The Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) is a national organization of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for people who are involved in the areas of worship, music, and the arts. Choir directors, organists, Christian educators, clergy, and lay people will find PAM to be a valuable resource for creative worship planning. PAM is not just for Presbyterians. Other denominations find our resources, conferences, and publications helpful in their work for the church.
The PAM Mission Statement
The Presbyterian Associaton of Musicians (PAM) educates, enriches, and engages its membership in humanity’s chief end: to glorify and enjoy God forever.
(adopted July 2014)
The PAM Code of Ethics can be found on page 10 of the PAM booklet; Guidelines for the Employment of Church Musicians in Presbyterian Churches
The Work of PAM
- Conferences on Worship and Music
There are four weeks of PAM conferences during the summer months of June and July. PAM also sponsors affiliated conferences through its grant program. Adult participants in the Conferences on Worship and Music automatically become PAM members for one year.
- Job Postings (formerly known as the Referral Service)
An ever changing list of churches and their job openings for church musicians.
- Seed Money Grants
These grants are available to help underwrite events which promote quality worship and music.
Call to Worship
Both scholarly and practical, Call to Worship is a quarterly journal recognized for its outstanding quality and depth in topics related to worship and music. The first volume each year (mailed in August) contains valuable lectionary aids for the entire year.
- PAM Newsletter
The newsletter that offers information of national and regional interest to the membership. (published three times per year)
- PAM Resource booklets
Small booklets that are packed with valuable resource information for church musicians and search committees. The booklet titles include:
Guidelines for the Employment of Church Musicians in Presbyterian Churches
Professional Conduct in Adversity: A Guide for Musicians
Suggested Resources in Church Music and Related Fields
Wedding and Funeral Music
PAM awards certification to church musicians at three levels, all recognized in the denomination's Book of Order. These levels of certification include:
Certified Church Musician
Certified Associate Church Musician
Certified Colleague in Church Music
- Online Forum
PAM is on facebook to facilitate conversation and share thoughts and ideas regading church music, music events, what your church is doing, how to better serve God in music ministry, etc.