|Date Posted||June 19, 2017|
Rhode Island (Linda Grenz)
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Communicants in Good Standing||323|
|Average Sunday Attendance||118|
|Child Population in Church School||47|
|Adult Population in Church School||20|
|Teacher Population in Church School||9|
Growing family-oriented church in suburban neighborhood that is turning over from retirees to younger families plus there are new houses being built to the West (and we have no other churches in that area). So good growth potential.
Good mix of ages. Dedicated laity, ready and willing to follow a leader into the future. Great opportunity for someone who wants to "grow a church" as it is already growing! Lots of children so good opportunity for ministry with families.
As is usual in this kind of situation, the growth in people is ahead of financial growth. They need leadership to help them develop effective strategies to address that challenge. Lots of potential, just need leadership. For example, they have have over a dozen scout groups a month but have not engaged them in the life of the church or invited them to help with fundraising. They have recently started implementing some fundraising initiatives but they need ideas and encouragement.
Church and rectory are from the 1950's era and need updating. Nothing major but that adds to the financial concerns. The diocese has a good loan program to assist.
Location is a challenge -- they are in the middle of a suburb which grew up around them. You have to know where they are to find them!
And finally, they are heading into that transition size and need some help developing a system to fit their growing size.
This is one of the churches in our diocese that has real growth potential and especially expanding ministry with families (probably is THE church we have that has a sizable Sunday School). We would consider someone without prior rector experience (whether older or younger). The imperative is that it has to be someone who loves and is good with families, children, youth, etc. That's the heart of this church.
Send resume, OTM and letter to:
The Rev. Canon Linda L. Grenz