St. John's Episcopal Church
|Date Posted||September 25, 2017|
Rhode Island (Linda Grenz)
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Communicants in Good Standing||691|
|Average Sunday Attendance||191|
Program sized parish, highly active, good mix of ages with a well tended building in the middle of a town of about 15,000. Founded in 1838 and located in one of the wealthier communities in RI, it has a wide range of professionals and working class congregants. Has a history of long-term rectors, although recently has been through a series of short-term rectors. Looking for someone committed to stay awhile.
This parish has an administrator, business manager and Christian Educator as well as organist and sexton. They are known for things like a block party, a very popular consignment shop (with high end clothes), selling pumpkins on the front lawn each fall and lobster rolls each Friday in the spring; starting a garden that provides fresh vegetable to area food banks and participating in two mobile meals programs. They have a strong Christian formation program and good choir program including a lively ”Eclectic Ensemble” comprised of singers and players (up to 13 different instruments) who support the music at the “Gathering” service which takes place each Sunday at 5:30 pm.
Attendance has declined the last year or so. They largely just need a shot in the arm which a new priest will bring them. They are a dedicated, talented congregation that has been and should grow back up to their previous 900 members and an ASA closer to their former 280. Someone with energy, passion and compassion, decent preaching and dedicated cheerleading can help them do that.
There doesn't seem to be any real conflict or major issues. Multiple building issues have been resolved including the installation of a new kitchen ($150,000) which one donor offered to pay for if they did it. So there is capacity and commitment.
OTM portfolio, resume to:
The Rev. Canon Linda L. Grenz, Canon to the Ordinary