St. Michael's, Colonial Heights

Rector

Date Posted March 6, 2017
Diocese Southern Virginia (Rev. Charles Robinson & Susan Allen)
Location Colonial Heights
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Suburban
Compensation $62,500 - Negotiable
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing None
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 158
Average Sunday Attendance 85
Child Population in Church School 13
Adult Population in Church School 14
Budget $221,931
Rite I yes
Rite II yes

Strengths

St. Michael’s has made a recent decision to step out and take a chance.  They have been seeking a rector at the half-time level without success.  They have a retired priest of this Diocese who has been a long-term interim (~3 years).  The Diocese recently challenged them to look at their resources carefully and the Diocesan Compensation Guidelines to determine whether they could offer a full time package in the hopes of some redevelopment work.  In a faithful response, the leaders voted unanimously to do so.  They desired, however, to have the approval of the entire community and sought it at a parish-wide meeting; they received an overwhelming vote of acclamation (only 2 dissenters).

Challenges

St. Michael’s is not large parish, but an active and committed one.  They were at one time a large parish, but the community has changed.  They do many effective ministries in and around the community.  They are struggling to learn how to live in what has become a neighborhood that was once affluent and full of power brokers to one that is not.  The step they are taking described above is, of course, a strength and a challenge.

Comments

St. Michael’s needs a creative and outward thinking who can help instruct how to encounter their changed and eclectic community and bring them into a welcoming and embracing place.

Contact Information

crobinson@diosova.org