St. Luke's Parish, Darien

Rector

Date Posted October 15, 2019
Diocese Connecticut (Rev. Lee Ann Tolzmann)
Location Darien
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Suburban
Compensation Will meet diocesan guidelines.
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing for 6
Equity Allowance Yes

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 2,763
Average Sunday Attendance 399
Child Population in Church School 124
Adult Population in Church School 325
Teacher Population in Church School 13
Budget $1,763,017
Broad Church yes
Contemporary yes
Morning Prayer yes
Prayer Book yes
Rite II yes

Strengths

Saint Luke’s Parish is a warm and welcoming community committed to learning God’s plan for ourselves and the world.  We are enriched by God’s Word and Sacraments and we work hard to share that comfort and joy with all.

By God’s grace, our congregation continues to attract new members.  We have been blessed with much loved clergy and strong lay leadership who actively participates in our worship, church governance and our many faith-in-action initiatives with neighbors near and far.  We are especially proud of Person-to-Person (P2P) that was founded in a parish closet and is now a $13 million social service agency.  It continues to be headquartered on our 7 acre campus so clients can be with us, meet our volunteers, play on our playground, learn about our weekly Community Suppers and consider becoming part of our parish.

We are financially sound, and our church, three homes for clergy and staff, a Youth and Community Center and our P2P buildings are all in good repair.

We are also a community of strong personalities, many of whom commute into nearby New York City.  We are energized by the broad spectrum of theological and political opinion in the parish, and we are eager to be challenged by thoughtful and relevant preaching.

We are known as a “singing parish” and our children's choirs follow the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) model of formation and teaching.  We are nurtured by carefully executed liturgy and sacred music along with more informal worship such as our “Come As You Are” (CAYA) Sunday evening Eucharist that features contemporary music and a relaxed atmosphere.

Challenges

We must live in a secular world where spiritual values are under assault and often ridiculed.  Our children are exposed to a materialistic culture and the evils of addiction and violence.  This is not something we just view from afar.  We have had to comfort parishioners who lost children to drug overdoses, and our young people routinely practice lock-down drills in the event of an active shooting as happened in nearby Newtown, Connecticut.

Our congregation grew by 11% this year, and many were young families seeking a community of faith and values.  It is our belief that we need to do much more for them and so we are committed to strengthening our youth ministries.  We are searching for ways to engage our youth, especially after Confirmation, in service projects and fellowship activities.  We want young people to know they can be safe here, and their parents know they can find help here.

Our large parish may feel too large to some.  Our people are often over-committed and stressed, and challenged to discern priorities in their lives.  We need to do more for our older parishioners who often feel lonely and disconnected from the broader community. We are committed to making deeper connections, especially between people of different generations.

As with many churches, we face a generational shift in giving patterns.  We must maintain a large campus as well as foster our robust service projects.  We need to find new ways to engage our congregation, especially our younger members, in increasing their support for all that we are trying to accomplish.

Comments

We seek to be a welcoming place not only for the committed believer but also for those just starting their spiritual journey.  In this mission, we seek a new partner, grounded in both the Holy Spirit and the world, who in their own unique way can bring us closer to God, and help us embody the love of Jesus Christ in the world.

 

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Contact Information

The Reverend Lee Ann Tolzmann, Canon for Mission Leadership

latolzmann@episcopalct.org