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PC(USA) ordination standards

Marcia Clark Myers, former Director of Vocation and Andrew Black, former Director of Constitutional Services, discuss PC(USA) ordination standards in this video


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Uncovering Opportunity in the 'Hidden Job Market'

Ministers hold a rich bounty of skills and abilities that are highly desired by the non-profit and corporate worlds.  What is needed to make the transition from full-time ministry into the secular workplace is imagination, a solid strategy and the will. This webinar focuses on equipping religious professionals to use skills and abilities they already have to support them in obtaining employment in an alternative setting.

Webinar was held originally on September 25, 2012.

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Online Leadership Assessment Tools

Considering a new form of ministry? Seeking a new call?  Strengthening your ministry?

Sign up for the  Gallup/SRI Online Mission Developer Assessment

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Standards of ethical conduct for ministers and others

This document reviews standards of ethical conduct for those serving in General Assembly entities.

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Just compensation

One of the questions asked of a congregation at the installation of a pastor is, “Do we promise to pay him (her) fairly and provide for his (her) welfare as he (she) works among us?”  The expectation is that the congregation will answer with a whole-hearted, “Yes!” but there is often uncertainty, on both sides, about what is considered fair compensation.  Get resources and tools for synods, presbyteries, congregations and church professions to analyze clergy terms of call and compensation offers for pay equity purposes.  

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News & Statements

  • Ecumenical conference explores dynamics of bi-vocational ministry

    May 13, 2016

    Nestled in a retreat center on the largest of the Golden Isles along Georgia’s southern Atlantic coast, an ecumenical group of bi-vocational pastors and church leaders sought restoration and rejuvenation recently in an effort to more fully live into bi-vocational ministry.

    They were gathered for the first “Bi-vocational Ministry in the 21st Century Conference,” sponsored by Professional Church Leadership, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and the United Church of Christ (UCC). The two-day event, held at Epworth By the Sea, featured plenary sessions, workshop tracks for bi-vocational pastors and judicatory leaders, worship, fellowship, and relaxation time.

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