St. David's Episcopal Church, 763 S Valley Forge Rd., Wayne, PA 19087
The Rev. Canon Jane Gober, email@example.com
Interested applicants should view the parish profile – https://stdavidschurch.org/rector-call-parish-profile-application/, OTM profile, and/or Transition Ministry Conference profile. Then they should send to Canon Jane Gober the following materials by August 18.
An updated OTM Portfolio.
A one-page resume outlining current interests and skills.
Answers to the three questions below:
How do you respond to parishioners that ask you to preach from the pulpit in support of (or against) a particular current political or social issue. Please provide a recent example.
Give an example of a time you had to resolve conflicts between clergy and parishioners? Between staff members?
Please describe how you have successfully transitioned yourself and your (spouse/partner/significant other/children/family) from one geographic and/or socio-economic area to another that is different from your prior location.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1625 Locust Street, Philadelphia
Expressions of interest should include a resume with cover letter and should be sent to Fr. Sean Mullen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saint Mark’s Seeks
Director of Children’s and Family Ministries
Saint Mark’s is currently seeking a full-time Director of Children’s & Family Ministries who will be an integral part of the development of a comprehensive plan for the children’s, youth, and family ministries. The Director of Family Ministries will work with the children's and youth ministries leadership to establish a sustainable children and youth ministries program. The Director will also work collaboratively with the Rector to evaluate effectiveness of programming. The main responsibilities include setting a missional vision, relationship building with children, youth, parents, volunteers, and church staff; program leadership growth and development; and recruitment, training, and encouragement of volunteers.
We seek someone who will share their passion for Christ and his Gospel, the church and its worship, outreach and spiritual formation. Candidates should have relevant training and experience in children’s and/or youth ministry, familiarity with Episcopal tradition, and an ability to guide youth and adults to grow into leadership.
Excellent communication and organization skills are required. Strong candidates should have a desire for innovation, as well as respect for tradition; will be self-motivated, and eager to work as part of a team.
Saint Mark’s is a progressive, urban, Anglo-catholic parish in the center of Philadelphia. The parish is known for its worship, music, and outreach, as well as growing ministry with children and families. The parish is eucharistically centered community that values diversity.
This is a full-time position, open to either a lay person or an ordained person. The Director of Children’s and Family Ministries reports to the Rector.
More information is available at https://saintmarkschurch.squarespace.com/employment
Expressions of interest should include a resume with cover letter and should be sent to Fr. Sean Mullen at email@example.com.
St. James Kingsessing
Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and OTM profile to Canon Jane Gober at firstname.lastname@example.org
Church of the Messiah,
Tiffany Reichley, email@example.com
ANTICIPATED NUMBER OF HOURS PER WEEK: 25 (9:30am-2:30pm Monday-Friday)
• Weekly meeting with Rector to review and prioritize work tasks
• Act as ambassador for Messiah, providing hospitality for guests, visitors and meetings
• Maintain a neat, organized work environment,
• Adhere to established deadlines
• Answer the telephone; answer questions; record and distribute phone messages
• Create and maintain an appropriate filing system for documents to be retained
• Prepare service bulletins: Sunday 8 am and 9:30, special services; including large print versions of the bulletin and hymn sheets. Identify weekly readings, prayer information, service ministers, etc. for the Sunday and special bulletins; and write announcements
• Prepare Constant Contact email announcements as necessary for both the church and for Belfry Bargains Thrift Shop and other identified individuals
• Compile and mail weekly mailings to those parishioners without internet access: bulletin, sermon, weekly parish email, parish newsletter/maintain website
• Distribute diocesan information to identified individuals
• Train volunteers
• Compose and distribute parish newsletter, The Messiah Messenger, coordinate communication initiatives
• Order and maintain adequate office supplies, including copiers and postage meter
• Respond to telephone calls, emails and requests via website, providing appropriate information
• Daily mail: receive incoming mail and distribute; affix postage and place outgoing mail in mailbox
• Maintain the parishioner database and perform all necessary data entry, manage social media accounts
• Manage the communications for maintenance issues that arise/routine maintenance of buildings and equipment, oversee cleaning company
• Receive and handle prayer requests, notifying clergy, prayer chain, and, if necessary, the prayer shawl ministry
