Christ Church, Greenwich

Senior Associate Rector

Date Posted January 28, 2019
Diocese Connecticut (Rev. Lee Ann Tolzmann)
Location Greenwich
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Suburban
Compensation Will meet diocesan guidelines.
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing for 4
Equity Allowance Yes

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 1399
Average Sunday Attendance 411
Child Population in Church School 168
Adult Population in Church School 185
Teacher Population in Church School 45
Budget $2,594,530
Broad Church yes
Morning Prayer yes
Prayer Book yes
Rite I yes
Rite II yes

Strengths

God is at work at Christ Church Greenwich and we are engaged in God’s mission. Our greatest strength is our people that are part of the incredible life and possibilities here. Our proximity to New York brings us a diverse group of souls with deep and diverse gifts that are generously offered. Many have lived, learned and served all over the world. We are passionate leaders who are eager to hear challenging preaching, be part of deeper learning and engage in even more impactful service. We are deeply committed to embracing the needs of others in Greenwich and around the world.

We are a big tent and a place of welcome for all seekers.

  • Over 870 households call our church their spiritual home.
  • Our choirs have served as a spiritual home for many of our children and youth and been a major point of attraction for many families for decades. This thriving music program is a beacon for both parishioners and members of the greater Greenwich community and is part of three of our four Prayer Book Sunday services.
  • Our laity led pastoral care program works closely with the clergy and is very active and effective. A wonderful source of comfort, it serves powerfully as Christ’s hands and feet to members of the parish and those in need.
  • Our 10-acre campus and recently renovated buildings serve the wider Greenwich community by offering meeting space for outside learning and many 12 step programs. Our campus hosts over 5,000 meetings a year, which we consider a crucial part of our ministry. The Christ Church Nursery School and Neighbor to Neighbor are also part of our campus. https://www.ccnsgreenwich.org, https://christchurchgreenwich.org/connect/partnerships/neighbor-to-neighbor
  • Our bookstore is a lively place for the parish and community to gather for greater learning or just a peaceful cappuccino and has become the de facto welcome center for the church, serving a pastoral role as the first point of contact for many entering our doors.
  • Our Director of Marketing and Communications, recently hired, is strengthening our communications with the parish and the greater community through traditional sources and social media. We anticipate becoming even more tech savvy in our communications and our effort to share the love of God.
  • The Sholom Center is part of an important 35 year relationship with our immediate neighbor, Temple Sholom. The Center was co-founded in 2010 by Temple Sholom and Christ Church Greenwich as a formal branding of the ongoing interfaith relationship between the two. Learning opportunities, joint pilgrimages to Israel, and other invitations for sharing are offered. https://christchurchgreenwich.org/connect/partnerships/sholom-center
  • Our revitalized Youth Ministry launched in 2017 with a dedicated space and the appointment of a Director of Youth Ministries after an exciting 18 month visioning process with Ministry Architects, which engaged families effectively and ensured sustainability.
  • Adult Education opportunities are strong from a weekly Exploration Series program between the main Sunday morning services to Bible studies, Education for Ministry, Prayer of the Cloud (a centering prayer group), our Courage and Faith speaker series, and the Faith on Fire monthly gatherings.
  • CCG nurtures its clergy. Attractive housing for professional staff allow us to attract top candidates. Our proximity to New Haven yields top seminarians year after year.

Challenges

Any community as large and culturally, economically, spiritually and geographically diverse as ours faces challenges. There is broken spirit, loneliness and many other difficulties for many in this place of prosperity. We are forever seeking peace and connection made possible by the Holy Spirit.

 

  • Attracting families is a challenge we share with many houses of worship. Children’s Ministries are undergoing radical evaluation and change throughout the Episcopal Church is cognizant of the need to attract and retain families of young children and youth. These families represent the future of our church. We are beginning that process of discernment about our offerings to better connect with the “modern family” to equip our children with a strong spiritual foundation to prepare them for life in an increasingly secular world.
  • Our Adult Education offerings are strong but broader participation and the development of spiritual practices is a challenge. We would like to expand programs to include the whole family as well as individual seekers.
  • Our hands-on faith in action program has been revitalized and is growing, yet we would like to accelerate that growth and partner with other churches to have a greater impact on the town, neighboring communities and beyond our borders.
  • Our current Austin model pipe organ, installed 42 years ago, is in need of extensive and complicated repairs. After much research we have decided it is more prudent to replace the organ with one that will have more diversity and flexibility of sound and considerably lower maintenance costs. In our recent successful capital campaign for major property renovations, $350,000 was reserved toward the replacement of the organ and that fund is now $1million. A Harrison & Harrison pipe organ from the UK is the approved replacement.
  • Stewardship that models giving as a spiritual discipline, encourages higher regular member giving, and honors members’ gifts at every level is an ongoing challenge. There is a great opportunity with increased participation there is to grow annual giving.

Comments

Jesus Christ came to heal our broken world. Our modern society is gripped by an epidemic of loneliness. Our neighbors are reeling from a wave of opioid addiction. Our children cannot find safety in schools that are beset with shootings and suicides. Refugees seek safety and a permanent home. One antidote to so much suffering is a community of faith that seeks to share God's mission of love and reconciliation for all people. All around us, people yearn for a life of joy and abundant love. Who can show it to them? We can. How can we do it? With a partner who can lead us. Together we can lay the foundation for a world that serves Christ in all persons. A world that respects the dignity of every human being and offers a spiritual home to all.

We need a seasoned clergy person who will work well with the rector, staff, lay leadership and volunteers to help us play to our strengths and shore up our weaknesses, a priest who combines executive and pastoral gifts while encouraging and challenging the parish to celebrate the Word of God and the presence of Christ in our lives both within the parish and beyond its bounds.

Contact Information

We adhere to the Episcopal Church in Connecticut compensation guidelines, which can be found in the Treasurers' Newsletter here.

Visit Christ Church's website here.

Find the complete job description here.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and digital access to (or transcripts of)
recent sermons to Jean Tredinnick at jtredinnick@christchurchgreenwich.org.