Church of the Good Shepherd

Rector (3/4 time)
Date Posted July 19, 2017
Diocese Western New York (Vicki Zust)
Location Buffalo
Position Type 3/4 Time

Position Details

Setting Urban
Compensation 47,070
Health Benefits Clergy Only
Housing Supplied Housing
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

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
Budget 120,671
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary yes
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I no
Rite II yes


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

The profile and their OTM profile provide a good picture of the congregation.

Contact Information

The Rev. Vicki Zust, Bishop's Assistant for Ministry Development