St. Peter's Church, Medford

Priest-in-Charge

Date Posted October 29, 2018
Diocese New Jersey (Brian Jemmott)
Location Medford
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Suburban
Compensation In accordance with diocesan standards - see http://dioceseofnj.org/sccc/
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing for 4
Equity Allowance Yes

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 552
Average Sunday Attendance 138
Child Population in Church School 42
Adult Population in Church School 26
Teacher Population in Church School 20
Budget $336,332
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I yes
Rite II yes

Strengths

The members of St. Peter’s Church give generously to our parish, our community, and those in need around the world.  We are proud of our ongoing outreach to our larger community.  At its core, St. Peter’s is a very prayerful congregation that shows its genuine concern for the well-being of its members and its community through word, prayer, and action.  We have a vibrant Christian formation program for people of all ages. We have a dedicated staff which includes a full-time parish administrator and part-time Christian Formation Director, Music Director, Treasurer and Sexton.  Our Deacon has been with us a long time and provides excellent pastoral care.  We own our rectory and we are located in a beautiful community in southern New Jersey.

Challenges

St. Peter’s has struggled with decreasing attendance in recent years, specifically among the youth, who have many competing commitments to school and extracurricular activities. While monetary support for outreach is consistent and generous, donation of time and talents seem to be made by a core group of volunteers.  Our buildings and grounds are well maintained, however many of our facilities are outdated and require significant improvements.  Our lack of endowment income means that expenses must be paid through pledges and donations.  Due to decreasing membership, our income has decreased over recent years. We have struggled to meet our minimum diocesan assessment, however we have appointed a special finance committee to address this.

Comments

Numerous changes in our world have impacted the way people relate to traditional institutions, like churches. We have new ways of communicating, all of which attract different parts of the community—gone are the days of mailing a parish newsletter and seeing that as a central form of communication. Technology has transformed education and society. And of course the way we work, who works, when, and where all seem be in a constant state of flux. So, St. Peter’s, like other traditional church communities, is doing our best to adapt to meet the needs, interests, and lifestyles of 21st-century people in the way we conduct worship and ministry.

Contact Information

By November 30, 2018, please submit your cover letter, OTM Portfolio, resume, and responses to the Clergy Questionnaire found on the diocesan website at: http://dioceseofnj.org/transition-ministry

to The Reverend Canon Brian Jemmott, Canon to the Ordinary and Transitions Officer, at bjemmott@dioceseofnj.org or contact him at 609-394-5281 Extension 21.