|Date Posted||May 30, 2017|
Virginia (Mary Thorpe & Ed Keithly)
|Location||Arlington (inner-beltway DC suburb)|
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Housing||Housing for 5|
|Communicants in Good Standing||227|
|Average Sunday Attendance||101|
|Child Population in Church School||8|
|Adult Population in Church School||6|
I've encountered few churches as healthy as St. Michael's:
- St. Michael's parishioners have a sense of humor, are intelligent/life-long learners, self-aware, open to constructive criticism, and have a heart for mission.
- Financial Generosity: Willing to give to when asked. They have a large operating budget for their size ($310k+), and managed a $500k capital campaign a few years ago.
- Location: In a beautiful neighborhood of Arlington--feels like a village within the beltway. Great schools, nearby shops and restaurants.
- Rectory: High cost of living (esp. housing), but St. Michael's offers a 4-bedroom rectory valued at $843k, which was renovated in 2015 and is located two blocks from the church, minimizing "drop-ins". Housing equity negotiable.
- Renting out the rectory and paying a housing stipend to their next rector is a possibility, but their hope is s/he will live in the rectory--and for good reason.
As with many churches of their size (ASA 101), there is a potential for lay ministry burnout, but they are aware of this and are working on it by partnering with nearby Episcopal churches.
Ready to grow: In a rapidly-growing area with smart, welcoming parishioners, St. Michael's has everything it needs to grow, and their next rector should be a catalyst for that.
They had been somewhat rector-centric, their next rector should focus on growth, teaching and sustainable structures. Do-it-alls need not apply.
Next rector should...
- Focus on growth, teaching, and creating sustainable lay ministry structures.
- Be a strong preacher--intelligent but not overly heady, with relatable insight on "how then shall we live?"
- Have 3+ years of experience as a priest and be a loving, driven rock star.
First-time rectors are a possibility if experience suggests s/he would thrive.
Absolutely LGBT friendly. Previous rector is a married lesbian who came out 10 years in to her rectorship and subsequently had her union blessed by Bp. Johnston with most of the parish in attendance. St. Michael's discusses in more detail in their OTM portfolio.