|Rector (3/4 time)|
|Date Posted||July 19, 2017|
Western New York (Vicki Zust)
|Health Benefits||Clergy Only|
|Communicants in Good Standing||100|
|Average Sunday Attendance||45|
|Child Population in Church School||6|
|Adult Population in Church School||0|
|Teacher Population in Church School||2|
Church of the Good Shepherd is located in north Buffalo, down the street from the Buffalo Zoo and Delware Park and across the street from a Frank Lloyd Wright house. They are a congregation connected to the community around them. They have a long standing history of inclusivity and welcome. They have a long standing relationship with a neighborhood public school.
They have been sharing their building with a smaller Episcopal congregation for the last 2 1/2 years and the congregations have made the decision to move towards merger.
The merger will present challenges of integrating two congregations into one and overcoming the us/them dynamic. They are already beginning to address this.
The major challenge is the need to revitalize and revision after a long transition. A focus on leadership development, stewardship and congregational growth will be necessary.
They will be doing 3 Sunday morning services - to accommodate the different worship styles of the two congregations. This is important in the short term, but they will need to have a conversation about worship schedule as they live into the merger.
You can find their profile on their web-site episcopalgoodshepherd.org
The profile and their OTM profile provide a good picture of the congregation.
The Rev. Vicki Zust, Bishop's Assistant for Ministry Development