• Maintain the parish calendar, with appropriate scheduling to avoid conflicts; establish procedure for identifying dates to be placed on calendar
• Compile and publish annual printed parish directory; assist with preparation and publication of pictorial directory as directed by the Rector
• Manage the cemetery, including plot sales and being liaison between funeral home for grave openings, and scheduling of graveside services, and with families contemplating purchase of grave markers
• Maintain the parish registers: baptisms, births, deaths, marriages, confirmations
• Function as the liaison for persons wishing to use/rent our facility; send/receive Building Use Agreement and collect rental fees
• Prepare and submit the Annual Parochial Report (except for the financial section)
• Prepare paperwork for baptisms, weddings and funerals
• Maintain schedule for weekly altar flowers
• Manage memorial contributions by writing individual letters of thanks to donors and by providing a list of donors to the family of the deceased
• Ensure that newcomers (generally those who sign our guest register) are given (or mailed) a copy of current newsletter and that Rector is notified of their visit so he can respond quickly with a welcome letter. Keep a list of newcomers and visitors so we may invite them to church newcomer events and activities
• Request and track Letters of Transfer for those wishing to become members of (or leave) The Church of the Messiah
• Attend calmly to unforeseen or emergency needs as they arise
• Manage alarm system for all buildings
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE NEEDED:
• Associate degree or commensurate experience in parish or similar organization administration
SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED:
• Ability to perform of administrative, clerical, and organizational duties to support the ministry of The Church of the Messiah, with a high level of accuracy
• Strong organizational skills and empathetic people skills
• Pastoral sensitivity
• Professional telephone manners
• Professional behaviors even when under pressure, always utilizing sound judgment
• Initiative and strong interpersonal skills
• Maintain strict confidentiality concerning information coming into and out of the Parish office
• Proficiency with technological programs utilized in the church office; ability to learn and utilize new programs and platforms
• Ability to multi-task
• Ability to prioritize work for timely completion
• Understand and follow direction with demonstrated detail orientation
• Ability to work with a variety of people
GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED:
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Attend staff meetings
• Strong general computer skills (Word, email)
• Ability to attend church events as requested by Rector
• Participate in the life and ministry of Messiah
• Ability to organize, coordinate and motivate others
• Ability to work toward common organizational goals
• Dependable, punctual, responsible, self-motivated, resourceful, creative
• Ability to manage expenses of office materials
• Establish and evaluate personal and program goals/objectives in consultation with the Rector
Church of the Redeemer, Bryn Mawr
The Rev. Peter Vanderveen, 230 Pennswood Rd, Bryn Mawr, 19010 or forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Church of the Redeemer, Bryn Mawr, is seeking a part-time (20 hours per week) Director of Children’s Ministries, who will be responsible for planning and overseeing the formation programs for children (infants through fifth grade), in collaboration with the staff clergy and musicians. The church school program is primarily based on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum. Principal duties are the scheduling and coordination of programs, recruitment and training of teachers, communications with families, and the development of special liturgies. Certification as a catechist or basic knowledge of the Catechesis program will be helpful but is not necessary. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Information about The Redeemer can be found online at www.theredeemer.org . Inquiries or resumes may be sent to The Rev. Peter Vanderveen, 230 Pennswood Rd, Bryn Mawr, 19010 or forwarded to email@example.com.
Church of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin's Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118.
To apply, please email Lorie Hershey, St. Martin’s Parish Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and a letter of application in which you briefly answer the following questions (see job description)
Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries (Full-time, Exempt)
Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
About St. Martin’s
The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields is a large parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1889 in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, the parish is a vibrant, growing, and increasingly diverse congregation drawn not just from the immediate vicinity but also from many parts of the city, region and from all walks of life. St. Martin’s mission is to welcome all seekers; to worship God in liturgy, music, and prayer; to equip all baptized persons for ministry; and to engage as agents of Christ’s love in the world.
