Church of the Advent, Kennett Square

at Rector
Location Kennett Square
Date Posted April 4, 2022
Category Pennsylvania (Arlette Benoit Joseph)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation 90,000
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing for 5
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there? Optional
If there IS a rectory, is the compensation figure above inclusive of fair market value of rectory? No
If there IS a rectory, how many bedrooms and bathrooms? 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath rectory available
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 601
Average Sunday Attendance 142
Budget $837,672


Liturgical style and practice

Advent offers three services on Sunday morning. We have a traditional Rite I service without music, a shortened contemporary service, and a traditional Rite II service. During COVID, the contemporary service has been celebrated under our large oak tree during nice weather and offered as Car Communion in our parking lot using an FM radio band. Our service style is reverent, but relaxed. We appreciate joyful noises made by children and enjoy music from the Hymnal, LEVAS, and Wonder, Love & Praise. The spiritual vitality of parishioners is strong and we possess an openness to people at all stages of their spiritual journey. Theologically diverse, we appreciate and desire sermons that inspire and connect us to God’s word.


Advent is a welcoming community and enriched by those from many different walks of life.  Our congregation has brought meaning to our lives, a friendly atmosphere prevails, and we show genuine concern and care for one another in times of need.  Ministry to those in our congregation and to those in the world are especially important to our identity as a community of faith. We have strong spiritual vitality, diverse theological perspectives, and a desire to continue growing in our faith.  Advent has strong lay leadership and support staff.  The church is financially sound, and has an attractive and functional campus in a charming suburban town.


Opportunities for improvement and growth include reviewing and focusing on our mission and purpose, investing in our faith formation, and revitalizing our worship experiences.  Although we are somewhat settled, we recognize the need for and desire change.  Utilizing  our strong lay leadership and other congregational strengths to address the goals of our Strategic Growth Plan is a priority for the future.


We seek a rector who is: an entrepreneurial priest, a warm and joyful pastor, a spiritually grounded preacher and teacher, a change facilitator, and a strategic leader.

If you are intrigued by the possibility of entering into a ministry partnership with us, please see our Parish Profile and our OTM form for more details on the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Kennett Square, PA.

Thank you for considering this opportunity.  May God bless you and your ministry.

Contact Information

If you are interested in entering into mutual discernment with Advent, please submit a letter of intent, resume, OTM, references, links to or copies of several sermons, and any social media accounts to:

Rev. Canon Arlette Benoit-Joseph, Canon for Transition Ministry

Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania