Episcopal Ministry of Susquehanna County
|Date Posted||March 22, 2019|
Bethlehem (Anne Kitch)
|Location||Montrose, New Milford, Susquehanna, PA|
|Compensation||$42,000 plus 3 bedroom rectory|
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Average Sunday Attendance||52|
This position is a new collaboration between three congregations:
- St. Paul's Church in Montrose, PA
- St. Mark's Church in New Milford, PA
- Christ Church in Susquehanna, PA
We are passionate about serving Christ and our neighbors in rural Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. Together, we wish to develop a new model of small town and rural ministry that incorporates the best practices of collaborative inter-parish arrangements wherever we find them. We seek a deep relationship and cooperation among the parishes in outreach, faith development, pastoral care and worship. Our lay leadership is faithful, energetic, open to change and committed to this endeavor. We do not envision a mere financial arrangement where each parish operates in a silo and a clergy person hurries from one worship service to another. We have begun researching inter-parish arrangements elsewhere, but we need to do more research, determine its applicability to our own circumstances and develop consensus among parishioners.
This is a new ministry which will require imagination and flexibility. The position is for a clergy person who will be the catalyst to assist our parishes in developing the new model and achieving consensus among parishioners. The position will be a three year priest-in-charge, with the possibility of extension.
A clergy person who has a passion for rural churches, understands rural communities and small towns, and wants to create something new would be successful. He or she should understand and practice the importance of living in relation to others and of being engaged, centered, clear, humble and kind. He or she should want to come to know us, have the ability to inspire lay leadership and have an interest in testing new ideas and practices.
The bishop's office, Diocese of Bethlehem