|Arlington and Springfield
|November 30, 2023
Virginia (Shirley Smith-Graham)
|85,000 - 105,000
|Diocesan Compensation Info
|Is there a rectory?
|Communicants in Good Standing
|Average Sunday Attendance
|Child Population in Church School
|Adult Population in Church School
Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.
Range of compensation allows for varying levels of experience and need for health benefits for family members
Liturgical style and practice
Rite II broad church. At both mission churches, music is provided by music ministers and choir. The focus of worship is praise of God through Christ Jesus, and the tone is upbeat, inspiring, loving, and compassionate.
Cristo Rey is an Episcopal church that serves Christ Jesus through praise, prayer, education, service and fellowship in an environment of acceptance, love, compassion and faith. Parishioners often mention the importance of their loyalty to God, brothers/sisters in Christ, and family. Their commitment is to God, strengthening family ties and educating children through spiritual growth in their pilgrimage with Christ. Their gifts and their faith are expressed in the Sunday service at 1:30 p.m., through the choir, Sunday school for children and adolescents, altar service, and Scripture reading are celebrated in the sanctuary of St. Christopher Church in Springfield, Virginia.
San Jose is a united, joyful, diverse and active Episcopal church that seeks to reflect the love of God through word, sacraments, service and education. Parishioners often mention that staying together as a family and congregation 'is the most important thing in life.' They also say, 'there is more unity because we are from different countries, and we feel that unity.' The Sunday service is at 10:15 a.m., with choir and scripture reading in a dedicated sanctuary that is part of St. George's Church in downtown Arlington.
- The congregations are multigenerational migrants from various Latin American countries
- Both churches are self-directed
- A core group of volunteers at each church have kept the ministries strong over decades
- They understand that expanded congregational participation is needed for the churches to sustain themselves in the future.
- They see themselves as churches that are inclusive and welcoming to all.
- They encourage visitors to feel comfortable to just be themselves.
- They are supportive and affirming of children and their families.
- They are generous communities and participate in activities in a joyful and united way and have had successful fundraising activities at both churches.
Both congregations recognize:
- They are small churches, and it will take a sustained effort and new ideas to help us grow and attract the Hispanic people who live in nearby communities. And above all to attract families with children and young people who will continue to attend.
- They need to relaunch and sustain many activities that were curtailed during the pandemic, such as Bible studies, whether in person at the church or at home.
- The congregations agree that they need to grow so that a level of financial stability can be achieved in the years ahead.
We hope to call a Vicar who is:
- Bilingual, with charisma, great preaching skills, and strong spiritual gifts
- Able to deliver sermons that connect the readings of Holy Scripture with the realities of our everyday lives
- Has a collaborative and participatory leadership style
- Capable of uniting people with diverse backgrounds
- An encouraging coach with ideas and energy to grow the community and who is motivated by a sense of service to others
- Inspiring of others when their spirits need lifting and guides them through the difficult moments of life
- Approachable, with a kind heart, good listening skills
- Demonstrates empathy, understanding and compassion.
- A good mentor and collaborative leader with a solid track-record of working with communities to focus on planning, foster group decision-making and nurture and equip new leadership.
- Organized so as to manage both churches equitably and navigate the shared characteristics and individual personalities at San José and Cristo Rey. Be willing to be involved “in a family way” at both churches and to commit full time to the shared Vicar role.
La Rev. Shirley Smith Graham, firstname.lastname@example.org, 804-622-3180