|What are you looking for?|
|Assistant Rector – Younger Adults, Families, Community|
|What’s the name of your church or organization?|
|St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church|
|Where is the job site located?|
|Kansas City, MO|
|What do you want this person to do?|
St. Andrew’s is seeking a priest to lead ministries with younger adults (under 50) and families, both those presently in the congregation and those who aren’t part of a church. This priest will lead our efforts to build community, participation, and discipleship among members in these age groups; and he/she will minister with the unchurched, de-churched, and marginally churched, building community among spiritual-but-not-religious younger adults and families. That effort may result in creating a new spiritual community within the existing life of St. Andrew’s, as well as connecting younger adults and families with our inherited expression of church. (For examples of such a both/and approach, see our rector’s book Beating the Boundaries: The Church God is Calling Us to Be; Morehouse, 2016.) In all its manifestations, this priest’s work will embody the values of the Episcopal “Big Tent,” generous welcome, authentic relationships, worship flowing from the community that offers it, life-wide Christian formation, collaborative ministry, and service to the city and world around us.Primary Responsibilities
• Organize church community among younger adults and families who are unchurched, de-churched, and marginally churched.
o Be part of the area St. Andrew’s serves – learning its needs and passions, building relationships with people who live and work here, practicing ministry of presence, and actively organizing community by connecting people around shared needs and passions, spiritual and otherwise.
o Create fellowship and formation opportunities, such as discussions, studies, groups, prayer/meditation, service, meals, classes, arts events, etc.
o Collaborate with St. Andrew’s engagement coordinator to build relationships with younger people in groups that use the church’s facility, to deepen their engagement with the church.
o Collaborate with St. Andrew’s communications manager to market gatherings, activities, and other points of connection with people in the community.
o Serve as the primary pastor to younger adults and families coming into St. Andrew’s, including contacts, visits, counseling, marriages, baptisms, etc.
o Cultivate and curate worship arising from the community(ies) being formed.• Build relationships and lead existing ministries with St. Andrew’s younger adults, youth, and children.
o Serve as the primary pastor to people in those age groups, including regular contacts, counseling, marriages, baptisms, funerals, etc.
o Explore the spiritual needs of existing younger-adult members and discern ways to deepen their discipleship through formation, worship, and outreach ministry.
o Lead baptismal preparation and the youth Confirmation process (with support from the children’s and youth formation coordinators).
o Coordinate Discovery 101, a class and connection process for newcomers (with support from the engagement coordinator and other clergy).
o Take part in Children’s Chapel and Youth Group at least monthly, build spiritual programming with our Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack, and help lead annual youth and parent mission trips and retreats.
o Serve as the primary clergy presence to the Children’s, Youth, and Adult Formation Commissions, fostering a lifelong and life-wide approach to Christian formation. (The formation coordinators are the primary staff liaisons to these commissions.)
o With the engagement coordinator, serve as staff liaison to the Community Connection Commission and build evangelistic ministries.
o Depending on gifts and experience, perhaps supervise the formation team (part-time coordinators of children’s formation, youth formation, and adult formation).
• Create opportunities for people coming into St. Andrew’s and existing younger-adult members to build relationships and minister together, bringing those new to the church into the broadening community of the larger parish.
• Collaborate with existing outreach ministries to make service a key element of formation for younger adults and families.
• Help develop a culture of stewardship among younger adults and families.
• Share in the rotation of presiding, preaching (at least one Sunday a month), and emergency pastoral availability; take part in meetings of staff, commissions, Executive Committee, and Vestry.
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Compensation and Benefits
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|What type of commitment are you looking for?|
|Does this job pay?|
|What is the application process?|
|Send a cover letter, résumé, and materials from the Office of Transition Ministry to the Rev. John Spicer, rector, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, MO – email@example.com. In the cover letter, please include a paragraph on your thoughts about St. Andrew’s from the perspective of someone outside the parish looking in through the available windows (website, Facebook, etc.).|
|When is the application deadline?|
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4/12/17: Assistant Rector – Younger Adults, Families, Community (Kansas City, MO)
April 12, 2017 ||