The Holy Eucharist is the heart of the parish. From that heart in the life of Jesus emerge dozens of evolving opportunities for ministry through worship, pastoral care, music, the arts, education, and faith formation for both parishioners and the wider community and city. The parish’s aspirational values are: to be a congregation actively involved in community engagement and work for social justice; to be a place of unconditional welcome and inclusion; to call forth the gifts of its entire people; and to become a racism-free and diverse community that reflects the city in which we exist.
Since last May 2022, the parish has been involved in a period of transition following the departures of its former Rector, Associate Rector, and most recently its Minister to Children, Youth, and Families, who departed in mid-July to enter seminary as a Postulant for Holy Orders.
During the transition, with the experienced leadership of our Interim Rector and the active engagement of our Wardens and Vestry, we continue to experience a call to grow in our capacity for ministry. We are looking for a full-time Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries who will work collaboratively with the Interim Rector, staff, a newly-formed and very active Parents’ Advisory Council, and with the wide support of lay leaders and members across the entire community. The Director will support, and in some cases, reimagine and re-establish a range of sustainable ministries and programs for children and youth of all ages. The Director will guide this process of creative growth.
About the Opportunity
The Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries is an essential role at St. Martin’s, actively involved with clergy, families, parishioners, visitors, and church staff in building a shared vision and implementing a range of faith formation programs that is hopeful, engaging, inclusive and expansive, reflecting and living out the parish’s values. The main responsibilities include helping create, with the clergy and Parents’ Council, a missional vision; building and sustaining relationships with children, youth, parents, volunteers, and church staff; and developing and delivering age-appropriate, and engaging worship and program opportunities.
This is a full-time position open to a baptized and confirmed layperson in the Episcopal Church. The Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries will report to the Interim Rector. Please note that members and immediate family of members of St. Martin’s cannot be employees of the parish.
Core Responsibilities will Include:
● With the advice of the Parents’ Council, organize all aspects of Sunday morning children and youth worship and formation, aiming to establish and grow a faith community of and for children and their caregivers, teenagers, and young adults.
● Participate in or attend weekly Eucharists services at 8:00, 9:00, and 10:30 a.m. Currently, the 9:00 a.m. service is geared toward ages 2-8 years old, and we would like to integrate programming and participation into the 10:30 a.m. service for youth ages 8-12, teenagers, and young adults. The Director will be responsible, as well, for livestreaming these services, and so must have the technical skills to manage that work.
● Prepare (and guide other lay or ordained persons in providing) worship and formation activities geared toward young children through storytelling, crafts and other techniques, engaging children and youth in developmentally appropriate ways to meet them where they are and to guide them into fuller understanding of and participation in the body of Christ at St. Martin’s. This includes but is not limited to providing programming that meets the needs of racially, culturally, gender, and/or neurologically diverse children, as well as those with physical, intellectual or emotional challenges.
● Be available and responsible for additional programs and services as needed.
● Recruit children and youth for liturgical ministry (i.e., recruit, train, and supervise young acolytes, crucifers, and lectors).
● Actively coordinate with the Director of Music to integrate age-sensitive musical programming, in particular, Choristers, into liturgical life at St. Martin’s.
● Plan and lead weekly faith formation for all youth, creating curricula to support a variety of cognitive abilities across all ages.
● Participate in annual liturgical planning to incorporate children, youth, and families.
● Organize and lead children and family-centric events (such as Advent Pageant, Vacation Bible School, etc.).
● Prepare candidates and their families for the sacrament of Baptism, and for Confirmation, working with clergy as appropriate.
● Be an active team player with other Church staff and ministry leaders to look for opportunities to integrate Children’s and Family Ministry with the broader Church initiatives.
● Gather, grow, and lead a team of dedicated parent volunteers to assist in facilitating children’s and family programming (i.e. caregiver formation).
