St. Stephen's, Richmond

Associate Priest

Date Posted September 10, 2019
Diocese Virginia (Sarah Brockenbrough & Ed Keithly)
Location Richmond, VA
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Suburban
Compensation Commensurate with experience
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 3,865
Average Sunday Attendance 1,126
Child Population in Church School 400
Adult Population in Church School 900
Budget 3,800,156
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional yes
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I yes
Rite II yes

Strengths

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St. Stephen's, Richmond's Website

Position open until filled, posted September 6, 2019. 

Nurturing the spiritual lives of children, teenagers, married couples and parents is a primary concern of St. Stephen’s Church. St. Stephen’s has a thriving Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program for age 3 through grade 3, Sunday school and youth groups for grades 4 through 12, and speakers and groups for parents. The parish offers youth several regular opportunities to participate in youth mission trips, pilgrimages and community service. Children and youth regularly serve in our worship services, both in the main church and in Palmer Hall Chapel. Palmer Hall services, while using a traditional Book of Common Prayer liturgy, are somewhat more informal, and are welcoming to people who are new to the Episcopal Church’s liturgy, and engaging for children and parents alike. St. Stephen’s has an outstanding team of professional lay ministers who work with youth and children and are eager to welcome a priest into the fold. The successful candidate will join an experienced clergy team, tending to pastoral, liturgical, and sacramental duties in a collegial atmosphere.

 

While the parish draws from many neighborhoods and schools, the area in which the church is located is home to two elite Episcopal schools, with other excellent independent schools close byExpectations of young people in this area can be particularly high, with many youth deeply involved in their studies, sports, and other extracurricular activities. Many will be expected to pursue admission to prestigious institutions of higher learning. In addition to the challenges of involving busy students in church-related activities, St. Stephen’s proximity to these schools, as well as the University of Richmond and the Country Club of Virginia, can cause some make incorrect assumptions about the parish, its members, and its resources. We are grateful to have a diverse group of families, and integrating young people from public and private schools is both a great opportunity and a potential challenge.

 

Challenges

'This is a position for which experienced clergy, or recent seminary graduates with demonstrated supervisory and leadership skills, are eligible. The successful candidate will have a passion for youth ministry and for deepening the engagement of young people in parish life, as well as for faith development and spiritual nurture for people of all ages. Nurturing marriages and parenting skills, as well as teenagers and children in their spiritual lives, are primary concerns of the parish. The successful candidate will have special responsibility for these ages but will join a very strong team of lay and clergy professionals who share collegially in ministering for the wellbeing of all.

St. Stephen’s has a thriving Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program for ages 3-9, Sunday school and youth groups for grades 4 through 12, and speakers and groups for parents. The parish offers youth several regular opportunities to participate in youth mission trips, pilgrimages and community service. Children and youth regularly serve in our worship services, both in the main church and in Palmer Hall Chapel. Palmer Hall services, while using a traditional Book of Common Prayer liturgy, are somewhat more informal, welcoming to people who are new to the Episcopal Church’s liturgy, and engaging for children and parents alike.'

Contact Information

Candidates should forward their OTM portfolio, resume and cover letter to
The Rev. Gary D. Jones
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
6000 Grove Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226

Or emailed to
staff@ststephensRVA.org
No telephone calls, please.

Transition Minister:

Ed Keithly, Vocational Development Minister
The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia