|Date Posted||October 4, 2021|
Pennsylvania (Arlette Benoit Joseph)
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Housing||Housing for 4|
|Communicants in Good Standing||677|
|Average Sunday Attendance||182|
|Child Population in Church School||30|
|Adult Population in Church School||650|
|Teacher Population in Church School||6|
Advent, Kennett Square is a faithful congregation with many
long-time members who are committed to the church. Advent’s
parishioners are dedicated to worship, music, children and the
local community through multiple community partnerships.
As a result of strong clergy and vestry leadership, Advent
has a lay-created strategic growth plan, is in a stable financial
position, and a progressing outward giving program. Advent’s
excellent support staff includes a lay Director of
Children and Youth Ministries, music director,
communication administrator, financial administrator,
and sexton, all part-time.
The attractive church campus includes the church, fellowship hall
with a commercial grade kitchen, a nice 4-bedroom rectory,
beautiful memorial garden, and a large parking lot. Advent has
good quality digital resources including new video cameras,
sound recording, and streaming equipment. The air circulation
system, HEPA filters, and operable windows in the sanctuary
ensure quality air flow.
Advent is located in the charming small town of Kennett Square.
Kennett Square with the surrounding area of Chester County
is a nice community with very good schools, a growing population,
cultural attractions, and easy access to Philadelphia,
Baltimore, Lancaster, New York and Washington, D.C.
Like so many churches, adverse demographics are resulting in
our core congregation growing older and youth congregation
growing leaner. Attracting busy young families is a challenge.
Advent’s current demographic is largely white, college-educated
professionals. Attracting more diverse parishioners is a
challenge. The pandemic has negatively impacted the church
and there are concerns about Advent’s ability to rebound.
As a midsized church, competing against mega churches
in the region is a challenge. Lay leadership “burn-out” is a
challenge also (20% of the people do 80% of the work).
We seek a spiritual leader who will help guide Advent to
find new ways to fulfill our mission—Making Christ Visible,
Changing Lives, Making a Difference-Together. We seek an
interim priest in charge who will be a capacity builder – one who
will assist us as we rebound from the pandemic, work with us to
implement the existing strategic growth plan, and help us
address other challenges while we journey through the
Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume and OTM profile to Canon Arlette D. Benoit Joseph email@example.com.