Holy Cross (Piedmont, W. of Charlottesville)

at Priest-in-Charge
Location Batesville
Date Posted August 4, 2023
Category Virginia (Shirley Smith-Graham)
Job Type 1/4 Time
Setting Rural
Compensation $20,000
Diocesan Compensation Info https://www.thediocese.net/Customer-Content/www/CMS/files/Finance_and_Management/6_2021_Compensation_Guidelines.pdf
Health Benefits None
Housing Housing Allowance
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 44
Average Sunday Attendance 26
Budget $60,892


Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.

If health insurance benefit needed, compensation will be adjusted to fit church budget.

Liturgical style and practice

Traditional Rite II Eucharist with occasional lay-led Liturgy of the Word or Morning Prayer


  • Welcoming, giving, thoughtful, and caring congregation
  • Members past and present have always provided for the church financially
  • Active and self-motivated core leadership
  • Active lay liturgical leaders – LEM’s, lay readers, altar guild
  • Long-term music program
  • Strong Outreach Committee with yearly bequest for distribution
  • 2 trained Lay Eucharistic Visitors who can assist with pastoral visits
  • Enjoyable tradition of First Sunday potluck brunches


  • Smaller congregation - need to identify and draw in new members from the community
  • Older congregation - currently only one family with children
  • Little growth in church
  • Priest-in-charge retired on May 28, 2023 and church is currently supported by supply clergy and lay leaders


Skills Sought from New Minister

  • Welcoming to people, interested in exploring ways of attracting new congregation members, and positively encouraging of congregation membership growth
  • Good communicator with Vestry and congregation
  • Accessible to members and responsive to member needs
  • Encouraging of continued strong Outreach Program within the community
  • Providing sermons of meaning, substance, and relevance
  • Available for pastoral duties as needed, including hospital, home, and nursing home visitations, as well as performance of any baptisms, weddings, and funerals.

This is a quarter-time (10 hours per week) position that focuses on: preparing for and providing Holy Eucharist Rite II each Sunday with a sermon; pastoral care (hospital and nursing home visits); baptisms, weddings, and funerals; services on Ash Wednesday, Holy Week (Maundy Thursday and Good Friday), and Christmas Eve.

Contact Information

Dr. Becky Lindsay, Sr. Warden, airthfarm@ntelos.net 540-456-8127

The Rev. Shirley Graham Smith, Diocesan Transition Ministry ssmithgraham@thediocese.net