St. Elizabeth's

Rector

Date Posted August 13, 2019
Diocese Massachusetts (Carol Gallagher, Martha Hubbard, Kelly O'Connell)
Location Sudbury
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Suburban
Compensation $ 104,750 (in accordance with diocesan TCC standard)
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Negotiable
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 364
Average Sunday Attendance 102
Child Population in Church School 60
Adult Population in Church School 43
Teacher Population in Church School 16
Budget $548,664
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary yes
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I no
Rite II yes

Strengths

St. Elizabeth’s is blessed with strong lay leadership and we empower our members to serve in worship, formation and outreach.

St. E’s is fiscally sound, with no debt. Our facilities, including church, chapel and rectory, are all in working order. We recently completed a significant renovation of our sanctuary as a result of the TogetherNow Comprehensive Campaign.

Our Chapel is a historical treasure, and we regularly use it for 8am Sunday worship services from April through November. During the winter months, the 8am service is held in the Church. St. E’s has an endowment to fund the maintenance and upkeep of the Chapel.

St. E’s is able to fund an Assistant Rector ½ time position. We are currently seeking to fill this position, preferably creating an effectively full-time position in conjunction with a nearby parish.

Our Creative Worship and Creative Music Teams create new and innovative contributions to the service, and our congregation is very willing to try new ways to worship.

St. E’s offers many worship and fellowship opportunities for young and old. Our church school program is particularly attractive to new families. Youth and adult volunteers who participate in life transforming experiences, such as week-long Appalachia Service Project trips, are inspired and cherish the opportunity to serve others.

St. E’s parishioners participate in many Outreach programs beyond our campus.

Challenges

Similar to trends in churches around the country, St. Elizabeth’s attendance and active roster have been slowly declining. Curiously, though, our pledges have been increasing. Our declining attendance is a concern and we would like to increase our membership and participation rates.

Although two-thirds of our households pledge at some level, our income depends heavily on a fairly small number of them. While our budget has been very sound in the past several years, we are aware that we need to continue to be fiscally responsible.

We are an accepting and inclusive community, but lack diversity in some measures. We would like to attract more varied backgrounds to our community.

Through our discernment, we have learned that we need to do better in welcoming newcomers, in teaching them what programs are available and getting them involved with our various opportunities.

Our church school is strong, but we need to create new activities for adults so they will continue to be actively involved after their children age out of church school.

Many of our members are active and many are also overstretched. We need to be sensitive to burnout and ensure broader participation.

Comments

We seek a new rector, a parish priest, to help guide us to the future. We seek a strong preacher and an approachable person dedicated to pastoral ministry.

During our discernment, one parishioner mentioned…. “If there’s one thing the new rector needs to know about St. Elizabeth’s, it’s this…. you will be smothered with love the moment you get here, so be ready for it!”

Thank you for considering St. Elizabeth’s in Sudbury. If you feel called to join us and lead us, we are eager to hear from you!

Contact Information

If you feel called to serve the St. Elizabeth’s spiritual community towards a more transformative relationship with God, please email your cover letter, resume, ministry portfolio, samples of sermons and any other material that would help us learn about you to:
Email: RectorSearch@st-elizabeths.org
Website: https://st-elizabeths.org
St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church
Attn: Rector Search Committee
1 Morse Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
Please submit your application no later than October 1, 2019
Rector Search Committee Co-Chairs:
Win Treese – treese@acm.org – (508) 314-4359
Ruth Griesel - ruth.griesel@verizon.net – (978) 341-8167
Paul Grous – paul@grous.com - (617) 448-1909