All Saints' Church/St. George's Chapel
|Date Posted||November 13, 2019|
Delaware (Martha Kirkpatrick)
|Compensation||$72,500 + rectory|
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Communicants in Good Standing||683|
|Average Sunday Attendance||199|
|Child Population in Church School||15|
|Adult Population in Church School||varies|
|Teacher Population in Church School||varies|
We are one parish in two congregations, one located in downtown Rehoboth Beach less than a block from the ocean, and the second a 300-year-old chapel surrounded by farmland and new development, and two busy thrift shops serving the wider community. Our parish is diverse in terms of gender, race, sexual preference, socioeconomic status, political views, marital status, employment status, and liturgical views. Through mutual respect and communication, we use these differences to deepen our understanding of God rather than to divide us. Our parish was one of the first in the Episcopal Church in Delaware to celebrate same gender marriages, and we continue to have a significant ministry to the LGBTQ population, which is significant in our community.
Another key strength is our broad and deep involvement in the community of which we are a part. St. George's Chapel just celebrated its 300-year anniversary, and both parishes have historical roots in the Sussex County region. We have started community ministries that have transcended the parish and become community and Diocesan institutions, including Crisis House for women and children; Camp Arrowhead, The Way Home in Georgetown, Immanuel Shelter for the Homeless, The Community Resource Center, The Cape Henlopen Food Basket, and the Lewes-Rehoboth Area Council of Churches.
We have vibrant and varied opportunities for worship. While we typically follow Rite I and Rite II, throughout the church year we try new and innovate forms of worship, such as jazz masses. A healing service is held at All Saint's Church each week, and a simple Celtic Service is held at St. Georges Chapel each Wednesday. Our music program reaches outside the parish for accomplished artists and draws large audiences from the wider community and beyond.
Our primary current challenge is continuing the healing and reconciliation following the departure of our former rector. Conflict has not been part of most of our parish's history. Our diverse theological and political viewpoints are respected and do not lead to divisiveness. Some conflict arose between our most recent rector and the parish around differences in leadership style and the direction of the parish. In 2016 the Vestry used a third-party consultant to conduct a mediation, and in the course of the mediation, the rector was called to a new parish in another diocese. The process of searching for a new rector, together with our Parish survey and self-examination using the congregational Assessment Tool ("CAT"), has enabled the congregation to embrace a new commitment to shared lay and clergy leadership.
Stewardship is another challenge. We recognize the need to increase substantially both the amount and percentage of giving within our parish. The Vestry has a newly constituted stewardship committee, which is creating a new stewardship challenge for the parish.
Another challenge is to determine whether we should have a Sunday school and youth group and if so, what these ministries should look like. Both All Saints' and St. George's skew towards and older age group and contain many retirees. Nonetheless, we are in a community that is growing demographically with families with children. We need to find new ways to reach and serve this age group.
We look forward to developing a deeper understanding of our place in the community and in the world, our sense of social justice, our strengths and weaknesses, our biblical and spiritual understanding, and the needs of future generations of parishioners. Towards that end, we are searching for a rector who is not only a strong leader but also an effective collaborator with the Vestry and other laypersons in a shared community ministry. We seek a rector who is inclusive and compassionate, and who can build bridges between different constituencies and continue healing and reconciliation. We are looking for an inspired preacher with a strong theological understanding. We also hope to find a rector who will be visible and active in the larger community as a representative of our parish.
We have recently invested heavily in the physical plant of the parish, and made significant capital improvements both to All Saints' Church and St. George's Chapel. We are revamping our parish website so that it can speak to the needs of visitors and communicate who we are to the wider world.
Our website, which contains our parish profile, can be found here
Interested applicants may send cover letter, resume, and a pdf of their OTM profile to the Rev. Canon Martha Kirkpatrick, Canon to the Ordinary, at firstname.lastname@example.org.