Trinity

Rector

Date Posted September 25, 2017
Diocese Maine (Rev. Michael Ambler)
Location Castine
Position Type 1/4 Time

Position Details

Setting Urban
Compensation $17,682
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 78
Average Sunday Attendance 39
Child Population in Church School 8
Adult Population in Church School 28
Teacher Population in Church School 2
Budget $82,841
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 no
Rite II yes

Strengths

Trinity is one parish with two modes.  Summer is Castine is busy and social, as people come to town from far and wide--often continuing family traditions that reach back for generations.  On summer Sundays, Trinity's pews are full, and many summer residents are deeply committed to Trinity, viewing it as "their" church, perhaps alongside a home parish in Philadelphia, Boston, or elsewhere.

In the winter, Castine is quiet.  The summer residents are gone, and while the Maine Maritime Academy keeps the town from shuttering, there's much less activity generally than in the summer.  The church remains active year round, but its ministry in the winter is lower-key.  Sunday worship is central; book studies and other weekday events are important to some, but not a focal point of the congregations ministry.

The congregation is very engaged with the "Castine model" of ministry, which they pioneered a number of years ago: a rector who is the chief pastor and administrator, but does not preside every week, instead supervising a rota of clergy who share Sunday leadership among them.

Challenges

The congregation is heavily focused on Sunday worship.  There's less going on on weekdays, which may present opportunities for an energetic priest, but also contains its own limitation.

The Castine model offers a variety of preaching and presiding voices, which the congregation values, but at the potential cost of coherent or challenging leadership.  Past rectors have navigated this duality well, but the structure itself poses challenges as well as benefits.

Castine seems central to people once they get there, but until you get there it seems pretty remote.  Like many places in small-town coastal Maine, it calls to people (clergy and otherwise) with a fair degree of self-sufficiency.

Comments

The congregation is seeking a rector who will work between one quarter and one third time.  The salary listed here is for one third time (even though the form says one quarter--the drop down doesn't allow for one third).

Contact Information

The Rev. Canon Michael Ambler, Canon to the Ordinary, the Episcopal Diocese of Maine: mambler@episcopalmaine.org, 207.772.1953 ext 123