St James'

Rector

Date Posted September 25, 2017
Diocese Maine (Rev. Michael Ambler)
Location Old Town
Position Type Half Time

Position Details

Setting Town
Compensation $32625
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 45
Average Sunday Attendance 22
Child Population in Church School 1
Budget 54,000
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 no
Rite II yes

Strengths

St. James is a little parish with a big heart.  Old Town is a small town, and St. James' is right in the center of the downtown area.  Immediately to the south is the large (for Maine) city of Bangor, with shopping, restaurants, hospitals, and a substantial regional airport.  Immediately to the west is Orono, home of the flagship campus of the University of Maine.  St. James' is a small, close-knit congregation, united by love of God and love of one another.  They are actively engaged with service to the community, and their care for one another is extraordinary.  They have been served by several fine clergy in recent years, and while they are small, they are spiritually healthy.  This is a half time call, and unlike some such calls, a skilled priest could do good ministry in the time allotted.

Challenges

The congregation is small, and like many in Maine, aging.  They deeply love their wood Gothic church building, which sits on a prime downtown street corner.  But the building is larger than the congregation currently needs, and while it is beautiful, it's unclear whether it seems inviting to those who are not already inside.  There are two Episcopal churches in the near south: a large and very traditional one in Bangor, and a smaller and lively one in Brewer across the Penobscot River.  While these congregations  may represent opportunities for shared ministry, they also mean that a small, family-sized congregation like St. James' has to work hard to distinguish itself and attract new members.

Comments

As suggested above, this is a great call for someone who wants to do really good ministry that actually fits inside a half-time structure.

Contact Information

The Rev. Canon Michael Ambler, Canon to the Ordinary, the Episcopal Diocese of Maine: mambler@episcopalmaine.org; 207.772.1953 ext. 123