St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Mendham, NJ

Priest-in-Charge

Date Posted September 10, 2018
Diocese Newark (Gregory Jacobs)
Location Mendham
Position Type Half Time

Position Details

Setting Suburban
Compensation $65,000
Health Benefits Clergy Only
Housing Supplied Housing
Equity Allowance Yes

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 145
Average Sunday Attendance 43
Child Population in Church School 14
Adult Population in Church School 15
Teacher Population in Church School 2
Budget $154,006
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 no
Rite II yes

Strengths

  • Beautiful historic church in the center of an energetic, welcoming community
  • Excellent church hall related facilities
  • Large, historic, restored rectory with large fenced yard and room to garden
  • Small but dedicated number of church members
  • Inviting and welcoming to newcomers
  • An international congregation
  • A community and familial spirit of the congregation
  • A very friendly coffee hour--always with good food and conversation
  • Potential for new members  (For example, close proximity to Randolph which has no Episcopal Church)
  • Positive relationship with nearby to Community of St. John the Baptist
  • Collaborative relationship with Grace Lutheran Church
  • Located in the heart of Mendham Borough Historic District

See website: www.stmarksmendham.org

 

Challenges

  • Not as many pledging members as in the past, which impacts our budget
  • Most activities happen on weekends, as per availability of the majority
  • Trying to identify more ways to involve parishioners who are not on the vestry
  • Cost of maintaining historic buildings
  • More than ample space for our needs; looking for rental opportunities
  • Living within our means, with part time clergy and finances
  • Our previous popular rector took a position directing the retreat house at the Community of St. John Baptist (convent), less than 2 miles away. Separation anxiety is inevitable but see an opportunity for collaboration in the future.

Comments

Good opportunity for clergy to collaborate ecumenically with the Lutheran church and others. Church formerly operated a pre-school which closed after county opened free pre-school. challenge to become a truly community-focused, centered church.

Buildings and grounds are in excellent shape with ample parking.

Gifts for next next Priest-in-Charge

  • Chief Spiritual Officer
  • Outgoing
  • Good communicator
  • Mixes the traditional with the experimental
  • Thick-skinned
  • Consensus builder
  • Community leader
  • Values ecumenical relationships

Contact Information

Karen Cerreta                                                                                                                                                    kcerreta@gmail.com                                                                                                                                                  908-879-6585;                                                                                                                                                              973-224-7119