Church of the Good Shepherd


Date Posted September 5, 2018
Diocese New Hampshire (Gail Avery)
Location Nashua
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Urban
Compensation Base salary $80,000-$90,000. Total compensation package $130,000.00
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing None
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 800 adults, 250 youth
Average Sunday Attendance 240
Child Population in Church School 130-150 is the range of participants in recent years in both our Sunday School and three tiers of Youth programs
Adult Population in Church School 80-100 is the range of adults who participate in the different education oriented programs offered throughout the year
Teacher Population in Church School 15-20 teachers represent the current year pool of teachers. There are double that number who have served in the recent past and participate if called in for help.
Budget $609,975
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary yes
Emergent no
Morning Prayer yes
Non-Traditional yes
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I yes
Rite II yes


We are a dynamic, inclusive place of worship with over 1000 parishioners.  Our financial stability allows us to provide many meaningful programs within our church and make a powerful, positive impact in the greater Nashua community.

Parishioners take their involvement in our church seriously as demonstrated by high levels of participation in many ministries.  In addition to Christian Education for children, we have five educational programs for adults.  We have eight different fellowship groups and are proud to be participating in fifteen various Community Action Ministries.

We are a thriving, loving, spiritual community.  Our parish motto is "Wherever you are on your faith journey, you are welcome here."


While not unique to CGS, an area we are continuing to monitor is the attendance level among our youth in Christian Education programs.  Our paid staff include a Sunday School Coordinator and a Youth Ministry leader.  Our children are involved in many aspects of church life and we strive to continue increasing their involvement at CGS.

Another issue we are currently addressing is the decision regarding which outside organizations we support and to what extent, in terms of our commitment of tithing 10%.

Our congregation founded an organization in 1987, the Nashua Pastoral Care Center, to support single women and their children.  It has blossomed into a flourishing 501c3 organization that has change its name to The Front Door Agency, and is now housed in its own offices in Nashua.  The FDA is a part of us and while we want to continue supporting them, we have decided to consider new outreach ideas for the future.  This decision has been made after several visioning sessions were convened to discuss this change.  You can read more about this on our website under the Rector Search page, OTM questions.


We look forward to having a meaningful relationship with our new rector!  We hope you will take the time to look through our materials and prayerfully consider if we are a community that you might be called to serve.  Please see our Parish Profile and OTM questions which can be found on our website under the Rector Search page.

Contact Information

To apply, please email the following to the Rev. Canon Gail Avery, Canon for Transition and Community Engagement,

  1.  A letter of interest addressed to the Search Committee of Church of the Good Shepherd, Nashua, NH.
  2. A current resume
  3. Current OTM Profile

For general information, please free free to contact us at visit and visit our home page at

Thank you!