St. Alban’s

at Rector
Location Cape Elizabeth
Date Posted March 6, 2021
Category Maine (Michael Ambler)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation $100,000
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Negotiable
Equity Allowance Negotiable
Communicants in Good Standing 854
Average Sunday Attendance 224
Child Population in Church School 47
Adult Population in Church School 25
Teacher Population in Church School 20
Budget $537,000
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I no
Rite II yes

Description

Strengths

St. Alban’s is a large (for Maine) parish located ten minutes south of Portland, in Cape Elizabeth. While there is significant economic and social diversity among parishioners, many are highly educated professionals who both support and value excellence in worship and programming. There are three services each Sunday, including an early morning spoken Eucharist, a mid-morning Eucharist with music and choir, and an innovative evening Celtic Eucharist (at which a reflection is often offered by a member of the congregation in place of a sermon by the rector). The average Sunday attendance pre-COVID was about 225, and the budget just over $500,000.  We think that our numbers post-pandemic will be similar, though of course experience could prove otherwise. 

In addition to Sunday worship, we sponsor substantial programs for adult and youth formation, and there is active engagement in outreach ministries which include a robust partnership with a parish in Haiti, a Green Team seeking sustainable solutions to our climate crisis, and a strong commitment to partnering with other ministries to serve Maine’s new Americans and homeless populations. We have recently completed a capital campaign to fund a new organ and other musical resources, enhance the worship space, fund additional outreach ministry, and endow a master financial plan to weather future storms.  

We seek a leader for St. Alban’s a who will combine the acumen needed to lead a complex and demanding organization, with the openness and humility to share leadership widely, to speak about God as one who knows God first hand, and to offer and accept the grace that makes life possible in an imperfect world.  

Challenges

The new rector will probably begin with St. Alban's right as in-person gatherings become possible once more.  There may be high expectations for programs and activities to resume at full strength and full speed; since that is unlikely to happen in every instance, there is a chance some people will be disappointed.  That's a lot for a new priest to navigate, but the parish is aware and committed to helping this new ministry get off to a good start.

Comments

St. Alban's expects a lot of its rector, and expects a lot of itself.  It's a place for a priest who is strong enough not to feel those expectations as a burden to be borne, but as an opportunity to be engaged.  The congregation will respond with faith, energy, and excitement: there is great work to be done, and great people to do it with.

Contact Information

Please contact the Rev. Canon Michael Ambler, Canon to the Ordinary, at mambler@episcopalmaine.org; phone (207)233-7555 (mobile, until offices reopen) or (207)772-1953 ext 123 (office, post-pandemic).