Christ Church Cranbrook

Associate Rector

Date Posted March 5, 2018
Diocese Michigan (Jim Gettel)
Location Bloomfield Hills
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Urban
Compensation See below
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 1626
Average Sunday Attendance 525
Budget 2241627
Non-Traditional yes
Prayer Book yes
Rite I yes
Rite II yes


The largest parish of the Diocese of Michigan, Christ Church Cranbrook ( is composed of close to 2,000 active members. We are a vibrant, dynamic, and growing church with a long tradition of liturgy, spirituality, music, and catalytic work in mission and outreach. The congregation celebrates its ninetieth anniversary this year, marking the generous gift of the Booth family, who also gifted Cranbrook Educational Community to the community, a premiere boarding school and neighbor to the church in beautiful Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Our vision is to continue to be a place where as many people as possible live a Christ-centered life through participating together in four activities:

Meeting Jesus: By spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Finding Joy: By celebrating Christ’s presence and giving of ourselves.

Sharing Beauty: Through creative and transformational worship and action.

Serving Others: By living faithfully and celebrating the diversity of all God’s creations.

The following values guide all we do:

Joyful: Celebrate our vibrant fellowship in the life we share.

Rooted: Encourage a spiritual life that makes time for prayer and worship.

Faithful: Offer education, transformation, and ministry to all age groups.

Loving: Engage in abundant and meaningful mission and outreach.

Collaborative: Work together and include others.

Reconciling: Work for justice and peace among all people.

Transparent: Be open about what we are doing, and what is happening.

Welcoming: Provide inclusive hospitality and loving pastoral care.

Empowering: Lift up diverse ministries and courageous Christian leadership.

Generous: Practice Christ-centered stewardship and giving.


The next Associate Rector will be the fourth member of our talented clergy team and is a dynamic, energetic priest who is looking for a long-term placement in order to live into her/his call at a lively congregation. This person will also be excited about the possibilities of ministry in metro-Detroit and supportive of engaging the surrounding diverse communities. Experience in creating multifaceted community projects in arts, mission, outreach or member engagement is a plus.

 The Associate Rector reports to the Rector and serves at the Rector’s will. Initial responsibilities include:

  • Working collaboratively with both clergy and lay leaders to further the mission of the church;
  • Participating in CCC’s priestly and pastoral ministry (leading worship, celebrating the sacraments, preaching, teaching and leading small groups) while exercising particular gifts and fulfilling key leadership responsibilities in a range of potential areas of ministry, depending on the needs of the parish and the gifts of the successful candidate: stewardship, pastoral care, communications, youth and family ministries, adult education and formation, engagement and growth, and outreach and mission.
  • Completing other duties as assigned by the Rector.


• Fosters an environment that encourages collaboration and experimentation while maintaining a commitment to excellence.
• Enjoys working in a resource-sized parish, offering many and varied opportunities for engagement and service to God through excellent organization, communication and execution.
• Practices collaborative and adaptive leadership styles and sees synergistic relationships as ideal.
• Balances a visionary approach to ministry with a dedication to working diligently and effectively to accomplish goals.
• Desires to keep growing theologically and pastorally.

Professional Requirements
• Masters of Divinity from an accredited seminary (ATS) or theological college and ordination (or candidate for ordination) in The Episcopal Church or its ecumenical partners.
• Deep knowledge of the Christian tradition and pastoral leadership.
• Spiritually mature and emotionally resilient.
• Enthusiasm and agility to work with diverse groups and personalities.
• Proven ability to work independently and as a team member.
• Strong professional qualities: leadership, decisiveness, integrity, and mentoring skills.
• Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and time-management skills.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Familiarity with GSuite, Microsoft Office and database usage (like ACS).

• We offer a competitive compensation package in accordance with Episcopal Diocese of Michigan guidelines, including 5 weeks of paid leave (5 Sundays), professional development leave, and 3 months sabbatical after 7 years.

Contact Information

To apply, send your cover letter, resume, two sermon transcripts, three references and OTM profile (if updated) to Meredith Skowronski, Executive Assistant to the Rector, by April 2, 2018.