Grace Church

Rector

Date Posted January 31, 2018
Diocese Massachusetts (Jean Baptiste Ntagengwa)
Location Medford
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Suburban
Compensation 103,495
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Supplied Housing
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 456
Average Sunday Attendance 152
Child Population in Church School 64
Adult Population in Church School 14
Teacher Population in Church School 37
Budget 461,853
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary yes
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional yes
Prayer Book yes
Renewal yes
Rite I yes
Rite II yes

Strengths

We are welcoming and inclusive.
Everyone who enters Grace Church is welcomed, encouraged, and embraced. There are no
“tests” for belonging at Grace, and we value our many types of diversity. We believe that these
attributes are some of the keys to our growth and vitality as a community.

We care for each other.
We are truly a church family, and we show each other kindness, warmth, caring, help and
support. We encourage members to participate in the life of Grace Church beyond worship on
Sunday, and have developed a strong sense of fellowship.

We are active in the broader community.
Grace Church participates in the life of our community and is particularly committed to
participating in the civic life of Medford, honoring our interfaith commitments, and considering
how our faith calls us to act in the world.

We love and support our children.
At Grace, young families find a comfortable and accepting spiritual home, one that welcomes
the participation and energy of children in the life of the church, including worship.

We provide a spiritual home for all our parishioners.
We support each other in our spiritual journeys. 95% of our parish says that their spiritual needs
are being met at Grace.

Challenges

At Grace, we are thrilled to be able to look back at our parish over the last several years and
see the kind of growth and vitality that many other churches would envy. At the same time, we
recognize that growth brings challenges. Grace Church is expanding from a pastoral parish and
into a programmatic one. This is an exciting time and a demanding one as well.

We are looking for a rector to help us shape our vision for the future, one who will help us
harness the existing energy and commitment among our lay leaders and build a more effective
– and expansive – organizational structure. There is a great deal of passion and interest in our
parish to do more as we grow, and we are looking for a rector who can harness that energy and
help us develop a more coherent and collaborative path forward.

In addition, we are interested in developing more opportunities for adult religious education and
expanding our opportunities for spiritual practice, including looking for new ways to engage in
contemplative worship. While we want to maintain and grow our religious education
opportunities for youth, there is also a strong desire to create new opportunities and programs
for the senior members of our parish. And n many areas, parishioners have expressed a wish to
create new small group activities at Grace that would help foster the kind of tight-knit personal
connections that make our growing parish still feel so close, warm, and welcoming.

Contact Information

Please visit: www.gracemedford.org to learn more about Grace Church.

Interested applicants should submit application materials to: apply@gracemedford.org.