First call pastors
The transition from seminary student to pastor is challenging. First call pastors who participate in a program of support and guidance during this time find that both they and their congregations benefit.
PC(USA) programs for first call pastors:
Other PC(USA) programs:
New pastors – contact your presbytery to learn what programs are available to you.
Transformational Leadership Debt Assistance
Transformational Leadership Debt Assistance offers loan repayment assistance for pastors of small PC(USA) congregations and emerging worshiping communities engaged in a part-time and/or temporary pastoral position. (Formerly, Theological Student Loan/Loan Forgiveness Program)
Tools for developing new pastors
Learning materials to help newly ordained ministers move from their roles as seminary students to their new roles as leaders of congregations.
The Seminary Debt Assistance Program offered by the Board of Pensions. Grants are available to pastors in their first seven years of ministry who are serving small congregations. Get more information about the program.
Religious Worker Visas
The unity of believers in Christ is reflected in the rich diversity of the Church's membership" (F-1.0403) This rich diversity is apparent in all areas of church membership, including ordered ministry. The Office of Immigration Issues at the PC(USA) provides advice and counsel to pastors and religious workers from other countries and the mid-councils who call them. Please see this "one pager" for general information about religious worker visas. Mid-councils and congregations needing advice about a specific case, should contact Teresa Waggener in the Office of Immigration Issues.