Diocese of Long Island

Canon for Ministry Support

Date Posted February 27, 2017
Diocese Long Island (Valerie Giannuzzi & Thomas Orso)
Location Garden City
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Suburban
Compensation Competitive
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing None
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

Budget N/A


The Canon for Ministry Support is an outward-facing senior staff position whose efforts are principally focused on the support, growth and oversight of all transition ministry work. One of the primary focuses will be to gather, encourage and provide supervision for Diocesan Missioners, while supporting all initiatives for new ministry. The Canon for Ministry Support will work closely with the Mercer School and the Commission on Ministry (Standing Committee) to provide resources and guidance for seminarians and newly ordained clergy. In short, the Canon for Ministry Support is called to support the diocese’s strategic mission plan as it concerns the clergy and their support and work with our congregations.


Diocesan Transition Minister:
• To serve as the Bishop’s primary representative in deployment including mission congregations, parishes in development or new church plants
• Counsel individual clergy about vocation transitions; manage the search process for vacancies in parishes, organizations and on diocesan staff
• Maintain areas of ongoing clerical responsibility:
o General reporting to Church Deployment Office, and Church Pension Fund
o Licenses to Officiate / Canonical Residence
o Reviewing Ministry Covenants
o Attend semi-annual Transition Ministry Conference
o Remaining current in trends across the Church regarding deployment practices and strategies.

New and Redeveloping Congregations, Aided Parishes and their Clergy, and Partnerships:
• Aid and encourage mission/strategic planning
• Provide tools and training that will help build spiritual and organizational capacity
• Provide ongoing moral and technical support and encouragement
• Facilitate mutual ministry reviews, and provide episodic constructive feedback to

Diocesan Missioners, Church Planters and Church Redevelopers:
• Provide oversight, support, and supervision (individual/group)
• Provide moral support and encouragement
• Encourage and provide opportunities for ongoing education and formation

Mission Planning:
• Work closely with the Bishop Diocesan, Diocesan Council and other senior or program staff members and diocesan leaders to engage faithful and creative strategic mission planning for the diocese.
• Encourage parishes to work together where common ministry may be engaged
• Collaborate with deans where appropriate.

General Congregational Development Support:
• Partner with DCDI and other diocesan consultants and trainers in order to provide technical expertise, education and training in the area of leadership development, organizational development for parish life, evangelism, hospitality, and general development of the health and spiritual wellbeing of the congregation.
• Partner with EMLI to help identify opportunities for local mission and social outreach providing access to resources including finances, asset mapping and networking; attend quarterly Grant Review Committee meetings.
• Develop a team of congregational coaches and consultants to work directly with parishes seeking congregational renewal.
• Review the Ministry Plan of the Diocese of Long Island commitments for Missioners and Partnerships in conjunction with the Finance Department to ensure that funds are used effectively and that congregations fulfill their responsibilities.
• Partner with Mercer School in coordinating and attending workshops on Sexual Harassment,

Racism, Wardens / Vestry / Treasurers Workshops, Turning Points, etc.

Evangelism and New Member Support – Partner with Mercer School:
• Provide access to educational and spiritual resources
• Encourage best practices
• Provide training opportunities for clergy and lay leaders

Staff Responsibilities and Interaction:
• Attend weekly staff and semi-monthly senior/program staff meetings
• Convene and facilitate the Missions Cohorts (includes DCDI Coordinator, EMLI, Communication and Transition Ministry)
• Collaborate with and support congregational coaches and consultants


• Must be ordained and should have a range of experience and knowledge of the Episcopal Church its culture, canons, polity, and theological traditions
• Must have a strong track record as an effective leader in the life of a congregation
• A healthy prayer life and an eagerness to explore Christ’s call to mission and service
• Must be able to work collaboratively but also take personal initiative
• Proficiency with MS Word and MS Outlook

Contact Information

All interested candidates should contact:
Nancy Signore
Diocese Human Resource Manager
Episcopal Diocese of Long Island
(516) 248-4800 ext. 111