Church of the Holy Spirit, Tuckerton

Priest-in-Charge

Date Posted November 28, 2018
Diocese New Jersey (Brian Jemmott)
Location Tuckerton
Position Type Half Time

Position Details

Setting Town
Compensation In accordance with diocesan standards - see http://dioceseofnj.org/sccc/
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 162
Average Sunday Attendance 70
Child Population in Church School Not applicable
Adult Population in Church School Not applicable
Teacher Population in Church School Not applicable
Budget $155,538
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church no
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I yes
Rite II yes

Strengths

Holy Spirit is a warm, welcoming Church, steeped in Anglican tradition.

Tradition:  Holy Spirit is a well-established congregation, meeting in the greater Tuckerton /Little Egg Harbor area now for over seventy years.  We practice a traditional Anglican service sharing common values and an open, accepting attitude coupled with a strong sense of community.

Facilities:  We are blessed with a church building situated on a beautiful, central lot on Tuckerton's Main Street.  The building includes a beautiful, serene 100 person sanctuary with choir/children's loft, a large community hall with a recently remodeled kitchenette, library, numerous storerooms, offices, classrooms/small meeting areas, large 100 person undercroft (located under the sanctuary) with co-joining professional kitchen ( w/o dishwasher), and a small, charming chapel for weekday services.

Activities:    We offer many opportunities for fellowship and service.   Our Episcopal Christian Woman's (ECW) group is well attended and active in scholarship and community events.  Our fundraising efforts are ably led and typically include; auctions, special dinners, bazaars, bus trips, and lectures.

Outreach:  Our clergy and lay leaders take the gospel to the local nursing centers each month.   Our monthly bulletins are distributed throughout the community.   We have instituted special programs for Ash Wednesday, Blessing of Pets, honoring our veterans, and our Boy and Girl Scouts.  Our deacon participates in the Ministerium (local ministers) that meet regularly to address community needs.

Growth:  Ocean County is experiencing an enormous growth that started approximately 15 years ago with the construction of homes and areas attractive to seniors retiring within New Jersey and surrounding states.

Challenges

The greatest challenge facing Holy Spirit today can be summed up in one word - GROWTH.

Congregational Growth:  Holy Spirit shares the same challenges of all churches in the Diocese and state.  Holy Spirit has experienced growth spurts linked with the expanding housing market.  Unfortunately, we have also experienced losses resulting from natural disasters and toll of the aging process on our congregation.  As our congregation is now skewed toward more senior residents that have lived in the area over ten years, we especially seek the membership of younger families and new retirees in our effort to grow and sustain our church long term.

Financial Growth:  Although our financial growth remains a concern, to date we are free of debt and are able to discharge our obligation to our New Jersey Diocesan Marks of Mission Commitment.  The year 2018 was a very challenging financially.  We had to make adjustments; our pledge number and amount dropped more than expected.  We are hopeful that the improving economy will result in better pledge offerings for 2019.  We are confident in the strength of our commitment to make this offer in 2019 for a new ½ time Vicar.

Growth within the Community:  We would like to expand our reach to include more people living in our area.   There is always need for further community involvement on everyone's part from the parishioners, from the Vestry, and from our new Vicar.   We must open wide our doors and make it known that the mission of Holy Spirit Church is: To help all who serve the Lord and provide the nourishment necessary for their own spiritual journey.

 

Comments

We seek to grow our community of faith, broaden our worship experience, strive to be inclusive of all, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, rejoice in proclaiming the power of the Lord.  We seek a Vicar to lead us, work with us, and help us reach our goals together.

Contact Information

By January 4, 2019, please submit your cover letter, OTM Portfolio, resume, and responses to the Clergy Questionnaire found on the diocesan website at: http://dioceseofnj.org/transition-ministry 

to The Reverend Canon Brian Jemmott, Canon to the Ordinary and Transitions Officer, at bjemmott@dioceseofnj.org or contact him at 609-394-5281 Extension 21.