Holy Innocents' Church

Rector

Date Posted January 16, 2019
Diocese New Jersey (Brian Jemmott)
Location Beach Haven
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Town
Compensation In accordance with diocesan standards - see http://dioceseofnj.org/sccc/
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing for 4
Equity Allowance Yes

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 144
Average Sunday Attendance 76
Child Population in Church School 6
Adult Population in Church School 18
Teacher Population in Church School 3
Budget $275,956
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer yes
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I yes
Rite II yes

Strengths

We, at Holy Innocents', are comfortable with our worship process, bible study, adult forums, and active ministries. Our music ministry adds to our own worship and to the greater community. We also present many outreach support programs to assist needy families, food banks, children with school back-packs, local community garden, AA, Family Promise housing and living program, Atlantic City Mission food program, UTO, Episcopal Relief Development and International Justice mission to end human trafficking. What we feel as a congregational family has been identified by many as a strong, loving, Christian character that fosters one’s sense of belonging.

Challenges

We recognize that the demographics of Long Beach Island are an aging population of full-time island residents. Distance to mainland employment and high property costs do not foster young individuals and families to live on the island. Our congregation is aging and our Sunday school-youth program faces dwindling numbers. Cultural diversity and a large cohort of Hispanic individuals/families represent growth potential. We need to develop skills to meet this challenge. Related to this is the need for more direct community outreach and involvement programs. Like so many churches today, we need to learn how to grow our Church and to become more missional in scope and practice.

Comments

Holy Innocents Church in Beach Haven is searching for its fifth Rector. The Church was established in 1882 as a seasonal mission chapel on Long Beach Island, a barrier island summer vacation area. It was commissioned as a Parish in 1954. The present church building was built and dedicated in 1974. Long Beach Island continues to be a vacation destination and so our church experiences seasonal variation in attendance. Our winters are quiet, often buffeted by cold, damp winds. Yet our worship from the Christmas season moves quickly into Lent and then into Easter with special music programs, adult education forums, and pot-luck dinners. We pray that the Lord may lead an effectual and engaging Priest to us to serve as our Rector

Contact Information

By February 15, 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.