St. John's, Salem
|Date Posted||August 27, 2016|
New Jersey (Brian Jemmott)
|Compensation||In compliance with Diocesan guidelines-based on years of credited service|
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Communicants in Good Standing||107|
|Average Sunday Attendance||60|
|Child Population in Church School||3|
|Adult Population in Church School||6|
|Teacher Population in Church School||2|
Although we have a small congregation, it is a very dedicated group. We work together to provide community, fellowship and support to our members and to the community surrounding us. Our outreach programs continue to grow. We have programs that have been in place for a long time, such as our Quilters, who sew quilts for children at the Ronald McDonald House in Camden; our food pantry; and our music ministry. We also have newer initiatives, such as our Backpack Program for 8th Grade students at Salem Middle School; Trunk or Treat at Halloween to give neighborhood children a safe place to trick-or-treat; and our Secret Santa Shop, which children are invited to come ‘shop’ for Christmas gifts for family members. Our Deacon, who has been with us for 4 years, has spearheaded many of our newest initiatives. She is one of our greatest strengths. When our previous rector was here, she assisted him in many ways and initiated many new outreach programs. In the absence of a rector, she continues to direct our outreach and provides continuity of spiritual direction to our parish. Finally, whenever we talk about our strengths, we have to acknowledge the endowments that help to fund our building upkeep, outreach projects and special activities.
Our congregation has several ongoing and immediate challenges. We are located in what is considered an urban area but without many of the services of a larger urban center. There is a high concentration of low-income families who struggle on a day-to-day basis. There is inadequate public transportation so people have difficulty traveling where they need to go. Most of our congregation travels from other communities to worship with us-very few are from the city of Salem proper. Some attend because this is where their families have always gone. Some attend because they like the style of worship and the community of believers they have found here. We need to find a way to both continue to nourish our current congregation, but to attract seekers who want to find a faith community that meets their spiritual needs. We also need to grow our children and youth programs-do do that we need to attract more families.
Stewardship continues to be a challenge as well. For a small congregation, we are blessed with parishioners who give freely of their time and money and we also have a significant endowment that helps us with maintaining our facilities, serving our church community, and providing for outreach to the community at large. But-“To whomever much is given, of him, much will be required; and to whom much was entrusted, of him more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48) and we need to ensure that our outreach, and our community continue to grow and prosper, and that our facilities be properly maintained for the future.
St. John’s is a small but dedicated congregation. We desire to partner with a Rector that is committed to helping our church grow in numbers, faith and outreach, while honoring our past and present.
For more information please visit the church website: http://www.stjohnssalemnj.org
Please contact Canon Brian Jemmott, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-394-5281, Extension 21 to submit Cover letter, OTM Portfolio, resume, and responses to the Diocesan Clergy Questionnaire which can be found at http://dioceseofnj.org/transition-ministry/