Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

at Rector
Location Fayetteville
Date Posted February 11, 2020
Category East Carolina (Michael Singer)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Urban
Compensation $103,190
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing None
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 709
Average Sunday Attendance 225
Child Population in Church School 27
Adult Population in Church School 50
Teacher Population in Church School 17
Budget $550,664
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer yes
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I yes
Rite II yes

Description

Strengths

Holy Trinity is a vibrant faith community, welcoming and inclusive where the unchurched and people from a variety of faith backgrounds discover a safe place to land.

Historically and currently, we are among early adopters in the diocese for liturgy, lay ministry, or new forms of community outreach. We use the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and other authorized liturgical resources such as the Enriching Our Worship Eucharistic rite.

Our beautiful and flexible worship space allows us to tailor services to the liturgical season and try new forms of worship. Like our liturgy, our music incorporates a variety of genres that range from ancient Latin chants to Rachmaninoff to Gospel.

We are a transition-sized church, but our structure and ministries are close to being program sized. We currently have more than 50 separate ministries, and we invite all parishioners to take an active part in them. Our members serve on diocesan committees and support the wider church.

Our outreach is active -- mission trips, a food pantry, community group meetings, concerts and plays in our worship space, and a variety of local partnerships help us live our motto – “Come in to worship…Go Out to Serve”.

We have a growing number of young families, and our ministries to them are strong. Our number of baptisms, confirmations, and reaffirmations is healthy.

Despite recently losing several long-term parishioners to relocation or death, an increasing number of pledging units has allowed us to maintain a normal operating budget.

In dealing with controversy, we agree that love of God and our fellow human beings needs to be our focus. Our experience in weathering conflict from time to time has taught us that when we value inclusive participation and transparent communication, our church family remains strong and healthy.

Community Description: An award-winning, “All-American” city with Ft. Bragg as its neighbor, Fayetteville is the largest city in the diocese and offers, as its slogan says, “history, heroes, and a hometown feeling.” Our rich diversity of ethnic populations creates a city that has small-town charm mixed with a cosmopolitan influence.

The city has been enjoying modest growth for years, but business leaders and state development agencies predict the beginning of a robust economic and social growth era, which is expected to last through this decade and beyond.

The city offers ample arts, cultural, and recreational opportunities. It has a charming downtown with a new minor-league baseball stadium and a multitude of dining and boutique shopping options.

Our location in southeastern North Carolina means we have a mild climate year-round. There is much to explore in our state, and easy access to the beach (2 hours) and the mountains (4 hours) makes it possible to enjoy quick getaways or longer vacations without extended travel.

Challenges

We are being challenged to discern how best to use our endowment and resources to
fulfill our mission. Our endowment is helping us meet expenses in the short-term.
As a transition-sized church, we look forward to working with our next rector on a
visioning process to discern how best to move forward and to allocate our resources for
the long term. As we anticipate the future, we are confident we will be able to meet our
challenges and continue to be a strong faith community, fulfilling people’s yearnings for
meaning, acceptance, and love.

Comments

We are seeking a priest with energy, enthusiasm, and a genuine desire to nurture our
congregation as together we fulfill Holy Trinity’s mission. Our next rector will be open to
new ideas and will challenge us with new ideas of his or her own.

We believe the next priest who partners with us will feel a spirit at Holy Trinity that is
energizing and bold. It brings us out of our comfort zone to try new things that other
churches do not or cannot try. While we love and respect our traditions, we want a
rector who welcomes and guides our spirit in a way that stretches us beyond the
customary.

Our worship experience is the highlight of our life together as a congregation. An
abundance of willing hands is here to help the rector who welcomes the assistance of
laity in this fundamental element of our church life. Though dedicated laity lead our
children and youth programs, we believe a rector’s interaction with these programs
strengthens them.

As we grow in membership and ministries and seek wider interaction in our deanery and
diocese, as well as the life of the larger Fayetteville/Ft. Bragg community, there are
many opportunities for an energetic and enthusiastic spiritual leader.

We desire a rector who:
* as an educator and preacher, brings deep theological roots to everyday
applications.
* has skills to manage a staff and the business side of a parish.
* empowers us to participate even more fully in the life of the parish, especially in
the areas of pastoral care, outreach, and financial support.
* understands modern-day concerns, particularly of our youth and their leaders,
and guides them in their discoveries.

Most importantly, our next rector will have the desire, gifts, and skills to love us and to
accept our love in return. She or he will find a loving body of Christ in our diverse
congregation – a body eager to support him or her as we journey together in Christ’s
name.

We invite you to learn more about us by visiting our website at holytrinityfay.org and our
Facebook page, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Contact Information

Thank you for your interest in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, in the Diocese of East Carolina.

Please contact The Rev'd Michael Singer, Interim Transition Ministry Officer if you have any questions in the discernment process at msinger@diocese-eastcarolina.org or you may contact my Administrative Assistant Hannah Jarman at hjarman@diocese-eastcarolina.org.

At your convenience please fill out this survey link to complete the process copy and paste this link in Google. www.surveymonkey.com/r/Fayetteville2020