St. Matthew's

Rector

Date Posted September 17, 2019
Diocese Maine (Michael Ambler)
Location Lisbon
Position Type Half Time

Position Details

Setting Rural
Compensation $30,350
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 70
Average Sunday Attendance 57
Child Population in Church School 0
Adult Population in Church School 25
Teacher Population in Church School 0
Budget $151,000

Strengths

St. Matthew’s is evangelical in all senses of the word. Its services begin with praise music, its theology is generally conservative, its welcome is warm and its people don’t understand why some Christians find it difficult to invite people to church. The congregation is small and dedicated, and full of capable, can-do people, many of whom are former Navy NCOs. It is a leader in local ecumenical ministry, especially the food bank. St. Matthew’s is committed to the Episcopal Church even though it sometimes experiences tension with the larger church. The Diocese of Maine similarly treasures St. Matthew’s as a faithful expression of a way of following Jesus that is different from many other congregations in the diocese, and will warmly embrace the priest called to serve St. Matthew’s.

Challenges

St Matthew's is financially marginal, though the retirement of its full time rector has helped a lot.  There is a history of conflict in the parish, and a readiness still to be combative; the priest called to St. Matthew's will need some deftness to succeed in keeping everyone at the table. St. Matthew's is proudly conservative in a generally progressive diocese; that difference means that faithful tending of the relationship from both sides is a necessity.

Contact Information

The Rev. Canon Michael Ambler

Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Maine

mambler@episcopalmaine.org

207-772-1953 ext 123