St. Bartholomew’s

at Rector or Priest in Charge (Part time)
Location Yarmouth
Date Posted August 27, 2021
Category Maine (Michael Ambler)
Job Type Half Time
Setting Town
Compensation $40,000
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 201
Average Sunday Attendance 77
Child Population in Church School 34
Adult Population in Church School 15
Teacher Population in Church School 3
Budget $268,000
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary yes
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional yes
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I no
Rite II yes

Description

Strengths

St. Bart's is a vibrant, exciting parish located 20 minutes from Portland, Maine.  Following their former Rector's call to a new ministry, the congregation engaged in serious discernment concerning their mission, and whether funding a full time priest helped them to carry out that mission.  They looked at the wealth of gifts among the lay members of the congregation, the solid education and music staff, and the needs that the parish was originally created to help address, and decided to seek a half-time priest to help lead them into the future God has in mind.

Challenges

While the congregation is enthusiastic about this new direction, its habits have all been formed in company with full time clergy.  The process of getting used to a new way of doing things will certainly require some generosity of spirit from everyone involved.

Comments

There are many congregations which are finding they have to go from full time to part time clergy.  St. Bart's is in a completely different spot: they decided that using all their resources to fund a full time priest was not consistent with their mission, and so they have chosen a less clergy-depended way of being, that leaves serious resources for other purposes.  This will be an exciting, fulfilling ministry for a priest who wants to lead and to equip the saints for their own ministry, and who doesn't need or want to be involved in every activity or in charge of every decision.

Contact Information

Full information, including St. Bart's OTM and web site, as well as a letter from the Search Committee and application instructions, are at https://www.episcopalmaine.org/congregations/search