|Date Posted||March 1, 2017|
Michigan (Jim Gettel)
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Communicants in Good Standing||230|
|Average Sunday Attendance||116|
|Child Population in Church School||24|
|Adult Population in Church School||25|
|Teacher Population in Church School||6|
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church strives to be an inclusive, sustainable, and vibrant church that is a beacon of love and hope in our community and in the changing world. We come together to receive the Eucharist at Sunday Service and proceed to go out into service in Jackson and the world. As stewards of over 175 years of history and ministry in Jackson, MI, we honor the rich tradition of the Episcopal Liturgy while embracing new ideas and alternative service styles. We are located in the heart of downtown Jackson and actively partner with programs that serve the most vulnerable populations. The work of our Mission and Outreach ministry is central to our identity as members of St. Paul’s
During the interim period, St. Paul's has experienced a significant increase in lay leadership and involvement and growth in attendance, participation, ministries and stewardship and has adopted a sustainable budget.
We’ve been building and strengthening our Mission and Outreach for the past 15 years. This work primarily supports existing programs that are already serving the community. This collaborative approach to mission and ministry maximizes resources and greatly expands our reach. We also recognize, however, that our downtown location and extensive facilities provide us with unique opportunities to serve Jackson. Our worshipping community has an ever-growing desire to use these assets to serve Jackson in new and creative ways. We hope that our future rector will join in our enthusiasm and help us to discern how God is calling us to be a radically welcoming community of faith that seeks Christ in our service to others.
We are also preparing to build our in-reach support system. As our worshipping community grows, so does the need for in-reach—including pastoral care and Christian formation. But growth also means that our collective capacity to take on new work has increased as well. We have begun building a Parish Life Committee to oversee the pastoral care of our parishioners. There is a growing call at St. Paul’s for more spiritual formation and Biblical studies in addition to our popular Sunday Adult Forum and Wednesday Bible Study groups. We anticipate that our future rector will play a key role in the formation of the Parish Life Committee, supporting its ministries and helping us develop additional Christian formation opportunities.
Our vision for St. Paul’s is that we will continue to be a vital hub at the center of the Jackson community and will grow our mission and ministries. We are eager to welcome a rector who shares that vision and who will guide us and serve alongside us as we celebrate Christ in this changing world. As we develop new ministries— for both in-reach and outreach— we seek a rector who will engage with us both with pastoral care and with the greater community around St. Paul’s. We are seeking a rector who will come alongside us and empower the initiatives of our parishioners.
If our celebration of Christ through worship and outreach and our challenge to grow excite you as they do us, we invite you to explore our website (http://www.stpauljxmi.org/), learn more about us through our profiles (http://www.stpauljxmi.org/rectorsearch/), and submit an application if you feel called to do so.
Canon for Congregational Life