore together, where genuine inter-generational relationships are fostered, where integrity in worship, music and education are valued, and where its members seek to learn what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ in today’s world. Candidates should have strong administrative skills, understand the dynamics of a congregation in a
period of transition and healing, an advanced sense of cultural and social awareness, effective interpersonal and communication skills, and be able to assist Westminster in providing counsel and leadership in developing a new vision for the future. The search for a permanent Pastor will run concurrently with the term of the Interim Pastor. Interested candidates should forward a copy of their most current Personal Information Form, a list of references, and salary requirements to Buz Johnson, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected]
Oak Pointe Church in Bradenton, FL
Oak Pointe Church is an open and affirming PC(USA) congregation, welcoming all people to worship and join in being a vital part of Oak Pointe’s ministry and mission, including through serving in various forms of leadership. We have set the bar high as we work to welcome all, making sure that Christ’s great love and acceptance are truly felt here, especially in the under-served LGBTQ community. Oak Pointe has a strong emphasis on mission, through participation in the local food banks, supporting the local elementary school, as well as Turning Points, Bradenton’s best resource for our homeless population. We are always looking for ways to include people into the life and ministry of Oak Pointe and welcome ideas to further our vision to serve. For more information, contact PNC Chair Billy Prater, Jr. at (941) 914-1191 or [email protected]
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in North Bethesda, MD is currently searching for the person called to be our next Senior Pastor. We seek a Pastor with experience as either a Solo or Head of Staff Pastor who has served in urban or suburban churches of 250 or more members and is available for an extended tenure of 10 + years. We have a mix of generations, LGBTQIA members, and a budding diversity of racial identities all united by our faith. Our focus is on combining spiritual growth with bodily service to the community. We number about 265 members, have no apparent internal conflict, are debt free and financially stable. If you have appropriate candidates you wish to refer or recommend, or have any questions, please contact Richard J. Pavlin or Ms. Song Park, PNC Corresponding Secretary. Pavlin’s phone is 301 294 8083, email is [email protected] while Song can be contacted at [email protected]