● Regularly communicate with the community (parents/guardians) via consistently scheduled emails, newsletters, social media posts, etc. about current happenings, volunteer opportunities, events, and market opportunities to increase engagement.
● Oversee the Soft Space in the church enabling children the freedom to move around and also to see the action that is occurring.
● Manage ministry area budgets.
● Familiarity and competence with computers and the software platforms used by the church, including social media platforms used by children and youth.The Director will provide technical support for livestreaming of the Sunday and other services of St. Martin’s and must have the technical ability to move creatively and nimbly in the parish’s tech arena.
ABOUT OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE
You have a well-grounded Christian faith, and deep familiarity with the Episcopal Church, and a regular spiritual practice that can be shared and explored with young people.
You’re a gifted teacher/mentor of children and youth who respects young people, encourages questions and thoughtful discussions, fosters strong relationships, promotes inclusion, and builds community.
You’re an approachable, active listener who inspires trust and confidence from others.
You've done the work to get to know yourself, and it shows in the quality of your relationships. You value authenticity, joy, kindness, gratitude, and intellectual humility, and you have a good sense of humor.
You’re a convener. You can bring together broad and diverse groups (i.e., parents/caregivers, church leadership, other parishioners, community members, etc.) and facilitate conversations to identify the best/most creative ways to support the Children’s and Family Ministry.
You’re a humble teammate. Nothing is beneath or above you. You are quick to always lend a hand or two!
You can manage a diverse set of needs and aren't afraid to step outside your job description or comfort zone to help the Church community reach its goals. You're comfortable with shifting schedules and don't expect every day to go "as planned."
You are meticulous about the quality of everything you put into the world. Even on the 37th slide, you ensure the font size and background color are on point. You’re a strong project manager, capable of driving multiple programs simultaneously and juggling changing priorities.
You have excellent communication and organization skills. You bring a desire for innovation, as well as respect for tradition; are self-motivated, and eager to work as part of a team.
What you’ll need
● 4-6 years of overall professional experience (We are background agnostic and excited by candidates with unique work histories).
● Experience with the dynamics unique to ministry work and church communities, especially within the Episcopal Church
● Experience teaching or leading religious education and faith formation
● Experience in teaching, lesson planning, and/or creating children’s programs.
● A commitment to diversity and inclusion. You're always asking: "whose voice is not at the table?" You have experience working with diverse groups and successfully navigating cross-generational communication, and you deeply value creating a community that is supportive of difference.
● Ability to exercise effective judgment, sensitivity, and creativity to changing needs and situations.
● Ability to work independently and with minimal direction, showing initiative, creativity, self-discipline, and effective time and project management skills.
● Highly developed interpersonal skills, including excellent oral, written and listening communication.
● Ability to create, monitor, and adhere to a fiscally responsible budget.
Compensation and Location
The Church of Saint Martin-in-the-fields is located at 8000 St. Martin's Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. This is an on-site full-time position.
The salary range for this position is $40,000-42,000.
St. Martin’s and the Episcopal Church offer an attractive benefits package, including fully-paid health insurance for the employee. Our team is happy to discuss benefits in more detail during the interview process.
The Application Process
To apply, please email Lorie Hershey, St. Martin’s Parish Administrator, at email@example.com with your resume and a letter of application in which you briefly answer the following questions:
● What is it about the Children and Family Minister role that made you want to apply? How does this opportunity fit into your career trajectory?
● What elements of Children’s and Family ministry excite you most? What elements do you enjoy?
● We are excited to learn about the diverse backgrounds and experiences candidates bring. Help us to understand the contribution your personal background would make to our team and the St. Martin’s community.
Individuals who apply by Friday, August 18th will be given priority; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon!
The overall evaluation process will look to follow this anticipated timeline:
● Early September: Multi-team member panel interview with volunteers and church staff.
● Interview with Interim Rector and Rector’s Warden before offer is made.
o Candidate references and a background check will be completed at this step.
● Mid-Late September: Offer extended.
If you have any questions about the opportunity, please feel free to email Lorie Hershey at the email address above.