St. Elizabeth's Church, Ridgewood, NJ

Rector

Date Posted October 31, 2018
Diocese Newark (Gregory Jacobs)
Location Ridgewood
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Suburban
Compensation $105000
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Supplied Housing
Equity Allowance Yes

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 708
Average Sunday Attendance 191
Child Population in Church School 189
Adult Population in Church School 120
Teacher Population in Church School 31
Budget $1,066,006
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I yes
Rite II yes

Strengths

What the congregations says about itself:

  • A clear sense of Anglican identity, reflected in our vibrant traditional worship and prioritization of spiritual development.
  • A multi-generational community that supports each other in our various goals and needs
  • Financial stability and flexibility through Annual Giving
  • A well-maintained church, rectory, and ADA-compliant modern parish house with room for membership growth.
  • An exceptional music ministry, which fosters the development of the musical gifts of children, youth, and adults, and significantly enhances our worship services.
  • An enduring commitment to parishioner-directed Outreach, consisting of time, material goods, and substantial financial aid.
  • A well-structured and vibrant Children's Chapel and Church School program.

Challenges

What the congregation says about itself:

  • A need for an improved system for consistently attracting, welcoming, and enfolding new members.
  • A need for an improved system for consistently engaging both new and long-term parishioners in active programs and ministry.
  • A dependence on a small number (12-15) of families for the majority of Annual Giving.
  • A need to improve our network of pastoral care by both clergy and laity.
  • A need to revamp and modernize our external and internal communications systems.
  • A need to develop a consistent programmatic approach to teens' church life.

Comments

The Congregation's sense of the leadership style required of the next clergy :

"Our next rector will be the newest member of our church family. The 20+ year tenures of our 3 prior rectors attest to our mutual affection. Each had  different skills an strengths and built up different aspects of this parish. Our new rector leader will continue with those things essential to the values, character, style and identity of St. Elizabeth's, but with his or her own unique skills and strengths, the new rector will help the members of this parish grow "unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ".

It is important to have a rector that leads by example, especially "seeking and serving Christ in all persons". The rector should be a model of inclusion, especially for our children. In implementing any changes or new programs, we expect our rector to understand who and what St. Elizabeth's has been and is today by seeking input from the Wardens, Vestry and other church leaders. Equally important , the rector should be transparent in motives as well as objectives to ensure the support of the parish.

Finally, the new rector will be charged with providing leadership to our staff of lay and clergy, to foster the cooperation and mutual support that currently marks this close-knit team. Our rector will help them experience their own spiritual and professional growth, inspiring them as they offer their ministries to the parish."

Contact Information

Send OTM Portfolio and resume to: Mary Wynn Seiter, Rector Search Committee Chair,

rectorsearch@stesridgewood.org with a cc to mwseiter@lawnj.com