|Date Posted||March 7, 2017|
Ohio (Percy Grant)
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Child Population in Church School||34|
|Adult Population in Church School||50|
|Teacher Population in Church School||5|
Our greatest strength is our people. We are a healthy, happy and vibrant group of talented, smart, devout, fun people with a proud history. We are a looking for a rector who will join in, inspire and lead us to a greater goodness in the glory of God. Our congregation includes well-educated and accomplished individuals who are natural leaders in our church, community, and in the professional and business world. At church we find eager volunteers, a “can do “ attitude and a confident modesty. We are not too formal, although most of us wear our “Sunday best” to church and we lean toward “traditional” rather than “contemporary” in our current worship style. Our community is friendly, welcoming and caring. We love our excellent staff, our music programs, our youth mission trips, our beautiful grounds and facilities, our outreach programs, our adult education series, our financial security and endowment, and our successful Projects Campaign. The amount of talent, kindness and generosity of spirit among us are truly gifts from God and we give thanks and praise His Holy Name.
Growth has long been a goal. Like many parish families, we are aging and would love to have more young families in our midst. In our fourth year of this “transition journey” attendance has declined a bit and new visitors are few. We have lost loyal members due to natural causes; death and moves. Our campus location is in a beautiful, wooded area. It is private, peaceful and safe. Yet it is “off the beaten path” and we need to integrate into the broader community. We hope to grow in size and Spirit, to stretch beyond ourselves. The more we can bring God’s Love to His people - wherever they are - not just on our beautiful Ottawa Hills campus, the more we will truly “grow”. Our Outreach efforts are purposeful, feasible and good. Yet, we know we could do more, should do more and generally wish we did more.Gathering together in worship and prayer is at the heart of everything we do at St. Michael’s. We have had to let go of a beloved Saturday evening service as part of going from two clergy to one. This was painful and some wounds endure. Change is tough. We thought we knew what change would be like and we thought we were ready. We’ve learned that change happens even when you’re not ready or particularly willing. It brings some sadness and excitement, lots of opportunity and surprises. We know that change is necessary and we long for a spiritual leader to give us focus and stability.
Percy Grant firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canon for Ministry Diocese of Ohio