Church of the Heavenly Rest, Manhattan

at Rector
Location New York
Date Posted January 10, 2024
Category New York (Nora Smith)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Urban
Compensation $180,000, and housing or a generous housing allowance
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Negotiable
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 1,031 (2022)
Average Sunday Attendance 172 (basis 2022 parochial report; does not include online attendees, which averaged 75 excluding Christmas, Easter services for which attendance exceeded 500)
Child Population in Church School 44
Adult Population in Church School 350
Teacher Population in Church School 27
Budget $2,875,585 (2022)


Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.

Housing or a generous housing allowance provided.

Liturgical style and practice

Sunday basics: Rite 1 is used at the early (currently 8:30) Sunday service (and at all services during Lent), Rite 2 at the later (currently 11:00) Sunday service. The later service is livestreamed. Morning prayer and compline are held every weekday, and compline is held on Sundays as well. Morning prayer services currently are online only. Compline, which is also online only, is lay led. A highlight of our summers for nearly a decade has been the Jazz vespers service held Sundays at 5 p.m. Jazz vespers is a direct offshoot of our church’s deep love of spiritual music of all kinds.


We are a welcoming parish that feels called to (literally) opens its doors to neighbors and visitors in one of New York’s most beautiful locations.

Our laity have wide-ranging talents and interests – in education, the arts, communications, finance or the law – and generously contribute their time as well as supporting stewardship and community social causes. At the same time, our members insist that spending be prudent and tightly watched.

We embrace music and art as part of our spiritual life, sharing what we make ourselves and encouraging the use of our space by artists and musicians from around the city and around the world.


Our parishioners identify the following priorities:

  • Addressing the needs of the many elderly members, creating fellowship opportunities as well as pastoral care.
  • Developing Children and Family Ministries programs that are both spiritually relevant and a fit with the busy, pressured lives of Manhattan children and their parents.
  • Securing funds for day-to-day operation of and periodic capital repairs to our landmark church campus.
  • Striking a balance between our outreach work and social activism with inward-facing needs for prayer, pastoral care and fellowship.
  • Drawing online parishioners increasingly into all aspects of our parish life, including outreach, pastoral care and stewardship.


Church Website:

Parish Profiles and OTM Community Ministry Portfolios are available from the Diocese of New York's Positions Open webpage:

Contact Information

Receiving Names Until: February 29, 2024

Applications, including Cover Letter, Résumé, and OTM Portfolio should be sent to with a copy to to the Rev. Canon Nora Smith to