|Date Posted||June 18, 2017|
Southern Ohio (Lynn Carter-Edmands)
|Location||Washington Court House|
|Health Benefits||Clergy + 1|
|Communicants in Good Standing||150|
|Average Sunday Attendance||65|
|Child Population in Church School||10|
|Adult Population in Church School||35|
The parishes of Good Shepherd Lutheran and St. Andrew’s Episcopal have been working closely together for the past two years with a shared pastorate that recognizes the gift of Called to Common Mission. What began as an opportunity to respond to the needs of the individual parishes and facilitate their ongoing individual ministries has provided the means for the two parishes together to explore a future mutual ministry and depth of commitment to a shared mission for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Washington Court House and its surrounding region.
Housing is negotiable; a rectory is available if desired.
The two congregations, together, seek an Episcopal priest or Lutheran pastor who will serve with them as pastor, priest, and teacher and also continue to work with the congregations toward a future shared ministry. The congregations currently worship together. They still own and use two separate properties; however, conversations continue about what might be the best use of their buildings and the most prudent stewardship in this regard. Already, the vestry and council meet together for shared leadership.
The leadership of the congregations have decided to consider the sale of one of the properties in order to better position them financially to move forward into their future together; this may or may not be completed by the time their next settled priest/pastor arrives. That person will need to help them navigate this change.
This is a remarkable opportunity for the right priest or pastor to journey with this developing Called to Common Mission congregation. There is strong lay leadership and a willingness to work together. The details need to be worked out and some sentimental attachments addressed. These are good folks who are interested in being a faithful liturgical Christian congregation and witness among largely non-liturgical local congregations. There is some generational diversity that is an important reality for them and part of what makes them who they are.
In their own words: “We are excited about what we’ve accomplished over the past two years in our common mission between Good Shepherd Lutheran and St. Andrew’s Episcopal. We look forward to more joint activities going forward. Our Coordinators in both churches are working together to plan in all areas—Worship, Education, Fellowship, Global & Community Outreach, Pastoral Care, and Evangelism & Church Growth. We see that combining our time, talents, and resources allows us to assist the community in more ways.”
This can be great rural living close to the big city with Columbus just 45 minutes north of town. A rectory is available or a housing allowance can be provided. The vestry/council expects the priest/pastor to live in Fayette County but may consider someone you lives just outside the county.
In the spirit of Called to Common Mission, St Andrew's Episcopal and Good Shepherd Lutheran Churches have been served well by an Episcopal priest for the past two years or so. At that time, the folks of Good Shepherd asked if the priest already settled at St Andrew's could provide Sunday services, pastoral care, and formation opportunities at Good Shepherd. The result was a new relationship between the two congregations. Over time and through conversations and intentional discernment, the two churches have been sharing ministry and worship. During the transition, one worship service is being held using a liturgy that draws elements from the Lutheran as well as the Episcopal Eucharistic liturgies. They seek a priest who has a knowledge of ELCA and TEC polity and worship, or is willing to learn it, and who can lead these congregations in shared mission and ministry in Washington Court House. Experience with ELCA and TEC worship is desired but not required.
Lutheran ministry site documents are available upon request or can be found on the Diocese of Southern Ohio's website at http://diosohio.org/transition-ministry/ .
Candidates must apply through the application form found at this link: https://diosohio.wufoo.com/forms/dso-transitions-clergy-application-form/
We ask our search committees to hold confidential the identifying information of interested candidates. We ask that candidates also keep their interest in this position confidential and limited to the search process we follow.
Due to the confidential nature of the search process, we ask that all questions about the position or search process be directed to the Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands, Canon for Transitions at Lcarterfirstname.lastname@example.org or 513.421.0311, and that members of the congregation or Search Committee not be contacted directly. Parishioners and friends of St Andrew’s and Good Shepherd have been asked to nominate clergy for consideration by sending names to Canon Carter-Edmands, who will contact the nominees directly.