|Date Posted||December 1, 2022|
Virginia (Shirley Smith-Graham)
|Diocesan Compensation Info||https://www.thediocese.net/Customer-Content/www/CMS/files/Finance_and_Management/6_2021_Compensation_Guidelines.pdf|
|Health Benefits||Clergy Only|
|Is there a rectory?||No|
|Communicants in Good Standing||100|
|Average Sunday Attendance||39|
Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.
Compensation budget allows for clergy-only health premium paid. However, if cleric has different needs, and has flexibility on compensation, they should apply.
Liturgical style and practice
Mostly traditional, and also open to innovative liturgy
Our greatest strength is welcoming the stranger with loving kindness. Whether people visit once, stay for a while, or become members, at St. Andrew’s you belong. Beautiful music also is a beloved tradition. We are blessed with a gifted organist and choirmaster, and a small but strong choir that includes, but is not limited to professionally trained singers. We are a healthy church, because of who we are, and because of rectors who have blessed us with highly skilled pastoral leadership. We are open and enthusiastic about innovative ministries such as our Grace on the Hill (GotH) interns, an Episcopal Service Corps program for post-college young adults. They lived in community in the neighborhood of the church, received a stipend for work with various agencies and ministries, and connected church members to the community of Oregon Hill in inspiring ways. We raised up three of our GotHs for ordained ministry. In the last 15 years, we have raised up another 5 individuals to ordained ministry, as well as supporting several seminarians in their formation. We are deeply committed to individual and community spiritual growth.
One of our rectors described St. Andrew’s as “small but mighty.” With dedicated volunteers we carry out a variety of ministries, risking burnout because of our numbers. A balanced budget is a consistent challenge, even though we are blessed with an annual contribution from the fund established by our original benefactor, Grace Arents. We are frugal with our financial resources, and our beautiful building is expensive to maintain. As is the case with many churches, the pandemic reduced our membership and our finances. In the past we have carried out many initiatives to engage the Oregon Hill community where our church is located, with limited results; yet we dare to hope that new possibilities exist. We are beginning to experience renewed energy, and small increases in membership, which enlivens our hope.
Opportunities: Our most promising opportunities will spring from fresh applications of our long-term strengths; and we are open to developing new strengths to become the church of the future. Our warm welcome can be more effective with focused newcomer welcome and integration. We have recently added to our narthex an “Episcopal Primer” that explains things visitors who didn’t grow up in an apostolic tradition might not know. Our strong music program can connect us to others in the immediate community as well as the city. One of the things we learned during a Discernment Committee-led congregational meeting is that the times we believe we were at our best as a church were when we were serving others. We are eager to identify and respond to the human needs in the community we serve in new ways. We have done good work in the past to identify alternative income streams and can update and move some of that work forward from the initial planning stage. Because of our limited budget, parents take primary responsibility for our children’s programming. We created a beautiful space for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd with liturgical and other items, all crafted by parishioners. One of our core values is resourcefulness, which reflects the values of the community where our church is located. Another is resilience, and we are willing to work, because we love God, our church, and each other.
Four characteristics or skills of a clergyperson considered essential at this time
- Leadership gifts, including the ability to form good pastoral relationships with people inside and outside our church walls, and to effectively manage our church family system.
- Ability to nurture our spiritual growth with inspired preaching and teaching, sharing our joy in celebrations and comforting us in sorrow.
- Able to help us continue to identify and implement outreach ministry that is workable for a congregation of our size.
- Bring creativity and problem-solving skills to the administrative work of the church.
The Rev. Shirley Smith Graham
Interim Transition Minister, Diocese of Virginia