Associate for Pastoral Formation (Theology, Formation, and Evangelism)
Louisville, KY, United States of America


The national offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), based in Louisville, Kentucky, serve and work with mid-councils, congregations and partner organizations 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, Presbyterian Women and the Administrative Services Group.

Position Purpose:

Building on previous Office of Theology & Worship programs in pastoral formation, support and initiate work in pastoral formation across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This ministry will require a coherent vision of pastoral leadership and its demands in various contexts today. This position will require building relationships with pastoral leaders and those working to support pastoral leaders in their ministries. The Associate will survey existing work in the pastoral formation being done across the PCUSA. The Associate will identify any gaps and generate creative responses and potential partners, including seeking grant funding.

Job Skills / Requirements

  1. Inventory all programs in this area by the six agencies, and other organizations with significant PCUSA involvement; build relationships with those working on these programs. Seek ways to collaborate with and support these initiatives.
  2. Build knowledge of and relationship with work being done by mid-councils to support vocation and pastoral formation among teaching elders commissioned pastors and ruling elders.
  3. Inventory what has been learned in the previous Office of Theology & Worship pastoral formation programs. Initiate ways to build on what has been learned through these programs.
  4. Develop proposals for initiatives that will address gaps in existing pastoral formation work. Where appropriate seek grant funding for new initiatives.
  5. Respond to general inquiries about the theological views of the PC(USA) from individuals, particularly inquiries regarding other religious groups.
  6. Governance: work on General Assembly referrals as assigned by and in consultation with the Coordinator for Theology and Worship. Prepare reports for GA and for the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, as assigned. Serve in staffing roles that support the General Assembly, the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and other agencies as needed.
  7. Engage in research and writing project(s) on topics that address the situation of the PC(USA). Topics for such work will be shaped in conversation with colleagues in the Office of Theology & Worship.
  8. Work effectively with colleagues in the Office of Theology & Worship, the Theology, Formation, and Evangelism Mission Area, other parts of the PMA and other agencies to strengthen the ministry of the PC(USA). 

Essential Position Requirements:

Education: Master of Divinity degree

Experience: 5-7 years

Required Skills: experience working with pastoral formation either through presbytery or through seminary formation work; diplomatic relational skills; detailed knowledge of the theology of the PC(USA) as found in its Constitution and General Assembly theological statements; project management experience demonstrating abilities in this area. 

Helpful Skills: Proficiency in the English language and one or more additional languages very helpful.

Required Competencies: A member of the PC(USA) with a broad and detailed knowledge of the ways and ethos of the PC(USA); excellent ability to communicate ideas clearly in spoken and written form; ability to work comfortably in MS Office.

Physical Requirements: Ability to sit and work at a computer screen for long periods. Ability to travel to events, meetings, conferences.

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 for eligible employees 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, and 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 disabilities encouraged to apply.

This job reports to the Coordinator for Theology and Worship

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1