St. George’s, a growing parish of the Diocese of Virginia, seeks an Associate Rector to begin work in early summer 2018.
For almost 300 years, St. George’s has been extending a message of Christian welcome and hospitality in Fredericksburg and beyond. Our community loves tradition and also embraces innovation and creativity. We treasure variety and diversity within a context of unity and communion. We strive to fulfill the mission of the Church to restore all persons to unity with God and each other in Christ.
St. George’s is known in Fredericksburg as a place where people of many faiths and backgrounds can gather for prayer, service, and conversation. We offer five Sunday liturgies (average Sunday attendance of 425) as well as weekday noon services led by a mixture of clergy (2 full-time and 1 quarter-time priests and 1 deacon) and lay ministers. Our weekly market-style food pantry, “The Table,” is a welcoming community of prayer and sharing. St. George’s Preschool offers a Montessori-style approach and scholarships to a quarter of the 40 children enrolled. Christian formation at St. George’s centers around the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children and programs for youth and adults that invite curiosity rather than demand conformity. Our music ministries are diverse–jazz, classical, Celtic, chant–and inspiring. We have an active relationship with a parish in Haiti and participate in a local ecumenical ministry partnership with people experiencing homelessness.
St. George’s historic building in the downtown of a small and vibrant city in central Virginia is a magnetic location for old and new residents of the area as well as people just passing through.
The next associate rector will work under the direct supervision of the rector in a collaborative relationship, sharing in a wide range of parish responsibilities including but not limited to:
–Regular liturgical leadership, preaching, and planning. Preparation of liturgical leaders would be part of the associate’s portfolio.
–Supervision of 1-2 staff members and volunteers.
–General teaching and Christian formation for all ages.
-Pastoral liaison with our deacon to the active lay leaders of our outreach commission which has recently been renamed, “Grace in Action,” reflecting mutuality in service rather than an “us and them” approach.
-Pastoral care in all its forms: visiting sick and homebound parishioners, pastoral/sacramental liturgy and preparation, listening and counsel.
-Collaboration with 15 staff members plus preschool teachers to create a working ministry environment that is prayerful, productive, caring, and joyful.
-Creative visioning and discernment of how God is calling us to be the church. We are discerning how to expand, physically, to accommodate growing ministries. We are working to better connect the disparate members of a parish community that is doing so much at so many different times.
-Proclamation of the Gospel through a message of radical welcome. St. George’s long-standing statement of inclusion is central to how we live out our Baptismal Covenant: “You are welcome at St. George’s regardless of race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, or tradition.” We continually discern how we remove barriers to accessibility while making room for everyone to bring their whole selves into this community in the presence of God.
- ability to embody and articulate a theology of hospitality and radical welcome
- previous experience in supervision and administration (not necessarily in a church context)
- artful, intentional preaching and liturgical leadership
- grounded in prayer practices, Biblical study and reflection
- pastoral skills in listening and caring while maintaining appropriate boundaries
- collaborative servant leadership with community organizing skills and ability to mobilize and support volunteers
- enthusiasm for working in a dynamic and complex environment with a broad diversity of activities, people, and approaches
- sense of humor and delight
- openness to children and youth as active participants in worship and community life
- appreciation of the wonder and mystery of God’s whole creation.
- commitment to actively address, on every level, the ignorance, fears, prejudices, systems, and actions which undermine the dignity of God’s beloved children.
- experience with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program would be a plus
- Benefits follow diocesan guidelines (full family medical/dental/vision benefits are provided). Compensation is negotiable depending on experience.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and OTM portfolio (optional) to:
The Rev. Joe Hensley, Rector
St. George’s Episcopal Church
Or by postal mail to:
905 Princess Anne Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401