Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal
|Date Posted||September 23, 2017|
Maine (Rev. Michael Ambler)
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Communicants in Good Standing||140 approx.|
|Average Sunday Attendance||80|
|Child Population in Church School||20|
Emmanuel is the name of a new congregation, which has been born out of St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, both of Augusta. The congregations have come together in Prince of Peace's building. Worship and mission is now completely combined, and reflects both Episcopal and Lutheran traditions. Governance and finances are increasingly intertwined, and the plan is for the two founding congregations to complete merger formalities in the next year. The resulting entity will be a full member of both the Diocese of Maine and the Synod of New England, and both bishops are enthusiastic supporters. Emmanuel has a vibrant social justice tradition, and ministries that are important to people throughout Augusta. It is also an icon of unity in Augusta, and has helped other faith communities come together for the common good. Emmanuel is an exciting place: with rich history but an open future, and a solid place in a community that needs it.
The union came about because of difficulty in both founding congregations, and the process has been traumatic. While there is enormous promise, there is also loss. Prince of Peace welcomed the congregation of St. Mark's, but in doing so has had to loosen its adherence to a Lutheran tradition that was and is important to many of its members. St. Mark's accepted the invitation to move in, and has had to make peace with leaving its traditional stone-Gothic church, which many loved and were nurtured by. Both congregations remember past days when they were bigger and stronger than they are now, and both have lost important members in the process of coming together. So two things are true at once: there is an extraordinary possibility for faithful and fruitful ministry, and for the congregation to grow; and there is grief about how the present, and even that hopeful future, do not resemble the beloved past.
This is a half-time call, because in the immediate aftermath of the coming together of the two congregations, that is the most their shared budget can support. The congregation wants to be served by a full-time pastor, and if there's funding available for it in the future, the priest/pastor can expect a conversation about expanding their service.
This position is open to clergy ordained in either The Episcopal Church or the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Compensation is expected to meet the minimum standards of both churches (that is, will meet or exceed the higher of the two).
Attendance and membership figures are estimates of the combined congregation. Total budget is around $90,000; the exact number will require some research (and this information will be updated when that research is done).
The Rev. Canon Michael Ambler, Canon to the Ordinary, the Episcopal Diocese of Maine: firstname.lastname@example.org; 207.772.1953 ext. 123.