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. The work at the Presbyterian Center is carried out by approximately 400 staff members in several national entities: Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Investment and Loan, Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation and Presbyterian Women.
Equip African American Presbyterian leaders, facilitate the growth of new worshiping communities, and engage in mission, connecting African American congregations and their leaders. In partnership with mid councils and other Presbyterian Mission Agency offices, nurture strong and growing churches and empower African American leaders in the church. Be a voice for African American Presbyterians in the larger church, articulating racial justice concerns.
Job Skills / Requirements
- In partnership with mid councils, help facilitate the development and growth of African American new worshiping communities (NWC) and congregations, and provide congregational support to transform existing African American congregations into vital and healthy churches.
2. Equip African American Presbyterians for leadership roles in the church, including male and female Ministers of Word and Sacrament, ruling elders, young adults, and other leaders, working collaboratively with the Associate for Leadership Development & Recruitment for Leaders of Color. Develop criteria for awarding event scholarships, processes for scholarship applications for individuals, and grant applications for congregations engaged in effective and innovative ministries.
3. Create African American and intercultural ministries events that promote these ministries in the church. Serve as a knowledgeable and articulate spokesperson on behalf of the Presbyterian Mission Agency promoting African American and intercultural ministries within the PC(USA).
4. In partnership with the National Black Presbyterian Caucus (NBPC), identify social justice inequities surrounding race, class and gender in the church and work to disrupt systems of injustices. Attend the biannual assembly of the NBPC, providing leadership and consultative support as needed.
5. Work collaboratively with the Coordinator for Racial & Intercultural Justice and the Associate for Gender & Racial Justice on timely statements to the church from the Stated Clerk of the PC(USA) and the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, following and prior to high-profile racial justice cases.
6. Coordinate and collaborate with other Intercultural Ministries & Support for Congregations of Color offices to share ideas and best practices and engage in work furthering intercultural ministries. Collaborate with other Presbyterian Mission Agency offices, mid councils, and the Associate Director of RE&WIM to develop resources and interpret African American Presbyterian mission and ministry.
7. Partner with the field staff for African Intercultural Ministries in strengthening the relationship between African American and African immigrant Presbyterians, working in partnership with the Associate Director of RE&WIM.
8. Manage other projects as assigned.
Education: Master of Divinity or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Commitment to Jesus Christ and to the polity and mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
- 6-8 years of related, increasingly responsible experience.
- Experience as a leader in congregational and large organizational ministry.
- Experience in transforming or redeveloping existing congregations or growing new worshiping communities very helpful.
- Experience with creating and implementing innovative ministries and setting and carrying out vision as a member of a ministry area team.
- Experience working well with people and projects.
- Strong computer skills, including Word and Outlook.
- Ability to work with and understand budgets and financial processes.
- Strong writing and editing skills.
- Self starter, with an ability to lead teams to excellence. Administrative and management skills in order to provide support to committees, mid-councils, and caucuses and councils.
- Experience in organizing meetings, consultations, conferences and various types of training events.
- Knowledge of race relations history in the U.S.A. and the PC(USA), African American culture, and the current and emerging needs of African American Presbyterians, including leadership development, evangelism, and church growth, church redevelopment and transformation, and social justice mission and ministry.
- Knowledge of or the ability to quickly learn the ministries of Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries.
- Responsive to emails, phone calls, and meeting requests.
- Ability to handle multiple projects and follow them through to completion, in a timely manner.
- Ability to interact and communicate with individuals from different racial and cultural backgrounds
- Demonstrated skills in the areas of problem-solving, integrative-thinking, communication and collaboration.
- Ability to work under ambiguous situations and to deal with change.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Conflict management skills.
- Social media skills helpful.
- Proficiency with the English language and one or more additional languages very helpful
- Domestic travel required.
- Requires the ability to work evenings and weekend hours on occasion to support events, programs, and travel.
- Requires the ability to see, hear, speak, type, write, and move from one location to another while performing tasks.
Additional Information / Benefits
We believe a balanced life, with time for work, leisure, and spiritual nurture, makes us healthier and more productive colleagues at the Presbyterian Center.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offers a competitive benefits package including:
Medical, Dental, Pension Plan, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending accounts, 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
Vacation Days, Sick Days, Paid Holidays
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 encouraged to apply.